Guide:Surviving in the Corruption

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Surviving in the Corruption can be tricky for new players. It holds powerful enemies, deep pits, and can spread across the world. Now, you may be thinking "Why on earth would I go there!?" Well, there are things in the Corruption needed to advance through the game. One example is the Shadow Orbs that can be broken to summon the Eater Of Worlds, needed for the Shadow armor and Nightmare Pickaxe.

Recommended Items[edit | edit source]

It is recommended for new players to have at least Silver armor (Or Tungsten armor), and a gold Broadsword. It is advisable to have at least 160 health. If possible bring an Iron Bow with some arrows, or a boomerang of some sort. Also, 10-15 Lesser Healing Potions are recommended.

Dealing With Enemies[edit | edit source]

The enemies in the Corruption are decently powerful, and can kill unprepared players in mere minutes. The most common enemies in the Corruption are the Eater of Souls and its variants. These are flying enemies that will fly out of reach, then charge the player. They can be dispatched with relative ease with a Bow or Broadsword. Another, rarer Corruption foe is the Devourer. These worm enemies will pop out of the ground to attack the player. They can be detected by the shuffling noise they make while travelling towards the player. The best way to kill these is to hit them with a Broadsword while they are arcing over to go back into the ground. In hardmode, any rapid fire weapon such as the Megashark will usually keep Corruptors from shooting their projectiles.

Finding Shadow Orbs[edit | edit source]

Shadow Orbs are circular, glowing entities that are located in the Corruption's many chasms. These are VERY important, as they allow the player to summon the Eater of Worlds. The Eater of Worlds drops Demonite Ore and Shadow Scales, which are needed to craft Shadow armor and the Nightmare Pickaxe, the latter being crucial to the player's advancement into the game. When the first Shadow Orb is broken, a message appears: "A horrible chill goes down your spine..." When the second is smashed, a different message appears: "Screams echo around you..." When the third is obliterated, the Eater of Worlds will appear. It is recommended only to destroy two Orbs, until the player feels like they are ready to battle the Eater of Worlds. Shadow Orbs let off a faint glow which will allow the player to easily locate them. Shadow Orbs can only be reached initially by use of Bombs, or Purification Powder purchased from the Dryad. Shadow Orbs can be destroyed with any tier of Hammer, or by being blown up with Bombs, Dynamite or in mobile the Holy Hand Grenade.