Fallen Star

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Fallen Star
  • Fallen Star item spriteold Fallen Star item sprite
Statistics
Type
Use time17 (Very fast)
TooltipDisappears after the sunrise
Max stack999 Desktop and Mobile versions / 99 Console version / 100 Old-gen console version3DS version
Rarity01*Rarity level: 1
Sell5
Research50 required
For the blue stars that give the player mana when collected, see Star.

Fallen Stars are items that randomly fall from the sky at night and disappear at dawn (4:30 AM). They can be used to craft Mana Crystals, which permanently increase a player's mana capacity by 20 points each. They are also used in a variety of crafting recipes, and as ammunition for the Star Cannon and Super Star Shooter. Hence, Fallen Stars can be stored in ammo slots.

For each game tick[1], the chance of a Fallen Star spawning is 21/16,800 (0.125%) in small worlds, 32/16,800 (≈0.1905%) in medium worlds, and 42/16,800 (0.25%) in large worlds.[2] Therefore, the average number of Fallen Stars per night is 40.5 in a small world, about 61.71 in a medium world, and 81 in a large world. Fallen Stars spawn anywhere within the upper 5% of the world, i.e. 60 tiles in small worlds, 90 tiles in medium worlds, and 120 tiles in large worlds. Meteor Showers increase this rate.

Fallen Stars emit light while on the ground, making them easy to spot at night. They cannot be placed by the player as permanent light sources, but can be combined with a Bottle to craft the Star in a Bottle. They will disappear if dropped by a player during the day, but can remain in a player's inventory or a storage object (such as a chest) indefinitely.

Although uncommon, Fallen Stars can hit enemies and bosses for up to 2,500 damage. Players are immune to this damage.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Used in[edit | edit source]

A star falling from the sky

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Full moons and lateral map position have no effect on the frequency of Fallen Stars. Their appearance is at a fixed rate at all hours of every night (Desktop and Mobile versions except during Meteor Showers and Lantern Nights, during which their appearance rate is increased).
  • Unlike most items collected as drops, Fallen Stars fall all over the world at night, even in areas far from the player.
  • If an enemy is killed by a Fallen Star, the kill will be attributed to the player; the Tally CounterDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions will update to reflect the kill, and banners will be dropped accordingly. When multiple players are present, the kill and banner will be given to the host of the world.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • On the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version, sleeping in a bed will fast-forward time, which increases the rate at which stars fall relative to real-world time. This can be exploited to quickly gather stars, by sleeping for most of the night then collecting accumulated stars near the end. This also applies to Journey mode's time acceleration which at 10x allows for very quick fallen star farming.
  • Traveling a far distance a few minutes prior to dawn will allow the player to collect the Fallen Stars, easily netting a large supply.
  • A simple method for harvesting Fallen Stars is to construct long straight sections of ground to run along at night; a skybridge also works well. Note that diagonal platforms may not intercept Fallen Stars. When constructing a large skybridge, the platform to catch them should be placed at the bottom of Space.
  • In versions prior to 1.4.0.1 Hoiks can be used to rapidly pipe the stars to a desirable location, since they automatically mount them upon contact. This is still possible in 1.4, but the stars must enter the hoik by toggling active stone blocks or actuators, making the setup more expensive.
  • To pass Fallen Stars to another player during daytime, transfer it using a storage item, e.g. a chest, since throwing it out of the inventory during the day will make it vanish.
  • If the player's inventory is full, Fallen Stars can be moved to an empty ammo slot to free up an inventory slot.
  • Fallen Stars will hit Floating Islands if the island is in the path of the star, so if there is an area where Fallen Stars never seem to fall or rarely do, there is a possibility that a Floating Island is above that area.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If "used" via Use / Attack, the player will hold the star above their head and a sound will play, similarly to the Mana Crystal. However, unlike the Mana Crystal, it will neither be consumed nor have any effect on the player. This effect is left over from before 1.1, when Fallen Stars were used to restore mana.
  • The star will, if in semi-darkness, seem to be as bright as if it was shown in the day, but will not produce any light around it, similar to the Angel Halo.

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.1: No longer consumable for restoring 20 mana.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. A tick is a time unit countable by the software. Most of Terraria's updating logic happens every tick. A tick has the length of 1/60th of a second, hence there are 60 ticks in a second and 3600 ticks in a minute.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.3.5.3 source code, function UpdateWorld() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.1.2.