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Platinum Coin.png Money is an essential part of Terraria, as it allows the player to buy valuable items from NPCs.

There are several ways to earn money:

General tips[edit | edit source]

  • Regularly deposit your money into a Chest, Piggy Bank, or Safe. This minimizes the loss of coins from Death, as death drops at least half the coins carried in the inventory.
  • In general, the standard RPG trope of "collect everything you find" will pay off over time. Accumulate surplus items in chests until there's enough to be worth selling. Remember that a stack of 99 nearly turns copper into silver, silver into gold, and even gold into platinum. Likewise, if something sells for just 10 copper, a stack of 999 yields nearly a gold piece. Naturally, non-stackable stuff can be sold off as soon as you decide you don't need it.
  • Be aware of renewability issues. In particular, don't sell items or materials that have a limited per-world supply, unless you're really sure you're not going to want them later. (Chlorophyte bars are an exception here.)
  • Avoid selling any materials used for boss summoning items, such as Lenses, Vertebrae and Rotten Chunks. In most cases, fighting bosses is extremely profitable compared to selling the individual materials. Lead and Iron Bars are also used in many other useful recipes.
  • Surplus ores and/or bars can be sold for a good amount of money:
    • Only sell ores and bars when you're sure you have no more use for them, or are vastly oversupplied. Don't forget building -- e.g., meteorite bricks are pretty flashy.
    • Most ores sell for the same as or more than the bars made from them. The exceptions are the late pre-Hardmode ores (Meteorite, Demonite/Crimtane, Hellstone), and Chlorophyte, all of which are far more profitable as bars.
    • Obsidian can't be sold directly and has no bar of its own; if there's no more Hellstone ore, extra obsidian can be crafted into Obsidian Skulls as below.
    • On the PC, Desktop Version Iron (but not Lead) is worth slightly more as Chains (4 Silver Coin / 10) than bars. On Console and Mobile Console VersionMobile only.pngChains (40 Silver Coin / 10), sell for much more than either bar.
  • Most gems are best crafted into Stained Glass as below (for 1 Gold Coin each), but diamonds can only be sold directly (30 Silver Coin each). Amber can be sold like diamonds, but it's far more profitable to brew Crate Potions with it and go Fishing (see below). However, remember that gems are non-renewable.
  • Most weapons and accessories can be sold for a good amount of money, but make sure that they're outclassed by your current items and that they can't be crafted into stronger items.
  • Few weapons, armor, or accessories are worth crafting for sale (but see exceptions below).
    • In the Cell Phone crafting tree: The Fish Finder is worth crafting; note all its components are Angler rewards anyway. The GPS sells for more than its components, including the 10 spare gold/platinum bars for a watch, And if you somehow have a spare PDA to sell, you should certainly upgrade it with a mirror first.
    • An Obsidian Skull sells for 54 Silver Coin anyway, it but can also make a few other items rather more valuable. If you also have Water Walking Boots (4 Gold Coin already), you can craft them together for a 10 Gold Coin jackpot. If you instead have a Cobalt Shield or Lucky Horseshoe (both also 54 Silver Coin), you can craft them together for a 2 Gold Coin payoff. All these prices can be affected by modifiers. However, all of these "partner" items are scarce, and Water Walking Boots are not only non-renewable, but not guaranteed to generate in any given world.
    • If you have surpluses of all three jungle drops (Stingers, Vines, Jungle Spores) and Mahogany wood, the Amazon yo-yo is a good moneymaker.
  • Many otherwise-valueless blocks can be monetized by making them into Candelabra (3 Silver Coin for 5 blocks + 3 torches).
    • This will yield 60 Copper Coin per block up front, but only 54 Copper Coin per block after discounting for the torches' potential sale value. Using gel for both torches and slime blocks yields 50 Copper Coin/gel, see table below.
    • Blocks that can be monetized this way include: Any Wood except plain (or Dynasty); Glass, Ice, Honey, Flesh, Marble or Granite (via their Smooth forms), Pumpkin, and Slime Blocks (gel). Glowing Mushroom and Bones can also be sold this way for more than their base value, but may have more worthwhile recipes with other ingredients.
    • Many of these blocks will require their respective crafting stations.
    • Think carefully before selling too many stacks as "surplus", as all of these blocks are useful for building. In particular, placing Walls to spawn-proof a large arena or other building, can use up a surprising amount of material. Ice, Marble, and Flesh are furthermore non-renewable.

Crafting: Making 1 Gold Coin[edit | edit source]

The following tables show different ways of making 1 Gold Coin. The items in the left column are sold to the NPC and the items in the middle column are the raw ingredients required for crafting.

See also: Guide:Gardening

Note: the Sand Blocks are not used directly; you need to craft them into Bottled Water or Mugs first. Please note that these tables show the amount of crafting ingredients required for one gold, not one whole result item.

