Terraria boss fights are many and they are one of the main reasons why Terraria is such an interesting game to explore. Each boss drops different pieces of loot, which can be essential for progressing in a certain way. You can often take on bosses after defeating them, but there are usually additional requirements.

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Skeletron is one of Terraria’s most memorable bosses, but he can be tough to defeat the first time you summon him to your world.

How to summon Skeletron

Before you can summon Skeletron, you must find the dungeon in your world. The dungeon will appear on the side of the world with a snow biome and on the opposite side with the jungle biome. You can find a picture of what the dungeon looks like above; once you find this structure, you know you have found it. The dungeon is near the edge of each map.

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Once you find the dungeon, you need to wait until dark and then talk to the NPC Old Man, who is standing outside the dungeon. Pressing “Curse” while talking to the old man will cause him to transform into a Skeletron boss. Although you can summon Skeletron as many times as necessary to win the battle, you cannot summon him again after defeating him.

The old man recommends having at least ten defenses and 300 HP before summoning Skeletron, and while it is not a requirement to participate in combat, it is difficult to beat him without those minimal attributes.

Summon Skeletron with Clothier’s Voodoo Doll

Although the old man will disappear after defeating Skeletron, there is still a way to fight the boss again. You have a chance to get Clothier’s voodoo doll if you travel to the dungeon and defeat Dark Casters or Angry Bones.

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You can equip the Clothier voodoo doll once it is in your possession, allowing you to kill the Clothier NPC. Killing the Clothier spawns Skeletron. The Clothier appears after defeating Skeletron for the first time. You can only summon Skeletron through the Clothier at night, similar to the old man.

How to defeat Skeletron

Skeletron is a powerful enemy. It can use its floating hands to attack you, but it also uses its head to turn around. dealing heavy damage if caught. Skeletron can alternate between these attacks, so watch out for his roar, which indicates that his head is about to spin.

Skeletron has 600 Health, 14 Defense, and deals 20 damage in Classic Mode. Skeletron dies when you hit his head; however, it is often easier to defeat their weapons first so they cannot attack you. Ranged weapons like bows are most useful against Skeletron, as he can float. Whichever type of weapon you choose to use, be sure to bring your most powerful weapon and armor into battle.

The best strategy to fight Skeletron

Skeletron floats in midair and can move quickly, so you need to move upward while floating above you to hit him. Use wooden platforms to build multiple rows that you can use to move up and down as Skeletron floats across the battlefield. There is an example of this structure in the image above. You must build the platform before summoning Skeletron.

Once you’ve summoned Skeletron, attack his arms first to mitigate the damage he inflicts on you. It’s especially easy if you’ve built wooden platforms, as you can use them to follow his arms in any direction.

After defeating Skeletron’s arms, you must attack his head to defeat him. Using ranged weapons is a good idea, as Skeletron moves fast and can be difficult to hit with melee attacks as he rarely gets close to players. Skeletron is easier to attack if your character has a fast movement speed or method of flight. Once you defeat Skeletron’s head, he will die and you can collect your rewards.

How to defeat Skeletron in expert mode

The above strategy works well in expert mode; however, Skeletron is stronger in several important ways. Skeletron has the following properties in expert mode.

  • Skeletron has a faster movement speed.
  • Skeletron shoots skulls after his health drops below 6600
  • Skeletron can inflict bleeds and slow debuffs.
  • Skeletron has 60 Defense
  • Skeletron has 1560 hit points (1989 hit point in master mode)
  • Skeletron deals 44 damage (66 damage in master mode)

Everything you get for defeating Skeletron

There are many possible rewards that can be earned for defeating Skeletron; however, there is no guarantee that you will get all of them the first time you defeat this boss. Here is a list of each item with the possibility of winning them by percentage.

Elements possibility of falling
skeleton hand 12%
Skeleton mask 14%
Skeleton trophy ten%
book of souls 10.5%
Chippy’s sofa 14%
5-15 minor healing potions 100%

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