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Tips are phrases shown briefly during loading screens, chosen at random from the list below.

Desktop version Desktop version[edit | edit source]

UI[edit | edit source]

  • Advanced players may wish to remap their buttons; you can do this from the Controls Menu in Settings.
  • The Housing section of the Equipment Menu allows you to decide what rooms you want your NPCs to live in.
  • You can check if a room is valid housing from the Housing section of the Inventory Menu.
  • If you get lost or need to find another player, open the World Map.
  • Not sure what to do next? Take a look at the Achievement Guide for a clue!
  • With the Block Swap mechanic enabled, you can replace one block with another directly, rather than having to mine it first.
  • Press the + and keys to zoom in & out! Focus on what matters!
  • Have something on the Map to show a friend? Double click on the Map to ping a location for everyone to see!
  • You can continuously use some items by holding down the Use / Attack button.
  • Press Smart Cursor to switch between Cursor Modes.
  • If your Inventory is full, you can press trash and Use / Attack to send items to the Trash.
  • When speaking to a vendor, you can sell items in your Inventory by pressing trash and Use / Attack.
  • You can remove Torches with Open / Activate or with a pickaxe.
  • In your Inventory, you can press Open / Activate to equip items such as armor or accessories directly to a usable slot.
  • Hold Auto Select to use Auto Select, a versatile feature that adapts to your environment. It will allow you to automatically hold your Torches in dark caves, Glowsticks when underwater, or even select the right tool for breaking something.
  • Press Alt and Use / Attack to Favorite an item. Favorited items can no longer be sold, thrown away, or dropped. No more accidentally losing your favorite items

World Elements & Items[edit | edit source]

  • Other players can loot your chests! If you don't trust them, use a Safe or Piggy Bank; those items have storage that is exclusive to each player.
  • Info accessories don't need to be equipped to provide you and nearby friends with useful information; you can just leave them in your Inventory.
  • Rope can really help you get around while exploring caves. You can even craft it into a Rope Coil which can be thrown and automatically unfolds!
  • You can change your spawn point by placing and using a bed.
  • If you find a Magic Mirror, you can use it to teleport back to your spawn point.
  • Water will break your fall.
  • Torches and Glowsticks can be a light for you in dark places when all other lights go out. Torches won't work underwater, but Glowsticks will.
  • Don't fall into lava without drinking an Obsidian Skin Potion first!
  • You won't take falling damage if you have a Lucky Horseshoe. Look for them on Floating Islands.
  • Walking on Hellstone and Meteorite can burn you! Protect yourself by equipping an Obsidian Skull or similar accessory.
  • Life Crystals are hidden around the World. Use them to increase your health.
  • Torches require Wood and Gel to craft. Gel can be obtained by defeating slimes.
  • Some ores require better pickaxes to mine.
  • Bows and guns require the proper ammo in your Ammo Slots.
  • When exploring, it helps to keep some Platforms on hand. They can be crafted from numerous materials such as Wood, Glass, or even Bones.
  • Wear a Mining Helmet if you don't want to use Torches.
  • You can wear Buckets on your head!
  • Demon Altars and Crimson Altars can't be destroyed with a normal hammer. You have to pwn them.
  • Killing Bunnies is cruel. Period.
  • Falling Stars sometimes appear at night. Collect 3 of them to craft a Mana Crystal you can use to increase your Mana.
  • A pet can be your best friend.
  • Time heals all wounds.
  • You can plant Acorns to grow new trees.
  • Rocket science gave us Rocket Boots.
  • The Cloud in a Bottle and Shiny Red Balloon accessories both improve your ability to jump. Combine them to make a Cloud in a Balloon.
  • If you store your Coins in a Chest or Piggy Bank, you will be less likely to lose them.
  • To craft potions, place a Bottle on a Table to make an Alchemy Station. Double, double, toil and trouble!
  • Wearing a full set of armor crafted from the same material gives you an extra bonus.
  • Build a Furnace to craft metal bars out of ore.
  • You can harvest Cobwebs and turn them into Silk. You can use Silk to craft beds, sofas, and more!
  • You can buy Wires from the Mechanic and use them to create traps, pumping systems, or other elaborate devices.
  • If you're sick of getting knocked around, try equipping a Cobalt Shield. You can find one in the Dungeon.
  • Grappling Hooks are invaluable tools for exploration. Try crafting them with Hooks or gems.
  • The best wizards around use Mana Flowers.
  • Use "suspicious looking items" at your own risk!
  • Seeds can be used to grow a variety of useful ingredients for crafting potions.
  • If you need to remove background walls, craft a hammer!
  • Got some extra walls or platforms? You can turn them back into their original materials!
  • Fishing is a fantastic source of crafting ingredients, accessories, and loot crates!
  • Nothing improves your mobility like Wings. Who wouldn't want to fly?
  • Riding Minecarts is one of the best ways of getting around. You can build your own tracks, or find them Underground.
  • Life Crystals not enough for you? Eventually, Life Fruit will grow in the Jungle, and can give you an extra boost to your health.
  • Change your clothes in game at a Dresser or talk to the Stylist for a new hairdo.
  • Mounts grant the player increased mobility and a variety of useful abilities. Each one is unique!
  • Looking for a challenge? Try Expert Mode!
  • If an enemy steals your money after you die in Expert Mode, hunt it down! If you defeat it, you can get your money back.
  • Keep an eye out for Goodie Bags around Halloween. If you open them, you can find all sorts of spooky items. Trick or Treat!
  • Clouds are nice and soft, and you won't get hurt falling on them no matter how far you fall.
  • Did you know you can order your Summons to attack a specific target? While holding a Summoning Weapon, Right Click an enemy!
  • The Void Bag is a magical artifact that will store items for you when your inventory is full.
  • Explosives are dangerous! ...and effective..

