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Use this to move down a level in the mines.
Source CraftingDesert Trader
Sell Price Cannot be sold
Recipe Source Mining Skill Icon.png Mining (Level 2)
Ingredients Stone.png Stone (99)

The Staircase is a craftable item used to instantly create a ladder that leads down one floor in The Mines or Skull Cavern. It cannot be placed on floors 0 or 120 of the mines.

Staircases work just like the game-supplied down-ladders. Each one works only for one use. Leaving the mine or returning to a higher floor will result in the staircase being permanently gone. In addition, once a staircase has been placed, it cannot be picked up again, even if it has not been used.

Stone can be bought from Robin at the Carpenter's Shop if the player does not have enough. In game year 1, the cost is 99 Stones × data-sort-value="20">Gold.png20g = data-sort-value="1980">Gold.png1,980g per staircase. In game year 2+, the cost is 99 Stones × data-sort-value="100">Gold.png100g = data-sort-value="9900">Gold.png9,900g per staircase. The Desert Trader will trade staircases for one Jade each on Sundays.


  • Use a staircase to evade one or more monster fights, especially infested floors. Some mine floors can be especially challenging. Consider upgrading weapons instead, though.
  • Use staircases in the Skull Cavern to descend quickly to lower floors for greater chances of valuable items, like Iridium Ore and Prismatic Shards.
    • Note that staircases cannot be placed on the brickwork patterns and tillable areas on the ground of the cavern.
  • Using Jade from Crystalariums for staircases at the Desert Trader on Sundays and putting them in deconstructors can net the player massive amounts of stone quickly.


Placing a staircase in the pants slot of the player's inventory turns it into a secret clothing item.