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Moss HornetHardmode exclusive
Moss Hornet.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration102–10 or 20 seconds
Not to be confused with the Hornet, a similar pre-Hardmode enemy.

The Moss Hornet is a Hardmode flying enemy similar to the pre-Hardmode Hornet, being encountered in the Underground Jungle as well.

Compared to the more random flying patterns of pre-Hardmode Hornets, Moss Hornets act more aggressively, hovering closer to the player's position and shooting their stingers in rapid bursts. The stingers have a 33.33*1/3 (33.33%) chance to inflict the Poisoned debuff to the player for 10 seconds. In Expert Mode, the chance is 33.33*1/3 (33.33%) for 20 seconds and 66.67*2/3 (66.67%) for 2–10 seconds. They cannot be destroyed with weapons and travel at about the same speed as the darts from a Dart Trap.

Moss Hornets have a 0.67*1/150 (0.67%) chance to drop Tattered Bee Wing if any Mechanical boss has been defeated in the world, which is solely used in the creation of Bee Wings.


All variants of Moss Hornets have identical drops.

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
-18 Moss Hornet.png Tiny Moss Hornet 176/352/528 56/112/168 (contact)
4896 (ranged attack)
17 40%/46%/52% 48012
-19 Moss Hornet.png Little Moss Hornet 198/396/594 63/126/189 (contact)
54108 (ranged attack)
19 45%/51%/56% 5401350
176 Moss Hornet.png Moss Hornet 220/440/660 70/140/210 (contact)
60120 (ranged attack)
22 50%/55%/60% 615
-20 Moss Hornet.png Big Moss Hornet 242 77 (contact)
66132 (ranged attack)
24 55% 660
-21 Moss Hornet.png Giant Moss Hornet 264/528/792 84/168/252 (contact)
72144 (ranged attack)
26 60%/64%/68% 72018


  • Moss Hornets contribute towards the total for dropping the Hornet Banner and do not have their own banner, despite not being considered a variant of the Hornet, nor even being affected by the buff of the banner they drop.
  • Even though Moss Hornets are listed as having stingers, they do not drop stingers.


  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Moss Hornet: "The empowered flora of the Jungle has merged with these species of Hornet, strengthening their exoskeletons and stingers."