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This means the page will walk you through a specific task, strategy, or enemy/boss fight.
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  • The Goblin Army is an event that can be fought once a Shadow Orb/Crimson Heart is smashed or a Goblin Battle StandardGoblin Battle Standard is used. The event consists of goblin-like enemies. Once initiated, the event will continue until enough enemies are defeated.

    The Event[]

    Pre-Hardmode[]

    The event enemies consists of Goblin PeonGoblin Peons, Goblin ThiefGoblin Thieves, Goblin SorcererGoblin Sorcerers, Goblin ArcherGoblin Archers, and Goblin WarriorGoblin Warriors. Each enemy does what its name describes (except thieves and peons). The enemies can also break down doors to attack NPCs, stressing the player. When an enemy is defeated, it can drop Spiky BallSpiky Balls and the HarpoonHarpoon.

    Hardmode[]

    In Hardmode, a new enemy, the Goblin SummonerGoblin Summoner, can spawn. This enemy attacks by conjuring Shadowflame ApparationShadowflame Apparations and Chaos Balls. Defeating the Summoner can result in it dropping the Shadowflame KnifeShadowflame Knife, Shadowflame BowShadowflame Bow, or the Shadowflame Hex DollShadowflame Hex Doll.

    Preparation[]

    General Tips[]

    This content is transcluded from Guide:Practical tips § Combat.

    • Boss battles can be won or lost before the battle ever starts. Choose your equipment and have it ready; find and/or make potions and placed buffs; use the highest-tier food you have available; set up an arena appropriate to the boss; learn the strategies for the boss you're facing.
    • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfireCampfires and Heart LanternHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Star in a BottleStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic. Bast StatueBast Statues will provide a significant defensive boost. Garden GnomeGarden Gnomes and (if underground) proper torch placement will reduce damage taken and increase damage dealt due to the luck. Note Torch God's Favor helps with this. HoneyHoney pools can also be used for extra health regeneration.
    • SunflowerSunflowers provide the Happy! buff to players within a 50-tile radius, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
    • Always carry around a stack of the highest-tier healing potion available, as relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea. Depending on the game stage, this can include items such as Mushrooms or Honeyfins. As of 1.4.0.1, Restoration Potions are healing potions with a shorter cooldown.
      • Likewise carry mana potions, if you use Magic.
      • The Strange BrewStrange Brew is also an option, but its weak healing effect *will* trigger the Potion Sickness cooldown as well as Mana Sickness. Before 1.4.0.1, Restoration potions can save a slot, but will likewise trigger both cooldowns.
    • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's Blessing buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some Silver Coincoins.
    • Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
    • Once you have freed the MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with Dart TrapTraps and helpful Heart StatueHeart and Star StatueStar Statues. The former helps to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to 3 Second Timertimers.
    • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of Hearts. Note that this will prevent any Heart Statues from spawning new Hearts.
    • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening Station, Ammo BoxAmmo Box, Crystal BallCrystal Ball, Bewitching TableBewitching Table, and Slice of CakeSlice of Cake before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give boosts that are useful to take, with the first four being class-specific. They give SharpenedSharpened, Ammo Box (buff)Ammo Box, ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, BewitchedBewitched, and Sugar RushSugar Rush, respectively.

    Terrain Preparation[]

    Due to the MechanicMechanic likely not being available and most enemies are grounded, a simple lava pit with a thin layer of lava is ideal. The lava should just thick enough to burn the enemies but not drops. Once hardmode is entered and the Goblin TinkererGoblin Tinkerer found, raise the lava levels so it burns copper coins but not silver. Don't worry about the spiky balls as you can buy them and there are better sources of damage. Make sure there are Town NPC's nearby if you wish to perform this strategy or the goblins will not spawn, and be wary of Goblin SorcererGoblin Sorcerers and the Goblin SummonerGoblin Summoner. You can also add a roof in order to hang the relative Goblin Warrior BannerBanner.

    Gearing Up[]

    Armor[]

    Pre-Hardmode[]
    Hardmode[]

    Weapons[]

    Pre-Hardmode[]
    For Melee Users[]
    For Ranged Users[]
    For Magic Users[]
    For Summoners[]

    Options are limited before Hardmode:

    Hardmode[]
    For Melee Users[]
    For Ranged Users[]
    For Magic Users[]
    For Summoners[]
    • The Spider StaffSpider Staff is available early, and a solid improvement over the Pre-Hardmode options, especially with the spiders' ability to latch onto Summoners (putting walls behind your arena can make the spiders more mobile). Later staffs such as the Pirate StaffPirate Staff are also good.
    • For sentries, one should use the Queen Spider StaffQueen Spider Staff as it is the best one available.

    Potions[]

    Accessories[]

    Pre-Hardmode[]
    Hardmode[]

    Strategies[]

    • It is recommended that you build a sky base to keep your GuideNPCs from ground troops.



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