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I just started playing Terraria, so forgive me if this is obvious. When mining, I found a cave with water, and at the bottom of the pool I found this strange red glowing block.

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I don't think it's crimtane, as (correct me if I'm wrong) it only spawns in Crimson biomes. Could someone tell me what this is? I can't mine it, but I'm using a "candy cane pick" I found in my inventory. (Guessing christmas)

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That's a Crimson Altar, the crimson alternative to the Demon Altar.

It's used as a crafting station to make most pre-hardmode boss items, and Night's Edge.

If you attempt to break it before defeating Wall of Flesh or with a hammer of lesser quality to the Pwnhammer, it will damage you for half of your health.

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  • One minor correction, if you try to break it in a world that is pre-hard-mode it will damage you for half your health, whether or not you have the Pwnhammer. – EtherDragon Jan 2 '14 at 18:18

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