Guide:Desert Scourge strategies

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Desert Scourge
Desert Scourge.png
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
AI TypeWorm AI
Max Life2,300 / 3,680 / 4,240
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Shellfish ClapsEnragedKami Flu
Coins 5 Gold Coin.png
Desert Scourge map.png
Map Icon

The Desert Scourge is usually the first Calamity boss players will face in their playthrough, typically fought after King Slime. The Desert Scourge is summoned by using a Desert Medallion in the Desert biome at any time.

This guide will mention items exclusive to Expert and Revengeance Mode with no special formatting and will follow the intended progression.

Terrain Preparation[edit | edit source]

Leaving the Desert biome will cause the Desert Scourge to enrage, becoming invulnerable to all damage, so staying in the Desert should be the highest priority.

Build a single set of platforms above the desert and preferably level the ground of the arena. The platforms should be about 20 blocks above the ground. Great vertical and horizontal mobility is a must for this fight, considering the high mobility of the boss itself. Campfires and Heart Lanterns are useful assets to boost health regeneration, so they should be placed throughout the arena.

During the fight, the Desert Scourge will summon Dried Seekers as it takes damage, so keep this in mind when building your arena. In addition to this, two smaller Desert Scourges will spawn at the start of the fight in Revengeance mode or higher.

Gearing Up[edit | edit source]

Armor[edit | edit source]

Accessories[edit | edit source]

  • Hermes Boots and any of its upgrades are extremely useful in keeping up with the Desert Scourge's pace.
  • Any double jump, preferably the Sandstorm in a Bottle or Blizzard in a Bottle helps with the vertical movement needed to dodge the worms as they gain speed.
    • The Bundle of Balloons combines three double jumps into one, making it very useful, though it requires more effort to obtain.
  • The Frog Leg is another option that gives a sizable jump boost.
  • Stress Pills or Laudanum are great well-rounded accessories providing some movement, defensive, and offensive boosts.
  • Heart of Darkness is very useful as it provides a faster and easier way to regenerate the Rage Meter.
  • The Shark Tooth Necklace provides armor penetration, increasing the damage of your weapons. This is especially helpful for low damage and fast firing weapons such as the Minishark.
  • Melee players using yoyos should equip a White String and/or a Counterweight to increase the range and effectiveness of the yoyo.
  • Magic players can make use of the Magic Cuffs and/or Mana Flower along with Mana Potions to recover their mana during the fight.
  • Summoners can boost their minion damage and durability with the Spirit Glyph.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Weapons made of Wulfrum Shards or Victide Bars should suffice, although there are many other available options found early in the game.

Melee[edit | edit source]

  • The Ball O' Hurt is an excellent option with its large amount of piercing, which can severely dent the Desert Scourge, especially when powered by Rage or Adrenaline.
    • Using this weapon requires a platform closer to the ground in order for the Desert Scourge to be in range of the weapon and as such, can be risky to use.
  • The Cnidarian is a good choice for good range, allowing the player to hit the Desert Scourge safely from afar.
  • The Mandible Claws are a good choice for tanking the fight. Arkhalis is even more effective, but requires immense luck to be obtained.
  • The Seashell Boomerang's good range and DPS should make the fight fairly straight-forward for Melee users. As the boomerangs stack up on each other, they can net good damage against the worms.

Ranged[edit | edit source]

  • The Minishark is a powerful option as a gun. Any ammo will suffice, although Meteor Shots can provide extra damage due to their piercing capabilities.
  • Any bow, preferably the Seabow or Wulfrum Bow, can make short work of the Desert Scourge with Jester's Arrows. The infinite piercing lands many strikes against the Desert Scourge, often killing it before it has a chance to attack.

Mage[edit | edit source]

  • The Coral Spout is extremely powerful as the projectiles will constantly deal damage as the Desert Scourge moves through them.
  • The Frost Bolt is a good option, as its piercing ability plus its capability to inflict Frostburn can deal high damage to the Desert Scourge's summons in a short amount of time.
  • Gem Staves, particularly the Ruby Staff or Diamond Staff, are good choices, providing high damage with the higher tier staves providing additional piercing.
  • Should the player get lucky with Dungeon generation, the Water Bolt is also an option, providing high base damage and piercing.

Summoner[edit | edit source]

  • The Slime Staff is the best option for summoners, as it can make short work of the Desert Scourge's many segments.
  • The Stormjaw Staff is also extremely good for damage output due to the sparks hitting the Desert Scourge multiple times.

Rogue[edit | edit source]

  • Despite lacking piercing, the Crystalline is great for its raw damage when all of the split daggers land hits.
  • The Seashell Boomerang is also a great option for Rogue users with good range and DPS.
  • Wulfrum Knives are another good option that can pierce a few segments.

Throwing[edit | edit source]

  • Molotov Cocktails are an excellent weapon that have a large area of effect.
  • Shurikens are a good option, as they pierce up to four segments and deal good damage.
  • Throwing Knives are similar to Shurikens, providing more raw damage in exchange for less piercing.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • The Slimy Saddle is a powerful mount that can be used to attack the Desert Scourge while additionally remaining out of harm's way.
  • The Well Fed buff provides a useful all around stat boost.

The Fight[edit | edit source]

The Desert Scourge will spawn off-screen, which means players should be prepared to avoid the Desert Scourge as it approaches them. In Revengeance Mode or higher, two additional smaller Desert Scourges spawn and should be prioritized before killing the main worm.

It is important to stay on the platform in order to remain out of the Desert Scourge's reach. The Desert Scourge will periodically release Dried Seekers as it takes damage. These can be largely ignored as they cannot reach the arena platform.

Occasionally the Desert Scourge will burrow underground before lunging at the player and burrowing again. This can be dodged by moving in the opposite direction it is lunging and actually leaves the boss extremely vulnerable to attacks.

In Revengeance mode and higher, the main worm will occasionally fire sand blasts from its body. These can be easily dodged by moving left and right.

In Death Mode, the Desert Scourge is larger, has more body segments, burrows more often, and casually increases its acceleration and velocity as it loses health. The strategy players should use mostly remains the same however.

The Desert Scourge can use platforms to burrow higher, so be sure to place them high up so it cannot reach them. Be sure to not place them outside of the Desert or it will become invulnerable.

As the Desert Scourge takes more damage, it will get exponentially faster and will eventually be able to gain enough speed to reach the arena platform. It is imperative to avoid the head at all costs as contact with it deals immense damage, especially in Expert mode and higher.

General Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Disabling backgrounds can help players who have trouble focusing on all the different things that are going on during the fight.
  • In Revengeance mode and higher, using Adrenaline or Rage can remove a large chunk of the Desert Scourge's health when it is low to swiftly end the fight.
  • Using the Overlay Minimap and changing its the transparency with Page Up and Page Down keys can provide the player with icon of bosses that are too far to see without the Minimap, making it a useful tactic to aim at bosses.