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Desert Fossil

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Desert Fossil
  • Desert Fossil item sprite
  • Desert Fossil placed
Auto-use
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Statistics
Type
PlaceableYes (1 wide × 1 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
Rarity0*Rarity level: 0
Research200 required

Desert Fossil is a type of block found in the Underground Desert biome in medium to large veins. On Desktop version Desktop, Desert Fossil can be mined with a Copper Pickaxe or equivalent/higher mining level, or with explosives. However, adjacent fossil blocks have a chance to crumble away and drop nothing. On Console version Console and Mobile version Mobile, mining it requires either a Nightmare or Deathbringer Pickaxe or higher.

Desert Fossils can be used with an Extractinator to produce Sturdy Fossils, along with the normal Extractinator drops. Desert Fossils produce more Amber than Silt or Slush do. There is a 1/1666 (0.06%) chance that an Amber Mosquito (Baby Dinosaur pet) will be produced (the odds are 1/5000 (0.02%) for Silt and Slush).

Desktop Version Breaking[edit | edit source]

  • On the Desktop version Desktop version, Desert Fossils will occasionally break adjacent tiles when they are mined (either while being broken, or once broken).
  • By default, there is a 1/15 chance for a block in any of the 8 surrounding tiles to be destroyed. Of these 8 tiles, if any of them has no block below, they will have a 1/4 chance to be destroyed. The tick the original fossil is broken, the block above also has a 25% chance to break.
  • To get as many fossils as possible, players should try to mine horizontally from top to bottom and avoid creating holes, which can otherwise spread quickly.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipe[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Desert FossilDesert Fossil
(Desktop version)
Work BenchWork Bench and Ecto MistDesktop Version
total: 1 row(s)

Used in[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Desert Fossil WallDesert Fossil Wall
(4) (Desktop version)
Work BenchWork Bench and Ecto MistDesktop Version
total: 1 row(s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Version As explosives break Desert Fossil instantly, early-game players may want to use them instead, so as to prevent weaker pickaxes from damaging the surrounding Desert Fossil during mining. Lacking these, however, any pickaxe will do.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
    • Can now be mined with any pickaxe.
    • Can now be destroyed and collected using explosives.
    • Adjacent Desert Fossil blocks now have a chance to break when one is mined.
    • Now drops Amber more commonly when put through Extractinator
    • Added crafting recipes for Desert Fossil Walls.