Player versus Player brings a unique type of play to the world of Terraria. This is a game mode where one player or a team of players can defeat another player or team of players. This is done by joining a multiplayer world, and enabling the PvP option by clicking on the swords in the upper right hand corner of the screen. The only way a player can damage another player is if both have the PvP option enabled. There is also the option of joining a team. Teams are represented by the colored shields in the upper right corner of the screen as well. Once you select a team there is an onscreen notification of how far away they are, as well as how much health they have. PvP is not an overly useful game mode as it does not help in any particular way. However it allows a very fun and challenging form of gameplay. Teamwork is usually the key factor in PvP combat, as it is also the key factor in Terraria. Below is a general guide as well as some tips, tricks, and hints that can help the average player become knowledgeable about the PvP factors in Terraria.
When attacking a player your damage is doubled. For instance, if you attack with a Muramasa, having a base damage of 18, and hit a player wearing a full set of Molten armor, giving 25 defense, the damage dealt will be 23, as the damage is increased to 36 and the damage reduction is 13.
Additionally, the window of invincibility after taking damage is greatly reduced if it came from another player. Normally, you would receive 2/3 of a second of invincibility (0.66). In PvP, however, you only receive 2/15 of a second (0.13). Additionally, the accessory Cross Necklace has no effect in PvP.
PvP combat is always fast and always fierce; bringing top tier weapons is a must, but how can one decide on what to bring? Should one bring a flail or a sword, a gun or a bow? Here are some brief breakdowns of weapons sets that are advantageous (take into mind that only top tier weapons are included and described for space).
Sword: Excalibur - Highest damage output in the game... if you can keep hitting your opponent. With the right preparation, it'll dish out 2-3 hit kills!
Flail: The Dao of Pow - Confusion can seriously mess up enemy players
Lance: Gungnir - Good reach, decent damage
Boomerang: Light Disc - Strong 'ranged' weapon; up to 5 can be stacked
Magic 1: Crystal Storm -Generally Magic equivalent of Megashark
Magic 2: Rainbow Rod - High damage, accurate, bypasses most cover
Magic 3: Magical Harp - Great in confined spaces such as a base
Magic 4: Cursed Flames - Bouncing, pierces up to 2. Great for heavy hits against groups of players. May also be used for ricochet hits similar to meteor shot to wipe out enemies safely. Can also quickly reveal any invisible target.
Magic 5: Laser Rifle - Similar to that of the Crystal Storm with piercing projectiles as well as projectiles always maintaining the same speed
Armor is one of the major aspects of PvP combat as it will be the first thing that alerts a player to what build they are going up against(This advantage is removed if the opponent wears Familiar Clothes). Below are the basic unique armor sets found in PvP combat, their special set bonuses and abilities and some details on usage. Please note that this is not a general armor discussion, and only contains armor of second tier or better.
Tip: wear Copper Armor in your social slots and always use a copper pickaxe. Underneath, have Hallowed Armor and a powerful weapon. Imagine the surprise when a lowly assassin tries to attack you!
Molten armor: The highest pre-hardmode defense set with a base defense of 25. This set should be used for roles that are likely to take large quantities of damage. Usually this can be mixed with other defense accessories items such as the Cobalt Shield, the Obsidian Skull and the Shackle, which all add +1 defense, as well as the Ironskin Potion for another +8, granting a total of 36 defense. Molten armor also gives a +17% bonus to melee damage. Combined with a Feral Claws this makes for an almost unstoppable tank.
Jungle armor: This set grants the player base 13 defense, an additional max 60 Mana, and 9% magic critical chance boost. The set bonus reduces spell costs by 16%. It is useful for players that want to cast spells. This set of armor can be used with a Band of Starpower to further increase the amount of available Mana.
Shadow armor: This set grants the player +21% increased melee speed and 19 base defense. The set bonus increases movement speed by +15%. It is best for those that want to maximize their melee DPS, often referred to as a glass cannon. This is done by equipping a Feral Claws to reach the maximum melee attack speed. This makes the player a veritable bladestorm in combat; this is suggested to be used with the Muramasa, a weapon lauded for its strong attack power and very fast attack speed.
Meteor armor: The weakest of the advanced armor, this set grants the player a mere base 10 defense, however it increases magic damage by +15%. The set bonus reduces the cost of using the Space Gun to 0, allowing unlimited shots with this weapon. It can be useful for ranged combat by players using Rocket Boots and Ivy Whips to stay out of reach while spamming opponents with rapid fire.