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Sometimes you can find NPCs hidden around the World.
  • The Old Man at the Dungeon is a Clothier. If only someone could lift his curse...
  • Merchants love money. If you save up enough, one might move in!
  • Keep an explosive in your inventory or a storage container to attract a Demolitionist to your house.
  • Make sure you have valid housing with empty rooms, and you may attract new inhabitants to your World.
  • Slay a boss to attract a Dryad to your house. She can tell you the state of Corruption, Crimson, and Hallow in your World.
  • Santa Claus is real. He comes to town after the Frost Legion is defeated (and 'tis the season).
  • A room in a house can have Wood Platforms as a floor or ceiling, but NPCs need at least one solid block to stand on.
  • The Goblin Tinkerer found in Underground Caverns will sell you many useful items, including a Tinkerer's Workshop.
  • The Arms Dealer knows more about guns than anyone. If you find one, he might move in.
  • The Mechanic got lost in the Dungeon. You'll have to help her out if you want her to move in.
  • Once you use a Life Crystal, a Nurse might move in! Speak to her for healing at any time . . . for a price, of course.
  • If you ever want to get stylish, try dyes! The Dye Trader can help you turn some materials into new dye colors.
  • The Tavernkeep is a guest from a faraway land called Etheria.
  • If you need a new haircut, go check out a nearby Spider Biome. Stylists always end up lost in them!
  • Regular Wood and Stone not vibrant enough for you? A Painter will move in and sell paints if enough townsfolk move in.
  • You could get a Witch Doctor to come to your World if you defeat the Queen Bee.
  • The Party Girl won't move in unless your World is full of other townsfolk. Afterall, what's a party without lots of guests?
  • The Wizard sells some useful magic artifacts, but he has a tendency to wander off Underground.
  • The Tax Collector spends his days wandering the Underworld as a Tortured Soul. If only there were a way to purify him . . .
  • Pirates are so unpredictable. First they invade your world, and then they move into your houses!
  • If you ever defeat any giant robots, a Steampunker might move in to your World.
  • If you like rockets, the Cyborg may have some for sale.
  • The Traveling Merchant never stays in one place for long, but he always brings different wares when he visits!
  • Not all Skeletons are evil. Some are even known to sell unique items to those that can find them.
  • Find a cool new Material? Want to know what you can make? Check with your friendly neighborhood Guide!
  • Have some NPCs perished? Don't worry, they'll be back in the morning.

Biomes & Environments[edit | edit source]

Bosses & Events[edit | edit source]

Console version Console version[edit | edit source]

Bolded words are highlighted as yellow text in the original game.

