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Information.svg Note: All items are technically renewable, as the player can create worlds infinitely and loot them, deleting them shortly after and repeating the process. However, this guide discusses resources that are renewable without creating new worlds.

In Terraria, an item or block is considered "renewable" if it can be created indefinitely within a single world.

There are many forms of renewable resources:

  • Items obtained by killing various enemies or buying them from NPCs are renewable, as most of the former and all of the latter can be respawned infinitely. All enemies and NPC drops are technically infinite. This also means that money is renewable. For tips on making money in large quantities, see Guide:Making money.
  • Fishing for the items, either as direct catches or via Crates or Angler rewards.
  • Any item which is crafted solely from renewable items is itself renewable, even if it requires a non-renewable crafting station.
  • Use of game mechanics:
    • Some items need to be harvested, by planting the appropriate seeds.
    • Others can spontaneously spawn in predictable environments.
    • Liquids behavior allows a number of ways to combine liquids, increasing their volume over time, and also to create certain blocks by combining them.
    • Miscellaneous methods such as using the Sandgun with ammo-reduction effects.

Non-renewable items are:

  • Any item which has a non-renewable item in its crafting recipe.
  • Some items are found in specific Chests, of which a limited number spawn with a world, and a few of those cannot also be obtained by fishing. Most of the chests themselves are also non-renewable.
  • A few items are created with the world in particular locations, and cannot otherwise be created in world. This includes furnitures and materials from several fixed structures, notably the Dungeon, the Jungle Temple, the Underworld's Ruined Houses, and Altars. These structures also tend to include location-specific chests.
  • Some blocks are created with the world, and may be quite plentiful, but cannot actually be crafted. This applies to all Soils types except for Sand, Granite and Snow (via the Frost Legion). It also applies to Hive blocks, and therefore to the Queen Bee's drops.
  • Some types of natural Wall cannot be harvested or crafted by the player. In some cases, this is important for game mechanics to work.

Here is a list of renewable resources separated by categories.

Building/Crafting Materials[edit | edit source]

Wood[edit | edit source]

Wood is arguably the most common renewable resource. Chopping down Trees will yield the biome-specific Wood that the tree was growing on. Most trees also drop Acorns that can be planted to grow new ones. Jungle trees don't drop acorns, but can still be planted, or they can spontaneously grow on Jungle Grass.

All types of wood can be used for structures, background walls, furniture, and platforms.

Sand[edit | edit source]

Sand, and by extension, Glass, is an infinite resource if you have the right equipment:

By extension, Ebonsand, Crimsand and Pearlsand are also renewable, since the normal variant can be intentionally transformed prior to harvesting. Be aware that the blocks can only be converted in Hardmode.

Miscellaneous Blocks[edit | edit source]

Gel[edit | edit source]

Gel is an enemy drop dropped by every types of Slimes. It is used for many recipes, beginning with the Torch. With a Solidifier, it can be converted to Slime Blocks.

Desktop VersionConsole Version Unlike other slimes, Pinky drops Pink Gel. It is still renewable, but is extremely hard to get in large amounts.

Bomb[edit | edit source]

Bombs are an infinite resource since they can be bought from the Demolitionist, and created infinitely by wiring a Bomb Statue.

Desktop VersionConsole Version Bomb Fish are equivalent to Sticky Bombs, and are obtained from fishing, making these also renewable.

Crops and Herbs[edit | edit source]

See also: Guide:Gardening

Ores[edit | edit source]

With the exception of Hellstone and Chlorophyte, all Ores are renewable through various means:

Standard Pre-Hardmode ores[edit | edit source]

Copper or Tin, Iron or Lead, Silver or Tungsten, and Gold or Platinum can be found in the ground throughout the game, and can also be obtained in smaller quantities by use of the Extractinator. Neither of those processes are renewable, but the ores are renewable, through two methods: They can be obtained by opening Wooden Crates, or from Slimes as bonus drops.

