Pylons

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Pylons
  • Forest Pylon.png Snow Pylon.png Desert Pylon.png Cavern Pylon.png
    Ocean Pylon.png Jungle Pylon.png Hallow Pylon.png Mushroom Pylon.png
    Universal Pylon.png
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
PlaceableYes (3 wide × 4 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipTeleport to another pylon when 2 villagers are nearby
You can only place one per type and in the matching biome
Rarity01*Rarity level: 1
Buy10 (Universal: 1)
Sell2 (Universal: 20)
Research1 required
The player selects one pylon, which opens the map and allows them to scroll over and select the icon of another pylon, which they are then teleported to.
Two pylons being used, as shown in the 1.4 changelog.

Pylons are furniture items that appear as a large stone or crystal hovering and rotating above a biome-themed stand. They allow a player to teleport to any other pylon by pressing the Open / Activate button on them, which will open the fullscreen map, and selecting the other pylon there.

The following restrictions apply:[1]

  • Pylons can only be used when there are 2 or more living, housed NPCs (including the Old Man or town pets) within a 169-tile wide by 124-tile high rectangle centered on each pylon.
    • At least a portion of the NPCs' housing tiles must be within this range, but the pylons will still work if the NPCs themselves walk out of this range. Pylons will not work if an NPC is not near their home.
  • Pylons are only practical if there are 2 or more in the world. The system they form is known as the Pylon Network.
  • Pylons only function when in their respective biome.
  • Only one of each type of pylon may be placed in a world.
  • The Pylon Network cannot be used during boss battles or when invasions are announced or in progress (including the Lunar Events prior to 1.4.1).
  • Players must be within interaction range of a pylon (5 tiles) to teleport using the Pylon Network.
  • The Pylon Network cannot be used to travel long distances without opening the fullscreen map.

Types[edit | edit source]

Pylon Placed[2] Tile ID Minimap icon Price[3] Usable
Forest Pylon Forest Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4876
Forest Pylon placed 597 Map icon Forest Pylon.png 10 When not in any other biome and above the surface.[4]
Snow Pylon Snow Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4920
Snow Pylon placed 597 (7) Map icon Snow Pylon.png 10 When in the Snow biome.
Desert Pylon Desert Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4919
Desert Pylon placed 597 (6) Map icon Desert Pylon.png 10 When in the Desert biome.
Cavern Pylon Cavern Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4917
Cavern Pylon placed 597 (4) Map icon Cavern Pylon.png 10 When below the surface (including The Underworld).
Ocean Pylon Ocean Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4918
Ocean Pylon placed 597 (5) Map icon Ocean Pylon.png 10 When in the Ocean biome.
Jungle Pylon Jungle Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4875
Jungle Pylon placed 597 (2) Map icon Jungle Pylon.png 10 When in the Jungle biome.
Hallow Pylon Hallow Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4916
Hallow Pylon placed 597 (3) Map icon Hallow Pylon.png 10 When in the Hallow biome.
Mushroom Pylon Mushroom Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4921
Mushroom Pylon placed 597 (8) Map icon Mushroom Pylon.png 10 When in the Glowing Mushroom biome.
Universal Pylon Universal Pylon
Internal Item ID: 4951
Universal Pylon placed 597 (9) Map icon Universal Pylon.png 1 Anywhere.

Purchasing pylons[edit | edit source]

Dye Trader and Painter in the Desert. Merchant, Golfer, and Nurse in the Forest. Wizard and Party Girl in the Hallow. Witch Doctor and Dryad in the Jungle. Demolitionist and Tavernkeep in the Caverns. Angler and Pirate at the Ocean. Dryad and Truffle in the Underground Mushroom biome. Mechanic and Goblin Tinkerer in the Ice biome.
A suggestion of one kind of pairings that allows buying pylons.
A guide for NPC grouping to buy pylons by /u/yeems420 on reddit.
Another guide to groupings to allow pylon purchases

Most pylons, with the exception of the Universal Pylon, can be purchased from NPCs when the following conditions apply:

  • The NPC must be happy, with a sale modifier of 85% or better.
    • Remember that NPC relationships are not always symmetrical, but only one vendor needs to be happy enough to sell the pylon. The NPC they like (who helps make them happy) does not even need to be a vendor.
    • The "solitude" bonus gets most of the way there, granted by having at most one other NPC within 25 tiles, and at most three more within 120 tiles. Given this, it is enough to place the a vendor in a biome they like, or with an NPC they like, while avoiding crowding or any biome or neighbor that they dislike.
      • Example: Nobody but the Truffle likes the Mushroom biome, but they do not dislike it either, and Truffle does not appear until Hardmode. But the pylon can be bought pre-Hardmode by placing the Painter there alone with the Party Girl (who he likes).
    • In a more crowded area, bonuses can be stacked; e.g. an NPC who loves their biome, and at least likes their only close neighbor (or vice versa), can be happy enough even if there are too many NPCs within 120 tiles to get the solitude bonus.
    • Bringing in a town pet can tip the balance in a close situation.
  • The player is not in an evil biome (Corruption or Crimson).
  • Note that happiness only matters while purchasing a pylon. To use the pylon, two NPCs need to be housed nearby, but neither needs to be the one who sold the pylon, and their happiness is no longer relevant for the Pylon Network.

The table below indicates which NPCs could be housed in the biome appropriate to the pylon (at a distance from other NPCs) to ensure that one of them is happy enough to sell the pylon. These are only examples and are not a complete list of every combination that can be used to obtain a pylon.

Pylon NPC combination examples
Forest Pylon Forest Pylon ZoologistZoologist and Witch DoctorWitch Doctor or GolferGolfer
Snow Pylon Snow Pylon MechanicMechanic and Goblin TinkererGoblin Tinkerer or CyborgCyborg
Desert Pylon Desert Pylon Dye TraderDye Trader and Arms DealerArms Dealer or PainterPainter
Cavern Pylon Cavern Pylon TavernkeepTavernkeep and DemolitionistDemolitionist or ClothierClothier
Ocean Pylon Ocean Pylon AnglerAngler and GolferGolfer or PiratePirate or StylistStylist
Jungle Pylon Jungle Pylon DryadDryad and PainterPainter or Witch DoctorWitch Doctor
Hallow Pylon Hallow Pylon WizardWizard and Party GirlParty Girl or DryadDryad or NurseNurse
Mushroom Pylon Mushroom Pylon TruffleTruffle and DryadDryad or GuideGuide

A hybrid biome can result in multiple pylons appearing in the NPC's inventory, except the Forest and Cavern, which are mutually exclusive and only available when not in the Snow, Desert, Ocean, Jungle, Hallow, or Glowing Mushroom biomes.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • As with all biome-specific vendor items, NPCs sell pylons based on the biome the player is in, not the biome the NPC is in.
    • Similarly, pylons function based on the biome the pylon is in, not the biome the NPCs allowing it to function are in.
  • NPCs living in the Underworld count their current biome towards the Cavern Pylon, despite technically being in another biome.
  • After Golem is defeated, the Tavernkeep will stop selling pylons due to his shop inventory being entirely filled with unique offerings.
  • The Universal Pylon is a post-Moon Lord item, since obtaining it requires a full Bestiary, which includes having to defeat the Moon Lord.
  • It is possible to purchase a pylon without placing it down. Therefore, it can be worthwhile to move an NPC into a location long enough to buy the pylon, then move them out to a preferred location (especially useful for NPCs who may dislike a biome but be liked/loved by another NPC).
  • Since the hovering crystals are not part of the actual tile, but rather merely graphics placed on top of it, they cannot be painted. The actual tile of a pylon only consists of its stand, which can be painted.
  • Pylons cannot be used to teleport into the Jungle Temple if Plantera has not been defeated yet. If attempted, the status message "Ancient forces prevent you from accessing this location . . ." will appear.
  • Because the Princess has no biome preferences, she can sell every pylon given she is in the correct biome