UI[edit | edit source]

  • Favorited items stay in your inventory unless you manually move them; they can't be accidentally thrown or deposited with the Quick Stack function.
  • Info accessories don't need to be equipped to provide you and nearby friends with useful information; you can just leave them in your inventory.
  • When speaking to a vendor, you can sell items in your inventory by pressing .
  • You can press to send unwanted items to the Trash.
  • If you get lost or need to find another player, open the World Map.
  • You can continuously use some items by holding down ZR.
  • With a chest open, use Restock to automatically refill your ammo, potions, and any other stackable items that you're already carrying in inventory.
  • You can check if a room is valid housing from the Housing section of the Inventory Menu.
  • The Housing section of the Equipment Menu allows you to decide what rooms you want your NPCs to live in.
  • Now when you open a chest, you can start crafting using the items in the chest along with the ones in your inventory.
  • The last place where you died is marked on your map by a red X. Head back quickly to recover your lost coins or gear!
  • Advanced players may wish to remap their buttons. You can do this from the Controls Menu in Settings (Pause Menu during gameplay).
  • The Equipment Menu is here! Finally your Grappling Hooks, Minecarts, Pets and Mounts have a home.
  • Nintendo Switch Tap and drag the screen to pan around while viewing the full sized map.
  • Nintendo Switch Pinch the touchscreen to zoom the camera distance in and out.
  • Nintendo Switch Double tap anywhere on the Hotbar to quickly open the full Inventory.
  • Nintendo Switch Tap to pickup and drag to move items around in Inventory and Equipment.
  • Nintendo Switch Double tap on certain Equipment and Accessory items to toggle their visibility.
  • Nintendo Switch Tap to use or place your currently selected item where you touch the screen.

World Elements & Items[edit | edit source]

  • A pet can be your best friend.
  • Killing bunnies is cruel. Period.
  • You can plant acorns to grow new trees.
  • Sand is overpowered.
  • Torches and glowsticks can be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Torches won't work underwater, but glowsticks will.
  • Sand can be crafted into glass, which is used to make bottles and many other useful items.
  • Some ores require better pickaxes to mine.
  • Some walls and platforms can be deconstructed into their component materials.
  • Change your clothes in game at a Dresser or talk to the Stylist for a new hairdo.
  • Build a furnace to craft metal bars out of ore.
  • You can change your spawn point by placing and using a bed.
  • Wearing armor made out of all the same material gives you an extra bonus.
  • Rope can really help you get around while exploring caves. You can even craft it into a coil of rope which can be thrown and automatically unfolds!
  • When exploring, it helps to keep some platforms on hand. They can be crafted from numerous materials, such as wood, glass, or even bones.
  • Fishing is a fantastic source of crafting ingredients, accessories, and loot crates!
  • Wear a Mining Helmet if you don't want to use torches.
  • Falling Stars sometimes appear at night. Collect 3 of them to craft a Mana Crystal you can use to increase your mana.
  • Life Crystals are hidden around the World. Use them to increase your health.
  • Bows and guns require the proper ammo.
  • Going fishing? Dawn and dusk are the best times to try for something good.
  • Riding minecarts is one of the best ways of getting around. You can build your own tracks, or find them underground.
  • You can harvest cobwebs and turn them into silk. You can use silk to craft beds, sofas, and more!
  • You can change your spawn point by placing and using a bed.
  • Seeds can be used to grow a variety of useful ingredients for crafting potions.
  • To craft potions, place a bottle on a table to make an alchemy station, or find an Alchemy Table in the Dungeon. Double, double, toil and trouble!
  • The Cloud in a Bottle and Shiny Red Balloon accessories both improve your ability to jump. Combine them to make a Cloud in a Balloon.
  • If you find a Magic Mirror, you can use it to teleport back to your spawn point.
  • You can destroy Shadow Orbs and Crimson Hearts with a hammer or explosives, but prepare yourself for the forces they unleash.
  • Honey is renowned for its regenerative properties.
  • Other players can loot your chests! If you don't trust them, use a safe or piggy bank; those items have storage that is exclusive to each player.
  • You won't take falling damage if you have a Lucky Horseshoe. Look for them on floating islands.
  • Walking on Hellstone and Meteorite can burn you! Protect yourself by equipping an Obsidian Skull or similar accessory.
  • Demon Altars and Crimson Altars can't be destroyed with a normal hammer. You have to pwn them.
  • You can use Hallowed Seeds, Holy Water, or Pearlstone to make Hallowed ground.
  • Nothing improves your mobility like Wings. Who wouldn't want to fly?
  • A Sextant displays the Moon's current phase. Many things in the world pay attention to the Moon.
  • Mounts grant the player increased mobility and unique abilities. Each one is unique!
  • Life Crystals not enough for you? Eventually, Life Fruit will grow in the Jungle, and can give you an extra boost to your health.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Sometimes you can find NPCs hidden around the World.
  • The Old Man at the Dungeon is a Clothier, if only someone could lift his curse...
  • Merchants love money. If you save up enough, one might move in!
  • Once you use a Life Crystal, a Nurse might move in! Speak to her for healing at any time . . . for a price, of course.[sic]
  • If you ever want to get stylish, try dyes! The Dye Trader can help you turn some ingredients into new dye colors.
  • Slay a boss to attract a Dryad to your house. She can tell you the state of Corruption, Crimson, and Hallow in your World.
  • You could get a Witch Doctor to come to your world if you defeat the Queen Bee.
  • Regular wood and stone not vibrant enough for you? A Painter will move in and sell paints if enough townsfolk move in.
  • The Goblin Tinkerer found in underground caverns will sell you many useful items, including a Tinkerer's Workshop.
  • The Mechanic got lost in the Dungeon. You'll have to help her out if you want her to move in.
  • You can buy wires from a Mechanic and use them to create traps, pumping systems, or other elaborate devices.
  • The Party Girl won't move in unless your world is full of other townsfolk. Afterall, what's a party without lots of guests.
  • If you need a new haircut, go check out a nearby Spider Cave. Stylists always end up lost in them!
  • Pirates are so unpredictable. First they invade your world, and then they move into your houses!
  • If you like rockets, the Cyborg may have some for sale.
  • Santa Claus is real. He comes to town after the Frost Legion is defeated (and 'tis the season).
  • Not all Skeletons are evil. Some even sell things!

