Terraria has come a long way since its release four years ago. New biomes, new mechanics and a strong endgame are among the hundreds of new features added. With June’s massive 1.3 update, the developers finished up development, and now look ahead to the sequel.
Terraria's mod scene continues to breathe life into the game, however, and the last four years have produced some great unofficial add-ons and tools. Many of these are still porting over for the new update, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment with some of the great mods on this list. Change your soundtrack, add hundreds of new items, map your world and more.
Terraria is already a time-sink to rival any RPG, but N Terraria turns it into a fully featured roleplaying experience with all of the trappings: classes, races, a level system, NPC companions and even quests. It’s got it all. It’s a perfect way to add some longevity to what is already a very deep game. It also makes the game harder than Adamantite, but it’s all part of the charm.
TerraFirma is the premier mapping tool for the curious adventurer. This invaluable tool pulls the world map out of your save and makes it viewable, taking the guesswork out of spelunking for resources. You can also use it to sneak a peek into chests, search for statues or even find the underground desert.
Another utility, TerraSavr lets you fiddle with your items: point it at your Terraria .plr and you can edit your character’s variables, imbue your items with buffs or—if you’re a filthy cheat—give yourself new items.
This isn’t limited to shiny new gear either, the tool makes every item in the game searchable and from there you just click and drag it into your inventory. It’s web based, so you just click the link and get to work.
tAPI is a powerful tool that allows creation, management and handling of multiple mods at once. A member of Re-Logic helped out with development, though a disclaimer insists that "this mod is first and foremost community made".
tAPI lets you combine smaller mod complementary arrangements that you can easily tweak. Whether you want Dark Souls weaponry, inventory management or animal masks, tAPI lets you mix and match to your own tastes.
Omnir’s Nostalgia Pack
Omnir describes his Nostalgia Pack as a mod based on Final Fantasy, Tibi and Lord of the Rings. It adds over 100 new creatures, a bundle of new bosses, and a host of great special items.
Also you get to fight Sauron, which really doesn’t happen enough in videogames.
If you just want to level up, but want to preserve the vanilla Terraria experience, then Terraria Levelled does just that. The mod doesn’t have many overt features beyond the levelling system, but the elegant UI and well-paced progress curve adds a moreish sense of achievement to your exploring. Equipment trumps levels, so you don't have to grind to wear that new set of armour or legendary sword.
Terraria+ takes the base game and bulks it up with extra weapons, armour and accessories. Additions include The Lihzarhd Lantern ("fires lasers randomly"), a Piranha Staff that summons pet piranhas and the Soul of Pow, which confuses enemies.
It’s unobtrusive, but adds a lot of extra diversity to the crafting tree. Some of the accessories are invaluable and I’d recommend even the more mod-adverse take a swing on this.
It’s another tAPI mod, so if you get on well you can add a lot more to it, but it works well as a solo effort that keep things interesting when you think you’ve seen it all.
Legend of Zelda Wavebank
After a hundred hours or so, you might start itching to change the music. There’s a lot of different music mods for Terraria, but I use the great Legend of Zelda Wavebank, which adds classic tracks from Ocarina of Time. There are a whole lot of other choices on the Terraria forums, including original compositions and renditions of the Mario and Halo soundtracks.
Installation is easy. Go to Terraria’s content folder. You’ll need to make a copy of the file Wave Bank and move it somewhere safe, then drag the sound pack into the folder and make sure it’s called Wave Bank. Voila. The game will start playing the music from the pack next time you launch.
Portal Challenge Map
There's a corner of the Terraria community that enjoys parkour and puzzle maps. My favourite of these is the Portal challenge map. At first glance the big draw is the fully functional portal gun but it’s real strength is its well-designed puzzles that require a mix of lateral thinking and precision platforming to solve. If you enjoy it, there's a follow-up mod with even more chambers. You have to delete your pickaxe before you start; chopping through walls is cheating.
Another tool to round things off, this actually doesn’t interface with the game at all. However, it is an essential companion.
Terranion is a lightweight search-based guide for Terraria for you to run in the background while you’re playing. Need to know information about a boss, where to dig for cobalt or how to craft a certain item? It’s all presented in an easy to navigate format and, because it takes information directly from the game, it’s reliable. One to have on your bookmarks to load alongside every game of Terraria.
Are there any Terraria mods you've enjoyed that you'd like to share with others? Do mention them in the comments.