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Always buy more wire than you need!

The Mechanic

Different wire colors are used to build independent overlapping circuits. They are placed using different color Wrenches.
Wires connecting Timers to Slime Statues submerged in Lava for harvesting Gel.

Wire is a unique item used to connect mechanisms. Generally a mechanism is connected to a triggering item, like a Pressure Plate, Timer, Switch or Lever. Wires are placed using Wrenches, and are retrieved using the Wire Cutter, both of which can only be obtained from the Mechanic. Wire placed by different colored wrenches will be of different colors, which allows independent wire paths to overlap without interfering with each other.

Wire itself is available for purchase from the Mechanic for 5 each, but can also be obtained from naturally-occurring mechanisms, which exist sparsely Underground, and frequently in the Dungeon and Jungle Temple Traps and Chain Lantern/Switch arrangements.

Wires occupy their own dedicated layer when placed, and so can occupy the same tile space as Furniture, Walls, Blocks, and even deep Lava pools, along with any other object. Wires can be placed in midair, without the need for support. Explosions have no effect on placed Wires.

By default, placed Wires are invisible unless the player holds a Mechanism-related item as the tool in hand, (e.g, a Pressure Plate, Wrench, or even a stack of Wire itself). However, if the player is carrying a Mechanical Lens (or more usually its upgrade The Grand Design) they can not only see Wires at will, but can control the visibility of individual wire colors.

With Wrenches and Wire Cutters, the player's Wire placing and cutting reach is roughly 25 tiles horizontally and vertically. With The Grand Design, the player can place or cut Wire anywhere on the visible screen.

Wires are considered "connected" to triggers and mechanisms when they are placed in the same tile space as those items (when they appear to be "touching"). An exception is Statues, which are considered connected to any wires in their 2x3 tile space, even though some statues do not appear to reach a 3-tile height (see adjacent image).

Wire is considered "ammunition" for wrenches, and can therefore be placed in the Ammo slots of a player's inventory.

Wire Tools
Tool Use
Wire CutterWire Cutter Removes placed Wire.
Actuation RodActuation Rod Toggles Actuators on and off.
Red WrenchRed Wrench Places red wire.
Green WrenchGreen Wrench Places green wire.
Blue WrenchBlue Wrench Places blue wire.
Yellow WrenchYellow Wrench Places yellow wire.
Multicolor WrenchMulticolor Wrench Places and removes any color wire.
The Grand DesignThe Grand Design Places and removes all wire colors, as well as actuators.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Active Stone BlockActive Stone BlockBy Hand
Inactive Stone BlockInactive Stone Block
Trapped Bamboo ChestTrapped Bamboo ChestHeavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench
Trapped Blue Dungeon ChestTrapped Blue Dungeon Chest
Trapped Bone ChestTrapped Bone Chest
Trapped Boreal Wood ChestTrapped Boreal Wood Chest
Trapped Cactus ChestTrapped Cactus Chest
Trapped ChestTrapped Chest
Trapped Corruption ChestTrapped Corruption Chest
Trapped Crimson ChestTrapped Crimson Chest
Trapped Crystal ChestTrapped Crystal Chest
Trapped Desert ChestTrapped Desert Chest
Trapped Dynasty ChestTrapped Dynasty Chest
Trapped Ebonwood ChestTrapped Ebonwood Chest
Trapped Flesh ChestTrapped Flesh Chest
Trapped Frozen ChestTrapped Frozen Chest
Trapped Glass ChestTrapped Glass Chest
Trapped Gold ChestTrapped Gold Chest
Trapped Golden ChestTrapped Golden Chest
Trapped Golf ChestTrapped Golf Chest
Trapped Granite ChestTrapped Granite Chest
Trapped Green Dungeon ChestTrapped Green Dungeon Chest
Trapped Hallowed ChestTrapped Hallowed Chest
Trapped Honey ChestTrapped Honey Chest
Trapped Ice ChestTrapped Ice Chest
Trapped Ivy ChestTrapped Ivy Chest
Trapped Jungle ChestTrapped Jungle Chest
Trapped Lesion ChestTrapped Lesion Chest
Trapped Lihzahrd ChestTrapped Lihzahrd Chest
Trapped Living Wood ChestTrapped Living Wood Chest
Trapped Marble ChestTrapped Marble Chest
Trapped Martian ChestTrapped Martian Chest
Trapped Meteorite ChestTrapped Meteorite Chest
Trapped Mushroom ChestTrapped Mushroom Chest
Trapped Nebula ChestTrapped Nebula Chest
Trapped Obsidian ChestTrapped Obsidian Chest
Trapped Palm Wood ChestTrapped Palm Wood Chest
Trapped Pearlwood ChestTrapped Pearlwood Chest
Trapped Pink Dungeon ChestTrapped Pink Dungeon Chest
Trapped Pumpkin ChestTrapped Pumpkin Chest
Trapped Rich Mahogany ChestTrapped Rich Mahogany Chest
Trapped Sandstone ChestTrapped Sandstone Chest
Trapped Shadewood ChestTrapped Shadewood Chest
Trapped Shadow ChestTrapped Shadow Chest
Trapped Skyware ChestTrapped Skyware Chest
Trapped Slime ChestTrapped Slime Chest
Trapped Solar ChestTrapped Solar Chest
Trapped Spider ChestTrapped Spider Chest
Trapped Spooky ChestTrapped Spooky Chest
Trapped Stardust ChestTrapped Stardust Chest
Trapped Steampunk ChestTrapped Steampunk Chest
Trapped Vortex ChestTrapped Vortex Chest
Trapped Water ChestTrapped Water Chest
Trapped Web Covered ChestTrapped Web Covered Chest
1 Second Timer1 Second TimerIron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
3 Second Timer3 Second Timer
5 Second Timer5 Second Timer
Actuation RodActuation Rod
Announcement BoxAnnouncement Box
Inlet PumpInlet Pump
Outlet PumpOutlet Pump
Video VisageVideo VisageLoomLoom
Liquid Sensor (Any)Liquid Sensor (Any)Mythril AnvilMythril Anvil
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil
Liquid Sensor (Honey)Liquid Sensor (Honey)
Liquid Sensor (Lava)Liquid Sensor (Lava)
Liquid Sensor (Water)Liquid Sensor (Water)
Logic Sensor (Day)Logic Sensor (Day)
Logic Sensor (Night)Logic Sensor (Night)
Logic Sensor (Player Above)Logic Sensor (Player Above)
Cyan Weighted Pressure PlateCyan Weighted Pressure PlateTinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop
Orange Weighted Pressure PlateOrange Weighted Pressure Plate
Pink Weighted Pressure PlatePink Weighted Pressure Plate
Purple Weighted Pressure PlatePurple Weighted Pressure Plate
The Grand DesignThe Grand Design
total: 78 row(s)


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Engineer • “You have placed 100 wires!”
Place 100 wires.

See also


  • Desktop Trapped Golf, Spider, Lesion, Sandstone, Bamboo, Nebula, Solar, Stardust, and Vortex Chests added.
  • Desktop 1.2:
    • Stack limit was raised from 250 to 999.
    • Wire length-limit increased from 1000 to 2000.
    • Different colors of wire can be placed with different colored Wrenches.
  • Console 1.08:
    • Wire length-limit removed.
    • Dropped wires now stack themselves.
    • Levers can now power multiple wires.