Terraria Beginner’s Guide

By   /   Jun 9, 2011

Terraria is pretty much hard to understand if you don’t have any experience of the similar games. There is no starting guide or an intro so you just spawn into the world. Our guide will help you to get started with the game and learn all the basics.

Getting Started

When you’re spawned in the world, you have a copper pickaxe and a copper axe in your inventory. You can equip any of your items by just clicking on them or pressing the slot number (1, 2). Your first attacking weapon is the copper pickaxe – Left click on an enemy to attack it.

The game has the standard time rotation by which everything works. The day and the night changes and the atmosphere of the game – difficulty is quite hard at night. The enemies which spawn are more difficult. The 24 hours in game are 24 minutes in your real life (each minute equals to an hour in the game).

There are different NPCs (guides) which will help you through-out the game. One of them will spawn right at the start of your career. These NPCs are just helping sources; you can use their help if you want to.


To build a shelter you’ll first need the raw materials. You can use stone or dirt blocks to make it. If you are in a dirt area then select your pickaxe and hold left click on the floor (dirt). You will notice that a dirt block will be removed from the ground and it will move to your inventory.

You can mine the stone blocks in the same way. Try to collect the blocks in a mannered way and not from the same place again and again. You will need like thirty of these blocks to make a proper shelter. Enemies may spawn in the process. Just attack them with your pickaxe; these are not very hard to kill.

Now you will have to gather a lot of wood. You can simply cut the trees to take the wood. Keep on hitting a tree with your axe until the tree is fully perished. You will have to cut about 8 trees to get 100+ wood. They will also drop some seeds which you can use to grow trees later.

Once you have collected enough blocks and woodthen it’s time to make the shelter. Select the stone or dirt blocks from your inventory and make a square (cage) around yourself and block yourself in-between.

Don’t worry as you can get out by just removing the blocks. Use your pickaxe to collect the blocks again if you want to move your shelter or to get out.


The name explains it – Combine different items to make more useful items. To do that first of all you will have to create a Work Bench.
Go to your inventory and select Crafting. There are two columns in the crafting menu.

The items on the left side are the items which can be crafted and the items on the right side are those which are required to craft the item on the left side. Click on the workbench – it requires 10 wood to be crafted but we have a lot more than that.

Once it is crafted it will come directly to your mouse (pointer) simply drop it to your items menu on the top. You can then place the workbench by simply selecting it from the menu and placing it anywhere in your shelter.

A workbench lets you to craft more items. Go near to the workbench and open the crafting menu – you will notice more available items which can be crafted now such as the wooden sword, hammer, chair, door etc. In the same way the other crafting helpers work too.

If you go near to them and open the menu then you’ll have more choices. You can also create torches by combining the gel obtained by killing the slimes with the wood. As you’re in the start try to craft every available item at the moment.


Now that you have make a shelter it’s time to give it a proper shape. To make a proper house you MUST have the following things in it.

  • Door
  • Chair & Table
  • 4 blocks height
  • Seven blocks wide
  • Torch (Light Source)
  • Background Walls

The walls of a house can either be of stone or wood and NOT dirt. So if your shelter is made of dirt blocks then you’ll have to find and collect the wooden or stone blocks and make it all again.

Now remove three of the blocks to fit in the door which you have already crafted. You can simply select the door from the inventory and place it in this space.

The door can be opened for you to go out/in and it should be closed again so the enemies can’t come inside your shelter. Place the chair and the table anywhere in your shelter.

Now we need a source for providing the light – You can craft a torch for this and place it anywhere. Now you will have to create the background walls. Simply go to your workbench and create wooden or stone walls. Once you have created enough of these you can place it on the background – make sure you don’t leave any empty space.

Once you have done all the steps correctly your guide (NPC) will claim this house. You can share this house with him but you will have to create your own too. You can create your house just next to his but there walls should not be joined with each other.

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