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Empress of Light
Empress of Light.png
Map Icon Empress of Light.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeEmpress of Light AI
Max Life70000 / 98000 / 124950
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfused

The Empress of Light is a Hardmode, post-Plantera boss fought in the Hallow. She can be summoned after Plantera is defeated by killing a Prismatic Lacewing. She is significantly more difficult than most Hardmode bosses and will typically require post-Golem gear. Fighting the Empress of Light is completely optional and is not required to progress.

While the Empress of Light is alive, her exclusive music Empress of Light will play.


The Empress of Light can be summoned by killing a Prismatic Lacewing, which is a rare Critter that spawns in the surface Hallow during the night once Plantera has been defeated in the world. As it is a rare creature, it can be detected by the Lifeform Analyzer. The Prismatic Lacewing must be killed at night to summon the boss.

Like most critters, the Prismatic Lacewing can be caught with any bug net, which can then be released, and killed, by the player manually.


If she is fought during the day, all of her attacks will deal massive amounts of damage (Like Skeletron, Skeletron Prime, and the Dungeon Guardian), effectively one-hit killing the player. She will always drop the Terraprisma if all damage dealt to her was during the day.

She will transition into her second phase once she is below half health. Her attacks will also occur within shortened intervals.


First Phase

Attacks are in this particular order.

  1. When spawned, the Empress of Light will hover for a few seconds before launching an array of homing prismatic bolts. Note these bolts are not maneuverable and therefore can be dodged by swerving downwards then upwards.
  2. The Empress of Light will spend one second hovering before executing her dash attack.
  3. The Empress of Light will dash towards the player then emit multiple beams in all directions. Easily dodged by moving away immediately.
  4. The Empress of Light will spend one second hovering before executing her dash attack.
  5. The Empress of Light will emit 16 projectiles that will spiral out in a clockwise direction then spiral back in in the same direction.
  6. The Empress of Light will launch an array of homing prismatic bolts.
  7. The Empress of Light will spend one second hovering before executing her dash attack.
  8. The Empress of Light will spawn many swords in quick succession. Their paths are indicated by the straight lines. These swords will then travel along their displayed path after a brief pause.
  9. Repeat of steps 4 - 8.
  10. Repeat of steps 2 - 9.
  11. Steps 9 and 10 repeated indefinitely until second phase.

Second Phase

Attacks are in this particular order.

  1. Placeholder.


  • Most, if not all, of the Empress' attacks are very hard to dodge, so fighting her will require a lot of mobility and preparation.


  • It would be wise to defeat Golem first, so the Cosmic Car Key will become available.
  • Not only does the Empress have to be killed during the day to gain the Terraprisma, but all damage she receives must be during the day as well. Any attack from the Empress during the day will instantly kill the player as well as have a yellowish hue.
  • Consider using a Bug Net to capture any Prismatic Lacewings when you see them, rather than killing them immediately. This will allow you to easily fight the Empress at a time of your choosing once you are prepared. Note that if the Prismatic Lacewing is released outside of the Hallow, it will immediately disappear.
    • While they immediately disappear, it is still possible to kill the Prismatic Lacewing outside of the Hallow. This is done by having a weapon selected, placing the Lacewing from your inventory, then spamming left-click so that you immediately attack, killing it in time to spawn the boss.
  • It is helpful to obtain the Master Ninja Gear before fighting the Empress, as the dash ability, as well as the chance to completely dodge an attack, can be extremely useful during the fight, especially if the player wishes to fight her during the day. What's more, the accessory is obtainable as soon as Plantera is defeated.
  • Be careful using weaponry that deals splash damage or has a high area of effect, as killing the Prismatic Lacewing at day makes it so the Empress of Light will spawn as a much more powerful boss with one-shot-kill attacks dealing an average of 20,000 damage a hit.
    • In order to prevent accidentally summoning the boss, the Guide to Critter Companionship prevents the player from damaging critters, including the Prismatic Lacewing.
  • The Rod of Discord can prove extremely useful during the fight in order to dodge her strong attacks.
    • Since the Empress' attacks can instantly kill the player during the day, it can be used regardless of whether the player will take damage due to the Chaos State debuff or not.
  • Equipping an item that allows the player to dash can prove extremely helpful in dodging her attacks.


  • This boss was described as "a beautiful bullet hell" by Cenx before 1.4 was released.[1]
  • The Empress of Light is one of the two new bosses added in the update, the other being Queen Slime.
  • She and Plantera have the only musical instrument drops of any boss, with The Axe and the Stellar Tune having the same drop chance as well.
  • The Empress of Light is one of 5 bosses with exclusive music, the others being Queen Slime, Plantera, Duke Fishron and Moon Lord.
  • The Empress of Light is one of the 3 out of the 10 hardmode bosses that are not necessary to beat the game.
  • The Empress of Light can be seen as the counterpart to Duke Fishron in many aspects. Both have noble titles, are generally meant to be fought after Golem and are summoned using a critter that can be obtained earlier in Hardmode.
  • The Empress' wings bear a striking resemblance to that of Cenx's Wings.
  • The color of the attacks will change from rainbow to yellow during the day, indicating that the attacks will do massive damage.