Love Terraria? Consider nominating it for the Labor of Love Award on Steam!

Hi Gamepedia users and contributors! Please complete this survey to help us learn how to better meet your needs in the future. We have one for editors and readers. This should only take about 7 minutes!

Guide

From Terraria Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Guide
Guide.png
Statistics
TypeNPC
AI TypePassive AI
Damage10
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%
Drops
  • Item (Quantity)Rate
  • Green CapGreen Cap
    Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version3DS version If name is Andrew
    Old-gen console version Name not required
    100%
Map Icon Guide.png
Map Icon
Nurse.png
This is a Town NPC. A House may be required in order for it to appear.
This article is about the NPC. For Guide articles, see Terraria Wiki:Projects/Guides.
When the Guide Voodoo Doll is equipped, the player can attack the Guide.
The Guide shooting at a Zombie.

The Guide is the first NPC a player encounters. He spawns near the player when the world is created. He provides tips mainly aimed at new players and displays all crafting recipes an item shown to him is used in.

Unlike most other NPCs, the Guide spawns upon world creation, before a house is available. He will, however, move into the first house built. If he is killed, a proper house will need to be built before he can respawn.

On the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile, the Guide will defend himself against nearby enemies using a Wooden Bow and arrow, firing Wooden Arrows initially and then upgrading to Flaming Arrows in Hardmode.

The Guide's Advice[edit | edit source]

Some quotes may vary depending on what version of Terraria is being played.

If there is no tool[1] in the player's inventory:

  • "You can use your pickaxe to dig through dirt, and your axe to chop down trees. Just place your cursor over the tile and click!"
  • "If you want to survive, you will need to create weapons and shelter. Start by chopping down trees and gathering wood."
  • "Press Esc to access your crafting menu. When you have enough wood, create a workbench. This will allow you to create more complicated things, as long as you are standing close to it."
  • "You can build a shelter by placing wood or other blocks in the world. Don't forget to create and place walls."
  • "Once you have a wooden sword, you might try to gather some gel from the slimes. Combine wood and gel to make a torch!"
  • "To interact with backgrounds, use a hammer!"

If there is no tool[1], no ore[2], and no bar[3] in the player's inventory:

  • "You should do some mining to find metal ore. You can craft very useful things with it."

If there is no tool[1], at least one ore[2], and no bar[3] in the player's inventory:

  • "Now that you have some ore, you will need to turn it into a bar in order to make items with it. This requires a furnace!"
  • "You can create a furnace out of torches, wood, and stone. Make sure you are standing near a work bench."

If there is no tool[1], and at least one bar[3] in the player's inventory:

  • "You will need an anvil to make most things out of metal bars."
  • "Anvils can be crafted out of iron, or purchased from a merchant."

If the player has not more than 100 maximum health:

  • "Underground are crystal hearts which can be used to increase your max life. You can smash them with a pickaxe."

If the player has 0 maximum mana:

  • "If you gather 5 fallen stars, they can be combined to create an item that will increase your magic capacity."

If the player has 0 maximum mana and no Fallen Stars in their inventory:

  • "Stars fall all over the world at night. They can be used for all sorts of usefull things. If you see one, be sure to grab it because they disappear after sunrise." [sic]

If neither Merchant nor Nurse are present:

  • "There are many different ways you can attract people to move in to our town. They will of course need a home to live in."
  • "In order for a room to be considered a home, it needs to have a door, a chair, a table, and a light source. Make sure the house has walls as well."
  • "Two people will not live in the same home. Also, if their home is destroyed, they will look for a new place to live."
  • "You can use the housing interface to assign and view housing. Open your inventory and click the house icon."

If the Merchant is not present:

  • "If you want a merchant to move in, you will need to gather plenty of money. 50 silver coins should do the trick!"

If the Nurse is not present:

  • "For a nurse to move in, you might want to increase your maximum life."

If the Arms Dealer is not present:

  • "If you had a gun, I bet an arms dealer might show up to sell you some ammo!"

If the Dryad is not present:

  • "You should prove yourself by defeating a strong monster. That will get the attention of a dryad."

If the Mechanic is not present and Skeletron has been defeated:

  • "Make sure to explore the dungeon thoroughly. There may be prisoners held deep within."

If the Clothier is not present and Skeletron has been defeated:

  • "Perhaps the old man by the dungeon would like to join us now that his curse has been lifted."

If the Demolitionist is not present:

  • "Hang on to any bombs you might find. A demolitionist may want to have a look at them."

If the Goblin Tinkerer is not present and the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu has been defeated:

  • "Are goblins really so different from us that we couldn't live together peacefully?"

