Shadow Orb (item)

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Shadow Orb
  • Shadow Orb item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipCreates a magical shadow orb
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell150 Desktop and Mobile versions / 20 Console and Old-gen console versions 3DS version
Research1 required
Grants Buff
BuffShadow OrbShadow Orb
Buff tooltipA magical orb that provides light
Summons Light Pet
  • Shadow Orb
    Shadow Orb
Dropped by Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Corrupt CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile versionsCorrupt CrateCorrupt CrateDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions120%
Defiled CrateDesktop and Mobile versionsDefiled CrateDefiled CrateDesktop and Mobile versions120%
Shadow OrbShadow OrbShadow Orb120%
This article is about the light pet summon item. For the environment object, see Shadow Orb.
The Shadow Orb's behavior when moving. Its height can be controlled using Up and Down.

The Shadow Orb is a light pet item that summons a slow-moving Shadow Orb which follows the player around and emits dim, purple light. The orb can move through solid objects and liquids unhindered, but moves very slowly, causing it to fall behind when the player is moving quickly. If it falls far enough behind, it will teleport to the player's location. It has a 20*1/5 (20%) chance of dropping from destroyed Shadow Orbs, but it can also be acquired by looting Corrupt CratesDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, which are obtained by fishing in the Corruption.

The Crimson counterpart to the Shadow Orb is the Crimson Heart.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The orb's position can be somewhat controlled using the Up and Down keys, allowing the player to reorient the orb directly above or below them respectively.
    • This will cause the orb to catch up slightly faster, if it is lagging behind.
  • The orb will emit purple light even if dyed.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • When paired with Acid Dye of any color, the orb will have stripes in the color but it will be buggy, as parts of, or even the whole orb itself, can disappear.
  • It can be paired with Reflective Gold Dye to make the Shadow Orb appear similarly to how it looked prior to 1.2.
  • Twilight Dye can render the orb almost completely invisible.

History[edit | edit source]

The Shadow Orb when it was still an Orb of Light.
  • Desktop Aligned sell value with all other Shadow Orb/Crimson Heart loot, increasing it from 20 to 150.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Renamed from Orb of Light to Shadow Orb.
    • Item sprite updated from Orb of Light.png to Shadow Orb (item).png.
    • Buff sprite updated from Orb of Light (buff).png to Shadow Orb (buff).png.
    • Projectile sprite updated from Orb of Light (light pet).png to Shadow Orb (light pet).png.
    • No longer requires mana to use (previously needed 40).
    • Buff no longer expires.
  • Desktop 1.0.6:
    • Movement speed of Orb was reduced.
    • Light intensity was reduced from 100% to 65%.
    • Using the item now gives the player a buff instead of treating it like a spell.
      • Consequently, this causes the item to be automatically used when pressing the buff hotkey.