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Guide to minerals in Terraria: what are they?


Guide to minerals in Terraria: what are they?

Currently, sandbox or open-world video games are very popular and this is due to the freedom of exploration that they allow their players. Terraria belongs to the group of open-world games, which offers a great diversity of activities, adventures, action, and other exploration actions.

As this title continues over time, improvements are implemented that retain the attention of its loyal players. The content of this video game is very extensive and on this occasion, we want to explain to you the various minerals found in its world.

Minerals are very important and indispensable objects in Terraria which are obtained as you progress in the game, for this reason, we will help you know what they are and where you can find them. 

Why Terraria minerals are important

Thanks to minerals it is possible to create a great diversity of objects which are essential to stay in the game, however, not all of them are so necessary.

Among the objects that can be crafted are weapons, armor, decorations, and tools. They are also useful for preparing potions such as the Spelunker's Potion and the Ironskin Potion.

Where to find minerals in Terraria

Discover all the minerals you can obtain in Terraria
Discover all the minerals you can obtain in Terraria

The vast majority of minerals are found throughout the world, specifically in the depths or subsoil, but the main ones such as copper, tin, lead, and iron can be found on the surface.

When looking for minerals, it is advisable to go down to the deepest depths since the better the obtained ones will be. Other minerals can also be found on floating islands such as silver and gold. While there are others that can only be obtained through bosses, such as the crimson ore or the demon ore that are left by these monsters.

Like the last minerals mentioned, there is the meteorite that is obtained by breaking a crimson heart or shadow orb allowing the meteorite to fall during the night, obsidian is another mineral that is formed when water and lava are located in the same block.

Additionally, all of these types of minerals can be smelted in a furnace, taking into account their rarity. The truth is that there are many types of minerals and they will all present unique qualities, which is why we will explain each of them in detail below.

What are the normal Minerals

There are many normal minerals and these are characterized by being found in the world once it has started, and many types of them can be obtained. But, this does not mean that all regular minerals can be reproduced naturally.

The latter refers to certain guidelines that have been implemented to be able to access them in a certain world, for this reason, we have listed the minerals that you can or cannot have in Terraria:

  • By getting lead, you can't have iron, and vice versa.
  • By getting copper, you don't have tin, and vice versa.
  • By getting silver, you will not have tungsten, and vice versa.
  • If you have platinum, you will not be able to get gold, and vice versa.

What this means is that there is a 50 and 50% chance of generating or not generating these minerals mentioned, that is, it is possible that the same minerals will not be obtained in a single world twice, but it is not impossible for this to happen.

What are the evil minerals in the Terraria world?

When creating a world, it is possible to select between two completely different world evils; These are the Corruption and the Crimson, each one has its own biome minerals since they cannot possess the same ones at the same time because it is not allowed to obtain both biomes (unless it is made artificially).


Terraria Demon Ore
Terraria Demon Ore

This is a mineral typical of Corruption that is left by the Devourer of Worlds, although it can also be found randomly in some patches that are spread throughout the subsoil.


It is specific to the Crimson, it is dropped by Brain of Cthulhu and it is also possible to find it randomly in small patches underground.

Eye of Cthulhu

This mineral is dropped by any of the evil biomes that exist in the world after the death of the Eye of Cthulhu boss.

The gems

Know what the 7 types of gems are in Terraria
Know what the 7 types of gems are in Terraria

These are totally different types of minerals, which can be located anywhere underground once you have started on a world.

Currently, there are approximately 7 types of gems, they are ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, diamond, topaz, and amber. This last gem is obtained by using the slime extractor plus slush and its texture is blocks of stones with small colorful dots inside.

There are also hot gems, which are made up of some emeralds in the company of lava spots.

What are the minerals in Altares Terraria hard mode?

These minerals do not appear until the Wall of Flesh has been defeated, therefore you will obtain these minerals by breaking the demonic altars, crimson with Pwnhammer, or also obtaining them with rods from fishing boxes once you enter hard mode.

The altars will be used to create the elements for boss generation and after being in this difficult mode, they can be crushed to obtain up to 3 random minerals from this same game mode.

Among the various hard mode minerals obtained by crushing crimson or demonic altars, the following are obtained: orichalcum, palladium, mythril, cobalt, titanium, and adamantine.

However, there is also a 50-50 chance of getting these minerals: palladium/cobalt, adamantite/titanium, and orichalcum/mythril.

Chlorophyte and the sacred bars

In Terraria you can find chlorophyte farms where this resource abounds
In Terraria you can find chlorophyte farms where this resource abounds

Chlorophyte is a mineral that grows naturally in the underground rainforest also known as jungle. This type of mineral cannot be extracted until you have a pickaxe or, failing that, a Drax since it requires 200% or more in mining power.

Chlorophyte is characterized by progressively spreading in the mud so that you can build unlimited farms of this type of mineral.

On the other hand, there are 2 totally different types of sacred bars, which are obtained through combat and defeating any of the three mechanical bosses, so that once Destroyer, The Twins, or Skeletron have been defeated, there is a 100 % chance of obtaining the sacred bars.

Other types of minerals and non-natural bars

Luminite is a type of post-moonlord mineral that is obtained once you defeat the final boss of the video game, that is, Moon Lord. This mineral is used for the manufacture of four types of pillar armor sets, such as Nebula, Vortex, Solar, and Stardust, as well as for the creation of arrows, wings, spikes, and bullets, among others.

Another strange mineral is Wraith Bars, which are created with chlorophyte and ectoplasm; These minerals are used to create armor exclusively for mages.

And, Shroomite Bars, which are created from glowing mushrooms and chlorophyte bars; These minerals are used to create armor for rangers.

Curious facts about minerals in Terraria

Curiosities about minerals in Terraria
Curiosities about minerals in Terraria

Now that you know the essentials of the various minerals in Terraria, it doesn't hurt to know some curious facts about this type of object. We mention some of these below:

  • The meteorite and the infernal stone are responsible for the burning debuff, which causes the player to burn upon contact with the mineral.
  • There are items that provide immunity such as the Obsidian Horseshoe, Ansata Cross Shield, Obsidian Skull, Obsidian Skin Potion, Obsidian Shield, Lava Katiuskas, or Obsidian Flotation Boots.
  • Luminite is a supremely powerful mineral, yet it is possible to chop it with a simple pickaxe.
  • Titanium and adamantite can be mined with a cobalt or palladium drill in mobile versions of Terraria.
  • The minerals of Terraria include real, invented and fictional elements, among the real ones are gold, copper, lead, tin, platinum, iron, meteorite, silver, lead, tungsten, cobalt, titanium, obsidian, and palladium.
  • Palladium in the video game is orange, but in real life, its color is grayish or silver.
  • Among the main minerals invented are crimson, demonic, infernal stone, and chlorophyte. While the fictitious minerals are orichalcum, mithril, and adamantite.