Low-Tech[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Vile Powder.png
Vile Powder (500) 
Vile Mushroom.pngVile Mushroom (100)
Bottle (crafting station).png
Alchemy Table.png
Slime Candelabra.png Gel.pngGel (204) 102 Torches by hand, then 170 Slime Blocks and result at Solidifier.png Solidifier
Wood.pngWood (34)
Tiki Torch.png
Tiki Torch (100) 
Wood.pngWood (400) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Gel.pngGel (100)
Wooden Arrow.png
Wooden Arrow (10000) 
Wood.pngWood (400)
Stone Block.pngStone Block (400)
Fish Bowl.png
Fish Bowl (5) 
Goldfish.pngGoldfish (5)
Bottled Water.pngBottled Water (5)
Cactus Sword.png
Cactus Sword (28) 
Cactus.pngCactus (280)
Purple Stained Glass.png Sand Block.pngSand Block (10) Work Bench.png Work Bench, All gems except diamond and amber.
Amethyst.pngAmethyst (1)
Silk (50) 
Cobweb.pngCobweb (350) Loom.png Loom
Ale (500) 
Sand Block.pngSand Block (1000) Craft the Sand into Mugs at a Furnace, then into Ale at a Keg.
Weapon Rack.png
Weapon Rack (200) Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Wood.pngWood (2000) Sawmill.png Sawmill
Jungle Hat.png
Jungle Hat (1) 
Jungle Spores.pngJungle Spores (8) Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil /
Lead Anvil.png Lead Anvil
Bone Throwing Knife.png Sturdy Fossil.pngSturdy Fossil (40)
Mana Flower.png Mana Potion.pngMana Potion (1) Tinkerer's Workshop.png Tinkerer's Workshop
Nature's Gift.pngNature's Gift (1)
Enchanted Nightcrawler.png Worm.pngWorm (5) Crafted by hand. Bug Net for catching worms can be bought from the Merchant
Fallen Star.pngFallen Star (5)

High-Tech[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Obsidian Skull.png Obsidian.pngObsidian (40) Furnace.png Furnace (Selling price slightly varies due to modifiers)
Invisibility Potion.png Sand Block.pngSand Block (50)
Bottle (crafting station).png
Alchemy Table.png
Blinkroot.pngBlinkroot (50)
Moonglow.pngMoonglow (50)
Night Owl Potion.png Sand Block.pngSand Block (50)
Daybloom.pngDaybloom (50)
Blinkroot.pngBlinkroot (50)
Shine Potion.png
Shine Potion (50) 
Sand Block.pngSand Block (50)
Daybloom.pngDaybloom (50)
Glowing Mushroom.pngGlowing Mushroom (50)
Large Dynasty Lantern.png
Large Dynasty Lantern (17) Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Dynasty Wood.pngDynasty Wood (68) Requires Travelling Merchant with Dynasty Wood on sale

You'll get 34 Silver Coin of profit assuming you buy torches from Merchant;

crafting them yourself will make 66 Silver Coin.
Torch.pngTorch (68)

Note: When crafting with the alchemy table, there's a chance you won't consume ingredients, resulting in more profit per ingredient used

Hardmode Low-Tech[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Party Bullet.png
Party Bullet (1250) 
Confetti.pngConfetti (25) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Empty Bullet.pngEmpty Bullet (1250)
Queen Spider Staff.png
Queen Spider Staff (0.2) Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Spider Fang.pngSpider Fang (4.8) Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil /
Lead Anvil.png Lead Anvil

Queen Spider Staff sells for 5 Gold Coin, so the amounts of crafting materials are divided accordingly.

Collecting[edit | edit source]

  • Plants, critters, mob drops, fish and so on can be accumulated for sale, though some of them are worth more once crafted into another item (the same goes for ores, especially compare to the prices for the matching bars).
  • Once you have a Bug Net (or better, a Golden Bug Net), and a few NPCs at your base, collecting Critters is trivial (a simple pit trap will help) and as they accumulate you can sell them.
    • If you routinely collect critters, you will also get the occasional "golden" critter, which is worth 10 Gold Coin.
    • Otherwise, Critter prices range from 2 Silver Coin50 Copper Coin on up to 20 Silver Coin and more. Top sellers include:
    • Goldfish and Worms can easily be caught during a rain in a Forest biome. (Keep an eye out for golden worms!)
      • For maximum profit, turn the goldfish (7 Silver Coin50 Copper Coin) into Fish Bowls (20 Silver Coin). This requires 1 glass for every 2 bowls.
      • On the desktop version, you can combine worms (5 Silver Coin) with surplus Fallen Stars (5 Silver Coin), into Enchanted Nightcrawlers (20 Silver Coin), which are better for sale or bait.
  • Pots, in the desktop version breaking them has a chance to open up a Coin Portal, giving 5-15 Gold Coin.
  • Collect all the Silt and Slush you can find (and safely get at). Once you get an Extractinator, those can be converted to money, ores, and gems. Once you get a Reaver Shark or other powerful pickaxe, the same applies for Desert Fossils. (Save any Amber for Crate Potions, see below.) Typically a full stack of 999 blocks will yield around 20 Gold Coin in coins, gems worth about as much again (as Stained Glass), and ores worth about 8 Gold Coin. Before selling ores, remember that this is your only (nearly) way to get the raw ores of your world's "alternate" metals, perhaps useful for bricks and walls. (The exception would be rare drops from slimes.)
  • The various dye plants (and the monster drops that provide the other basic colors) can be sold for 20 Silver Coin apiece whether or not they've been crafted into dyes. Strange plants can also be traded (not sold!) to the Dye Trader for fancy (and valuable) dyes, which can be sold.
  • , in the cavern layer and in pyramids you may find what appears to be a small bag of colored powder. Breaking them drops copper, silver, and gold coins. In Hardmode, there is a new one that drops platinum coins.

