|Environment||Sandstorm – Desert|
|AI Type||Great Sand Shark AI|
|Damage||100 / 160 / 200 / 230|
|Max Life||8,000 / 12,800 / 17,600|
|Debuff duration||5 seconds|
|Debuff tooltip||Cannot regenerate life|
|Banner||Great Sand Shark Banner|
"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% health, it will begin to periodically summon Sand Sharks.
|Sand Shark||Upon reaching 50% / 75% health.|
- All Sand Shark alternate variants will also count towards spawning the Great Sand Shark, including Fusion Feeders.
- Despite normally being an Expert Mode exclusive debuff, the Great Sand Shark can inflict Feral Bite in Normal Mode worlds.
- 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..."