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Desktop/Console/Old-gen console/Mobile-Only Content: This information applies only to the Desktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.
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Unobtainable on the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version
The item(s) or effects described on this page exist as functional game items, but on the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, cannot be acquired through normal gameplay.
  • Compass item spriteold Compass item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
TooltipDisplays horizontal position (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Shows horizontal position (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell25 SC (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
2 GC Old-gen console version
Research1 required
  • Internal Item ID: 393 (Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)
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Minimap UI icon
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Armored VikingArmored Viking.gifArmored Viking12% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Crawdad(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Crawdad.gifCrawdad(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)11.23%
Giant Shelly(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Giant Shelly.gifGiant Shelly(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)11.23%
MimicMimic.pngMimic114.29% (Old-gen console version)
Mother SlimeMother Slime.gifMother Slime12% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
PiranhaPiranha.gifPiranha11.33% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Salamander(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Salamander.gifSalamander(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)11.23%
Snow FlinxSnow Flinx.gifSnow Flinx12% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Undead VikingUndead Viking.gifUndead Viking12% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

The Compass is an informational accessory that enables an on-screen display of the player's lateral position when equipped. Position is shown in the number of feet (1 foot = 1/2 tile) to the East or West of the center of the map. The center of the map is usually very close to the initial spawn point.

The Compass is one of the three parts necessary to make the GPS, with the others being the Depth Meter and the Gold Watch or Platinum Watch, and as such is a required ingredient in crafting the Shellphone(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
GPSGPS(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions)Tinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop


  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Unlike most accessories, informational accessories such as the Compass do not need to be equipped in an accessory slot. The Compass may be carried in the player's inventory without loss of functionality, unless equipped to a social slot. Additionally, the info it provides will be shared with players of the same team in multiplayer that are within 50 tiles. Keep in mind modifiers will no longer apply to the player when not equipped.
  • Unlike the "Level" depth, which is a single horizontal row of tiles (2 feet high), the "Center" position is two columns of tiles (4 feet wide). The actual center of the map is between those two columns.
  • Piranhas spawned from the Piranha Statue only have a 1/375 (0.27%) of dropping a Compass.
  • Undead Vikings spawned from the Undead Viking Statue only have a 1/200 (0.5%) of dropping a Compass.


  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PlayStation 4)
    • Sprite updated to match Desktop
    • No longer drops from Mimics.
    • No longer a Hardmode accessory.
    • Now dropped by Salamanders, Mother Slime, Piranhas, Snow Flinxes, Undead Vikings, and Armored Vikings.
    • Tooltip changed from "Shows horizontal position" to "Displays horizontal position".