I noticed that while fighting the Wall of Flesh that if more people were on the server that it would have more HP.

I assume that this is to make it more balanced when more people play, otherwise 20 people could all just long on and kill any boss super easily.

But how does this scaling work? Is it only for bosses? Does damage increase too or only health? Is it a set amount? A limit to the max health? What if someone is at the other side of the map does it still count or do they have to be near the boss when it spawns? What if someone joins the server after the boss has been spawned?

And mention any other changes that occur due to more players, maybe spawn rate?

  • My understanding was that it just made bosses harder, though I don't know if that means more than just higher HP.
    – ZAD-Man
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 23:18
  • You know, I was just gonna ask this myself :) I've never played multiplayer but was considering it. I do know that bosses drop loot for each player (typically)
    – ydobonebi
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 23:28
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    @ydobonebi That's only for expert mode, where a "treasure bag" is dropped which is only visible (and therefore retrievable) by each player
    – Aequitas
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 23:38
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    @ydobonebi hearts aren't in chests, you can find them while mining, use a metal detector
    – Aequitas
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 23:42
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    @James that's completely wrong. It's not random as it's always the same if the same number of players are there, also I've seen it go up with a different amount of players. See: ign.com/wikis/terraria/Expert_Mode "Boss health scales based on the amount of players in a game."
    – Aequitas
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 0:20

2 Answers 2


Your observations for Multiplayer health scaling is only on Expert Mode.

  • Only health scales, not damage.
  • Only boss health scales. Common enemies have static health (but double compared to normal mode)
  • It is per server, so anyone logged in to that server contributes to boss health scaling. This means having more players can potentially be detrimental if they are not actively contributing and carrying their weight towards boss damage.
  • According to this thread. The health scales by 130 - 140% of the "one less player" health (ie. for three players it has ~135% the hp that it had for 2 players). If you're looking for specific numbers for a boss you intend to summon, this thread is an excellent place to look.
  • It doesn't appear there is a limit to max health.

I'd like to add to the existing answer that there is in fact a limit to the max health which occurs at 1,498 players when the health is 1,000 times the original health.

This is illustrated on this webtool which shows the health for all the monsters scaling with a selected number of players.

  • Nothing wrong with adding to old questions/answers. Thanks for the extra information! Quite interesting, I'll have to gather 1.5k friends and give the moonlord a go
    – Aequitas
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 4:16
  • You can count me into the 1.5k :p
    – Ben Ong
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 8:38

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