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Terraria is a sandbox game, but that does not mean it is without structure or change. The game progression presents a lengthy cyclic pattern:

  1. The player explores a new section of the world.
  2. The area provides new materials from the landscape, chests and pots containing new items, and new enemies which offer varied hazards, but also drop new items.
  3. The player uses these to upgrade their equipment, until they are ready for...
  4. ... a boss fight. Each new boss provides a uniquely challenging fight. Defeating the boss provides still more advanced equipment and materials. This may include new NPCs and new items sold by existing NPCs.
  5. The items gained from the boss will again improve the player's equipment, but the bosses' defeat will also present a new challenge, usually access to a new area, or the appearance of new enemies in a previously explored area. This returns the player to step 1.
  6. The most significant boss battles for progression are the Wall of Flesh and Plantera, which both change the behavior of the world itself (biome spreading and new enemies).

This page attempts to summarize the game progression, as delineated by bosses, NPCs, and suchlike, in text form. It will not give details about boss fights and such, see the particular boss's page or strategy guide for that. It will, however, give tips for control of the transitions in the game, and note key items to craft or find. Some tips will represent opportunities for "sequence breaking", by gaining equipment slightly in advance of the "usual" timing.

For a more detailed and graphics-heavy guide, see the Walkthrough Guide. Other important pages relating to progression: NPCs, Hardmode, Bosses. Item-class pages such as Armor or Swords may also be helpful.

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

The Player starts with minimal equipment: your task at hand is to collect resources, build a base, and craft better equipment.

Items[edit | edit source]

  • You'll start off chopping Trees for wood, killing Slimes by day, and digging around the surface of the world. You need to make yourself a base before night.
  • Make better armor, weapons, and tools as you gather materials.
  • Make a Bed as soon as you can, and set your spawn point in a safe house.
  • Start mining Underground.
  • Once you get the Merchant, buy a Piggy Bank as soon as you can.
  • Until your mana is maxed out, collect Fallen Stars to make Mana Crystals and use those immediately.
  • Collect all the Heart Crystals you find, but don't actually use them until you're ready.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Nearly all NPC needs a house: as the population grow, housing them all and defending them will become an increasing issue. The NPCs can defend themselves fairly well against individual early-game enemies, but later in the game or if they get mobbed, they can be killed.
  • Some NPCs may not seem very useful, but there are purposes for which any NPC will do:
    • Some NPCs will appear only once a certain number of NPCs have already appeared or other conditions have been met (such as the player carrying some related item in inventory).
    • Enemy spawns are reduced near any NPC. If three NPCs are visible on the screen, enemy spawns will be completely suppressed (except during events like Blood Moon).
    • Any NPC that can sell items can also buy items from the player.
  • You start with the Guide, you just need to build a house for him. He can give advice about crafting and occasional warnings of upcoming events.
  • Carry 50 silver coins for the Merchant. He will sell an assortment of basic items.
  • Find and carry an explosive for the Demolitionist. He sells grenades, bombs, and other explosive items.
  • The Nurse will appear after you use your first Heart Crystal. She does not sell items, but can instantly heal you and remove debuffs for a small fee.
  • Carry any Plant to attract the Dye Trader. He sells dye-related items, including a couple of colors that are not otherwise found in the world, and the crafting station to mix your own dyes. He also trades Strange Plants for unique dyes.
  • The Stylist is found in a Spider Nest, but will be helpless when found. She and the Angler are the first of several NPCs who need to be found and "rescued" before they can move into your town. Her services are purely cosmetic, but some of the hair dyes can provide useful information, and she can buy your surplus items.
  • There are three "non-town" NPCS, who do not need a house. The exceptions are the Old Man (found at the Dungeon entrance... temporarily), the Traveling Merchant (who will visit during the day) and the Skeleton Merchant (who can be found randomly underground). The Old Man is used only to summon Skeletron for the first time. The other two merchants each sell a random and/or time-dependent selection of merchandise, and can also buy unneeded items from the player.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Mark the spot where you spawned for the first time, and be careful about digging there. If you dig away the ground at the world spawn, you will promptly fall.
  • Until you start using Heart Crystals, your biggest threats are the night monsters, and possibly King Slime if you wander far enough away from spawn.
    • The first crystal you use will enable Blood Moon nights to happen randomly, while also moving the Nurse. You probably shouldn't do this until you've got at least Iron armor and weapons.
    • The second crystal enables Slime Rains, which can bring King Slime to your doorstep.
    • The fifth crystal will cause the Eye of Cthulhu to spawn randomly at night. If possible, work your way up to Gold/Platinum armor and weapons before you use any further crystals.
      • You can collect lenses to craft Suspicious Looking Eye to summon the Eye manually at your convenience. Watch for messages and comments from the NPCs, so you don't summon him on a night when he'll appear. Similarly, don't summon him when the sun sets: wait a few seconds to make sure he's not coming, and that it's not a Blood Moon.

