Combining the elements of classic action games with the freedom of sandbox-style creativity, Terraria is one of the best indie games ever made. It is completely open and what you want to do in any given time is always up to you. The game kept (and even grew) its player base for 7 years and it is updated frequently even to this day.
One of the elements that the game owes its success to is its openness to the modding community. The game is easily modifiable and the developers always welcomed mod developers. There are hundreds of mods; from quality of life improvements to complete overhauls. Since it is already really cheap ($9.99 on Steam) and goes on sale really often, chances are you have Terraria on your Steam library but if you have never played it before, now is your chance to jump in and try it with all the mods we will list here. Even if you only played the vanilla game until now, some gameplay mods and overhauls can revitalize the game for you. Here are the best Terraria mods.
How to Install Terraria Mods with tModLoader
Terraria does not have a Steam Workshop support, so you will have to install an application called tModLoader. It adds a mod browser to the game’s main menu in which you can browse all the great mods you want. It also keeps your native save files separate from the modded save files. You can download tModLoader here.
Explore these Best Terraria Mods
1. Recipe Browser
Unless you are an ultimate 3000-hour Terraria veteran, learning the recipes of the hundreds of different items, from the simplest necessities to the more complex items, is not an easy task. In order to save time from browsing through Wiki’s all day, you can install Recipe Browser. You can search every recipe by an item’s name and see what materials are required to craft it. It also has a bestiary and item database.
2. Reduced Grinding
Terraria is a fun game, but it is also one that requires a lot of grinding. Farming for materials and rare items can sometimes take quite a bit of time and it can get a bit tedious if you do not like grinding. Reduced Grinding mod does what its name suggests. It adds new potions that increase spawn rates, configure/skip events and increase the drop rate of rare items.
3. Start With Base
After a couple of playthroughs, building a basic base every time you start a new game can get a bit boring since early game is quite slow. Start With Base gives you a basic base everytime you start a new game with NPC flats and chest rooms ready. A simple mod, but a time saver for sure.
4. imkSushi’s Crafting Mod
If you are an action-oriented player and do not like grinding, another option you have other than Reduced Grinding is imkSushi’s crafting mod. It lets you craft whatever you want instead of killing the same mobs again and again. It adds a lot of new recipes and also brings some useful items. It also lets you re-summon the bosses you previously defeated if you want to re-live the action.
5. Terraria Magic Storage
During the hundreds of hours you will spend playing Terraria, you will end up scavenging a lot of items. And keeping their storages in check can get painful after some time. Magic Storage lets you construct a central network that allows you to access your items from one single block. If one is not enough, you can even set up multiple access points to use your storage from anywhere in the world. You can also search your storage for items with a certain name or item type if you have an abundance of items.
6. Cheat Sheet
This mod is not an overhaul or a gameplay modification, it is rather a tool that lets you mess around with the assets of the game. It is basically native Terraria’s sandbox mode that lets you spawn anything you want and it also lets you paint the map or create/copy-paste new areas on the map. It is a valuable tool for the creative minds and fun to play with for other people.
7. Terraria Overhaul
Even though it does not have a cool name like other overhaul mods, Terraria Overhaul actually changes a lot more than other overhauls. Instead of adding new content to the game like an abundance of items and bosses, it focuses on adding new gameplay mechanics and completely remaking existing ones. It changes the combat, adds seasons, dodge rolls, a fire & electricity systems, brings a new movement system, enhances enemy AI and gore and more. You can watch the teaser here to catch a glimpse.
All kneel before the biggest mod of Terraria: Thorium. This mod is so big and adds/changes so much stuff that we are surprised it is not called “Terraria 2”. It adds 1800 new items, 55 new armor sets, 180 new enemies and banners, 150 new tiles, blocks and furniture, 10 new NPCs, 11 new bosses, a new biome, 2 completely new classes and rebalances the game on many different aspects. If I were to recommend only one mod to install from this list, this would be it.
One of the biggest mods for Terraria, Tremor adds an abundance of new items features and feels like a big, free DLC to an already deep game. It adds over 1600 new items, 21 new bosses, 13 new NPCs, 2 new invasions and more. All the new weapons and armors to grind and bosses to kill adds a lot of longevity to this game and makes this mod one of the musts if you are a fan of the game.
10. N Terraria
This amazing mod turns what is already a deep game into a deeper, fully-fledged RPG experience. It adds races, classes, a leveling system, quests and of course, new items. It certainly makes the game longer and more challenging but if you just want to try out the new stuff it brings without worrying about classes or leveling, it has an Action mode. It is perfect for RPG fans and for a new playthrough.
Just like Tremor and Thorium, Calamity adds an abundance of new items to the game like 1100+ new items, 22 new bosses, 220+ new enemies, three new biomes, two new modes for the start of the game, ore generation on new world creation and recipes for vanilla items that were previously non-craftable. It is yet another content rich mod to try out after playing the native game and other overhauls.
12. Legend of Zelda Wavebank
Once you start playing and enjoying Terraria, going back without sinking hundreds of hours into the game -especially with the mods we listed here- is not an easy task. And hearing the same music over and over again during those hours can get boring pretty quick. This music package mod adds the classical musical pieces of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which suits the theme of Terraria perfectly in my opinion.
So these are the Terraria best mods you can download for free at the moment. It is already a long and deep game but these mods can revitalize the experience or even make the game feel like a new game. Be it a simple addition or a gameplay tweak or complete overhauls, we are sure you can find whatever you want in this article. If we missed a great Terraria mod, let us know below!