Potion of Return

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Potion of Return
  • Potion of Return item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Use time30 (Average)
TooltipTeleports you home and creates a portal
Use portal to return when you are done
'Good for one round trip!'
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell2 SC
Research20 required
  • Internal Item ID: 4870 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Portal sprites
Return Portal Entrance.gif
Return Portal Exit.gif
Minimap icons
Map Return Portal Entrance.png
Map Return Portal Exit.png
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
Shadow ChestShadow ChestShadow Chest1–216.67*1/6 (16.67%)

The Potion of Return is a potion that teleports the player back to their spawn point, similar to the Recall Potion, and additionally creates a portal exit at the location where the potion was consumed. A portal entrance will be created at the spawn point, which can be used to teleport back to where the player consumed the potion. The portal can only be used once and will disappear afterwards. In addition to being crafted, the Potion of Return can be found in Shadow Chests and Pots in the Underworld.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Potion of ReturnPotion of Return(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Placed BottlePlaced Bottle
Alchemy TableAlchemy Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


The entrance (left) and exit (right) portals from another player.
  • Only one portal can be active at any time in the world. If a second Potion of Return is used before using a portal, the first portal will disappear.
  • The portal will vanish upon exiting the world, and so cannot be used across play sessions.
  • The entrance and exit of the portal will be displayed on the minimap. Unlike pylons, however, the portal cannot be used from there.
  • In multiplayer, each player will only be able to use their own portal. Other players' portal will be transparent.


  • In general, the Potion of Return is useful in remote locations that cannot be easily accessed from the spawn point. For instance, it can be used during exploration to clear a full inventory at spawn or stock up on consumables.
  • It can be particularly useful during boss fights not rooted to a specific biome, such as the Moon Lord: Consuming the potion to return to the Nurse for healing allows quickly returning back to the fight.
  • If a player is surrounded by enemies and finds themselves in danger, it can be useful to use a Potion of Return to teleport away and come back a few seconds later. This is likely to cause the enemies to despawn before the player re-enters, and can be especially useful on harder difficulties where the player can very easily become overwhelmed.


  • The tooltip of this item, "'Good for one round trip!'", is a nod to many public transit systems, particularly bus, airplane, or train tickets, which often display text such as "round trip" when referring to the use of the ticket.
  • The entrance and exit portal sprites are slightly different, with the exit portal sprite having a lighter outline and spiraling outward, whereas the entrance portal appears to be spiraling inward.
The earlier version of the Void Bag's portal.
  • The entrance portal resembles an earlier version of the portal sprite from the Void Bag during development.


  • Desktop Fixed a crash when sitting/sleeping in relation to the Potion of Return.