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Lunar Monoliths
  • Solar Monolith item sprite Vortex Monolith item sprite Nebula Monolith item sprite Stardust Monolith item sprite Void Monolith item sprite
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
PlaceableYes (2 wide × 3 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
Tooltip'Wield a small amount of power from the Solar Tower' (Pillars)
'Harness a small amount of power from the Void' (Void)
RarityRarity level: 9
Sell200000*20 or 10000*1 Mobile Version (Vortex)
250000*25 (Void)
Research1 required
Sounds
Blood Moon Monolith
  • Blood Moon Monolith item sprite
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
PlaceableYes (2 wide × 3 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
Tooltip'Sustain a bloody fraction of the Moon'
RarityRarity level: 3
Sell10000*1
Research1 required
Sounds
Monoliths.gif
Monoliths in their active and inactive states.

Monoliths are mechanisms that activate backgrounds and other screen effects normally seen during events. They can be activated with the Open / Activate button, or via wire.

  • The Blood Moon Monolith mimics effects seen during a Blood Moon.
  • The Nebula, Solar, Stardust, and Vortex Monoliths mimic effects that normally surround the corresponding Celestial Pillar during the Lunar Events.
  • The Void Monolith mimics screen effects seen during the Moon Lord battle.

There are Desktop Version six / Console VersionMobile Version four different Monoliths: the Solar, Vortex, Nebula, Stardust, and Void MonolithsDesktop Version can be crafted, while the Blood Moon MonolithDesktop Version is dropped by the Dreadnautilus with a 1/9 (11.11%) chance.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipes[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Nebula MonolithNebula MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
Internal Item ID: 3537
Ancient ManipulatorAncient ManipulatorDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
Solar MonolithSolar MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
Internal Item ID: 3539
Stardust MonolithStardust MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
Internal Item ID: 3538
Void MonolithVoid MonolithDesktop Version
Internal Item ID: 4318
Vortex MonolithVortex MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
Internal Item ID: 3536
total: 5 row(s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Monoliths have a range of 70 tiles in each direction.
  • Monoliths do not stack their effects. The one placed furthest to the bottom-right takes precedence. However, the Blood Moon Monolith does stack its effects with the others.
  • Monoliths only cause modified visuals. They do not spawn any event enemies or bosses.
  • 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.

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 less money per fragment on average.
    • As of 1.4.0.1, this is no longer true, as the Moon Lord drops 1 Platinum/2 Platinum 50 Gold, as well as Luminite that can be crafted into Void Monoliths.
  • Their effects can sometimes raise the apparent light level in an area, which may be useful.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Combination of a Stardust Monolith with a Blood Moon.
  • When used during a Blood Moon, a Monolith will combine its light color with the red tint.
  • The Solar, Vortex, Nebula, and Stardust Monoliths appear to be miniature versions of the Celestial Pillars.
    • They are the only Lunar Event items that do not have the Rarity level: 10 base rarity.
  • The design of the Void Monolith is based on the Monoliths from the movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

History[edit | edit source]

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