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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 some helpful advice is in order.

Items[]

  • If the player can't find a Magic MirrorMagic Mirror or Ice MirrorIce MirrorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, then they can find or craft Recall PotionRecall Potions. They have the same effect and have a quicker use time.
  • The player can make a Ruby HookGem Hook after getting 15 Gems of the same kind. This makes exploration of caves much easier, and it does not require a Hook, an uncommon drop from skeletons and piranhas.
  • Stacks of items can be bought and crafted quickly by holding the Open / Activate button.
  • There are a wide variety of items in Terraria. It is best to separate chests into categories. Chests containing crafting materials are best kept near the crafting station where they will be needed - one for ores and bars, next to an Anvil and Furnace. One for potion materials, next to a Placed Bottle or Alchemy Table. One for potions, one for weapons, one for equip-able items next to a Tinkerer's Workshop, and one or two for miscellaneous crafting materials.
  • All Piggy BankPiggy Banks, SafeSafes, Defender's ForgeDefender's ForgesDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions and Void VaultVoid VaultsDesktop and Mobile versions retain their items when broken. The player can put them into their inventory and place them at any time for access. This effectively triples (Old-gen console version3DS version) / quadruples (Console Version) / quintuples (Desktop and Mobile versions) the amount of carriable items. However, the Piggy Bank requires a flat furniture surface to set on, so take a Work Bench or some platforms as well. In the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile versions, it is possible to obtain the Money TroughMoney TroughDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions during a Blood Moon. It is a floating Piggy Bank that can be summoned anywhere, without being placed. Also, in Desktop version Desktop and Mobile version Mobileversions, the void Void BagVoid BagDesktop and Mobile versions, which acts as a mobile Void Vault, similarly to the Money Trough, but can automatically collect items into the vault when the player's inventory is full.
  • Even with full health, Heart Crystals can still be used to craft Heart LanternHeart Lanterns, which provide health regeneration when placed.
    • Additionally, getting Heart Crystals on every opportunity allows for the Metal DetectorMetal DetectorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions to detect other, potentially more useful, items.
  • If the player dies, they will lose a portion of their money, and will likely have trouble retrieving it. Consider placing it in a Piggy Bank or Safe periodically.
  • Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions The player can place Banners around areas where their correlating monsters spawn for buffs against those monsters.
  • Console and Old-gen console versions 3DS version Fishing up a Reaver SharkReaver Shark from the Ocean, while possibly being time-consuming, allows the player to skip all the mandatory pre-Hardmode pickaxes – it has the same pickaxe power as the Molten Pickaxe and is faster.
  • Try not to fight Voodoo DemonVoodoo Demons above lava, otherwise they will drop the Guide Voodoo DollGuide Voodoo Doll into it, and the Wall of Flesh will spawn.

Mining[]

  • With few exceptions, you should upgrade your pickaxe whenever possible: not only will better pickaxes mine blocks faster, but certain tiles (especially ores) can only be mined with stronger tools.
    • The same goes for pickaxes/drills in Hardmode. They are mandatory for progressing to the next ore tier. The order is: Cobalt OreCobalt / Palladium OrePalladium, Mythril OreMythril / Orichalcum OreOrichalcum, and finally Adamantite OreAdamantite / Titanium OreTitanium. Adamantite and Titanium Ore should not be crafted into tools, as they do not unlock access to better ores.
  • 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 terrain if you cannot see the glow of a torch or glowstick that you threw down without a way to stop falling.
  • 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 (and any other modifiers that increase the speed of the pickaxe/drill) will greatly increase 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 and Firecracker 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 mostly eliminates the need for torches.
  • For quick trips to the various layers of 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 (note that rope is faster).
  • 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[]

  • Starting the battle just after the sun sets (7:30 PM) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat nocturnal bosses. In Hardmode, the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone and their upgrades are also useful at night.
  • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfireCampfires and Heart LanternHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Star in a BottleStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic. Bast StatueBast StatuesDesktop and Mobile versions will provide a significant defensive boost. Garden GnomeGarden GnomesDesktop and Mobile versions and (if underground) proper torch placementDesktop and Mobile versions will reduce damage taken and increase damage dealt due to the luck. Note Torch God's Favor helps with this. HoneyHoney pools can also be used for extra health regeneration.
  • Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions SunflowerSunflowers provide the Happy! buff to players within a 50-tile radius, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
  • Always carry around one stack of the highest-tier healing potion available (Lesser Healing PotionLesser, Healing PotionNormal, Greater Healing PotionGreater, or Super Healing PotionSuper Healing PotionsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions). Relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea.
  • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's BlessingDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some Silver Coincoins.
  • Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
  • Once you have freed the MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with Dart TrapTraps and helpful Heart StatueHeart and Star StatueStar Statues. The former helps to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to 3 Second Timertimers.
  • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of Hearts. Note that this will prevent any Heart Statues from spawning new Hearts.
  • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening StationDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions, Crystal BallCrystal Ball, Bewitching TableBewitching TableDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, and Slice of CakeSlice of CakeDesktop and Mobile versions before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give boosts that are useful to take, with the first four being class-specific. They give SharpenedSharpenedDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, Ammo Box (buff)Ammo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions, ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, BewitchedBewitchedDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, and Sugar RushSugar RushDesktop and Mobile versions, respectively.

Travel[]

  • 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 give 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 allow you to 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 can be combined into 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 areas, and can allow Hermes Boots to get to full speed without having to build 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[]

  • 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.