Hardmode Collecting[edit | edit source]

  • Crystal Shards are easy to collect and sell for lots of money: 999 shards can get you 1 Platinum Coin, 59 Gold Coin and 84 Silver Coin. Farming them is an expensive build, but can pay off well over time.
  • If you have been fighting enough Wyverns to give you a surplus of Souls of Flight, craft them into Wings. Besides the various rare drops that can only be used for Wings, this can soak up extra Souls of Night, Souls of Light, or Pixie Dust (along with Harpy Feathers).
  • Desktop VersionAnother way to use up Souls of Light and Night is to summon Biome Mimics for a tough fight with great rewards.

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Fishing in general can provide a lot of sellable stuff, especially once you get better equipment from the Angler; besides the "usual" fish, you will also catch various useful and sellable tools, weapons, and accessories, not to mention the occasional Golden Carp or Crates. Even before you start accumulating the Angler's equipment, you can upgrade your Fishing Pole from Wooden to Reinforced (iron), and if you're getting impatient waiting for the Angler to give you the Golden pole you can buy, find, or make various intermediate-powered poles. For best results, pay attention to the moon phase, time of day, and the size of your lake.

  • All the cookable fish (and shrimp) that you're not using for food can be best sold uncooked.
  • Quest fish can't be sold, but if you come up with extras, you can turn them in for a later quest.
  • The fish used for brewing potions all sell for more than the potions you could make from them.
  • This leaves the various tools, weapons, and accessories, and the bait jellyfish. Use what you like, sell off the rest. A few fished items can be combined with other items if you have the Tinkerer's Workshop, but this is not profitable.

Fishing for Crates with Crate Potions is an easy way to make great amounts of money early on. Use the best bait you've got, any Angler's equipment you have (Golden Fishing Rod + Fishing Accessories and Angler armor if you have them), and whatever suitable Potions you have: Besides Crate potions, Fishing and Sonar potions will help a lot. To get the potions you can complete Angler Quests, open previously-caught crates, or once you've accumulated the makings, you can craft them yourself: Crate potions need Amber (see above), Moonglow and Deathweed, Sonar needs Waterleaf and Coral, while Fishing needs Waterleaf (again) and Crispy Honey blocks. Note that crates can give you bars of your world's "alternate" metals, which are not found as ores.

Expected Profit: 30 Gold Coin per Potion

Fighting bosses[edit | edit source]

Trophies[edit | edit source]

In addition to the drops stated below, boss trophies can be sold for 1 Gold Coin each, making another 10 Silver Coin per boss kill on average.

Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu[edit | edit source]

The Eater of Worlds and the Brain of Cthulhu drop many items and biome-specific ores that can sell for a good amount of money. After the player reaches Hardmode, these bosses can easily be defeated many times in a row, resulting in lots of money.

If the player has a world with The Corruption, the Eater of Worlds drops Demonite Ore worth 8 Silver Coin each (3 ores make a Demonite Bar worth 32 Silver Coin) and Shadow Scales worth 1 Silver Coin each.

If the player has a world with The Crimson, the Brain of Cthulhu drops Crimtane Ore worth 9 Silver Coin each (3 ores make a Crimtane Bar worth 40 Silver Coin) and Tissue Samples worth 1 Silver Coin each.

Crimtane ore is much better than demonite as the price is higher and is easier to obtain. Simply go to a pre-hard mode world and farm vertebrae to create bloody spines. As the brain can be summoned all time it offers a better money oportunity

Expected Profit:

Eater of Worlds: 11 Gold Coin7 Silver Coin-27 Gold Coin57 Silver Coin(More in Expert Mode, only count Demonite Ore and Shadow Scales) per kill.

Brain of Cthulhu: 5 Gold Coin59 Silver Coin-12 Gold Coin50 Silver Coin(More in Expert Mode, only count Crimtane Ore and Tissue Sample) per kill.

