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This article is about the common enemy. For the boss, see Eater of Worlds.

The Eater of Souls is a flying enemy found prominently in The Corruption. It is the Corruption counterpart to the Crimson's Crimera. Eaters of Souls spawn from both Ebonstone and Corrupt grass, with large groups coming from chasms. They circle the player at a distance before periodically rushing in. There are three size variants, each with corresponding amounts of health, defense, and damage.

The Eater of Souls is the primary reason that newer players will want to avoid The Corruption prior to becoming more familiar with game combat, and acquiring more powerful weapons and armor. Eaters have relatively high defense and health points, cause significant damage on contact, and usually attack in swarms.

A fourth Eater-type enemy, the Corruptor, appears after entering Hardmode, and is larger than the large-size Eater.


Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
2 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode
3 values: Pre-Hardmode › Hardmode › Post-Plantera
NPC ID Type Health Damage Defense KB Resist Coins
6 Eater of Souls.png Eater of Souls 40/80176/120264 22/4478/66117 8/816 50%/55%/60% 90Pre-Hardmode: 225Hardmode: 360
-11 Eater of Souls.png Little Eater 34/68149/102224 18/3766/5699 6/613 43%/48%/54% 76Pre-Hardmode: 191Hardmode: 36
-12 Eater of Souls.png Big Eater 46/92202/138303 25/5089/75134 9/918 58%/62%/66% 13Pre-Hardmode: 258Hardmode: 413


  • In Expert Mode, Eaters of Souls will fly towards the player with greater precision, spending much less time circling around them.


  • Eaters of Souls are weak on their own, but may quickly coalesce into a larger swarm. Early weapons with longer range, like a Spear or Cactus Sword, can help to hit more of a swarm at once.
  • Another good weapon to use is the Enchanted Boomerang, with good damage, high knockback, and piercing capabilities when returning to the player. The more common Wooden Boomerang is less effective, but still useful with good aim.
  • Chasms can be sealed off with blocks of any type, which will trap any Eaters that spawn within. They will still spawn on the surface, but in reduced numbers.


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Eater of Souls: "Birthed from the Corruption as a being of pure malice, its sole instincts are to pursue, punish, and kill."


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  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Big and little variants no longer named but share the name "Eater of Souls".
    • Now has a chance to drop pieces of Ancient Shadow Armor.
  • Desktop 1.0.5:
    • Variants Little Eater and Big Eater introduced.
    • May no longer enter water and does not make a splash sound when hitting water.
    • AI changed: Now surround players before charging in.