Hellstone is an ore and material that produces the highest tier items in the game until you defeat the Wall of Flesh to activate Hard Mode. It is only found in the Underworld. Mining Hellstone now requires a pickaxe with at least 65% pickaxe power. The first pickaxe that can mine hellstone will likely be the Nightmare Pickaxe or the Deathbringer Pickaxe (The crimson equivalent to the Nightmare Pickaxe) although it is possible to find a Drax (with 200% axe and pickaxe power) in a shadow chest in the Underground Jungle biome. Hellstone can be smelted into Hellstone Bars at a Hellforge (spawned randomly in the Underworld), and as of, it requires only 3 Hellstone and only 1 Obsidian. Like most other ores and soils, it can also be crafted into a Hellstone Brick, but not into Hellstone Wall, at any furnace. When converted to Hellstone Bars, they can be used to create powerful new molten variations of weapons and armor. Hellstone deals 20 fire damage to the player (before defense) when they touch it, unless they wear an Obsidian Skull, Obsidian Horseshoe, Obsidian Shield, Ankh Shield, Obsidian Water Walking Boots, or use an Obsidian Skin Potion. Hellstone has no value when sold to Vendors, therefore the only way of profit out of them is to sell Hellstone Bars (Since Obsidian does not have sell value on its own too).

Let's Explore Terraria - Hellstone

Let's Explore Terraria - Hellstone

Mining Tips


Mining Hellstone can be a pain, not only because Hellstone deals fire damage to the player on contact (which can be negated with an Obsidian Skull, Obsidian Water Walking Boots, Lava Waders, Ankh Shield and Ankh Charm); but mainly because of the dangerous monsters of The Underworld, as well as the fact that Hellstone spawns lava (half a block per block of Hellstone ore) when mined.

One approach to mining Hellstone can be to just drop down to the Hellstone/Ash "floor" and start digging out the Hellstone. One must keep in mind, however, that Hellstone Bars are very expensive and difficult to acquire as 3 pieces of Hellstone and 1 piece of Obsidian are required to forge only one bar.

A second strategy is to build a little box around the hellstone with a low tier block, then simply mine inside of that box staying as close to the box as possible so that the mined hellstone will still gravitate towards the player.

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Using a hellhouse's walls to safely mine hellstone quickly.

A third method requires several Obsidian Skin Potions. You may also want to use a Cloud in a Bottle, Rocket/Spectre Boots, Flippers, or a Grappling Hook. Find a pool of lava, use the potions and jump in. They are usually large. Simply use the Grappling Hook to stick close to the Hellstone while mining, escaping when the potion supply runs out. This technique will collect a decent amount of Hellstone.

The fourth method is to dig all around the hellstone leaving one layer of any block between the player and the Hellstone. Then grapple onto the block and mine through it, picking the hellstone up.

Lava Waders added in 1.2 are very useful when mining Hellstone, along with a Lava Charm.

Dealing with the Hellstone itself

As for dealing with the lava that is spawned when Hellstone is mined, you can use an Obsidian Skin Potion to negate damage from lava, as well as preparing a lava barrier to keep the lava from spilling onto you, and simply mine the Hellstone from behind the barrier. Prior to Update 1.1, you could also safely mine Hellstone by placing blocks of sand to soak up the lava formed as the Hellstone blocks broke. Another way is after mining, use a bucket and take the lava out.

Hellstone Bricks share a similar property, but do not produce lava when mined, instead only dealing contact damage.


  • Hellstone will not spawn lava when mined if it is located outside of the Underworld. However, it will create lava if mined in Underworld even if it was placed down by player. This attribute means that lava can be farmed as long as you have at least a single block of Hellstone in the inventory.
    • Unlike Bottomless Water Bucket, you cannot spawn lava anywhere, therefore Wired Pumps or Buckets are required.
  • Due to a bug, Hellstone does not damage NPCs.
  • Hellstone was added after a user suggested a "firestone" of sorts. [1]
  • Despite the Guide claiming that Underworld is made of Hellstone, the majority of terrain were made by lava and ash blocks.

Update Info


  • Changed the recipe from 4 Hellstone and 1 Obsidian to 3 Hellstone and 1 Obsidian.
  • Max stack increased from 250 to 999.


  • Can be destroyed by explosions once the Wall of Flesh has been killed.


  • Now gives off fiery sparks (Graphical effect only).
  • Spawns lava when mined, but only when mined in the Underworld.

PC release

  • Added to the game.


Original Metals Alternative Metals

Copper Ore Copper Ore

Copper Bar Copper Bar

Tin Ore Tin Ore

Tin Bar Tin Bar

Iron Ore Iron Ore

Iron bar1 Iron Bar

Lead Ore Lead Ore

Lead Bar Lead Bar

Silver Ore Silver Ore

Silver bar1 Silver Bar

Tungsten Ore Tungsten Ore

Tungsten Bar Tungsten Bar

Gold Ore Gold Ore

Gold Bar Gold Bar

Platinum Ore Platinum Ore

Platinum Bar2 Platinum Bar

Demonite ore1 Demonite Ore

Demonite bar Demonite Bar

Crimtane Ore Crimtane Ore

Crimtane Bar Crimtane Bar

Hard Mode Metals

Cobalt Ore Cobalt Ore

Cobalt Bar Cobalt Bar

Palladium Ore Palladium Ore

Palladium Bar Palladium Bar

Mythril Ore Mythril Ore

Mythril Bar Mythril Bar

Orichalcum Ore Orichalcum Ore

Orichalcum Bar Orichalcum Bar

Adamantite Ore Adamantite Ore

Adamantite Bar Adamantite Bar

Titanium Ore Titanium Ore

Titanium Bar Titanium Bar

Chlorophyte Ore Chlorophyte Ore

Chlorophyte Bar Chlorophyte Bar

Hallowed Bar Hallowed Bar

Shroomite Bar Shroomite Bar

Other Minerals & Materials

Meteorite ore Meteorite Ore

Meteorite bar Meteorite Bar

Hellstone1 Hellstone

Hellstone Bar Hellstone Bar

Ectoplasm Ectoplasm

Obsidian1 Obsidian

Items Requiring Hellstone
Tools Molten Pickaxe · Molten Hamaxe
Weapons Fiery Greatsword · Flamarang · Hellfire Arrow · Imp Staff · Molten Fury · Phoenix Blaster
Armor Molten Helmet · Molten Breastplate · Molten Greaves
Furniture Obsidian Chest
Potions Flask of Fire
Other Hellstone Bar · Hellstone Brick
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