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Magic Lantern
  • Magic Lantern item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipSummons a magic lantern that exposes nearby treasure
RarityRarity level: 3
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffMagic LanternMagic Lantern
Buff tooltipAn enchanted lantern is lighting your way
Summons Light Pet
  • Magic Lantern
    Magic Lantern
Moon phase 1 (Full Moon)
Full moon.

The Magic Lantern revealing a Gold Chest and Gold Ore.

The Magic Lantern is a light pet item that summons a small glowing lantern which hovers above the player, emitting dim light. The lantern will also expose all treasure within up to 15 tiles from the lantern's location, overlaying sparkles over nearby treasure. It is purchased from the Skeleton Merchant for 10, during the night of a full moon.

The lantern will always try to maintain a position just forward of and above the player, passing through blocks as needed. If the player gets far enough away, the lantern will propel itself with a rocket exhaust in order to catch up. The lantern's position can block objects of interest at ceiling height, but if the player just turns around, the lantern will move to their other side.


  • The Magic Lantern can be farmed by creating a new world, getting to the cavern layer, and looking for the Skeleton Merchant until the morning after the first night (the first night after creating a new world will always be a full moon), then creating a new world. This way the player can make sure that when they find the Skeleton Merchant he has the Magic Lantern.
  • Alternatively, a slower but very reliable method is when you find the skeleton merchant, trap him and wait with him on screen until the full moon rolls around. This option is better pursued when in possession of a Cell Phone, Fish Finder or Sextant.

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