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Ore Value
Copper Ore.png Copper Ore 50 Copper Coin
Tin Ore.png Tin Ore 75 Copper Coin
Iron Ore.png Iron Ore Silver Coin
Lead Ore.png Lead Ore Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin
Silver Ore.png Silver Ore Silver Coin
Tungsten Ore.png Tungsten Ore Silver Coin
Gold Ore.png Gold Ore Silver Coin
Platinum Ore.png Platinum Ore Silver Coin
Meteorite.png Meteorite Silver Coin
Demonite Ore.png Demonite Ore Silver Coin
Crimtane Ore.png Crimtane Ore Silver Coin
Obsidian.png Obsidian n/a
Hellstone.png Hellstone n/a
Cobalt Ore.png Cobalt Ore Silver Coin
Palladium Ore.png Palladium Ore Silver Coin
Mythril Ore.png Mythril Ore 11 Silver Coin
Orichalcum Ore.png Orichalcum Ore 13 Silver Coin
Adamantite Ore.png Adamantite Ore 15 Silver Coin
Titanium Ore.png Titanium Ore 17 Silver Coin
Chlorophyte Ore.png Chlorophyte Ore Silver Coin
Luminite.png Luminite Desktop VersionConsole Version 30 Silver Coin

Ores are primary crafting materials necessary for game advancement. They generally must be crafted into bars at a Furnace, after which they can craft several essential tools, weapons, armor, and other items. Some items require raw Ores themselves, most commonly bricks and potions. Raw Ores can also be used as plain blocks for construction.

Ores are generally found as veins of placed blocks Underground and below, and are mined with a Pickaxe. Lower-tier Ores can be found among Dirt near the Surface, or within Floating Islands. Some Ores are also dropped by bosses, namely Eye of Cthulhu, Eater of Worlds, Brain of Cthulhu, Mobile only.pngOld-gen console version3DS logo.svgOcram, and Desktop VersionConsole VersionMoon Lord.

An Extractinator, or Wooden Crates (from Fishing), may also provide Ores as random rewards.

A world will generally only contain one Ore type from each tier, which are chosen at random (see tables below). The alternate Ore types that don't generate naturally in a world can be obtained from Slimes, Crates, an Extractinator, or from other worlds. Hardmode Ore types are chosen at random when players destroy Altars.

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Tier Possible Ore Types Minimum Tool(s)
Per Bar
1 Copper Ore (placed).png Copper Ore.png Copper Ore Tin Ore (placed).png Tin Ore.png Tin Ore Copper Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe.png 3 Surface, Underground, Cavern
2 Iron Ore (placed).png Iron Ore.png Iron Ore Lead Ore (placed).png Lead Ore.png Lead Ore Copper Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe.png 3 Surface, Underground, Cavern
3 Silver Ore (placed).png Silver Ore.png Silver Ore Tungsten Ore (placed).png Tungsten Ore.png Tungsten Ore Copper Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe.png 4 Underground, Cavern, Floating Islands, Surface (Rarely)
4 Gold Ore (placed).png Gold Ore.png Gold Ore Platinum Ore (placed).png Platinum Ore.png Platinum Ore Copper Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe.png 4 Underground, Cavern, Floating Islands, Surface (Very Rarely)
5 Meteorite (placed).png Meteorite.png Meteorite Tungsten Pickaxe.png Gold Pickaxe.png 3 Meteorite Biome
6 Demonite Ore (placed).png Demonite Ore.png Demonite Ore Crimtane Ore (placed).png Crimtane Ore.png Crimtane Ore Gold Pickaxe.png Platinum Pickaxe.png 3 Eye of Cthulhu, Underground, Cavern,
Eater of Worlds (Demonite), Brain of Cthulhu (Crimtane)
7 Obsidian (placed).png Obsidian.png Obsidian Nightmare Pickaxe.png Deathbringer Pickaxe.png 1 Obsidian.png


3 Hellstone.png

Contact between Water & Lava
8 Hellstone (placed).png Hellstone.png Hellstone Nightmare Pickaxe.png Deathbringer Pickaxe.png Underworld

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Tier Possible Ore Types Minimum Tool(s)
Per Bar
9 Cobalt Ore (placed).png Cobalt Ore.png Cobalt Ore Palladium Ore (placed).png Palladium Ore.png Palladium Ore Molten Pickaxe.png Reaver Shark.png 3 Underground, Cavern
10 Mythril Ore (placed).png Mythril Ore.png Mythril Ore Orichalcum Ore (placed).png Orichalcum Ore.png Orichalcum Ore Cobalt Pickaxe.png Cobalt Drill.png Palladium Pickaxe.png Palladium Drill.png 4 Cavern
11 Adamantite Ore (placed).png Adamantite Ore.png Adamantite Ore Titanium Ore (placed).png Titanium Ore.png Titanium Ore Mythril Pickaxe.png Mythril Drill.png Orichalcum Pickaxe.png Orichalcum Drill.png
Palladium Pickaxe.png Palladium Drill.png (works on Mobile only.png only)
5 Cavern (roughly at Lava depth), OcramMobile only.pngOld-gen console version3DS logo.svg (Adamantite only)
12 Chlorophyte Ore (placed).png Chlorophyte Ore.png Chlorophyte Ore Pickaxe Axe.png Drax.png 6 Underground Jungle
13 Luminite (placed).png Luminite.png Luminite Copper Pickaxe.png Tin Pickaxe.png 4 Moon Lord

