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Guide:Crafting 101

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Crafting is the act of combining one or more materials into a different item, usually at a specific crafting station.

Crafting Basics[edit | edit source]

The crafting aspect is slightly different across different versions of Terraria. To access the crafting menu, press the Inventory key while in-game. This will bring up the heads-up display, showing your inventory, equipment slots, and other options. The crafting menu is located in the bottom left of your screen, as indicated in the image below. On Console version Console, press Triangle (Playstation) / Y (Xbox OneXbox 360). From there, switch tabs on Old-gen console version Old-gen console to access the crafting interface and on Console version Console, switch menus (L1 / R1) LB RB.

Desktop version Desktop version[edit | edit source]

The items that can be currently crafted will appear in this menu. Your crafting options are determined by the items you have in your inventory, as well as your proximity to various crafting stations. Next, to a selected item's icon in the list, its crafting recipe appears.

To navigate this menu, you can click or use the mouse wheel to scroll through items. You can also see all craftable items at once by clicking the hammer icon below the word "Crafting". To select an item (as depicted by a yellow border), simply click on it, and to craft it, click it again. The newly crafted item will attach itself to your cursor, and from there it can be placed in your inventory or dropped by right-clicking outside of your inventory space. Large numbers of stackable items can be crafted by right-clicking and holding the icon, which quickly creates and stacks that item until the stack is full, you run out of materials, or simply let go. To exit your inventory, press the Inventory key again.

Upon crafting, there is a 75% chance that the item is provided with a random modifier, slightly altering its quality. There is no way to predict what modifier will be applied on an item, and many items cannot get modifiers at all.

Crafting Stations[edit | edit source]

This picture shows distance things can be crafted from. In this picture, the Work Bench, Tinkerer's Workshop, and Sawmill can all be used from the spot the character is on. The Anvil, Keg, and Forge are out of range, and therefore they cannot be used.
For a comprehensive listing of all crafting stations, see crafting station.

Many recipes require that you have a crafting station to craft them. The first crafting station available is the Work Bench, which can be crafted without any crafting station. To use a crafting station, it must be placed in the world, and you must be standing close enough to it (see image). Items you can craft using the station will then be added to the list of items you can currently craft. It is possible to stand near many crafting stations simultaneously to craft items using any of these stations. Additionally, some items, such as the Copper Watch or Waterfall Blocks require that you stand next to multiple different crafting stations to be able to craft them.

Multi-Crafting Areas[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Many players may find it useful to use the Guide's help, as he shows not only the recipes an item is used in, but also what crafting stations are needed to craft those items.
  • On the 3DS version 3DS version, one can scroll through all recipes previously discovered, no matter if the materials are available or not. This can help the player, however, they will have to scroll for a while late-game.
  • If you keep any potion ingredients in one area, it can be useful to place a Bottle or Alchemy Table nearby for quick crafting. The same can go with dyes.
  • To make a full, complete crafting area, you must include all crafting stations. This includes either a Demon or Crimson Altar (included in one of the crafting areas shown above), and even a Campfire to craft a Marshmallow on a Stick. If you do not want to build a whole crafting area near an altar, it can be very useful to build it somewhere else and provide a way to get to an altar quickly. Teleporters are good for this.
  • 3DS version The player is required to be on the same level as crafting stations to use them and cannot craft using items from a chest (they must be in the player's inventory).