Terraria

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Not to be confused with the plural of Terrarium.

Terraria is a video game developed by Re-Logic. It was first released as a game for Microsoft Windows on May 16, 2011 but has since expanded to several other platforms. It is a 2D action-adventure, open-world sandbox/platformer game in which the player controls a single character in a generated world.

Both singleplayer and multiplayer are supported. Besides English, the in-game language can be set to German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Polish. The gameplay has several similarities to the well-known Minecraft and was partially inspired by it. However, there are also a large amount of differences, like its several bosses and events.

It has been announced that a follow-up, Terraria 2, is planned for the future. A spin-off of the game called Terraria: Otherworld was under development but was officially canceled on April 12, 2018.

Terraria is the world's 19th most sold video game, with over 27 million sold copies as of June 2019, including paid mobile downloads.[1]

Payment[edit | edit source]

Terraria is purchased via a one-time-payment. Updates are free afterward. The price differs between game versions (see below) but generally ranges between USD $5-20. Various sales occasionally lower the price, to as low as $4.99.[2] Some platforms also offer trial/demo versions.

There is also a Collector's Edition or a Special Edition version which may cost slightly more but include additional merchandise.

Terraria is available on multiple desktop, console, and mobile platforms, but this wiki distinguishes between the following five main versions.

Desktop version Desktop version[edit | edit source]

The Desktop version is the most extensive, featuring nearly everything ever introduced to Terraria. Traditionally being limited to Microsoft Windows, the official release of Terraria on macOS and Linux platforms on August 12th, 2015 and further expanded the computer versions game from being just Microsoft Windows-only.[3]

On this wiki, entries that regard content exclusive to the Desktop version will be marked with Desktop version, or the banner:

Desktop version Desktop-Only Content: This information applies only to the Desktop version of Terraria.

Minimum system requirements[edit | edit source]

Windows[edit | edit source]

  • Operating system: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10 
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz 
  • Memory: 2.5GB
  • Hard disk space: 200MB 
  • Video card: 128MB video memory, capable of Shader Model 2.0+
  • DirectX®: 9.0c or greater

MacOS[edit | edit source]

  • Operating system: OSX 10.9.5 – 10.11.6 [os 1]
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2.5GB
  • Hard disk space: 200MB
  • Video card: 128MB video memory, capable of OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)

Linux[edit | edit source]

  • Operating system: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz
  • Memory: 2.5GB
  • Hard disk space: 200MB
  • Video card: 128mb video memory, capable of OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
  1. Can run on OSX 10.6+, but performance issues are common.

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Console version Console version[edit | edit source]

The Console versions of Terraria are split in terms of extensivity. The Xbox One Xbox One and PS4 PlayStation 4 editions of the game are equivalent to Desktop 1.3.1, and the Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch edition is currently equivalent to Desktop 1.3.0.7. The Xbox 360 Xbox 360, PS3 PlayStation 3, PSVita PlayStation Vita, and Wii U Wii U editions of the game are equivalent to Desktop 1.2.4.1, and also lack content found on the Desktop and Mobile versions. These versions are not planned to be updated past the 1.2.4.1 equivalent.

On this wiki, the Xbox One Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch editions are referred to as the "Console version" and will be marked with Console version. (Note that the Nintendo Switch Switch version will have separate section in the history section due to its differences with the primary console version.) Content exclusive to the Xbox 360 Xbox 360, PS3, PSVita, and Wii U Wii U editions are referred to as the "Old-gen console version" and will be marked with Old-gen console version. The following banners may also be used:

Console version Console-Only Content: This information applies only to the Console version of Terraria.
Old-gen console version Old-gen console-Only Content: This information applies only to the Old-gen console version of Terraria.

The Japanese release of Terraria is produced by Satoru Honma. Developer Spike Chunsoft localized the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions for release in Japan, including exclusive anime cross-over content for that release with anime cameos and vanity sets.

On this wiki, entries that regard content exclusive to the Japanese Console version will be marked with Japanese Console version or the banner:

Japanese Console version Japanese console-Only Content: This information applies only to the Japanese Console version of Terraria.

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Mobile Version Mobile version[edit | edit source]

The Mobile version includes several features found in the Desktop and Console versions and seems to be the third-most extensive, holding some notable Mobile-exclusive features. It runs on Android, Amazon, iOS, and Windows Phone. The Mobile version is currently equivalent to Desktop 1.2.4.1, but will soon be equivalent to the 1.3.0.7Desktop VersionConsole Version version. It is currently in the alpha stage.[4] Amazon Like the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, Kindle Fire HD and prior will no longer receive updates past 1.2.4.1.

On this wiki, entries that regard content exclusive to the Mobile version will be marked with Mobile Version or the banner:

Mobile version Mobile-Only Content: This information applies only to the Mobile version of Terraria.

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3DS version 3DS version[edit | edit source]

The 3DS version is similar to the Mobile version, but contains a large amount of content from Desktop 1.2 to Desktop 1.3.0.1. It has most of the Mobile-exclusive content, but also contains some of its own exclusive content, such as the Zapinator.

On this wiki, entries that regard content exclusive to the 3DS version will be marked with 3DS version or the banner:

3DS version 3DS-Only Content: This information applies only to the 3DS version of Terraria.

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

A newly created character in a forest.

Players begin by creating a character, and then a world. Multiple characters and multiple worlds can be created. World generation is based on random seeds, so two worlds are generally never the same. The game starts with the character spawning in the middle of their new world, armed with a Copper Shortsword for protection (a Wooden Sword in the Mobile and 3DS versions), a Copper Pickaxe for mining, and a Copper Axe for gathering wood. The player is then encouraged to gather resources (such as ore), build a base for defense against enemies, and generally overcome various game challenges. Hints to aid the game progression are provided by the Guide NPC who spawns nearby.

The game includes a wide array of features. Players will generally be spending their time exploring, building things, collecting/creating items (mainly for empowering the character), fishing, and fighting monsters and bosses. As Terraria is a sandbox game, players are not locked into working towards any singular goal and can decide for themselves what to pursue. One popular goal is to make one's character as strong as possible and ultimately defeat the game's hardest bosses and events, such as the Moon LordDesktop VersionConsole Version.

A hardmode character fighting off the Pirate Invasion event.

Terraria can also be played in multiplayer, in which more than one character can play in the same world. Multiplayer games are either cooperative games where players work together to build things or overcome challenges as in single-player or competitive PvP games where players or teams fight against each other.

The time system of Terraria is real-time, the in-game time furthermore cycling between day and night. The game can, however, be paused (in singleplayer), but only if the autopauseDesktop Version option is enabled in the settings. It is also possible to save and exit the game whenever desired and resume later. However, the character will teleport back to their spawn point.

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Community[edit | edit source]

There is an official online community that players can visit. See the Official Terraria Forums for more information.

References[edit | edit source]

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