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I've got full Shadow gear, a Phaseblade, 360 health, at least 10 mana stars, Starfury, Red Balloon, and other magical items.

I mostly acquired them from floating islands, but I can defeat the Eye of Cthulhu easily, and I have defeated Eater of Worlds (not nearly as easy as Cthulhu), so they have provided some decent drops.

I've just started poking around in the Underground Jungle.

Am I OK for Skeletron or should I gather Meteorite gear and/or Hellforged gear?

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I'd say go for it.

You might need a decent amount of health potions, but you have enough maximum health and a good armor to withstand his attacks. There's really not a lot you can do to dodge his attacks without Rocket Boots, especially the arms.

Obviously, ranged weapon are best. I recommend the Demon Bow and the best arrows you have. As a melee backup weapon, something with a very long reach is preferable (e.g., the Phaseblade or the Blade of Grass), but you should really pack enough arrows to make that unnecessary.

If you decide to brave the Underworld before doing battle with him, replace the Demon Bow with the Molten Fury and add the Flamarang as a backup weapon. I did so too, but I found surviving in the Underworld long enough to get a decent amount of Hellstone a lot more difficult than the Skeletron encounter. After the Dungeon, it might be more manageable if you found a Blue Moon.

Although, risking your hide just long enough to gather the 150 Hellstone required for the Molten Fury might just be worth it, since it does a lot of damage — more than double of what the Demon Bow does. Plus, you won't have to waste any torches on Flaming Arrow crafting.

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I second this, I defeated with a regular gold set armor and a gold bow. Just had a stock of health potions –  Eran Galperin Jun 13 '11 at 14:48
    
I actually have the rocket boots (just did a goblin invasion) so that may help. –  Robb Jun 13 '11 at 14:50
    
Was about to post this, +1 –  tQuarella Jun 13 '11 at 14:51
    
I had full magma armor and a mini shark full of meteor shot. In the end it all came down to health potions. Stock up and go for it! –  user9983 Jun 13 '11 at 16:23
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Depending on how well you avoid Skeletrons hands, I would say you aren't ready to battle him.

From my own experience I find it easiest to defeat Skeletron using a Flamarang, because his head (which is the only part you need to kill for him to die), is flying around a lot. And so using melee weapons is not favorable.

Fighting Skeletron at daybreak will result in him dealing 9999 points of damage to the player. So make sure to end the battle before that. (Skeltron can only be summoned at night time.)

Basically what you need is a decent ranged weapon and a lot of potions. But if you want to go melee while wearing Shadow Armor you can use Muramasa and two Feral Claws for maximum attack speed.

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I kinda wondered about my current weapon. Ranged does seemed best against him. No problem, I've got plenty else to do in my little world :) –  Robb Jun 13 '11 at 14:33
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Before spawning Skeletron I also tend to build a semi-long platform above the dungeon intrance, so I don't have to worry about getting stuck in terrain bulges and what not. –  Simon Jun 13 '11 at 14:38
    
Skeletron deals 9999 damage if you're fighting him at day break. That is not a bug. –  tQuarella Jun 13 '11 at 14:40
    
I planned on doing that anyways. This game is unforgiving when determining collision on the player. –  Robb Jun 13 '11 at 14:40
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Muramasa? But you get that from the Dungeon! –  lunboks Jun 13 '11 at 14:58
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I battled him first time with shadow armour, mini shark,1000-750 silver or musket bullets and 4 lesser health pots. I had a big building with no walls and just wooden platforms.

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For this to be helpful, you'll need to say whether you were successful with this setup or not. –  shanodin Jun 29 '13 at 6:55
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I had full shadow armour and a space gun. The first time I tried to beat him I died, but the second time I succeeded. Rocket boots are really good too. I only had 300 health. He's easy.

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If you are going to hell to mine out hellstone.... You are ready to kill skeletron.

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My friends and I did it with iron and wooden gear by building a small room with a bed right next to the dungeon, and setting that as our spawn. As long as there is at least one person alive, Skeletron sticks around; as soon as everyone dies, though, he disappears, so make sure you stay apart.

The difficult part is getting deep into the dungeon without dying, because a lot of guys spawn when exploring with four people. We had to come back later, when we had better gear.

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