Cobalt armor: Cobalt is the weakest of the Hardmode armors, but, if using the helmet, has more defense than even Molten armor. Each hat provides different 'class' bonuses, one for Magic, one for Range, and one for Melee. Used together with the corresponding Emblem, a player can deal massive damage.
Mythril armor: Mythril armor has the same class system as Cobalt, but each hat's effects are stronger, and the total set's defense is higher. A very good choice when available.
Adamantite armor: Adamantite is a very powerful armor set, second best in the game. Its defense is huge and its class based hat bonuses are good, as well. Good for any player in the heat of battle.
Hallowed armor: Hallowed armor is the best armor in the game, with a whopping 50 defense with the Hallowed Mask. Each of the hats, like all Hardmode armors, has a special class bonus. The downside is that each piece requires the corresponding Cobalt, Mythril, and Admantite counterparts, along with some difficult to get souls. Good for Spies only so if they get caught they can live to make a run for it.
Accessories come in four different types, three of which are used for PvP: Movement, Regenerative, and Combat. This section addresses various pros, cons, and alternatives to the accessories that may be used in PvP, as well as giving very useful information on some like Hermes Boots and Band of Regeneration.
There appears to be a misconception that many classes, particularly rushing classes or ones that stay close to the enemy receive far better survivability from Bands of Regeneration than they do with Cobalt Shields (or Obsidian Skulls), when they actually provide relatively little survivability in PvP's fast-paced combat.
Anklet of the Wind: Useful for characters that want to get in and out of combat faster and have an easier time dodging or chasing people down. The boost stacks with Shadow armor, speed modifiers on accesories, and aglet to reach a max of approx. +56%. However the movement speed is capped at +40%, which brings the blocks to activate hermes boots down to (28-> 17) .
Cloud in a Bottle: Useful for changing direction easier in midair, dodging projectiles while in the air, or gaining a slight extra amount of time before hitting the ground while falling. The biggest upside of Cloud in a Bottle is that the change of direction is instant, and not gradual like when using Angel/Demon Wings or Rocket Boots. It is also useful for breaking falls, since it does prevent fall damage (as of v1.03). Shiny Red Balloon jumps higher overall.
Hermes Boots: Boost does not stack with an Anklet of the Wind or Shadow armor, however, both decrease the amount of distance required to reach the movement boost. In a simple test it took 28 blocks for unaided Hermes Boots to activate. An Anklet reduces the number of blocks needed by 11%(28-> 25). Players looking for land speed should consider how far it will take them to activate Hermes.
Lucky Horseshoe: This item is useful early in the game, however there are alternatives to using this, effectively freeing an accessory slot. Grappling Hook/Ivy Whip can be used to latch onto the ground/walls, Cloud in a Bottle can be used to break the fall (as of 1.0.3), and Rocket Boots can be used to reduce speed before hitting the ground. Later in the game, wings can completely negate fall damage at all times, not to mention giving the ability to fly.
Rocket Boots: Keeps the speed boost from Hermes while in flight. Very useful as they do not drain any Mana so spell casters can use them much more efficiently now (as of 1.0.5), effectively giving them better jump than Cloud in a Bottle or Shiny Red Balloon. However eternal uninterrupted flight is no longer possible as they will only provide 1 second of lift. To recharge lift the player much either touch the ground or use a Grappling Hook/Ivy Whip.
Shiny Red Balloon: Increases jump height, thus also increasing length of gaps one can jump. Shiny Red Balloon's jump is higher than Cloud in a Bottle's double jump. The balloon also boosts the power of other accessories which help the player ascend, like Cloud in a Bottle, Rocket Boots and Angel Wings.
Demon Wings or Angel Wings: Allows flight for a short time, and prevents fall damage. It also can slow falling when the jump key is held. This effect stacks with Rocket Boots and Spectre Boots, which allows for reaching even higher heights.
Obsidian Horseshoe: Combines the effects of the Lucky Horseshoe and the Obsidian Skull, but does not provide much of an edge in combat.
Spectre Boots: Has the effects of Rocket Boots and Hermes Boots, allowing an accessory slot to be filled.
Cloud in a Balloon: Has the effects of the Shiny Red Balloon and the Cloud in a Bottle. Combined with Spectre/Rocket Boots or Demon/Angel Wings, it allows for massive heights to be reached.
