Terraria – Maximum Defense Guide (Journey’s End / Update 1.4)

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This guide will show how to get the maximum Defense.

Guide to Getting Highest Defense

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Expert-Mode and Master-Mode

Demon Heart

  • Kill Wall of Flesh to get the Demon Heart from it’s Treasure Bag on a expert or master mode world.
  • Expert mode world lets you have 6 accessory slots.
  • Master mode world gives you 7 accessory slots.


Solar Flare Helmet

  • 24 Defense.
  • 10 Solar Fragments and 32 pieces of Luminite to create 8 Luminite Bars at the crafting station Ancient Manipulator.

Solar Flare Breastplate

  • 34 Defense.
  • 20 Solar Fragments and 64 pieces of Luminite to create 16 Luminite Bars at the crafting station Ancient Manipulator.

Valhalla Knight’s Greaves

  • 24 Defense.
  • 75 Defender Medals to purchase one from the NPC Tavernkeep.


Warding Flesh Knuckles

  • 7 Defense +4 Defense = 11 Defense.
  • In the Crimson Biome on hardmode, Crimson Mimics have a chance to drop.
  • Can also use 15 Souls of Nights to craft the Key Of Night at a workbench.
  • Place down any chest which is empty and then put the Key of Night in the chest to spawn a Crimson Mimic.

Warding Paladin’s shield

  • 6 Defense +4 Defense = 10 Defense.
  • The Paladin is a rare spawn in a hardmode dungeon and has a chance of dropping the shield.

Warding Hero’s Shield

  • 7 Defense +4 Defense = 11 Defense.
  • Combine Flesh Knuckles and Paladin’s Shield.

Warding Berserker’s Glove

  • 7 Defense +4 Defense = 11 Defense.
  • Flesh Knuckles combined with Power Glove.
  • Feral Claws and Titan Glove combine to make Power Glove.

Warding Celestial Shell

  • 4 Defense +4 Defense + 3 Defense Werewolf buff at Night= 11 Defense.
  • Combine Moon Shell and Celestial Stone.

Moon Stone dropped by Vampires during Solar Eclipse. Sun Stone dropped by Golem.Combine Moon Stone and Sun stone to make Celestial Stone

Moon Charm dropped by Werewolds during Full moon.

The Neptune’s Shell can be acquired from The Creature Of The Deep during Solar Eclipse.Moon Charm and a Neptune’s Shell crafted together to make Moon Shell.

Warding Frozen Shield

  • 6 Defense +4 Defense = 10 Defense.
  • Paladin’s Shield and Frozen Turtle Shell.
  • Rare drop from Ice Tortoise in Underground Ice Biome to obtain Frozen Turtle Shell.

Warding Ankh Shield

  • 4 Defense +4 Defense = 8 Defense.
  • Cobalt Shield found in Gold Chests in the Dungeon.

  • 20 pieces of Obsidian are needed which are made from water and lava mixed.
  • Craft the 20 Obsidian at a Furnace to make the Obsidian Skull.

  • Combine the Cobalt Shield and the Obsidian Skull to get the Obsidian Shield.
  • To craft the Ankh Charm I recommend checking out.
  • Then combine the Obsidian Shield with the Ankh Charm to make the Ankh Shield.


Ironskin Potion

  • (5 Minutes) 8 Defense.
  • Bottled Water.
  • Daybloom.
  • Iron or Lead Ore.
  • Crafting station – Alchemy Table or Bottles placed on a surface.

Any food/drink with the “Major Improvement to all stats.”

Exquisitely Stuff

  • 4 Defense.

Some examples:

  • Seafood Dinner.
  • Christmas Pudding.
  • Bacon.
  • Sugar Cookie.
  • Gingerbread Cookie.


Brand of the Inferno

  • 20 defense while blocking.
  • To get the bonus defense you have to equip the weapon, not have it used while picked up with the cursor and guard by right-clicking with a shield accessory equipped.
  • To obtain this weapon you have to kill an Ogre from the Old One’s Army event for a chance to obtain.


Dryad’s Blessing

  • 8 Defense while you are within the circle of leaves.
  • Dryad NPC casts the blessing when there are enemies nearby.

Total Defense

190 Defense is the maximum total possible.

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  1. I think this is mostly right, but you can actually get one more defense point. The Chlorophyte Mask grants 25 Defense, 1 more than the Solar Flare Helmet.

  2. Thing I realized while messing around on minecarts:
    There’s actually a defense bonus for using the Mechanical Cart (up to 7 at full speed), putting the maximum possible defense at 206.

  3. Solar armor doesn’t actually give a defense set bonus… it’s a shield that blocks damage. This technically does mitigate damage better, but doesn’t increase the defense stat itself.

  4. The Chlorophyte mask does not give more defense, The solar helmet is only available after moon lord, and is the best armor in the game.

  5. Travelling at max speed in a mechanical minecart will give you another 7 defense, this can get you to 206 defense

  6. you left out the mechanical cart
    it increases your defense depending on your speed
    2 while not moving and 7 at full speed

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