Game controls

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The default controls are listed below. These can be changed from the Controls menu in Settings on the Title Screen.

PC / Console Versions[edit | edit source]

Gameplay Controls[edit | edit source]

Action Wiki Icon PC (mouse & keyboard) PC (controller) Playstation Xbox WiiU Notes
Use item
Use / Attack
Keyboard Black Mouse Left.png RT R1 RT RZ Attack using held weapon, consume held potion, summon using held mount/minion summon item, etc.
Interact
Open / Activate
Keyboard Black Mouse Right.png Steam B.png PS4 Circle.png 360 B.png WiiU A.png Open a door or chest, activate switch, talk to NPC, edit a sign/tombstone, etc. To right click on OSX without a right click button, you need to put two fingers on the trackpad (for laptop users) before you click to make the same effect as a right click.
Aim Keyboard Black Mouse Simple.png Right analog stick Right analog stick Right analog stick Right analog stick Move the cursor or direct your attacks.
Up
▲ Up
W Left analog stick Left analog stick Left analog stick Left analog stick
Down
▼ Down
S
Left
◀ Left
A Moves your character to the left. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
Right
▶ Right
D Moves your character to the right. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
Jump
Jump
Space LT PS4 Cross.png/L3 360 A.png/L3 WiiU B.png/L3
  • Makes your character jump. Hold the key down for a higher jump.
  • Allows "swimming" upwards (repeated jumping) while underwater if Flippers, Diving Gear, or Neptune's Shell is equipped as an Accessory.
  • Pressing the Jump key while jumping will activate the ability of jumping items like Spectre Boots, Sandstorm in a Bottle, etc.
  • Holding the Jump key with Wings armed will allow you to fly for some period (depending on the Wings used), and glide slowly to the ground.
Grapple
Grapple
E Steam B.png L1 LT LZ Activates/launches the grappling hook equipped in the grappling hook slot.
Pc only.png Auto Select
Shift
Left Shift L3 When held, it will try to select the appropriate tool to interact with the object under the cursor. A light source will be selected if nothing else applies.
Smart Cursor
Ctrl
Left Ctrl R3 R3 R3 R3 Toggles the Smart Cursor. When on, it will automatically target tiles depending your current tool, to semi-automate tasks such as tunneling and building.
Pc only.png Quick Mount
R
R Steam A.png Mount or dismount the mount located in the equipment slot.
Pc only.png Quick Heal
H
H Unbound Consumes the best healing item from your inventory.
Pc only.png Quick Mana
J
J Unbound Consumes the first mana restoration item in your inventory (starting from the top-left).
Quick Buff
B
B Unbound WiiU Y.png
  • Consumes one of each type of Buff Potion in your inventory.
  • Buff Potions will not be consumed if a buff of the same type is still active.
Pc only.png Lock on Steam X.png Lock on an enemy to auto-aim all attacks. Press once to lock and again to release the lock.
Throw (discard)
Throw
Unbound Unbound PS4 Square.png 360 X.png Discards the currently selected item onto the ground as a dropped item, which can then be collected by any player. Does not inflict throwing damage. You can also throw items by opening the inventory, picking the item you want to throw away and right-clicking outside the inventory. Note that throwing throws the whole stack of items, except for torches, where only one torch will be thrown.
Inventory
Inventory
Esc Steam Y.png PS4 Triangle.png 360 Y.png WiiU X.png Opens the expanded head-up display, including inventory, crafting interface, Save and Quit (singleplayer) or Disconnect (multiplayer) controls. If autopause is enabled, the game will pause (not currently available on console). Press Start on Xbox or PS3 to pause the game (this won't open your inventory).
Pc only.png Chat
Enter
Enter Opens the chat box (multiplayer only).
Pause
Inventory
Esc Steam Y.png PS3 Start.png 360 Start.png WiiU Plus.png Pauses the game in singleplayer. On PC the game will only pause if Autopause is turned on.

Map Controls[edit | edit source]

Action Wiki Icon PC (mouse & keyboard) PC (controller) Playstation Xbox WiiU Notes
Zoom In + Unbound Touchpad (PS4) Pc only.png Zooms the minimap in. Console only.png(PS4) Pinch-out to get closer to the character (see less on screen).
Zoom Out - Unbound Pc only.png Zooms the minimap out. Console only.png(PS4) Pinch-in to get further away from the character (see more on screen).
Pc only.png Decrease Transparency PageUp Unbound Decreases transparency of the minimap.
Pc only.png Increase Transparency PageDown Unbound Increases transparency of the minimap.
Toggle Full Map
M
M Steam Start.png PS3 Select.png 360 Back.png WiiU Minus.png Opens a full-screen map. This can be zoomed in and out with the keyboard just as the minimap can, or with the mouse wheel. It can be scrolled using the directional keys or by dragging it with the mouse. The full-screen map can be dismissed by clicking the icon at the bottom left corner, or by pressing the inventory key, or the Map key again. In multiplayer, it will also show all players. On the console versions, you can select your team from this screen.
Pc only.png Toggle Map Style
Tab ↹
Tab Steam Back.png Cycles the minimap between the three modes: portrait, overlay, and hidden. See Map for more details.

Hotbar Controls[edit | edit source]

Action Wiki Icon PC (mouse & keyboard) PC (controller) Playstation Xbox WiiU Notes
Cycle Left / Right Keyboard Black Mouse Middle.png LB / RB L2 / R2 LB / RB L / R Cycles the selected item in the hotbar left or right.
Pc only.png Hotbar direct selection
0-9
0-9 Unbound Selects an item from the hotbar (1 being the leftmost, and 0 being the rightmost). The hotbar is the uppermost row of the inventory, i.e. the top 10 slots. The item is merely selecteded; to actually use it click the left mouse button after making a selection.
Radial Hotbar Hold RB Opens a radial hotbar where items can be selected with any analog stick. Releasing RB selects the item.
D-Pad Hotbar D-Pad D-Pad D-Pad D-Pad Items can be bound to the D-pad by opening the inventory, selecting an item and pressing a direction on the D-pad. That item can then be equipped in the hotbar immediately by pressing that direction on the D-pad during gameplay.

Others[edit | edit source]

Action Wiki Icon PC (mouse & keyboard) PC (controller) Playstation Xbox WiiU Notes
Pc only.png Toggle Debug
F7
F7 Toggles debugging info.
Pc only.png Toggle Tx/Rx
F8
F8 Toggles multiplayer connectivity debug info. In singleplayer, all values are 0 and do not change.
Pc only.png Lighting Setting
F9
F9 Cycles through the 4 lighting settings: Color, White, Retro and Trippy, in that order.
Pc only.png Toggle FPS
F10
F10 Toggles FPS (frames per second) display.
Pc only.png Toggle HUD
F11
F11 Toggles visibility of the HUD (heads-up display).

Inventory[edit | edit source]

  • To remove one item from a stack, right click on it. Hold down the right mouse button to increase the number of items to be removed from the stack.
  • To place objects directly from your inventory, left click to select the item, then left click to place it or right click to discard it.
  • To place objects directly from your inventory into the Trash Can hold shift down while clicking the item. This can be used to quickly free up space in your inventory.
  • To favorite an item (making it unable to be quick stacked, quick trashed, thrown, or deposited) hover over the item and press Alt + Left Click. A border should appear letting you know that the item is favorited. Do note that placing favorited equipment onto your equipment slots and placing them back in your inventory will remove the favorite status on the equipment, in which case you are going to need to Alt + Left Click again.

NPC[edit | edit source]

  • To interact with an NPC approach close enough that a speech bubble appears on the target when you move the mouse cursor to it. Then click the right mouse button.
  • When buying items from an NPC, hold down the right mouse button to increase the number of items purchased.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • Right-clicking on a piece of equipment, including one located in a Social slot, will swap it with its corresponding Armor or Accessory slot.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • To read a sign, tombstone, or the name of a chest, hover your cursor over it.
  • When crafting, hold down the right mouse button to rapidly craft a number of items (the speed increases as long as you hold down the button).

Mobile Version[edit | edit source]

Action Touch Ios icon.png MFi* Controller Notes
Use item Tap and hold / Single tap R2 Attack using held weapon, consume held potion, summon using held mount/minion summon item, etc.
Interact Steam B.png Open a door or chest, activate switch, talk to NPC, edit a sign/tombstone, etc.
Up / Jump Left thumbpad Left analog stick

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Steam A.png

Down
Left Moves your character to the left. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
Right Moves your character to the right. Hold the key down for continuous movement.
Grapple Swipe From Character L2 Sends the grappling hook in the direction swiped. This action, however, is very unreliable.
Quick-Use item Move right thumbpad Right analog stick Attacks, breaks, or places tiles in the direction the analog stick is held. If a consumable item is selected, it will be consumed.
Auto-Attack Tap and hold right thumbpad R3 Attacks in the direction of the targeted enemy. The nearest enemy is automatically targeted, this can be changed by tapping on another enemy.
Throw (discard) Drag item from hotbar Steam X.png Tosses the currently selected item a few squares in the direction the item is dragged. Note that throwing throws the whole stack of items.
Pause Tap "..." on hotbar Steam Start.png Opens settings, such as saving and quitting, or changing teams. The game will automatically pause, unless you are on a multiplayer server.
Zoom in Pinch-out D-Pad Pinch-out to get closer to the character (see less on screen).
Zoom out Pinch-in Pinch-in to get further away from the character (see more on screen).
Toggle Full Map Zoom out far enough Zooming out far enough will open the map. Zooming in on the map will return to normal gameplay
Cycle Hotbar

Left / Right

L1 / R1 Cycles the selected item in the hotbar left or right.
Hotbar direct selection Tap hotbar Selects the item tapped on the hotbar. The hotbar is the uppermost row of the inventory, i.e. the top 5-10 slots. If it is a consumable, it will automatically be used right away.

*MFi stands for "Made For iPhone". Buying an MFi controller will guarantee it working properly on iOS. Extensive list of MFi controllers

Mobile only.png Terraria for iOS and Android had PlayStation 3 controller support in earlier versions, but this was removed in a later update.

Inventory / Storage Tab[edit | edit source]

  • Tap and drag an item to move it, or switch its position with another.
  • Drag the inventory screen up or down to see more of the inventory.
  • Selecting an item and tapping the "Split Stack" button (the button with stacked coins) will take one item and place it in a new stack. If a new stack has been recently created, the item will be added to that one instead.
  • Selecting armor or an accessory and tapping the Equip button (labeled with a helmet and a player's head) will automatically equip it in an armor or accessory slot. If the respective armor slot is full, it will be equipped in the vanity slot. Dragging an item to the Equipment tab and releasing will equip it in the same manner.
  • Selecting an item the Storage tab Tapping the Take button will add it to your inventory. Dragging an item to the Inventory tab and releasing will take it in the same manner.
  • Holding an item over a tab for a while will switch to that tab.

Equipment Tab[edit | edit source]

  • Any equipable item will automatically be equipped when crafted, bought, picked up, or when the Take button is pressed in the Storage tab.
  • Selecting an item and tapping the Unequip button (labeled with a helmet and a player's head) will unequip it and place it in the Inventory

Crafting Tab[edit | edit source]

  • Tap a recipe and tap Craft to craft one of the item.
  • Tap and hold Craft to craft multiple items (the speed increases as you hold the button)

NPC Shop Tab[edit | edit source]

  • Selecting an item and tapping Buy will buy the item if you have enough money.
  • Hitting Sell in the Inventory tab, or simply dragging an item to the Shop tab will sell it.
  • The Goblin Tinkerer has an additional spot above the shop. Dragging an item here and selecting Reforge will reforge it.

History[edit | edit source]

  • 1.3.1: Controller support for PC, easier binding.
  • 1.3.0.1: Added favorite option for items in your inventory and the mount hotkey.
  • 1.2.3: Added support for Ctrl+Z, X, C, and V (clear line, cut line, copy line, and paste into line respectively). Added support for Shift+Insert, Shift+Delete, Ctrl+Insert (paste, cut, and copy respectively).
  • 1.2.0.1: Added map control.
  • 1.1.1: Keybindings will no longer sometimes be set to "None" automatically.
  • 1.1:
    • Items Pulsate when hold on the mouse cursor so they stand out against other items on the UI.
    • Items move freely and rotate when falling after being dropped or thrown.
    • F7 shows game debug information.
    • F8 shows connectivity debug information.
    • F9 changes lighting setting.
    • Added 'Auto Select' hotkey.
    • Added ability to place items directly from open inventory.
  • 1.0.6:
  • 1.0.5: Added hotkeys for quickly drinking healing, mana, and buff potions. The healing/mana potion you use is based on the same principle arrows are. Topleft most item first. The buff potions are all used at once.
Game mechanics
 
Combat Attack speed • Autoswing • Pc only.png Mobile only.png 3DS logo.svg Combat Targeting • Critical hit • Damage • Knockback • Minions • Velocity
Environment Ambient objects • Day and night cycle • Environment • Event • Map size • Moon • Music • NPC despawning • NPC spawning • Status messages • World Seed
Interface Minimap • Logo • Title messages
Items Consumable • Crafting stations (By Hand) • Crossover content • Mining speed • Modifiers • NPC drops • Placement • Pickaxe Power • Rarity • Storage • Use time • Value
Game Pc only.png Settings (desktop version) Pc only.png Config.json • Pc only.png Camera mode • Data IDs • Difficulty • Pc only.png Expert mode • Game controls • Lighting mode • NPC names
Multiplayer Chat • Multiplayer
Player Breath meter • Buffs and Debuffs • Death • Defense • Drowning • Fall damage • Ghost • Health • Health regeneration • Inventory • Mana • Player stats • Spawn