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  • Sextant item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipDisplays the phase of the moon
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell1 GC
Research1 required
  • Internal Item ID: 3096 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Toggle icons for the
Desktop version
Sextant toggle.png
Mobile version
Sextant toggle (mobile).png

The Sextant is an informational accessory that displays the current moon phase. The Sextant can be received as a 1/34 (2.94%)[1] chance reward for completing a fishing quest for the Angler NPC, depending on the number of completed quests and other factors (for details, see Angler).

The Angler will not give the player a Sextant as a reward if they already have one in their inventory or in any of their portable storage items or loadouts. However, if the player has all of the Angler's fishing and informational accessories[2] (or their upgrades like the Angler Tackle Bag and Fish Finder) in their inventories, this rule will be ignored.[1]

The Sextant is one of the three parts necessary to make the Fish Finder, with the others being the Weather Radio and the Fisherman's Pocket Guide, and as such is a required ingredient in crafting the Shellphone.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
SextantSextant(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)ShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Weather RadioWeather Radio(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
  • SextantSextant(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
ShimmerShimmer Transmutation(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Fish FinderFish Finder(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Tinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop


Sextant toggle (Blood Moon).png
Desktop version Desktop icon during a Blood Moon/Solar Eclipse.


  • A real-life sextant is a navigational instrument used to determine the angle between an astrological object and the horizon, often by sailors to determine latitude, and has nothing to do with measuring or evaluating moon phases.


  • Desktop
    • Angler quest reward chance increased.
    • The Angler will no longer give duplicate informational accessories, unless the player already has all of them.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method GetAnglerReward() in Terraria.Player.cs. Note that the actual base drop rate is actually slightly less than 1/34 (2.94%), because numerous other rewards are rolled before this item is. The real drop rate will also be affected by other factors, as discussed in-depth at Angler.
  2. High Test Fishing Line, Angler Earring, Tackle Box, Fisherman's Pocket Guide, Weather Radio, Sextant, and Fishing Bobber(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)