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There are many things in Terraria which are not evident from the get-go, and many other things that a player would definitely do differently on a rerun of the game. It is true that much of the joy lies in exploring, but sometimes you may feel some helpful advice is in order.

Items[edit | edit source]

  • Make a Gem HookGem Hook after getting your first 15 Gems of the same kind. This makes exploration of caves much easier, and does not require you to get a Hook.
  • Stacks of items can be bought and crafted quickly by holding the Open / Activate button.
  • You will be gathering a lot of stuff, so it is best to separate your chests. Chests containing crafting materials are best kept near the crafting station where they will be needed - one for ores and bars, next to an Anvil and Furnace. One for potion materials, next to a Placed Bottle or Alchemy Table. One for potions, one for weapons, one for equipables next to a Tinkerer's Workshop, and one or two for miscellaneous crafting materials.
  • All Piggy BanksPiggy Banks, SafesSafes and Defender's ForgesDefender's ForgesDesktop VersionConsole Version share the same space – you can leave one at home, and take one with you, effectively tripling your carry-able items! However, the Piggy Bank requires a flat furniture surface to set on, so take a Work Bench or some platforms as well. In the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile versions, you can obtain the Money TroughMoney TroughDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version during a Blood Moon. It is a floating Piggy Bank which renders a regular Piggy Bank obsolete.
  • Even with full health, Heart Crystals can still be used to craft Heart LanternsHeart Lanterns, which provide health regeneration when placed down.
  • Do not keep a lot of money in your inventory. If you die, you will probably have trouble retrieving it. Consider placing it in a Piggy Bank or Safe periodically.
  • Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Don't place Banners around areas where their correlating monsters will not spawn.
  • Fishing up a Reaver SharkReaver Shark from the Ocean, while possibly being time-consuming, allows you to skip all the mandatory pre-Hardmode pickaxes – it has the same pickaxe power as the Molten Pickaxe and is faster.
  • Try not to fight Voodoo DemonsVoodoo Demons above lava, otherwise they will drop the Guide Voodoo DollGuide Voodoo Doll into it, and the Wall of Flesh will spawn.
  • Do not be reckless when exploring areas with Hardmode enemies. Players usually enter Hardmode feeling confident that they can handle anything, but Hardmode enemies will quickly break this illusion. Additional dismay may ensue if you lose your money and be unable to retrieve them.

Mining[edit | edit source]

  • Always upgrade your pickaxe: try to upgrade to a better one as fast as you can because certain items can only be mined with better ones.
  • Do not jump down a large hole or cave without an extra jump, Umbrella, Featherfall Potion, or Lucky HorseshoeLucky Horseshoe. If you do not have those, consider using RopeRope and platforms to safely descend.
    • As a rule of thumb, you should not jump down if you cannot see the glow of a torch or glowstick that you threw down.
  • Use Spelunker PotionsSpelunker Potions or throw Spelunker GlowsticksSpelunker GlowsticksDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version if you're unable to find anything of value: they highlight any valuable treasure and ores that are on your screen.
  • Mining Potions increase mining speed directly.
  • The Light modifier greatly increases the mining speed of tools.
  • Desktop versionConsole versionOld-gen console version When the Minimap is expanded, hovering over an ore pocket will display its name next to the cursor.
    • Using items that light through walls such as the Starfury will light up the map, allowing the player to locate and distinguish ores.
  • Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Pressing the Left Ctrl (Alt on Macs and pressing down the right joystick on Xbox One Xbox) key changes your mining style to Smart Cursor, which is extremely useful for strip mining.
  • You can descend relatively fast by auto-focusing the mining and digging a 2-block-wide shaft.
  • For quick trips to the various layers or the world, a hellevator can be a very useful structure. Dig a vertical shaft from underneath your base down to The Underworld and consider placing RopesRopes to conveniently ascend and descend.
  • Do not look for Hardmode ores in the Underground Corruption, Crimson, or Hallow when you first start Hardmode unless you are very confident in your skill. Instead, if you have dug one, a hellevator is a good place to start looking.
  • Hardmode ores cannot be found in all layers:

Combat[edit | edit source]

  • Starting the battle just after the sun sets (7:30 PM) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat nocturnal bosses. (Do pause a moment to make sure the night won't be a Blood Moon, or feature another boss spawning.) In Hardmode, the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone are also useful at night.
  • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfiresCampfires and Heart LanternsHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Stars in BottlesStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic.
  • Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version SunflowersSunflowers provide the Happy! buff to players within a 50-tile radius, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
  • Always carry at least one stack of the highest-tier healing potion available (LesserLesser, NormalNormal, GreaterGreater, or Super Healing PotionsSuper Healing PotionsDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version). Relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea.
  • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's BlessingDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some coinscoins.
  • Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
  • Once you have freed the MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with TrapsTraps and helpful HeartHeart and Star StatuesStar Statues. The former help to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to timerstimers.
  • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of hearts.
  • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening StationDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version, Crystal BallCrystal Ball, and Bewitching TableBewitching TableDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give class-specific boosts that are useful to take. They give SharpenedSharpenedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version, ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, and BewitchedBewitchedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version, respectively.

Travel[edit | edit source]

  • There are various items and accessories that can affect movement speed:
    • The most basic one that can decrease travel time is the Hermes BootsHermes Boots, which allows the player to run at a faster speed.
    • Swiftness PotionsSwiftness Potions are very common, and can increase movement speed significantly. If you wear boots, it will make you reach the maximum speed more quickly. Make sure to refresh the potion as its effect lasts only for a limited amount of time.
    • The AgletAglet and Anklet of the WindAnklet of the Wind improve movement speed by 5% and 10%, respectively. Both stack with each other, and even with a Swiftness Potion.
  • If you can withstand screen flips, Gravitation PotionsGravitation Potions can be your best friend for vertical mobility. With precautions and practice, this can easily eliminate the need for an arena and can save you some resources to explore the Space biome.
  • A Featherfall PotionFeatherfall Potion effectively extends flight time by causing players to fall slower; the effects are even more pronounced when holding the UP directional key. It will also eliminate all fall damage risk from using a Gravitation Potion. The Djinn's CurseDjinn's CurseDesktop VersionConsole Version acts as a permanent Featherfall Potion when worn in the armor slot.
  • There are different variants of the Cloud in a BottleCloud in a Bottle:
  • A HookHook can be used to increase the player's speed by shooting it diagonally and then releasing it before reaching the point. This works best on flat open area, and can allow Hermes Boots to get to full speed without building up beforehand.
  • The ascent speed of Wings'Wings' can be greatly increased by equipping a Frog LegFrog Leg. Balloon accessories provide a similar, though less dramatic bonus.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • You will be getting a lot of NPCs – arrange a building that you can keep expanding; upwards is best, however Wyverns may cause problems on small worlds. Also, to avoid possible Corruption/Crimson contamination in the future, it can be helpful to dig a 4-5 block trench around your house; allow yourself some extra space for tree farms.
  • Desktop VersionConsole Version You can right click with any Summon weapon on an enemy or boss to have your minions target it. You can tell an enemy is targeted when a purple circle appears over it and the enemy or boss starts trailing purple particles.
  • Desktop version If your mouse has side-buttons you can rebind them to restore Health, use Buff items or to restore Mana.