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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
Sell100*1 Silver Coin.png
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 a furniture item that can be placed or held to increase enemy and critter spawn rates in the area, and emits a low amount of light. When placed, it gives nearby players the Water Candle debuff. Several Water Candles are found commonly on the shelves of the Dungeon. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version In Hardmode, they can also be crafted. Holding a Water Candle does not cause the debuff icon to display, but still causes an identical effect.

Being in proximity of a placed Water Candle (48 tiles/96 feet in each direction), or holding it, increases all enemy and critter spawn rates by 33%, and increases the maximum number of simultaneous on-screen enemies by 50%. 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, even if one is placed and the other held.

The Water Candle can only be placed on platforms and flat furniture items like Work Benches and tables. On Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version, Water candles cannot be turned off and do not act as Mechanisms, but on Desktop Version, placed Water Candles can be right-clicked to shut them off and will toggle when activated via wiring.

The Water Candle's effect is the opposite of the Peace CandleDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, which decreases enemy spawn rates. If a Peace Candle and a Water Candle are active at the same time, neither have any effect on spawn rates.

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
  • 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 certain 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.

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 enemies.
  • Water Candles can be useful for farming enemies for rare items, since the increased spawn rate provides more enemies from which to acquire drops.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop
    • Right clicking will no longer loot the candle, a pickaxe is now required.
    • Right clicking will enable/disable the candle.
  • 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.