Eye of Cthulhu[edit | edit source]

After the player reaches Hardmode, the Eye of Cthulhu can easily be defeated many times in a row, resulting in lots of money. It is possible to fight the Eye 8+ times in one night, which sums up to 90+ Gold Coin.

Expected Profit:

Corruption World:3 Gold Coin20 Silver Coin-9 Gold Coin28 Silver Coin(More in Expert Mode, Only count Demonite Ore) per kill.

Crimson World:4 Gold Coin-11 Gold Coin60 Silver Coin(More in Expert Mode, Only count Crimtane Ore) per kill.

The Destroyer[edit | edit source]

In Hardmode, the player can fight The Destroyer and easily win if they have good enough gear (Mythril/Orichalcum armor is advised as a minimum, piercing weapons like the magic dagger are recommended). After crafting everything you need with his Souls of Might, you can just sell them. They sell for 80 Silver Coin each, and you would normally get 20-40 of them per kill. Besides, The Destroyer also drops 15-30 Hallowed Bars, which can be sold for 40 Silver Coin per piece. However, these can be crafted into any type of Helmet, for an extra 20 Silver Coin per 12 bars.

Expected Profit: Little more than 22-46 Gold Coin (More in Expert Mode) per kill.

Queen Bee Bashing[edit | edit source]

The Queen Bee becomes very easy to fight with hardmode weapons, especially end-game weapons like The Horseman's Blade,Terra Blade, etc. The QBs drop 10 Gold Coin per kill, and it is possible to kill one in about 20 seconds with powerful enough gear. An Unreal Tactical Shotgun with Crystal Bullets in full Shroomite Armor and max damage accessories (with damage modifiers) can kill the Queen Bee in 2-3 shots. Therefore, it is possible to make 30 Gold Coin a minute, or 18 Platinum Coin an hour, not counting the queen bee's numerous drops. Also, the Queen Bee has no time restrictions and only needs to be summoned (not fought) in a jungle. The Abeemination is rather easy to craft, as honey is dropped from the queen bee, stingers are dropped from the numerous hornets in the jungle, and honey blocks can be farmed renewably. However, you'll need to plunder beehives to get the non-renewable Hive.

With the addition of the Bee armor set, Bee Wax itself sells for 20 Copper Coin apiece. The Bee Headgear sells for 90 Silver Coin at the cost of only 8 Bee Wax (or 1 Silver Coin 60 Copper Coin total).

Expected Profit: Varies

Wall of Flesh[edit | edit source]

Using post-Hardmode gear, you can farm the Wall of Flesh quickly and cheaply with a Flamethrower or a Golden Shower (Golden Shower is preferable since farming gel is harder than waiting for the Mana to recharge, barring access to a Slime Statue gel-farm.). Since you can summon him in day or night you can make more money than other bosses, unfortunately the amount of summons is based on guide respawns and voodoo demon spawns. Drops 10 Gold Coin just for killing him, a Pwnhammer which sells for about 1 Gold Coin, and a random other item which sells for 2 to 10 Gold Coin.

Another trivial way to farm the Wall in early Hardmode, even before defeating any mechanical bosses, is by combining summons, such as the Spider Staff with the Spider armor, with a good Yoyo, such as the Amarok, and the Yoyo Bag. The Amarok is easy to obtain in the Underground Snow biome and does tremendous damage to the Wall and its Hungries with a Yoyo Bag and its Frostburn debuff. While obtaining enough Spider Fangs to craft a Spider Staff and Spider armor is not so trivial, it is well worth the investment as the damage of five Spider minions makes the Underworld surprisingly safe. Red Devils can be a problem after at least one mechanical boss has been defeated, however.

Expected Profit: About 4-7 Gold Coin (More in Expert Mode) per kill.

Golem[edit | edit source]

When you get the Picksaw from the Golem, you can move the altar located inside the jungle temple. You can make a box with Spiky Ball Traps to easily farm the Golem.

Alternatively, you can make quite a bit just farming while grappled to the ceiling of his room. Drop a Water Candle on one of the tables in range of your grapple spot, optionally toss up some banners for the Lihzahrds and Flying Snakes, and just shoot downward for awhile. Periodically drop to collect the coins and Power Cells needed to spawn him. This method also has the benefit of spawning Mimics fairly commonly, which also drop a nice chunk of money. When you've collected a bunch of power cells, just drop and spawn Golem repeatedly.

Expected Profit: 10 Gold Coin plus the item(s) he drops.

Pumpkin Moon[edit | edit source]

With full Nebula Armor, your choice of accessories, a Celestial Emblem or Celestial Cuffs, and the Last Prism, all with strong modifiers, the player can easily tear through the waves of enemies, especially with a flat arena. The Last Prism has extremely high DPS and pierces through multiple enemies, allowing the player to attack multiple bosses at once. The enemies drop plenty of Hearts and Stars, so if you're constantly moving, it's difficult to die. If you start at 7:30 PM and are in wave 15 for at least half the event, you should have many inventories of items to sell (note that Spooky Wood has no sell value unless crafted into helmets, which sell for 1 Gold Coin each).

