Cryogen

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Cryogen
Cryogen.png

CryogenPhases.gif
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentSnow biomeIce biome
AI TypeCryogen AI
Damage50 / 115 / 138 / 161 (Contact)
46 / 80 / 96 / 108 (Ice Blast)
52 / 92 / 112 / 124 (Ice Shard)
100 / 120 / 132 (Ice Bomb)
Max Life17,900 / 28,640 / 42,080
Defense12
DR10%
KB Resist100%
Immune toAll debuffs except:
Ichor (debuff)Cursed InfernoAbyssal FlamesArmor CrunchDemon FlamesPlagueNightwitherShredWhispering DeathSilva StunDaybrokenHoly FlamesGod Slayer InfernoMarkedOn Fire!Brimstone FlamesSulphuric PoisoningBetsy's CurseShellfish ClapsEnragedAstral Infection (debuff)Dryad's BaneOiledPenetratedCelledShadowflameWar CleaveKami Flu
Drops
Coins10 Gold Coin
Cryogen map.png
Map Icon

Cryogen Trophy.png "The ancient ice spirits have been unbound!" Cryogen Trophy.png

Cryogen is a Hardmode boss that can be fought in the Snow or Ice biomes which possesses many phases and features a multitude of projectiles and enemies.

Defeating Cryogen will free the Archmage, as well as generate Cryonic Ore in the Ice biome.

Spawn[edit | edit source]

Cryogen does not spawn on its own and requires the player to summon it with a Cryo Key while in the Snow biome at any time of day.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Cryogen has six phases, each of which has its own attack pattern and AI. It will progress through these phases as it loses health.

Cryogen also spawns with an ice shield which protects it and inflicts contact damage; this shield must be destroyed to directly attack Cryogen and will regenerate 16 / 12 seconds after being destroyed. When destroyed, the shield will explode into a cross-shaped burst of 4 Ice BlastIce Blasts.

Throughout the fight, it will also summon 2 Cryocore2Small Cryocores every 7.5% of its health taken. Aurora SpiritAurora Spirits may have a chance to replace small Cryocores from its third phase onwards, and Cryocore1Large Cryocores are able to replace either servants on its fifth phase onwards.

  • Aurora Spirits fly towards the player similarly to Ancient Vision, while Cryocores accelerate towards the player.

Leaving the Snow biome will cause Cryogen to enrage, almost doubling its speed and acceleration.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

  • Slowly chases and levels with the player.
  • Fires an evenly-spaced burst of 16 Ice BlastIce Blasts every 2 seconds.

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions at 80% health.
  • Attempts to fly above the player while continuing to fire bursts of Ice BlastIce Blasts.
    • The amount of Ice Blasts are reduced from 16 to 12 from this phase onwards.

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions at 70% health.
  • Slowly chases the player but stays slightly below the player.
  • Has a 50% chance to replace the Ice BlastIce Blast attack with a spread of 6 Ice RainIce Shards.
    • Ice Shards arc upwards slightly ahead of the player before raining down.

Phase 4[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions at 55% health.
  • Attempts to fly above the player.
  • Stops firing Ice Blasts, but continues firing spreads of Ice RainIce Shards which fly upwards for less time before raining down.
    • The amount of Ice Shards are increased from 6 to 12 during this phase.

Phase 5[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions at 40% health.
  • Slowly chases the player.
  • Loses the ability to regenerate its shield.
  • Stops firing Ice Shards but resumes firing Ice BlastIce Blasts at double the frequency.
  • Every 5 seconds, Cryogen will teleport somewhere near the player and start attacking again.
    • The location it teleports to is telegraphed by a zone of blue dust 2 seconds before occuring

Phase 6[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions at 15% / 20% / 25% / 30% health.
  • Stops firing either projectiles for the remainder of the fight.
  • Suddenly picks up speed and begins charging erratically, attempting to ram the player.
    • Its rotation speed will increase when below 5% / 7.5% and even further when below 2.5% / 5% / 30% health.

In Expert Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions into Phase 6 at 20% health.
  • Regenerates its shield every 12 seconds instead of 16.
  • Every 10 seconds, Cryogen releases a cross-shaped burst of 4 Ice BombIce Bombs, with a 50% chance for it to be rotated 45 degrees.
    • This occurs in all of the above phases alongside other attacks.
    • Ice Bombs explode into a hexagonal burst of 6 gravity-affected Ice RainIce Shards after 5 seconds.
    • They also inflict Glacial State for 1 second, Chilled for 1.5 seconds, and Frostburn for 2 seconds on contact.

In Revengeance Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions into Phase 6 at 25% health.
  • Cryogen and its projectiles are slightly faster.
  • Gains a new phase when below 10% / 15% health:
    • Unlike other phases, this does not change its appearance.
    • It launches itself upwards and stays above the player. Ice BombIce Bombs are no longer fired out every 10 seconds, but 2 / 4 waves are released during this attack.
    • Then, it rapidly charges the player for a total of 3 times before repeating this pattern.

In Death Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Transitions into Phase 6 and 7 at 30% and 15% health respectively.
  • Cryogen and its projectiles are even more aggressive and faster.
  • 4 waves of Ice BombIce Bombs are released in its final phase.

