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  • Solar Monolith item sprite Vortex Monolith item sprite Nebula Monolith item sprite Stardust Monolith item sprite Blood Moon Monolith item sprite Void Monolith item sprite Aether Monolith item sprite
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Placeable✔️ (2 wide × 3 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
Research1 required
  • Internal Item ID: 3536–3539, 4054, 4318, 5347 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • Internal Tile ID: 410, 480, 509, 658

Monoliths are furniture items that activate backgrounds and other screen effects normally seen during events or under other special circumstances. When placed, they can be toggled with the Open / Activate button or via wire, like other mechanisms, providing their effects in a small area around them. They can also be equipped as vanity accessories, which enables their effect globally for the player, similarly to the Radio Thing.

There are seven different monoliths: the Solar, Vortex, Nebula, Stardust, and Void Monoliths can be crafted at an Ancient Manipulator, the Aether Monolith can be obtained via Shimmer, and the Blood Moon Monolith is dropped by the Dreadnautilus with a 1/10 (10%) chance.

  • The Blood Moon Monolith mimics the effects seen during a Blood Moon.
  • The Nebula, Solar, Stardust, and Vortex Monoliths mimic effects that normally surround the corresponding Celestial Pillar during the Lunar Events.
  • The Void Monolith mimics the screen effects of the Moon Lord boss fight.
  • The Aether Monolith mimics the screen effects of the Aether mini-biome.

Unlike the other monoliths, the Aether Monolith has three states: One off state (which disables the Aether effect entirely in its area, even if it would normally be present due to Shimmer) and two on states – low, which acts as if the monolith were not present (allowing the Aether effect if enough Shimmer is nearby but not forcing it on), and high, which forces the Aether effect on.


Monolith Placed Tooltip Rarity Sell
Inactive Active
Vortex Monolith Vortex MonolithInternal Item ID: 3536 Vortex Monolith placed Vortex Monolith (placed) (active).gif 'Wield a small amount of power from the Vortex Tower' Rarity level: 9 20 GC
Nebula Monolith Nebula MonolithInternal Item ID: 3537 Nebula Monolith placed Nebula Monolith (placed) (active).gif 'Wield a small amount of power from the Nebula Tower' Rarity level: 9 20 GC
Stardust Monolith Stardust MonolithInternal Item ID: 3538 Stardust Monolith placed Stardust Monolith (placed) (active).gif 'Wield a small amount of power from the Stardust Tower' Rarity level: 9 20 GC
Solar Monolith Solar MonolithInternal Item ID: 3539 Solar Monolith placed Solar Monolith (placed) (active).gif 'Wield a small amount of power from the Solar Tower' Rarity level: 9 20 GC
Blood Moon Monolith Blood Moon MonolithInternal Item ID: 4054 Blood Moon Monolith placed Blood Moon Monolith (placed) (active).gif 'Sustain a bloody fraction of the Moon' Rarity level: 3 1 GC
Void Monolith Void MonolithInternal Item ID: 4318 Void Monolith placed Void Monolith (placed) (active).gif 'Harness a small amount of power from the Void' Rarity level: 9 25 GC
Aether Monolith Aether MonolithInternal Item ID: 5347 Aether Monolith placed Aether Monolith (placed) (active low).gifAether Monolith (placed) (active).gif 'Witness a glimpse of the Aether's power.'
Can be used to manifest or suppress the Aether
Rarity level: 9 1 GC



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Nebula MonolithNebula Monolith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Ancient ManipulatorAncient Manipulator(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Solar MonolithSolar Monolith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Stardust MonolithStardust Monolith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Void MonolithVoid Monolith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • LuminiteLuminite(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)25
Vortex MonolithVortex Monolith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Aether MonolithAether Monolith(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)ShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


  • A monolith's actual range is relative to the player's resolution size, it will be visible if it is within 30 tiles of the edge of the player's screen. For easier calculation, this is 29 tiles of the edge of the monolith.
  • Lunar monoliths do not stack their effects. The one placed furthest to the bottom-right takes precedence. If two lunar monoliths, one at the bottom-left, and one at the top-right are active, the one to the top-right will be active. However, the Blood Moon Monolith does stack its effects with the others.
    • Activating a lunar monolith first and then a Blood Moon Monolith will result in different colors than vice versa. For example, activating a Stardust Monolith, then a Blood Moon Monolith will display a dark blue, whereas activating a Blood Moon Monolith, then a Stardust Monolith will display a purple similar to the Nebula Pillar.
Combination of a Blood Moon Monolith with a Stardust Monolith.
  • Aether Monoliths will stack with lunar monoliths, but an Aether Monolith will override a Blood Moon Monolith.
    • Which monolith the player activates first does not appear to affect the resulting effect when stacking a lunar monolith and an Aether Monolith.
  • Aether Monoliths will override each other. A higher priority neutral Aether Monolith will override a lower priority active Aether Monolith, meaning only the highest priority Aether Monolith within range matters.
  • Monoliths only cause modified visuals. They do not spawn any event enemies or bosses, and they do not change the music.
  • If a monolith is left active when exiting a world, the background will fade out and be visible for a few seconds, similar to the fade out when turning it off, then it will return to normal.


  • The monoliths' effects can sometimes raise the apparent light level in an area, which may be useful.
  • The lunar monoliths have luminescent parts, but they will only glow when they are in areas with light. This can be utilized to make background effects without having the monoliths visible.


  • When used during a Blood Moon, a monolith will combine its light color with the red tint.
  • The lunar monoliths appear to be miniature versions of the Celestial Pillars.
    • They are the only Lunar Event items that do not have the Rarity level: 10 base rarity.
  • The Party Center is internally named PartyMonolith. Unlike monoliths, it triggers an actual Party event instead of only the background adjustment.
  • The design of the Void Monolith is based on the Monoliths from the science fiction novel series Space Odyssey.
  • The only pre-Hardmode monolith is the Aether Monolith.


See also


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Added Aether Monolith.
    • Can now also be equipped as accessories.
  • Desktop 1.3.5: Fixed Vortex Monolith not selling for as much as it should.