Thorn hunter

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For a list of all plants, see list of plants.

thorn hunter fThorn hunter.png
HP 64-130
HD 15
XP 2121
Speed 12 (swim: 120%)
AC 9
EV 9
Will 100
Attack1 27 (hit: plain)
Attack2 23 (hit: plain)

Resistances rPois+
Vulnerabilities Fire
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Plant
Size Large
Type plant, thorn hunter
Flags See invisible
A predatory marsh plant, possessed of motility and a rudimentary intelligence. It stalks its prey swiftly, creating sudden profusions of spiny brambles with which to ensnare them and then skewering the trapped creatures with accurate volleys of its own razor-sharp thorns.

Useful Info

Thorn hunters are swift-moving plants able to fire volleys of sharp thorns at their targets and raise briar patch barricades to keep you out of melee or cut off your retreat. Dangerous enough on their own, they often prove deadly when coupled with other threats. They can be found in the Swamp.


Spell set I
Slot1 Volley of Thorns (3d18) Natural flag
Slot2 Wall of Brambles Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Fire damage is particularly effective against them. Ranged weapons firing flame ammunition are perfectly suited for negating any advantage their briars provide.
  • The briar patches will disintegrate on their own shortly after the thorn hunter dies. Don't bother tearing them down unless you have to.


Thorn hunters were added in 0.14.