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Lightning Rod

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Lightning Rod
"Protection from strikes."
Gold Nugget.png × 3Cut Stone.png × 1
Icon Science.png
Science Machine.png
Harnesses lightning

Lightning Rod
"Protection from strikes."
Gold Nugget.png × 4Cut Stone.png × 1
Icon Science.png
Science Machine.png
Harnesses lightning

Wilson Portrait.png
Now I can harness the heavens!


Willow Portrait.png
All the lightning can come here!


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is wire in sky!


Wendy Portrait.png
Focuses the destruction.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Highly conductive!


Woodie Portrait.png
Weather's not going to get the drop on me now.


Waxwell Portrait.png
A little bit of protection.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
Bring with yöu lightning Dönner!


Webber Portrait.png
This might keep us safe.


Walani Portrait.png
It's powered by electricity.


Warly Portrait.png
It's powered by electricity.


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Protectin' me from th' 'eavens.


The Lightning Rod is a Science structure that attracts Lightning strikes. It requires 3 Gold Nuggets and 1 Cut Stone to craft and a Science Machine to prototype.

When placed, the Lightning Rod diverts Lightning from striking and igniting nearby flammable objects such as Berry Bushes, Saplings, Grass Tufts, and Trees. It will provide protection from strikes for about two screens of surrounding area or 40 units of distance. (See the Console/Commands page for instructions on measuring distance; distance can be measured with a Pitchfork's 4x4 dig area).

The Lightning Rod also provides a small radius of light (but not heat) after absorbing a Lightning bolt, which is just bright enough to prevent Charlie from attacking. The light lasts for a few Days and will go dark as soon as morning comes.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Reign of Giants and Shipwrecked DLCs, the cost to craft a Lightning Rod is increased to 4 Gold Nuggets.

If a Lightning Rod and a Volt Goat are in close vicinity, they both have an equal chance of being struck by Lightning.

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