Diving Gear: Allows for better underwater combat, but overall does not help the player very much in PvP.
Neptune's Shell: Lets you have full speed underwater, lets you breathe underwater, and gives you infinite swimming. (does not work in lava)
Band of Regeneration: It takes 600-800 seconds (Depending if the player stays in combat, moves or stay still, which influence natural HP regeneration) to fully regenerate, whereas using four Healing Potions takes about 300. Although generally considered a survivability item, it provides little help in combat, as high-tier weapons will usually end a duel in mere seconds. Having a supply of Healing Potions or even Regeneration Potions handy is a slightly faster alternative, effectively freeing one accessory slot that one could use instead for other accessories. Not a recommended item for a "deathmatch" style PvP, but a defensive character in a strategic game could find the improved regeneration useful.
Philosopher's Stone: The Philosopher's Stone is useful to players with weaker armor, who take lots of damage, or are melee users, as they will often be in the middle of fighting. It reduces potion sickness by 15 seconds, for a total of 45 seconds.
Nature's Gift: Since it slightly reduces Mana consumption, it is best if used by someone who relies mostly on Magic attacks: Its effect, if stacked with the Band of Starpower and Jungle armor's bonuses, can make it easy to spam powerful spells with little to no recovery time.
Mana Flower: The Mana Flower provides an even larger bonus to Mana consumption than the Nature's Gift, and uses Mana Potions automatically when necessary, it is a good accessory for players that use many magic attacks.
Cobalt Shield: An excellent item for most characters. The multiple knockbacks from fast hitting items like the Megashark and Muramasa can be devastating in tight areas. Nearly mandatory for characters that rush or dart around to prevent being focused and rendered far less-mobile or lose a Hermes Boots speed boost.
Feral Claws: Effectively increases DPS by 12%. An excellent accessory, the only one that actually increases your own damage output. Using it with the Shadow armor further enhances offensive capabilities.
Obsidian Skull: The bonus effect is not quite as useful as the Cobalt Shield in combat, however it does give good survivability and protects you from Hellstone traps and flooring. Cobalt Shield can also be equipped.
Shackle: Due to the way defense works in PvP, this item will only negate 1 damage when one is used with the Molten armor, 2 will be needed when using the second tier of armors. This item also does not give an extra benefit like Cobalt Shield and Obsidian Skull do. Therefore this item becomes far more useless.
Ranger Emblem: An overall 'class' weapon for players that use mainly bows or guns, it increases damage by a significant amount. (15%)
Warrior Emblem: An overall 'class' weapon for players that use mainly melee weapons, it increases damage by a significant amount. (15%)
Sorcerer Emblem: An overall 'class' weapon for players that use mainly magic weapons, it increases damage by a significant amount. (15%)
Star Cloak: A good accessory that doubles as a weapon in close quarters. It causes stars to fall (30 damage each) when you are hurt by any source, including drowning, damaging enemies close to you.
Titan Glove: Increases knockback by a whopping 70%, bumping many weapons up to "insane" knockback, which is great for driving enemies back. It also works on ranged weapons and spells.
Cross Necklace: (Good for melee players and players in the heat of battle, it doubles the period of invincibility after being hurt, but overall it is not as useful as some other accessories.) NOTE: Has no effect in PvP - Not worth using
Band of Starpower: Increases max Mana by 20, very useful for anyone who uses lots of magic attacks. However, any accessory with the "Arcane" Property gains this effect, making the item far less appealing
Water Walking Potion: It doesn't provide any direct advantage, but as it can be used to cross water and lava pools fast and safely it can give someone an edge in aquatic combat, as anyone else that falls in will be considerably slowed down.
Featherfall Potion: Can actually be useful for mobile characters, as it also increases jump height and negates fall damage. Not always recommended, as you are more vulnerable to knockback when using it.
Obsidian Skin Potion: Good idea to carry on you in-case of lava moat/trap.
Regeneration Potion: Decent for combat as it is equivalent to 4 bands of regeneration, lasts 5 minutes and is easy to craft, regenerating nearly as much HP as six Healing Potions would over time.
Swiftness Potion: Good for the speed loving type, it offers 25% movement speed boost.
Ironskin Potion: Reduces 4 damage per hit; is a highly advisable buff for use in PvP.
