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I've heard people talk (or at least, saw them write on forums) that they summoned meteors to create meteorite weapons and armor.

How do I exactly spawn these meteors and what can I make out of meteor?

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Meteors can fall naturally (but fairly rarely) in game, but can also be summoned by breaking shadow orbs. These orbs, which are purple looking and float around can be found at the bottom of chasms in areas of corruption, and can be broken with hammer type weapons, or dynamite. For more info, see this wiki page: Shadow Orb

As for what can be made, this is from the wiki: http://terraria.gamepedia.com/Meteorite_Bar

Meteorite bars are made from six meteorite ores. Meteor bars can be used to create the much coveted Hamaxes, Space Guns, Star Cannons and Phaseblades. They are also used for making meteor shot which is ammo like musket balls but stronger, and Meteorite Armor.

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Am I correct that if you break shadow orbs It's also possible that the eye of cthulu or the eater of worlds can spawn? –  Sir Ksilem May 24 '11 at 9:44
    
@Sir Ksilem — The Eater spawns every third orb. It's believed that the Eye can spawn randomly any time an orb is broken, but it hasn't been rigorously tested and the devs aren't saying. Check out the official wiki for details. –  Ben Blank May 24 '11 at 14:46
    
Wow, good to know. I have never had an eye spawn due to an orb.. Maybe its because I generally break them during the day? –  James May 24 '11 at 16:55

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