Drifters are common humanoid monsters. There are several kinds of drifters that spawn at different depths. As a player goes deeper underground they will find increasingly dangerous drifters, but these drifters are the most likely to drop temporal gears.
All drifters spawn on solid blocks or inside tall grass below light level 8. Each tier is limited in how many can be alive at once, and they may only spawn at certain Y levels. See the table for both of these values.
Attacking the Player
Drifters will wander around until a player comes within 15 blocks of it. When a player enters the range drifters will quickly run to the player. Drifters do not try to avoid obstacles when pursuing a player and will easily fall into pits.
Fleeing in Sunlight
Drifters will flee the player when exposed to sunlight. The amount of sunlight required to make the drifter flee depends on its tier. See the table for the exact values.
Drifters will on occasion flee upon taking damage. The chance that a drifter will flee decreases with increasing tier. See the table for the exact values.
Beginning in version 1.12, players will need to butcher the monster using a knife in the active hand to obtain drops. Shift click until the butchering process is complete and the GUI opens to allow players to remove temporal gears and flax fibers.
Max quantity is the number of this type of drifter that can be alive at one time. Y value range is a percentage of the world's sea level, values of 0%, 100%, and 200% mean the bottom, the middle or sea level, and very top of the world, respectively. Flee light level is the amount of sunlight that causes the drifter to flee. Flee on damage chance is the chance that a drifter will flee when it is damaged.
|Tier||Max quantity||Y value range||Flee light level||Flee on damage chance|
|Surface||10||70% - 200%||0.925||20%|
|Deep||8||20% - 85%||0.97||20%|
|Tainted||7||10% - 55%||2||5%|
|Corrupt||6||0% - 35%||2||2.5%|
|Nightmare||5||0% - 20%||2||1.25%|
- Drifters have an uncommon idle animation where they curl up and cry.
- According to the story excerpt Ghosts, drifters have a metallic smell.
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