Concept art of the wyvern

  • Wyverns are referred to as living wyverns in the beast tab kill count interface.
  • There was a glitch where if assigned wyverns, when quickchatted it would say you are assigned «Nothing», including if they are preferred or blocked. This did not affect the built-in slayer counter however, and has since been fixed.
  • The drop table for wyverns was buffed on 16 November .
  • Due to player complaints about how difficult wyverns were compared other slayer monsters of their level, they were given several changes with the 11 September update:
    • The lit fires were given an increased area of effect from a 3×3 to a 5×5 radius. Lit fires also removed frost stacks at a faster rate from 1% to 3%.
    • Their attack speed was lowered significantly.
    • The frost stacks take twice as long to accumulate.
  • As of 1 February , the highest kill count for this monster was 28,197 kills

    This had increased to 28,252 by 6 May 2018.



  • Sometimes, if a Wyvern is killed in multiplayer when the server is laggy, its head will stay and keep attacking you. The head will also still do damage, but is killed in one hit of any weapon.
  • Wyverns may get knocked back a little bit when hit by an attack in laggy multiplayer servers.
  • If you die while fighting the Wyvern, it may follow you back to your spawn point.
  • A common glitch is that the body will disappear, leaving the head. On multiplayer, it’s possible that only one serve has glitched, and the other players are still able to see it. When this happens, the Wyvern can still take and give damage, as the body has not actually ‘disappeared’, but rather it’s ‘invisible’.
  • Also sometimes you kill him but all he drops is a few silver coins.


  • The Wyvern looks very similar to Haku (in his dragon form) from the movie Spirited Away. Some believe it also bears a vague resemblance to the Luck Dragon from The Neverending Story, as well as the Eidolons from Final Fantasy 4, which makes sense because it was added to Terraria at the same time as a Final Fantasy Based Costume (Clown Clothes) and Weapon (Breaker Blade).
  • Strange enough, the text book definition of the Wyvern from legend describes it as a scaly serpentine dragon with only two legs, a sharp or barbed tail and most times, has one pair of wings. This description is completely different than the Terrarian take on the Wyvern which may be due to the fact the Terrarian Wyvern is a reference to something else, as stated above.
  • The Angler says that Wyverns are born as tadpoles, and refers to them as being «actually like.. well, a frog!»
  • According to the Steam trading card of the Wyvern, it is possible that they are the reason for the lack of NPCs in the Sky Islands.



Imgig Zu rides his wyvern through the wall of Ostus’s Hold.

A wyvern being used an aerial mount.

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  • Hoard of the Dragon Queen
  • The Secret of Spiderhaunt (mentioned)

The Gathering

Computer Games
  • Baldur’s Gate
  • Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear
  • Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn
  • Curse of the Azure Bonds
  • Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor
  • Gateway to the Savage Frontier
  • Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
  • Neverwinter Nights: Wyvern Crown of Cormyr
  • Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
  • Pool of Radiance
  • Secret of the Silver Blades
  • Realms of Valor (mentioned)
  • Sandstorm
  • Swordmage
  • The Wyvern’s Spur


Although normally depicted with only two legs, some sources, such as the ADD comic «The Gathering», show wyverns with four legs like dragons. The scorpion-like sting on the tail suggests it is in fact a wyvern.


  1. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 303. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 268. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  3. ↑ Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 259. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 366. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  5. Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 102. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
  6. ↑ Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 30.
  7. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  8. Eric L. Boyd (1997). Powers and Pantheons. (TSR, Inc), p. 81. ISBN 0-7869-0657-X.
  9. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
  10. Michael Fleisher (December 1988). “The Gathering”. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #1 (DC Comics), pp. 3–5.

  11. Jeff Grubb, Kate Novak (November 1992). The Ring of Winter. (TSR, Inc), p. 145. ISBN 978-1560763307.
  12. Ed Greenwood (October 2012). Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster’s Forgotten Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 43. ISBN .


The Family of Dragons

True dragons

Metallic dragons: Gold • Silver • Bronze • Copper • Brass • Iron • Mercury • Platinum • SteelChromatic dragons: Red • Black • Blue • Green • White • Brown • Gray • Purple • YellowGem dragons: Amethyst • Emerald • Sapphire • Topaz • Crystal • ObsidianLung dragons: Chiang lung • Li lung • Lung wang • Pan lung • Shen lung • T’ien lung • Tun mi lung • Yu lungPlanar dragons: Astral • Battle • Chaos • Ethereal • Faerie • Howling • Mirage • Oceanus • Pyroclastic • Radiant • Rust • Shadow • Styx • TarterianMiscellaneous dragons: Air • Ascendant • Brainstealer • Dzalmus • Force • Mist • Prismatic • Radiant • Rattelyr • Song • Vishap

Lesser dragons

Dragon turtle • Hellfire wyrm • Pseudodragon • Sea wyrm • Sunwyrm • WyvernDrakes: Guard • Portal • Smoke • Vulture