Seasonal Events[edit | edit source]

Terraria offers a couple of seasonal events, based on the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world. These "holiday seasons" overlap any normal game events that may be happening, but provide additional features.

Valentine's DayMobile Version3DS Version[edit | edit source]

If it is Valentine's Day in Terraria, the Merchant will sell two particularly useful items:

  • For 1 Gold Coin, the player can buy a Valentine Ring. When dropped, picked back up, and equipped, it grants a jump bonus and a health regeneration boost.
  • For 50 Copper Coin, the player can buy a Heart Arrow. Heart Arrows are basically Wooden Arrows which stun enemies for 1.5 seconds. These can be extremely useful against bosses, especially when used in large amounts. If a large enough amount is used, a boss can be stunned forever.
Halloween[edit | edit source]

Halloween is somewhat less generous, but does offer some goodies:

  • The Witch Doctor will sell a Cauldron, a Cooking Pot which is Halloween-themed. This can be a nice alternative than using your own Iron/Lead to make one.
  • The Bloody Machete and Bladed Glove both have a 0.05% drop rate from all weaker enemies. Both weapons are very powerful in pre-Hardmode.
  • Pumpkins will begin to naturally grow around the world. Outside of the Halloween season, they would not be available until the Dryad appears. Pumpkins can be used to make Pumpkin armor, which is as good as Tin armor, plus the set bonus boosts all damage by 10%. They can also be used for Pumpkin Pie, a long-lasting food item.
  • Monsters will drop Goodie Bags. These mostly contain Vanity items sets, but also can include Rotten Eggs. These are a weak throwing weapon, but they are the only player-wielded weapon that normally damages NPCs. Rarely goodie bags can also contain the Unlucky Yarn, or the useful Bat Hook.
Christmas[edit | edit source]

If it's Christmas in Terraria, you can use Presents to speed up progression:

Late Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Once you've beaten the Eye, it will no longer spawn on its own. You should definitely be able to reach the Jungle by now, and go onward to the Ocean (for the Angler).

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • The Dryad sells a number of nature-related items: Seeds to plant any sort of grass, Sunflowers for a useful buff, and Acorns. Her Purification Powder can purge Corruption or Crimson from small areas, and is the only way to revert tainted blocks at this point.
  • The Angler is found sleeping near the Ocean. His quests will provide a trickle of money and a steady stream of useful tools and accessories.

Items[edit | edit source]

  • From here on, use Heart Crystals immediately until your health is at maximum.
  • Make a Reinforced Fishing Pole for fishing.
  • Make a Cooking Pot for cooking fish. Make Clay pots or buy planters from the Dryad to grow herbs as you collect seeds. Start making potions.
  • Boots add mobility, and begin the crafting chain ending with Frostspark Boots.

Fishing[edit | edit source]

From this point on, fish as much as you can: take every possible quest from the Angler, using all the fishing-related equipment and potions you get from him.

