Guide:Making money

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Money is an essential part of Terraria, as it allows the player to buy valuable items from NPCs.

There are several ways to earn money:

General tips[edit | edit source]

  • Regularly deposit your money into a Chest, Piggy Bank, or Safe. This minimizes the loss of coins from Death, as death drops at least half the coins carried in the inventory.
  • When exploring, keep any materials used for boss summoning items, such as Lenses, Lead Bars and Iron Bars, and Vertebrae and Rotten Chunks. In most cases, fighting bosses is extremely profitable compared to selling the individual materials.
  • Ores can be sold for a good amount of money, but only do so when you're sure there's no other uses for them.
  • Most weapons and accessories can be sold for a good amount of money, but make sure that they're outclassed by your current items and that they can't be crafted into stronger items.

Crafting: Making 1 Gold Coin[edit | edit source]

The following tables show different ways of making 1 Gold Coin. The items in the left column are sold to the NPC and the items in the middle column are the raw ingredients required for crafting.

See also: Guide:Gardening

Note: the Sand Blocks are not used directly; you need to craft them into Bottled Water or Mugs first.

Low-Tech[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Vile Powder.png Vile Mushroom.png Vile Mushroom (100)
Bottle (crafting station).png Placed
Alchemy Table.png Alchemy
Tiki Torch.png
Tiki Torch (100)
Wood.png Wood (300) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Gel.png Gel (100)
Wooden Arrow.png
Wooden Arrow (10000)
Wood.png Wood (400)
Stone Block.png Stone Block (400)
Fish Bowl.png Goldfish (item).png Goldfish (item) (5)
Bottled Water.png Bottled Water (5)
Cactus Sword.png Cactus.png Cactus (280)
Purple Stained Glass.png Sand Block.png Sand Block (10) Work Bench.png Work Bench, Also works with other gems.
Amethyst.png Amethyst (1)
Silk (50)
Cobweb.png Cobweb (350) Loom.png Loom
Ale (500)
Sand Block.png Sand Block (1000) Craft the Sand into Mugs at a Furnace, then into Ale at a Keg.
Weapon Rack.png Wood.png Wood (100) Sawmill.png Sawmill
Jungle Hat.png Jungle Spores.png Jungle Spore (9) Lead Anvil.png Lead Anvil /
Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil
Mana Flower.png Mana Potion.png Mana Potion (1) Tinkerer's Workshop.png Tinkerer's Workshop
Nature's Gift.png Nature's Gift (1)
Enchanted Nightcrawler.png Worm.png Worm (5) Crafted by hand. Bug Net for catching worms can be bought from the Merchant
Fallen Star.png Fallen Star (5)

High-Tech[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Obsidian Skull.png Obsidian.png Obsidian (40) Work Bench.png Work Bench (Selling price slightly varies due to modifiers)
Invisibility Potion.png Sand Block.png Sand Block (50)
Bottle (crafting station).png Placed
Alchemy Table.png Alchemy
Blinkroot.png Blinkroot (50)
Moonglow.png Moonglow (50)
Night Owl Potion.png Sand Block.png Sand Block (50)
Daybloom.png Daybloom (50)
Blinkroot.png Blinkroot (50)
Shine Potion.png Sand Block.png Sand Block (50)
Daybloom.png Daybloom (50)
Glowing Mushroom.png Glowing Mushroom (50)
Large Dynasty Lantern.png Dynasty Wood.png Dynasty Wood (68) Requires Travelling Merchant with Dynasty Wood on sale

You'll get 34 Silver Coin of profit assuming you buy torches from Merchant;

crafting them yourself will make 66 Silver Coin.
Torch.png Torch (68)

Note: When crafting with the alchemy table, there's a chance you won't consume ingredients, resulting in more profit per ingredient used

Hardmode Low-Tech[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Endless Quiver.png Wooden Arrow.png Wooden Arrow (1998) Crystal Ball.png Crystal Ball
Party Bullet.png
Party Bullet (1250)
Confetti.png Confetti (25) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Empty Bullet.png Empty Bullet (1250)

Collecting[edit | edit source]

  • Crystal Shards are easy to collect and sell for lots of money: 999 shards can get you 1 Platinum Coin and 59 Gold Coin and 84 Silver Coin.
  • Pots, in the desktop version breaking them has a chance to open up a Coin Portal, giving 5-15 Gold Coin.

