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A typical Floating Island

A Floating Island is a mass of isolated Forest land that is located generally well above the world's main land mass and can be found all the way up to Space. Each world will contain at least one Floating Island, up to a possible eight maximum in large worlds. Their location makes them susceptible to Harpies in pre-hardmode, Wyverns and Arch Wyverns (Console only.png Mobile only.png) in Hardmode. Being at such high altitude, players usually experience reduced gravity when navigating them.

Floating Islands are one of two natural floating masses that can generate in a Terraria world, the other being Floating Lakes. Both are similar in size and placement, and both rest atop Cloud and Rain Cloud blocks with background Cloud Walls.

  • Floating Lakes consist of nothing more than a large body of water resting in Cloud and Rain Cloud blocks. There will generally be relatively few of these in a world.
  • Floating Islands contain little to no water, and instead have Forest land resting in its Cloud blocks, along with a natural structure.

A Floating Island's structure is constructed from Sunplate Block, Disc Wall, and Glass Wall. It will always contain one Skyware Chest along with other random Skyware furniture. Each Skyware Chest contains either a Lucky Horseshoe, Starfury, Shiny Red Balloon, or Sky Mill, along with other typical Forest chest loot. Unique items are chosen at random, with the restriction that all four unique items must be spawned at least once before truly random unique items spawn on any remaining Islands.

Map Size Max Islands Approximate Height
Small 4 250 - 600 ft. (125 - 300 tiles)
Medium 7 450 - 800 ft (225 - 400 tiles)
Large 8 650 - 1000 ft. (325 - 500 tiles)

Contents[edit | edit source]

Floating Island
Characters Unique Treasures Unique Drops For Sale
Harpy.png Harpy

During Hardmode:


During Hardmode: Console only.png Mobile only.png

Arch Wyvern.png
Arch Wyvern

From Skyware Chests:

Lucky Horseshoe.png Lucky Horseshoe
Starfury.png Starfury
Shiny Red Balloon.png Shiny Red Balloon
Sky Mill.png Sky Mill

From the structure:

Skyware Chest.png Skyware Chest
Skyware Table.png Skyware Table
Skyware Chair.png Skyware Chair
Gravity Banner.png Gravity Banner
Sun Banner.png Sun Banner
World Banner.png World Banner
From terrain:
Cloud.png Cloud
Rain Cloud.png Rain Cloud
Sunplate Block.png Sunplate Block
Cloud Wall.png Cloud Wall
Disc Wall.png Disc Wall
Glass Wall.png Glass Wall

From Harpy:

Feather.png Feather
Giant Harpy Feather.png Giant Harpy
Harpy Banner.png Harpy Banner

From Wyvern:

Soul of Flight.png Soul of Flight
Wyvern Banner.png Wyvern Banner

From Arch Wyvern: Console only.pngMobile only.png

Soul of Flight.png Soul of Flight
Arch Wyvern Banner.png Arch Wyvern
Shadow Key.png Shadow Key Mobile only.png

From Fishing:

Damselfish.png Damselfish
Sky Crate.png Sky Crate Pc only.png Pc only.png

From Painter:

Place Above the Clouds.png Place Above
the Clouds
Sky Guardian.png Sky Guardian
(Hardmode only)

Floating Lake[edit | edit source]

Pc only.png Desktop-Only Content: This information (or parts of it) applies only to the desktop version of Terraria.
A typical Floating Lake.

A Floating Lake is a mass of isolated Cloud and Water found in the sky, generally well above the surface. Unlike floating islands, they do not have Sunplate Block structures, or any of their contents.

Floating Lakes consist of a large body of water atop Cloud and Rain Cloud blocks with background Cloud Walls. The body of water is usually quite large, making it viable for Fishing. Some fish exclusive to the elevation can be fished from these, like the Damselfish. Floating Lakes can rarely contain Water Chests.

Achievement(s)[edit | edit source]

Trophy Is This Heaven.png Is This Heaven?"You have found a floating island!"
Discover your first Floating Island. Console only.png Mobile only.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Floating Islands are randomly placed somewhere in the upper sixth of the map, but never within the center 160 lateral tiles. Verify
    • A corrupted sky island.
      Since the upper sixth of a small map is only 200 tiles high, Floating Islands and Floating Lakes can still occur in the center 160 lateral tiles.
  • Upon entering Hardmode, Floating Islands can become Corrupted or Hallowed if they fall within the path of the initial transformation.
  • The cabins found on Floating Islands can become valid Houses for NPCs once a light source is added.
  • Though meteors endeavor to avoid striking within 25 blocks of chests and NPCs, they may still sometimes impact Floating Islands.
  • Floating Lakes are not counted against the spawn limit for Floating Islands, eg. there can be 5 Floating Islands on a medium-sized world and still more than one Floating Lake in addition.
  • It is possible to spawn on top of a floating island when creating a new world. While this can grant immediate access to very good items, it can make reaching the rest of the world impossible without bringing in items from another world, as unless a lucky horseshoe is in the sky chest or there is an easily reachable body of water below, there is no way to survive the fall to the ground. (One way around this is to build a staircase downward, go to the top of the staircase and mine to the bottom, and continue the staircase in the same manner until reaching Terraria firma).
  • Not all worlds will provide all the unique treasures the Skyware Chest can offer, meaning that you may have to access at least one other world or fish for Sky Crates (Pc only.png) to get all the special loot.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Floating Islands can be located using a long-range weapon with a ricocheting projectile, such as the water bolt. The projectile's return will signify a landmass above.
    • A bow can search for islands, as well, if you shoot straight upwards with a high-velocity arrow straight upwards; if only some arrows return, there is a sky island. (This only works on small worlds due to the height of the islands in larger worlds.)
  • Gravitation Potions make locating and accessing Floating Islands much easier.
  • Floating Islands will catch Fallen Stars. Areas on the overworld in which Fallen Stars rarely or never fall may have a Floating Island above.
  • Sometimes sky islands generate over dungeons, making them easy to get to using wings or rocket boots, and a grappling hook.
  • Using a gravity globe can also be helpful, as it gives you endless gravitation.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Floating Islands were originally made out of Dirt and Stone Blocks. The house was either made of Gold, Silver or Copper Bricks with a single Gold Chest inside, causing it to resemble a shrine. Grass vines hanging below the island could be used to locate it as projectiles would make noise when destroying them.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Sky Lakes introduced to make sky fishing easier.
  • 1.2: Chests no longer require keys and islands have been revamped.
  • 1.0.6: Gold Chests are now replaced with locked chests.
  • 1.0.5: Common Chests are now replaced with Gold Chests.
  • Pre-Release: Introduced.
Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • The Corruption • The Crimson • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Underground Snow • Pc only.png Underground Desert • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Special Biomes Meteorite • Pc only.png Granite Cave • Pc only.png Marble Cave • Spider Nest • Bee Hive • Dungeon • Lihzahrd Temple
Other Living Tree • Pc only.png Enchanted Sword Shrine • Floating Island • Underground Cabin • Chasm • Pyramid • Jungle Shrine • Pc only.png Living Mahogany Tree • Mobile only.png Jungle Sanctum • Ruined House