Monoliths

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Lunar Monoliths
  • Solar Monolith item sprite Vortex Monolith item sprite Nebula Monolith item sprite Stardust Monolith item spriteVoid Monolith item sprite
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
Placeable (2 wide × 3 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipSolar: 'Wield a small amount of power from the Solar Tower'
Vortex: 'Wield a small amount of power from the Vortex Tower'
Nebula: 'Wield a small amount of power from the Nebula Tower'
Stardust: 'Wield a small amount of power from the Stardust Tower'
Void: 'Harness a small amount of power from the Void'
RarityRarity level: 9
Sell20
Research1 required
Blood Moon Monolith
  • Blood Moon Monolith item sprite
Auto-use
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Statistics
Type
Placeable (2 wide × 3 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
Tooltip'Sustain a bloody fraction of the Moon'
RarityRarity level: 3
Sell1
Research1 required
Monoliths.gif
Monoliths in their active and inactive states (from top to bottom: Vortex and Stardust, Nebula and Solar, Blood Moon and Void).

Monoliths are mechanisms that activate backgrounds and other screen effects normally seen during events. They can be toggled with the Open / Activate button, or via wire.

There are Desktop and Mobile versions six / Console Version four different monoliths: the Solar, Vortex, Nebula, Stardust, and Void MonolithsDesktop and Mobile versions can be crafted, while the Blood Moon MonolithDesktop and Mobile versions is dropped by the Dreadnautilus with a 11.11*1/9 (11.11%) chance.

  • The Blood Moon Monolith mimics the effects seen during a Blood Moon.
  • The Nebula, Solar, Stardust, and Vortex Monoliths mimic effects that normally surround the corresponding Celestial Pillar during the Lunar Events.
  • The Void Monolith mimics the screen effects of the Moon Lord boss fight.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipes[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Nebula MonolithNebula MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 3537
Ancient ManipulatorAncient ManipulatorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Solar MonolithSolar MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 3539
Stardust MonolithStardust MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 3538
Void MonolithVoid MonolithDesktop and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 4318
Vortex MonolithVortex MonolithDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Internal Item ID: 3536
total: 5 row(s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Monoliths have a range of 70 tiles in each direction.
  • Monoliths do not stack their effects. The one placed furthest to the bottom-right takes precedence; If 2 monoliths, one at the bottom-left, and one at the top-right are active, the one to the top-right will be active. However, the Blood Moon Monolith does stack its effects with the others.
    • Activating a lunar monolith first and then a Blood Moon Monolith will result in different colors than vice versa. For example, activating a Stardust Monolith, then a Blood Moon Monolith will display a dark blue, whereas activating a Blood Moon Monolith, then a Stardust Monolith will display a purple similar to the Nebula Pillar.
Combination of a Blood Moon Monolith with a Stardust Monolith.
  • Monoliths only cause modified visuals. They do not spawn any event enemies or bosses.
  • If a Monolith is left active when exiting a world, the background will remain when selecting a character and world for single player. Exiting the game returns the background to normal.
  • While the lunar Monoliths simulate screen effects, they do not play the music that is played during the events.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Console Version Crafting monoliths is the most profitable way to monetize extra Lunar Fragments. Even crafting the Celestial Sigil, beating the Moon Lord, and selling off all of its drops will net less money per fragment on average.
    • On Desktop version Desktop and Mobile version Mobile, the Moon Lord drops significantly more money, and the Luminite it drops can be crafted into Void Monoliths.
  • The monoliths' effects can sometimes raise the apparent light level in an area, which may be useful.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When used during a Blood Moon, a monolith will combine its light color with the red tint.
  • The lunar monoliths appear to be miniature versions of the Celestial Pillars.
    • They are the only Lunar Event items that do not have the Rarity level: 10 base rarity.
  • Another item that activates background effect, the Party Center, is internally named PartyMonolith.
  • The design of the Void Monolith is based on the Monoliths from the science fiction novel series Space Odyssey.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.5: Fixed Vortex Monolith not selling for as much as it should.