Invisibility Potion: To actually become invisible with this potion, a player would either be required to remove all armor or to wear the full set of familiar clothes in the social slot (which is much wiser). Wings also should not be equipped, since they will be visible. There is a great benefit in being able to move around without being seen, although your weapon can be seen when you use it. Some servers ban this item.
Thorns Potion: When you are attacked, this potion deals 1/3 of the resulting damage back to your attacker! They'll be beating themselves up! However, only a viable option for players who plan on dueling with melee very often as it does not affect people who attack you with a ranged weapon.
Archery Potion: Only use if you plan on using a bow as your main weapon. This is usually a bad strategy as high tier guns are far more effective than high tier bows.
Hunter Potion: Good to avoid sneak attacks.
Gravitation Potion: The most effective way of reaching high places and evading enemies. However, it is the most difficult buff to create. Can be a suitable replacement for Rocket Boots, freeing up an accessory slot.
Roles and strategies
There are various combinations of armors and accessories that can make a player ideal for a certain role, such as attacking, defending, supporting and so on. Of course, anyone can make up their own strategies, or adopt different ones together in order to be ready for any situation.
Ninja of the Night
This stealthy ninja wears the ninja clothes in the social slots, shadow armor in the armor slots (Hallowed melee is better in terms of everything)and has the Feral Claw, Titan Glove, Star Cloak, Spectre Boots and Obsidian Shield, all reforged to Violent. Of course, this fighter happens to have a legendary Muramasa. The swing speed is extremely fast, slightly short of the Megashark fire rate and far below in damage. Give this lovely set of weapons to anyone that hates those pure melee fighters and wants them to die slowly by one damage point after another. Note that the continual knockback means that most normal swords cannot even touch you.
!!!Alert!!!: Just because a sword cannot touch you means little. A star cannon will defeat you in mere seconds. The Megashark will catastrophically damage your health. A single well-placed Rainbow Rod fighter will cut your health in half. Stay away from those nasty ranged weapons.
With full hallowed armor (any helmet-based on preference), Godly Gungnir, Legendary Excalibur, Unreal Megashark, Godly Hamdrax, Mythical Rainbow Rod, etc. and with all accessories (Spectre Boots, Wings, Obsidian Shield, and another two accessories) reforged to Menacing, this character, with buffs, is practically perfect for DPS-addicted, multi-tasking veterans.
WARNING: The soldier role may not be fitted to all players. Requirements are having quick reaction time and perfect accuracy. The point is that while you may easily be damaged, you can pay it back without mercy! Also, use dodging instead of the decent defense. Otherwise a Star Cannon will give you a tough time.
Set up with Molten armor or hardmode armors w/ helmet and Defense or Regeneration accessories: this is the setup that grants the highest possible defense. Due to the armors' bonuses, it works well with melee weapons. Spears are a good choice, because of their long reach and augmented damage. Flails won't benefit from the damage bonus, but will allow to easily mow down enemies in a wide area in front of the user.
The Durable Fighter might want to sacrifice some of the accessories' defense for agility-enhancing accessories.
The Hardmode equivalent would wear Melee Hallowed armor, with warding accessories, and a Warriors Emblem. This combination would make you highly durable, even to endgame weapons, while still being able to dish out good damage.
An attacker that exploits the Shadow armor's agility boost to become faster and nimbler. Although weaker than the one above in offensive and defensive terms, its speed, especially if further enhanced by agility-boosting accessories, makes it harder to hit by melee and ranged users alike. Thanks to their excellent maneuverability, they can easily pick off melee users with quick shots from a gun, or rapidly close in and hack away at ranged users with fast-swinging swords like the Muramasa or Blade of Grass. Since they rely entirely on their ability to kill enemies before they have a chance to retaliate, Feral Claws is a recommended accessory.
When the others fight the enemy head-on, the Support Attacker assists allies from a safe distance. They can either don the Jungle armor and cast spells in the heat of the battle to help damage the enemies, or use the weaker Meteor armor and pick off multiple opponents with the Space Gun. Explosives, throwables, Bows and Guns also work wonders, especially if used in combination with the Necro armor. Since they're unlikely to confront the enemy face-to-face, their ideal accessory setup is either one that regenerates Health and (for magic users) Mana, or one that increases their speed, making them able to run where they're needed, or retreat fast.