Fighting bosses[edit | edit source]

Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu[edit | edit source]

The Eater of Worlds and the Brain of Cthulhu drop many items and biome-specific ores that can sell for a good amount of money. After the player reaches Hardmode, these bosses can easily be defeated many times in a row, resulting in lots of money.

If the player has a world with The Corruption, the Eater of Worlds drops Demonite Ore worth 8 Silver Coin each (3 ores make a Demonite Bar worth 32 Silver Coin) and Shadow Scales worth 1 Silver Coin each.

If the player has a world with The Crimson, the Brain of Cthulhu drops Crimtane Ore worth 9 Silver Coin each (4 ores make a Crimtane Bar worth 40 Silver Coin) and Tissue Samples worth 1 Silver Coin each.

Expected Profit: Varies

Eye of Cthulhu[edit | edit source]

After the player reaches Hardmode, the Eye of Cthulhu can easily be defeated many times in a row, resulting in lots of money. It is possible to fight the Eye 8+ times in one night, which sums up to 70+ Gold Coin.

Expected Profit: Varies

The Destroyer[edit | edit source]

In hardmode, the player can fight The Destroyer and easily win if they have good enough gear (Mythril/Orichalcum armor is advised as a minimum, piercing weapons like the magic dagger are recommended). After crafting everything you need with his Souls of Might, you can just sell them. They sell for 80 Silver Coin each, and you would normally get 20-40 of them per kill, which would sell for roughly 24 Gold Coin. Besides, The Destroyer also drops 15-30 Hallowed Bars, which can be sold for 40 Silver Coin per piece for a maximum of 12 Gold Coin. However, these can be crafted into any type of Helmet, for an extra 20 Silver Coin per 12 bars.

Expected Profit: 46 Gold Coin per run.

Mobile only.png In the mobile version, Gungnir sells for 30 Gold Coin, and Souls of Might sell for 2 Gold Coin, making the Destroyer extremely profitable; the player can make at least 1 Platinum Coin per battle.

Queen Bee Bashing[edit | edit source]

The queen bee becomes very easy to fight with hardmode weapons, especially end-game weapons like The Horseman's Blade , Terra Blade, etc. The QBs drop 10 Gold Coin per kill, and it is possible to kill one in about 20 seconds only with powerful enough stuff. An Unreal Tactical Shotgun with Crystal Bullets in full Shroomite Armor and max damage accessories (with damage modifiers) can kill the Queen Bee in 2-3 shots. Therefore, it is possible to make 30 Gold Coin a minute, or 18 Platinum Coin an hour, not counting the queen bee's numerous drops. Also, the Queen Bee has no time restrictions and only needs to be summoned (not fought) in a jungle. In fine, Abeemination is rather easy to craft, as honey is dropped from the queen bee, stingers are dropped from the numerous hornets in the jungle, and honey blocks can be farmed renewably. However, you'll need to plunder beehives to get the non-renewable Hive.

With the addition of the Bee Armor set, Bee Wax itself sells for 20 Copper Coin apiece. The Bee Headgear sells for 90 Silver Coin at the cost of only 8 Bee Wax (or 1 Silver Coin 60 Copper Coin total).

Wall of Flesh[edit | edit source]

Using post-Hardmode gear, you can farm the Wall of Flesh quickly and cheaply with a Flamethrower or a Golden Shower (Golden Shower is preferable since farming gel is harder than waiting for the Mana to recharge, barring access to a Slime Statue gel-farm.). Since you can summon him in day or night you can make more money than other bosses, unfortunately the amount of summons is based on guide respawns and voodoo demon spawns. Drops 10 Gold Coin just for killing him, a Pwnhammer which sells for about 1 Gold Coin, and a random other item which sells for 2 to 10 Gold Coin.

Another trivial way to farm the Wall in early Hardmode, even before defeating any mechanical bosses, is by combining summons, such as the Spider Staff with the Spider armor, with a good Yoyo, such as the Amarok, and the Yoyo Bag. The Amarok is easy to obtain in the Underground Snow biome and does tremendous damage to the Wall and its Hungries with a Yoyo Bag and its Frostburn debuff. While obtaining enough Spider Fangs to craft a Spider Staff and Spider armor is not so trivial, it is well worth the investment as the damage of five Spider minions makes the Underworld surprisingly safe. Red Devils can be a problem after at least one mechanical boss has been defeated, however.

Expected Profit: Varies (Estimated 3 to 5 Platinum Coin per day)

Golem[edit | edit source]

When you get the Picksaw from the Golem, you can move the altar located inside the jungle temple. You can make a box with Spiky Ball traps to easily farm the Golem.

