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Meteorite (biome)

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This article is about the biome. For the ore, see Meteorite.

A Meteorite biome is a biome created when a Meteorite crash-lands. This event always occurs off-screen, leaving a crater for players to find somewhere in the world. The crater is lined with Meteorite ore. A Meteorite event is triggered when a player destroys a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart (see full conditions below). Players are alerted of a Meteorite crash via a status message: "A meteorite has landed!"

Meteorite biomes have the same theme music as Blood Moons, but only one unique enemy type: Meteor Heads (though Lava Bats also spawn near meteorites in the Mobile version). Meteor Heads fly, follow the player as they move, and can pass through all blocks. The spawning of Meteor Heads cannot be prevented, even with several NPCs in the area.

Meteorite crash sites provide Meteorite, a crafting material that can be crucial to game advancement; though it must be crafted into Meteorite Bars at a Furnace first. Meteorite can also be turned into Meteorite Brick, which in turn can be used to create Meteorite furniture. Meteorite requires a Tungsten, Gold, Platinum, or higher tier pickaxe to mine. Alternatively, Bombs, Dynamite, and Bomb Fish may be used to mine them as well. Touching Meteorite blocks causes damage to the player, unless they have the Obsidian Skull or derivative accessory equipped, or are using an Obsidian Skin Potion. Mining can be achieved without Obsidian equipment, as picking up mined Meteorite Ore does not cause damage itself, though the player will likely have a harder time without being able to walk on Meteorite blocks.

Once most of the Meteorite has been mined away (less than 50 Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png / 23 3DS logo.svg Meteorite blocks remain unmined; about 10% of an average Meteorite site), the area will cease to be considered a Meteorite biome.

Building a skybridge can intercept meteorites, but there are limitations: Firstly, the skybridge itself will be damaged and converted, and if you don't repair it, a later meteorite may fall through the gap. Secondly, a meteor's blast radius is about 20 blocks, so if your bridge runs too close to the ground (perhaps a mountain peak) some land may still be converted. The subtlest point is that diagonal platforms may not intercept the meteorite; if you need a diagonal stretch to change the height of the bridge, you can place one or more chests under the diagonal part (in the middle, or every 50 blocks for a long diagonal) to prevent a strike there.

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Meteorite (biome)
Characters Unique Drops


Meteor Head.png Meteor Head


Lava Bat.png Lava Bat Mobile only.png

From terrain:

Meteorite.png Meteorite

From Meteor Heads:

Meteorite.png Meteorite (Pre-Hardmode Only)
Meteor Head Banner.png Meteor Head Banner

From Lava Bats:

Lava Bat Banner.png Lava Bat Banner Desktop only.png

Conditions[edit | edit source]

A Meteorite crash site has a 50% chance of spawning the next midnight after a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart is smashed. Additionally, each night has a 2% chance that a Meteorite will fall, if at least one Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart has already been smashed in the World.

If a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart is broken between midnight and dawn (12:00am - 4:30am), a Meteorite can spawn immediately -- assuming the game passes the 50% chance.

Once the conditions are met, multiple Meteorites will land in a World over time. However, none will fall if there are already a certain number of Meteorite blocks above 0 depth. The limits are:

  • Small worlds: 400
  • Medium worlds: 600
  • Large worlds: 800

16% of the world centered on your spawn point is protected from falling meteors. Meteorites will not land within 25 tiles of a player, NPC or a chest.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Although meteorites will avoid hitting chests, one may still hit the edges of a Floating Island.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Meteorites impact the highest-altitude blocks they encounter in a given area. If you have built a sky bridge, even one composed of Platforms, the Meteorite has a good chance of landing on that bridge. Having a low density of blocks to replace means you will not obtain the intended yield of Meteorite from the event. Using a Minecart Track instead will alleviate this problem.
  • Use a tool with high Mining speed. Reforge the pickaxe for Light prefix for even better speed.
  • Dynamite is useful for mining Meteorites, as 2 or 3 sticks can rid the area of enough ore to stop Meteor Heads from spawning relatively quickly. Be sure not to throw Dynamite while uncollected ore is still present in the area or the uncollected ore may despawn. Explosives also effectively mine 3/4 of the Meteorite in a single blast, albeit expensively and requiring a little while to set up.
  • With two players, one player with the Vilethorn can protect the mining player rather easily if they stick together. The Vilethorn will kill a Meteor Head in one direct hit, and it fires through blocks, as do the Meteor Heads. If only one player is available, quickly switch between the Vilethorn and a Pickaxe.
  • Angled Meteorite blocks can be touched without taking damage. Leaving a brick alone every few rows and angling it with a Hammer will allow you to use it as a platform to dig deeper down. You can also dig underneath the crash site, using other block types to stand on while mining the Meteorite above you.
  • There are certain areas on the map a player may wish to protect from meteorite crashes, such as player-built structures, the Dungeon, Ocean, the entrances to the Underground Jungle/Temple, Underground Desert, and Chasm, or even perhaps a Living Tree. The easiest way to protect these areas is by placing down a chest near those areas. The chest will protect everything within a 25 tile radius.
  • If you searched your world after a crash and cannot find a meteorite, it may have landed on the Living Tree or a Floating Island, or even down a chasm in a corruption biome.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • Evil Biome (The Corruption • The Crimson) • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Underground Snow • Desktop only.png Underground Desert • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Special Biomes Meteorite • Desktop only.png Granite Cave • Desktop only.png Marble Cave • Spider Nest • Bee Hive • Dungeon • Lihzahrd Temple
Other Living Tree • Desktop only.png Enchanted Sword Shrine • Floating Island • Underground Cabin • Chasm • Pyramid • Jungle Shrine • Desktop only.png Living Mahogany Tree • Mobile only.png Jungle Sanctum • Ruined House