Crimtane and Demonite Ore[edit | edit source]

Demonite and Crimtane Ores can be dropped by their respective evil biome boss (Eater of Worlds for Demonite, Brain of Cthulhu for Crimtane). However, only one Evil ore can be dropped by Eye of Cthulhu per world. If the other evil biome is transported into a world, it will then be renewable.

Meteorite[edit | edit source]

Main article: Meteorite

Meteorite is a major renewable resource in pre-Hardmode. The first meteorite crash occur on a 50% chance after smashing a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart. They spawn Meteor Heads, which can drop Meteorite ore, but only in pre-Hardmode.

Standard Hardmode Ores[edit | edit source]

Cobalt or Palladium, Mythril or Orichalcum, and Adamantite or Titanium are all renewable, as these can be found in Crates during Hardmode.

Other Renewable Items[edit | edit source]

Enemy and NPC drops[edit | edit source]

Any item which can be gained by killing something is renewable (with the exception of non-renewable drops from Queen Bee, like the Bee Keeper). Killing enemies and bosses is straightforward (if sometimes non-trivial). NPCs can also be killed, with more effort. Visit the NPCs, NPC drops, and Drops pages for a list of all of them. This includes Coins, which can also be gained by selling other renewable items.

An unorthodox case of this is the fact that Demonite Brick is renewable in Corruption worlds despite the ebonstone in the recipe being non-renewable, as small quantities are obtained upon killing the Wall of Flesh. A similar principle applies to Crimtane Brick in a Crimson world.

Purchased Items[edit | edit source]

Since money is renewable, all items purchased from NPCs are renewable. Most NPCs have items to sell, the exceptions being the Guide, Nurse, Angler, Tax Collector, and Old Man. The Angler and the Dye Trader can furthermore provide items as quest rewards. Visit the NPCs' respective pages to view the items they sell.

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Items obtained by Fishing are all renewable. Visit that page to view all Items obtainable from fishing. Many ores and bars (see above) can be obtained by way of Crates, as can many weapons, tools, and accessories, and even a crafting station. Additional items can be gotten from the Angler as quest rewards.

Dyes[edit | edit source]

All the "basic" dyes are either plants that spawn spontaneously, purchased, or mob drops. Quest-exclusive Dyes can be obtained from the Dye Trader as long as Strange Plants can grow to trade them in. All other dyes can be crafted from basic, purchased, and/or quest dyes.

Crystal Shards[edit | edit source]

Crystal Shards are renewable as they naturally grow on Pearlstone Blocks and Pink Ice Blocks in the Cavern.

On the Mobile version Mobile version and 3DS version 3DS version, Crystal Shards are also dropped by Arch Demons, allowing for large-scale collection.

Fallen Stars[edit | edit source]

Fallen Stars will regularly fall from the sky every night, and are therefore renewable.

Critters[edit | edit source]

All the Critter types spawn spontaneously in their respective biomes.

Liquids[edit | edit source]

Main article: Liquids

All liquids can be reproduced infinitely. By extension, all liquid-created Blocks (Obsidian, Honey Block, and Crispy Honey Block) can be created indefinitely.

Non-renewable Items[edit | edit source]

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Non-renewable items are few enough that they can be listed individually. A few of those are "semi-renewable", produced by something that is plentiful but ultimately finite.

Plentiful but Finite[edit | edit source]

