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I've been making an underground road across my map from the spawn point to the dungeon, but I've been wondering what I should do with the stacks Ebonstone I picked up on my way through the corruption. Anything I've read has indicated the using it as a building material might not be a good idea. so, should I just purify it all? Or is there something else I can do/make with it?

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You shouldn't use it as a building material because the presence of a lot of Ebonstone causes the sky and music transition seen in the Corruption, and allows Corrupted enemies to spawn.

What you could do with it:

  • Place it in your inventory's trash slot to get rid of it; use Shift-Click for maximum efficiency.
  • Place it, then purify it to get more Stone, if you happen to be short on that (which will never happen because half the map is Stone).
  • Store it on the assumption that it does something useful at some point in the future.
  • Use it to lock a passage to players who don't have a Nightmare Pickaxe or higher yet. Then again, other materials, such as Obsidian or Hellstone, would be better suited for such purposes.
  • Use it to build a Corrupted enemy grinder for infinite Rotten Chunks.

As of patch 1.1, there are also a few more "real" uses:

  • You can combine it with Demonite Ore to make Demonite Bricks, which are a feasible building material.
  • After unlocking hardmode, the Corruption can spread via Stone Blocks as well, so you can get an Underground Corruption going by planting a few Ebonstone Blocks, then waiting for them to spread.
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  • Only thing I can add is to help farm Vile Mushroom. Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 11:45
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    @TomWijsman - I already have a Vile Mushroom farm. All I needed was dirt and corruption seeds.
    – Kurley
    Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 11:53
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    I wouldn't dump it yet, at least stuff it in a chest or something. You never know what the creators of the game will add. Not that Ebonstone is difficult to acquire, however.
    – Robb
    Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 13:57
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    If you're playing multiplayer, replace someone's stone home with ebonstone and see how long it takes them to notice.
    – Fambida
    Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 23:46
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    We usually write childish messages about other players' mothers in ebonstone, then frame it in lava and obsidian and/or hellstone. Perhaps our players have different objectives, though.
    – ccoakley
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 18:36

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