Related creatures

Abishai • Dracon • Dracosphinx • Dragonborn • DragonkinDragonbloods: Draconic creature • Dragonborn of Bahamut • Dragonspawn • Dragonwrought kobold • Drow-dragon (shadow) • Drow-dragon (deep) • Half-dragon • Kobold • Urd • Zar’ithra • ZekylUndead dragons: Dracolich • Vampiric


Upon entry, the player is somewhat cold and the base poison damage from wyverns is 300. This means the player is in the «Cold» (around 20-25%) mechanic and should light one of the static fires nearby. As the player gets colder, an icy overlay becomes more visible on their screen. Several mechanics will take place depending on the chill from the cavern:

  • Warm: Wyvern poison damage increased up to 900 per 4-5 ticks.
  • Cold: Wyvern attack damage greatly increased; damage around 2,500 becomes typical.
  • Coldest: Player will be constantly stunned at 8–10 seconds per stun; it is highly advised to use Freedom and get out of the cavern if this happens.

Players can mitigate the chill effect by lighting any of the 5 unlit fires scattered throughout the cave. While a fire is lit, standing next to it will cause a player to slowly warm up. Thus, fighting wyverns from afar while standing next to a lit fire will allow a player to avoid dealing with the worst of the chill effects. Lit fires will only last a short time before they burn out and must be lit again.

The chill effects can be reset by leaving the cavern.

The wyverns have two ice breath attacks: their normal one (used by their skeletal brethren), and a poisonous one. Whenever the wyvern uses the poisonous ice breath, a message will appear and say «A strong wyvern poison corrodes into your bones.» Using an elemental workshop shield of any sort, dragonfire shield or the wyrmfire potion will block the damage from their ice breath attacks, but will not protect against the ensuing poison attacks. The poison from this attack ignores the effects of the poison purge auras, the venomblood perk and the anti-poison totem from Dungeoneering. Fortunately, drinking a dose of antipoison will halve the damage of the poison. It is highly recommended to bring antipoison++, as each tick of poison damage will decrease the time left on the antipoison potion. Overload salve’s antipoison duration is affected by the poison breath but will protect from the wyvern’s ice breath.

Wyverns attack in a manner similar to Araxxi; at a distance, they only attack with magic and ranged. If the player is next to them, they will only attack with melee. If attacking from afar, prayer flicking is not recommended as the damage is already calculated before the projectile hits the player.

Melee is the most consistent method of battling wyverns, as while the player will be subjected to the cold, they can easily flick through a wyvern’s attacks. A scrimshaw of vampyrism and the vampyrism aura can help prolong trips. When the player reaches the «coldest» on their meter (roughly 90%), leave the chamber and log out in the skeletal wyvern area, as it will remove accumulated frost stacks. Alternatively, one can light the fires to quickly lower the frost effect, though it runs the risk of aggression.

Despite having the lowest combat level of the Raptor mobs, they are much stronger than their combat level suggests. While they have high damage outputs from both their standard attacks and their poison, they have the lowest health (while the Camel Warrior has less health, they have 3 mirages).


As stated above, upon entering the cavern, the player will start stacking Chill stacks, which have the three possible effects.

The warmer the player is, the higher the poison damage they will take, starting at about 600 damage, every 4-5 ticks, at 0% chill. As the player gets colder, the poison damage will start getting weaker, at about 70% chill, where the posion damage completely stops. A downside to this is that the Wyverns’ basic attacks will get stronger the colder the player is, this can be countered by standing in melee range, as they will only attack with melee, and using Protect/Deflect Melee, along with Devotion, or repeatedly stunning the wyvern, preventing it from attacking.

Finally, the player should be warned of the freezing effect as their chill reaches close to maximum (near 90%), so they might want to keep it around 75% and 85%, where the posion is negated, and wyverns attacks can be blocked.

General Tips

  • Using Ranged weapons can be much more effective than melee, especially those which could pierce through enemies (Flamethrower), or have a really high DPS. (Megashark)
  • If one has Demon Scythe, Water Bolt, Laser Rifle or Magical Harp, it may take very high damage if lined-up with the projectiles’ trajectory.
  • For melee, Death Sickle/Ice Sickle can be a very effective weapon against this enemy.
  • The Slime Mount has an high jump speed and evade the Wyvern’s charging attack easily.
  • If lined up properly, the Magic Dagger can deal very heavy damage to the Wyvern, due to its extremely fast attack speed and piercing ability.
  • The Orichalcum Armor set’s ability can quickly damage the Wyvern if the projectile is lined up properly.
  • If you have it, the Honeyed Goggles mount can be helpful with spawning the Wyvern and initiating the fight. After seeing the Wyvern, drop down on the mount. The Wyvern is faster than the mount, but it will not attempt to turn towards you if you move to the side at the last second. As you’re falling, attack it with a piercing weapon (such as the Poison Staff) or a strong flail (like the Dao of Pow)