Biomes & Environments[edit | edit source]

  • If your house doesn't have background walls, monsters will be able to spawn inside.
  • There are floating islands in the sky.
  • If you dig deep enough, you'll end up in The Underworld!
  • Its worth it to explore your Oceans. You can find treasure, dyes, and even sleeping fishermen.[sic]
  • The Hallow is the only place where Corruption and Crimson cannot spread.

Bosses & Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Before fighting a boss, it's a good idea to prepare an arena with health regenerating devices and room to maneuver. A builder's instinct is as valuable as a powerful swordarm.
  • Bosses are easier to defeat with friends.
  • Use suspicious looking items at your own risk!
  • Defeat the boss in The Underworld to change the World forever. Find a Guide Voodoo Doll and hurl it into the infernal lava to summon him.
  • Medusas in Marble Caves can turn their enemies to stone. If you get caught in midair, the fall can be brutal.

Events[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

  • In Expert mode, enemies are tougher and many aspects of the world become more challenging. However, many rare and powerful items are only available in this mode.
  • Curious about how something works? Visit the official Terraria wiki and the official Terraria forums to learn all kinds of useful things!

Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version[edit | edit source]

UI[edit | edit source]

  • (Old-gen) Mobile version Touch and drag items from the Inventory Bar to drop them into the world.
  • (Old-gen) Mobile version Pinch the screen to zoom in and out.

World Elements & Items[edit | edit source]