  • The various Soil types are created with the world, but only Sand and Granite, and (sometimes) Snow, can actually be created in world. Ignoring variations of grass, moss, and biome conversion, that leaves Dirt, Stone, Clay, MudSilt, Slush, Desert Fossil, Hardened SandSandstone, Ice, Thin IceAsh, and Marble as plentiful but non-renewable. This extends to items created from these materials, including all craftable Statues, and several furniture sets: Frozen, Marble, Flesh, and (due to the stone needed for their bricks) Skyware, Meteorite, and Crystal.
  • Gems are found placed in the world, but the only other source for them is using an Extractinator on Silt, Slush, and Desert Fossils. Therefore gems (including Amber), are non-renewable, as is the Amber Mosquito item. Sturdy Fossils, however, are dropped by Basilisks in Hardmode, so those are renewable.
  • Hive blocks are found only in hives in the Jungle. Since Hive (or a Larva, which is only generated with the world) is needed to summon the Queen Bee, this makes the Queen Bee's drops (except Bottled Honey), and any item made with Bee Wax, plentiful but non-renewable (but still plentiful).
  • Some types of natural Wall cannot be harvested or crafted by the player; even harvestable walls will no longer be considered "natural" if they are harvested and replaced.
    • Natural walls do not suppress enemy spawning, while any placed walls can.
    • The Dungeon, Spider Nest, and Underground Desert (mini-)biomes are defined by the presence of their respective naturally generated walls.

Farming Chlorophyte[edit | edit source]

An example of a Chlorophyte farm.

Chlorophyte Ore is created by replacing mud, which can be crafted from dirt, but is still non-renewable. In practice this makes Chlorophyte "nearly unlimited", but it would be possible to deplete a world's mud/dirt. All of this applies equally well to Shroomite and Spectre Bars, which are made from it.

Requisites[edit | edit source]

  • Chlorophyte will only naturally appear in Hardmode Underground Jungles (either natural or artificial), but the ore can be seeded practically anywhere underground.
    • Do not have any Ebonstone or Crimstone blocks within three blocks of your farm. Both will convert mud into dirt, preventing Chlorophyte from growing.
    • Chlorophyte will spread at Underground depth or below, but will spread much more at Cavern depth and below.
  • Chlorophyte has a spreading limit, checking a square area roughly centered around the ore tile selected to update.
    • Desktop VersionConsole Version The short-range maximum is 21 ore blocks in a 104 tile range and the long-range max is 66 ore blocks in a 127 tile range in Underground, while in the Cavern short-range maximum is 41 ore blocks in a 70 tile range and the long range max is 131 ore blocks in a 170 tile range.
    • Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version The short-range maximum is 12 ore blocks in a 114 tile range and the long-range max is 56 ore blocks in a 284 tile range in Underground, while in the Cavern short-range maximum is 24 ore blocks in a 76 tile range and the max is approximately 111 ore blocks in a 190 tile range.

Methods[edit | edit source]

  • One method to farm Chlorophyte is to build a single square of mud with one Chlorophyte Ore block in the middle. A minimum sized square of 3x3 or 3x4 blocks will do, and a player should not build multiple squares close to each other, as this may hamper the farm's growth. One may also build multiple squares, as long as they are not within a 37 tile range each (approximately 45 tile range in Old-gen console version Old-gen console, Mobile version Mobile, and 3DS version3DS).
  • One may also instead create a single long horizontal or vertical one block strip with a single Chlorophyte Ore block in it, as an alternative method.
  • An optional place for a farm is the Underworld, as Chlorophyte will grow even to that depth. One does not need to clear space for a farm in the underworld, as the space already available can be used.
  • In Desktop version Desktop and Console version Console versions, you can increase the size of the blocks to 6x6 or 6x7. The spacing between farm regions should be no less than 37 tiles apart in most cases, or 38 tiles apart for 6x7 blocks to get maximum spread.


Location Specific Generation[edit | edit source]

A few items are created with the world in particular locations, and cannot otherwise be created in world. This includes (but is not limited to) furnishings and materials from several fixed structures, notably the Dungeon, the Jungle Temple, the Underworld's Ruined Houses.

Location-Specific Chests[edit | edit source]

Various special chests spawn with a world, and even those chests which have corresponding Crates have a few items which are not found in their crates. In all cases, items are listed under only the first chest they appear in. All of the chests listed below are themselves uncraftable and non-renewable items.

Non-renewable Crafting Stations[edit | edit source]

It seems worthwhile to summarize those crafting stations which are non-renewable (as listed above). Special mention for the Sharpening Station, which is not a crafting station but in some ways resembles one.