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Health 2000
Damage 75 to player
150 to mobs
Attack Period 3
Attack Range 8
Walking Speed 3
Insanity aura -400/min
Special Ability AoE attack. Destroys structures and trees
RoG: Freezes enemies.
Loot Meat×8
Deerclops Eyeball
DebugSpawn "deerclops"
He looks mightier than me...


Deerclops is a boss monster that is only active during Winter, unless edited by the World Generation Options Screen. It has high health and damage, and it can also destroy Structures (the same way a Hammer does) and knock down trees much like a Clockwork Rook. Deerclops is very aggressive towards anything it encounters and can kill most creatures. Its monstrous appearance drains Sanity when the character gets too close.

Deerclops takes four blasts from the Ice Staff to be frozen, and four Sleep Darts to put to sleep. When killed, it will drop 8 pieces of Meat and a Deerclops Eyeball, which does not spoil, and restores a high amount of Health and Hunger but drains Sanity.


Deerclops wanders the landscape during Winter, typically finding the player eventually if they're in its path. Its approach is signaled by a deep moaning and growling sound (similar to the way Hounds are signaled), which the character will eventually comment on. After that, the ground will begin to shake due to Deerclops' heavy tread. Unlike Hounds, Deerclops will not follow the player wherever they go, to spawn. Once the first moan is heard, the player can move away and with luck avoid the encounter altogether.

Deerclops has an attack in which it will either swipe or pound the floor at its current target. Both animations have the same effect, damaging all mobs and structures within a radius of about 2.5 berry bushes. It usually does not immediately target the player upon arrival, having an "aggro distance" toward any mob it gets close to. Deerclops first tries to target the closest structure to the player at time of being "released" (i.e. spawned); if no structure is close enough to the player, then the player is targeted instead (although this tends to be rare). Deerclops will in general not target walls, unless the object or mob Deerclops is aiming to destroy is behind a wall. Often, walls and other structures or mobs nearby may suffer collateral damage anyway, despite what Deerclops may target. This is the reason walls don't stand up well to a Deerclops.

Deerclops aims to destroy all structures and then leave. Note that the only structures counted are the ones targeted by Deerclops directly - collateral damage is not counted, meaning many more structures may be destroyed before Deerclops is "done". Naturally, if Deerclops is aggroed by the player or other mobs, it will hang around to take care of them first, before continuing to destroy structures or leave.

It is possible to stay out of the way as it passes by. However, Deerclops can easily ravage the structures in the player's camp, with Pig Houses and Rabbit Hutches being especially costly. If Deerclops collapses (dies) close enough to structures, it will damage or destroy them due to collapsing on top of them.

Once killed, Deerclops takes 3–6 days to respawn. It will despawn around about the time when summer comes (exact time depends on how fast the snow melts, as Deerclops has thresholds, unless it has been configured to "Lots" (see options below). If it is currently on the screen when it's supposed to "go away", it will simply disappear (i.e. despawn).

If the player so happens to be in the Caves in Winter and they come out, it is possible for Deerclops to be waiting for them at the entrance so caution should be taken. 

Spear Hunting

Deerclops can be kited, a process by which the character dodges its attack, strikes back once, and then dodges out of range again multiple times. You must time your attacks with Deerclops animation, and strike it only one time in an opening, as its long and wide ranged melee attack is hard to dodge even with a mighty Wolfgang's speed. Its high health means this will take time, however, and the character's Sanity will drop quickly. Armor should be worn when attempting this as Deerclops can kill most characters in two strikes. Two or three Log suits and Football helmets should be enough to mitigate some damage, and around 10 pieces of Jerky should be enough to heal from some damage. A Walking Cane and timed clicking can increase your ability to dodge his attacks in between your blows, and give you a speed boost to run away if you need to heal or escape. In Reign of Giants, Deerclops' attacks will freeze the player after two hits, so intentionally tanking attacks is not recommended.

Deerclops doesn't sleep during the night but can be put to sleep by a Pan Flute or Sleep Darts. Fire Darts or the Fire Staff are also effective, although it will take several hits to kill it, and this may result in the loot it drops turning to Ashes, in which case you will get 8 cooked meat but no Deerclops Eyeball. Deerclops can also be frozen and then attacked from behind.

Deerclops can be easily killed by using the Snurtle Shell Armour. Before it strikes, hide in the shell, then unhide and strike between its attacks. With Wolfgang on a full belly (300 hunger, 300 health and dealing 2x damage), the player can simply tank Deerclops with a Tentacle Spike or Ham Bat without any sort of armor and will be able to kill it and survive with some health left.

A quick method, if the player happens to have a lot of Tooth Traps, is to lead Deerclops to an open area covered in the traps. As with other aggressive creatures, it will walk towards the player without avoiding the traps. It'll take 34 sprung traps to kill Deerclops, but the player can kite it to speed up the process.

Alternatively, Deerclops can be lured to fight other creatures. It does a wide-area cleave-style attack that can damage several surrounding targets at the same time. For example, if Deerclops were lured to a group of Beefalo, it will hit several at the same time and cause them to attack. It's advised to have an Ice Staff in this situation, as Deerclops can make quick work of a small to medium Beefalo herd. Using the staff on it as it prepares to strike, will stun it and cancel its attack, protecting the Beefalo in the process. Treeguards will also fight Deerclops and are very effective. Walrus Camps can also be used: MacTusk can dodge Deerclops nicely and eventually kill it.

