Guide:Practical tips

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There are many things in Terraria which are not evident from the get-go, and many other things that a player would definitely do differently on a rerun of the game. It is true that much of the joy lies in exploring, but sometimes you may feel some helpful advice is in order.

Items[edit | edit source]

Mining[edit | edit source]

  • Always upgrade your pickaxe: try to upgrade to a better one as fast as you can because certain items can only be mined with better tools.
  • Do not jump down a large hole or cave without an extra jump, Umbrella, Featherfall Potion, or Lucky HorseshoeLucky Horseshoe. If you do not have those, consider using RopeRope and platforms to safely descend.
    • As a rule of thumb, you should not jump down if you cannot see the glow of a torch or glowstick that you threw down.
  • Use Spelunker PotionSpelunker Potions or throw Spelunker GlowstickSpelunker GlowsticksDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions if you're unable to find anything of value: they highlight any valuable treasure and ores that are on your screen.
  • Mining PotionMining PotionsDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions and the Ancient ChiselAncient ChiselDesktop and Mobile versions increase mining speed directly.
  • The Light modifier greatly increases the mining speed of tools.
  • Desktop versionConsole versionOld-gen console versionMobile version When the Minimap is expanded, hovering over an ore pocket will display its name next to the cursor.
    • Using items that light through walls such as the Starfury will light up the map, allowing the player to locate and distinguish ores.
  • Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions Pressing the Left Ctrl (pressing down the right joystick on Xbox One Xbox) key changes your mining style to Smart Cursor, which is extremely useful for strip mining.
  • You can descend relatively fast by auto-focusing the mining and digging a 2-block-wide shaft.
  • Using Mining Armor is useful when mining. The helmet is especially useful as it eliminates the need for torches.
  • For quick trips to the various layers or the world, a hellevator can be a very useful structure. Dig a vertical shaft from underneath your base down to The Underworld and consider placing RopeRopes or platforms to conveniently ascend and descend.
  • Do not look for Hardmode ores in the Underground Corruption, Crimson, or Hallow when you first start Hardmode unless you are very confident in your skill. Instead, if you have dug one, a hellevator is a good place to start looking.
  • Hardmode ores cannot be found in all layers:

Combat[edit | edit source]

Travel[edit | edit source]

  • There are various items and accessories that can affect movement speed:
    • The most basic one that can decrease travel time is the Hermes BootsHermes Boots, which allows the player to run at a faster speed.
    • Like Hermes Boots, Dunerider BootsDunerider BootsDesktop and Mobile versionsallow the player to run faster, and gives an extra speed boost while on sand blocks
    • Swiftness PotionSwiftness Potions are very common, and can increase movement speed significantly. If you wear boots, it will make you reach the maximum speed more quickly. Make sure to refresh the potion as its effect lasts only for a limited amount of time.
    • The AgletAglet and Anklet of the WindAnklet of the Wind improve movement speed by 5% and 10%, respectively. Both stack with each other, and even with a Swiftness Potion. Once you get the Tinkerer's Workshop both accessories will be combined into your Lightning Boots.
  • If you can withstand screen flips, Gravitation PotionGravitation Potions can be your best friend for vertical mobility. With precautions and practice, this can easily eliminate the need for an arena and can save you some resources to explore the Space biome.
  • A Featherfall PotionFeatherfall Potion effectively extends flight time by causing players to fall slower; the effects are even more pronounced when holding the UP directional key. It will also eliminate all fall damage risk from using a Gravitation Potion. The Djinn's CurseDjinn's CurseDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions acts as a permanent Featherfall Potion when worn in the armor slot.
  • There are different variants of the Cloud in a BottleCloud in a Bottle:
  • A Grappling HookHook can be used to increase the player's speed by shooting it diagonally and then releasing it before reaching the point. This works best on flat open area, and can allow Hermes Boots to get to full speed without building up beforehand.
  • The ascent speed of Angel WingsWings can be greatly increased by equipping a Frog LegFrog Leg. Balloon accessories provide a similar, though less dramatic bonus.
  • The Universal PylonPylonsDesktop and Mobile versions only require 2 NPCs in order to work and can be used to fast travel to the most frequently visited places.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Always use Background Walls in your buildings, as they stop Enemies to spawn in those areas.
  • Console and Old-gen console versions 3DS version You will be getting a lot of NPCs – arrange a building that you can keep expanding; upwards is best, however Wyverns may cause problems on small worlds.
  • To avoid possible Corruption/Crimson contamination of NPC houses in the future, it can be helpful to dig a 4-5 block trench around them; allow yourself some extra space for tree farms.
  • Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions You can right click with any Summon weapon on an enemy or boss to have your minions target it. You can tell an enemy is targeted when a purple circle appears over it and the enemy or boss starts trailing purple particles.
  • Desktop version If your mouse has side-buttons you can rebind them to restore Health, use Buff items or to restore Mana.