Polterghast

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PolterghastPhase 1
Polterghast.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDungeon
AI TypePolterghast AI
Damage150 / 240 / 300 / 345 (Contact)
120 / 192 / 240 / 276 (Blue Phantom Shot)
140 / 240 / 300 / 345 (Blue Phantom Blast)
Max Life412,500 / 660,000 /
792,000
Defense90
DR15%
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration5 seconds (Contact)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Ichor (debuff)Cursed InfernoAbyssal FlamesDemon FlamesGod Slayer InfernoNightwitherShredShellfish ClapsEnragedDaybrokenOiledCelled
Polterghast map.png
Map Icon
NecroghastPhase 2
Necroghast.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDungeon
AI TypePolterghast AI
Damage180 / 288 / 360 / 414 (Contact)
130 / 212 / 265 / 304 (Red Phantom Shot)
150 / 260 / 325 / 373 (Red Phantom Blast)
Max Life309,275 / 412,500
495,000 / 660,000
594,000 / 792,000
712,800 / 792,000
Defense72
DR20%
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration5 seconds (Contact)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Ichor (debuff)Cursed InfernoAbyssal FlamesDemon FlamesGod Slayer InfernoNightwitherShredShellfish ClapsEnragedDaybrokenOiledCelled
NecroplasmPhase 3
Necroplasm.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentDungeon
AI TypePolterghast AI
Damage210 / 336 / 420 / 483 (Contact)
Max Life136,125 / 412,500
217,800 / 660,000
396,000 / 792,000
633,700 / 792,000
Defense45
DR50%
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration5 seconds (Contact)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Ichor (debuff)Cursed InfernoAbyssal FlamesDemon FlamesGod Slayer InfernoNightwitherShredShellfish ClapsEnragedDaybrokenOiledCelled
Drops
Coins5 Platinum Coin
Not to be confused with Poltergeist, the vanilla enemy.

Polterghast Trophy.png "Long-dead prisoners seek their zealous revenge..." Polterghast Trophy.png

Polterghast is a post-Moon Lord boss that can be fought in the Dungeon. While it is optional, it is highly recommended to fight it before challenging The Devourer of Gods.

Defeating Polterghast will provide the player with Ruinous Souls, a material used to craft powerful equipment. Additionally, mini bosses in the Abyss will begin dropping weapons upon its defeat, and the final tier of the Acid Rain event will become unlocked.

Summoning[edit | edit source]

Polterghast can be summoned by using a Necroplasmic Beacon in the Dungeon. Alternatively, if it has not yet been defeated in the world, it will spawn after killing 30 Phantom Spirits, which can be found in the Dungeon after Moon Lord has been defeated. After defeating it once, using a Necroplasmic Beacon becomes the only way to summon the boss.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Polterghast behaves similarly to Plantera, chasing the player quickly while using four long appendages to grapple blocks. In later phases, however, these appendages will detach and begin firing projectiles independently.

If the player travels to the Surface outside of the Dungeon, Polterghast will enrage, gaining a speed boost until they return. Additionally, while enraged, Polterghast will gain double damage and defense. If they remain on the surface for over 10 seconds, Polterghast will accelerate away and despawn.

Phase 1 (Polterghast)[edit | edit source]

  • Polterghast follows a Plantera-like behavior, placing its hooks on nearby walls to pull itself towards the player.
  • Polterghast alternates between moving slowly while firing slow, bouncing Phantom Shots and moving more quickly while firing fast, homing Phantom Blasts that move through blocks.
  • Transforms into Necroghast at 75% / 90% health.

Phase 2 (Necroghast)[edit | edit source]

  • Necroghast's hooks detach from their chains, and they begin independently moving and shooting ghostly projectiles at the player.
  • Necroghast moves more quickly and deals more melee damage.
  • Necroghast begins firing Potent Phantom Shots and Blasts, which are red projectiles that travel faster, further, and deal slightly more damage.
  • Transforms into Necroplasm at 33% / 50% / 80% health.

Phase 3 (Necroplasm)[edit | edit source]

  • Necroplasm's hooks move slower and less often. The chains reappear and the hooks no longer shoot projectiles.
  • Necroplasm moves significantly faster and deals even more contact damage. Additionally, it fires a spread of 4 darts every 7 seconds.
  • Necroplasm summons three invincible Phantoms which slowly revolve around the player. The Phantoms fire phantom orb mines which are initially slow, but quickly accelerate toward the player.
  • Necroplasm summons a invincible clone of itself. The clone behaves similar to Necroplasm, staying within the hooks. It alternates with Necroplasm in chasing the player.
  • When below 20% / 33% / 50% health, Necroplasm begins summoning up to 2 Happy Phantom Spirits, which also fire ghostly projectiles at the player.
  • When below 5% / 10% / 25% health, Necroplasm begins to move more quickly as a last-ditch effort to attack the player, and will also stop summoning Happy Phantom Spirits.

In Revengeance Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Polterghast is faster in all three phases.
  • Transitions into Phase 3 (Necroplasm) at 50% health instead of 33%.
  • Spawns Happy Phantom Spirits at 33% health instead of 20%.
  • Moves much faster at 10% health instead of 5% health.
  • Phantoms shoot more often.

In Death Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions into Phase 2 (Necroghast) at 90% health instead of 75%.
  • Transitions into Phase 3 (Necroplasm) at 80% health instead of 50%.
  • Phantoms Spirits shoot at an even higher frequency.

