Guide:Crafting 101

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Crafting Basics[edit | edit source]

The crafting aspect is slightly different across different versions of Terraria. To access the crafting menu, press the 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. Mobile only.png On the Mobile Version, press the button with 3 dots on it to access your full inventory, and on Console only.png Console, press or . From there, you may switch tabs to access the crafting interface.
The crafting area on PC, outlined in red.
The crafting area on Console.

PC 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 is where 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 clicking outside of your inventory space. Large numbers of stackable items can be made by right-clicking and holding the icon, and 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 key again.

You can occasionally craft an item of exceptional, terrible, or slightly different quality, possessing a good or bad Modifier. This has a 75% chance of happening upon crafting an item, as well as various other reasons. There is no way to predict what modifier you will get on an item, and many items cannot get modifiers at all. However, many items can be Reforged to gain different modifiers. Mainly, the only items that can get modifiers are tools, weapons, armor, and accessories.

Getting Started[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.
See also: Crafting Station

To get started with advanced crafting, you'll need to craft some basic crafting stations first. The first thing you'll need is a Work Bench, which is crafted By Hand. You can make a Work Bench out of many materials, but the easiest material to get is regular Wood. The Work Bench is very handy, and is likely the first crafting station you'll ever make.

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Work Bench.png Wood.pngWood (10) By Hand

After crafting a Work Bench, the possibilities of crafting are greatly expanded. However, to craft ores into usable bars, you'll need to craft a Furnace, and an Anvil to put them to use. Whether you craft a Iron Anvil or a Lead Anvil is up to what ores you can find, though the only differences are their names and appearances. You'll also want to have a Placed Bottle on hand to craft potions, so craft Bottles and place one on a table or platform.

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Furnace.png Stone Block.pngStone Block (20) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Wood.pngWood (4)
Torch.pngTorch (3)
Iron Anvil.png Iron Bar.pngIron Bar (5)
Lead Anvil.png Lead Bar.pngLead Bar (5)
Bottle (2) 
Glass.pngGlass (1) Furnace.png Any Furnace

With these crafting stations, you'll be able to make nearly all items that you'll need on a regular basis. However, there still are a few other crafting stations that can be of use. They are mainly the Sawmill and Loom. A Sawmill will let you craft advanced wooden items, and a Loom will let you make cloth items. A Cooking Pot and Keg can be helpful, too.

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Sawmill.png Wood.pngWood (10) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Iron Bar.pngIron Bar (2)
Loom.png Wood.pngWood (12) Sawmill.png Sawmill
Wood.pngWood (14)
Cooking Pot.png Iron Bar.pngIron Bar (10) Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil /
Lead Anvil.png Lead Anvil
Wood.pngWood (2)

With all of these stations, you've crafted every station you can before going on to Hardmode. But, there are still some more stations that cannot be crafted, and you'll want to obtain.

Crafting Station Notes
Hellforge.png Hellforge Found in the Underworld, needed to make Hellstone Bars.
Tinkerer's Workshop.png Tinkerer's Workshop Bought from the Goblin Tinkerer, needed to combine Accessories.
Dye Vat.png Dye Vat Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png Bought from the Dye Trader, needed to make Dyes.
Imbuing Station.png Imbuing Station Bought from the Witch Doctor, needed to make Flasks.

The Corruption and Crimson Altars are created during world gen, and are un-craftable. They are found mainly in underground Corruption and Crimson Chasms, and only either one can be in a world (respectively). You can find them less frequently underground, and you can often find a couple of Altars closer to spawn. They are used to craft Boss-Summoning Items, but cannot be moved, since displacing them will not drop them as an item. They cannot be freed with a pickaxe. Once in Hardmode, they can be broken with a Hardmode-tier hammer, however they will be destroyed and not drop as an item. This also limits the number of altars in a world.

Demon Altar.png Demon Altar Crimson Altar.png Crimson Altar

Hardmode Crafting[edit | edit source]

Once you've slain the Wall of Flesh, your world will enter Hardmode, a harder version of what you have faced before. In Hardmode, you'll need to craft stronger equipment, so you'll need improved crafting stations. Whether you use Mythril or Orichalcum to craft an anvil, and Adamantite or Titanium for your forge is up to what ores you can find. Just like the Iron and Lead Anvils, though, there is little difference.

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Mythril Anvil.png Mythril Bar.pngMythril Bar (10) Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil /
Lead Anvil.png Lead Anvil
Orichalcum Anvil.png Orichalcum Bar.pngOrichalcum Bar (12)
Adamantite Forge.png Adamantite Ore.pngAdamantite Ore (30) Mythril Anvil.png Mythril Anvil /
Orichalcum Anvil.png Orichalcum Anvil
Titanium Forge.png Titanium Ore.pngTitanium Ore (30)

Multi-Crafting Areas[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop only.png Console only.png 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 what crafting stations are needed to craft those items.
  • 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: player is required to be on the same level as crafting stations in order to use them, and can't craft using items from a chest (they must be in your inventory)

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