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Floating Islands and Floating Lakes Desktop VersionConsole Version are located generally well above the world's main land mass and can be found all the way up to Space. Their location makes them susceptible to Harpies in pre-hardmode, Wyverns and Arch Wyverns (Mobile only.pngOld-gen console version3DS logo.svg) in Hardmode. Being at such high altitude, players often experience reduced gravity when navigating them. Both are similar in size and placement, and both rest atop Cloud and Rain Cloud blocks with background Cloud Walls.

Floating Island[edit | edit source]

A typical Floating Island
Map Size Max Islands Approximate Height
Small 4 250 - 600 ft. (125 - 300 tiles)
Medium 7 450 - 800 ft (225 - 400 tiles)
Large 8 650 - 1000 ft. (325 - 500 tiles)

A Floating Island contains a mass of isolated Forest land and a house-like structure. Each world will contain at least one Floating Island, up to a possible eight maximum in large worlds.

Floating Islands will usually contain a structure constructed from Sunplate Block, Disc Wall, and Glass Wall. It will always contain exactly one Skyware Chest along with other random Skyware furniture. Each Skyware Chest contains either a Lucky Horseshoe, Starfury, Shiny Red Balloon, or Sky Mill, along with other typical Forest chest loot. Unique items are chosen at random, with the restriction that all four unique items must be spawned at least once before truly random unique items spawn on any remaining Islands.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Floating Island
Characters Unique Treasures Unique Drops For Sale
Harpy.png Harpy

During Hardmode:


During Hardmode: Old-gen console versionMobile only.png

Arch Wyvern.png
Arch Wyvern

From Skyware Chests:

Lucky Horseshoe.png Lucky Horseshoe
Starfury.png Starfury
Shiny Red Balloon.png Shiny Red Balloon
Sky Mill.png Sky Mill Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.pngOld-gen console version

From the structure:

Skyware Chest.png Skyware Chest
Skyware Table.png Skyware Table
Skyware Chair.png Skyware Chair
Gravity Banner.png Gravity Banner
Sun Banner.png Sun Banner
World Banner.png World Banner
From terrain:
Cloud.png Cloud
Rain Cloud.png Rain Cloud
Sunplate Block.png Sunplate Block
Cloud Wall.png Cloud Wall
Disc Wall.png Disc Wall
Glass Wall.png Glass Wall

From Harpy:

Feather.png Feather
Giant Harpy Feather.png
Harpy Banner.png Harpy Banner

From Wyvern:

Soul of Flight.png Soul of Flight
Wyvern Banner.png Wyvern Banner

From Arch Wyvern: Old-gen console versionMobile only.png

Soul of Flight.png Soul of Flight
Arch Wyvern Banner.png
Shadow Key.png Shadow Key Mobile only.png

From Fishing:

Damselfish.png Damselfish
Sky Crate.png Sky Crate Desktop VersionConsole Version Desktop Version

From Painter:

Place Above the Clouds.png
Sky Guardian.png

Floating Lake[edit | edit source]

Desktop Version Desktop-Only Content: This section’s information applies only to the desktop version of Terraria.
A typical Floating Lake.

Floating Lakes consist of nothing more than a large body of water, suitable for Fishing. There will be relatively few of these in a world. Unlike Floating Islands, they do not have Sunplate Block structures, or any of their contents. Some exclusive catches can be found there, like the Damselfish, Sky Crates and some quest fish including sky-exclusive Cloudfish.

Floating Lakes can rarely contain Water Chests.

Achievement(s)[edit | edit source]

Console Version Mobile only.png Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section’s information applies only to the console and mobile versions of Terraria.
Trophy Is This Heaven.png Is This Heaven?"You have found a floating island!"
Discover your first Floating Island.

Notes[edit | edit source]

A corrupted sky island.
  • In uncommon occasions, a Floating Island won't contain a house-room, and therefore no chest.
  • Floating Islands are randomly generated somewhere in the upper sixth of the map.
  • Upon entering Hardmode, Floating Islands can become Corrupted, Crimsoned, or Hallowed if they fall within the path of the initial transformation.
  • The structures found on some Floating Islands can become valid Houses for NPCs once a light source is added.
  • Meteors may sometimes impact Floating Islands.
  • Floating Lakes are not counted against the spawn limit for Floating Islands. eg., there can be 5 Floating Islands on a medium-sized world and still more than one Floating Lake in addition.
  • It is possible to spawn on top of a Floating Island when creating a new world.
  • Not all worlds will provide all the unique items found inside of Skyware Chests, meaning that the player may have to access at least one other world or fish for Sky Crates (Desktop VersionConsole Version) to get all the unique items.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Floating Islands can be located using a long-range weapon with a ricocheting projectile, such as the Water Bolt. The projectile's return will signify a landmass above.
  • A bow can help locate islands as well, if the player shoots straight upwards with a high-velocity arrow; if only some arrows return, there is a sky island. (This only works on small worlds due to the height of the islands in larger worlds.)
  • Gravitation Potions make locating and accessing Floating Islands much easier.
  • Floating Islands will catch Fallen Stars. Areas on the surface in which Fallen Stars rarely or never fall may have a Floating Island above.
  • Sometimes sky islands generate over dungeons, making them easy to get to using wings or rocket boots, and a grappling hook.
  • A Gravity Globe can be quite helpful, as it provides endless gravitation.
  • To protect any Floating Islands or Floating Lakes from meteors, place a chest 25 blocks from either edge of the island.
  • The UFO Mount allows for endless flight, and makes finding Floating Islands easy.
  • Desktop VersionConsole VersionOne way to find floating islands is to create a Hardcore character, die and become a Ghost, and then fly around to look for one. Once you have found one, you can log back in to your main character and navigate to it.
  • Another way to find floating islands is to go up to the height where floating islands are typically found, then create a temporary skybridge using the Ice Rod.
  • It is possible to locate a floating island via a water fountain falling low enough to been seen when flying.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Floating Islands were originally made out of Dirt and Stone Blocks. The house was either made of Gold, Silver or Copper Bricks with a single Gold Chest inside, causing it to resemble a shrine. Grass vines hanging below the island could be used to locate it as projectiles would make noise when destroying them.

History[edit | edit source]

Desktop VersionDesktop version

  • Desktop 1.2: Chests no longer require keys and islands have been revamped.

Console VersionConsole version

Mobile only.pngMobile version

3DS logo.svg3DS version

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