  • This will get you an assortment of useful items, both directly and from crates. The Reaver Shark and Rockfish will serve you for a long time, while some of the accessories will help you get around and/or protect from falls. Crates can provide the tiny but powerful Falcon Blade, among other powerful items.
  • Start stockpiling Crates, and continue until Hardmode. Note that biome crates can have unique items, mostly the same items as the biome's chests. Crimson or Corrupt Crates will also add special drops in Hardmode, so make sure you keep some of those.
  • Set up three chests for quest fish, and each time you fish for one, try to catch four of the current quest fish at a time. The next couple of times those quests come up, you can hand over the fish immediately from the chests.
  • Fishing will remain useful into early Hardmode, but eventually there will come a point when the player has better equipment than anything they could fish up. At this point, fishing is more-or-less reduced to resupplying potion ingredients.

The Evil biomes[edit | edit source]

Once you have Gold/Platinum or better equipment, with some helpful accessories, you should be able to delve into your "evil" biome with relative impunity. At this point, you can start breaking Shadow Orbs or Crimson Hearts (hereafter, "orbs"):

  • To minimize meteorites, avoid breaking multiple orbs between midnight and dawn (4:30 AM), as that can get you multiple meteorites immediately (separate 50% chance for each orb broken). If orbs are broken at other times, there will be at most one meteor (next midnight) no matter how many orbs you broke that day. Regardless, after the first orb is broken, there will be a small chance of meteorites falling every night thereafter. There will also be a random chance each day of the Goblin Army invading.
  • When breaking that first orb, make sure of the status message you get, which should be "A horrible chill runs down your spine...". If you instead get "Screams echo around you...", this means that one of the orbs has already been broken, by faulty world generation.
  • The second orb broken will offer more drops, but otherwise ought to do nothing in particular.
  • Every third orb broken summons Eater of Worlds or Brain of Cthulhu.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Carry Bullets or a Gun for the Arms Dealer. He sells Guns, Ammunition, and the Illegal Gun Parts used to craft several powerful guns. Specialized ammunition may not be offered unless you are carrying the appropriate weapon.
  • Tavernkeep, found after defeating one Evil biome boss. He provides access to the Old One's Army event, and equipment to fight it.
  • Goblin Tinkerer, after defeating the Goblin Army:
    • He sells the Tinkerer's Workshop to combine accessories.
    • He sells Rocket Boots, and a handful of other items.
    • He also provides a special service: By reforging an accessory, weapon, or tool, you can get a new modifier for the item. Throughout the game, a fair bit of your coin will go toward reforging your equipment for improved power.
  • Painter. His wares are purely cosmetic, but can drastically improve the appearance of your base, not to mention such practical uses as color-coding chests.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • From this point on, Meteorites will be hitting your world. Place Chests at all your bases and other points you want to protect, as they will prevent from landing there.
  • Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version Once you have enough Meteorite ore, consider making a Skybridge as a Meteor shield over your world.

The Jungle[edit | edit source]

Items[edit | edit source]

  • Hornet Staff
  • Optionally Imp Staff.
  • Mobility items: The Sky Islands may also provide a Lucky Horseshoe, Red Balloon, and/or Cloud In a Bottle, while fishing may provide variations on these.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Witch Doctor (after killing Queen Bee). At this point his most important item is the Imbuing Station, which allows you to make Flasks for melee buffs. He also sells the Blowgun, and as the game advances will provide miscellaneous tools and ammunition.

The Dungeon[edit | edit source]

By this point, you should have at least "evil", Meteorite or Jungle equipment, with a fair range of weapons and accessories. A tough fight with Skeletron will grant you access to the Dungeon. The Dungeon will provide the last items needed to complete your Cell Phone, a Muramasa to complete your Night's Edge, and a Shadow Key for looting the Underworld.

Items[edit | edit source]

Cell Phone, Shadow Key, Night's Edge, The Grand Design.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Clothier: He can supply an assortment of wearables and the materials to make others. All his wares are cosmetic.
  • Mechanic: She will be your source for wires, switches, actuators, pumps, and other Mechanisms.
  • Party Girl: Most of her wares are cosmetic and party-related, but some can be eccentrically useful.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Clear the place out as best you can, fixing obstacles and stripping away Spikes as you go. You might also want to make a fishing hole here for later; remember, to fish for Dungeon Crates you must be below Surface level and in front of "natural" Dungeon wall.

