Bases are generally used as safe havens where the player can craft and organize their Inventories in relative peace. A well-enclosed area with NPCs nearby to decrease enemy spawn rates is helpful. Most bases are composed of abundant block types like Wood or Stone at first, but by the midgame players should have access to better types of Bricks.
- See also House.
A House is an enclosed area fitting certain requirements that will house an NPC, but as multiple Houses can be connected by sharing the same walls, floors, ceilings, and Doors, the individual NPC "Houses" usually become rooms within a larger building.
As NPCs are vulnerable to enemies, this should generally be one of the most secure places in a base. Keeping the NPC rooms off of the ground floor will prevent deaths from Wraiths once hardmode is enabled. Some players may not bother, however, since NPCs respawn fairly quickly.
- See also Bed.
The player's own room within the larger structure should contain a Bed, which will serve as their spawn point. If the player has a Magic Mirror, this is where they will teleport to when using it. It is better to spawn and teleport to a safe and enclosed room in your home, rather than somewhere outside in the open. Also, another useful tip is to keep your Nurse near your spawn point, so you can heal when recovering from death.
- Useful tip: you can have multiple spawn points set up by building a base away from the original spawn point, using a bed as normal, but having at least a small portion of the structure made of active stone wall. With a flick of a switch, it's no longer a valid house, and thus resets the spawn point to the original point. Hitting the switch again makes it a valid structure again, without the need to reset the spawn point. If you have a lot of money, you can wire a small world up so that you can hit a switch at the original spawn point too. Great for quick travel to necessary places. There is a limit on how far a switch can activate an object, so this also doesn't work really well for very long distances. Use mainly on small worlds.
- See also: Guide:Crafting 101#Complete station.
Having a centralized crafting area can keep things more organized. These items altogether probably warrant their own room. Keeping a Chest or two next to your crafting area is an efficient way to store and access your crafting materials quickly. The crafting stations are:
- Anvil OR Mythril Anvil
- Furnace, Hellforge OR Adamantite Forge
- Alchemy Station
- Chair combined with a Table
- Cooking Pot
- Demon Altar (Cannot be moved or placed. House must be built around one of them. See picture)
- Water (For crafting Bottled Water)
- Tinkerer's Workshop
Note that putting all crafting stations together has the downside of forcing the player to scroll through every potential crafting option to find the one that they need. Arranging the stations in a logical manner around your home may end up being more convenient.
Storage is achieved through the use of Storage items like the Chest. Storage is necessary given the amount of items that can be collected. Using a variety of different containers can make a storage area more navigable, as can using decorative items, statues, and signs. Usually players put similar types of items into the same chest(s). Some players may even wish to integrate their crafting area to provide a sort of structure.
Players may wish to organize their storage items the same way between all worlds so that they don't have to remember a new pattern for each one.
One feature added, is when you open up a chest there is a quick stack option that will allow all inventory that you carry to be added with likewise inventory of the chest.
- See also: Guide:Gardening.
A dedicated garden can keep the player supplied with a steady variety of potions. Mushrooms and herbs can both be systematically produced and gathered, providing a considerable power boost to the prepared player.
Often a minor consideration, but a player that spends a fair amount of time in a large base has a good chance that Fallen Stars will accumulate on the roof overnight. The player may consider adding access to the flat roof along its length to grab these. Depending on the layout and size of the base, a player may be able to simply jump to the ceiling from rooms inside their base, and the star will pass through the ceiling to the player.
There are two basic categories of outposts. You can build an outpost upon being ready to enter a particular biome for a first time, allowing rapid transit in and out. These outposts are minimalistic, usually just consisting of a bedroom and several chests. You can also build an outpost in a biome once you have already progressed past that point, to farm it for rare resources. These are typically more extensive, with large portions of the biome itself reconstructed to suit the player's needs.
The Underworld has valuable resources not found elsewhere, so having an outpost there is valuable once you have progressed to that point. Players often construct Hellevators to provide easy access to the Underworld. Demons can be farmed for the Demon Scythe. Fire Imps can be farmed for the Plumber's Hat. Creating an open area with wooden platforms can help facilitate the rapid farming of these creatures.
Placing an outpost in the Jungle allows the farming of a variety of resources. Jungles naturally spawn trees for wood; Piranha drop the Robot Hat, the underground variants can provide Vines, Jungle Spores, and Stingers. Players may also gather Jungle Rose, Nature's Gift, and simple Jungle Grass Seed. An artificial jungle may also be created for a more controlled environment.
Farming Harpies for feathers and Wyvern for Soul of Flight necessitates an accessible platform high in the sky. Players can also use an existing Floating Island for this purpose. An arena-style area with wooden platforms makes the fights easier.
The snow biome does not currently have an exclusive resource other than the snow itself, so building an outpost here has no practical purpose. However, players may wish to build here anyway to make use of their Candy Cane Blocks. Players should also take note that this biome can't be taken over by the corruption or hallow.
An ocean outpost is one of the more useful options, good for farming valuable Shark Fin and Coral. The easiest method is to simply build on the coast. Dedicated players with good swimming equipment can build an underground base by using pumps to remove the water from their structures. Players may also wish to place underwater light sources.
If you want to do something different, try digging a mini-mineshaft just until you bypass all the sand. Dig a horizontal tunnel 2 tiles long and dig up 3 blocks. (Be careful of the sand... Remember it is affected by gravity. Once it gets in your tunnel you can't get it out without flooding the whole base.) Once you reach this point dig 2-3 blocks across (horizontally) from the highest point of your tunnel (3-4 blocks high, if you're doing it right) Then dig a mineshaft down. If you did it right you can now make a DRY underground/ underwater base.
A base in the corruption allows the player to farm Vile Mushroom and Rotten Chunk, as well as providing a reliable location to summon the Eater of Worlds. The more valuable treasures lay deep underground; Cursed Flame and Soul of Night are both quite valuable. To capitalize on this, players may wish to clear out an area underground and connect it to their Corruption base. Advanced players may wish to build an ominous, glowing citadel of Demonite Brick.
A base in the hallow can provide Pixie Dust and Unicorn Horns. A large, flat area is best for gathering these. Underground hallow can provide Crystal Shard and Soul of Light. Several long, straight tunnels make gathering Crystal Shards faster. Players wishing to make a base that melds with the environment may want to build with Pearlstone.
Player-made structures do not come with guarantees against the local fauna or events. With this in mind, it is a good idea to prepare defenses against a variety of possible scenarios. How much effort to be invested depends entirely on the player; for example, having monsters wandering around plant farms may be no big deal but many would prefer their NPC areas to be protected.
A Meteorite crash can gouge out a huge chunk of terrain and this can be catastrophic if a direct hit occurred on a base. To protect against this a Skybridge can be built over the top of the structure to intercept the possible paths of falling meteors. When a meteorite does crash into this bridge it will change the blocks in the affected sections to Meteorite and create a hole in your skybridge. It is advisable to patrol the skybridge occasionally to check whether it needs repairing.
Floating BaseStructures do not actually have to rest on surfaces, gravity notwithstanding. Once built, the terrain surrounding the base can be dug out to create a virtual moat around it, preventing easy access by most monsters. The Guide: Base Defense article goes into this in more detail.
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