Crystal Shard

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Crystal Shard
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Statistics
Type
Placeable✔️ (1 wide × 1 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell16 SC
Research25 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
EntityQty.Rate
Divine Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Divine CrateDivine Crate(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)4–101/2 (50%)

Crystal Shards are a common Hardmode ((Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)) crafting material found in the Underground Hallow. They can naturally grow on the left, right, and bottom side of Pearlstone, Pink Ice, (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Pearlsand, Hardened Pearlsand, and Pearlsandstone Blocks.[1] Due to their constant regrowth, they can be farmed. Crystal Shards emit a small glow, similar to Demonite Ore and Crimtane Ore. They do not spread the Hallow.

When a Crystal Shard is to be grown, it has a 1/50 (2%) chance to be replaced by a Gelatin Crystal(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) instead.

Crystal Shards furthermore have a 1/2 (50%) chance to be obtained from Divine Crates(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), in stacks of 4–10. On the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, they are always dropped by Arch Demons in stacks of 3–4 and are thus available pre-Hardmode.

Crystal Shards are also placeable in nearly any position (on walls, floors, and ceilings), though they are often not luminous enough to replace other light sources, and placement has no other functional effect. Although natural Crystal Shards can only grow on tiles related with the Hallow, once harvested, they can be placed anywhere.

Crafting all items, including only one color of Phasesaber and excluding consumables and furniture requires a total of (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 90 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 135 Crystal Shards. The amount required to craft every weapon and every color of Phasesaber is (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 240 / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 385 Crystal Shards.

Crafting

Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Crystal BlockCrystal Block(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)5Adamantite ForgeAdamantite Forge
or
Titanium ForgeTitanium Forge
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Crystal StormCrystal Storm
BookcaseBookcase
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Crystal StormCrystal Storm
Crystal DartCrystal Dart(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)100By Hand
Shifting Pearlsands DyeShifting Pearlsands Dye(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Dye VatDye Vat(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Blue PhasesaberBlue Phasesaber
Iron AnvilIron Anvil
or
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Green PhasesaberGreen Phasesaber
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Purple PhasesaberPurple Phasesaber
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Red PhasesaberRed Phasesaber
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
White PhasesaberWhite Phasesaber
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Yellow PhasesaberYellow Phasesaber
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Blue PhasesaberBlue Phasesaber
Mythril AnvilMythril Anvil
or
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
ChikChik(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Crystal BulletCrystal Bullet100
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Crystal BulletCrystal Bullet50
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Green PhasesaberGreen Phasesaber
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Magical HarpMagical Harp
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Magical HarpMagical Harp
Orange PhasesaberOrange Phasesaber(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Purple PhasesaberPurple Phasesaber
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Rainbow RodRainbow Rod
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Rainbow RodRainbow Rod
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Red PhasesaberRed Phasesaber
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
White PhasesaberWhite Phasesaber
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Yellow PhasesaberYellow Phasesaber
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Greater Healing PotionGreater Healing Potion3
Placed BottlePlaced Bottle
or
Alchemy TableAlchemy Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Greater Healing PotionGreater Healing Potion
Super Mana PotionSuper Mana Potion(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)15

Notes

  • Crystal Shard can grow under the following circumstances:[2]
    • The source block is in or below the Cavern layer. It does not necessarily have to be in an actual Underground Hallow biome.
    • The target tile (i.e. the tile where the Crystal Shard will grow) is not occupied by other solid objects.
    • There are less than 2 other Crystal Shards within a 13×13-tile rectangle centered on the target tile.
    • Crystal Shard can grow in liquids and in front of background walls.
  • Crystal Shards are randomly colored either pink, purple, or blue when grown or placed. Their color has no functional effect.
  • The color of Crystal Shard can be changed with paints, but the color of the light it emits cannot be changed.

Tips

  • Crystal Shards have an unusually high sell value relative to their commonness, so farming them can be a decent way to make money. 1000 Crystal Shards are worth 1 PC60 GC.
  • With spare Pixie Dust available, crafting and selling Greater Healing Potions increases the sell value from 19 SC (directly selling the ingredients) to 30 SC per Crystal Shard. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The Alchemy Table's bonus raises that further, to about 45 SC per Crystal Shard. 99 Pixie Dust with 33 Crystal Shards (and 100 Sand Blocks for Bottled Water), crafted at the Alchemy Table, yields about 14 GC85 SC, a 137% increase over selling the ingredients.
  • Crystal Shards can be farmed with an appropriate layout. See Guide:Farming Resources § Crystal Shards for details.
  • Since they emit a glow, getting rid of light sources makes it easier to spot them.

See also

History

  • Desktop 1.4.4: Can now naturally grow on Pearlsand, Hardened Pearlsand, and Pearlsandstone Blocks.
  • Desktop 1.1.1: Now gives off light in retro and white color mode.
  • Mobile 1.3.0.7: No longer obtainable pre-Hardmode, as Arch Demons have been removed.

References

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.9 source code, method hardUpdateWorld() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs and field Sets.CanGrowCrystalShards in Terraria.ID.TileID.cs. The actual chances of the growth side are: 1/4 (25%) left, 1/4 (25%) right, and 1/2 (50%) bottom. This is most possibly caused by a coding error.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.4.9 source code, method hardUpdateWorld() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs.