Minecart Track

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Minecart Track
  • Minecart Track item sprite
  • Minecart Track placed
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Bonus+5 range
PlaceableYes 2 wide × 2 high
Use time15 Very Fast
TooltipHammer end piece to change bumper style
Hammer intersections to change direction
RarityRarity level: 0
Summons Mount


Minecart (wood) (mount).png Minecart (mount).png Mechanical Cart (mount).png
Minecart in action.

Minecart Tracks are placeable furniture-type blocks that allow for rapid transportation over long distances. They form a continuous track when placed next to each other, and form slopes when placed diagonally. They cannot be walked on, as you will fall straight through them, though they can be grappled using a Hook.

When the player is nearby a track, the Mount hotkey or right-clicking a point on the track causes a minecart to spawn, which the player is automatically placed in. Once inside, the right and left direction keys either accelerate, decelerate, or reverse the cart's movement. The cart can also "jump" with the jump key. To exit the minecart, which makes it despawn, the player can use a hook, right-click the buff icon, or press the mount hotkey. It will also despawn if the player jumps off the tracks, lands on blocks, and attempts to move sideways.

Minecart (wood) (buff).png
The buff icon of wooden minecart

Weapons and tools (as well as any other item except Hooks) can be used while riding a minecart.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipe[edit | edit source]

Used in[edit | edit source]

Minecart variants[edit | edit source]

Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version Desktop/Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.

Minecart Tracks will always spawn at least a wooden minecart when right-clicked. In order to travel faster or add capabilities, a minecart variant below can be placed in the minecart equipment slot of the player's inventory, which will replace the default minecart that spawns on minecart Tracks.

On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version, the metal variant of the Minecart is the default and only minecart. It is not crafted, but it is rather automatically equipped on the player, summoning regardless of their inventory.

Item Description Source Max Speed Acceleration Time
Minecart (wood) (mount).png Default Minecart Your basic wooden minecart Right click a minetrack. 51 mph 6 seconds
Minecart Minecart Faster than the default 15 IronIron or Lead BarLead Bar
10 WoodWood
66 mph 5 seconds
Mechanical Cart Mechanical CartDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Much faster
Fires lasers at nearby enemies
Mechanical Wagon PieceMechanical Wagon Piece
Mechanical Wheel PieceMechanical Wheel Piece
Mechanical Battery PieceMechanical Battery Piece
102 mph 4 seconds
Track ends.

Track end[edit | edit source]

When the end of the track is reached, the minecart will follow one of three behaviours, depending on the state of the final Track tile. The final Track tile can be shaped using a Hammer, which will cause it to cycle through closed, open, and bumper states.

  • The closed state resembles a wooden fence, and causes the minecart to stop harmlessly when reached. This is the default state of the final Track tile when placed, and the state of Track ends that were naturally-placed during world generation.
  • The open state resembles ordinary Track, and causes the minecart to run off the track. Fall damage will be incurred as usual, if there is a sufficient fall after leaving the tracks, unless the cart lands on minecart Tracks again.
  • The bumper state resembles a metal fence, and causes the minecart to reverse direction on impact.

Intersections[edit | edit source]

Two separate intersecting track lines can be connected together into an intersection, using a Hammer, which will then be capable of allowing a Minecart to switch from one track to the other.

You can switch tracks on-the-fly by holding the up or down key as you travel through an intersection.

  • Intersections will automatically act as mechanisms if wired. Activating them will toggle their default direction. Pressure Plate Tracks can be used to create complex switching arrangements.
  • The default direction can also be toggled manually with a Hammer.
A track intersection mechanism.

Abandoned Mine Tracks[edit | edit source]

Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version Desktop/Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.

