Defense

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Defense Boosts[edit | edit source]

Source Defense
Aquatic Emblem.png Aquatic Emblem 0 to 30 (gradually builds while submerged in liquid)
Siren's Heart.png Siren's Heart 1 (5 after defeating Skeletron, 10 in Hardmode, 15 after defeating Moon Lord)
The Community.gif The Community 1 to 10 (depending on bosses killed)
Fungal Carapace.png Fungal Carapace 2
Sea Shell.png Sea Shell 2 (5 when submerged in liquid)
Shield of the Ocean.png Shield of the Ocean 2 (7 when submerged in liquid)
Deep Diver.png Deep Diver 2 (increased by 15% when submerged in liquid)
Corrupt Flask.png Corrupt Flask 3 (while in the Corruption)
Crimson Flask.png Crimson Flask 3 (while in the Crimson)
Archaic Powder.png Archaic Powder 3 (while Underground or in the Underworld)
Craw Carapace.png Craw Carapace 3
Frost Barrier.png Frost Barrier 4
Ambrosial Ampoule.png Ambrosial Ampoule 4
Lunatic Cultist (Lore).png Lunatic Cultist (Lore) 4 (while the Lunar Events are active)
Gladiator's Locket.png Gladiator's Locket 5
Spirit Glyph.png Spirit Glyph 5 (when Spirit Defense buff is active)
Living Dew.png Living Dew 5 (while in the Jungle)
Honey Dew.png Honey Dew 5 (while in the Jungle)
Tequila.png Tequila 5 (during the daytime when Tequila debuff is active)
Daedalus Emblem.png Daedalus Emblem 5
Elemental Quiver.png Elemental Quiver 5
The Desert Scourge (Lore).png The Desert Scourge (Lore) 5 (while in the Desert or Sunken Sea)
Titan Scale Potion.png Titan Scale Potion 5 (when Titan Scale buff is active)
Yharim's Stimulants.png Yharim's Stimulants 5 (when Yharim's Power buff is active)
Yharon's Kindle Staff.png Yharon's Kindle Staff 5 (when Son of Yharon buff is active)
Godly Soul Artifact.png Godly Soul Artifact 5 (when Son of Yharon buff is active)
Giant Shell.png Giant Shell 6
Cryo Stone.png Cryo Stone 6
Regenator.png Regenator 6
Ornate Shield.png Ornate Shield 6
Laudanum.png Laudanum 6
The Absorber.png The Absorber 6 (11 when submerged in liquid)
Stress Pills.png Stress Pills 8
Giant Tortoise Shell.png Giant Tortoise Shell 8
Frigid Bulwark.png Frigid Bulwark 8
Asgard's Valor.png Asgard's Valor 8
Heart of the Elements.png Heart of the Elements 9
Elysian Aegis.png Elysian Aegis 8 (28 while in defensive mode)
Crown Jewel.png Crown Jewel 10 (while under the effects of a damaging debuff)
Asgardian Aegis.png Asgardian Aegis 10 (30 while in defensive mode)
The Sponge.png The Sponge 10 (15 when submerged in liquid)
Frost Flare.gif Frost Flare 10 (when below 25% life)
Moonshine.png Moonshine 10 (when Moonshine debuff is active)
Crimson Effigy.png Crimson Effigy 10 (when Crimson Effigy buff is active)
Crabulon (Lore).png Crabulon (Lore) 10 (when Mushy buff is active)
Skeletron (Lore).png Skeletron (Lore) 10 (while in the Dungeon)
Golem (Lore).png Golem (Lore) 10 (while standing still)
Moon Lord (Lore).png Moon Lord (Lore) 10 (while gravity is flipped and the Gravity Globe is equipped)
Crabulon.png Crabulon 10 (when Mushy buff is active)
Dark Sun Ring.png Dark Sun Ring 10 (40 at night)
Rampart of Deities.png Rampart of Deities 12
Tequila Sunrise.png Tequila Sunrise 15 (during the daytime when Tequila Sunrise debuff is active)
Grax.png Grax 15 (when Grax Boost buff is active)
Affliction.png Affliction 15 (20 in Revengeance Mode)
Draconic Elixir.png Draconic Elixir 16 (when Draconic Surge buff is active)
Celestial Jewel.png Celestial Jewel 20 (while under the effects of a damaging debuff)
Leviathan Ambergris.png Leviathan Ambergris 20 (while submerged in water)
Astral Arcanum.png Astral Arcanum 20 (while under the effects of a damaging debuff)
Draedon's Heart.png Draedon's Heart 25 (while standing still)
Permafrost's Concoction.png Permafrost's Concoction 30 (when Encased buff is active)
Yharim's Gift.png Yharim's Gift 30
Fabled Tortoise Shell.png Fabled Tortoise Shell 35
The Amalgam.png The Amalgam 40 (while submerged in liquid)
Suspicious Looking Jelly Bean.png Suspicious Looking Jelly Bean 60 (when Squishy Bean buff is active)
Grape Beer.png Grape Beer -2 (when Grape Beer debuff is active)
Vodka.png Vodka -4 (when Vodka debuff is active)
Margarita.png Margarita -6 (when Margarita debuff is active)
White Wine.png White Wine -6 (when White Wine debuff is active)
Star Beam Rye.png Star Beam Rye -6 (when Star Beam Rye debuff is active)
Bloody Mary.png Bloody Mary -6 (when Bloody Mary debuff is active)
Whiskey.png Whiskey -8 (when Whiskey debuff is active)
Rum.png Rum -8 (when Rum debuff is active)
Caribbean Rum.png Caribbean Rum -12 (when Caribbean Rum debuff is active)
Cinnamon Roll.png Cinnamon Roll -12 (when Cinnamon Roll debuff is active)
Fabsol's Vodka.png Fabsol's Vodka -20 (when Fab debuff is active)
Everclear.png Everclear -40 (when Everclear debuff is active)
Reaper Tooth Necklace.png Reaper Tooth Necklace Halves defense