  • Upon death, it drops 5-13 Souls of Flight where the head was in its final moment. The souls can be used to craft Wings.
  • A Wyvern won’t follow you deep into the ground, so an effective way of evading one is to drop down into a mining shaft.
  • Wyverns can sometimes die inside of blocks, requiring the player to mine through to get the drops.
  • Another Wyvern can spawn instantly after one is killed, so be careful where the fight is held. If the player is at the height where Wyverns can spawn, one may appear immediately.
  • It’s possible for a Wyvern to spawn where the players can see it when the players are near top of the map. When it spawns it starts curled up in a ball shape.
  • When a Wyvern is hit it will make a plip sound instead of a monster getting hit, sounding like tiles getting hit. It also makes a different sound upon death.
  • When a Wyvern dies it will disappear in a puff of dust.
  • It’s advisable not to kill a Wyvern above the sky limit, as its souls may get stuck at an unreachable location above the atmosphere.
  • The Wyvern is immune to lava like all other burrowing monsters.
  • It’s possible to farm Wyverns for money as one of them will drop at least 1 , and the Souls of Flight will sell for 2  each.
  • During Blood Moons, Wyverns can spawn on large hills. Because of this, housing NPCs at a high altitude is not recommended.
  • In the Mobile Version, there is an upgraded version of this monster called the Arch Wyvern.


The Wyvern’s sprite

Fighting a Wyvern during a Blood Moon

A Wyvern lit up by a Rainbow Rod’s Rainbow

This guy should watch out! He’s in trouble! Lots of trouble.

a picture of a Wyvern

A Wyvern glitched from a gravitation potion

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Goblins Goblin Archer · Goblin Peon · Goblin Scout · Goblin Sorcerer · Goblin Thief · Goblin Warrior · Goblin Summoner
Undead Monsters Angry Bones · Armored Skeleton · Big Boned · Blue Armored Bones · Bone Lee · Dark Caster · Doctor Bones · Heavy Skeleton · Hell Armored Bones · Rusty Armored Bones · Short Bones · Skeleton · Skeleton Archer · Skeleton Commando · Skeleton Sniper · Tactical Skeleton · The Groom · Tim · Undead Miner · Undead Viking · Vampire MinerConsole· Zombie
Humanoids Chaos Elemental · Clown · Dark Mummy · Light Mummy · Mummy · Nymph · Possessed Armor · Shadow MummyConsoleSpectral ElementalConsole· Spectral MummyConsole· Werewolf
Mages Dark Caster · Fire Imp · Goblin Sorcerer · Tim · Rune Wizard · Desert Spirit
Plant Monsters Angry Trapper · Dragon SnatcherConsole· Clinger · Man Eater · Snatcher
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The Wyvern has a specific attack pattern; it will dash straight at the player when it spawns, with a slight tracking behavior. Once it has passed the player, it will curl up at a point just off-screen and return for another dash. The pattern resembles the figure 8. Listed below are some of the strategies known to work against this enemy.

Wood Platforms

A good strategy is to make 2 wide platforms out of Wood Platforms, one above the other, and when the Wyvern appears, stand on the lower platform and just move left or right a little. Time the jumps to the moment when the head almost touches the player. One should be able to dodge its attacks most of the time.


Make a Skybridge in the atmosphere (where gravity has less effect). Use at least ~300 blocks so you can do a full run, jump, and float with Spectre Boots + Cloud in a Balloon twice. Then run fast so the Wyvern follows you in a more or less straight line, shooting him with piercing weapons along his length. If you reach the end of your bridge, turn around and run the other way.

Terraria How to Easily Defeat a Wyvern

Flight Items

With Rocket Boots, Spectre Boots, or Wings, one can go through a repetitive motion of jumping and flying to the left/right, attack from above, wait for it to come back into sight, rinse, repeat.

Easily killing a wyvern with a palladium sword

Ice SickleFiery GreatswordHermes Boots

Gravitation Potion

Get a relatively powerful flail (Sunfury or a Dao of Pow) for melee, piercing weapons for range and magic. Once a Wyvern spawns, use the potion to alternate falling up and down while staying horizontally still. As the Wyvern is approaching from above or below, aim directly along the length of its body with one’s weapon of choice. Aimed correctly, the Wyvern’s HP will drop tremendously.


Build a house for the Nurse away from other NPC’s. Wait for the Wyvern to spawn, and stand right above where the Nurse is, making sure one can still interact with her. The Wyvern will do a figure of 8 to hit the character (when standing still). Simply use a weapon of one’s choice, and healing with the nurse whenever health is low(Try to stand 10 blocks away so the nurse doesn’t die while the Wyvern is attacking).

Freefall with Magic Mirror

Build a small house at the top of the world with a bed inside. Set this house as the Spawn Point. When it appears, simply jump out and begin attacking the Wyvern with one’s weapon(s) of choice. If it’s not killed by the time the ground is close-by, simply use the mirror to do it again.

Floating Island Houses

The best weapons of choice are weapons that can ricochet, like Cursed Flame/Meteor Shot. Enter a house on a Floating Island and close the door (alternatively, a box high in the sky can be built). Then, simply wait until the Wyvern spawns, and as soon as it sticks its head in, shoot. The bouncing projectiles should deal a ton of damage on the Wyvern.

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