Monoliths

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Monoliths
  • Vortex Monolith item sprite Nebula Monolith item sprite Stardust Monolith item sprite Solar Monolith item sprite
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Statistics
TypeFurnitureMechanism
PlaceableYes 2 wide × 3 high
RarityRarity level: 9
Sell20 Gold Coin
Every placed Monolith in their on and off state.

Monoliths are Hardmode, post-Lunatic Cultist mechanisms that change the background to their respective Celestial Tower when active. They can be activated with a right-click or with wire. There are four different Monoliths, all of which are crafted from the Ancient Manipulator, for 15 Celestial Fragments. Monoliths have a range of 70 blocks.


Monoliths do not stack their effects. Only the one placed in the spot furthest to the bottom right will affect a given area. They provide large amounts of light in the area they're activated in, which can be useful for situations in events like the Solar Eclipse.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipes[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Nebula MonolithNebula MonolithDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3537
Ancient ManipulatorAncient ManipulatorDesktop VersionConsole Version
Solar MonolithSolar MonolithDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3539
Stardust MonolithStardust MonolithDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3538
Vortex MonolithVortex MonolithDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3536
total: 4 row(s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The effects of the Monoliths can cause some framerate issues.
  • The far right of the screen while a monolith is activated sometimes continues to display the original background.
  • The Monoliths will not spawn any enemies from that specific Tower.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Crafting Monoliths is the most profitable way to monetize extra Lunar Fragments. Even crafting the Celestial Sigil, beating the Moon Lord and selling off all of his drops will net you less money per fragment on average.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Combination of a Stardust Monolith with a Blood Moon.
  • If a Monolith is left active when exiting a world, the background will remain when selecting a character and world for single player. Exiting the game returns the background to normal.
  • The Monoliths appear to be miniature versions of the Celestial Pillars.
  • When used during a Blood Moon, it will combine its light color with the red tint.
  • The Monoliths are the only Lunar Events items that do not have the Red base rarity.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.5: Fixed Vortex Monolith not selling for as much as it should.