Damage Reduction Boosts[edit | edit source]

Source Damage Reduction
The Community.gif The Community 0.5% to 5% (depending on bosses killed)
Profaned Soul Artifact.png Profaned Soul Artifact 2.5% (when Defensive Guardian buff is active and Burnt Out is inactive) (5% if Offensive Guardian buff is active as well)
Sea Shell.png Sea Shell 3% (when submerged in liquid)
Tequila.png Tequila 3% (when Tequila debuff is active during the daytime)
Lunatic Cultist (Lore).png Lunatic Cultist (Lore) 4% (while the Lunar Events are active)
Craw Carapace.png Craw Carapace 5%
Spirit Glyph.png Spirit Glyph 5% (when Spirit Defense buff is active)
Cryo Stone.png Cryo Stone 5%
Leviathan Ambergris.png Leviathan Ambergris 5% (when outside of liquid)
Titan Scale Potion.png Titan Scale Potion 5% (when Titan Scale buff is active)
Moonshine.png Moonshine 5% (when Moonshine debuff is active)
Evergreen Gin.png Evergreen Gin 5% (when Evergreen Gin debuff is active)
Yharim's Stimulants.png Yharim's Stimulants 5% (when Yharim's Power buff is active)
Grax.png Grax 5% (when Grax Boost buff is active)
Ambrosial Ampoule.png Ambrosial Ampoule 5%
Living Dew.png Living Dew 5% (while in the Jungle)
Honey Dew.png Honey Dew 5% (while in the Jungle)
Core of the Blood God.png Core of the Blood God 5%
Moon Lord (Lore).png Moon Lord (Lore) 5% (while gravity is flipped and the Gravity Globe is equipped)
Heart of the Elements.png Heart of the Elements 5% (6% if the Elementals are toggled off)
Affliction.png Affliction 5% (7% in Revengeance Mode) (when Afflicted buff is active)
Bloodflare Core.png Bloodflare Core 5% (while below 50% health) (10% when below 15% life)
Bloody Worm Tooth.png Bloody Worm Tooth 5% (10% when below 50% health)
The Absorber.png The Absorber 5% (13% when submerged in liquid)
Corrupt Flask.png Corrupt Flask 7% (while in the Corruption)
Crimson Flask.png Crimson Flask 7% (while in the Crimson)
Archaic Powder.png Archaic Powder 7% (while Underground or in the Underworld)
Tequila Sunrise.png Tequila Sunrise 7% (when Tequila Sunrise debuff is active during the daytime)
Bloody Worm Scarf.png Bloody Worm Scarf 10%
Asgard's Valor.png Asgard's Valor 10% (while submerged in liquid)
Asgardian Aegis.png Asgardian Aegis 10% (while submerged in liquid)
The Sponge.png The Sponge 10% (19% when submerged in liquid)
Frigid Bulwark.png Frigid Bulwark 15% (when below 50% health) (20% when below 15% health)
Rampart of Deities.png Rampart of Deities 15% (when below 50% health) (20% when below 15% health)
Permafrost's Concoction.png Permafrost's Concoction 30% (when Encased buff is active)
Corruption Effigy.png Corruption Effigy -20% (when Corruption Effigy buff is active)
Void of Calamity.png Void of Calamity -30%
Reaper Tooth Necklace.png Reaper Tooth Necklace Halves damage reduction

Separate Damage Reduction Boosts[edit | edit source]

These boosts directly modify damage taken and are not additive like normal DR - they are multiplicative instead. They are calculated independently to normal DR as well as each other and are not affected by Calamity's DR soft cap.

