Spelunker Glowstick

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Spelunker Glowstick
  • Spelunker Glowstick item sprite
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Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipExposes nearby treasure
RarityRarity level: 1
Buy1 SC50 CC
Sell30 CC
Research100 required
Projectile created
  • Spelunker Glowstick
    Spelunker Glowstick
Spelunker Glowsticks in action. Note the sparkles that appear on treasures, such as ores and chests.
The Spelunker Glowstick's max highlight radius.

The Spelunker Glowstick is a consumable light source that can be held or tossed a fair distance, similar to Glowsticks. However, unlike regular Glowsticks, Spelunker Glowsticks additionally highlight the location of nearby treasures in a 30-block radius around the glowstick with a slight yellowish glimmer. Spelunker Glowsticks can be purchased from the Skeleton Merchant for 1 SC50 CC each during a full moon. On any other day with a differing moon phase, the Skeleton Merchant will only sell regular Glowsticks instead.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Spelunker FlareSpelunker Flare(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)By Hand


  • Just holding a Spelunker Glowstick already reveals nearby treasure – it is unnecessary to toss it.
  • Unlike the regular Glowstick, the Spelunker Glowstick disappears after expiring. It does not drop as an item and is therefore unreusable.
  • When held in a player's hotbar or held via Auto Select, the Spelunker Glowstick will expire after a seemingly random duration. This requires you to continuously buy Spelunker Glowsticks when using them, or amass a large stockpile in advance.
  • The treasure-revealing effect is visible to all players in multiplayer.


  • While the very similar effect of the Magic Lantern is permanent and does not require holding an item in the hotbar, its radius is smaller than the Spelunker Glowstick.
  • Since all treasures are highlighted with the same yellow glimmer, regardless of value, the Spelunker Glowstick becomes less useful as the game progresses. The Spelunker Potion will be more effective as it does allow differentiating of different kinds of treasure.
  • While holding a Spelunker Glowstick from the inventory UI with autopause off, the player can effectively make them last indefinitely, as they do not get consumed if held in the menu. Verify
  • The Spelunker Glowstick has decent synergy with the Metal Detector, as the informational accessory can provide a hint as to what the nearby glistening ores could be. Note that the detected ore is not always the nearest ore.


  • The Spelunker Glowstick seems to have been made out of a Bone.
  • It seems to be more bouncy than a regular Glowstick, though not as much as a Bouncy Glowstick.