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Pylon Network can be supplemented by several other forms of teleportation or transportation, all of which do work during boss fights and invasions:
    • Each player can use a Recall Potion, Magic Mirror, or Cell Phone to teleport to their own spawn point (Use while fighting the Wall of Flesh will result in an instant death).
    • The Magic Conch gives access to both Oceans (use once for the currently more distant Ocean, then again for the other Ocean). It will take the player to the furthest point with a solid block or platform at the surface.
    • The Demon Conch gives access to the center of the Underworld (it may be necessary to build a platform there).
    • In Hardmode, each pylon plus the three conch landing points, can be used as as the hub of a local Teleporter network.
    • Even before Hardmode, the pylons and conch points can also be rail hubs.
  • Pylons cannot work with solitary houses. One way to easily work around this without building another house is to have a town pet move in with the NPC in that house.
    • As there are three town pets, this strategy works with a maximum of three standard pylons per world (excluding the Universal Pylon).
  • Since the area that the Cavern Pylon can be used in is very large, there are several possible use cases for it:
    • Creating a Cavern Pylon town immediately outside the Dungeon has many benefits, the most obvious being near-instant access to a deeper part of the Dungeon once Skeletron is defeated.
      • It is still possible to build the town prior to defeating Skeletron, as the Dungeon Guardian will not spawn unless a player is actually inside the Dungeon.
      • Since the Dungeon is right next to the Ocean, this means both Oceans can be conveniently accessed, so long as the Ocean Pylon is at the opposite Ocean from the Dungeon.
      • If there are at least three NPCs, part of the Dungeon may be considered part of the town instead. While it is not likely to be a large part, it can provide a relatively safe place to deal with enemies without more immediately spawning. (Note that this will work even if the town does not contain a pylon.)
      • Later in the game, the player will not have to worry about accidentally triggering a battle with the Lunatic Cultist, as it is more likely they enter the Dungeon via an own entrance than the naturally-spawned one.
      • Aside from the practical benefits, it also provides unique scenery for both the town and the Dungeon.
      • This setup is not recommended in multiplayer games, where a player in the Dungeon can potentially cause Dungeon enemies to spawn within range to teleport to or attack players in the town.
    • Alternately, building the Cavern Pylon at the top of the Underground layer near the player's main base may be convenient, especially in multiplayer or when all players have some form of Magic Mirrors. This allows the player to Hallow their base area without reshuffling pylons, if desired. A Dungeon town can then use the pylon of whatever surface biome it is located in, often Forest, allowing quicker access to the Ocean but still quick access to the Dungeon.
    • Another use for the Cavern Pylon is to put it in or near the Underworld, providing a viable alternative to a conventional Hellevator.
  • The Universal Pylon uniquely works anywhere, and perhaps more usefully, does not require NPCs nearby. It can effectively be a free infinite-use Potion of Return for a player carrying it.
  • As of 1.4.1, pylons can be used during the Celestial Invasion to traverse the world to combat the various pillars. This exception does not include Moon Lord, and they are still unusable during other invasions/boss fights.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While pylons will still hover and rotate when the game is paused, they will only hover when the game is "tabbed out".
  • Pylons resemble the Protoss building of the same name in StarCraft.
  • The maximum price for a non-universal Pylon is 850. This is because even though all non-universal pylons have a base value of 10, due to the fact that the NPC that one is buying from must have at least a 85% price modifier from happiness for the NPC to sell the pylon, a pylon can never be bought for its base value.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Fixed an issue where Pylon NPC detection only checked for the housing flag, and not the actual NPCs being present near their home.
    • Now works during the Lunar Events.
  • Desktop 1.4.0.5:
    • Fixed a bug where the Ocean Pylon could be sold underground despite it not working there.
    • Tavernkeep will no longer sell Pylons when his unique shop is full.
    • The Forest Pylon can now be used in the sky as well.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method HandleTeleportRequest() in Terraria.GameContent.TeleportPylonsSystem.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.1.2.
  2. The depictions here do not accurately represent the in-game appearance: In-game, the "crystal" part of a pylon will hover up and down 4 pixels. It moves in a sine-wave pattern, i.e. 4 pixels down from the base displayed here, 4 pixels up again, 4 more pixels up, and 4 pixels down again. It takes 5 seconds to complete a cycle, therefore the crystal moves by 1 pixel every 312.5 milliseconds. Additionally, the crystal emits a very faint glow which increases and decreases in volume in the same sine pattern. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, function DrawTeleportationPylons() in Terraria.GameContent.Drawing.TileDrawing.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.1.2.
  3. Although the listed cost for all biome pylons is 10, they are only sold if the shopkeeper has a price modifier of 85% or less (due to happiness etc.). As a result, the actual price will be between 850 and 750.
  4. The Forest Pylon only works when not in or above either Ocean biome, when not in the Jungle, Snow/Ice, Desert, Glowing Mushroom, Hallow, Corruption, or Crimson biomes, and when in (and/or above, as of 1.4.0.5) the Surface layer.