The Underworld[edit | edit source]

Explore and loot all the Underworld's Ruined Houses and loot the Shadow Chests, while mining Hellstone for Molten armor and other equipment. You will also need to make several kinds of preparation for Hardmode:

  • You should chop up your world with "hellevators" and tunnels, to block spread of the Hallow and Crimson or Corruption. Especially try to protect Jungle and your spawn base.
  • Check your crates, you'll want to go into Hardmode with at least a stack or two.
  • Stock up on potions, because you'll be wanting those more in Hardmode.
  • If you haven't already, you might try making a surface Mushroom biome, and building a house there for Truffle to move in later.
  • Prepare the Underworld for the Wall of Flesh fight: you will need to make bridges over remaining lava. Having established a safe surface to walk on, place stations along the way with Heart Lamps, Campfires, Star in a Bottles, Peace Candles and banners, trying to cover as much territory as you can with your protective buffs.

Items[edit | edit source]

  • Imp Staff
  • Demon Scythe
  • Mobile Version3DS Version Shadow Chests may contain the normally late-Hardmode Drax. If you find one, keep it handy, as it will be very useful even in late Hardmode.

Finally, gather up your best weapons and armor, choose your accessories, grab a few bags of Purification Powder, and summon the Wall of Flesh. When you defeat it, you might look around for a Tortured Soul to purify into your Tax Collector.

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Early Hardmode[edit | edit source]

After killing the Wall of Flesh, the world moves into the "midgame". At this point, much of the world has probably been mapped and looted, including all the surface biomes and most of the large structures (except the Jungle Temple, which has at least been located). But the monsters are a lot tougher in all environments, the contagious biomes are trying to take over the world, and big chunks of previously-known territory have been taken over by evil or the Hallow. Additionally:

  • Rain brings Angry Nimbuses;
  • Goblin Armies now include Goblin Summoners, which drop Shadowflame weapons;
  • Underground, the rare Biome Mimics are a particular challenge, but with awesome rewards;
  • Chlorophyte will start appearing in the Jungle, but you can't mine it yet, Mobile Version3DS Version unless you found a Drax in a Shadow Chest.

NPC[edit | edit source]

  • Truffle will show up if you have a suitable house for him in surface Mushroom Biome.
  • Many of your existing NPCs will have new items for sale.
    • The Merchant sells the Disco Ball.
    • The Demolitionist sells Hellfire arrows and Explosive Powder.
    • The Dye Trader gives several new dyes.
    • The Dryad sells Hallow seeds and Jungle Wall.
    • The Arms Dealer sells the Shotgun and Empty Bullet Shells. Unholy arrows are now available around the clock.
    • The Stylist sells Biome Hair Dye.
    • The Witch Doctor sells the Tiki Totem pet and Leaf Wings (Witch Doctor must be placed in a house in the Jungle for these two extra items to be available)
    • The Mechanic sometimes sells the Mechanic's Rod.
    • Desktop VersionConsole Version The Party Girl sells colored rockets, bubbles, and smoke blocks.
    • The Traveling Merchant can sell the Gatligator.
    • The Skeleton Merchant can sell two new yo-yos, the Yoyo Glove, and the Slap Hand.
  • Tax Collector. If you didn't catch him on the way up from the WoF fight, go get him now for a steady stream of money.
  • The Wizard: Along the way, look for the Wizard in the Caverns or below. Once rescued, he will sell you the Crystal Ball and Ice Rod, along with key materials for several weapons.

