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  • Meteorite item spriteold Meteorite item sprite
  • Meteorite placed
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Placeable✔️ (1 wide × 1 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 0
Sell2 SC
Research100 required
Inflicts Debuff
Debuff tooltipLosing life and slowed movement
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
EntitySpecial dropRate
Meteor HeadMeteor Head.gifMeteor HeadMeteoriteMeteorite
(pre-Hardmode only)
2% (Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
This article is about the ore. For the biome, see Meteorite (biome).

Meteorite is a type of ore mined from Meteorite crash sites. Crash sites are not generated upon world creation, but instead generated throughout the game based on certain conditions. Mining Meteorite requires a Tungsten Pickaxe or better. Desktop versionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile version Additionally, Meteor Heads also have a 1/50 (2%) chance to drop a single piece of Meteorite, though only in pre-Hardmode.

Crash sites can occur anywhere, accompanied by a status message "A meteorite has landed!". Meteorite is required to craft Meteorite Bars.

Contact with Meteorite blocks causes the player to be inflicted with the Burning debuff, unless the player has the Obsidian Skull accessory (or its upgrades) equipped, or is using an Obsidian Skin Potion. Meteorite can be mined without these defenses, and the ore is safe to collect once mined.

Any area with at least (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 75 / (Old-gen console version) 50 / (3DS version) 23 Meteorite blocks in close proximity (e.g. a natural crash site) becomes a Meteorite biome, which will spawn Meteor Heads.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Meteorite BarMeteorite BarFurnaceFurnace
Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version only:
Meteorite BrickMeteorite Brick5


  • Water and honey will not prevent damage from a Meteorite block.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Meteorite cannot be broken by explosives before Hardmode.


  • Turning Meteorite into Meteorite Bars and selling them is 133% more profitable than selling the raw Meteorite itself.
  • Blocks between the player and a Meteorite block will prevent damage. A layer of Sand or a similar gravity-affected block can effectively negate much of the danger of mining Meteorite.
  • If a player places at least (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 75 / (Old-gen console version) 50 / (3DS version) 23 pieces of Meteorite, they can create an artificial Meteorite biome, where all enemy spawns are replaced by Meteor Heads.
  • While Water/Honey will not prevent the damage from Meteorite blocks, they will cancel the On Fire! debuff that Meteor Heads have a chance to inflict, meaning that they can still be useful to bring when mining in a Meteorite biome.



  • Desktop  
    • Dynamite and Bombs no longer destroy Meteorite.
    • Added a Background Effect for when a Meteorite is falling.
    • Now has higher Metal Detector priority than Gold and Platinum.
    • Now requires 75 Meteorites instead of 50 to create an artificial biome.
  • Desktop
    • Changed item texture from Meteorite (old).png to Meteorite.png.
    • Changed block texture from Meteorite (placed) (pre- to Meteorite (placed).png.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • No longer causes invincibility frames when touched. Now inflicts Burning instead.
    • Increased stack limit from 250 to 999.
    • Now takes fewer hits with a pickaxe to mine. A Nightmare Pickaxe, for example, now takes 2 hits to mine Meteorite instead of 4.