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The Perforators
The Perforators.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe Crimson
Max Life11,950 / 18,121 / 20,537 (total)
KB Resist100%
Immune toGlacial StateTemporal SadnessConfused

Perforator Trophy.png "An abomination of comingled flesh ... infested primarily by blood-slurping worms." Perforator Trophy.png

The Perforators are a group of Pre-Hardmode bosses fought in The Crimson. They consist of 3 worms with varying appearances and sizes, and a crimson, fleshy hive.

They are the Crimson counterpart to The Hive Mind.

Spawn[edit | edit source]

The Perforators do not spawn on their own. The player can summon them manually with Bloody Worm Food or by killing a Perforator Cyst while in The Crimson.

Bosses[edit | edit source]

The Perforator Hive
The Perforator Hive.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe Crimson
AI TypeThe Perforator Hive AI
Damage30 / 48 / 60 / 69 (Contact)
36 / 56 / 70 / 80 (Blood Geyser)
36 / 56 / 70 / 80 (Ichor Shot)
Max Life3,450 / 6,224 / 8,640
Defense 0
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration2 seconds (Blood Geyser)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffIchor (debuff)Ichor (debuff)
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Ichor Shot)
Debuff tooltipDefense reduced by 20
All damage taken increased by 25%
Perforator Hive map.png
Map Icon
The PerforatorSmall
The Perforator (Small).png
Statistics
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
EnvironmentThe Crimson
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage30 / 60 / 72 / 79 (Head)
18 / 28 / 32 (Body)
10 / 16 / 18 (Tail)
30 / 48 / 55 (Blood Clot)
Max Life1,250 / 1,749
Defense 0 (Head)
8 (Body)
18 (Tail)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration2 seconds (Blood Clot)
3 seconds (Head)
1.5 seconds (Body)
1 seconds (Tail)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Head)
1.5 seconds (Body)
1 seconds (Tail)
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Head)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Drops
Coins 5 Gold Coin.png
Small Perforator map.png
Map Icon
The PerforatorMedium
The Perforator (Medium).png
Statistics
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
EnvironmentThe Crimson
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage35 / 70 / 84 / 92 (Head)
21 / 33 / 37 (Body)
14 / 22 / 25 (Tail)
30 / 48 / 55 (Blood Clot)
Max Life2,000 / 2,799
Defense 0 (Head)
10 (Body)
22 (Tail)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration2 seconds (Blood Clot)
4 seconds (Head)
2 seconds (Body)
1 seconds (Tail)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration4 seconds (Head)
2 seconds (Body)
1 seconds (Tail)
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Head)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Drops
Coins 5 Gold Coin.png
Medium Perforator map.png
Map Icon
The PerforatorLarge
The Perforator (Large).png
Statistics
TypeBossBurrowing Enemy
EnvironmentThe Crimson
AI TypeWorm AI
Damage45 / 90 / 108 / 118 (Head)
24 / 38 / 43 (Body)
18 / 28 / 32 (Tail)
30 / 48 / 55 (Blood Clot)
Max Life2,500 / 3,499
Defense 0 (Head)
12 (Body)
25 (Tail)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration2 seconds (Blood Clot)
5 seconds (Head)
3 seconds (Body)
1.5 seconds (Tail)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration5 seconds (Head)
3 seconds (Body)
1.5 seconds (Tail)
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Head)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Drops
Coins 5 Gold Coin.png
Large Perforator map.png
Map Icon

Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Perforator Hive will hover above the player, shooting projectiles and spawning Perforator worms from off-screen as it loses health. The Perforators all behave like typical worms, burrowing through blocks and charging at the player. The Perforators will also occasionally fire blood clots at the player from their body segments, which inflict the Burning Blood debuff. Each Perforator has different sizes, stats, appearances, and speeds.

The worms move progressively faster and have greater turning speeds as they lose health. If they're too far away from the player, they gain the ability to fly in order to return to the fight or reach an elevated platform more easily.

Leaving the Crimson biome will cause the Perforator Hive to enrage, making it invulnerable to all damage until the player returns. The worms will remain vulnerable, however.

The Perforator Hive[edit | edit source]

  • Periodically shoots volleys of either blood geyser or ichor glob projectiles, which inflict the Burning Blood and Ichor debuffs respectively.
    • The projectiles are shot slightly upward, which then spread out and fall down to cover a large area. The projectiles are horizontally parallel and are always shot in groups of 20.
    • The projectiles are initially unable to pass through blocks but become able to do so 2 seconds after they are shot.

The Small Perforator[edit | edit source]

  • Spawns when the Perforator Hive reaches 70% health.
  • This small worm is much faster than the other two and fires blood clots at a higher frequency.