Another way is to use hoik engine and statue to give player mana stars without potion needed

Expected Profit: Varies 20 to 35 Platinum Coin per day.

Mobile only.pngLepus[edit | edit source]

Make a house with a thin layer of Lava on the top and sides so the drops don't burn. You may want lava protection to collect the drops of Lepus. Because you can summon multiple Lepuses, this is a good way to make money.

Expected Profit: Ratio of Suspicious Looking Egg to money is 20 :1 Platinum Coin

Statue farming[edit | edit source]

A farm for all statue products(pre-1.3).
An example of how an AFK/Semi AFK Statue money generator should look like.

Even so, many statues spawn items or monsters, which can be farmed for money. The basic setup involves connecting a statue to a 1 Second Timer (or a Crab Engine). Place the statue in a shallow layer of lava (recommended) or connect a few Dart Traps to kill the spawned monsters. Once you click the switch, all you have to do is wait for drops to accumulate. A tunnel beneath the trap can allow safe collection.

Bomb Statues are a little different: no lava or traps are required, but only 3 bombs can spawn at once, so you need to stay close to collect the bombs.

Using Bunny Statues and Fish Statues during a Blood Moon will spawn their corrupt counterparts, which rarely drop Bunny Hoods. The normal spawn limit for Statues is 3 mobs at a time, but when Goldfish and Bunnies change to their corrupt counterparts, they don't count towards the Statue's spawn limit, so you can have seemingly endless amounts of them on screen. This also does not affect their actual spawn rate.

Note: As of 1.3, Statue farming is much less time-efficient for generating money than before:

  • Statue-spawned enemies do not drop coins, many have reduced rates for their other drops, and some will not drop items if killed by traps. See the Statue page for details.
  • Sharks and mimics spawned by statues no longer spawn Dungeon Spirits (and mimics drop no loot at all).
  • Statue-spawned critters cannot be caught. If a Bug Net is used on them, they will disappear in a puff of smoke.
  • Housing a vendor NPC near the farm is convenient for selling the items quickly.
  • The Granite Golem, Slime, and Jellyfish statues are particularly good for producing large volumes of individually low-value items, with occasional bonuses. Given a wood supply, Granite and gel can be sold as candelabra (see above), for 5 gold or more per stack of 999.

Typical Yields[edit | edit source]

Console Version Mobile only.png 3DS logo.svg Console/Mobile/3DS-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the consolemobile, and 3DS versions of Terraria.

Expected profit (when using a Crab Engine and Lava and only one statue of the following):

  • The Jellyfish Statue will yield about 81 Gold Coin per hour, and will fill your inventory in about 13 minutes. This makes the Jellyfish statue probably the most effective one if you resell the items quickly.
  • The Bomb Statue will yield about 39 Gold Coin per hour, and will fill your inventory in about 46 minutes.
  • The Skeleton Statue will yield about 34 Gold Coin per hour, and will fill your inventory in about 18 minutes.
  • The Fish Statue will yield about 19 Gold Coin 30 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 2 hours.
  • The Bat Statue will yield about 7 Gold Coin 70 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 46 minutes.
  • The Piranha Statue will yield about 6 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 3 hours.
  • The Slime Statue will yield about 2 Gold Coin 60 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 4.6 hours.
  • The Bunny Statue will yield about 1 Gold Coin 30 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 12.5 hours.
  • The Bird Statue and Crab Statue will yield about 65 Silver Coin per hour and will fill your inventory in about 6.4 days.
  • Sharks and mimics are slow to kill, limiting the effectiveness of such farms. These statues, however, can be used to farm ectoplasm (as both monsters have more than 100 health points), which sell for 50 Silver Coin each. If one has already defeated Plantera and looted the Lihzahrd Temple of traps, this method can yield about 50 Gold Coin, or even more if you're lucky.

Ideally, you would want to have all of the statues available so that you can also use some of the items dropped, if needed, and so that you can get the most profit by effectively adding up all of the profit you would get from just one of each statue.

Expected profit(using one statue and one 1 Second Timer):

Monster Farming[edit | edit source]

Once in Hardmode you can buy Gold Dust to craft ammunition which will increase the amount of money monsters drop on death. Also, don't forget mobs spawn as much below you as above, so filling in any caves below your farm can increase spawn rates within the farm.

Events[edit | edit source]

Much as with bosses, once you have mastered an event, you can effectively farm it as desired. Suitable use of lava pools and other traps can allow killing off most of an invasion automatically, leaving you to deal with minibosses, flying enemies, and spot defense. The Solar Eclipse can be particularly profitable, but Goblin and Pirate invasions shouldn't be overlooked.

