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Can NPC homes be built out of Hellstone? Will they settle in? If they do, will they take damage?

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Yes, they will move in. The only wall requirement is that it is solid. As with Spikes, NPCs do not take damage from contact with the Hellstone.

Guide living in a Hellstone house

Although Hellstone emits light, it doesn't count as a room's light source; hence the Torch.

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I'm guessing you're not fond of the Guide. – Raven Dreamer Jun 19 '11 at 19:41
@RavenDreamer I still haven't forgiven him for an act of high treason, so solitary confinement it is. Though in this case, I just wanted to make sure he does the teleporty moving-in thing that town NPCs do when nobody can see them. Also, so he wouldn't wander off again and invalidate the experiment. – a cat Jun 19 '11 at 20:32
dare I ask what treasonous act the fair-weather-friend committed? – Raven Dreamer Jun 19 '11 at 21:13
If you build the house on the ground with a lava-pit outside the door, he will constantly walk into it and die a horrible death, only to respawn and die again, for all eternity. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jun 27 '11 at 19:07
@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft A Sisyphean spawn point. I like it. – user56 Jul 13 '11 at 23:12

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