Expected Profit: 10 Gold Coin plus the item(s) he drops.

Pumpkin Moon[edit | edit source]

With full Nebula Armor, your choice of accessories, a Celestial Emblem or Celestial Cuffs, and the Last Prism, all with strong modifiers, the player can easily tear through the waves of enemies, especially with a flat arena. The Last Prism has extremely high DPS and pierces through multiple enemies, allowing the player to attack multiple bosses at once. The enemies drop plenty of Hearts and Stars, so if you're constantly moving, it's difficult to die. If you start at 7:30 PM and are in wave 15 for at least half the event, you should have many inventories of items to sell (note that Spooky Wood has no sell value unless crafted into helms, which sell for 1 Gold Coin each).

Expected Profit: Varies 20 to 35 Platinum Coin per day.

Statue farming[edit | edit source]

A farm for all statue products.
That is how the best AFK/Semi AFK Statue money generator should basically look like

Note: As of 1.3, Statue farming is much less time-efficient for generating money than before.

Note: As of 1.3, Sharks and mimics spawned by statues no longer spawn Dungeon Spirits.

Many statues spawn items or monsters, which can be farmed for money. The basic setup involves connecting a statue to a 1 Second Timer (or a Crab Engine). Place the statue in a shallow layer of lava (recommended) or connect a few Dart Traps to kill the spawned monsters. Once you click the switch, all you have to do is stand still, or even return from time to time to collect the rewards.

Bomb Statues are the exception: no lava or traps are required, but only 3 bombs can spawn at once, so you need to stay close to collect the bombs.

Using Bunny Statues and Fish Statues during a Blood Moon will spawn their corrupt counterparts, which rarely drop Bunny Hoods. The normal spawn limit for Statues is 3 mobs at a time, but when Goldfish and Bunnies change to their corrupt counterparts, they don't count towards the Statue's spawn limit, so you can have seemingly endless amounts of them on screen. This does not affect their actual spawn rate.

Expected profit (when using a Crab Engine and Lava and only one statue of the following):

  • The Jellyfish Statue will yield about 81 Gold Coin per hour, and will fill your inventory in about 13 minutes. This makes the Jellyfish statue probably the most effective one if you resell the items quickly.
  • The Bomb Statue will yield about 39 Gold Coin per hour, and will fill your inventory in about 46 minutes.
  • The Skeleton Statue will yield about 34 Gold Coin per hour, and will fill your inventory in about 18 minutes.
  • The Fish Statue will yield about 19 Gold Coin 30 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 2 hours.
  • The Bat Statue will yield about 7 Gold Coin 70 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 46 minutes.
  • The Piranha Statue will yield about 6 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 3 hours.
  • The Slime Statue will yield about 2 Gold Coin 60 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 4.6 hours.
  • The Bunny Statue will yield about 1 Gold Coin 30 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 12.5 hours.
  • The Bird Statue , Crab Statue will yield about 65 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 6.4 days.
  • Sharks and mimics are slow to kill, limiting the effectiveness of such farms. These statues, howewer,can be used to farm ectoplasm (as both monsters have more than 100 health points),which sell for 50 Silver Coin each. If one has already defeated Plantera and looted Lihzahrd Temple from traps,this method can yield about 50 Gold Coin,or even more if you're lucky.

Housing a vendor NPC near the farm is strongly suggested for selling convenience.

Another method for statue farming is catching the critters like Bunny, Goldfish and Bird spawn from the statue and selling them. You can just stand in front of the statue linking with the 1 Second Timer and continuously swing a Bug Net. Then you can sell the critters to a NPC.

Expected profit(using one statue and one 1 Second Timer):

Monster Farming[edit | edit source]

Once in Hardmode you can buy Gold Dust to craft ammunition which will increase the amount of money monsters drop on death. also don't forget mobs spawn as much below you as above, so filling in any caves below your farm can increase spawn rates within the farm.

Slime Staff Farming[edit | edit source]

If you have a Lucky Coin and Slime Staff (Slime statues do drop Slime Staffs) you can farm for money very easily at the rate of about 10 Gold/Minute. Making full use of the NPC spawning mechanic, it is possible to make the speed exceed 1 platinum per minute. A simple way to apply the slime staff is to create a space in the Lihzarhd Temple where you can stand in a box in an open space with all of the Lihzarhds crowing below you. Then summon all of the slimes you can. The slimes hit very quickly and only do about 1 damage a hit, with each hit giving a chance to drop several gold coins due to the Lucky Coin. However, as the game mechanic works for piercing projectile (minions are counted as projectile, and as the slime won't vanish like common bullets after hitting one monster, it is considered as a piercing projectile) one monster will have 1/6 second's invulnerability time after it is hit by the slime, making the effect of adding more slimes not as much as someone may think. Also going into the Dungeon and looking for Paladins and Bone Lees but they are powerful enemies so this is not recommended.

