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Metal Detector

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Metal Detector
  • Metal Detector item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipDisplays the most valuable ore around you
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell1 Gold Coin

The Metal Detector is an information accessory that informs the player about valuable objects, such as ores, Chests, Pots, Life Crystals, and Life Fruit in their vicinity. When displayed, it will include the specific type of whatever is detected (eg. "Chlorophyte Ore detected nearby!"). When multiple valuables are detected, only the one with the highest value is noted. The Metal Detector has a 50% (100%) chance to be dropped by the Nymph, a rare Cavern enemy.

Like most informational items, the Metal Detector does not reveal the location or direction of the detected object. It does not detect Gems or Strange Plants.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Used in[edit | edit source]

Object value[edit | edit source]

This is how valuable the game considers some tiles. All other tiles have a value of 0. The name of the most valuable tile present will be shown by the Metal Detector.

Tile Value
PotPot 100
Copper OreCopper Ore 200
Tin OreTin Ore 210
Iron OreIron Ore 220
Lead OreLead Ore 230
Silver OreSilver Ore 240
Tungsten OreTungsten Ore 250
MeteoriteMeteorite 300
Demonite OreDemonite Ore 310
Crimtane OreCrimtane Ore 320
Sturdy FossilSturdy FossilDesktop VersionConsole Version 350
Gold OreGold Ore 400
Platinum OrePlatinum Ore 410
ChestChest 500
Cobalt OreCobalt Ore 600
Palladium OrePalladium Ore 610
Mythril OreMythril Ore 620
Orichalcum OreOrichalcum Ore 630
Adamantite OreAdamantite Ore 640
Titanium OreTitanium Ore 650
Chlorophyte OreChlorophyte Ore 700
Crystal HeartCrystal Heart 800
Life FruitLife Fruit 810

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This content is transcluded from Informational Accessories/note.Desktop VersionConsole Version Unlike most accessories, informational accessories such as the Metal Detector do not need to be equipped in an accessory slot. The Metal Detector may be carried in the player's inventory without loss of functionality. Additionally, the info it provides will be shared with nearby players of the same team in multiplayer. Keep in mind modifiers will no longer apply to the player when not equipped, however.
  • It has a detection radius of ~50 blocks horizontally and vertically, with distance being calculated from the player’s feet.
  • Both vertical and horizontal distance are calculated independently.
  • Even though it is the most powerful ore in Pre-Hardmode, Hellstone will not be detected.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Though they are all detected by the Metal Detector, Life Fruits, Sturdy Fossils, and Pots are not metallic.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Spelunker Potion or Magic Lantern pair well with the Metal Detector, as this will also reveal the item location. It also reveals items the Metal Detector cannot detect, such as Gems, as well as displaying lower-tier ores when a higher tier is masking their detection by the Metal Detector.
  • Crystal Hearts and Life Fruits are prioritized over ores, so it's a good idea for players searching for rare ores to break them even when the Life Crystal or Fruit they drop is not needed. In the case of Fruits, block-piercing attacks can be used to more easily break them from afar.
  • For unknown reasons, it does not always detect Water Chests, even when standing right on top of one.

History[edit | edit source]