Another way to kill Deerclops involves having a neutral Treeguard in your backyard. Guide Deerclops into some trees to destroy them, then let the Treeguard handle him. The large Treeguard will kill Deerclops with health to spare.

The quickest method of killing Deerclops requires Gunpowder and a Torch. Gunpowder deals about 200 damage, so 10 of these would instantly kill Deerclops. Place the gunpowder, 9 in a stack, as close as possible to Deerclops (it's recommended to freeze or put it to sleep to hold it still). Then light the gunpowder with a torch and run. For Deerclops' remaining health, hit it with non-fire weapons. Only 9 stacks of gunpowder should be used, since the player presumably wants fresh loot.

Alternatively, Deerclops can easily be lost by moving a good distance away, or jumping into a Worm Hole. After losing interest in you it will find something else to smash. A Bush Hat will keep the character hidden if necessary.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill Deerclops when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing RodBug Net Lucy the Axe Shovel Pitchfork

Hammer Torch Umbrella

Walking Cane Willow's Lighter

Axe Pickaxe

Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe


PickSlashAxe Spear Bat Bat Ham Bat Morning Star Slurtle SlimeTentacle Spike Battle Spear Thulecite ClubTooth Trap Dark Sword Blow DartFire Dart

Fire Staff

Gunpowder Old Bell
No. of hits for
471 148 112 74 66 59 48 34-68 28 or 47 40 39 34 30 20 10 2

Deerclops Options

Deerclops attack frequencies may be adjusted in the World Generation Options Screen as follows:

Option Number of Attacks per Season Attacks During Summer?
None 0 No
Default 1 No
Less 1 No
More 2 No
Lots 3 Yes

As one can see from the table, "default" and "less" is actually the same setting. The "More" setting adds up to 2 attacks per season, while the "Lots" setting ups that to 3 attacks per season, which includes both winter and summer. Note that even on the final setting, Deerclops will still despawn once summer starts (but not when winter starts) - meaning any Deerclops spawned during summer won't actually despawn until the next summer begins on that setting!

Additionally, the spawning of Deerclops appears to be tied to the change of snow cover, which regulates when a new Deerclops may spawn. This has the effect that even if Deerclops is set to 1 (i.e. the default), and then killed near the end of winter (when the snow cover may change, but still be above the threshold required for a winter Deerclops), it is entirely possible for another Deerclops to spawn very soon afterwards.

Due to the way snow cover change regulates Deerclops spawning, the actual number of attacks one will experience may vary wildly from that in the "setting". That is, at best, all one can know for sure is that setting it higher will probably result in more attacks on average, with the possibility of a summer attack on the final setting.

When set to the "Default" or "Less" Deerclops setting, It is possible to survive through multiple winter without seeing or hearing Deerclops. In theory, setting Deerclops to "More" should guarantee that Deerclops attacks at least once per winter.

Reign of Giants iconReign of Giants

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Deerclops, now the giant of Winter, gains the ability to freeze others, including the player. It will take two hits from Deerclops to freeze something, the first hit will turn the NPC/player blue and the next one will freeze it. This makes certain tactics, involving the use of neutral mobs such as Pigs or Bunnymen, ineffective.

Placeholder Trivia

  • Deerclops was added in the A Winter's Tale update. At the end of the update's trailer, the screen goes black for a brief amount of time. During this time, the growl of Deerclops is heard.
  • The name "Deerclops" is a portmanteau of "Deer" and "Cyclops."
  • Deerclops can also be a reference to the yeti because of the winter counterpart.
  • Pictures of Deerclops appeared in the teaser video for the Long Live the Queen update, at around 30 and 45 seconds into the video (see pictures). It is clear that the image shown was an older/simplified design.
  • Although it's usually not possible to see two Deerclops spawn at the same time, if this happens (due to a bug or by spawning it via the console) they will be hostile to each other, unlike other boss monsters.
  • According to Maxwell, Deerclops is myopic.
  • Sometimes the moaning noises can be heard, but Deerclops doesn't seem to spawn. This happens when the snow melts below a certain threshold (e.g. when summer begins) after Deerclops is "on the way" to appearing.
  • Deerclops can be used as a rare Steam profile wallpaper.

Mosquito Bugs

  • Note that in the base game if Deerclops is killed prior to the start of summer, another one may be spawned to replace it within a few days. Deerclops respawned in this way is counted as being part of the same "attack", so the total number of Deerclops spawned during a season may actually be higher than the "number of attacks per season" listed in the Options. This is suspected to be a bug since the attack is supposed to "cease" immediately after Deerclops is spawned (which means Deerclops won't respawn until the next "attack" is due).
  • In Reign of Giants the sound effect for the freezing attack is extremely loud, will stay loud even if the in-game volume sliders are all on 0. It is advised to lower the volume in your OS and turn up the in-game volume when fighting one or at least not wear headphones.

Gold Nugget Gallery

Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork BishopClockwork RookClockwork KnightDangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk • (Poison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard • (BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey • (BuzzardCatcoonVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird • (GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King

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