Terraria class and build guide

Grab a sword, wand, or gun and start slaying slimes.

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Before you start chopping down trees and slaying slimes in Terraria, it’s a good idea to pick a class. In Terraria, world eating bosses and even lowly zombies are unconquerable without the right gear. So choosing a class early on will give you more time to collect the class-specific gear you need. There are three main classes in Terraria. There’s Hunter, Ranger, and Mage. Each of these classes has a unique playstyle. This guide will help you decide which class to pick while also giving you a list of each class’s best gear.

Melee class

The Melee class is the most basic in Terraria. Melee classes are characterized by their use of swords, spears, yoyos, or boomerangs. With this class, you will want to equip yourself with mobility items such as grappling hooks to allow you to get into melee range of enemies. Melee classes won’t need to focus on Mana, making them an easy beginner class. 

Early game

This is the gear recommended before you fight your first major boss.

  • Armor – Platinum
  • Weapon – Starfury
  • Shark Tooth Necklace
  • Feral Claws
  • Band of Regeneration
  • Cloud in a Bottle
  • Hermes Boots

Hermes Boots and Cloud in a Bottle will give you the mobility needed to slice your foes down.

Mid Game

This is before you fight the Plantera boss. Focus on farming the jungle biomes as they give you great loot. 

  • Armor – Chlorophyte
  • Weapon – Terra Blade
  • Fire Gauntlet
  • Avenger Emblem
  • Ankh Shield
  • Frostspark Boots
  • Frozen Wings

The Frozen Wings will further increase your mobility.

End game

This will be your ideal setup. This gear is acquired from beating the hardest foes in the game. 

  • Armor – Solar Armor
  • Weapon – Star Wrath
  • Fire Gauntlet
  • Ankh Shield
  • Solar Wings
  • Celestial Shell
  • Master Ninja Gear

Mage class

A mage relies heavily on Magicka and benefits from any gear that increases magic damage. Be on the lookout for fallen stars as these can be used to upgrade your maximum Mana Pool.

Early game

  • Armor – Meteor
  • Weapon – Space Gun
  • Hermes Boots
  • Band of Regeneration
  • Band of Mana Regeneration
  • Cloud in a Bottle
  • Shiny Red Balloon

The Band of Mana Regeneration and Meteor armor will give you increased Mana regeneration. This will allow you to use your Space Gun as many times as you need. 

Mid game

  • Armor – Chlorophyte
  • Weapon – Magical Harp
  • Ankh Shield
  • Frozen Wings
  • Mana Flower
  • Frostspark Boots
  • Sorcerer Emblem

The Mana Flower will reduce your Mana usage, while the Sorcerer Emblem will further increase your magic damage.

Late Game

  • Armor – Nebula
  • Weapon – Last Prism
  • Mana Flower
  • Sorcerer Emblem
  • Ankh Shield
  • Master Ninja Gear
  • Stardust Wings

The biggest upgrade from the midgame setup is the Nebula armor. This armor increases your mana, magic damage, and magic critical strike. 

Ranger class

Rangers like to keep their distance and do not pump out as much burst damage as melee or magic builds. What they do have, however, is consistent damage that is useful in every boss fight. Be sure to collect bullets everywhere you can, as you don’t want to run out of ammo during a heated battle. 

Early game

  • Armor – Platinum
  • Weapon – Boomstick
  • Shark Tooth Necklace
  • Flying Carpet
  • Band of Regeneration
  • Cloud in a Bottle
  • Hermes Boots

The Boomstick is a great early game weapon and is paired nicely with Platinum Pellets. 

Mid game

  • Armor – Chlorophyte
  • Weapon – Megashark
  • Magic Quiver
  • Avenger Emblem
  • Shield of Cthulhu
  • Frozen Wings
  • Frostspark boots

The Megashark will be a massive damage increase from the early game weapons, and the Magic Quiver will buff every projectile you fire.

Late game

  • Armor -Vortex Armor
  • Weapon – Celebration
  • Magic Quiver
  • Sniper Scope
  • Celestial Shell
  • Master Ninja Gear
  • Destroyer Emblem

Vortex armor will give you a massive defense buff along with ranged damage, critical strike, and a chance to not consume ammunition every time you fire a bullet. 

Terraria offers over 4,000 different items, so any build can be tweaked to fit your specific needs. Try not to stray too far from this list as the late game bosses can be insanely difficult on higher settings.