Metal Detector

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Metal Detector
Stack digit 1.png
Metal Detector inventory icon
Type AccessoryInformational
Tooltip Displays the most valuable ore around you
Rarity Rarity Level: 1
Sell 1 Gold Coin
Internal Item ID: 3102
Desktop Version Desktop-Only Content: This information applies only to the desktop version 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 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]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Goblin Tech.png DPS Meter.pngDPS Meter Tinkerer's Workshop.png Tinkerer's Workshop
Metal Detector.pngMetal Detector

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.png Pot 100
Copper Ore.png Copper Ore 200
Tin Ore.png Tin Ore 210
Iron Ore.png Iron Ore 220
Lead Ore.png Lead Ore 230
Silver Ore.png Silver Ore 240
Tungsten Ore.png Tungsten Ore 250
Meteorite.png Meteorite 300
Demonite Ore.png Demonite Ore 310
Crimtane Ore.png Crimtane Ore 320
Sturdy Fossil.png Sturdy Fossil Desktop Version 350
Gold Ore.png Gold Ore 400
Platinum Ore.png Platinum Ore 410
Chest.png Chest 500
Cobalt Ore.png Cobalt Ore 600
Palladium Ore.png Palladium Ore 610
Mythril Ore.png Mythril Ore 620
Orichalcum Ore.png Orichalcum Ore 630
Adamantite Ore.png Adamantite Ore 640
Titanium Ore.png Titanium Ore 650
Chlorophyte Ore.png Chlorophyte Ore 700
Crystal Heart.png Crystal Heart 800
Life Fruit.png Life Fruit 810

Notes[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Its sprite looks similar to an electrical connector.

History[edit | edit source]

Equipable Items: Adamantite Breastplate.png Armor • Anklet of the Wind.png Accessories ( Cobalt Shield.png Combat) • Pharaoh's Robe.png Vanity ( Diamond Ring.png Accessories • Purple Dye.png Dyes)