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Vertebrae is a crafting material dropped by Crimeras, Blood Crawlers, Face Monsters and the Floaty Gross. They are used much like Rotten Chunks for worlds that spawn with a Crimson biome instead of a Corruption.
 Used in
- 1.2.3: Can now be dropped by the Floaty Gross.
- 184.108.40.206: You can now craft battle potions with vertebrae.
- 1.2: Introduced.