Items[edit | edit source]

  • A Hardmode Anvil and Hardmode Forge.
  • Basic Hardmode metals. As with the pre-hardmode ores, only one of each tier can appear in the ground as ore. Crates can provide all six metals.
  • Most of the Hardmode armor sets each have two or three variants. Each different piece provides different set bonuses to favor a particular class. Summoners are represented by "themed" sets and Tavernkeep armor.
  • Medusa Head: Will be very useful against Wyverns and the Destroyer. Given the hazards of hunting Medusa in the wild, the statue farm with lava is definitely the way to go. A Pocket Mirror would be nice, too.
  • Wings: Most wings are crafted with 20 Souls of Flight, gained by slaying a Wyverns, and other ingredients which determine the type of wings you'll craft.
  • Black Recluses: The Spider Nests you've already found will now be spawning Black Recluses. Use some of your new weaponry to kill them for their fangs. You'll at least want enough for the Spider and Queen Spider staves. If you're a Summoner, you may want to craft the Spider armor.
  • Mounts: The Ancient Horn or Blessed Apple both give you good mounts for charging through mobs, but the Scaly Truffle will let you move fast and fly.
  • Ankh Shield: This is a long-term project, which will likely extend through coming stages. You should already have an Obsidian Shield by now, and perhaps a couple of the other ingredients.
    • If not, fish for Dungeon Crates until you get one from a Golden Lock Box.
    • You will be collecting nine rare drops of widely scattered monsters, to combine with each other and the Shield. The result will be a single accessory to protect you from a dozen of the most common debuffs and other hazards you'll encounter while adventuring.
  • Armor: You will probably want armors made with the new Hardmode ores. Palladium and Titanium armors have very good defensive set bonuses, while Adamantite and Orichalcum armors are better offensively. A summoner will prefer Spider armor instead.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Smash altars that are found in the evil biomes in order to spawn Hardmode ores underground. Keep in mind that Wraiths will spawn when you break them.
  • Open crates that you fish, or that you stockpiled. They can give you Hardmode ores.
  • Maintain world purity: At this point, the evil biome will spread thrice as fast than before, and will also corrupt Stone blocks and Sand, while Sunflowers will not stop it from spreading. Additionally, the Hallow starts to spread over the world.

The Pirate Invasion[edit | edit source]

Even if you have not broken any altars, you can still manually summon a Pirate Invasion with a Pirate Map. The enemies include no casters, and only one slow flyer. If summoned in the Ocean biome, the pirates themselves will drop several more Pirate Maps for later use.

Items[edit | edit source]

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Defeating the invasion once unlocks the Pirate NPC, who sells two placeable cannons and ammo, a pet, a costume, and a new decorative Wall.

The Frost Legion[edit | edit source]

If the player has played during the Christmas season, they may have obtained Presents. If opened during Hardmode, these can contain a Snow Globe. Snow Globes can be used at any time to summon the Frost Legion. The invasion itself is pretty straightforward.

Items[edit | edit source]

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • After defeating it, Santa Claus can spawn during the Christmas season.

Mechanical Bosses[edit | edit source]

When you feel you're ready, it's time to tackle on the Mechanical Bosses. You may have gotten some of their summoning items already, if not you can easily make them. It doesn't necessarily matter what order you take them in, and most game-advancement effects kick in based on only how many of the three you've beaten. However, each of them provides the Souls for particular weapons and tools. Once you've learned how to beat each of the Mechanical Bosses, it will be much easier to repeat the performance, in case you run low on Hallowed Bars or their respective Souls.

After One Mechanical Boss[edit | edit source]

  • Solar Eclipses begin to occur. These are almost twice as long as Blood Moons, with far tougher monsters. However, if properly harvested they can be hugely profitable, both in coins and dropped accessories.
  • The Old One's Army goes to Tier 2, with six waves and Ogres at the end.
    • The Tavernkeep likewise sells Tier 2 sentries; hopefully, you've saved up enough Medals to buy one of those.
    • He also sells four sets of armor to buff each of the sentry type, plus give bonuses to sentries and other minions.
    • Buy a Defender's Forge to increase your portable storage.
    • As before, your ultimate goal for the tier is to save up enough Medals that after you do defeat the Golem, you can buy a Tier 3 sentry up front. In the meantime, Ogre drops may be handy.
  • Red Devils and Lava Bats start to spawn in the Underworld.
NPCs[edit | edit source]
Items[edit | edit source]

The Second Mechanical Boss[edit | edit source]

Slaying the second of the mechanical bosses doesn't unlock much in particular. However, if you haven't sunk too many of your Hallowed bars into weapons, you should be able to make the armor by now.

