Lunatic Cultist

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Lunatic Cultist
Lunatic Cultist.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
Damage0 (Contact)
36 / 72 Expert Mode / 172 Revengeance Mode / 188 Death Mode / 108 Master Mode / 258 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (Shadow Fireball)
This attack will cause defense damage on hit. 70 / 100 Expert Mode / 208 Revengeance Mode / 224 Death Mode / 150 Master Mode / 312 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (Ice Mist)
This attack will cause defense damage on hit. 60 / 80 Expert Mode / 184 Revengeance Mode / 200 Death Mode / 120 Master Mode / 270 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (Fireball)
This attack will cause defense damage on hit. 90 / 120 Expert Mode / 220 Revengeance Mode / 240 Death Mode / 180 Master Mode / 330 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (Lightning Orb)
This attack will cause defense damage on hit. 120 / 180 Expert Mode / 210 Revengeance Mode / 225 Death Mode / 270 Master Mode (Ancient Light)
30 / 45 Expert Mode / 0 Revengeance Mode / 90 Master Mode / 0 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (Ancient Doom)
60 / 180 Expert Mode / 184 Revengeance Mode / 200 Death Mode / 540 Master Mode / 270 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (Prophecy's End)
Max Life44,500 / 55,625 Expert Mode / 66,750 Revengeance Mode / 70,920 Master Mode / 85,104 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (total)
Defense47 / 27 (≤50% health)
DR15%
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffOn Fire!On Fire!
100% chance
Debuff duration0.5-2.5 seconds / 1-5 seconds Expert Mode (Fireball)
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Inflicts debuffShadowflameShadowflame
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Ancient Doom)
2 seconds (Prophecy's End, Shadow Fireball)
Debuff tooltipLosing life
Inflicts debuffHoly FlamesHoly Flames
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Ancient Light)
Debuff tooltipDissolving from holy light
If you were looking for the Lunatic Cultist on the vanilla wiki, click here.

The Lunatic Cultist is a Hardmode boss. The Lunatic Cultist can be spawned at any point in Hardmode through the use of an Eidolon Tablet or by killing the Cultists at the Dungeon after Golem is defeated.

Defeating the Lunatic Cultist grants the player the Ancient Manipulator and spawns the Lunar Events, giving access to late game resources and items, and is necessary to summon the Moon Lord.

Spawn

The Lunatic Cultist can be summoned through either of the following methods:

  • Killing the Cultists that spawn at the entrance of the Dungeon after defeating Golem for the first time. The Cultists respawn substantially faster than in vanilla.
  • Using an Eidolon Tablet dropped by an Eidolist. This method allows the Lunatic Cultist to be summoned at any point in Hardmode; however, the Eidolon Tablet will not work if the Lunar Events are already active.

Behavior

The Cultist, his clones, and Ancient Dooms will no longer deal contact damage. Max health increased for Normal and Expert Mode.

In Revengeance Mode

The Lunatic Cultist's attacks are buffed and certain mechanics are changed. Any projectile that homes in on the player can make sharper turns. Specific changes to attacks are as follows:

Ritual

  • Clones do not have hitboxes
  • Homing weapons will not home in on the Cultist during this attack
  • Clones will no longer despawn if the Cultist is hit before completing this attack
    • Keep in mind that hitting the Cultist in time still prevents the Phantasmal Dragon and Ancient Vision from spawning
  • Time window to hit the Cultist during this attack is decreased as his health is lowered

Lightning

Ice Mists

Shadow Fireballs & Ancient Doom Projectiles

In Death Mode

  • Projectiles travel faster
  • Ancient dooms explode faster
  • Moves faster while relocating

During the Boss Rush

  • Max health increased to 2,640,000 / 3,300,000 Expert Mode / 4,675,000 Revengeance Mode
  • Switches between attacks faster.
  • Launches 3 Ice Chunks instead of 2.
  • Launches 4 spreads of Ancient Light instead of 3.
  • Summons 6 Ancient Dooms that circle the player below 50% health.

Summons

Phantasm Dragon
Phantasm Dragon.png
Statistics
TypeBurrowing Enemy
DamageThis attack will cause defense damage on hit. 120 / 180 Expert Mode / 210 Revengeance Mode / 225 Death Mode / 270 Master Mode (Head)
60 / 90 Expert Mode / 105 Revengeance Mode / 120 Death Mode / 135 Master Mode (Body, Tail)
Max Life41,600 / 52,000 Expert Mode / 62,400 Revengeance Mode / 66,300 Master Mode / 79,560 Revengeance Mode Master Mode
Defense15 (Head)
30 (Body, Tail)
KB Resist100%
Ancient Vision
Ancient Vision.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
DamageThis attack will cause defense damage on hit. 90 / 180 Expert Mode / 210 Revengeance Mode / 225 Death Mode / 270 Master Mode
Max Life2000 / 4000 Expert Mode / 6000 Master Mode
Defense30
KB Resist100%

Resistances

Gearing Up

For a Normal and Expert mode guide to the Lunatic Cultist, see Lunatic Cultist strategies on the vanilla wiki.

Armor

Accessories

Melee

Ranger

Mage

  • The Razorblade Typhoon is an awesome weapon for this purpose because of moderate DPS and homing.
  • The Laser Machinegun can be used but it drains mana extremely quickly.
  • The Everglade Spray can be utilized with any other weapon to inflict Ichor/Cursed Inferno on the Cultist.
  • The Forbidden Sun can be used because of the high DPS it gives.
  • The Razorpine will deal a lot of DPS at the cost of decreased range.
  • The Tears of Heaven has very little mobility, but has stacked projectiles that are homing, so it can deal a good amount of DPS.

Summoner

  • The Resurrection Butterfly is a cheap weapon and is powerful against the Cultist.
  • The Spikecrag Staff is a stationary sentry so it has no mobility, but deals a lot of damage if at least 2 are used.
  • The Hive Pod is another powerful sentry weapon.
  • The Xeno Staff, can deal a very high amount of damage.
  • The Borealis Bomber is a summoner weapon which dosen't use minion slots but uses mana instead and deals nice DPS.

Rogue

Classless

  • The Golden Gun gun is a weapon which deals classless damage and inflicts Ichor.
  • The Lunic Eye does a similar function.
  • The Yanmei's Knife is an option which deals classless damage and provides the user with several buffs.

Tips

  • Though the Lunatic Cultist can be summoned at any point in Hardmode using an Eidolon Tablet, defeating some early and mid-game Hardmode bosses is generally advisable before attempting the fight. Successfully defeating the Lunatic Cultist will cause the Celestial Pillars to spawn, which can be problematic to deal with using poor equipment, and destroying the pillars always causes the Moon Lord to spawn.