Terraria Wire: Everything You Should Know

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There’s a new level of Terraria gameplay once you use Wires and different mechanisms. Ready to proceed? Read this complete guide to know more about the item!

The player using a Wrench to place the last Wire in Terraria

It’s a matter of creativity and expertise when building traps around your house to prevent monsters from entering at night. On the other hand, creating farms for some essential items requires knowledge of automation. Different possibilities are endless, all thanks to Wires in Terraria.

However, how do they work in the game, and where to find them in the first place? It’s a complex mechanic for beginners but can be learned to your advantage. This guide will also tackle everything about Wires and what you can craft with the material.

Wire – Overview

The player interacting with a Plagued Chest full of Wire and Mechanism-related items in Terraria.
Some extra tools you’ll need when working with Wires in Terraria!

Triggering Items like Lever, Switch, or Pressure Plate are connected by mechanisms. These mechanisms are affixed with the unique item, Wire. Placing them requires a Wrench, and getting them back needs a Wire Cutter.

Although Wires may seem to require their space when occupying, it’s the opposite. Whether they’re blocks, furniture, walls, or even lava, it’s possible to have the mechanism overlapped. The item is also immune to explosions and can be placed in midair without supporting blocks. Moreover, different colors can coexist without side interference.

Wires are invisible in default unless you’re holding a mechanism-related object from your inventory. But the best way to get an overview upon placement is by carrying a Mechanical Lens or The Grand Design. These tools let you see and control individual wires’ visibility regardless of the color.

Wire Cutter and Wrenches lets you place and cut 25 tiles horizontally. However, The Grand Design enables you to do the same functionality as long as it’s on the screen.

The following items are mechanism-related tools you can craft with different crafting stations or purchase from the Mechanic NPC:

ToolPrice/Crafting Materials NeededCrafting Station (if applicable)Use
Actuation Rod• Actuator (50)

• Iron Bar or Lead Bar (10)

• Wire (10)
Iron Anvil or Lead AnvilToggles Actuators on and off
Blue WrenchGold Coin (2) Places Blue Wire
Green WrenchGold Coin (2) Places Green Wire
Multicolor Wrench• Blue Wrench (1)

• Green Wrench (1)

• Red Wrench (1)

• Wire Cutter (1)

• Yellow Wrench (1)
 Places and removes Wire of all colors
Red WrenchGold Coin (2) Places red Wire
The Grand Design• Mechanical Lens (1)

• Multicolor Wrench (1)

• Ruler (1)

• Wire (1)
Tinkerer’s WorkshopPlaces and removes all Wire colors and Actuators
Wire CutterGold Coin (2) Cuts Wire
Yellow WrenchGold Coin (2) Places yellow Wire

How to Get Wire?

Although most items are craftable in Terraria, you can’t get Wire via crafting. Instead, you can purchase a piece from the Mechanic for Silver Coin (5). Alternatively, you can find some Wire from naturally-occurring mechanisms on the Underground, including Dungeons and Jungle Temples.

Crafting

Combining this material with other types makes another item or an existing item’s Trapped version. These are:

ItemWire QuantityOther Materials NeededHandHeavy WorkbenchIron Anvil/Lead AnvilLoomMythril Anvil/Orichalcum AnvilTinkerer’s Workshop
1 Second Timer1• Gold Watch (1) or Platinum Watch (1)     
3 Second Timer1• Silver Watch (1) or Tungsten Watch (1)     
5 Second Timer1• Copper Watch (1) or Tin Watch (1)     
Active Stone Block1Stone Block (1)     
Actuation Rod10• Actuator (50)

• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)
     
Announcement Box4• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Sign (1)
     
Cyan Weighted Pressure Plate1• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Blue Pressure Plate (1) or Brown Pressure Plate (1) or Gray Pressure Plate (1) or Green Pressure Plate (1) or Lihzahrd Pressure Plate (1) or Orange Pressure Plate (1) or Red Pressure Plate (1) or Yellow Pressure Plate (1)
     
Explosives1Dynamite (3)     
Inactive Stone Block1Stone Wall (4)     
Inlet Pump2Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)     
Liquid Sensor (Any)1• Cog (5)

• Magic Honey Dropper (1)

• Magic Lava Dropper (1)

• Magic Water Dropper (1)
     
Liquid Sensor (Honey)1• Cog (5)

• Magic Honey Dropper (1)
     
Liquid Sensor (Lava)1• Cog (5)

• Magic Lava Dropper (1)
     
Liquid Sensor (Water)1• Cog (5)

• Magic Water Dropper (1)
     
Logic Sensor (Day)1• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Soul of Light (5)
     
Logic Sensor (Night)1• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Soul of Night (5)
     
