When placed, the Lightning Rod diverts Lightning from striking and igniting nearby flammable objects such as Berry Bushes, Saplings, Grass Tufts, and Trees. It will provide protection from strikes for about two screens of surrounding area or 40 units of distance. (See the Console/Commands page for instructions on measuring distance; distance can be measured with a Pitchfork's 4x4 dig area).
The Lightning Rod also provides a small radius of light (but not heat) after absorbing a Lightning bolt, which is just bright enough to prevent Charlie from attacking. The light lasts for a few Days and will go dark as soon as morning comes.
Reign of Giants Edit
In the Reign of Giants DLC, the cost to craft a Lightning Rod is increased to 4 Gold Nuggets.
If a Lightning Rod and Volt Goat are in close vicinity, they both have an equal chance of being struck by Lightning.
In the Shipwrecked DLC, the cost to craft a Lightning Rod is increased to 4 Gold Nuggets.
- The Lightning Rod was added in the Doorway To Adventure update.
- Some characters comment as if they can harness the power of the Lightning Rod, which may suggest future plans for the charged Lightning Rod.
- A charged Lightning Rod will make electrical sounds and animations for cosmetic effect.