Slime Staff Farming[edit | edit source]

If you have a Lucky Coin and Slime Staff (Slime statues do drop Slime Staffs) you can farm for money very easily at the rate of about 10 Gold/Minute. Making full use of the NPC spawning mechanic, it is possible to make the speed exceed 1 platinum per minute. A simple way to apply the slime staff is to create a space in the Lihzarhd Temple where you can stand in a box in an open space with all of the Lihzarhds crowing below you. Then summon all of the slimes you can. The slimes hit very quickly and only do about 1 damage a hit, with each hit giving a chance to drop several gold coins due to the Lucky Coin. You can do a similar farm by creating a box in the Ocean and putting 80 lihzard blocks around you (to spawn Arapaimas and increase spawn rate). However, as the game mechanic works for piercing projectile (minions are counted as projectile, and as the slime won't vanish like common bullets after hitting one monster, it is considered as a piercing projectile) one monster will have 1/6 second's invulnerability time after it is hit by the slime, making the effect of adding more slimes not as much as someone may think. Also going into the Dungeon and looking for Paladins and Bone Lees but they are powerful enemies so this is not recommended.

Hallow Farm[edit | edit source]

An example of a Hallow Farm.

Once you enter Hardmode, it may be a good idea to farm The Hallow. The best way to do this is to make an AFK Hallow Farm.

Building[edit | edit source]

The first thing to do is to clear out a flat area in The Hallow, which will help the spawn rate. Then create a pillar, at least 15 blocks high. The pillar should be made out of Hallow blocks or wood. After that, clear out two holes on both sides of the pillar with a thin layer of lava, thin enough to not destroy drops. This will kill the Unicorns. The next step is to make the part to kill the Pixies and Gastropods. It should have two box shaped parts, the first part thinner than the second, which will help catch the pixies in the trap. Some players may want to separate the parts with platforms. There should be Dart Traps or Super Dart Traps on both sides of the second section. These traps should be connected to a 1 Second Timer with wires. It is optional to have spear traps. This will kill the Pixies and Gastropods. The next step is to set up the player room. For maximum efficiency, the room should have a Water Candle, a Heart Lantern, a Campfire, Banners for the enemies, and a chest to store items. This room should have doors to allow the player to exit, but not allow enemies in. The player should also have a minion.

Loot[edit | edit source]

You will make the most money off a 99 stack of Unicorn Horns, which will sell for 29 Gold Coin 70 Silver Coin each. The second most money will be from Blessed Apples, which sell for 5 Gold Coin each. The third most money will be from Fast Clocks and Megaphones, which sell for 2 Gold Coin each. All the enemies also drop money.

Item Money Enemy
99 Unicorn Horns 29 Gold Coin 70 Silver Coin Unicorn
Blessed Apple 5 Gold Coin All Hallow
Fast Clock 2 Gold Coin Pixie
Megaphone 2 Gold Coin Pixie
99 Pixie Dust 99 Silver Coin Pixie
999 Gel 9 Silver Coin 99 Copper Coin Gastropod
Banners 2 Silver Coin All Enemies
Unicorn On A Stick 1 Silver Coin Unicorn

Mimics[edit | edit source]

It's very effective to kill Mimics because they drop 10 Gold Coins by death, and you can sell the items they drop for even more money. And it's easy to kill them by using a continuously swinging sword with enough knockback to keep the Mimic at distance or killing them using a ranged weapon from a distance. If one has access to Gold Bullets or Flask of Gold, it will be wise to use them, as it will raise money dropped by Mimics to 24 Gold Coins.

Hardmode Dungeon[edit | edit source]

A very fun and effective way to grind money is to gear up with endgame gear and farm the Hardmode Dungeon. After killing Plantera go in there and farm all the monsters you see. Armored Bones drop over ten silver each, and they are so common that you can easily rack up a lot of money fast. Also, sell the Ectoplasm and drops you don't need for even more money. In one hour, you might be able to get five platinum with water candles and battle potions and maybe even a lucky Blood Moon. Another way to use the dungeon for money-making is to use a farm. Lihzahrd Temple-type traps can prove to be very useful in this method, and will make fighting in the dungeon a lot safer.
Detailed Example

Hardmode Spider Nest[edit | edit source]

An effective way to get money is in the Hardmode Spider Nest with a strong sword such as a Cutlass or Excalibur and a Water Candle and/or Battle Potion. A Nimbus Rod can also be quite effective, and on Desktop some of the Tavernkeep's sentries can allow farming from outside the nest.

Black Recluses drop 5 Silver Coin directly, Spider Fangs which can be crafted into Queen Spider Staff, which sell for 5 Gold Coin each, and Poison Staffs that sell for 4 Gold Coin each, which varies with modifiers that can change the sell value dramatically.

Expected Profit: Roughly 1 Gold Coin 32 Silver Coin per minute

AFK with NPC "army"[edit | edit source]

Build yourself a little shelter. (It is recommended to NOT have a proper door, in case a Blood Moon occurs.) You will also need a considerable amount of NPCs because they strike enemies. All you have to do is just stay in your shelter, and let your NPCs do all the work. Be AFK all night if you wish to.

