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Black Ink
  • Black Ink item spriteold Black Ink item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
TooltipUsed to make Black Dye
RarityRarity level: 1
Research3 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master

Black Ink is a dye material that is dropped by Squids, which only spawn in the Ocean biome. Its sole purpose is to make Black Dye.


Used in[]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Black DyeBlack Dye (2) (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo Switch version)
  • Black InkBlack Ink
Dye VatDye Vat
Black DyeBlack Dye (Old-gen console versiontModLoader version)
  • Black InkBlack Ink
total: 2 row(s)


  • One of the best ways to farm Squids is during a Solar Eclipse or a Blood Moon, since both events highly increase the enemy spawn rate. The key factor from this method is that Solar Eclipse/Blood Moon enemies cannot spawn in water, only being able to spawn in the nearby beach or any cave below the sea, and they rarely come to the ocean water. Most of the time, the player will only fight the regular Ocean enemies with an increased spawn rate, and only very occasionally encounter an Eclipse/Blood enemy.


  • Desktop
    • Sprites updated.
    • Now produces two Black Dyes instead of one.