Hallow Farm[edit | edit source]

An example of a Hallow Farm.

Once you enter Hardmode, it may be a good idea to farm The Hallow. The best way to do this is to make an AFK Hallow Farm.

Building[edit | edit source]

The first thing to do is to clear out a flat area in The Hallow, which will help the spawn rate. Than create a pillar, at least 15 blocks high. The pillar should be made out of Hallow blocks or wood. After that, clear out two holes on both both sides of the pillar. These should be a thin layer, and not enough to destroy drops. This will kill the Unicorns. The next step is to make the part to kill the Pixies and Gastropods. It should have two box shaped parts, the first part thinner than the second, which will help catch the pixies in the trap. Some players may want to separate the parts with platforms. There should be Dart Traps or Super Dart Traps on both sides of the second section. These traps should be connected to a 1 Second Timer with wires. It is optional to have spear traps. This will kill the Pixies and Gastropods. The next step is to set up the player room. For maximum efficiency, the room should have a Water Candle, a Heart Lantern, a Campfire, Banners for the enemies, and a chest to store items. This room should be have doors to allow the player to exit, but not allow enemies in. The player should also have a minion.

Loot[edit | edit source]

You will make the most money off a 99 stack of Unicorn Horns, which will sell for 29 Gold Coin 70 Silver Coin each. The second most money will be from Blessed Apples, which sell for 5 Gold Coin each. The third most money will be from Fast Clocks and Megaphones, which sell for 2 Gold Coin each. All the enemies also drop money.

Item Money Enemy
99 Unicorn Horns 29 Gold Coin 70 Silver Coin Unicorn
Blessed Apple 5 Gold Coin All Hallow
Fast Clock 2 Gold Coin Pixie
Megaphone 2 Gold Coin Pixie
99 Pixie Dust 99 Silver Coin Pixie
999 Gel 9 Silver Coin 99 Copper Coin Gastropod
Banners 2 Silver Coin All Enemies
Unicorn On A Stick 1 Silver Coin Unicorn

Mimics[edit | edit source]

It's very effective to kill Mimics because they drop 10 Gold Coins by death, and you can sell the items they drop for even more money. And it's easy to kill them by using a continuously swinging sword with enough knockback to keep the Mimic at distance or killing them using a ranged weapon from a distance. If one has access to Gold Bullets or Flask of Gold, it will be wise to use them, as it will raise money dropped by Mimics even to 24 Gold Coins.

Hardmode Dungeon[edit | edit source]

A very fun and effective way to grind money is to gear up with endgame gear and farm the Hardmode Dungeon. After killing Plantera go in there and farm all the monsters you see. Armored Bones drop over ten silver each, and they are so common that you can easily rack up a lot of money fast. Also, sell the Ectoplasm and drops you don't need for even more money. In one hour, you might be able to get five platinum with water candles and battle potions and maybe even a lucky Blood Moon. Another way to use the dungeon for money-making is to use a farm. Lihzahrd Temple-type traps can prove to be very useful in this method, and will make fighting in the dungeon a lot safer.
Detailed Example

Hardmode Spider Nest[edit | edit source]

An effective way to get money is in the Hardmode Spider Nest with a strong sword such as a Cutlass or Excalibur and a Water Candle and/or Battle Potion. Black Recluses drop 5 Silver Coin directly, Spider Fangs which can be crafted into Queen Spider Staves, which sell for 5 Gold Coin each, and Poison Staffs that sell for 4 Gold Coin each, which varies with modifiers that can change the sell value dramatically.

Expected Profit: Roughly 1 Gold Coin 32 Silver Coin per minute

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Crate Fishing[edit | edit source]

Fishing for Crates with Crate Potions is an easy way to make great amounts of money early on. All you need is a good Fishing Rod (Golden Fishing Rod + Fishing Accessories and Angler armor for best effect), enough Baits and some Crate Potions. To get the Crate Potions you can complete Angler Quests.