Logic Sensor (Player Above)1• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Soul of Sight (5)
     
Orange Weighted Pressure Plate1• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Blue Pressure Plate (1) or Brown Pressure Plate (1) or Gray Pressure Plate (1) or Green Pressure Plate (1) or Lihzahrd Pressure Plate (1) or Orange Pressure Plate (1) or Red Pressure Plate (1) or Yellow Pressure Plate (1)
     
Outlet Pump2Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)     
Pink Weighted Pressure Plate1• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Blue Pressure Plate (1) or Brown Pressure Plate (1) or Gray Pressure Plate (1) or Green Pressure Plate (1) or Lihzahrd Pressure Plate (1) or Orange Pressure Plate (1) or Red Pressure Plate (1) or Yellow Pressure Plate (1)
     
Purple Weighted Pressure Plate1• Iron Bar (10) or Lead Bar (10)

• Blue Pressure Plate (1) or Brown Pressure Plate (1) or Gray Pressure Plate (1) or Green Pressure Plate (1) or Lihzahrd Pressure Plate (1) or Orange Pressure Plate (1) or Red Pressure Plate (1) or Yellow Pressure Plate (1)
     
The Grand Design60• Mechanical Lens (1)

• Multicolor Wrench (1)

• Ruler (1)
     
Trapped Bamboo Chest10Bamboo Chest (1)     
Trapped Blue Dungeon Chest10Blue Dungeon Chest (1)     
Trapped Bone Chest10Bone Chest (1)     
Trapped Boreal Wood Chest10Boreal Wood Chest (1)     
Trapped Cactus Chest10Cactus Chest (1)     
Trapped Chest10Chest (1)     
Trapped Corruption Chest10Crimson Chest (1)     
Trapped Crimson Chest10Crimson Chest (1)     
Trapped Crystal Chest10Crystal Chest (1)     
Trapped Desert Chest10Desert Chest (1)     
Trapped Dynasty Chest10Dynasty Chest (1)     
Trapped Ebonwood Chest10Ebonwood Chest (1)     
Trapped Flesh Chest10Flesh Chest (1)     
Trapped Frozen Chest10Frozen Chest (1)     
Trapped Glass Chest10Glass Chest (1)     
Trapped Gold Chest10Gold Chest (1)     
Trapped Golden Chest10Golden Chest (1)     
Trapped Golf Chest10Golf Chest (1)     
Trapped Granite Chest10Granite Chest (1)     
Trapped Green Dungeon Chest10Green Dungeon Chest (1)     
Trapped Hallowed Chest10Hallowed Chest (1)     
Trapped Honey Chest10Honey Chest (1)     
Trapped Ice Chest10Ice Chest (1)     
Trapped Ivy Chest10Ivy Chest (1)     
Trapped Jungle Chest10Jungle Chest (1)     
Trapped Lesion Chest10Lesion Chest (1)     
Trapped Lihzahrd Chest10Lihzahrd Chest (1)     
Trapped Living Wood Chest10Living Wood Chest (1)     
Trapped Marble Chest10Marble Chest (1)     
Trapped Martian Chest10Martian Chest (1)     
Trapped Meteorite Chest10Meteorite Chest (1)     
Trapped Mushroom Chest10Mushroom Chest (1)     
Trapped Nebula Chest10Nebula Chest (1)     
Trapped Obsidian Chest10Obsidian Chest (1)     
Trapped Palm Wood Chest10Palm Wood Chest (1)     
Trapped Pearlwood Chest10Pearlwood Chest (1)     
Trapped Pink Dungeon Chest10Pink Dungeon Chest (1)     
Trapped Pumpkin Chest10Pumpkin Chest (1)     
Trapped Rich Mahogany Chest10Trapped Rich Mahogany Chest (1)     
Trapped Sandstone Chest10Sandstone Chest (1)     
Trapped Shadewood Chest10Shadewood Chest (1)     
Trapped Shadow Chest10Shadow Chest (1)     
Trapped Skyware Chest10Skyware Chest (1)     
Trapped Slime Chest10Slime Chest (1)     
Trapped Solar Chest10Solar Chest (1)     
Trapped Spider Chest10Spider Chest (1)     
Trapped Spooky Chest10Spooky Chest (1)     
Trapped Stardust Chest10Stardust Chest (1)     
Trapped Steampunk Chest10Steampunk Chest (1)     
Trapped Vortex Chest10Vortex Chest (1)     
Trapped Water Chest10Water Chest (1)     
Trapped Web Covered Chest10Web Covered Chest (1)     
Video Visage10Glass (10)     

Note: Placing Wires (100) will unlock the Engineer achievement in Terraria.

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