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Astrum Deus
Astrum Deus.png
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
EnvironmentAstral Infection
AI TypeAstrum Deus AI
Max Life562,500 / 900,000 / 1,080,000 (total)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffExtreme GravityExtreme Gravity
100% chance
Debuff durationInfinite
Debuff tooltipYour wing time is reduced by 66%, infinite flight is disabled
Immune toAll debuffs except:
EnragedShellfish Claps
Coins20 Gold Coin
Astrum Deus map.png
Map Icon

Astrum Deus Trophy.png "A star-spawned horror tunnels through the astral infection." Astrum Deus Trophy.png

Not to be confused with Astrum Aureus.

Astrum Deus is a Hardmode boss that must be defeated in order to allow Astral Ore to be mined. It begins as a large worm, similar to The Destroyer, but splits later in the fight.

Spawn[edit | edit source]

Astrum Deus does not spawn on its own and can be summoned by using the Astral Beacon with a Titan Heart or Starcore in the inventory at night. Astrum Deus can be spawned even in early Hardmode with Titan Hearts, but the boss is intended to be fought after the Lunatic Cultist has been defeated. When successfully activated, two astral stars rise from the beacon and eventually combine to summon Astrum Deus.

Segments[edit | edit source]

Astrum Deus Head
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TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
AI TypeAstrum Deus AI
Damage120 / 240 / 264 / 278
Max Life187,500 / 300,000 /
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffAstral Infection (debuff)Astral Infection (debuff)
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds
Debuff tooltipYour flesh is melting off
Astrum Deus Body
Astrum Deus Body.png
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
AI TypeAstrum Deus AI
Damage100 / 170 / 195 (Contact)
90 / 152 / 190 / 218 (Astral Laser)
Max Life187,500 / 300,000 /
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffAstral Infection (debuff)Astral Infection (debuff)
100% chance
Debuff duration2 seconds (Contact/Astral Laser)
Debuff tooltipYour flesh is melting off
Astrum Deus Tail
Astrum Deus Tail.png
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
AI TypeAstrum Deus AI
Damage80 / 136 / 156
Max Life187,500 / 300,000 /
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffAstral Infection (debuff)Astral Infection (debuff)
100% chance
Debuff duration1.5 seconds
Debuff tooltipYour flesh is melting off

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Astrum Deus behaves like a regular worm enemy, moving through blocks and attempting to ram the player, but it has the ability to fly as well. While flying, it periodically fires lasers from its body. This begins when it fires a laser from a segment, with the segment below it firing in succession, repeating until a certain point. These streams can be shot at varying speeds and patterns, those being:

  • A stream starting at the segment closest to its head, which ends at its tail.
  • A stream starting at the segment closest to its head, which ends at its middle segment. This pattern is performed slower than the others.
  • Two streams starting at the segment closest to its head and its middle segment, which ends at its middle segment and tail respectively. This pattern is performed the most frequently as Phase 1 progresses.

Upon reaching 80% health, it can also leave mines as it attacks, which explode after lingering for a while. Occasionally, it stops firing lasers and releases mines more frequently.

When its health is reduced to 50%, it becomes invincible and shortly splits into two shorter worms. They both continue using their previous attacks while attempting to ram the player. The lasers shot by both worms are fired at a slower succession. If one of these worms are killed, the other will despawn and the fight will end.

If gravity is reversed, such as when using a Gravitation Potion, the worm gains a significant speed boost and fires more lasers and mines.

In Revengeance Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Attacks more frequently in Phase 2.
  • Moves faster.
  • Inflicts Extreme Gravity.

In Death Mode[edit | edit source]

  • The worm and its lasers are faster.
  • Can release astral mines at all times, and fires more of them at a higher frequency.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Resistances[edit | edit source]

  • All Astrum Deus segments take reduced damage from non-minion piercing projectiles in Expert Mode. Projectile damage is divided by the number of times it pierces. Infinite piercing deals 50% damage.
  • All segments reduce damage from grenade-type projectiles by 80%. A list of affected projectiles is below.
Resisted grenades
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Notes[edit | edit source]

