|AI Type||Astrum Aureus AI|
80 / 176 / 198 / 209
74 / 128 / 148 / 160 (pre-Moon Lord)
480 / 552 (post-Moon Lord)
80 / 140 / 160 / 172 (pre-Moon Lord)
480 / 516 (post-Moon Lord)
|Max Life||84,000 / 134,400 / 171,200 (pre-Moon Lord)|
624,000 (post-Moon Lord)
|Inflicts debuff||Astral Infection (debuff)|
|Debuff duration||1 second (Lasers)|
2 seconds (Crystals)
3 seconds (Contact)
|Debuff tooltip||Your flesh is melting off|
|Immune to||All debuffs except:|
|Coins|| 15 (pre-Moon Lord)|
30 (post-Moon Lord in Revengeance Mode)
- Item (Quantity)Rate
- Stardust (20-30 / 30-40)100%
- Aureus Cell (9-12 / 12-16)100%
- Fallen Star (25-40 / 30-50)100%
- 25% / 33.33%
- 25% / 33.33%
- 25% / 33.33%
- 25% / 33.33%
- 25% / 33.33%
- Greater Healing Potion (5-15)100%
- Astrum Aureus (Lore)(Always on first kill)100%
- Treasure Bag(Astrum Aureus)100%
- Not to be confused with Astrum Deus, a similarly-themed worm-like boss.
When first summoned, Astrum Aureus will be in its recharging phase, indicated by the lack of astral flames. While recharging, Astrum Aureus deals no contact damage and has no defense. After several seconds, its flames will ignite and it will begin to attack the player, cycling through a specific attack pattern before re-entering its recharging phase and repeating the attack cycle. The time it spends in its recharging phase decreases as its life decreases. All of its attacks inflict the Astral Infection debuff.
If Astrum Aureus is alive when it becomes daytime, it will enrage, drastically increasing the speed it moves and jumps.
- Crawls toward the player, firing blasts of four lasers at them. Astrum Aureus will fire eight laser blasts before transitioning to its next attack.
- During this attack, Astrum Aureus falls through platforms and can swim through blocks.
- Makes a far and tall jump towards the player. If the player moves under it, it slams down, changing its horizontal speed to try to land on them. When Astrum Aureus lands, it fires a laser blast at the player. Astrum Aureus performs this attack three times before returning to its recharging phase and repeating this attack cycle.
- If Astrum Aureus is below 75% life, before returning its recharging phase, it will instead stand still and fire a radial burst of six Astral Flame Crystals, then teleport close to the player. These Flame Crystals home in on the player after two seconds and, after three more seconds pass or they get close to the player, lose their homing ability and gradually accelerate, eventually flying off screen.
- As Astrum Aureus’ life lowers, it gains the chance to fire two bursts of Flame Crystals instead of one.
- Astrum Aureus is in its recharging phase when it teleports, preventing it from hitting the player when it does so.
In Expert Mode
- Gains the ability to jump through blocks.
- Gains movement and jump speed as its life decreases.
- Fires three to five bursts of flame crystals at a time instead of one, depending on how low its life is.
- Time spent in its recharging phase decreased.
In Revengeance Mode
- Movement speed is increased, increasing even more as its life decreases.
- Gains jump height the further up the player is from it.
- Can fire Flame Crystals regardless of its life total.
- Summons two Aureus Spawns before it teleports. Normally, Aureus Spawns deal no damage and float towards the player if they are far enough away, occasionally teleporting to a random nearby location. However, after they are reduced to 60% life, they rapidly but loosely home in on the player, exploding after they hit the player or a solid block or after 10 seconds pass.
- No more than two Aureus Spawns can exist at a time.
- Time spent in its recharging phase decreases even further as its life decreases.
- After Moon Lord is defeated, Astrum Aureus's health and damage are greatly increased.
In Death Mode
- Jumps two times in a row instead of three.
- Fires six lasers per burst instead of four.
- Flame crystals move faster and make sharper turns.
|Aureus Spawn||In Revengeance Mode or in the Boss Rush|
- Once defeated, the Wizard begins selling Astral Chunks.
- Another Astral Meteor will spawn in the world (under the right conditions).
- The Drunk Princess will begin selling Everclear, the Star Beam Rye at night, and the Bloody Mary during a Blood Moon.
- The Astral Chest will be unlockable in the Dungeon.
- Several Astral Infection enemies will drop unique items:
- The Mantis will now drop the Astral Scythe.
- The Atlas will now drop the Titan Arm.
- The Nova will begin to drop the Stellar Cannon.
- The Aries will begin to drop the Stellar Knife.
- The Astralachnea will begin to drop the Astralachnea Staff.
- The Astral Slime will begin to drop the Abandoned Slime Staff.
- The Hive will begin to drop the Hive Pod.
- The Hadarian will begin to drop Hadarian Membranes.
- The Stellar Culex will begin to drop the Starbuster Core.
- Astral Crates will contain Aureus Cells, Astral Injections, Gravity Normalizer Potions, and several items dropped by Astral Infection enemies.
- Be careful straying too far from it (such as flying too high altitudes), as Astrum Aureus will despawn if it cannot teleport to the player.
- For more elaborate strategies on defeating Astrum Aureus, including weapon and arena recommendations, as well as a more in-depth breakdown of the fight, see Guide:Astrum Aureus strategies.
- Moving in a semi-circle around Astrum Aureus while it fires lasers can help the player successfully avoid them.
- The astral flame crystals gain increased velocity and homing capabilities the closer they are to the player, making it essential that the player keeps their distance from them until they launch away.
- In Revengeance Mode, avoid damaging the Aureus Spawns. They are initially harmless and will only attempt to harm the player if they take enough damage.
- Astrum Aureus's theme is Interstellar Stomper, which was composed by the artist DM DOKURO.
- If the Calamity Music add-on mod is disabled, Boss 3 will play instead.
- Astrum Aureus replaces a removed boss, the Astrageldon Slime, which was a boss that fought much like the King Slime but was twice as big and emitted lasers in bursts at the player.
- Astrum Aureus's name roughly translates to "golden star" in Latin, although its name is actually a reference to an infectious bacteria named Staphylococcus aureus.
- Astrum Aureus's design was inspired by Security Robot B.O.X. from Metroid Fusion, as both their appearance and movements are similar, and are also both cyborgs that have been infected by a space infection.
- If the Boss Checklist Mod is installed, its unique despawn message will be "Astrum Aureus’ program has been executed. Initiate recall."
When the Astral virus first appeared in Terraria to warp the landscape around it, the site became a phenomenon of interest to Yharim himself. What destructive power, what force of chaos, could have made such drastic changes in a phage that it could assimilate nearly any material into something similar to its own molecular structure? Commissioning Draedon to research the pathogen, Yharim had him look for a method to take advantage of the virus’ virtually alchemic traits, to see if they could be harnessed to serve his needs. Of course, Draedon’s first step was to collect samples. To accomplish this objective, he decided to once more construct an automaton to do his bidding. Although his assistants were at his disposal, he decided against it, as the environment would clearly not be suitable for humans. However, his blunder was in underestimating the enslaving factor of the Astral virus. Even the circuit boards and metal of the great machine he had built to lumber across the infected landscape and bring back subjects, succumbed to the enslaving will of the pathogen. However, this was by no means a disappointment to Draedon. To him, this was a sign of great promise, showing that the extent of the virus’ power was not limited to organic beings. Finding no need for the great machine any longer, Draedon abandoned it. Now, it stays dormant in the Astral Biomes, only awaking to protect these infections from outside threats.