The Perforators

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The Perforators
The Perforators.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe Crimson
Max Life11,000 / 15,897 / 17,647 / 19,946 (total)
KB Resist100%

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
Damage35 / 56 / 58 / 84 (melee)
32 / 48 / 50 / 72 (blood clot)
Max Life2,500 / 4,000 / 5,750 / 8,049
Defense (DR)0 (15% DR)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration3.33 seconds / 6.66 seconds (blood clot)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffIchor (debuff)Ichor (debuff)
100% chance
Debuff duration3.33 seconds / 6.66 seconds (ichor glob)
Debuff tooltipReduced defense
Perforator Hive map.png
Map Icon
The PerforatorSmall
The Perforator (Small).png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe Crimson
AI TypeThe Perforator AI
Damage30 / 69 / 72 / 103 (head)
20 / 28 / 29 / 42 (body)
10 / 14 / 14 / 21 (tail)
22 / 36 / 37 / 54 (blood clot)
Max Life2,000 / 2,799
Defense 0 (Head)
8 (Body)
18 (Tail)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration3.33 seconds / 6.66 seconds (blood clot)
2 seconds / 4 seconds (head)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration4 seconds (head)
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Drops
Coins5 Gold Coin.png
Small Perforator map.png
Map Icon
The PerforatorMedium
The Perforator (Medium).png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe Crimson
AI TypeThe Perforator AI
Damage35 / 80 / 84 / 120 (head)
25 / 35 / 36 / 52 (body)
15 / 21 / 22 / 31 (tail)
22 / 36 / 37 / 54 (blood clot)
Max Life3,000 / 4,199
Defense 0 (Head)
10 (Body)
22 (Tail)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration3.33 seconds / 6.66 seconds (blood clot)
3.33 seconds / 6.66 seconds (head)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration5.33 seconds (head)
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Drops
Coins5 Gold Coin.png
Medium Perforator map.png
Map Icon
The PerforatorLarge
The Perforator (Large).png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe Crimson
AI TypeThe Perforator AI
Damage40 / 92 / 96 / 138 (head)
30 / 42 / 44 / 63 (body)
20 / 28 / 29 / 42 (tail)
22 / 36 / 37 / 54 (blood clot)
Max Life3,500 / 4,899
Defense 0 (Head)
12 (Body)
25 (Tail)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBurning BloodBurning Blood
100% chance
Debuff duration3.33 seconds / 6.66 seconds (blood clot)
4 seconds / 8 seconds (head)
3 seconds / 6 seconds (body)
Debuff tooltipYour blood is on fire
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration6.66 seconds (head)
3.33 seconds (body)
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Drops
Coins5 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 worms as it loses health. The Perforators all behave like typical worms, burrowing through blocks and charging at the player. However, the Perforators will occasionally fire blood clots at the player which inflict the Burning Blood debuff, and each Perforator has different sizes, stats, appearances, and speeds.

When a worm is killed, the remaining worms gain increased movement speed and attack power.

The Perforator Hive[edit | edit source]

  • Shoots blood clot and ichor glob projectiles at the player, which inflict the Burning Blood and Ichor debuffs respectively. The projectiles are shot in two methods:
    • One large volley that flies skywards for a very short time, before falling down and covering a large area.
    • A smaller amount of them shot directly at the player, in a shotgun spread.

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 resilient of the three but is also the slowest.
  • The Perforator Hive is unable to be damaged while the Large Perforator is alive.

In Expert Mode[edit | edit source]

  • The Large Perforator is nearly invulnerable until the other two Perforators are killed.
  • The Perforators' heads (and the Large Perforator's body) inflict the Bleeding debuff on contact.

In Revengeance Mode[edit | edit source]

  • The Perforator Hive shoots more projectiles.
  • The Perforators' heads inflict the Horror debuff on contact.

In Death Mode[edit | edit source]

  • The Hive fires blood clots rapidly, which can travel through tiles.
  • The Perforators are significantly shorter.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Using Meteor armor with a Space Gun is useful since the Space Gun uses no Mana and can pierce through the worms.
  • Using Grenades is an efficient way to damage the worms.
  • Make sure to not leave the Crimson at all costs as the Perforator Hive will be immune to all damage.
  • Make an arena of platforms high in the air. The worms have rapid horizontal speed but sluggish vertical speed, making them easy to dodge when moving upward. Make sure not to make them so high that you are no longer in the Crimson however.
  • Once a Perforator worm spawns after the Hive has been damaged enough, it's best to focus only on the worm until it's dead, avoiding damaging the Hive while it is alive. After defeating a worm, attempt to reach where the worm was defeated to pick up its hearts, and resume damaging the Hive. This ensures that the player is not overwhelmed by multiple worms at once and also remains sufficiently healed.
  • During Hardmode, The Perforators can be fought to get a effective amount of Ichor. This is the only way to get Ichor in a Corrupted world, and can be useful if you want the Everglade Spray, as The Perforators can be fought on a Crimson island.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Lore[edit | edit source]

Once a single Eater of Worlds, 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.