Ores are various types of minerals that can be found and mined throughout the world, including the underground and on the Floating Islands. All ores are mined using a pickaxe (though not all pickaxes will work on all ores) and smelted at a Furnace, Hellforge or Adamantite/Titanium Forge.

Ore spawning


Most pre-hardmode ores will be seeded in varying amounts throughout a world when the world is first generated. The only exceptions to this rule are Meteorite Ore (which spawns when a Meteorite lands) and Obsidian (which spawns when water and lava make contact).

Ores can be found almost anywhere in the world, though some can be found in certain places more frequently than others:


Instead, all such ores will be spawned in different ways once hardmode is activated in a given world. Small amounts of Cobalt Ore, Mythril Ore, Adamantite Ore, and their alternatives will be placed throughout a world based on how many Demon Altars or Crimson Altars are destroyed by the player. Specifically, every third altar starting from the first will spawn Cobalt or Palladium, every third altar starting from the second will spawn Mythril or Orichalcum, and every third altar starting from the third will spawn Adamantite or Titanium.

Chlorophyte Ore will slowly start to grow out of jungle grass and mud in the Underground Jungle once hardmode is activated in a world.

Ore alternatives

Copper Ore Copper = Tin Ore Tin
Iron Ore Iron = Lead Ore Lead
Silver Ore Silver = Tungsten Ore Tungsten
Gold Ore Gold = Platinum Ore Platinum
Demonite ore1 Demonite = Crimtane Ore Crimtane
Cobalt Ore Cobalt = Palladium Ore Palladium
Mythril Ore Mythril = Orichalcum Ore Orichalcum
Adamantite Ore Adamantite = Titanium Ore Titanium

The only ores which will always spawn naturally in any given world are Meteorite, Obsidian, Hellstone, and Chlorophyte. All other ores are paired off so that only one out of each pair will spawn in a world. For pre-hardmode ores, this is determined at world generation; for hardmode ores, this is determined when the first, second, and third Demon Altar or Crimson Altar is destroyed. Within each pair, each member has an equal chance of spawning. Which ores are paired together are shown to the right. Only one of the hard mode ores will spawn, so multiple worlds might be necessary to get a certain ore (Adamantite for Suspicious Looking Skulls).

In all cases, equipment made from replacement ores will be statistically slightly stronger than equivalent equipment made from the original ore.

List of ores


Hardmode Ores

Hardmode Ores become available once the Wall of Flesh is defeated in a world or when certain other bosses are defeated.

To get chlorophyte, you have to beat all 3 mech bosses. You get luminite when moonlord is defeated.



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

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