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The Torch is the most basic form of usable light in Terraria. It can be placed on nearly any surface, and can also be held in the player's hand for a portable light source. A regular torch, unlike a Cursed Torch, will not produce light when submerged in water.

Torches stay lit and do not extinguish over time. This is valuable when exploring underground because it helps to identify that have already explored. Torches can be picked up using a pickaxe or by right clicking on them. Torches can be placed on trees.

They can be thrown to cast light into dark areas below the player by pressing the throw button. If you have a torch in your inventory you may take it out at any time by pressing and holding the shift key (default), you may also place torches using this method, eliminating the need to keep torches in your hotbar.

You can also use different types of gems to color the lights the same way as Phaseblades. Also, torches can be upgraded to Cursed Torches and Ichor Torches by combining them with Cursed Flames and Ichor respectively: this allows the torches to emit a green/yellow light and be placed underwater.

Torches can also be switched on or off when wired to a Timer, a Switch, a Lever or a Pressure Plate.

On top of their primary purpose, they can be used to mark interesting places on the minimap since torches reliably show up as bright yellow pixels, making torch "pixel art" easy to find on the map. It is a good idea to make a square, arrow etc. (anything that stands out on the map) of torches at each of the four locked chests in the Dungeon to find them more easily once you get the respective keys.

A player standing near a Torch


  • On the iOS version of Terraria, Torches will occasionally break for no reason.
  • On the iOS Version of Terraria, Regular Torches can be placed underwater and won't go out.
  • In the 3DS Version of Terraria, Torches can "Turn off" by themselves even when there is no wire connecting them to a switch.

Update Info


  • Became an ingredient in Molotov Cocktail.


  • Torches can now be placed on backgrounds.



PC release

  • Added to the game.
Red Torch.png Red Torch Orange Torch.png Orange Torch Yellow Torch.png Yellow Torch Green Torch.png Green Torch
Blue Torch.png Blue Torch Purple Torch.png Purple Torch White Torch.png White Torch
Torch1.png Torch Demon Torch.png Demon Torch Cursed Torch.png Cursed Torch Ichor Torch.png Ichor Torch
Ice Torch.png Ice Torch Ultrabright Torch.png Ultrabright Torch
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