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I plugged it a long time ago.


A Sinkhole is the entrance to a Cave and can be found randomly in the world. Each Sinkhole leads to a new Cave or Ruin. The cave-side of a sinkhole is a staircase or cave-exit.

When first discovered, the Sinkhole will be a Plugged Sinkhole and is covered with a jagged rubble mound; Player can usually tell they are close to a Plugged Sinkhole on the surface when they find Rocks lying about in the Biomes for no reason. Mining the Plug reveals the hole with a rope going down into its depths while providing Flint and Rocks on the surface and Thulecite, as well as Thulecite Fragments underground. It takes six hits from a Pickaxe to unplug it. Once unplugged, up to 6 Batilisks will spawn quickly from the Sinkhole at dusk and return underground in the morning. If Batilisks are killed, they will respawn at a rate of 1 per minute until the maximum of 6 has been reached.

There are only three Sinkholes in a surface world and one for each Cave. Plugged and open Sinkholes are marked on a map by a gray mound and a hole with a red arrow pointing downwards, respectively.

On default settings, the three surface Sinkholes are guaranteed to spawn in the following locations:

The number of sinkholes in the world settings can only be "Default" and "None".

Thulecite Sinkholes are usually found on Stalagmite Terrain.

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In the Hamlet DLC, Sinkhole can be found in Pinacle Biome, which can only be accessible via BFB. Sinkhole in this DLC doesn't lead to a new Cave. Instead, it leads to a cave system similar to the Ancient Pig Ruins and Mant Hill, consisting of a series of connected rooms. In one of the rooms there will be a Stone Plug in the middle of the back wall. Mining this rock will trigger a single Earthquake, which will create a passage out of the caves. This passage will lead to one Cave Cleft on any of the other 4 islands, regardless of whether or not it had been explored.

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  • Setting up a base in close proximity to a sinkhole is ill-advised as the player will be constantly attacked by Batilisks at dusk and night.

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  • The sinkholes were plugged up by Maxwell a long time ago, as revealed upon his examination quote.
  • Basalt found in previously generated worlds were actually placeholders for Sinkholes and were turned into Sinkholes when the Caves update was released.
  • Sinkholes originally had a lighter gray color.

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