When there is a point to be defended (could be a base, but also a vantage point, a construction site or such), the ability to stall the enemy with traps and improvised defenses becomes of paramount importance. Along with the Hallowed armor for maximum defense, the best thing to do is to use terrain-modifying tools, such as the Sandgun and Dirt Rod, along with Spiky Balls, Grenades and Water/Lava Buckets to slow down the enemy's advance. As a weapon, pistols are a good balanced weapon to defend oneself in a pinch. There is a guide about this: Guide:PvP base defense.
This strategy exploits the Gravitation Potion's effect to fly indefinitely over the enemy's strategic points, damaging them by shooting downwards a variety of mostly gravity-based projectiles, including bullets, sand pellets, explosives, Lava or Spiky Balls. Throwables and arrows are fine too, but the enemy will be able to pick them up afterward (with the exception of Bones). With some agility it is possible to use Water and Lava to create a block of Obsidian in mid air, enabling the player to drop massive amounts of Sand on the enemy, or create a small barrier to intercept projectiles from an enemy's counter-attack.
With the Ice Rod, this strategy can be downright lethal, but Winged characters can fly high enough to catch a Bomber. Be warned! Using an Ice Rod will allow you to drop sand, make shields... This can help extend some of your survivability.
The Saboteur's strategy is pretty tricky: the Invisibility Potion can help greatly in infiltrating the enemy's ranks, and hindering them in a variety of ways: making the terrain rough or hard to cross, surprising enemies by attacking them when they least expect it, blowing up the enemy base with Dynamite/Bombs, or ultimately use Corrupt Seeds to turn part of the enemy's territory into Corruption, or hiding blocks of Meteorite to spawn Meteor Heads. Another act of sabotage can be digging under their base, thus tampering with their traps or create an easy way through for your team, or even using boss-summoning items when enemies are on screen, and exploit the boss's aggro to guide it toward them when they're trying to take it down.
However, with the latest patch, Hallowed armor along with Familiar Clothes can be used to be make you invisible. Add Ironskin and 5 Warding Accessories, and you can boost your defense to 80, which will turn you into a durable, deadly enemy.
This certain play style is possible with either the Shadow Armor or the Necro Armor or even the Mythril Armor. While using either the Megashark, Hallowed Repeater or the Star Cannon. For the Hallowed Repeater Cursed arrows are absolutely devastating, easily capable of destroying enemy players. Hellfire arrows are great as well, as if you are short on a Bomber and feel the need to create large hole quickly you may do so. With the Megashark you are advised to use either Cursed Bullet for picking off players or either Crystal Bullet or Meteor Shot for crowd control. With the Star Cannon feel free to use the high DPS of the weapon to your advantage, if used properly entire teams may be destroyed. Any and everything that ups movement speed should be used.
Alright, this is not a simple play style. Defense? Done. Charging the enemy base? Finished. Getting rid of the boss the other team's saboteur just summoned? Piece of cake. Either a Minishark or a Megashark are highly and I mean highly recommended to be your primary. As a melee secondary heavy damage blades (Breaker Blade) or spears (Gungnir) may be used, but high knock back may be more important. Knockback prefixes (i.e. Legendary, Bulky) and Titan Glove accessory are useful as well. Try to get a Megashark with either the Unreal or Rapid Prefix by using the Reforge option with the Goblin Tinkerer. Use Regeneration and large potions where possible, because you want to fill most of your inventory with ammunition, because you will be burning through it. Very quickly. When used correctly this class is devastating. When used incorrectly it gets rid of your gold fast. Recommended armors and accessories are any and everything that helps with reducing ammo consumption. It will be noted, however, that the Cobalt Shield and Band of Regeneration are useful, the Band of Regeneration less so. Flying is also useful, so Angel or Demon wings are useful to rain death from above. It should be noted, that the use of a Cobalt Shield is not needed. You can take an advantage of the knockback, since you are using ranged weapons.
Spy or Thief
A class which requires much speed and attention. A thief's inventory and equipment may contain Shadow armor or Hallowed armor with the helmet, Familiar Clothes, lots of Invisibility Potions, a Wire Cutter, Orb of Light, and Magic Mirror. Their role is to sneak in the enemy base, disarm traps, destroy light sources, steal things from chests, and get info about their strategies. If an enemy starts suspecting the presence of a thief, he needs to stop. If the enemy goes around throwing Explosives or swinging a weapon, the thief needs to teleport away to his spawn point with the Magic Mirror. Advanced thieves may want to light up a area, but if they summon a Orb of Light, it will be seen. If the thief changes course unlike the enemy, he will be suspected by the moving orb. Don't use Hermes Boots, Cloud in a Bottle, Cloud in a Balloon, Rocket Boots or Spectre Boots. They leave a little trail, which can be fatal if seen. However, speed boosting items or potions and ranged weapons are recommended. Great strategy for Hogwarts Castle like PvP severs.
