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Sometimes when traversing the world, you will get the message "An entity has timed out".

What does "An entity has timed out" mean, does it always relate to the same entity, perhaps the Unusual Hilichurl?

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Based on a post on the official game forums that text is a fail-safe message that was added in version 1.1.

Basically, the general idea is that due to either lag or button mashing it is sometime possible to interact multiple times with an item that you should be able to interact with only once: a common example is picking up an item by mashing the pick-up button. At that point the client triggers multiple "pick-up item" messages to the server...but since the server obviously knows that you can "pick-up" the item only once, the other attempts receive the aforementioned error message.

Note that apparently this was a thing in previous versions too - you were never able to trick the game and pick up an item multiple times, simply previously the error was silently ignored with no feedback: all that v. 1.1 changed was adding a specific message for the user.

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    This also applies to "duration" items. The two most common being Fireflies and and Elemental Particles, but really can include any harvestable animal that "runs away" and despawns, such as crabs or frogs.
    – aslum
    Commented Feb 5, 2021 at 20:36
  • @aslum I have seen it with chests, too, if you "open" them twice in quick succession. Commented Apr 22, 2021 at 15:12

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