Then, when you return, the NPCs should have left coins everywhere from the enemies that they slay. Also, if it is a seasonal event, you can find items like Goodie Bags and Presents as well. Using Conveyor Belts helps make this process easier, because Conveyor Belts brings the items closer.

Expected Profit: 2 Gold Coin per night

Obsidian[edit | edit source]

Go to cavern layer above Underworld or between Underworld and Underground. Search for large water areas, hellevator will help you with this, then go into it and dig all the way down until you combine all that water with huge lava lake. Then start mining obsidian, when mining obsidian between lava and water, lava won't damage you as water will immediately turn another block of lava into obsidian. However, digging while in water can be hard, bringing Gills Potions and Diving Helmet can help you with that.

After that, go to Furnace and make Obsidian Skulls with all that obsidian, it requires only 20 obsidian to be made, and is worth 54 Silver Coin each, in addition, Obsidian Skulls very often contain modifiers to increase their price.

This can be achieved before beating Wall of Flesh, and is useful after beating it to purchase Hardmode items like Empty Bullet, Ice Rod, Clentaminator etc.

Expected Profit: 1 Gold Coin per 2 skulls/40 obsidian

Cheating[edit | edit source]

The entries below feature methods to obtain money by non-conventional standards. They are all ways of cheating, and may as such not be accepted by certain players. As they can easily ruin the gameplay (no matter how tempting unlimited money may seem) they should mainly be utilized by players for testing purposes, preferably on single-player worlds to avoid ruining the game for other players. They may also include the possibility of damaging your game and/or computer - use at your own risk!

Desktop Version Player duplication[edit | edit source]

When a character (or world) is created, it is saved as a file on your computer. This means that it can be copied like any other file. The default directory for such files are C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\My Games\Terraria\Players, though this may change with OS. Characters are stored as .plr files; a character called "Manbearpig" will be saved as "Manbearpig.plr". If this file is copied (into "Manbearpig2.plr", for example) the in-game character selection menu will feature two characters named "Manbearpig". (Note that there is no need to copy "Manbearpig.plr.bak". Also note that the order of the .plr files in the Players-folder is representative for the in-game character list.) Any character that has items stored in portable storage, such as a Safe or Piggy Bank will also have an associated folder with the same name as the character (e.g., a folder named "Manbearpig"). If the character's folder is also copied, the player will be able to duplicate items in portable storage.

The copy will feature all items held and worn by the original (and the accompanying folder will contain all items kept in portable storage), allowing the player to duplicate money and items by repeatedly copying Manbearpig.plr (and Manbearpig folder) and deposit the copies' inventories in a storage item in-game. Creating money like this makes it increase exponentially: if you start with 1 Copper Coin and copy it 31 times, you will have a little more than 999 Platinum Coin (1*2=2 (one copy) → 230=1073741824 copper coins = 1073 platinum coins).

Copied character files can afterwards be deleted with no issues arising, though you may wish to also delete each copy's respective .plr.bak file and folder (keeping obsolete .bak files and folders will not impact the game, but it may cause yourself some confusion later). Though arguably being somewhat cumbersome, this method is convenient as it requires no third-party software.

Desktop Version Read-only world file[edit | edit source]

Set your world to "read-only" while you have all your coins in a chest, then load the world. Take the coins, and exit. Set "read-only" off and play again. The coins you took while the world was "read-only" will be in the chest, and you can take them out. If you had, say, about 50 gold, you could get a platinum, and, if you do it again, you can get 2 platinum. And you can do this method whenever needed to get coins back.

Desktop Version Item servers[edit | edit source]

Certain servers are dedicated to distributing free items and coins, placed in automatically-refilling chests. These items and coins can be taken freely. Some servers also grant you access to free command of every items in the game.

Desktop Version TShock server[edit | edit source]

Instead of using the dedicated server software that ships with Terraria, you can set up a more powerful and advanced server up with TShock. As an admin, you can give yourself free items through Item IDs.

Desktop Version World Edit Tools[edit | edit source]

World edit tools, like TEdit or some other tool, is easy to add or manipulate coins.

Desktop Version Terrasavr Inventory Editor[edit | edit source]

Using inventory editors such as Terrasavr can be a way to get money for experimental purposes.

Desktop Version Item Duplication with TerrariaServer[edit | edit source]

1. Place the item(s) you want to dupe in a chest in a world (can be any world, it wont affect the items in it afterwards) and exit the world, but not the game.
2. Run start-server-steam-private (can be found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Terraria).
start-server-steam-private will open the TerrariaServer console window, but it won't close the console window every time you exit like TerrariaServer.exe does.
3. In the TerrariaServer console window, select the world where you stored the item(s) you wish to dupe.
4. In the Terraria game, join multiplayer game and type localhost in the ip page.
5. Take all the items you want to duplicate using your character (do not exit the world).
6. In the TerrariaServer console window, type exit-nosave (it disconnects your character but doesn't save the world, so your items will still be as it was before you loaded the world).
7. In the Terraria game, go to a world and unload all your duplicated items, and exit the world.
Repeat steps to do it over and over again. This only works if you are the server host, it won't work on anyone else's world.

