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Floating Islands and Floating Lakes Desktop only.png 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 (Console only.png Mobile only.png) 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 nine (or maybe even more!) 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: Console only.png Mobile 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 only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png

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: Console only.pngMobile 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 only.png Desktop only.png

From Painter:

Place Above the Clouds.png
Sky Guardian.png

Floating Lake[edit | edit source]

Desktop only.png 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 only.png 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]

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  • In uncommon occasions, a Floating Island won't contain a house-room, and therefore no chest.
  • Floating Islands are randomly placed somewhere in the upper sixth of the map, but never within the center 160 lateral tiles. Verify
    • A corrupted sky island.
      Since the upper sixth of a small map is only 200 tiles high, Floating Islands and Floating Lakes can still occur in the center 160 lateral tiles.
  • Upon entering Hardmode, Floating Islands can become Corrupted or Hallowed if they fall within the path of the initial transformation.
  • The cabins found on Floating Islands can become valid Houses for NPCs once a light source is added.
  • Though meteors endeavor to avoid striking within 25 blocks of chests and NPCs, they may still sometimes impact Floating Islands.
    • Sky Lakes would only be immune to meteors if they contained a Water Chest.
  • 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. While this can grant immediate access to very good items, it can make reaching the rest of the world impossible without bringing in items from another world, as unless a Lucky Horseshoe is in the sky chest or there is an easily reachable body of water below, there is no way to survive the fall to the ground. (One way around this is to build a staircase downward, go to the top of the staircase and mine to the bottom, and continue the staircase in the same manner until reaching Terraria firma).
  • Not all worlds will provide all the unique treasures the Skyware Chest can offer, meaning that the player may have to access at least one other world or fish for Sky Crates (Desktop only.png) to get all the special loot.

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.
  • You can find Floating Islands after becoming a Ghost.

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]

  • Sky Lakes introduced to make sky fishing easier.
  • 1.2: Chests no longer require keys and islands have been revamped.
  • 1.0.6: Gold Chests are now replaced with locked chests.
  • 1.0.5: Common Chests are now replaced with Gold Chests.
  • Pre-Release: Introduced.
Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • Evil Biome (The Corruption • The Crimson) • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Underground Snow • Desktop only.png Underground Desert • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Special Biomes Meteorite • Desktop only.png Granite Cave • Desktop only.png Marble Cave • Spider Nest • Bee Hive • Dungeon • Lihzahrd Temple
Other Living Tree • Desktop only.png Enchanted Sword Shrine • Floating Island • Underground Cabin • Chasm • Pyramid • Jungle Shrine • Desktop only.png Living Mahogany Tree • Mobile only.png Jungle Sanctum • Ruined House