Summons[edit | edit source]

Cryogen's Shield
Cryogen's Shield.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentSnow biome
AI TypeCryogen's Shield AI
Damage50 / 100 / 120 / 134 (Contact)
46 / 80 / 96 / 108 (Ice Blast)
Max Life1400
Defense0
DR40%
KB Resist10% / 19%
Inflicts debuffFrostburnFrostburn
100% chance
Debuff duration1.5 seconds
Debuff tooltipIt's either really hot or really cold. Either way it REALLY hurts
Inflicts debuffChilledChilled
100% chance
Debuff duration1 second
Debuff tooltipYour movement speed has been reduced
Inflicts debuffFrozenFrozen
100% chance
Debuff duration0.5 seconds (Ice Blast)
Debuff tooltipYou can't move!
Immune toConfused
Aurora Spirit
Aurora Spirit.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentSnow biome
AI TypeAncient Vision AI
Damage40 / 80 / 96 / 106
Max Life220 / 440
Defense8
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffFrostburnFrostburn
100% chance
Debuff duration1.5 seconds
Debuff tooltipIt's either really hot or really cold. Either way it REALLY hurts
Inflicts debuffChilledChilled
100% chance
Debuff duration1 second
Debuff tooltipYour movement speed has been reduced
Immune toConfused
Cryocore
Cryocore2.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentSnow biome
AI TypeCryocore AI
Damage35 / 70 / 84 / 92
Max Life220 / 440
Defense6
KB Resist25% / 32.5%
Inflicts debuffFrostburnFrostburn
100% chance
Debuff duration1.5 seconds
Debuff tooltipIt's either really hot or really cold. Either way it REALLY hurts
Inflicts debuffChilledChilled
100% chance
Debuff duration1 second
Debuff tooltipYour movement speed has been reduced
Immune toConfused
CryocoreBuffed
Cryocore1.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentSnow biome
AI TypeCryocore AI
Damage40 / 80 / 96 / 106
Max Life300 / 600
Defense10
KB Resist50% / 55%
Inflicts debuffFrostburnFrostburn
100% chance
Debuff duration1.5 seconds
Debuff tooltipIt's either really hot or really cold. Either way it REALLY hurts
Inflicts debuffChilledChilled
100% chance
Debuff duration1 second
Debuff tooltipYour movement speed has been reduced
Immune toConfused

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

  • Once Cryogen is defeated for the first time, Cryonic Ore spawns in the Ice biome.
  • Cryo Slimes will begin to spawn in the Cavern layer.
  • The Archmage will begin to arrive if provided suitable housing.
    • If the Archmage isn't in the player's current world, he will drop alongside Cryogen's loot.
  • The Angry Dog enemy's stats are increased and will start dropping Essence of Eleum.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While Cryogen is alive, the sky above the player is filled with a waving rainbow aurora effect. Unlike most screen effects from other bosses, it cannot be toggled off by lighting options in the Settings Menu.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Cryogen, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Cryogen strategies.
  • It is easier to see Cryogen's projectiles during the night.
  • A wide arena with several levels of platforms can help in dodging Cryogen's attacks.
    • Putting a roof of solid blocks above the platforms can help protect you during Cryogen's second phase.
    • Be careful: Building platforms too far above the ground could cause the player to exit the Snow biome and enrage Cryogen.
  • Moving at a constant speed will cause Cryogen to hover in the same place relative to the player, making it an easy target for ranged weapons.
    • Moving slowly enough will cause Cryogen to hover directly above the player, this makes it very easy to hit, but be wary of its ice bombs and it potentially getting up close.
  • Avoid getting hit by Cryogen's Ice Blasts at all costs as they will freeze the player, possibly leading to a swift death.
  • Cryogen's final phase is its most deadly. If on Revengeance or Death Mode, saving Rage and/or Adrenaline to quickly finish it off during this phase could be a life-saving decision.
  • In multiplayer, Cryogen does not despawn when off-screen and moves slowly across the map, allowing players to slowly kill the boss.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Cryogen's theme is Antarctic Reinforcement, which was composed by the artist DM DOKURO.
    • While in production the theme was originally intended to be called "Frostbite."
    • If the Calamity Music add-on mod is disabled, the Frost Moon's theme will play instead.
  • Cryogen was previously an alternative for The Destroyer because of its previous ability to drop Souls of Might.
  • Originally, every time upon entering phase 6, a status message would say "Cryogen is derping out!".
    • There is now a 1% (5% if the day is April Fools' Day) chance that this message is displayed when entering phase 6.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Yharim's prison for the archmage of the ice castle, Cryogen. It is a representation of Yharim's bitter hatred for the master of ice. When Yharim was young he ventured from the jungle temple to the ancient tundra where Permafrost resided. Yharim asked to learn from him in order to "peacefully" calm the denizens of the underworld. But the archmage saw through his ruse and viewed only bitter contempt within Yharim's heart and the fiery urge to annihilate the underworld obsidian towers and their inhabitants. When the archmage refused, Yharim prepared to take his leave. However, the archmage had not realized that Yharim had a contingency plan in place; around his dwelling a massive trap had been set. A magic circle of runes set to trap the power of whatever was caught inside. Permafrost suspected nothing, until the moment the runes activated, causing his castle to collapse inwards, trapping his body in a radial structure between dimensions. Cryogen is what remains, a mindless frozen structure contained by Yharim due to its uncontrollable nature and powerful magic.