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Fireflies at night
Walking Speed They don't move away from their spawn point.
Special Ability Light emission.
Loot Fireflies (Bug Net)
DebugSpawn "fireflies"

Inventory slot background Fireflies
Never spoils.
Perk Large stacks emit light. Can be released in a place to emit light at night.
Dropped by Fireflies (Bug Net), Tumbleweed (1% x3)
Stacks up to 40
DebugSpawn "fireflies"

They're like little fires in my pocket!


Fireflies are light-producing bugs that appear at night in Forest and Grassland biomes and all the time in Caves, mainly in Mushtree Forests. They can be captured with a Bug Net, even during daylight hours, by pressing the Spacebar when nearby. Because they do not respawn, they are considered a finite resource. They are used to make a Pumpkin Lantern and Miner Hat. They can also be used to refuel Miner Hats and Lanterns by 39%.

Standing in the fireflies light resets the timer in which Charlie will attack during the night, though the light from Fireflies will disappear until the player leaves their vicinity. If the player does not have a source of fire, that player may "firefly hop" between three or four groups of Fireflies for survival during the night. This can still be dangerous, as sanity will drop significantly.

Releasing Fireflies near the Fire Pit or other key locations in one's base camp might come in handy, as glowing light will indicate their positions in total darkness of the night.

Fireflies on the ground will take up space, so the player is unable to build in that spot unless they are caught.

Reign of Giants iconReign of GiantsEdit

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Fireflies can be found abundant in a Deciduous Forest, making this Biome one of their natural habitats. There used to be an alternative method of getting Fireflies: by destroying Tumbleweed, although it is no longer possible as of a mid-June 2014 patch[1].

TabTools UsageEdit

Inventory slot backgroundPumpkinInventory slot background FirefliesAlchemy EngineInventory slot backgroundPumpkin Lantern
Inventory slot backgroundStraw HatInventory slot background Gold NuggetInventory slot backgroundFirefliesAlchemy EngineInventory slot backgroundMiner Hat

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • Despite Maxwell's quote on the Miner Hat ("Eventually the Firefly will starve"), Fireflies are one of the few creatures that don't starve in the inventory.

Gold Nugget GalleryEdit


Items dropped by Mobs
Loot AshAzure FeatherBatilisk WingBeard HairBeefalo HornBlow DartBlue GemBunny PuffButterButterfly WingsCharcoalCrimson FeatherDeerclops EyeballDrumstickFleshy BulbFlintFrog LegsGearsGuardian's HornGlow BerryHoneyHound's ToothJet FeatherKrampus SackLight BulbLiving LogMandrakeMeatMonster MeatMorselMosquito SackNightmare FuelOrnate ChestPig SkinPurple GemRed GemRocksSilkSlurtle SlimeSlurper PeltSpider EggsSpider GlandShelmetSnurtle Shell ArmorSpiderhatStingerTam o' ShanterTentacle SpikeTentacle SpotsThulecite FragmentsWalrus Tusk
Indirect BeeBeefalo WoolButterflyCrowFirefliesGold NuggetGuanoManureRedbirdSeedsSnowbirdRabbitMosquito
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork BishopClockwork RookClockwork KnightDangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk • (Poison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard • (BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey • (BuzzardCatcoonVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird • (GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King

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