Hardmode Jungle[edit | edit source]

Slaying all three of the mechanical bosses opens a few more gates, primarily the ability to mine Chlorophyte Ore.

  • Desktop VersionConsole Version Solar Eclipses get Mothron and Reapers. Mothron will drop Broken Hero Swords, allowing you to progress to the Terra Blade, while the Reapers will drop their Death Sickle.
  • With all three of the advanced Souls, you can craft the Drax or Pickaxe Axe. This lets you finally start mining that Chlorophyte ore which has been growing in the Jungle.
    • The Chlorophyte weapons and tools include more than the usual options, and most of them have special abilities and/or projectiles.
    • Chlorophyte armor is a major jump in its own: its upgrades have even more options:
      • The armor's Leaf Crystal is not controllable like a minion, but it hits much harder, and automatically shares its efforts between random targeting and your current opponents.
      • Over the next two bosses, its upgrades will comprise an intermediate armor tier with class-specific abilities: Turtle & Beetle armor for melee, Shroomite for ranged, and Spectre for magic. Each of these has its own optional pieces for even more flexible defense.
      • Turtle armor is the immediately available upgrade for melee players, replacing the Leaf Crystal with damage reflection.
    • You can now upgrade your Poison Staff to a Venom Staff.
  • Having all three Souls unlocks additional, platform-dependent items:
  • Plantera's Bulbs start spawning, pointing the way to the next stage.

After Plantera[edit | edit source]

When Plantera has been defeated, a number of things happens:

NPCs[edit | edit source]

Items[edit | edit source]

    • Spectre armor offers magic boosts, with an option for either damaging orbs or healing.
    • However, Spectre bars make no weapons and only a few tools: A Pickaxe, Hamaxe, and painting tools with extra range.
  • The Autohammer, which crafts Shroomite Bars:
    • Shroomite doesn't make weapons or most tools, except for the Shroomite Digging Claw, which is the fastest pickaxe in the game.
    • Shroomite armor is the strongest Ranged armor, and offers a stealth mode with bonuses.
    • The Hoverboard, with the second-best flight time plus hovering and speed.
  • Mothron can now drop The Eye of Cthulhu, the second-most-powerful yoyo in the game.

The Jungle Temple[edit | edit source]

The Jungle Temple provides yet another furniture set and the crafting station to make it, plus lots of deadly traps which you can take for your own use. It also leads up to the Golem fight. Defeating the Golem represents the beginning of the "late game":

  • The Golem itself can drop a variety of powerful weapons. It will also drop Beetle Shells, used to upgrade Turtle Armor into Beetle armor, and perhaps a Sun Stone to complete your Celestial Shell.
  • Desktop VersionConsole Version Martian Probes begin spawning randomly, which can trigger the Martian Madness event.
    • Killing Martians gives the blocks for another furniture set, plus a new mount with a distance attack.
    • The Martian saucer, on the other hand, can drop a mount that can fly forever (as fast as the Dungeon Guardian), a unique hook, and an assortment of deadly weapons.
  • The Old One's Army goes to Tier 3. The Tavernkeep sells Tier 3 sentries and advanced-tier armor. Eternia Crystals go up in price again.
  • The Steampunker sells the new "best wings so far", beaten only by the Fishron Wings and some of the Pillar wings.
  • Desktop VersionConsole Version Cultists spawn at the Dungeon's entrance, which can be used to summon the Lunatic Cultist and begin the Lunar Events.

After Golem[edit | edit source]

These challenges are all strictly optional, but offer great rewards for those that can manage to overcome them... or even those who survive long enough to get some decent drops.

