Shadow Orb

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Naturally generated
The content described on this page is only generated naturally and therefore cannot be collected.
Shadow Orb
Shadow Orb (placed).png
Max Life4 hits to destroy with a Wooden Hammer
Also destructible with explosives
This article is about the environment object. For the light pet summon item, see Shadow Orb (item).

A Shadow Orb is a floating purple sphere found deep in the Chasms of The Corruption. Destroying at least three of these orbs (in a single world) will usually be a crucial step in game advancement. This can be done using any hammer or explosives. Shadow Orbs emit purple, flickering light, similar to Demon Altars. They are the Corruption counterpart to the Crimson's Crimson Hearts.

Multiple Shadow Orbs are found in the Corruption, each located at the bottom of a Chasm, surrounded by Ebonstone. Mining Ebonstone requires at least a Nightmare Pickaxe or explosives. Alternatively, Ebonstone can be converted to normal Stone Blocks with Purification Powder, then mined with a lower-tier pickaxe.

Consequences of destruction[edit | edit source]

  • Each destroyed Shadow Orb drops items. The first will always drop a Musket and 100 Musket Balls, and carrying the Musket and/or Musket Balls will fulfill the criteria for the Arms Dealer to arrive.
  • Destroying at least one Shadow Orb fulfills one of the two criteria for a Goblin Army to attack (having at least 200 health is the other requirement).
  • The third Shadow Orb destroyed summons the Eater of Worlds, which spawns immediately. The Eater of Worlds is re-summoned with every third Shadow Orb destroyed.
  • Prior to, each Shadow Orb destroyed provides a chance for a Meteorite to land. Each Shadow Orb gives a separate 50% chance of immediately causing a Meteorite to fall when destroyed between midnight (12:00 AM) and dawn (4:30 AM). Destroying any number of Shadow Orbs between dawn and midnight will only allow one 50% chance of a Meteorite falling the following midnight. After, meteorites will only drop after Eater of Worlds has been defeated.
  • Once a Shadow Orb is destroyed, the Travelling Merchant has a chance to sell the Revolver.

Messages[edit | edit source]

The following status messages appear upon destruction of Shadow Orbs:

  • First Orb: "A horrible chill goes down your spine..."
  • Second Orb: "Screams echo around you..."
  • Third Orb: "Eater of Worlds has awoken!"

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Smashing, Poppet!.png
Smashing, Poppet! • “Using explosives or your trusty hammer, smash a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart in the evil parts of your world.”
Smash your first Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart. Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Shadow Orb may be a reference to the spherical structure found at the center of a meteorite from the science fiction/horror short story The Colour Out of Space by American author H. P. Lovecraft. This may explain why smashing it causes a meteorite to land.
  • Both Crimson Hearts and Shadow Orbs drop a gun, magic weapon, melee weapon, light pet, and an accessory.
  • Crimson Hearts and Shadow Orbs share the same counter for how many have been destroyed in a world, meaning that if both appear in the same world, such as in the "Drunk World" secret world seed, destroying three total of either will summon the boss associated with the last one broken.

See Also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Meteorites now no longer fall until after Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu have been defeated.
  • Desktop 1.1.2: Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause the Eater of Worlds to not spawn after three shadow orbs had been smashed.
  • Desktop Shadow Orbs will no longer be smashed during world generation.