The Medium Perforator[edit | edit source]

  • Spawns when the Perforator Hive reaches 40% health.
  • This medium-sized worm is slower but stronger than the Small Perforator.

The Large Perforator[edit | edit source]

  • Spawns when the Perforator Hive reaches 10% health.
  • This large worm is the most powerful and durable of the three, but it is also the slowest and fires blood clots the least often.
  • The Perforator Hive is unable to be damaged while the Large Perforator is alive.

In Expert Mode[edit | edit source]

  • The Perforators move and turn faster.

In Revengeance Mode[edit | edit source]

  • The Perforator Hive shoots projectiles more often and attempts to ram the player if one or more Perforator is alive.
  • The Perforators shoot projectiles more often, and the projectiles travel faster.
  • The Perforators' heads inflict the Horror debuff on contact.

In Death Mode[edit | edit source]

  • The Perforator Hive shoots projectiles even more often and has increased aggression.
  • The more Perforators are alive, the faster the Perforator Hive moves while trying to ram the player.
  • The Perforators are significantly shorter in length.
    • This reduces the effectiveness of piercing weapons and makes them harder to hit.

During the Boss Rush[edit | edit source]

  • All difficulty mode changes, regardless of the world's difficulty mode.
  • The Perforator Hive can exist outside of the Crimson without becoming enraged.
  • The Perforator Hive moves quicker.
  • The Perforators move significantly faster.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • Building a few layers of platforms across The Crimson will make avoiding the Perforators much easier.
    • The Perforators have extremely high speed when tunneling horizontally, and can tunnel through platforms if they reach them. Keeping platforms around 15 blocks above the ground and each other can help prevent this.
    • Be careful: If platforms are too high the player might leave the Crimson while standing on them, enraging the boss and making the Hive and worms invincible.
  • The projectiles that the Hive shoots are destroyed by blocks, meaning the player can stand below a thick ceiling of blocks to make the fight easier.
    • The player can also use the roof of a Crimson Chasm to block the projectiles. However, this is risky due to blocks being all around the player, allowing the worms to easily attack.
  • When a Perforator worm is spawned, the player should target it until it's dead while avoiding damaging the Hive, this will make sure the player isn't overwhelmed by multiple worms at once.
    • The worms will drop hearts on death, the player should remember where they killed the worms so they can use these hearts later unless they are hurt enough to warrant their immediate use.

Weapons & Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • The Perforator Hive will consistently float above the player, so weapons with projectiles are recommended as getting close is extremely difficult without high jump speed and vertical movement accessories.
    • If using the above strategy of having a roof to destroy projectiles, a weapon that can hit through blocks or that can set up "traps" to lure the Hive into will be more effective.
  • The Seashine Sword, Enchanted Sword and Amidias' Trident have projectiles which are effective against The Perforator Hive.
    • The Riptide is also a good option, especially when dealing with the worms.
  • The Barinade is an extremely powerful bow that can quickly decimate both The Perforator Hive and its worms.
  • The Hellwing Staff and Flare Bolt are great weapons for dealing with the Hive and its worms.
    • The Flare Bolt, like all "Bolt" weapons, is best used in an enclosed space where the projectiles can bounce. The player can encase their arena in blocks to allow for this.
    • Luring the worms into several Demon Scythe shots can deal insane damage and kill them quickly.
  • The Magical Conch can deal incredible amounts of damage to the worms in a short period of time, but struggles with hitting the Hive.
    • The Seabound Staff can be used for hitting the Hive due to its summons being able to fly.
  • The Seafoam Bomb can deal an extreme amount of damage to the worms due to its lingering effect.
  • The Bouncing Eyeball can be used for damaging the hive, doing moderate damage.
  • The Crimson Flask accessory helps with survivability by giving +3 defense and +7% damage reduction whilst in the Crimson.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • During Hardmode, The Perforators can be fought to get an effective amount of Ichor. This is a highly effective way to get Ichor in a Corruption world, as The Perforators can be fought on a Crimson island.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Perforators' theme is Blood Coagulant, which was composed by the artists DM DOKURO and SixteenInMono.
    • If the Calamity Music add-on mod is disabled, Boss 2 will play instead.
  • The Perforators could be considered the Crimson's version of the Eater of Worlds, while The Hive Mind could be considered the Corruption's version of the Brain of Cthulhu.
  • If the player deals sufficiently high damage in a short time, the Perforator Hive can be killed before its invincibility activates. This causes the worms to move away off-screen and despawn.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Once a single large worm, the Perforators are separate entities that have lost the need for their eyes after evolving to live as a parasite inside the creature called the Brain of Cthulhu. If they lose their host, they burrow as a group to the depths of the crimson and wait for a new host to come across them. Unluckily for you, their new host is you.