  • The Pumpkin Moon offers many powerful weapons, notably the Horseman's Blade, Stake Launcher, and Raven Staff. Also available are two pets, two high-tier wing tokens, and Spooky Wood.
  • The Frost Moon offers the chance of several powerful (but often eccentric) weapons, a pet, and a mount.
  • Duke Fishron, if defeated, will drop one of five powerful weapons, and his impressive Fishron Wings.
  • The Old One's Army reaches Tier 3: it will now have 7 Waves and Betsy, alongside with its loot, along with new sentries and armor. It's the most difficult event of the game.
  • OcramOld-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version is another late-game boss, the most powerful boss in Old-gen console version Old-gen console, Mobile version Mobile, and 3DS version3DS versions.

Lunar EventsDesktop VersionConsole Version[edit | edit source]

The Cultists at the Dungeon represent the start to a final marathon of boss fights.

  • Killing the Cultists at the Dungeon will summon the Lunatic Cultist, a difficult boss with a variety of attacks. When defeated, he drops the crafting station used for endgame gear.
  • Once he is defeated, the Celestial Towers will spawn, and they will not despawn until defeated, whether you leave the world or not. Some key notes:
    • Even a player who isn't powerful enough to defeat them outright can battle: Chip away at the spawns at the edge of the most convenient pillar until it's shield breaks down, then make a run to take it down. The drops from the first pillar should let them create at least one powerful weapon, which will help in defeating the next one.
  • Each fragment type can produce a few of its own weapons and other items. All four together can produce Super Healing Potions, the Lunar Hook and the Celestial Sigil.
  • Once all the Pillars are defeated, the Moon Lord will spawn, while the Lunar Cultists reappear at the Dungeon entrance. If the Moon Lord wins the fight, he will despawn, leaving the players to start over from the Cultists.

Defeating the Moon Lord will provide access to the final tier of equipment, with which you can establish ultimate power over your world.

  • He always drops one of several endgame weapons, representing three options for melee, and two each for the other classes.
  • He always drops the Portal Gun.
  • Besides bullets and arrows, Luminite unlocks all four Celestial armor sets, plus their wings, pickaxes and hamaxes.
    • The tools are essentially identical except for appearance.
    • The Wings offer a choice between two sets of statistics: The Stardust and Solar maximize time and ascent speed, while the Nebula and Vortex instead offer hovering.
    • In contrast, the armor sets support the class of their respective pillars, and are usually considered the best available armor for that class.
  • Combining Luminite with all the previous "advanced" bars, you can create the Drill Containment Unit.

After the End[edit | edit source]

Main article: Guide:Ideas

This content is transcluded from Guide:Walkthrough/Hardmode#The Post-Game.After defeating the moon invasions and acquiring all their drops, the player is free to do anything. You could try designing an ultimate castle or PvP with other top-tier players, or even overcome incredibly difficult challenges (e.g. Frost Moon wave 15+ with Ranger, no arena.) The only end is the player's imagination!

Some things you might try:

  • Purify the Corruption or Crimson biomes
  • Reach top tier in Fishing and acquire the Hotline Fishing Hook/Golden Fishing Rod.
  • Beat multiple Bosses at once.
  • Complete all the achievements.
  • Defeat the Dungeon Guardian.
  • Play on an online server.
  • Explore player-made custom maps and content.
  • Make your own theme park using minecarts.
  • Experiment with the extremely elaborate combinations possible with wiring and teleporters, such as making your own in-game computer!
  • Try to complete the game as different Classes.
  • Do a hardcore playthrough.
  • Do speedruns.
  • Play, design, and/or create new PvP modes for all to enjoy!
  • Acquire every single weapon and tool.
  • Obtain every single armor and vanity set.
  • Gather up every single accessory and dye.
  • Collect every single Trophy and Banner.
  • Play through the game on Expert mode.
  • Seek out the rarest items in the game, such as the Nymph Banner or Slime Staff.
  • Find bugs and glitches so developers can fix them.
  • Create a mod or texture pack, or maybe an adventure/puzzle map.
  • Become a wiki contributor!