Desert Scourge

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Desert Scourge
Desert Scourge.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeWorm AI
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,240 / 8,160
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Exo FreezeShellfish ClapsEnraged
Drops
Coins 5 Gold Coin.png
Desert Scourge map.png
Map Icon
Not to be confused with the Scourge of the Desert, a rogue weapon.

Desert Scourge Trophy.png "...A dried up and gluttonous husk on a constant and voracious search for its next meal." Desert Scourge Trophy.png

The Desert Scourge is a Pre-Hardmode boss. It is the earliest boss available to the player in the Calamity Mod and is considered the weakest of them. It is intended to be fought before the Eye of Cthulhu, but can still pose a considerable challenge to new players with only basic equipment.

Spawn[edit | edit source]

The Desert Scourge does not spawn on its own, and requires the player to summon it with the Desert Medallion. It must be summoned in the Desert or Underground Desert.

Segments[edit | edit source]

Desert Scourge Head
Desert Scourge Head.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage20 / 72 / 90 / 259
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,240 / 8,160
Defense 0
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration5 seconds
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Desert Scourge Body
Desert Scourge Body.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage12 / 19 / 22 (melee)
60 / 69 (sand blast)
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,240 / 8,160
Defense (DR)8 (5% DR)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration2 seconds
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Desert Scourge Tail
Desert Scourge Tail.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage9 / 14 / 16
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,240 / 8,160
Defense (DR)18 (10% DR)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration1.5 seconds
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Desert Scourge behaves like a regular worm enemy, moving through blocks and attempting to ram the player.

It becomes invulnerable if the player exits the Desert biome.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Its speed will increase as it loses health. After killing Skeletron, the Desert Scourge moves faster.
  • Once below 75% health, Desert Scourge will begin to spawn Dried Seekers.

In Expert Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Desert Scourge is faster.

In Revengeance Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Desert Scourge shoots sand blasts at the player, similar to Eater of Worlds in Expert Mode.
  • Desert Scourge spawns with 2 smaller Desert Scourges. Defeating the main worm will count as a boss defeat and gives the drops.

In Death Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Desert Scourge is much faster.

Summons[edit | edit source]

Image Name Condition
Dried Seeker Dried Seeker Below 75% life
Desert Scourge (Small) Desert Scourge (Small) Always in Revengeance Mode or in Boss Rush
Desert Scourge HeadSmall
Desert Scourge Head.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage18 / 36 / 41
Max Life800 / 1,119
Defense 0
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Shellfish ClapsEnraged
Desert Scourge BodySmall
Desert Scourge Body.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage10 / 20 / 23
Max Life800 / 1,119
Defense 5
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration1 second
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Immune toGlacial StateConfused
Desert Scourge TailSmall
Desert Scourge Tail.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage8 / 16 / 18
Max Life800 / 1,119
Defense 9
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration0.5 seconds
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Immune toGlacial StateConfused

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Fishing Drops[edit | edit source]

Image Item Quantity Rate
Sonar Potion Sonar Potion 2-3 20%
Crate Potion Crate Potion 2-3 20%
Fishing Potion Fishing Potion 2-3 20%
Angler Hat Angler Hat 1 20%
Angler Vest Angler Vest 1 20%
Angler Pants Angler Pants 1 20%
Fisherman's Pocket Guide Fisherman's Pocket Guide 1 10%
Sextant Sextant 1 10%
Angler Earring Angler Earring 1 10%
Weather Radio Weather Radio 1 10%
High Test Fishing Line High Test Fishing Line 1 6.67%
Tackle Box Tackle Box 1 6.67%
Angler Tackle Bag Angler Tackle Bag 1 6.67% / 3.33%
Golden Bug Net Golden Bug Net(After Skeletron has been defeated) 1 5%

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Desert Scourge, along with The Leviathan and the Aquatic Scourge, can drop items rewarded by the Angler for completing his quests.
  • All of the Desert Scourge's loot will spawn at the nearest segment with the exception of the Sand Blocks and Hearts, which will always spawn at the head.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating the Desert Scourge, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Desert Scourge strategies.
  • Building a high platform out of its reach is a very effective way of dispatching the boss, although this platform must remain within the Desert biome for the boss to be vulnerable.
    • If this platform is about 25 blocks above the ground, the Slime Staff can be summoned on the ground, easily killing the boss without the player needing to move very much. With this tactic, the Desert Scourge can be farmed almost the moment the player finds the Desert since the Slime Staff is given in the Starter Bag.
  • Avoid its head at all costs in Expert Mode or on higher difficulties.
  • Using Mandible Claws alongside the Amidias' Spark can allow the player to face-tank the Desert Scourge, killing it before it deals too much damage.
  • Piercing weapons such as any Bow with Jester's Arrow can deal high damage by piercing through Desert Scourge's segments.
  • Grenades, Spiky Balls, and Coral Spout are all greatly effective against the Desert Scourge and its summons due to their lingering effects.
  • Slimy Saddle can be used to bounce on the boss' segments, inflicting extra damage while being relatively safe.
  • The Amidias' Spark when equipped can deal good damage with its sparks to the Scourge.
  • Using the Victide armor, Shield of the Ocean, and Siren's Heart while underwater will give a massive bonus to speed and defense.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Desert Scourge's theme is Guardian of the Former Seas, which was composed by the artist DM DOKURO.
    • If the Calamity Music add-on mod is disabled, Boss 1 will play instead.
  • The Aquatic Scourge is a hydrated version of the Desert Scourge, although it has been mutated by the toxic waters of the Sulphurous Sea.
  • This boss and the Aquatic Scourge can both drop the Aero Stone and several fishing drops, making them the only two bosses to share a drop outside of crafting materials, potions, or fishing items.

Lore[edit | edit source]

When the Sea King, Amidias refused to partake in the forbidden ritual to awaken the Moon Lord / The Dark Lord from his slumber and imprisonment on the moon, the Jungle Tyrant King Yharim had the witch Calamitas evaporate all of the seawater with fire and brimstone. This event caused the great sea worm, now known as the Desert Scourge, to go on a rampage. Deprived of its previous food source, Crab and Shark meat, it devoured all of the inhabitants of the now dried up sea kingdom. Now the sea worm has dried out and become a hollow shell of its former self, constantly seeking fresh meat for it to devour.

See also[edit | edit source]