Every new world contains a random assortment of 80 Statues, which are generated underground in every Biome. These statues represent various NPC's, Monsters, Weapons, Items or Characters. Currently, there are 14 statues capable of spawning monsters and/or items: Bat, Bird, Bomb, Bunny, Chest (Mimic), Crab, Fish, Heart, Jellyfish, Piranha, Shark, Skeleton, Slime, and Star. Additionally the King and Queen statues can be used to teleport NPC's based on gender.
This is done by taking a wrench, touching wire to the base, connecting it to a Pressure Plate, switch or lever, and pressing whichever was used (Pressure Plate, Switch or Lever). Connecting it to a Timer will cause it to continuously spawn the item/monster.
For example, if it is a bomb statue, it will spawn a bomb (Collectible, not activated). If it is a king statue/queen statue, it will teleport NPCs to you (depending on the NPC's gender). This is a great way to recover the Goblin Tinkerer, the Wizard, and the Mechanic from dangerous areas.
All statues take up 2 blocks when placed on the ground and some of them are 3 blocks high. While placed statues are not affected by lava, lava will destroy them if they are tossed in.
Decorative Alpha/Numeric Statues
Monster Spawning Statues
|Summons up to three* Bats. Summoned Bats can drop** Depth Meter, Chain Knife, and a Bat Banner.|
|Summons up to three* Birds that fly away depending if the player is east or west of the Bird.|
|Summons up to three* Bunnies.**NOTE: If you activate the bunny statue during a blood moon, it will spawn Corrupt Bunnies. They may be farmed for the usual drops** (Since 1.2, they won't drop coins anymore). There is no limit to how many Corrupt Bunnies can be summoned at one time.|
|Summons up to three* Mimics, (The type depends on the depth the statue is at). Summoned Mimics will not drop** anything, but they will occasionally drop the Mimic Banner, which is worth 2 silver. If spawned in a Hard Mode Dungeon, the mimics will have a chance of spawning Dungeon Spirits upon death.|
|Summons up to three* Crabs. Summoned Crabs can drop** Crab Banner.|
|Summons up to three* Goldfish that drop goldfish and rarely a goldfish banner. **NOTE: If you activate the fish statue during a blood moon, it will spawn Corrupt Goldfish. There is no limit to how many Corrupt Goldfish can be summoned at one time. Corrupt Goldfish summoned in this way can no longer be farmed for coins.|
|Summons up to three* Blue Jellyfish. Summoned Blue Jellyfish drop** Glowsticks, Jellyfish Necklaces, and Jellyfish Banners on death.|
|Summons up to three* Skeletons. Summoned Skeletons drop** Hooks on death (4% rate).They also drop Bone Swords, Ancient Gold Helmets, Ancient Iron Helmets, Skeleton Banners, and Skulls.|
|Summons up to three* Blue Slimes. Summoned Slimes drop** Gel on death, as well as the Slime Banner and Slime Staff.|
|Summons up to three* Piranhas. Summoned Piranha can drop** hooks, a robot hat, and rarely a Piranha Banner on death.|
|Summons up to three* Sharks. Summoned sharks can drop** Shark Fin, a Diving Helmet, and rarely a Shark Banner on death. If spawned in a Hard Mode Dungeon, the sharks will have a chance of spawning Dungeon Spirits upon death.|
*: Only three spawned monsters (of one type) may be alive at once. **: The Monster(s) will drop small hearts and small mana stars under the usual conditions. They will never drop Coins. [Confirmation needed: Will drop seasonal items (like Presents) as usual]
Item Spawning Statues
|Summons one bomb. There is a delay of ≈10 seconds until it can summon a bomb again. Up to three bombs can be spawned at a time, though.|
|Summons one Heart. Due to the ten second spawn timer, a large number of heart statues are necessary to be effective. The statue also will not spawn a heart if there are 10 or more hearts anywhere in the world, 6 or more hearts within 100 blocks (800 pixels), or 3 or more hearts within 36 blocks (300 pixels).|
|Summons a blue star, which will regenerate 100 mana points. The statue will not spawn a star if there are 10 or more stars anywhere in the world, 6 or more stars within 100 blocks (800 pixels), or 3 or more stars within 36 blocks (300 pixels). This statue also suffers the 10-second spawn timer.|
|Teleports male NPCs to the King Statue's current location.|
|Teleports female NPCs to the Queen Statue's current location.|
- If hunting for statues, one of the best ways to find them is to create a new world and look for nearby natural caves. If they're deep enough, they could easily lead to several statues, most often found in 'Underground Houses' and sometimes in glowing mushroom caverns.
- When powering multiple statues with the same effect that are in close proximity to each other, e.g. two Bomb Statues, they will be limited to producing three items altogether. So at first they will produce two bombs at the same time then if you don't pick them up the next time only one bomb will be produced, then after that no more bombs will be created until the first three are picked up.
- Mob spawning statues can be used in conjunction with shallow lava or traps to farm items for sale. Profitable statues include the Jellyfish Statue (drops the Jellyfish Necklace), the Bat Statue (drops the Depth Meter), the Skeleton Statue (drops hooks, the Bone Sword, the Ancient Gold Helmet, and the Ancient Iron Helmet), and the Piranha Statue (drops hooks).
- A good idea for spare statues, or those that are only used for decoration, is to use them in the organization of player storage. This can be a much better alternative to using signs, as players will easily know where they may have stored certain items and they won't have to read the signs to check. For example; Use the sword statue to symbolize 'Weapon' storage. As of 1.2.3 this is no longer quite as useful, as chest's can now be renamed and their name viewed by hovering the cursor over the chest.
- If an item-spawning statue is wired with a lever and timer setup, an additional item can be spawned by immediately switching off the lever as an item is spawned. This glitch doubles the amount of items spawned in the same amount of time.
- [Patched in 188.8.131.52] There is a bug where when a statue, chest, or life crystal is placed on top of stone in water and broken with a hammer, it will duplicate. It does not work all the time.
- When in multiplayer only, monsters spawned from statues may still drop coins upon death.
- When a fish statue is activated during a rainstorm, the rainstorm spawning condition will overide the statue spawning condition and as many goldfish as there are spawns allowed can be on the screen with each stack of goldfish (item). These stacks sell for about one gold each, and this can be an easy platnium farm when paired with other statues such as the jellyfish statues (for jellyfish necklaces), slime statues (for slime staffs), or bat statues (for depth meters). * Not verified for PC.*
- Letters A-Z, numbers 0-9, and Shark Statue can now be randomly found underground.
- Statues no longer become Armor Statues when broken from the top or by explosives.
- Added to the game.