Terraria Desert Background Scenery Landscape
The Desert is a biome composed mostly of Sand Blocks. Cacti and Waterleaf grow in this biome. Antlions, Vultures, and Mummies(hardmode) also spawn in the Desert.

The Desert biome has a 1/10 chance to spawn a Desert Pyramid.

The desert finally became a major biome because of its underground ego as of This includes the Antlion Charger and Antlion Swarmer, both of which drop Antlion Mandibles.


In Hardmode, Pearlsand and Crimsand/Ebonsand will appear when The Hallow, The Crimson or The Corruption spread into a desert. These blocks spread Hallow/Crimson/Corruption to other sand blocks, eventually creating converted biomes such as a Hallowed or a Corrupt/Crimson Desert. The two Hardmode deserts are different in several ways from a normal desert:

  • The background changes.
  • Light or Dark Mummies spawn in the Hallowed and the Corrupt/Crimson Desert, respectively.
  • Stylized Cacti grow, while not changing in function (they still drop the Cactus item when destroyed).


Update Info


  • Sandstorm weather occurrence added, with exclusive enemies and new soundtrack.


  • Underground Desert added.


  • Desert has its own music track.


  • Cacti no longer cause knockback making running through a desert less of a hassle.
  • Deserts now spawn slightly further away from spawn.


  • Surface Jungles have been enlarged and will override deserts. (requires new world)


  • Sand no longer spawns within a certain distance of a spawn location. This should remove the chance of spawning in a desert with no wood to use.

PC release

  • Added to the game.

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  • New Boss Idea

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    • Although i haven't came up with statistics or anything, i have came up with another mechanical trio (which would be post-moon lord). Unl...
    • I’m planning on making a mod eventually. All the major bosses are going to be post Moon Lord. This would be the boss procedu...
  • Message from a Wikia contributor

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    • Sand spawns naturally underground in small amounts It is also possible for a large, desert sized amount of sand to spawn just below the surface.
    • Probably due to the desert being above a hole and the sand - affected by gravity - fell into said hole.