If there is at least one Lens in the player's inventory:

  • "If you combine lenses at a demon altar, you might be able to find a way to summon a powerful monster. You will want to wait until night before using it, though."

If there is at least one Rotten Chunk, Worm Food, or Vertebrae in the player's inventory:

  • "You can create worm bait with rotten chunks and vile powder. Make sure you are in a corrupt area before using it." (only in Corrupt worlds)
  • "You can create a bloody spine with vertebrae. Make sure you are in a crimtane area before using it." (only in Crimson worlds)

If there is at least one Lens, Rotten Chunk, Worm Food, or Vertebrae in the player's inventory:

  • "Demonic altars can usually be found in the corruption. You will need to be near them to craft some items." (only in Corrupt worlds)
  • "Crimson altars can usually be found in the crimson. You will need to be near them to craft some items." (only in Crimson worlds)

If there is no Grappling Hook[4] in the player's inventory, the world is in pre-Hardmode, and neither the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu nor Skeletron has been defeated:

  • "You can make a grappling hook from a hook and 3 chains. Skeletons found deep underground usually carry hooks, and chains can be made from iron bars."

If neither the Eye of Cthulhu nor the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu has been defeated:

  • "If you see a pot, be sure to smash it open. They contain all sorts of useful supplies."
  • "There is treasure hidden all over the world. Some amazing things can be found deep underground!"

If the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu has not been defeated:

  • "Smashing a shadow orb will sometimes cause a meteor to fall out of the sky. Shadow orbs can usually be found in the chasms around corrupt areas." (only in Corrupt worlds)
  • "Smashing a crimson heart will sometimes cause a meteor to fall out of the sky. Crimson hearts can usually be found in the chasms around crimtane areas." (only in Crimson worlds)

If the Eye of Cthulhu has not been defeated and the player has less than 200 maximum health:

  • "You should focus on gathering more life crystals to increase your maximum life."

If the Eye of Cthulhu has not been defeated and the player has at maximum 10 defense:

  • "Your current equipment simply won't do. You need to make better armor."

If the Eye of Cthulhu has not been defeated and the player has at least 200 maximum health and more than 10 defense:

  • "I think you are ready for your first major battle. Gather some lenses from the eyeballs at night and take them to a demon altar."

If the Eye of Cthulhu has been defeated, the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu has not been defeated, and the player has less than 300 health:

  • "You will want to increase your life before facing your next challenge. Fifteen hearts should be enough."

If the Eye of Cthulhu has been defeated, the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu has not been defeated, and the player at least than 300 health:

  • "The ebonstone in the corruption can be purified using some powder from a dryad, or it can be destroyed with explosives."
  • "Your next step should be to explore the corrupt chasms. Destroy any shadow orb you find."

If the Eye of Cthulhu and the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu have been defeated, but Skeletron has not been defeated:

  • "There is an old dungeon not far from here. Now would be a good time to go check it out."

If the Eye of Cthulhu, the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu, and Skeletron have been defeated, the world is in pre-Hardmode, and the player has less than 400 maximum health:

  • "You should make an attempt to max out your available life. Try to gather twenty hearts."

If the Eye of Cthulhu, the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu, and Skeletron have been defeated, the world is in pre-Hardmode, and the player has at least 400 maximum health:

  • "There are many treasures to be discovered in the jungle, if you are willing to dig deep enough."
  • "The underworld is made of a material called hellstone. It's perfect for making weapons and armor."
  • "When you are ready to challenge the keeper of the underworld, you will have to make a living sacrifice. Everything you need for it can be found in the underworld."

If the world is in Hardmode:

  • "Make sure to smash any demon altar you can find. Something good is bound to happen if you do!" (only in Corrupt worlds)
  • "Make sure to smash any crimson altar you can find. Something good is bound to happen if you do!" (only in Crimson worlds)
  • "Souls can sometimes be gathered from fallen creatures in places of extreme light or dark."

If the Wizard is not present and the world is in Hardmode:

  • "I heard there was a powerful wizard who lives in these parts. Make sure to keep an eye out for him next time you go underground."

Names[edit | edit source]

The guide may have any of the following names:

  • Andrew
  • Asher
  • Bradley
  • Brandon
  • Brett
  • Brian
  • Cody
  • Cole
  • Colin
  • Connor
  • Daniel
  • Dylan
  • Garrett
  • Harley
  • Jack
  • Jacob
  • Jake
  • Jeff
  • Jeffrey
  • Joe
  • Kevin
  • Kyle
  • Levi
  • Logan
  • Luke
  • Marty
  • Maxwell
  • Ryan
  • Scott
  • Seth
  • Steve
  • Tanner
  • Trent
  • Wyatt
  • Zach

Quotes[edit | edit source]

In addition to tips, the Guide also has various quotes:

  • "Greetings, <player name>. Is there something I can help you with?"
  • "I am here to give you advice on what to do next. It is recommended that you talk with me anytime you get stuck."
  • "They say there is a person who will tell you how to survive in this land... oh wait. That's me."