  • Time heals all wounds.
  • Killing bunnies is cruel. Period.
  • Torches require wood and gels to craft. Gels can be found on slimes.
  • If you find chests out in the World, you can remove them with a hammer to take them with you.
  • You can plant acorns to grow new trees.
  • Sand is overpowered.
  • Torches and glowsticks can be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Torches won't work underwater, but glowsticks will.
  • You can harvest cobwebs and turn them into silk. You can use silk to craft vanity clothes or a bed.
  • Fallen Stars sometimes appear at night. Collect 3 of them to craft a Mana Crystal you can use to increase your mana.
  • Bows and guns require the proper ammo in your Ammo slots.
  • Some projectiles such as arrows and shurikens can be gathered and reused after firing them.
  • If you store your coins in a house, you'll be less likely to lose them.
  • Explosives are dangerous! ...and effective...
  • When you explore caves, it helps to have wood platforms. Craft them out of wood.
  • Some ores require better pickaxes to mine.
  • You can remove furniture or background walls by crafting a hammer.
  • Build a furnace to craft metal bars out of ore.
  • Wearing armor made all out of the same material gives you a extra bonus.
  • You can change your spawn point by placing and using a bed.
  • You can wear buckets!
  • Swimming is dangerous without Flippers or a Diving Helmet! You can craft those at a Tinkerer's Workshop.
  • Life Crystals are hidden around the World. Use them to increase your health.
  • Wear a Mining Helmet if you don't want to use torches.
  • You can make a grappling hook out of iron chains and a hook. The easiest place to find a hook is on piranhas in a jungle.
  • If you find a Magic Mirror, you can use it to teleport back to your spawn point.
  • Seeds can be used to farm a variety of useful ingredients, especially for crafting potions.
  • To craft potions, place a bottle on a table to make an alchemy station. Double, double, toil and trouble!
  • You can destroy Shadow Orbs with a hammer or explosives, but prepare yourself for the forces they unleash (those being the Eater of Worlds and Meteors).
  • Other players can loot your chests! If you don't trust them, use a safe or piggy bank; those items have storage that is exclusive to each player.
  • A pet can be your best friend.
  • You won't take falling damage if you have a Lucky Horseshoe. Look for them on floating islands.
  • The Cloud in a Bottle and Shiny Red Balloon accessories both improve your ability jump. Combine them to make a Cloud in a Balloon.
  • Rocket science gave us Rocket Boots.
  • You can buy wires from a Mechanic and use them to create traps, pumping systems, or other elaborate devices.
  • Walking on Hellstone and Meteorite can burn you! Protect yourself by equipping an Obsidian Skull or similar accessory.
  • Don't fall into lava without an Obsidian Skin Potion!
  • You can't destroy a demon altar with a normal hammer. You have to pwn them.
  • The best wizard people use Mana Flowers.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

  • Make sure you have empty, valid rooms to attract new inhabitants.
  • Sometimes you can find NPCs hidden around the world.
  • Collect money to attract a Merchant to your house.
  • Hold onto an explosive to attract a Demolitionist to your house.
  • The Old Man at the Dungeon is a Clothier, if only someone could lift his curse...
  • The Goblin Tinkerer found in underground caverns will sell you many useful items, including a Tinkerer's Workshop.

Biomes & Environments[edit | edit source]

  • A room in a house can have wood platforms as a floor or ceiling, but NPCs need at least one solid block to stand on.
  • If your house doesn't have background walls, monsters will be able to spawn inside.
  • Water will break your fall.
  • The Corruption is full of chasms. Mind the gaps.
  • There are floating islands in the sky.
  • If you dig deep enough, you'll end up in The Underworld!

Bosses & Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Monsters spawn more often in dark areas.
  • Use suspicious looking items at your own risk!
  • Defeat the boss in The Underworld to change the World forever. Find a Guide Voodoo Doll and hurl it into the infernal lava to summon him.

Events[edit | edit source]

  • During a Blood Moon, zombies can open doors.
  • Watch out for falling Meteorites!
  • When dealing with a Goblin Army, crowd control is key.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The majority of the pre-1.3.0.1 tips were introduced prior to version 1.1, when The Crimson was not implemented yet and hammers were used for removing furniture. Due to this, there are no tips about the Crimson and two tips tell untruths.
  • There is a typo in one of the tips: "both improve your ability jump". This has been fixed in the Console version Console version.
  • One of the tips confirms that the Old Man and the Clothier are, in fact, the same person.
  • One tip states that the Wall of Flesh is male- "Find a Guide Voodoo Doll and hurl it into the infernal lava to summon him".
  • One tip says you need 3 Fallen Stars to craft a Mana Crystal (like on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version), while on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version you actually need 5.
  • One of the tips "torches and glowsticks can be a light for you in dark places" is a reference to the crystal phial in "The Lord of the Rings".
  • A tip states that you should "watch for falling meteorites". However, the falling meteorite itself won't be seen, only the crater it forms.
    • In the Desktop version Desktop version, you can sometimes see a meteor in the background shortly before a new Meteorite crash site is announced. However, this is only an aesthetic effect; it won't actually be an indicator of where the Meteorite biome will be located.
  • The tip "Sand is overpowered" is same as one of the Desktop version Desktop version's title messages.
  • The tip "When dealing with a Goblin Army, crowd control is key" is a reference to the achievement "Crowd Control", which is gained by destroying the Goblin Army in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and the old Mobile version Mobile version.
  • The tips including the line “Double, double, toil and trouble!” are a reference to the three witches in the Shakespearean play, Macbeth.
  • The tip with the phrase “Many things in the world pay attention to the Moon” in it might be a reference to the Moon Lord.

History[edit | edit source]