The Meat Bulb, also more commonly known as the Lureplant, is a hostile plant which is so named for its behavior of dangling meats to attract prey. Like Krampus, The Lureplant has its own inventory, which is filled with the items its Eyeplants (see below) have consumed but not yet digested. It has the capability of consuming and digesting just about anything that can fit in the player's inventory. The default digestion time for an item consumed by a Lureplant is 20 seconds. This makes it hard and inefficient to use the Lureplant to collect/farm common items, and makes it a hazard if any rare items are consumed.
When it is ready to produce a lure but no meat is available, it will produce Leafy Meat as a lure instead. This lure, along with any other meats the Lureplant may use as bait, may be harvested by unequipping any weapon such that the option to "harvest meat" appears instead of "attack". When a meat is successfully harvested from a Lureplant, all Eyeplants will disappear, and the bulb will revert to a "just planted" look. The bulb will not display another meat until it is capable of producing Eyeplants, 2 days later. If a Lureplant dangles the same lure for more than the time it takes for the lure to spoil, harvesting it will give nothing. The player can hit the Lureplant to make it retract its empty tendril, and soon, it'll come out again with a fresh Leafy Meat. During Winter, Lureplants will withdraw their roots and Eyeplants, producing no lures.
With normal damage modifier characters, Lureplants take 9 hits with a Spear; 8 with a Bat Bat; 6 with a Tentacle Spike, Ham Bat, and Thulecite Club; and 5 with a Dark Sword to be killed. Killing the Lureplant will also allow the player to collect the Leafy Meat, in addition to any items the Lureplant has collected in its inventory, provided they have not yet been digested. Additionally, a Lureplant will always drop a Fleshy Bulb after death, which may be replanted on any valid terrain.
A new Lureplant will spawn every 12 to 15 days with default settings. They only spawn in a location situated within a certain distance of any area the player has previously walked. This can be where the player is standing currently (on screen), but it actually has a range well beyond what one uncovers on the map, so it may not be noticed right away. However, unlike other changes to the landscape, the map updates immediately when a Lureplant has spawned, without requiring the player revisit the location. This makes detecting a Lureplant spawn easier.
The Lureplant's bulb itself does not possess any offensive or defensive capabilities, relying instead on the Eyeplants surrounding it for protection and sustenance.
An Eyeplant is an aggressive, stationary mob that spawns from a Lureplant, which will consume (including food from Crock Pots, Farms, and Drying Racks; Tooth Traps; and thrown Boomerangs) or attack anything that gets too close. They will not, however, consume Backpacks or any other container. A single Lureplant is capable of sustaining up to 27 Eyeplants at once, which will generally spawn within a radius of 3 turf tiles.
The Eyeplants are not very durable and will quickly retreat underground after receiving 30 HP in damage. As long as the lure remains, however, new Eyeplants will pop up again after only a short interval. If an Eyeplant is attacked, the Lureplant from which it was spawned will withdraw the lure. After a short period of time, the Lureplant will once again deploy the lure.
Both the Lureplant and the Eyeplants are highly vulnerable to fire. Once one catches fire, it will quickly spread to the others, and they remain on fire until death. Lureplants that die in this manner destroy most of the items they have collected, though there is a chance for some items to emerge unscathed, including its current lure and Fleshy Bulb.
With normal damage modifier characters, Eyeplants will retreat into the ground with a single hit from all dedicated weapons making it fairly straightforward for the player to carve a path through to the lureplant itself.
Eyeplants cannot emerge from certain terrain types of terrain (crafted turfs, Cave Rock and Rocky Turf, Spider creep, or Sandy Turf (RoG). This makes Leafy Meat farms viable if bulbs are planted near a great deal of turf that Eyeplants cannot grow on. A good way to do this is to move a single square of viable turf (such as savannah) into the rockyland biome and plant the bulb there. Better yet is to remove a section of turf, plant the Lureplant(s), and then replace the turf.
Eyeplants will not spawn during winter (i.e. the parent Lureplant effectively "hibernates" until winter is over); any Eyeplants that have already spawned will de-spawn when winter arrives, and the Lureplant will look "just planted" for the rest of the season.
Downloadable Content Edit
Lureplants have a different spawning mechanic in the Reign of Giants (RoG) and Shipwrecked (SW) DLC. Instead of spawning near the locations player has been to in the past, they spawn around the current location of the player periodically during specific seasons. Lureplants naturally spawn during Spring in RoG and during Monsoon Season and Dry Season in SW. During these seasons, a new Lureplant will try to spawn every 6 to 7 days, 40 to 80 units (10 to 20 Pitchfork tiles) away from the player's location at the spawn time. No Lureplants will spawn if no suitable location is found, and the timer will be reset to try to spawn again in 6 to 7 days.
- Can be planted near a Grass or Twig farm since Eyeplants will automatically harvest them. Planting Saplings or Grass Tufts too close together will prevent the Eyeplants from being able to reach them all. Placing the plants in a grid shape, about the size of the Pitchfork's grid display, should allow sufficient space. It would be advisable to place this farm a moderate distance from a base, so as to prevent the Lureplant from consuming materials when the player doesn't intend to harvest them. If done correctly, this can greatly decrease the time needed to harvest twigs and grass.
- Can be placed in an area where they will enter conflict with other creatures such as near Spider Dens.
- Can be farmed for its Leafy Meat. To take the lure without attacking it, unequip any weapon and left-click the Lureplant. The Leafy Meat can then be eaten, used to recruit Pigs, or fed to a caged bird in exchange for a fresh Egg.
- Since it is capable of digesting items it has consumed, it can be used to dispose of unwanted objects.
