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I have done everything I can in pre-hardmode, except for making a sandgun. So what's a good way to farm them? Resources aren't an issue, cause I have a lot of metal bars and whatnot.

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Update: Terraria 1.3 brings with it seriously buffed antlion mandible drops, as well as a whole host of new kinds of antlions to drop them.

Getting enough for whatever you need should now be a lot easier, after running through the Underground Desert a bit.


Kill antlions.

While that answer seems facile, I'm afraid it's not just the easiest way, it's the only way*. And it takes approximately forever.

To speed up the process, you can engage in the construction of a mega project: Start a new world and convert it's entire surface to a desert, seriously increasing antlion spawning. The sand you need can be gathered from the antlions themselves as they start to spawn, as they are capable of producing an unlimited amount of sand. (Although getting any reasonable quantities of sand that way also takes, you guessed it, forever.

*: I say it's the only way, but in truth there is another: Find a server and trade for the mandibles with someone that has already done all of this.

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  • @Jonco98 one way to improve spawning is by making floating layers above the ground level. The more layers you have on screen, the higher chance of a spawn, I believe.
    – jfa
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 23:23
  • Take note that the question is in reference to the mobile version of the game, which as of this date does not yet have the 1.3 update. The updated information in the answer may not be applicable. Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 14:54
  • @UnknownZombie True. Still, the question applies equally well to the mainline version, and 1.3 will make its way to mobile and console eventually, no harm in being prepared. :) Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 14:58

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