Plantera is the hardmode boss of the jungle. This large plant-based boss is available to fight after you have defeated the three mechanical bosses of hard mode. Plantera is a difficult fight that requires a good deal of preparation. Since the jungle is so hostile, you will need to prepare an arena that is wide open and safe for you to traverse. Defeating Plantera awards its loot, but also causes changes to your world. This guide will outline how to spawn Plantera, beat Plantera, and the aftermath of defeating Plantera.
Plantera is not summoned through a consumable item, you will need to locate a pink pulsing bulb in the underground jungle. This bulb will not spawn until you defeat all three mechanical bosses. Once you have defeated these bosses, you will receive a message stating “The jungle grows restless” signifying that Plantera bulbs have begun to spawn throughout your jungle.
Try to build tunnels around your arena that is covered in grass to ensure that a Plantera bulb spawns close to your arena. Mow through the background grass that spawns here to refresh your odds of having a bulb spawn nearby. If you have trouble finding a bulb you can open your map to check for a 2x2 pink block.
Breaking the bulb will summon Plantera. If you attempt to run out of the underground jungle, Plantera becomes enraged, dealing more damage and attacking much faster. You should try to clear out an area of the jungle beforehand to ensure that you can defeat Plantera.
A lot of this fight is simply preparing a sufficiently sized arena. Plantera is a large enemy and it is made up of 3 parts. Its main body is where it fires plant-based projectiles, its immune hooks that will slowly attach to different blocks and pull its body closer to the player, and its tentacles that extend from its body to deal contact damage to the player.
You will want a large area that allows you to circle Plantera safely without worrying about getting too close to its main body. In this arena, you will want to place heart lanterns and campfires to protect against the poisoned debuff that Plantera can inflict. While you want the arena to be open, you will want some clusters of blocks to hide behind in order to dodge Plantera’s rapid-fire projectiles.
Use a combination of weapons to deal with Plantera’s different stages. In the first stage, it moves slowly so you can use any weapon that dishes out a good DPS. Once Plantera reaches her second stage, the bulb opens to reveal a mouth, the plant tentacles will also spawn during this stage. You will want a weapon with decent piercing capabilities in order to kill the tentacles as well as damage its main body. During the second stage, Plantera will no longer fire projectiles, but gains a boost in movement speed and aggressively charge at you.
With enough preparation and high damage output, you should emerge from this fight victorious. Avoid contact damage at all costs, as its main body deals a high amount of damage. Plantera will also occasionally shoot thorny balls at you which deal the most damage out of all of Plantera’s attacks. With a wide enough arena, you should be able to circle Plantera and consistently lower its health bar.
Defeating Plantera causes a number of different effects. Firstly, it will drop a jungle temple key, allowing you access to the large jungle temple in the underground jungle. Secondly, Plantera has its own table of drops that are often good upgrades to the weapons you currently have. It can drop a weapon for each of the classes, so it can be a good idea to defeat it multiple times to get the drop for your class. Thirdly, the dungeon becomes much more dangerous, and also the biome-specific chests can now be unlocked. Next, the cyborg NPC is able to move in and the truffle NPC will now sell the auto hammer to upgrade ranged gear. Finally, the spread of the corruption/crimson/hallow biomes will slow to half its natural spread.
Plantera can drop the grenade launcher and accompanying rockets, and the Venus Magnum for the ranger class. The nettle burst, wasp gun, and the leaf blower for the magic class. The flower pow and the seedler for the melee class. Finally, the pygmy staff for the summoner class. It can also drop various equipment like the thorn hook or the axe as a grappling hook or axe for chopping down trees respectively.
Plantera is a difficult boss, especially as the environment of the underground jungle is fairly hostile. This fight requires a good deal of preparation but will unlock a good deal of hard mode encounters like the jungle temple and the hard mode dungeon. Not only does Plantera drop a fair amount of weapons, but you can also get the weapons from biome chests in the dungeon. This boss fight is unique and difficult, do not be discouraged by failing a few attempts, it certainly requires a strong grasp of movement and concentration.
Congratulations, you are now aware of one of the pivotal moments of hard mode. Defeating Plantera unlocks a lot of hard mode to you and you can obtain many different tiers of weapons and equipment from successfully defeating it. The jungle is harsh, so it makes sense that the hard mode boss of the jungle offers a decent challenge. Preparation is key, and Plantera is a boss that can surprise you. Try your best and practice this fight to master a difficult milestone of hard mode Terraria.
Dig out long tunnels near your arena. Anytime you see plants or life fruits grow, you can mow them down to open up space for a potential Plantera bulb. There is no guaranteed method that gets Plantera bulbs to spawn. Opening up more space to have better odds and patience is the name of the game. Be diligent with mowing down the grass and dig many tunnels to get the best chance for Plantera bulbs to grow.
Surprisingly yes, there is no indication that this is the case, but defeating Plantera will slow down the spread of the corruption/crimson/hallow biome. This can be the moment where you decide to contain the spread of these biomes and ensure that they do not overtake too much of your world. While there is no reward for purifying your world, it is a weight off your shoulders as containing each biome ensures that you do not have to worry about losing a potential biome.
By wiring around four or more teleporters in strategic areas and setting a quick timer will allow you to safely damage Plantera while it continuously circles the same spot. Teleporting fast enough allows you to avoid all its damage, while summoned minions can damage her for you. Plantera is just like any boss and with enough consideration, this fight can be semi-automated. Try out different arrangements to solve the problems you face and this fight can turn from a difficult encounter to a free farm.