- Fleshy Bulbs can be used as fuel, and Lureplants, if left long enough, create more Lureplants nearby. This allows for a slow yet self replenishing fuel source.
- Can be used to empty Beehives and Killer Bee Hives to get Honey and Honeycombs or to safely open paths blocked by Killer Bee Hives.
- When planted a small distance away from one's camp, they can protect the area from Spiders, Merms, or any other hostile Mobs.
- Eyeplants are also good for dealing with Hounds. Plant a Lureplant near a base, leaving room for Eyeplants to spawn. When a pack of Hounds appear, simply run over to the Lureplant and circle around the Eyeplants. The Hounds will aggro on the Eyeplants and they will make short work of them. Take caution when dealing with Red Hounds though, as they can light up the entire Lureplant system and possibly burn its Fleshy Bulb to Ashes.
- Eyeplants can be killed with a Bat Bat as they spawn quite quickly. However, this method should only be used if the player can deal with the Sanity loss.
- A large number of Eyeplants can spawn around a Lureplant very rapidly, so it is important to remember not to plant it in a base or near anything that is obtainable and valuable (e.g. Berry Bushes, Farms).
- If placed strategically, Lureplants are very useful as an offensive or defensive tool. Players can lure their foes into the Eyeplants, which will bite them and initiate combat, usually resulting in the foes being defeated. Note, however, this will almost certainly not work against stronger enemies, especially giants.
- For easy access to the bulb at the center, one can place certain turfs (see article) or a dense path of Saplings, Grass Tufts, etc., leading inward. If the objects making the path are close enough, Eyeplants will not be able to spawn where these objects are laid.
- If one chooses to plant Lureplants in a group to make a farm for their Leafy Meat, a lot of hard turf is required to prevent any Eyeplants from growing. If there isn't enough flooring, the spawned Eyeplants will keep attacking each other, causing the owning Lureplants to repeatedly withdraw their lures, making them tedious to harvest.
- Check the map every couple of days to see if any Lureplants have spawned. This can be helpful if one simply needs a Lureplant, or if a Lureplant spawns in a place where one wouldn't want them to be, like in Pig Villages or near farms.
- Placing a Lureplant near Ponds will result in the Eyeplants attacking any Frogs that come near, which in turn causes Frogs to flock to attack. If a Frog attacks the Lureplant itself, an item it has not digested will come flying out (just like when a player is attacked). This can sometimes allow the player to get free Frog Legs, as well as Leafy Meat, without harvesting or destroying the bulb.
- In addition, if the Lureplant is placed on turf that prevents Eyeplants from spawning near Ponds, the Frogs will repeatedly steal the Leafy Meat and the Lureplant will immediately produce more. This will result in a large amount of Leafy Meat from one Lureplant in a short span of time, but the Lureplant will be killed quite often.
- The player can use a Lureplant to harvest Birds and Rabbits. Create a living minefield using 2-3 Lureplants, and head to the middle while wearing a Feather Hat or using Birds of the World as Wickerbottom. This will result in many Birds flocking to the character and being eaten by the Eyeplants. Smash the plant to take the reward. Using this tactic is the best way of harvesting Morsels and Feathers quickly and without raising one's naughtiness level or wasting other items.
- A similar effect can be achieved by planting Lureplants near abundant Rabbit Holes.
- Pigs from a Pig Village can be used to attack Eyeplants surrounding a Lureplant. Neutral Pigs will come to the aid of their brethren if they are attacked by Eyeplants. The Pigs may then carve a way through the Eyeplants to allowing the player to harvest or kill the Lureplant.
- Using a friendly Pig, one may use it to assist in carving a path to the Lureplant. When there is a way through, the Pig may eat the "meat" of the Lureplant, killing the rest of the Eyeplants. Using this technique is recommended only if the intention is ridding the Lureplant, not harvest.
- Having a Lureplant farm with 13 Lureplants is enough to satisfy Hunger needs for a character with a default hunger modifier, except during Winter where Leafy Meat is not produced. Leafy Meats need to be harvested as soon as they are available, and must be cooked before eaten.
- It is possible for an Eyeplant to attack other Eyeplants if they come from different Lureplants.
- Lureplants were added to the game in the It's Not a Rock! update.
- Lureplants began "hibernating" in the Winter after the Strange New Powers update.
- The fact that the Lureplant attracts prey with leafy meat and digests their meat and items after the Eyeplants kill and eat them is likely based on the Pitcher Plant, a plant that attracts insects with a sweet scent, which then end up slipping into its body due to the slippery rim, where it then digests them.
- If an Eyeplant consumes a Boomerang, the player will be harmed upon harvesting the Lureplant. This is because the Boomerang does not lose its momentum after being eaten.
- If the game crashes for any reason after the Lureplant has been killed but before the Eyeplants retreat, upon loading the game, there may be independent Eyeplants with no parent Lureplant.
- If the player is standing directly next to the ocean when placing a Lureplant, they may be pushed onto the ocean with almost no way of returning to the land.
- If one attacks a Lureplant immediately after it has been placed it will settle immediately and produce a lure shortly after.
- If a Lureplant catches fire and is extinguished, it may stop producing Eyeplants and lures.
- If a Frog attacks the Meat Bulb, it is possible for it to be able to give out endless amounts of Leafy Meat as long as the player constantly heals it.
- If a player stands next to an Eyeplant while it consumes something, the game may crash. This happens especially when the Lureplant is "killed" and the eyeplant tries to consume something before it despawns.
- In Shipwrecked a lone Eyeplant will sometimes spawn without a Lureplant.
- In Shipwrecked, Lureplants can be planted on the ocean. Eyeplants will not spawn on the surrounding ocean tiles and Leafy Meat can still be harvested.