Spawning the first three tiers of Hardmode Ore requires the destruction of Demon/Crimson Altars. This requires a Hammer with 80% hammer power or higher, e.g. the Pwnhammer. Each destroyed Altar spawns deposits of one of six new Hardmode Ores, replacing natural world blocks below the underground layer:

  1. First Altar: Cobalt Ore or Palladium Ore
  2. Second Altar: Mythril Ore or Orichalcum Ore
  3. Third Altar: Adamantite Ore or Titanium Ore
  • Destroying a fourth Altar spawns another round of whichever type spawned for the first Altar (Cobalt or Palladium) . A fifth spawns more of whichever type spawned for the second Altar (Mythril or Orichalcum), etc.
  • Destroying more Altars will never spawn Hardmode ore types beyond the 3 that were randomly assigned to your world during the initial round of destroyed Altars. A world with Palladium Ore deposits will never spawn Cobalt Ore deposits, or vice-versa.
  • Ore spawns will never overwrite existing Mineral deposits or placed Wood blocks of any type, nor any form of Brick, only Biome blocks (such as Dirt, Mud, Stone, etc).

Chlorophyte Ore spawns on its own once Hardmode is triggered, and Luminite does not occur naturally. Neither are affected by destroyed Altars.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Ooo! Shiny!.png Ooo! Shiny! • "Mine your first nugget of ore with a pickaxe."
Mine your first ore. Desktop Version
Achievement Extra Shiny.png Extra Shiny! • "Mine a powerful ore that has been newly blessed upon your world."
Mine your first Hardmode ore. Desktop Version
Achievement Photosynthesis.png Photosynthesis • "Mine chlorophyte, an organic ore found deep among the thickest of flora."
Mine your first Chlorophyte ore. Desktop Version

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Each Hardmode ore is chosen at the moment you break the first three Altars in the world. You can choose the ores you like by quitting your world without saving (by ending the task or killing the process) after smashing your first Altars. It is more easily done with a server, using the exit-nosave command.
  • All ores except Hellstone and Obsidian are highlighted by the Spelunker buff, making it easy to find veins of ore. Hellstone is not lit up by the buff, but it is by a Dangersense Potion. Obsidian is easily found and made around lava.
  • Using a Crate Potion will improve the chances of obtaining crates, and as such the ore-bearing Wooden Crates.
  • If you fill in caves with spare natural blocks such as dirt, then destroy Altars, Hardmode ores can spawn in them. They can then also be seen on the minimap, presenting an easy way to convert extra blocks into ores and know their exact location.
  • In the Mobile only.pngMobile version, the Palladium Pickaxe and drill can mine Adamantite and Titanium.
  • Most ores sell for the same as or more than the bars made from them. The exceptions are the late pre-Hardmode ores (Meteorite, Demonite/Crimtane, Hellstone), and Chlorophyte, all of which are far more profitable as bars. (Hellstone and Obsidian are unsaleable as ores, and there is no Obsidian Bar).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mobile only.pngOld-gen console version3DS logo.svg Hellstone's item sprite is a recolor of that of Silver Ore.
  • Hellstone and Chlorophyte are the only ores that cannot be infinitely generated within a single world. Others can be obtained variously from Crates, an Extractinator, Bosses, producible liquids, and Meteorite crashes. Furthermore, Chlorophyte, can be grown using mud, which, while not truly infinite, is unlimited for all practical purposes.
  • Iron and Lead are the only ores not to have bricks.
  • Despite being a late-game ore, Chlorophyte Ore only sells for Silver Coin per ore. This may be because the player can keep farming large amounts of Chlorophyte Ore and selling it for money. Luminite sells for the most, being 30 Silver Coin per ore.
  • Palladium, Cobalt, and Titanium are the only Hardmode ores to exist in the real world.

History[edit | edit source]

Desktop VersionDesktop version

  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Ore now stacks to 999.
    • Chlorophyte is slightly more rare and grows slower.
    • Hardmode ore spawns slightly less.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Added 8 new ores as possible alternatives to the original 8: Tin, Lead, Tungsten, Platinum, Crimtane, Palladium, Orichalcum, Titanium.
    • Added Chlorophyte.
  • Desktop 1.0.2: Mining stone and other hard ores make a 'tink' noise now.
  • Desktop-Release: Introduced (Copper, Iron, Silver, Gold, Hellstone, Obsidian, Meteorite).
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