Expected Profit: 50 Gold Coins per Potion[edit | edit source]

Cheating[edit | edit source]

The entries below feature methods to obtain money by non-conventional standards. They are all ways of cheating, and may as such not be accepted by certain players. As they can easily ruin the gameplay (no matter how tempting unlimited money may seem) they should mainly be utilized by players for testing purposes, preferably on single-player worlds to avoid ruining the game for other players. They may also include the possibility of damaging your game and/or computer - use at your own risk!

Pc only.png Player duplication[edit | edit source]

When a character (or world) is created, it is saved as a file on your computer. This means that it can be copied like any other file. The default directory for such files are C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\My Games\Terraria\Players, though this may change with OS. Characters are stored as .plr files; a character called "Manbearpig" will be saved as "Manbearpig.plr". If this file is copied (into "Manbearpig2.plr", for example) the in-game character selection menu will feature two characters named "Manbearpig". (Note that there is no need to copy "Manbearpig.plr.bak". Also note that the order of the .plr files in the Players-folder is representative for the in-game character list.)

The copy will feature all items held and worn by the original, allowing the player to duplicate money and items by repeatedly copying Manbearpig.plr and deposit the copies' inventories in a storage item in-game. Creating money like this makes it increase exponentially: if you start with 1 Copper Coin and copy it 31 times, you will have a little more than 999 Platinum Coin (1*2=2 (one copy) → 230=1073741824 copper coins = 1073 platinum coins).

Copied character files can afterwards be deleted with no issues arising, though you'll also have to delete each copy's respective .plr.bak file and folder. Though arguably being somewhat cumbersome, this method is convenient as it requires no third-party software.

Pc only.png Third-party programs[edit | edit source]

External third-party programs such as TerrariViewer and TEdit can be used to alter character or world files. This means they can be used to make money. For example, TerrariViewer can be used to fill a character's inventory with coins, while TEdit can be used to fill a chest.

Pc only.png Read-only world file[edit | edit source]

Set your world to "read-only" while you have all your coins in a chest, then load the world. Take the coins, and exit. Set "read-only" off and play again. The coins you took while the world was "read-only" will be in the chest, and you can take them out. If you had, say, about 50 gold, you could get a platinum, and, if you do it again, you can get 2 platinum. And you can do this method whenever needed to get coins back.

Pc only.png Item servers[edit | edit source]

Certain servers are dedicated to distributing free items and coins, placed in automatically-refilling chests. These items and coins can be taken freely.

Pc only.png TShock server[edit | edit source]

Instead of using the dedicated server software that ships with Terraria, you can set up a more powerful and advanced server up with TShock. As an admin, you can give yourself free items through Item IDs.

Console only.png Magic Mirror Duplication[edit | edit source]

Note: Doesn't work if you're the host.

Note: Items have a chance of disappearing.

First, in your inventory highlight the coin(s) you want to duplicate. Then, exit out of your inventory. After that has been done, you use the magic mirror and while the screen turns black, you pull up your inventory and pick up the coin(s).

An easier method of duplication if timing is a problem is to turn auto-save off in settings and toss the coins out at spawn, go off the server, re-enter, pick up the coins, and save manually, and repeat until the satisfactory amount is reached.

Basics Walkthrough • Getting started • Practical Tips • Crafting 101 • Inventory cleaning • Class setups • Mining techniques • Events
Farming Gardening • Money • Monsters • Chlorophyte • Souls • Biome Keys
Pre-Hardmode Bosses Mobile only.png Lepus • Mobile only.pngTurkor the Ungrateful • King Slime • Eye of Cthulhu • Eater of Worlds • Brain of Cthulhu • Queen Bee • Skeletron • Wall of Flesh‎
Hardmode Getting Started with Hardmode • Containing the Hallow/Corruption • Jump Height Comparison • Guide:Lunar Events strategies
Hardmode Bosses The Twins • The Destroyer • Skeletron Prime • Plantera • Golem • Console only.pngMobile only.pngOcram • Pc only.png Duke Fishron • Pc only.png Lunatic Cultist • Pc only.png Moon Lord • Finding Plantera's bulb
Advanced Dungeon Guardian • Making liquid • Skipping Stones
Building Bases • Base defense • Arena • Wiring • Travel • Artificial biomes • Minecarts
Surviving Corruption • Crimson • Ocean • Jungle • Dungeon • Underworld • Hallow • Jungle Temple
Crafting Terra Blade • Ankh Shield • Cell Phone
Multiplayer Setting up a Terraria server • Setting up Steam Multiplayer • Capture the Gem • PvP