Great Sand Shark

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Great Sand Shark
Great Sand Shark.png
DamageThis attack will cause defense damage on hit. 100 / 160 Expert Mode / 200 Revengeance Mode / 230 Death Mode (Contact)
80 / 160 Expert Mode (Sand Blasts)
Max Life8,000 / 12,800 Expert Mode / 17,600 Revengeance Mode
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffBleedingBleeding
100% chance
Debuff duration5 seconds
Debuff tooltipCannot regenerate life
Immune toConfused

The desert sand shifts intensely!

The Great Sand Shark is a Hardmode, post-Plantera mini boss that spawns during a Sandstorm after killing 10 Sand Sharks. It can be summoned manually by using a Sandstorm's Core at any time in a Desert. While it swims through sand like the more common Sand Shark, it has a much greater variety of attacks on top of its increased size, speed, health and damage, making it a dangerous foe. It always drops a Grand Scale when defeated, which can be used to upgrade various weapons into more powerful versions of themselves.

It typically performs horizontal leaps towards the player's direction, but it may also perform a vertical leap aiming straight for the player. When it leaps out of the sand, it may also cause an eruption of sand projectiles. It is also capable of redirecting itself while in a leap and executing a charge in midair. If the player strays too far away from it, it will perform a series of very long charges until it returns to their vicinity.

After dropping below 50% / 75% Expert Mode health, it will begin to periodically summon Sand Sharks.


Image Name Condition
Sand Shark Sand Shark Upon reaching 50% / 75% Expert Mode health.



  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Great Sand Shark: "One wonders if there is a limit to the persistence of sharks in their quest to survive. In the very opposite of their usual climate, they have conquered too. It is a miracle that none yet have grown wings."
  • The Great Sand Shark and its associated items (with the exceptions of the Sandslasher and Sand Shark Tooth Necklace), were implemented based on a community suggestion made by ijones72 and ThatGuy on the mod's Discord server.
  • If the Boss Checklist Mod is installed, its unique despawn message will be "The apex predator of the sands disappears into the dunes..."