Map size

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Map size refers to the size of a Terraria world. Upon creation, on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the player can select either "small", "medium", or "large" for the size of the map to generate. On the 3DS version 3DS version, the player can select either "normal" or "expanded". The worlds are smaller due to less storage. An 3DS Version "expanded" world is the equivalent of a Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version "small" world.

Dimensions of the different map sizes are as follows: (one block = two feet)

Map Size of map
Size of map
Accessible area
Accessible area
Floating Islands
3DS Version Normal 3500 × 1800 1750 × 900 3486 × 1786 1743 × 893 2–5
Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Small /
3DS Version[1] Expanded
8400 × 2400 4200 × 1200 8234 × 2234 4117 × 1117 2–3
Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Medium 12800 × 3600 6400 × 1800 12634 × 3434 6317 × 1717 4–6
Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version[2] Large 16800 × 4800 8400 × 2400 16634 × 4634 8317 × 2317 4–8
  1. On the 3DS version 3DS version, expanded worlds are only available on the Western versions (North American, European) of New Nintendo 3DS.
  2. On the Mobile version Mobile version, large worlds are only accessible on devices with 1.5+ GB of RAM.

Map Size Comparison[edit | edit source]

Different world sizes may be better suited for different purposes. Players may find that creating many small worlds may be more efficient than creating large worlds due to the amount of memory needed.

Advantages of Small Worlds[edit | edit source]

Everything is closer and quicker to reach:

Advantages of Large Worlds[edit | edit source]

There is more space to build and explore:

  • The Wyvern spawn level is higher making above-ground housing safer at low altitudes.
  • Conversely, there is more below-ground space that counts as "surface", which can be used for farms of "surface-only" plants like trees or mushrooms.
  • The Underworld is longer, potentially giving more time to defeat the Wall of Flesh.
  • The Celestial Towers will be more spread out, reducing the likelihood of the player's base and NPC homes being overrun.
  • There is a greater chance of having lakes big enough for fishing in surface biomes.
  • The surface terrain tends to be more varied and interesting.

There is more "stuff" in the world: