- See also: Recipes
The crafting aspect is slightly different across different versions of Terraria. To access the crafting menu, press the
key while in-game. This will bring up the heads-up display, showing your Inventory
, equipment slots, and other options. The crafting menu is located in the bottom left of your screen, as indicated in the image below.
On the Mobile Version
, press the button with 3 dots on it to access your full inventory, and on Console
, press △
. From there, you may switch tabs to access the crafting interface.
The items that can be currently crafted will appear in this menu. Your crafting options are determined by the items you have in your inventory, as well as your proximity to various Crafting Station. Next to a selected item's icon in the list is where its Crafting Recipe appears.
To navigate this menu, you can click or use the mouse wheel to scroll through items. You can also see all craftable items at once by clicking the hammer icon below the word "Crafting". To select an item (as depicted by a yellow border), simply click on it, and to craft it, click it again. The newly crafted item will attach itself to your cursor, and from there it can be placed in your inventory or dropped by clicking outside of your inventory space. Large numbers of stackable items can be made by right-clicking and holding the icon, and quickly creates and stacks that item until the stack is full, you run out of materials, or simply let go. To exit your inventory, press the
You can occasionally craft an item of exceptional, terrible, or slightly different quality, possessing a good or bad Modifier. This has a 75% chance of happening upon crafting an item, as well as various other reasons. There is no way to predict what modifier you will get on an item, and some items cannot get modifiers at all. However, most items can be Reforged.
This picture shows distance things can be crafted from. In this picture, the Work Bench, Tinkerer's Workshop, and Sawmill can all be used from the spot the character is on. The Anvil, Keg, and Forge are out of range, and therefore cannot.
- See also: Crafting Station
To get started with advanced crafting, you'll need to craft some basic crafting stations first. The first thing you'll need is a Work Bench, which is crafted By Hand. You can make a Work Bench out of many materials, but the easiest material to get is regular Wood. The Work Bench is very handy, and is likely the first crafting station you'll ever make.
After crafting a Work Bench, the possibilities of crafting are greatly expanded. However, to craft ores into usable bars, you'll need to craft a Furnace, and an Anvil to put them to use. Whether you craft a Iron Anvil or a Lead Anvil is up to what ores you can find, though the only differences are their names and appearances.
You'll also want to have a Placed Bottle on hand to craft potions, so craft Bottles and place one on a table or platform.
With these crafting stations, you'll be able to make nearly all items that you'll need on a regular basis. However, there still are a few other crafting stations that can be of use. They are mainly the Sawmill and Loom. A Sawmill will let you craft advanced wooden items, and a Loom will let you make cloth items. A Cooking Pot and Keg can be helpful, too.
With all of these stations, you've crafted every station you can before going on to Hardmode. But, there are still some more stations that cannot be crafted, and you'll want to obtain.
Once you've slain the Wall of Flesh, your world will enter Hardmode, a harder version of what you have faced before. In Hardmode, you'll need to craft stronger equipment, so you'll need improved crafting stations. Whether you use Mythril or Orichalcum to craft an anvil, and Adamantite or Titanium for your forge is up to what ores you can find. Just like the Iron and Lead Anvils, though, there is little difference.
A highly compact crafting station used to craft most items available pre-Hardmode. Some stations such as the Dye Vat and Cooking Pot are excluded.
A compact, ultra-comprehensive above-ground crafting station that is capable of crafting almost any craftable item in 1.3. The only missing station is the Demon Altar/Crimson Altar as they cannot be moved. It also includes the Piggy Bank and the Safe for storage.
The above is an example of a crafting area, using the Demon Altar/Crimson Altar's location to your advantage. This crafting room has been placed underground, and works, though incomplete.
- Many players may find it useful to use the Guide's help, as he shows not only the recipes an item is used in, but what crafting stations are needed to craft those items.
- The Corruption and Crimson Altars are found in underground Corruption and Crimson Chasms, and only either one can be in a world (respectively). They are used to craft Boss-Summoning Items, but cannot be moved, since displacing them will not drop them as an item. This also limits the number of altars in a world.