The EE is a class used for splash-damage combat and mining. The equipment checklist is right here: Flamethrower, Gel(For ammo, Sticky Glowsticks and Sticky Bombs), Sticky Bombs, Bombs, Grenades, Dynamite, Any Bow or Repeater, Hellfire Arrows, Sticky Glowsticks, Torches, Any Pickaxe, Any Hammer, Orb of Light or Fairy Bell, Magic Mirror, Explosives(Block), Wrench, Wire, Wire Cutter, Lever/Pressure Plate(any colour)(recommended)/Switch, Recommended:Any weapon that doesn't use ammo.
This class can cost a bomb(pun intended) so you will need a big purse. Also, build a Gel Factory near your house. You could also use Bomb Statues
Traps and defenses
Some small pits, hills and barriers, combined with some cobwebs over a large area will considerably slow down anyone trying to charge through the base at full speed.
A large underground space filled completely with Sand will force enemies trying to tunnel their way to the base to either give up, try to maneuver around it, or clear it with explosives forcing them to reveal their position. A 1-block wide tunnel near the spot they will likely stall at will allow the defenders to flood the tunnel with Lava for a quick kill.
Counter: Avoid it altogether, or clear it quickly with Dynamite.
Advanced sand barrier
Similar to the sand barrier above, the advanced variant adds lava to the equation. Having a large reservoir of lava above the sand barrier will discourage opponents from using explosives to clear the blockage. In addition, when they do clear it, they will be flooded with lava. Alternately, placing the lava outside visual range above the blockage will increase the chance that your opponents will accidentally flood themselves with lava by using explosives. You can discourage your opponents from simply going under the trap by adding lava beneath the flooring as well. Finally, making the tunnel only 6ft high, and lining it with Hellstone or Spikes will further reduce enemy maneuverability. If the top and bottom of the tunnel is lined with lava, you can also remove every second block along the bottom to reduce the availability of blocks to counter the lava flow. The primary disadvantage to this tactic is the large amount of lava that can be required.
Counter: Avoid it altogether, use water or Obsidian Skin Potion to neutralize the lava, or bring blocks to stop the lava with before the sand is fully released.
Bomb Road Trap
Make a path of either Dungeon Bricks or Hardmode Metal, place a long line of Explosives Blocks underneath, wire it to a lot of Pressure Plates, and then you run. For even more effect, you can make a Lava Lake on top of the trap, or add some Inactive Stone Blocks to the entrances, and the link them with the Explosives. The Lava Lake gets blown apart, filling up the crater, and the Inactive Stone Blocks activate, trapping the target.
A pit trap is seen when a player digs multiple holes that are 4ft (2 blocks) wide and about 40ft (20 blocks) deep. At the bottom of the pit, spikes are usually placed. In some occurrence, lava may be placed at the bottom in small puddles. Alternatively, if a player gets trapped in a pit trap, the owner of the trap can drop mass amounts of sand on the trapped player to defeat them. The pit trap becomes more efficient if lined with Hellstone Bricks, as this will likely burn players attempting to get out. One can also place a one-block floor and remove it from range with the Dirt Rod. This is efficient at night if there isn't light around because this is impossible to see under the floor in such case.
Counter: Fly over the traps with Rocket Boots or escape with a Grappling Hook and an Obsidian Skull equipped. By using the Hook, a player can also slingshot himself out quickly if their timing is right. If the enemy is using a Dirt Rod as visibility is low, one can cast an Orb of light, throw some Glowsticks or use a ranged weapon that emits light to detect a hidden trap.
A sand trap is seen when a player uses webbing to uphold sand. This may seem counter intuitive, but sand deals a lot of damage on contact with the player mesh. Because the webbing is so easy to destroy, the sand gains much more malleability in how it can be used. Often players can be led into a room and then blocked off by sand or encased in sand and then shot down with arrows, or more sand can be dropped on them, or a lava trap can be used to drop lava onto them.
Counter: Keep some sturdy blocks at hand to create an emergency barrier against the falling sand. An Ice Rod can also be very useful.
A spike trap is seen when a player has raided a dungeon of its spikes and mindfully put them in locations that are effective in whittling away health. These spikes can be used to damage other players. Spikes are often best used when they are out of sight of the player and placed on walls or ceilings. When a player puts spikes on the wall or ceiling a player will hesitate to grapple, leaving the target open for a sand trap.
Counter: Look for an alternative way around, or use the Ivy Whip to latch in between two walls without touching either of them.
A lava trap is seen when a player takes lava from the -2100ft level and uses buckets to move it up to his or her fortress. This lava is then held in place in a funnel shaped container, which is corked off by a web/sand cork. A player using cobweb should also consider using dart traps connected to pressure plates near the place where lava falls. This way, the poison darts will tear the cobweb and the trap will be activated. This technique coupled with the sand trap is a sure way to deal good amounts of damage, and the player can also become trapped.
Counter: Keep water handy to temporarily stave off the lava.
Obsidian padding is an efficient defense, as it makes a regular fortress immune to most explosive damage. Regular Obsidian created when water touches lava is almost completely resistant to explosive damage, the same can be said of obsidian brick. This makes obsidian invaluable when protecting a base from explosive damage or keeping a player from tearing through your fortress with Bombs.
Moats, while not only for PvP (also for Goblin Armies), are very effective. To build one you either need a lot of water, or better, lava. First, build a giant moat (as big as possible, the bigger the better), then fill it with water/lava. Build a bridge over it. Now, when you know that enemies are coming, mine out the bridge (while able to get back into your house, of course), and watch for them. If they attempt to re-build the bridge, either risk it by trying to mine the bridge out, or attempt to get behind them and knock them in the water/lava. This isn't the best tactic, but it can still add an extra line of defense to your base.
Counter: Use Rocket Boots to fly over them.
This technique is used to drown players; however, it is very hard to accomplish due to the amount of lava required. The player must first start off with a hallway that is tubed or water tight, then the top and bottom of the tube must be spaced one block apart and Obsidian Brick/Ore will be placed, then the spacing between the brick and obsidian is filled with lava. This technique is done on both the top and bottom of the tube, then it must be filled with water. This technique, however difficult, yields a watery death for any traveling player.
Counter: Take extra care while traveling in narrow corridors, and try to stay undetected.
It is an ambitious project, but its power is devastating. It should be built high enough for the enemies to not notice, for example 300-400 feet above ground, and consist in a small reservoir of lava that funnels the liquid onto a block that splits the flow in two, letting each of the outgoing flows hit another block and split again, and again. The result will be a literal downpour of lava upon anyone unlucky enough to not have a shelter, although with a considerable delay due to the difference in height. Even better, the aftermath will see the whole area covered with a layer of lava, making it dangerous for anyone to cross. It can be further powered up by placing masses of sand held up by Wood Platforms and diverting the lava so that it burns through the platforms, adding a deadly rain of debris to the already hellish scenario.
Counter: Obsidian Skin Potion, or make a barrier and start digging down. You can also fly away from the area.
Meteor Head/Corrupt guards
Simply put 50 blocks of Meteorite or Corrupt a wide area in front of your base, so that Meteor Heads or Eaters will spawn just outside of the base (they won't spawn anywhere covered by a wall). To avoid the Meteorite from being destroyed, it is best to build it in a shape that makes it harder to lay bombs on (for example, a triangle pointing up), building it up in the air, and put a layer of Obsidian, Ebonstone or Dungeon Bricks around it.
Very, very simple. You just make the floor of your base Hellstone, will deal continuous damage and (if without Obsidian Skull/Shield/Horseshoe) make it extremely difficult to move through, as you will take knockback upon contact. However, it will require your entire team have an obsidian skull in their accessory slot.
Counter: Equip Obsidian Skull/Shields/Horseshoes
An expensive barrier involving chests or other storage items planted on tiles and filled with junk, all lined up as a physical barrier. Storage items and the tiles they are planted on are not effected by any type of explosive. The chest itself cannot be removed until it is emptied of contents, wasting a considerable amount of an intruder's time and attention. Because storage items are in the background, intruders can fire projectiles or throw explosives through the gaps; to thwart attacks, a wall of a material like Dungeon Brick can be placed on the inside, just far enough away that it cannot be mined by Molten or greater pickaxe from the distance intruders are kept away.
Counter: Avoid it altogether, or use Invisibility to extend the time you can remove items from chests undetected.