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Guide:Surviving in the Corruption

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Surviving in the Corruption can be tricky for new players. It holds powerful enemies, deep chasms, and can spread across the world. There are things in the Corruption that are needed to progress through the game. One example is the Shadow OrbsShadow Orbs that can be broken to summon the Eater of Worlds, which is needed in order to craft Shadow armor and, most importantly, the Nightmare Pickaxe.

Pre-Hardmode[edit | edit source]

Recommended Gear[edit | edit source]

Weapons[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Exploring the Corruption[edit | edit source]

The Surface of the biome is is home to the deep Chasms that lead to Shadow Orbs and Demon Altars. These pits make it very hard to navigate in the early game, as an accidental fall can easily lead to a death by Fall damage. The most common enemy found will be the Eater of Souls, with the more uncommon Devourer spawning occasionally.

  • Eater of Souls
    Eater of Souls are flying enemies that will fly out of reach, then charge the player. They are much harder to deal with in a pack, and they can knock a player into a chasm.
  • DevourersDevourers are worm enemies that will pop out of the ground to attack the player. They can be detected by the noise they make while travelling underground. Like with many other Worm enemies, the best way to kill these is to attack them with a piercing weapon.

Into the chasms[edit | edit source]

The Shadow OrbsShadow Orbs are circular, glowing entities that are located in the Corruption's many chasms. Finding these is vital, as they allow the player to summon the Eater of Worlds, which is needed to fight as it drops Demonite OreDemonite Ore and Shadow ScalesShadow Scales, which are then needed to craft Shadow armor and the Nightmare Pickaxe, the latter being crucial to the player's advancement into the game.

Shadow Orbs let off a faint glow which will allow the player to easily locate them, but can only be reached initially by use of BombsBombs or Purification PowderPurification Powder purchased from the Dryad. They can be destroyed by using a Hammer or Bombs.

Destroying the orbs will give you the following messages:

  • When the first Orb is broken, "A horrible chill goes down your spine..." will appear;
  • When the second one is broken, "Screams echo around you..." will appear;
  • When the third one is broken, the Eater of Worlds will spawn, with "Eater of Worlds has awoken!" appearing.

It is recommended only to destroy two Orbs, until the player feels like they are ready to battle the Eater of Worlds.

For strategies against the Eater of Worlds, refer to: Guide:Eater of Worlds strategies.

Hardmode[edit | edit source]

As soon as the Wall of Flesh is defeated, a diagonal strip of Corruption will appear in the world, and all corrupted blocks such as Ebonstone will start spreading. Much stronger enemies will also start spawning, so surviving in the biome will be much more difficult than before.

The player can use the PwnhammerPwnhammer dropped from the Wall of Flesh to smash Demon AltarsDemon Altars. Destroying them will generate new ores, which are almost mandatory to progress in the game. Smashing 9-12 Altars will be more than enough for most of Hardmode, since more than that won't generate too many new ores. Breaking altars will swarm the player with WraithsWraiths, so they should be very quick when doing so to avoid dying.

Altars are also crafting stations, so it isn't a bad idea to leave one for the special recipes requiring them.

Note that smashing Altars has a chance to corrupt a random block in the world. This will barely affect its overall spread, but it can infect areas the player tried to protect.

See also: Guide:Maintaining world purity.

After the altars are smashed, the Corruption should be avoided until better gear is obtained, since Pre-Hardmode weapons and armors won't be enough to deal with the new enemies.

Recommended Gear[edit | edit source]

At the bare minimum, the best Pre-Hardmode armors of the player's class should be used, such as Molten armor, Necro armor, Jungle armor or Wizard set and Bee armor for Melee, Ranged, Magic and Summoner users respectively. Armors made with Hardmode materials should definitely be used if obtained.

The player should also get a strong Hardmode weapon before venturing in. There are many choices depending on the class used:

Underground[edit | edit source]

With good gear, it is a lot easier to survive in the Underground Corruption. Once the diagonal strip has been located, the main thing to do is to find a good area to farm Souls of NightSouls of Night and Cursed FlamesCursed Flames, as the two will be needed for many recipes in the game.

The best place would be a wide, open area with a little "safe zone" like an Underground Cabin where the player can take cover from enemies and heal. If no such place is found, with a couple Mining PotionsMining PotionsDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version or Explosives it can be built.

See also: Guide:Harvesting Souls.

The Player will have to deal with new, stronger enemies: Corruptors, World Feeders, Corrupt Slimes, Slimers, Clingers and Cursed Hammers. Purple Pigrons will also appear if the player is in a Corrupted Snow biome.

  • Corruptor
    Corruptors are the Hardmode version of Eaters of Souls, as they possess the same AI but with the added ability to shoot a projectile, the Vile Spit. They are the most common enemies, and with their high health and damage stats they can be dangerous to the player. Their projectile can be destroyed by the player's attacks and it does not go through blocks, so these traits can be exploited to take them out more easily.
  • World FeedersWorld Feeders are the Hardmode version of Devourers, with a longer body as well as higher health and damage. They are more common than Devourers were in Pre-Hardmode, so the player should always watch out for them. Like any other Worm type enemy, the sound of them digging can be heard when they spawn, and any explosive or piercing attacks will easily take them out. They drop Cursed Flames when killed.
  • Corrupt SlimesCorrupt Slimess can be considered a Hardmode version of Mother Slimes, as they have higher health than the average Slime, and they spawn multiple Slimelings when killed. Compared to the other enemies, they aren't too big of a threat.
    • The SlimerSlimer is a flying variant which will spawn a Corrupt Slime when killed.
  • ClingersClingers act like most Plant type enemies such as the Angry Trapper, with the added ability to shoot a cursed fireball, which inflicts the Cursed Inferno Debuff. They deal a lot of contact damage, and the Cursed Inferno will drain the Player's health as well as stopping their regeneration. The fireballs cannot be destroyed like the Vile Spit, but they also can't go through blocks. They also drop Cursed Flames when killed.
  • Cursed HammersCursed Hammers are a very rare enemy that can go through blocks, and can inflict the Cursed debuff on hit. While this status effect can be devastating, they will stop moving if attacked, so they are fairly easy to deal with.
  • There's also the threat of Corrupt MimicsCorrupt MimicsDesktop VersionConsole Version. They drop great items when killed, but they are much harder to kill than any other enemy found, so they should always be avoided until better gear is obtained.

Pre-Hardmode enemies can still spawn, but at a lower rate than before.