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Well, what I tried to do was completely cleanse a Corruption area. I assumed it's all about the grass, since that seems to be how the Corruption spreads, and other biomes (such as the Underground Jungle) work like that.

So, I bought a few stacks of Purification Powder and Sunflowers, and purified every bit of Corrupted grass I could find.

It didn't completely work, however. Slimes/Zombies now spawn, but so do Eaters of Souls, still — and the music hasn't changed.

Is there something else that has to be done to completely eradicate the Corruption? (I've already smashed every single Shadow Orb; I doubled checked using the World Viewer.)

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The Eaters of Souls spawn when Ebonstone is present. You need to mine or purify all of that.

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Oh. Well, that makes sense and is really annoying. Screw getting rid of the Corruption then, there's tons of the stuff... – a cat Jun 6 '11 at 2:04
you need quite a bit of ebonstone in close proximity, though, so move on as soon as the music stops and don’t hunt down every single piece. – flying sheep Jun 12 '11 at 17:51
Good point. You don't need to mine/purify all the Ebonstone. Thanks. – user9983 Jun 12 '11 at 17:56

You can do this a lot faster with Dynamite. ;)

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True, but in this case "faster" means "still a lot more time than I'm willing to invest, given how effective my current solution already is". Also, expensive. – a cat Jun 12 '11 at 17:51
@lunboks: You are still left with the monsters that spawn above, so it's more efficient to remove the upper half of the chasms with dynamite... ;) – Tom Wijsman Jun 12 '11 at 17:56

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