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How can I break the corrupted rock?

I'm in the corruption, and I noticed that the rock here is indestructible. Why?

Unbreakable rock

The block type I'm facing can't be destroyed


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That is ebonstone and it can only be broken with higher tier pickaxes.

From your screenshot, it looks like you have either an iron pickaxe or a silver pickaxe, neither of which are strong enough to destroy the ebonstone.

It is possible to destroy before you obtain the higher tier pickaxes using one of these methods:

  • Dynamite
    • You can find dynamite in chests, or buy it from the Demolitionist if you have managed to get him to move in yet
  • Purification powder
    • You can buy this from the Dryad if you have managed to get her to move in yet; after using the powder on the ebonstone, you will be able to mine the stone normally with your current pickaxe
  • Careful with dynamite in the Corruption. Breaking Shadow Orbs, while awesome, after 3 spawns a nasty boss.
    – Robb
    Jun 14, 2011 at 14:32
  • If you want a picaxe that can mine Ebonstone, you will need, at least a Nightmare Pickaxe. It is ranking just above the Gold Picaxe, and it can mine any type of block. More info on how to get it here: terraria.wikia.com/wiki/Nightmare_Pickaxe
    – Simon
    Jun 14, 2011 at 14:48
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    Or take a peek at the other wiki :) wiki.terrariaonline.com/Nightmare_Pickaxe
    – James
    Jun 14, 2011 at 19:39

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