Terraria Ankh Shield is one of the best items in the game. It’s extremely versatile, and you can use it for just about any class. Although it doesn’t give any defensive or offensive stats, it makes your life that much easier. The accessory shines when moving around the map, allowing you to avoid all these annoying effects.
It’s hard to explain all the steps you have to take to acquire the item. The process is extremely arduous, and almost all of its ingredients are acquired during Hardmode. We suggest that you don’t focus too much on its creation. Instead, enjoy your playthrough while trying to gather all the components that randomly drop along the way.
Terraria Ankh Shield stats and effects
Here are the item’s basic stats and effects:
|Requires||Obsidian Shield and Ankh Charm assembled at Tinkerer’s Workshop|
|Sells for||5 gold|
|Effects||Makes a player immune to fire blocks and knockback |
Provides immunity to most debuffs in the game
People who criticize this item often mention the lack of stats. Debuff immunity is universal and can serve in various situations, but it doesn’t increase your defense or offense against bosses. So, depending on what you’re looking for, it’s often better to go with some other accessories.
Despite not being a viable option against someone like Moon Lord or Empress of Light, there are a few situations where Ankh Shield shines. For example, it’s a great choice against Hardmode Brain of Cthulhu. You can also use it as you’re moving around the map to avoid burn damage, poison from hornets, slow from mummies, etc.
Assembling the item
As mentioned, collecting Ankh Shield’s components one by one is a fool’s errand. There are simply too many of them, and you’ll get bored doing it (unless you’re a hardcore RPG adventurer). Instead, it’s much better to focus on improving other equipment, in particular ore-based weapons and armor.
If this is your first time playing Terraria, we suggest that you collect all accessories in the game marked as “Material.” You’ll use some of them to create Ankh, while the rest will serve for assembling other top-tier accessories. For example, you’ll use them for stuff such as Terraspark Boots, Cell Phone, and other cool thingies.
Of course, if you lack just a few components, you can grind them, but there’s no point in pursuing all of them from the start. If you’re still persistent in obtaining Ankh Shield, here’s everything that you’ll need to finish the recipe:
- Obsidian Skull (requires 20 obsidian pieces assembled at Furnace)
- Cobalt Shield (Gold Chest or Gold Lock Box drop – 14% chance)
- Obsidian Shield (Obsidian Skull and Cobalt Shield assembled at Tinkerer’s Workshop)
- Blindfold (Corrupt Slime, Crimslime, Shadow Slime, Slimeling, Dark Mummy, or Blood Mummy drop – 1% chance)
- Vitamins (Corruptor or Floaty Gloss drop – 1% chance)
- Armor Polish (Armored Skeleton or Blue Armored Bones drop – 1% chance)
- Armor Bracing (Vitamins and Armor Polish assembled at Tinkerer’s Workshop)
- Adhesive Bandage (Rusty Armored Bones, Angler Fish, or Werewolf – 1% chance)
- Bezoar (Moss Hornet, Hornet, or Toxic Sludge – 1% chance)
- Medicated Bandage (Adhesive Bandage and Bezoar assembled at Tinkerer’s Workshop)
- Nazar (Cursed Hammer, Crimson Axe, Dragon Skull, Cursed Skull, Giant Cursed Skull, or Enchanted Sword – 1% chance)
- Megaphone (Pixie, Green Jellyfish, Dark Mummy, or Blood Mummy drop – 1% chance)
- Countercurse Mantra (Nazar and Megaphone assembled at Tinkerer’s Workshop)
- Trifold Map (Light Mummy, Clown, or Giant Bat – 1% chance)
- Fast Clock (Mummy, Wrath, Pixie – 1% chance)
- The Plan (Trifold Map and Fast Clock assembled at Tinkerer’s Workshop)
- Ankh Charm (Blindfold, Medicated Bandage, Armor Bracing, The Plan, and Countercurse Mantra assembled at Tinkerer’s Workshop)
Most of these pieces drop exclusively during Hardmode. Some of the creatures are really hard to find, which is especially true for Blood Mummy and Dark Mummy. What’s worse, the drop chance for every accessory is one percent. The only positive thing is that you won’t have to kill any bosses.
How good is Ankh Shield?
When playing Terraria, players more often die to burn, poison, and frostbite than to bosses’ physical damage. We often neglect the impact of these debuffs, but they’re the things that get us the most. In that regard, whether or not you prioritize Ankh Shield depends on how you perceive these effects.
Before analyzing the accessory, we need to mention all the things that Ankh Shield protects you from:
- Broken Armor
- Fire Blocks
It’s also worth noting that the item’s tooltip is rather deceiving. The developers wrote that the accessory protects you from most debuffs, but, in reality, it provides immunity to less than a half. The wearer can still be affected by Cursed Inferno, Blackout, Frozen, Withered Armor, Venom, Ichor, Electrified, Moon Bite, and Distorted.
We suggest that you use the item when traveling around the world. When you start battling bosses, it’s much better to focus on accessories that increase damage, critical strike, defense, or regeneration.