  • All of Astrum Deus' loot will spawn at the nearest segment with the exception of 5-15 of the Stardust and the Hearts, which will always spawn at the head.
  • Astrum Deus takes 99% less damage from all sources for the first 10 seconds after it spawns, and for the first 10 seconds after it enters Phase 2.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Astrum Deus, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Astrum Deus strategies.
  • Try and keep moving, and don't stay in one spot. Avoid circling the boss as the astral orbs will make it too difficult to do so.
  • Be aware of the position of the mines as they can wall off the player, making it extremely difficult to break out and leaves the player as easy prey.
    • During Phase 2, the trail of mines will be shorter, although there will be more trails left throughout the arena.
      • Having a large arena can make this much less of an issue.
  • Astrum Deus’ abundance of projectiles can, especially on less powerful computers, cause large frame rate drops. This can be used to the player's advantage by turning frame skip off, giving them more time to process and dodge attacks.
  • Like several other bosses, Astrum Deus will not despawn no matter the distance the player travels from it. This means the Magic Mirror can be used to teleport to a more suitable spot to fight.
  • Keep in mind that Astrum Deus’ have very high defenses which greatly reduce the amount of damage dealt by weapons. With this, weapons such as the Vortexpopper and The Swarmer will deal very little damage. Therefore, it is recommended to use high damage piercing weapons and equip the Deific Amulet.
  • The Grand Guardian can quickly destroy the worms especially when hitting multiple segments due to the large explosions and homing orbs it creates on hit.
  • The Fallen Paladin's Hammer can deal great damage against the worms at the cost of range whereas the Subduction Slicer has longer range at the cost of damage.
  • The Star of Destruction is a reliable weapon against Astrum Deus thanks to its strong piercing and additional homing projectiles upon explosion.
  • Due to how its stealth strike behaves, the Cranium Smasher can deal a lot of damage to Astrum Deus right as it spawns, so much that it can skip the 1st phase immediately.
  • The Scorpio's alternate fire or God's Bellows deal excellent damage to the worms with a large area of effect.
    • The Aerial Bane is another option that deals massive damage with its bonus against aerial targets.
  • The Lazhar or Forbidden Sun combined with magic boosting equipment can quickly decimate Astrum Deus.
  • The Stardust Dragon Staff can deal good damage to the worms with its piercing abilities.
    • Additionally, the Spikecrag Staff can deal great damage with its large area of effect.
  • The Plaguenades can decimate the worms due to their area of effect when thrown.
  • If utilizing the Hydra in Phase 2, fire it at the worm currently being targetted when it is on-screen, to make sure the other worm is not hit by mistake.
  • Avoiding the worms is extremely difficult, thus the Cross Necklace can be used to increase the player's immunity frames.
  • The Celestial Jewel helps mitigate the damage done by the Astral Infection debuff.
  • It’s highly recommended that the player utilizes a Frog Leg or an Aero Stone to boost mobility and acceleration.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Astrum Deus' theme is Pest of the Cosmos, which was composed by the artist DM DOKURO.
    • If the Calamity Music add-on mod is disabled, Boss 3 will play instead.
  • "Astrum Deus" in Latin roughly translates to "The Star God".
  • Astrum Deus used to be spawned by killing three Atlases after the Lunatic Cultist was defeated.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Since ancient times, humans have looked to the skies with admiration and wonder; countless religions place their gods and their heavens amongst the skies. The sun was their god of warmth and life, banishing the darkness and offering hope. The moon was an idol amidst the night - a symbol of light, yet a beguiling one that beckoned with madness.

The stars, they once said, were no single gods. The wondrous stream of stars that stretched across the sky on cloudless nights - the source of those lights was a divine serpent of incomprehensible proportions. Its very nature was unimaginable, to the point that its presence in their reality could only be glimpsed through the countless stars its body birthed. As the collective faith of humanity gathered, it gave rise to the manifestation of their belief: a true god of the stars, soaring through the cosmos.

But even gods could be laid low. Conquering the land countless years after the god of the star's legend was born, the Jungle Tyrant looked to the skies and saw yet another realm to dominate - beginning by striking down Astrum Deus with his own Devourer of Gods. Empowered by those it had already consumed, the Devourer tore open the larger divine serpent’s gut and burrowed in, feasting on its body and killing it from the inside out before crushing its husk to pieces between its coils and scattering the remains to the cold void of space.

In ancient times, it was said that the god of the stars would descend upon the planet in its last days. Its body would infuse the earth with astral power and transform lesser lifeforms into its guardians. The power lingering in its corpse attracted worms to itself, empowering them so that they may grow - and Astrum Deus may one day return to the cosmos. Even when torn asunder, the god's corpse held power; just as the legend that gave rise to it claimed, those fragments of its body would one day fall to the planet and choose a successor to the god of the stars.