Water Candle

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Water Candle
  • Water Candle item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
PlaceableYes 1 wide × 1 high
Use time15 Very Fast
TooltipHolding this may attract unwanted attention
RarityRarity level: 1
Inflicts Debuff
DebuffWater CandleWater Candle
Debuff tooltipIncreased monster spawn rate
DurationInfinite while in vicinity
For a complete list of candles, see Candle.

The Water Candle is an item that can be held or placed to increase enemy spawn rates. When placed it gives nearby players the Water Candle debuff. It can be crafted (Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version) and is found on shelves in the Dungeon, which tends to contain at least a dozen. It is the opposite of the Peace CandleDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, which decreases enemy spawn rates instead of increasing them. If a Peace Candle and a Water Candle are active at the same time, neither have any effect on spawn rates.

Being in proximity of a placed Water Candle or holding it will increase all enemy spawn rates by 33% and increase the maximum number of simultaneous on-screen enemies by 50%. Note that in order to be considered "holding" the candle, it must be in the player's hotbar and currently selected; merely being in a player's inventory will not suffice. Multiple candles will not stack with each other – whether there are several placed, a stack of more than one being held, or a player is holding one while in range of a placed one.

The Water Candle can only be placed on platforms and "flat surface items" like Work Benches and tables. They provide less light than an ordinary Candle and cannot be wired to be turned off.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipe[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Water CandleWater Candle
(Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
Crystal BallCrystal Ball and WaterWater
SinkSinkDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
total: 2 row(s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • In the Mobile version Mobile version, the effect of a placed Water Candle will stack with that of a held Water Candle.Verify
  • While holding a Water Candle, the debuff is not applied. Despite this, the spawn rate of enemies is still increased.
  • The Water Candle can be placed underwater but it cannot be held underwater. It will not give off light underwater if held, but will if placed. It will increase enemy spawn rates underwater regardless, even if held.
  • The Water Candle's effect stacks with that of the Battle Potion.
  • Water Candles cannot be used to increase the spawn rates of seasonal events like the Pumpkin and Frost Moon or the Goblin and Pirate Invasions, though the increase in spawned enemies still applies to the Blood Moon and Solar Eclipse.
  • A placed Water Candle applies the debuff in an area of a rectangular shape roughly 48 blocks (or 96 feet) in each direction.
  • If the Water Candle is in the player's first hotbar slot, their character preview in the character selection screen will be posed as if they were holding a Water Candle with their arm outstretched, however, the Water Candle will not appear in their hands.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • It may help to collect all Water Candles found in the Dungeon, as that will lower enemy spawn rates in the area.
  • If the player enjoys fishing, it can often be useful to place Water Candles around their town, as it increases the spawn rate of critters like Fireflies and Worms. The NPC presence still prevents the spawn of hostile monsters entirely.
  • Water Candles can be useful for farming enemies for rare items, since the increased spawn rate provides more enemies from which to acquire drops.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop
    • Rarity increased from White to Blue.
    • Crafting recipe added.
    • Placed and held Water Candle effects no longer stack.
  • Desktop 1.2: Placed water candles also increase spawn rate
  • Desktop 1.0.5: Candle carried in hand no longer emits light underwater.
  • Desktop 1.0.4: Enemy spawn rate increase effect now works correctly when held.
  • Console 1.0.933.1: (Xbox One)
    • Rarity increased from White to Blue.
    • Crafting recipe added.
    • Placed and held Water Candle effects no longer stack.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PS4)
    • Rarity increased from White to Blue.
    • Crafting recipe added.
    • Placed and held Water Candle effects no longer stack.