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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 is 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 differences, like multiple Bosses.

It has been announced that a follow-up, Terraria 2, is planned for the future. A separate, official remake of the game is under development and is called Terraria: Otherworld.

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 $5-20 USD. Various sales occasionally lower the price, to as low as $1.99.[1] Some platforms also offer trial/demo versions.

There is also a Collector's Edition version which may cost a bit more but includes additional merchandise.

Terraria is available on Desktop, Console, 3DS, and Mobile versions.

Desktop only.png 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 Mac (OS X) and Linux platforms on August 12th, 2015 further expanded the computer versions game from being just Microsoft Windows only[2]. On this wiki entries that regards content exclusive to the Desktop version will be marked with Desktop only.png.

Minimum system requirements[edit | edit source]

Windows[edit | edit source]

  • OS: 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

Mac OS[edit | edit source]

  • OS: 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]

  • OS: 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 only.png Console version[edit | edit source]

The Console versions of Terraria seem (as of January 2015) to be the least extensive, lacking many features found in the Desktop and Mobile versions. It runs on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita , 3DS and Wii U. The console version is currently equivalent to the Desktop version (the 3DS logo.svg version is equivalent to the Desktop 1.2 version, although it features some 1.2.4 content and shares some mobile exclusive content). On this wiki, entries that regards content exclusive to the Console version will be marked with Console only.png, and 3DS exclusive content will be marked with 3DS logo.svg.

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.

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Mobile only.png Mobile version[edit | edit source]

The Mobile version includes several features found in the Desktop and Console versions and seems to be the second-most extensive, holding some notable Mobile exclusive ones. It runs on Android,Amazon devices, iOS, and Windows Phone. On this wiki, entries that regards content exclusive to the Mobile version will be marked with Mobile only.png.

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Gameplay[edit | edit source]

A started 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 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 Lord.

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 autopause option is enabled in 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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Terraria franchise
Terraria Terraria • Terraria: Otherworld • Terraria 2