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The player's walking animation.

The term character or avatar refers to the figure controlled by the player through the game controls. All of Terraria's gameplay revolves around actions performed by the character, and the camera is nearly always locked to place the character in the middle of the screen.

The term player is often used as a synonym with character, but may also refer to the person accessing the game if the topic is unrelated to character mechanics.

Only one character can be played at a given time (in similar fashion to how the player may only access one world at a time), but the player is free to create as many characters as they desire. Characters are not locked to worlds, hence it is, for instance, possible to start playing in a new world with a powerful character from another world.

Items held in any part of the character's inventory (including slots for equipment, armor, ammo, and dyes), or any of the personal portable storage items, are all stored with the character, who will bring them to whatever world they enter.

Creation and customization[edit | edit source]

Characters are created in the game's main menu through the Single Player option. This provides the player with the options of selecting an already made character for playing, creating new characters, favoriting them, integrating them with the Steam Cloud in order to easily access them on different computers, and deleting them.

Character creation is accessed by clicking "New" and presents the player with a multitude of customization options:

  • Hair: allows choosing hair color and hairstyle. Both can be changed in-game through the Stylist, which also offers even more hairstyles to choose from. Note that hair is usually hidden by armor or vanity items unless the Familiar Wig is used.
  • Eyes: allows choosing iris color. The white of the eye cannot be changed.
  • Skin: allows choosing skin color.
  • Clothes: allows changing the color and Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version appearance of the various default clothing items the character is wearing (character styles). These can be changed in-game at a dresser. Note that default clothing is usually hidden by armor or vanity items unless the Familiar clothes are used.
  • Male/Female: determines character gender. Both genders are equal in ability but differ in armor appearance, hurt sound, and some NPC dialogue. Gender can be changed in-game by using a Gender Change PotionDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version.
  • Softcore/Mediumcore/Hardcore: determines penalty upon character death.
  • Random: randomizes the above options of hair, eyes, skin, clothes, and gender.

Empowering the character[edit | edit source]

A character using a Sandstorm in a Bottle.

Much of Terraria's gameplay revolves around making the character stronger in order to defeat enemies and bosses. The character becomes stronger in the following ways:

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The inventory of a given character and sometimes other character properties can be edited by third-party programs known as inventory editors.
  • Characters, like worlds, are stored as individual files. On the Desktop version Desktop version, a character has the file extension .plr. On the Microsoft Windows game platform, they can be found in the C:\Users\%username%\Documents\My Games\Terraria\Players directory within their own folders.
  • The only situations in which the camera is not locked onto the character is when the player shifts the view using the Binoculars, Rifle Scope, Sniper Rifle or Sniper Scope, or when located at the edge of the world.

See also[edit | edit source]