Announcement Box

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Announcement Box
  • Announcement Box item sprite
  • Announcement Box placed
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Placeable✔️ (2 wide × 2 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required
  • Internal Item ID: 3617 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Tile ID: 425

The Announcement Box is a special sign that, when powered, will announce (in the chat) what was written on the sign. They support the usage of tags, allowing (for example) the display of messages in different colors.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Announcement BoxAnnouncement Box(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil


  • The Announcement Box's functionality can be disabled by launching the game with a -disableannouncementbox command line parameter.
  • If the Announcement Box is to be powered by a time sensor any message that is tied to that time (for example the message "The Blood Moon is rising..." in the evening) will be in chat displayed before the Announcement Box's.


A simple moon animation created using item tags, consisting of 14 frames (so 14 Announcement Boxes) running on a 1/4 Second Timer. Smooth Marble Walls and Starlit Heaven Wallpapers are used to make the effect.
  • Since all item tags occupy the same width and height, coupled with the fact that there can only be 10 lines of text in the chat at one time means that one can in theory create a rudimentary animation using mechanisms. Walls are very good for this purpose as they are big squares. Be aware that by doing animations, the messages are spamming the chat which can lead to the annoyance of other players as they can not communicate via chat. It can also make one miss status messages.