Desert Scourge

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Desert Scourge
Desert Scourge.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeDesert Scourge AI
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,000 / 7,840
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Exo Freeze
Drops
Coins5 Gold Coin.png
Desert Scourge map.png
Map Icon
Not to be confused with the Scourge of the Desert, a throwing 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 TypeDesert Scourge AI
Damage20 / 72 / 75 / 270
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,000 / 7,840
Defense (DR)0 (10% DR)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration10
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Desert Scourge Body
Desert Scourge Body.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeDesert Scourge AI
Damage12 / 19 / 19 / 28 (melee)
46 / 66 (sand blast)
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,000 / 7,840
Defense (DR)8 (15% DR)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration3.33
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Desert Scourge Tail
Desert Scourge Tail.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeDesert Scourge AI
Damage9 / 14 / 14 / 21
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,000 / 7,840
Defense (DR)18 (25% DR)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration1.67
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. Its segments are resistant to piercing projectiles, reducing their damage after a few hits.

It becomes invulnerable if the player exits the Desert biome.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Its speed will increase as it loses health. This ramps up once it has dropped below 75% health.
  • Once below 75% health, Desert Scourge will begin to spawn Dried Seekers.

In Expert Mode[edit | edit source]

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.
  • Once below 50% health, Desert Scourge gains significantly increased speed.

In Death Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Desert Scourge is much faster.

Summons[edit | edit source]

Image Name Condition
Dried Seeker.png Dried Seeker Below 75% life
Desert Scourge.png Desert Scourge (Enemy) Always in Revengeance Mode
Desert Scourge Head
Desert Scourge Head.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeDesert Scourge AI
Damage13 / 29 / 30 / 43
Max Life800 / 1,120
Defense 0
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration3.33
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Desert Scourge Body
Desert Scourge Body.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeDesert Scourge AI
Damage9 / 13 / 13 / 19
Max Life800 / 1,120
Defense 5
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration1.67
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Desert Scourge Tail
Desert Scourge Tail.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDesert
AI TypeDesert Scourge AI
Damage4 / 6 / 6 / 8
Max Life800 / 1,120
Defense 9
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration0.83
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life

Fishing Drops[edit | edit source]

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

Notes[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • 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 obtains the Slime Staff and finds the Desert.
  • Avoid his head at all costs in Expert Mode or on a higher difficulty.
  • Slimy Saddle can be used to bounce on the boss' segments, inflicting extra damage while being relatively safe.
  • Piercing weapons such as any Bow with Jester's Arrows, Amidias' Spark, Spiky Balls, or Frost Bolt can deal high damage by piercing through Desert Scourge's segments.
  • Using the Victide armor, Shield of the Ocean, and Siren's Heart while underwater will give a massive bonus to speed and defense. Because the Desert Scourge can be summoned in the ocean, this can be a viable way to defeat it.
  • 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.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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]