Console Version Magic Mirror Duplication[edit | edit source]

Note: Doesn't work if you're the host.

Note: Items have a chance of disappearing.

First, in your inventory highlight the coin(s) you want to duplicate. Then, exit out of your inventory. After that has been done, you use the magic mirror and while the screen turns black, you pull up your inventory and pick up the coin(s).

An easier method of duplication if timing is a problem is to turn auto-save off in settings and toss the coins out at spawn, go off the server, re-enter, pick up the coins, and save manually, and repeat until the satisfactory amount is reached.

Console Version Exit+Rejoin[edit | edit source]

Note: To make it easier, be the host.

Note: Does not work with a piggy bank/safe.

Put the items you need in a chest, then save the game. Then, turn autosave off. Afterwords, leave the game without saving. ➡️Go back into the world you were in, and take the items and loot from the chest. Then, exit without saving again. Then, go back to where the ➡️ was in the text and do it again.

This is expected to duplicate the item, as it will be in the player's inventory and chest at the same time.

Note: No longer works as of the 1.2.4 update.

Console Version Exit+Rejoin 2.0[edit | edit source]

Note: Doesn't work if you're the host.

Note: Requires either online multiplayer or a second controller and account.

Note: Will work with multiple players.

Note: It can be extremely slow.

First, gather the items you want to duplicate, and give them to the other player. Make sure they have autosave off, and they save with the items in their inventory. (WARNING: Doing the previous part the other way around (saving without the items, exiting when you have them) will not duplicate and instead DELETE the items!) Then, have them give you back the items. Next, they have to exit the game without saving, then rejoin. You and them will have the items and their amounts, doubling the amount you both have. And You can use this trick for almost every item.

Depending on what items you duplicating, you can sell them for a lot of money.

Console VersionMobile only.png Exit+Rejoin 2.1[edit | edit source]

Note: You will need 2 players.

Place a chest, and turn autosave off. Have a second player join with autosave on. Put the amount of money to be duplicated into any chest, then save the game. After the game finishes saving, have the second player leave the game, then have the host leave WITHOUT SAVING. Then, have both players rejoin. The money would still be in the chest, and in the second player's inventory. Have the second player take the money, leave the game, then have the host leave the game without saving again. Repeat until the wanted amount is reached.

Every after duplicating, put the duplicates in the chest you're using, then save the game, take all the money, & have the second player leave and the host leave without saving. Then have both of them rejoin, and then have the second player put the new duplicates in the chest and then save it. And then take the money. then have the host leave the game. Repeat until the wanted amount is reached.

The money can also be replaced by any item you like to be duplicated.

Console Version Chest/World Save Copying[edit | edit source]

Note: Requires 2 locations to save, works vise-versa (character save copying), and Super tedious.

Like the Desktop versions of Terraria, the world saves and the character inventory saves are separate. To do this, Place a chest, and put the amount of money you want to duplicate into the chest and save both hard drives (you may need to copy it into the 2nd hard drive). Place the items into your character's inventory, and save and exit the game entirely. Go into the system setting and access storage. Copy the world save from the 2nd hard drive into the 1st. Collect duplicated items. Repeat until the wanted amount is reached.

Mobile only.png 2-Player Duplication[edit | edit source]

Note: Items have a chance for disappearing.

Get the item you want to duplicate into a chest. Get one of your friends to join your world. You must get into the chest first, then your friend can open it. Place the item you want to duplicate into the chest. Select the item and press "Take" at the same time. Make sure both you and your friend have the item in their inventories. You can take the item and leave, or you can continue duplicating by placing the items back the the chest ONE AT A TIME! Otherwise, the item may un-duplicate.

Note: This method of duplication will only work if you are the host and someone else joins your world.

Also with latest update you can duplicate characters for unlimited resources

Basics Walkthrough (Game progression • Progression graph) • Getting started • Practical Tips • Inventory management • Class setups • Mining techniques • Events • Jump Height Comparison
Farming Gardening • Money • Enemies • Chlorophyte • Souls • Biome Keys/Key Molds • Liquids • Renewable Resources
Pre-Hardmode Bosses Mobile only.png Lepus • Mobile only.pngTurkor the Ungrateful • King Slime • Eye of Cthulhu • Eater of Worlds • Brain of Cthulhu • Queen Bee • Skeletron • Wall of Flesh‎
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Surviving Corruption • Crimson • Ocean • Jungle • Dungeon • Underworld • Hallow • Jungle Temple • Expert Mode
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