Minecart Tracks naturally occur in Abandoned Mine Tracks, spawning underground in long, continuous paths. These tracks will always have sufficient clearance for a player in a cart to ride from beginning to end unhindered, and often connect multiple larger cave systems. Note that the journey isn't guaranteed to be safe - the tracks may lead through pools of water long enough for the player to drown, and in deeper areas of the world can go through lava pools.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Vehicular Manslaughter.png
Vehicular Manslaughter • "Defeat an enemy by running it over with a minecart."
Kill an enemy by running over it with a Minecart. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Graphically, a player right-clicking a Track is automatically moved there via a Hook-type tool that appears to latch the track. This is always a basic gray grappling hook. No Hook actually needs to be in the player's inventory. If the player is using a dye, it will be applied to this hook. If the space above the tracks is lower than four tiles high then the player will be grappled to the place they right-clicked but will not summon the Minecart.
  • Hitting an enemy will do 60-100 damage. The more speed you obtain, the more damage you do to enemies that are on the track. Note that you have to reach a certain speed to hurt the enemy.
  • When Water Walking Boots or any of its upgrades are equipped, a Minecart will not sink into water.
  • Pressing a direction while on the minecart or running over Booster Tracks only adds velocity up to a point. It takes a few seconds to gain full speed. Once the cap has been reached, the Minecart does not slow down unless it reaches an obstacle.
  • If you hit enemies at full speed and the collision kills it, you won't be damaged.
  • The collision damage seems to be unaffected by anything, but the critical chance seems to be the highest among the player's melee, ranged or magic critical chance.
  • Mixing water and lava together will not create obsidian if there is a minecart track submerged at the block which would otherwise become obsidian. It is likely to happen that, at the lower layers of the world, an Abandoned Minecart Track may spawn submerged in lava, making it impossible to dig through it using a Hellevator flooded with water unless the minecart track is destroyed.
  • It is actually possible to go beyond the speed limit (see above) by jumping with the minecart.
  • The player will fall through platforms while in the minecart.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Be sure to exit a Minecart that runs off a high track before hitting the ground. It can be done by right-clicking the buff, using a Grappling Hook or pressing R.
  • Using a Minecart to build a skybridge is a very efficient means of travel, and as a bonus, it doesn't block Meteorites.
  • To build a track without touching the ground, the tracks must be laid while mounted inside the cart (it is possible to use anything while mounted), as the tracks don't function as platforms and can't be walked on. This method is very effective, as the speed of the cart can be set to match exactly your laying speed, allowing to automate the process, requiring only that the mouse button stays pressed.
  • When activated, a Teleporter will affect all living entities in a 3x3 grid directly above its surface, not just what happens to be standing on it. Because of this, teleporters will also work while riding in a minecart. This is useful for getting around particularly troublesome obstacles, and for making complex switching stations.
  • Running on asphalt is faster than travelling on the rails, unless you use the Mechanical Cart. Because of this, it is not a good idea to use minecarts on a hardcore character difficulty (unless the player wants to use it for fun). However, a minecart track is easier and cheaper to craft, in addition to the fact that you don't need to press anything once at top speed.
  • Minecart tracks remain useful on Hardcore character difficulty as means of AFK Fallen Star collection, so long as they are built low enough to not spawn sky enemies.
  • The equipped Mount will not be spawned when you're near to a Minecart Track: a Minecart is summoned instead. Make sure to not build tracks in places where you might want to use your mount.
  • Due to the cheap cost of Minecart track it is very useful early game to get around the world and take out bosses like (Eye of Cthulhu, Skeletron, Wall of Flesh, The Destroyer, The Twins, Skeletron Prime, and Invasions) due to the speed at which you rarely take damage.

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Fixed Minecart generated tracks removing wires they go through.
  • Desktop
    • Crafting recipe now creates 50 tracks instead of 30.
    • Abandoned Mine Tracks have been added to world gen.
    • Dedicated equipment slot for Minecarts, which can also be dyed.
    • Introduced obtainable Minecart item and Mechanical Cart.
  • Desktop Booster Tracks and Minecart Track intersections can no longer be triggered as rapidly. You can now turn when placing Minecart Tracks.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PS4)
    • Crafting recipe now creates 50 tracks instead of 30.
    • Abandoned Mine Tracks have been added to world gen.
    • Dedicated equipment slot for Minecarts, which can also be dyed.
    • Introduced obtainable Minecart item and Mechanical Cart.
  • Console 1.07: Introduced with mechanics from Desktop
  • 3DS-Release: Introduced with mechanics from Desktop