Metal Detector

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Metal Detector
  • Metal Detector inventory sprite
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipDisplays the most valuable ore around you
RarityRarity Level: 1
SellGold Coin
Desktop versionConsole version Desktop/Console-Only Content: This information applies only to the Desktop and Console versions of Terraria.

The Metal Detector is an informational Accessory that displays a message to the player when valuable objects, such as ores, Chests, Pots, Life Crystals, and Life Fruits are in the player's vicinity. When displayed, it will include the specific type of whatever is detected (eg. "Chlorophyte Ore detected nearby!"). When multiple valuables are detected, only the one with the highest value is noted. The Metal Detector has a 50% (100% Desktop VersionConsole Version) chance to be dropped by the Nymph, a rare Cavern enemy.

Like most informational items, the Metal Detector does not reveal the location or direction of the detected object. It does not detect Gems or Strange Plants.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Used in[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting Station

Goblin Tech.pngGoblin TechDesktop VersionConsole Version
Tinkerer's Workshop.pngTinkerer's Workshop

Object value[edit | edit source]

This is how valuable the game considers some tiles. All other tiles have a value of 0. The name of the most valuable tile present will be shown by the Metal Detector.

Tile Value
Pot.pngPot 100
Copper Ore.pngCopper Ore 200
Tin Ore.pngTin Ore 210
Iron Ore.pngIron Ore 220
Lead Ore.pngLead Ore 230
Silver Ore.pngSilver Ore 240
Tungsten Ore.pngTungsten Ore 250
Meteorite.pngMeteorite 300
Demonite Ore.pngDemonite Ore 310
Crimtane Ore.pngCrimtane Ore 320
Sturdy Fossil.pngSturdy FossilDesktop VersionConsole Version 350
Gold Ore.pngGold Ore 400
Platinum Ore.pngPlatinum Ore 410
Chest.pngChest 500
Cobalt Ore.pngCobalt Ore 600
Palladium Ore.pngPalladium Ore 610
Mythril Ore.pngMythril Ore 620
Orichalcum Ore.pngOrichalcum Ore 630
Adamantite Ore.pngAdamantite Ore 640
Titanium Ore.pngTitanium Ore 650
Chlorophyte Ore.pngChlorophyte Ore 700
Crystal Heart.pngCrystal Heart 800
Life Fruit.pngLife Fruit 810

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • It has a detection radius of ~50 feet horizontally and vertically, with distance being calculated from the player’s feet.
  • Even though it is the most powerful ore in pre-Hardmode, Hellstone will not be detected.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Though they are all detected by the Metal Detector, Life Fruits, Sturdy Fossils, and Pots are not metallic.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Spelunker Potion or Magic Lantern pair well with the Metal Detector, as this will also reveal the item location. It also reveals items the Metal Detector cannot detect, such as Gems, as well as displaying lower-tier ores when a higher tier is masking their detection by the Metal Detector.
  • Crystal Hearts and Life Fruits are prioritized over ores, so it's a good idea for players searching for rare ores to break them even when the Life Crystal or Fruit they drop is not needed. In the case of Fruits, block-piercing attacks can be used to more easily break them from afar.
  • For unknown reasons, it does not always detect Water Chests, even when standing right on top of one.

History[edit | edit source]

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