Terraria is a very large game that takes some getting used to the first time you play it. It is no different with all the bosses you can defeat in the game because of just how many there even are. From giant bees in a beehive to a giant floating eye that shoots out little floating eyes. Once you get past a certain stage and actually get to hard mode, some people might think that the game is over but in reality, once you get to hard mode, the game is just beginning. Plantera is a very challenging hard mode boss that is very hard to find because of all the things you need to do to actually get the spawner to spawn in your world. Here is how you find, summon, and beat Plantera:
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Beat the three Mechanical Bosses first
Before you can do anything in hard mode, you have got to defeat the three main Mechanical Bosses. You are also going to have to get their armor set to because Plantera is not an easy boss, harder than anything you have fought before unless you know what you are doing. You are going to want to get all the Hallowed armor and the weapons as well. Also, choose the best helmet that fits your strategy.
There is a helmet for melee, magic, and ranged weapons so choose wisely. The Mechanical bosses are hard, but you need to defeat all three to progress in the game so just push through it. Once the third one is defeated, you will see a message saying that the jungle grows restless. That is how you know you are ready for the next step.
Find a Plantera Bulb in the jungle
The hardest part is actually finding a Bulb because it is a hit or miss whether you find it right away or it takes a long time. To find the bulb, just look for a giant purple bulb that looks very out of the ordinary. You might get lucky and find one as you walk into the underground jungle. When you do end up finding one, make sure you don’t hit or break it because it will spawn the boss when you destroy it.
Finding it can be easy sometimes if you actually zoom in on the map, you can see a small purple square, and you will know the difference in color to other things because you will never have seen it before. Just be careful to not destroy it and build a house near it so you can spawn there if you die to any enemies around the area.
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Create the boss arena around the bulb
It might be kind of annoying if you have to dig out a huge area around the Bulb for a boss arena, but you will be very happy you did so because you are going to need a big space to move around when fighting the boss. Plantera can move through walls and you can’t so the easiest thing to do is open the area so it is easier to fight.
When you dig the area out, place wooden platforms everywhere or just use potions during the fight to make it easier to move around. Also, placing torches all over the place makes it easier to see so everything you can do to make the boss fight easier helps. It just sucks when you die and you have to make the boss arena somewhere else afterward.
Prepare for the fight
To prepare for the fight, one must know exactly what strategy they are going to use for the fight. If you are doing a melee build, you probably want to have a weapon that is melee but can hit from longer ranges. To do a melee build, you must get up close and personal. For a ranged build, make sure the arena is big and you have a lot of ammo depending on the weapon you have.
Also, ranged potions can be very handy as well. If you are doing a magic build, make sure you have mana potions and high damage magic weapons so you do the max amount of damage to the boss. Just make sure you have a good amount of items in your arsenal so you don’t have to worry about running out.
The First Phase – Plantera creeps after the player, firing pink Seeds with increasing speed as she takes more damage. When below 80% health, she begins dispensing bouncing Thorn Balls and firing green Poison Seeds.
The Second Phase – Once Plantera is brought down to half of her maximum health, she changes to her second form: her pink petals fall away to reveal a thorn-filled mouth. In this form, Plantera moves more aggressively and attempts to make contact. She also sprouts additional mouths that are attached via vines (called “Plantera’s Tentacles”) to her body. Once all of the tentacles have been killed, they will never regrow, making Plantera much easier to fight.
Enraged Form – Plantera only becomes “enraged” if she follows the player out of the Underground Jungle, whether it be to the surface, to the Underworld, to a corrupted/crimson or hallowed part of the Underground Jungle, or to a completely different biome. This causes her to obtain double damage, double defense and increased movement speed, as well as changing her attack patterns and directly rushing the player. Plantera’s behavior returns to normal upon re-entry of the Underground Jungle biome.
Boss strategy 1 (melee)
You are going to want to have the highest defense as possible because you will be very close to the boss. The best weapon you can possibly use for melee is the Death Sickle because it is able to tear right through her and her spawns very easily. You could also use the Yelets, Terra Blade, Light Disks, Shadowflame Knife, or the Fetid Baghnakhs, anything else will not do very well against this boss. Take your potions, and then circle around the arena slowly taking the damage off of her. This is a hard but effective strategy if you can get it down to a tee.
Boss strategy 2 (magic)
Defense does not mean that much with magic, but it is good to have armor that boosts magic damage and mana regeneration. The best weapons to use are the Crystal Serpent and the Sky Fracture. Other weapons like the Nimbus Rod, Shadowflame Hex Doll, Magic Harp, Magic Dagger, and Life Drain also work very well against this boss. First, take your magic potions, and the fly in circles around the arena avoiding her attacks while throwing out ones of your own. Once and a while, use a mana potion and you are all set.
Boss strategy 3 (ranged)
Same as magic, the defense does not mean that much when it comes to surviving, but it is good to have range boosting armor. Also, having ranged potions can sometimes mean life or death so make sure you use them. The best-ranged weapons to use are the Uzi and Megashark paired with Crystal or Ichor Bullets depending on which ones you want to use. You can use the Chlorophyte Shotbow, but it is better to use a faster shooting weapon like a gun and not a bow. The Flamethrower works too if you have it. Use your potions and go in a circular pattern while unleashing total destruction on the boss.
Reap the rewards
There are many items that you get from Plantera, but there is one in particular that is very important and you will receive one every time you defeat her. It is the Temple Key. Basically, you can unlock the giant temple in the jungle biome and it leads you to the Golem boss fight. He is another story entirely when it comes to strategies so I am not going to go into details but he is harder than Plantera. Before you go farther into the game, just congratulate yourself and reap all the rewards from the boss you just defeated.
In conclusion, Plantera is a hard boss, but she is a really fun boss to defeat. It is challenging and it takes a lot of work just to fight her once, but once you do it, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Once you receive that achievement, it is the most satisfying thing. If you have not played Terraria, then I would highly recommend that you do, and if you know anyone else who hasn’t played, recommend it to them because it is definitely worth your time.