For a game that could’ve nothing more than a Minecraft rip-off, Terraria has had a surprisingly long shelf life. In May 2019, it turned eight years old, and that alone should say something about the fanbase it’s managed to accumulate. It should also speak volumes about Terraria itself, as to even reach this point then what it has on offer for people to pump hundreds, or even thousands, of hours into it has to be good.
Yet even the best of games can get a little stale or sometimes so frustrating that you feel the urge to walk away and never return. However, as always, the answer to your problem is mods. So come with us as we take a look at the best ones available for Terraria, and along the way, you might find something that takes your fancy.
If you’ve ever played the game and wanted something specific that it doesn’t have, and happen to know your way around a computer, then you can always download the TModLoader and make it yourself. Designed for players to be able to add everything their little hearts desire to the game, the TModLoader is the perfect jumping-off point for those among you who want to improve your Terraria experience. I couldn’t tell you how easy it is to use as I have all the programming skills of a drunk moose, but if you go to the site, it comes with everything you need to know in a handy little Wiki.
An annoyingly frustrating thing, or one of the best depending on how much of a sadist you are, is figuring out the details for every recipe in the game. There are so many of them that it’s both mind-boggling and daunting at times and will have you pouring over page after page of Wiki’s as you try to craft that perfect item. Well, now you can take all the hassle of reading out of your life and concentrate solely on the game itself with the Recipe Browser. A handy little mod that not only tells you what you need and where you need to make it but also what correct ingredients thou already have on you.
Bosses are a vital part of Terraria, and it’s their job to kill you as dead as they can as soon as you bump into one. You can try avoiding them, but as you need to beat them to advance the game in some way, sooner or later, you’re going to have to face them head-on. The boss checklist will come in very handy then, as it not only lists every boss in the game, but it also does so in a way that tells you what order to fight them in. That way, you can challenge one that isn’t liable to squish you the first second it lays eyes on you.
Start With Base
Everyone needs a home in Terraria, and it can be a royal pain in the ass having to spend vast amounts of time building them. So this is a real no-brainer in my book. Start With Base does what it says on the tin. When the world finishes generating, you become the owner of a shiny new base, which frees up your time for more important things, like killing stuff.
And while I’m on the subject of royal pains in the ass, is it just me, or does it seem to take forever to mine ore in this game? And considering how much of an essential ingredient it is in every damn thing, then you’d think it would be just a little faster. Well, now it can be. Get ahold of VeinMiner, and all you’ll need to do is smack one block of ore with your trusty pick-ax, and you’ll mine the whole section.
Do you want to see how much you have gone around your world, and what’s left to explore? TerraFirma provides you with a massive map of the world you live in Terraria, showing you all the limited resources you can find and giving you a good idea of where you should go next. It’s great for those looking to manage all of their resources, and if you get lost, you can always find your way back home. Best of all, it takes any guesswork you might have about locating special resources in your game. You can even use a helpful tool in the mod to find specific resources in the world.
If the last mod sounds to you like more of the same, then why not change up your experience with the standalone N Terraria. N Terraria turns the base game into an RPG, and it comes with all the trappings of that genre. Leveling, classes, quests and side quests, everything that you’d expect is right here in this handy little bundle. It also allows you to choose your race at the start and let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want to playthrough Terraria as a skeleton?
Unlike the previous two entries in this guide, the Terraria Overhaul mod doesn’t attempt to change the game on any other level than the basic one. What it does is focus on improving what you’ve already got going on in-game and boy howdy, does it do that. It’s a huge undertaking and one that works brilliantly well, upgrading everything from guns to enemy A.I and all points in-between. It even adds in seasons for good measure, and for that reason alone, you should download it.
If Tremor is the Daddy of Terraria mods, then Thorium is the Daddy plus one. Thorium does everything that Tremor does but cranks it up to 11 before smashing its guitar to pieces and setting it on fire. It’s such a huge mod with so much going on that it has its own separate Wiki to help guide you through it. Nuff said.
Super Terraria World
It may have been around for a while now and has stiff competition from Tremor and Thorium, but Super Terraria World gives ou one thing that those two mods don’t. It’s a standalone MMORPG, and if that sounds like the kind of Terraria world you’d like to be part of, then I don’t blame you. It’s also tremendous because it connects all the worlds, giving you more than enough scope for adventuring outside of the usual restrictions. Super Terraria World is excellent fun, though there have been no sightings of anyone even resembling Mario as of yet.