At night:

  • "You should stay indoors at night. It is very dangerous to be wandering around in the dark."

During a Blood Moon:

  • "Hey, buddy, do you know where any deathweed is? Oh, no reason; just wondering, is all."
  • "If you were to look up, you'd see that the moon is red right now."
  • "You can tell a Blood Moon is out when the sky turns red. There is something about it that causes monsters to swarm."

During a PartyDesktop VersionConsole Version:

  • "Never been to a party before? You might want to check around with the others. People sometimes bring out special party favors."

If the TavernkeepDesktop VersionConsole Version is present:

  • "Normally I'd try to teach you all about the Old One's Army, but you should probably ask <name of Tavernkeep> about that."

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Guide's crafting tips for weapons show adjusted damage based on any bonuses the player currently has equipped, such as the Molten armor's set bonus. Unequip damage-adjusting items while speaking to the Guide to see base damage. This also applies to critical strike chance.
  • While NPCs cannot usually be attacked directly by players, the Guide Voodoo Doll will allow players to attack the Guide.
  • The Guide, like any other friendly NPC, will not respawn unless it is day.
  • The Guide must be alive to summon the Wall of Flesh, otherwise the Wall of Flesh will not spawn.
  • The Guide will not have many useful tips after unlocking Hardmode, except hinting about destroying Altars and finding Souls of Light and Night underground.
  • The Guide's advice "If you gather 5 fallen stars, they can be combined to create an item that will increase your magic capacity." is outdated for the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile versions. Since 1.3.0.1, Mana Crystals require only 3 Fallen Stars.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Real Estate Agent.png
Real Estate Agent • "Have all possible town NPCs living in your world."
All town NPCs are housed in your world. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Achievement Home Sweet Home.png
Home Sweet Home • "The Guide has moved into your house"
Have the Guide move into a house. Old-gen console version
Achievement Appease the Volcano Gods.png
Appease the Volcano Gods • "You sacrificed The Guide in boiling hot magma!"
Let your Guide die in lava. Old-gen console version
Achievement Homicidal.png
Homicidal • "You killed The Guide, you maniac!"
Equip the Guide Voodoo Doll and kill the guide. Old-gen console version

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • One of the Guide's names is Andrew, named for Andrew Spinks (aka Redigit), the lead developer of Terraria. The Green Cap is dropped if a Guide with that name (Old-gen console version or any name) is killed.
  • Terraria's lead developer, Redigit, said during an AMA on Reddit that he created the Guide Voodoo Doll so players could get revenge on him for always opening the door.[5]
  • The Guide is depicted in two paintings, "Guide Picasso" and "The Creation of the Guide".
  • Official Terraria Lore – According to the official game lore, there is an organization called "Order of the Guide", whose purpose is to preserve old legends and knowledge. It is likely that the Guide is a member of this order.
  • In the 3DS version 3DS version, the Guide mentions the St. Patrick's Day event, even though it is not implemented there.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2.4: Improved readability of two of the Guide's tips as per complaints.
  • Desktop 1.1: Now has random name given to him on spawn. His death will be reported with this name, and other NPCs will use it in their quotes.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PS4)
    • Now shoots Arrows at nearby enemies.
    • Now only Guides named Andrew will drop the Green Cap.
  • Console 1.07: Improved readability of two of the Guide's tips as per complaints.
  • Console 1.02:
    • Drops the Green Cap upon death.
    • The Guide will no longer say you need a hammer to break Crystal Hearts (called Life Crystals by the Guide).
    • The Guide will no longer say you need 10 Fallen Stars to make a Mana Crystal.
  • Mobile 1.2.11212: Improved readability of two of the Guide's tips as per complaints.
  • Mobile 1.2.6508:
    • Drops the Green Cap upon death if named Andrew.
    • The Guide will no longer say you need a hammer to break Crystal Hearts (called Life Crystals by the Guide).
    • The Guide will no longer say you need 10 Fallen Stars to make a Mana Crystal.
  • Mobile 1.1.5536: The Guide's name will be reported on death, and other NPCs will reference it.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 any item with a pickaxe, axe, or hammer power greater than 0 (but disregarding Copper Pickaxe and Copper Axe)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Copper, Iron, Silver, or Gold Ore
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Copper, Iron, Silver, or Gold Bar
  4. only the actual Grappling HookGrappling Hook item – other hooks are disregarded
  5. I am Redigit - Creator of Terraria. Ask Me Anything! Sep 27, 2013