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Ruined House

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Example of a Ruined House.

Ruined Houses are structures in The Underworld, generated at world creation. They appear as towers built from Obsidian Bricks (with Obsidian Brick Walls) or Hellstone Bricks (with Hellstone Brick Walls) with several rooms each, causing them to somewhat resemble apartment buildings. They are often partially (sometimes completely) flooded with lava. Ruined Houses occur frequently, but only in the middle 50% of the Underworld; there are no Ruined Houses at the extreme left and right of the Underworld (the final 25% of the Underworld on each side).

Ruined Houses commonly contain several Pots, Hellforges, Demon Torches, Obsidian Furniture items, Paintings, and decorative Banners. They also often contain locked Shadow Chests (nearly all Shadow Chests occur within or on top of Ruined Houses). Hellstone is commonly found among the Ash Blocks beside Ruined Houses.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Hellstone Brick Hellstone Brick Hellstone Brick Wall Hellstone Brick WallDesktop VersionConsole Version
Obsidian Brick Obsidian Brick Obsidian Brick Wall Obsidian Brick Wall
Hellforge Hellforge Shadow Chest Shadow Chest
Demon Torch Demon Torch
Obsidian FurnitureObsidian Furniture(all types)

Banners[edit | edit source]

  • Hellbound Banner placed Hellbound BannerHellbound Banner
    Internal Item ID: 1464
  • Hell Hammer Banner placed Hell Hammer BannerHell Hammer Banner
    Internal Item ID: 1465
  • Helltower Banner placed Helltower BannerHelltower Banner
    Internal Item ID: 1466
  • Lost Hopes of Man Banner placed Lost Hopes of Man BannerLost Hopes of Man Banner
    Internal Item ID: 1467
  • Obsidian Watcher Banner placed Obsidian Watcher BannerObsidian Watcher Banner
    Internal Item ID: 1468
  • Lava Erupts Banner placed Lava Erupts BannerLava Erupts Banner
    Internal Item ID: 1469

Paintings[edit | edit source]

Painting Name Placed Size
(W×H)
Sell Tooltip Description
Dark Soul Reaper Dark Soul Reaper
Internal Item ID: 1476
Dark Soul Reaper (placed).png 2×3 10 Silver Coin J. T. Myhre Reaper portrait.
Darkness Darkness
Internal Item ID:
Darkness (placed).png 2×3 10 Silver Coin n/a The back of a Yu-Gi-Oh! card.
Demon's Eye Demon's Eye
Internal Item ID: 1479
Demon's Eye (placed).png 3×2 10 Silver Coin J. T. Myhre A demon's eye.
Flowing Magma Flowing Magma
Internal Item ID: 1542
Flowing Magma (placed).png 3×2 10 Silver Coin A. Craig Underworld landscape.
Hand Earth Hand Earth
Internal Item ID: 1497
Hand Earth (placed).png 3×3 10 Silver Coin J. T. Myhre A hand reaching out from the ground.
Imp Face Imp Face
Internal Item ID: 1538
Imp Face (placed).png 3×3 10 Silver Coin J. T. Myhre A Fire Imp's face.
Lake of Fire Lake of Fire
Internal Item ID: 1501
Lake of Fire (placed).png 6×4 10 Silver Coin W. Garner Lava pool under Forest land.
Living Gore Living Gore
Internal Item ID: 1541
Living Gore (placed).png 3×2 10 Silver Coin A. Craig A piece of the Wall of Flesh.
Ominous Presence Ominous Presence
Internal Item ID: 1539
Ominous Presence (placed).png 3×3 10 Silver Coin A. Craig A Reaper flying over an Underworld landscape.
Shining Moon Shining Moon
Internal Item ID: 1540
Shining Moon (placed).png 3×3 10 Silver Coin A. Craig Crescent moon and stars.
Skelehead Skelehead
Internal Item ID: 1499
Skelehead (placed).png 3×3 10 Silver Coin J. T. Myhre Bone Serpent head.
Trapped Ghost Trapped Ghost
Internal Item ID: 1478
Trapped Ghost (placed).png 2×3 10 Silver Coin J. T. Myhre An unhappy ghost trapped in limbo.


A Ruined House prior to update 1.0.6, which revamped Ruined Houses.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The furniture found in ruined houses, with the exception of Demon Torches, is not dislodged by contact with lava, unlike most other furniture. These items can still be destroyed by throwing them into lava in item form.
  • Due to the fact that Hellstone Bricks cause the Burning debuff, Ruined Houses made of Hellstone Bricks are effectively inaccessible until an Obsidian Skull or one of its upgrades is obtained.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite the name, Ruined Houses do not look particularly ruined - the name is a remnant from older versions of Terraria in which Ruined Houses had random holes in the walls and background walls. Current Ruined Houses will still occasionally feature lacking horizontal walls, but these holes are more strategically placed to allow entry into rooms as well as harder to notice with the background walls lining up. There is also the occasional half-block creating lavafalls.

History[edit | edit source]