Source Separate Damage Reduction
Silva armor.png Silva armor 5%
Auric Tesla armor.png Auric Tesla armor 5%
Tundra Leash.png Tundra Leash 10% (when Angry Dog buff is active and while moving)
Onyx Excavator Key.png Onyx Excavator Key 10% (when Onyx Excavator buff is active and while moving)
Trinket of Chi.png Trinket of Chi 15% (when Chi buff is active)
Abyssal Diving Suit.png Abyssal Diving Suit 15% (when Abyssal Diving Suit Plates buff is active and damage taken is above 50)
Siren's Heart.png Siren's Heart 10% (when Ice Shield buff is active)

Other Boosts[edit | edit source]

These effects are independent and unique from the ones listed above.

Item/Buff Bonus
Honey Dew.png Honey Dew 25% less damage from bees/hornets and their projectiles
Ambrosial Ampoule.png Ambrosial Ampoule 25% less damage from bees/hornets and their projectiles
The Sponge.png The Sponge 25% less damage from bees/hornets and their projectiles
Frost Flare.gif Frost Flare 30% less damage from sources which can inflict Chilled
Vesuvius.png Vesuvius 30% less damage from sources which can inflict Chilled (when Molten buff is active)
The Transformer.png The Transformer 50% less damage from electrical attacks and enemy bullets, reflecting enemy bullets back at the enemy for 800% of their original damage.
Arcanum of the Void.png Arcanum of the Void 5% chance to reflect projectiles when hit, healing the player for the projectile's damage
The Evolution.png The Evolution 50% chance to reflect projectiles when they hit the player back at the enemy for 1000% their original damage, granting a health regeneration boost for a short time. If the same enemy projectile type hits the player again they will resist its damage by 15%
Astral Arcanum.png Astral Arcanum 5% chance to reflect projectiles when hit, healing the player for the projectile's damage
The Absorber.png The Absorber Heals the player for 1/16 of incoming damage
The Sponge.png The Sponge Heals the player for 1/16 of incoming damage
Revivify Potion.png Revivify Potion Heals the player for 1/10 of incoming damage
Frigid Bulwark.png Frigid Bulwark Absorbs 25% of damage done to teammates when above 25% life
Rampart of Deities.png Rampart of Deities Absorbs 25% of damage done to teammates when above 25% life
Flesh Totem.png Flesh Totem Halves enemy contact damage every 20 seconds
Core of the Blood God.png Core of the Blood God Halves enemy contact damage every 20 seconds
Resilient Candle.png Resilient Candle Increases the effectiveness of defense by 5% (when Adamant Will buff is active)
Dimensional Soul Artifact.png Dimensional Soul Artifact Increases enemy damage by 25%

Armor Penetration[edit | edit source]

Armor penetration is a statistic that reduces the defense of the player's targets. For instance, a Purple Slime normally has 6 defense. If the player has 5 Armor penetration, then the slime will be taken to have 1 defense instead.

Source Armor penetration bonus
Skeletron Prime (Lore).png Skeletron Prime (Lore) 5
Deific Amulet.png Deific Amulet 25
Rampart of Deities.png Rampart of Deities 50
Omega Blue armor.png Omega Blue armor 50 (Set bonus)
Reaper Tooth Necklace.png Reaper Tooth Necklace 100

Defense Reduction[edit | edit source]

Several weapons can permanently lower an enemy's defense if it does not change again.

Source Defense Reduction
Corrupted Crusher Blade.png Corrupted Crusher Blade 5
Majestic Guard.png Majestic Guard 10
Grand Guardian.png Grand Guardian 15
Earth.png Earth 50
Anti-materiel Rifle.png Anti-materiel Rifle 50
Skullmasher.png Skullmasher 50
Grand Dad.png Grand Dad Sets non-Boss enemy defense to 0

Vanilla Changes[edit | edit source]

Defensive accessory modifiers now additionally increase damage reduction, with rarer defense modifiers granting a larger damage reduction bonus.

  • The damage reduction bonus increases by 0.25% for every point of defense increased. (i.e the Hard modifier grants a 0.25% damage reduction bonus while the Warding modifier grants a 1% damage reduction bonus)

Damage reduction (DR) is soft capped at 33%. Any amount exceeding the cap will be 90% less effective. Additionally, any amount exceeding this cap will be added to the player's defense.

Several items had their defense and damage reduction values changed.

  • The Worm Scarf now only provides 10% damage reduction instead of 17%.
  • A full set of Gladiator armor now provides 21 defense instead of 7.
  • A full set of Obsidian armor now provides 19 defense instead of 16.
  • The defense of the Hallowed Plate Mail now provides 18 defense and the Hallowed Greaves now provide 13 defense.
  • A full set of Solar Flare armor now provides 94 defense instead of 78.