Dirt Rod

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Dirt Rod
  • Dirt Rod item spriteold Dirt Rod item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Knockback5 (Average)
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipMagically moves dirt
RarityRarity level: 1
Buy5 GC (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 20 GC (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Sell1 GC (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 4 GC (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Dirt Ball
    Dirt Ball
The Dirt Rod in use. Notice its ability to move dirt through walls.

The Dirt Rod is a unique tool that is used solely to move Dirt Blocks around, and is unlike the use of ordinary mining tools and block placement. When used while the cursor is over a Dirt Block, the block becomes a Dirt Ball projectile that sticks to the cursor as long as the Use / Attack key is held down. The Dirt Ball can be carried through blocks and relocated anywhere on the screen. When released, the Dirt Ball is affected by gravity and also continues to carry the speed it was being moved at previously, allowing it to be "thrown". Upon impact with any blocks, a released Dirt Ball turns back into a solid Dirt Block.

The Dirt Rod is purchased from the Dryad for (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 5 GC / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) 20 GC.


  • The Dirt Rod can also pick up grass blocks that have dirt as soil (pure, Corrupt, Crimson, Hallowed, mowed, and mowed Hallowed grass).[1]


  • The Dirt Rod allows triggering a trap from long range by removing a Dirt Block, such as a Boulder trap.
  • Players can wall themselves in from danger and rearrange the area. This may include walling off remote passages and bridging large lava pools.
  • Liquid combination machines, like two separate tanks with water and lava, connected by a pipe at the bottom, can be toggled by opening/"sealing" the pipe.
  • The Dirt Rod loses some of its usefulness once the Mechanic is found, as mechanisms generally offer a more sophisticated method of constructing traps and liquid systems.
  • The Dirt Rod can be used to place Dirt Blocks inside of lava.


  • The Dirt Rod has an internal knockback stat of 5. However, this is never utilized in-game as this tool cannot deal damage.
  • When it was initially released, the Dirt Rod had a bug where falling tiles would get caught inside of the projectile, allowing it to do large amounts of damage.


  • Desktop
    • Buy price decreased from 20 GC to 5 GC.
    • Can now move through tiles when held.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Fixed a bug where the player could not pick up Crimson/Hallowed grass with the Dirt Rod.
    • Fixed a bug where the Dirt Rod ball shook erratically in water.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PlayStation 4)
    • Buy price decreased from 20 GC to 5 GC.
    • Can now move through tiles when held.
  • Switch 1.0.711.6: Introduced without mana cost and with changes from Desktop


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method ItemCheck_IsValidDirtRodTarget() in Terraria.Player.cs.