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Spelunker Potion
  • Spelunker Potion item spriteold Spelunker Potion item sprite
Stack digit 3.pngStack digit 0.png
Use time17 (Very fast)
TooltipShows the location of treasure and ore
RarityRarity level: 1
Research20 required
Grants Buff
Buff tooltipShows the location of treasure and ore
Duration5 minutes
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Azure CrateAzure CrateAzure Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Boreal CrateBoreal CrateBoreal Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Bramble CrateBramble CrateBramble Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Corrupt CrateCorrupt CrateCorrupt Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Crimson CrateCrimson CrateCrimson Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Defiled CrateDefiled CrateDefiled Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Divine CrateDivine CrateDivine Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Dungeon CrateDungeon CrateDungeon Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Frozen CrateFrozen CrateFrozen Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Golden CrateGolden CrateGolden Crate2–56.67*1/15 (6.67%)
Hallowed CrateHallowed CrateHallowed Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Hellstone CrateHellstone CrateHellstone Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Hematic CrateHematic CrateHematic Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Iron CrateIron CrateIron Crate2–43.13*1/32 (3.13%)
Jungle CrateJungle CrateJungle Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Mirage CrateMirage CrateMirage Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Mythril CrateMythril CrateMythril Crate2–43.13*1/32 (3.13%)
Oasis CrateOasis CrateOasis Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Obsidian CrateObsidian CrateObsidian Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Ocean CrateOcean CrateOcean Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Seaside CrateSeaside CrateSeaside Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Shadow ChestShadow ChestShadow Chest1–29.38*3/32 (9.38%)
Sky CrateSky CrateSky Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Stockade CrateStockade CrateStockade Crate2–44.17*1/24 (4.17%)
Titanium CrateTitanium CrateTitanium Crate2–56.67*1/15 (6.67%)

The Spelunker Potion is a buff potion that grants the Spelunker buff when consumed, which illuminates valuable nearby objects. The highlight color varies between versions. This lasts for 5 minutes, but can be canceled at any time by right-clicking the icon (Desktop versiontModLoader version), by selecting the icon and canceling it in the equipment menu (Console versionOld-gen console versionNintendo Switch), by double-tapping the buff icon (Mobile version), or by canceling the buff from the buffs screen (Nintendo 3DS version).

It has a small chance to appear as a bonus drop from Slimes.

The Spelunker buff illuminates the following:



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Spelunker PotionSpelunker PotionPlaced BottlePlaced Bottle
Alchemy TableAlchemy Table
total: 2 row(s)

Treasure colors[]

On all versions but the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, ore and other treasures will be displayed with a yellow tint. This will somewhat alter the natural color of the highlighted treasure, such as making Cobalt turquoise and Orichalcum red. Some ores are not affected, these being Crimtane (unlike its counterpart Demonite), Meteorite, Obsidian, and Hellstone. Meteorite and Crimtane, however, do provide their own light.

Old-gen console version Old-gen console version[]

In the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, every type of ore will be displayed in a specific color and will glow and flash:

  • Copper OreCopper Ore has a reddish tone.
  • Iron OreIron Ore is red and blue, flashing.
  • Silver OreSilver Ore has a blue shade.
  • Gold OreGold Ore looks like copper, but with a slight yellow tint.
  • Demonite OreDemonite Ore is hard to distinguish from silver. Since it always gives off a glow, Spelunker is not needed to search for it.
  • Cobalt OreCobalt Ore is an intense blue, making it very distinct.
  • Mythril OreMythril Ore looks like silver, only the texture is slightly different and has a hint of green.
  • Adamantite OreAdamantite Ore is like copper but darker and more red and has less detail.


  • The sparkling effect seems to be greatest with the "Retro" lighting setting.
  • The map displays ores very distinctly, making Spelunker Potions almost obsolete.
  • Ruby can often be mistaken for Amethyst while using a spelunker potion.


  • The Metal Detector informs the player of nearby treasure. This can help the player determine when there's nearby treasure worth spending a Spelunker Potion for.
  • The effect of the Spelunker Glowstick is similar to that of Spelunker Potions, but potions have the advantage of allowing the player to mine and perform other actions at the same time.
  • Spelunker Potions are best used while playing in high-resolution displays.
  • They are very useful for finding rarer ores in Hardmode.


  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Spelunker no longer gives off light. This prevents ore from showing up on the map.
    • Spelunker now causes ore to be gold colored on the screen.
  • Desktop 1.2: Displays new treasure and has a Platinum Ore version of the recipe.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PlayStation 4)
    • Sprite updated.
    • All Ores now glow like they do in Desktop
  • Console 1.06: Now has mechanics of Desktop 1.2.3, except all Ores have a unique glow.
  • Console 1.02: Displays new treasure and has a Platinum Ore version of the recipe.
  • Mobile 1.2.6508: Displays new treasure and has a Platinum Ore version of the recipe.
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced with mechanics and sprites of Desktop 1.2.3.


  1. Tin, Lead, Tungsten, Platinum, Meteorite, Crimtane, Obsidian, Hellstone, Palladium, Orichalcum, Titanium, Chlorophyte, and Diamond are not included.