Summons[edit | edit source]

Polterghast Hook
Polterghast Hook.png
Statistics
TypeEnemy
EnvironmentDungeon
AI TypePolterghast Hook AI
Damage0 (Contact)
120 / 192 / 240 / 276 (Phantom Shot)
Max Life50,000 / 60,000
Defense50
KB Resist0% / 10%
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Contact)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Immune toAll debuffs
PolterghastClone
Polterghast (Clone).png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentDungeon
AI TypePolterghast (Clone) AI
Damage210 / 336 / 420 / 483
Max Life130,000 / 208,000 /
240,000
Defense0
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffHorrorHorror
100% chance
Debuff duration5 seconds (Contact)
Debuff tooltipThe horror...
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Ichor (debuff)Cursed InfernoAbyssal FlamesDemon FlamesGod Slayer InfernoNightwitherShredShellfish ClapsEnraged
Polterghast (Clone) map.png
Map Icon
Phantom
Phantom.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentDungeon
AI TypePhantom AI
Damage0 (Contact)
150 / 248 / 310 / 356 (Phantom Mine)
Max Life1500
Defense0
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs
Image Name Condition
Happy Phantom Spirit Happy Phantom Spirit Phase 3

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Polterghast's damage reduction works differently from other bosses. Ichor reduces its DR by 12%, and Cursed Inferno reduces its DR by 10%.
    • This reduction is multiplicative. As such, when under the effects of Ichor, DR is 13.2% in Phase 1, 17.6% in Phase 2, and 44% in Phase 3. When under the effects of Cursed Inferno, DR is 13.5% in Phase 1, 18% in Phase 2, and 45% in Phase 3.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Polterghast, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Polterghast strategies.
  • Polterghast has similar AI to Plantera, which means that movement strategies used during that boss fight may work here as well.
  • The True Tyrant's Ultisword and Galactus Blade are powerful melee weapons for all phases.
  • The Blissful Bombardier's homing capabilities allow players to focus more on dodging while Angelic Shotgun deals a major amount of damage, making both options very viable.
  • The Aether's Whisper can be used very effectively, especially when shot towards blocks.
  • The Mistlestorm and Sanguine Flare can deal great bursts of damage to Polterghast.
  • Cosmilamps can easily decimate the Polterghast in combination with the Energy Staff.
  • The Molten Amputator and Cosmic Kunai are excellent at dealing high damage in close range.
  • Don't rush too much when fighting its last form. The chaotic activity can easily overwhelm the player if they're careless. Take your time and be careful when dodging.
  • Interestingly, Polterghast is slowed in water, allowing the player to encase a certain area and use the Abyssal Diving Suit to their advantage.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Polterghast's theme is Feral Amalgamation, which was made by the artist DM DOKURO.
    • If the Calamity Music add-on mod is disabled, Plantera's theme will play instead.
    • Polterghast’s theme used to be Ruin, a remix of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from the game The End is Nigh.
  • Polterghast's clone in Phase 3 was inspired by Pontiff Sulyvahn, a boss from the game Dark Souls III.
  • The boss’ multiple names are the result of a sort argument between the spriter, LordMetarex, and the lead developer, Fabsol, also known as MountainDrew. The spriter was naming his files ‘Necroplasm’ and was using it as the official name for the boss. During a spoiler, the official name was revealed to be ‘Polterghast’. After an argument the developer decided to use ‘Polterghast’ for the first phase and ‘Necroplasm’ for the last phase. ‘Necroghast’, being a combination of the two names, was used for phase two.
  • In Polterghast's second and third phases, the Boss Health Bar displays the name of the phase followed by "the Polterghast", similarly to how Town NPC names are displayed in Status messages.
  • In the mod's source files, Phantoms are referred to as 'PhantomFuckYou'.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Over the course of Yharim's conquest over the world, countless people perished - whether killed by his forces, imprisoned and fed alive to his monsters, or struck down by Yharim himself. Few died peacefully, and many cursed the Jungle Tyrant's name with their last breath. Some found peace in their afterlife; others lingered in the physical realm as phantoms, their hatred and anguish immutable even by death.

The Dungeon served as Yharim's prison during his rule - and for the less fortunate, his torture and execution chambers. Attracted to the bloody reek of pain and death, the restless spirits flocked to the Dungeon in droves, possessing the corpses of the deceased and animating armors and weapons. Though easily dispatched at first, their numbers grew and grew - seemingly without end as the death toll of Yharim’s reign continued to rise. Deeming the Dungeon a waste of his men and resources, he withdrew them and left the dead to rot.

As spirits clinging to reality through little more than hatred, they held no loyalty to their fellow dead. Many swiftly turned on each other - souls devouring souls in an instinctual bid for power. As lesser souls grew swift and elusive, the first souls to feed continued to fight and consume one another until a legion took form, lacking even the concept of predator and prey. Hatred for the one that first slew them and a desire for more that could never be satisfied; reduced from countless living men to a mindless beast, nothing else drove the amalgamation now.

Scraping fragments of metal into patchwork armor and animating broken chains with its essence to better hunt its lesser brethren, the Polterghast roams the depths of the Dungeon away from prying eyes. It continues to feed and fester in the darkness until it feels the power of the object of its collective hatred once more...or until it detects one whose power has begun approaching the point of indistinguishability.