Desert

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The heat distortion effect added in 1.3.3.

The Desert is a sandy biome. Each map will generally contain at least one Desert area. The main Desert, present in every world, will be larger and will house the Underground Desert biome beneath. Pyramids can rarely appear in Desert biomes. Pools of water may rarely appear in the desert, which take on a turquoise color.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Oasis mini biome can be found inside the Desert, which includes Palm trees and a big pool of water in the middle. The main desert has a 50*1/2 (50%) chance of containing some kind of entrance to the Underground Desert below. These entrances come in four varieties: Chambers, Anthill, Larva Hole, and Pit.[1] If spawning this way, some of the Anthills or Larva Holes may just contain Antlion Eggs and not lead to the Underground Desert.

An area is considered a Desert biome if there at least 1500 / 1000 Sand Blocks, Hardened Sand Blocks or Sandstone Blocks.[2], causing the water and background to change, but Desert plants and enemies can spawn on even a single block of sand. Deserts are overridden by most other biomes, including the Ocean. Rain will occur in Deserts just as in any other surface biome. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, Sandstorms may also occur when wind speed is over 30 mph, which cause special enemies to spawn as well as pushing the player according to the direction of the wind.

The Desert can be infected by the Corruption/Crimson, or Hallow. Corruption/Crimson Deserts may spawn upon world creation. All infected Desert variations will be similar to their main biomes (The Corruption, the Crimson, or the Hallow): the enemies from both biomes can spawn (except for Mummy variants and Sandstorm enemies), have the same music and slightly different backgrounds. Sand Blocks will be replaced by Ebonsand, Crimsand, or Pearlsand Blocks respectively. Although their color will change, cacti still drop Cactus when cut, and Waterleaf are also able to grow in a Hallowed Desert.

  • Corrupted Desert
  • Crimson Desert
  • Hallowed Desert
  • Oasis Desert

Contents

See Underground Desert, Sandstorm, Pyramid, and Oasis for additional content related to the Desert.

Entrances to the Underground Desert

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Desktop/Console/Mobile-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions of Terraria.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, there is a 50*1/2 (50%) chance that the main desert will generate with one of four types of structures that lead towards the Underground Desert. They are referred to as: Chamber, Pit, Anthill, and Larva Hole.

  • The Chambers consist of of a zigzagging downward tunnel with one or two small rooms connected to the corners.[3]
  • Pits are large funnels generated at the center of the desert.[4]
  • Anthills are upward cones with narrow downward holes in the center. For this entrance type, 2-3 Anthills will generate across the surface of the main desert.[5]
  • Larva Holes are downward funnels with narrow holes in the center. For this entrance type, 2-3 Larva Holes will generate across the surface of the main desert.[6]

NPC Happiness

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For more information, see NPC happiness.

Trivia

  • The Desert is the least popular biome for housing (discounting invalid housing biomes like the Corruption and the Crimson). A total of 5 NPCs either hate or dislike living in it, more than any other biome.
  • The Desert, along with the Glowing Mushroom biome are the only surface biomes to not have a biome exclusive Boss.
  • The Desert is the only biome not to contain any special fishing catches.
  • According to the Bestiary entry for the Sand Shark, a saltwater river ran through the Desert in ancient times.

Gallery

Backgrounds

This content is transcluded from Biome backgrounds § Desert.

History

  • Desktop 1.2.3: Fixed a bug where Crimson Deserts were not making the water show up red.
  • Desktop 1.1:
    • Cacti no longer damage the player.
    • Now has own specific background.
  • Desktop 1.0.6:
    • Cacti no longer cause knockback when damaging players and no longer destroy blocks above when growing.
    • Deserts spawn slightly farther away from the initial spawn point.
  • Desktop 1.0.2: Sand no longer spawns within a certain distance of the spawn location. This removes the chance of spawning in a Desert with no wood to use.

References

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method Place() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.DesertBiome.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method ExportTileCountsToMain() in Terraria.SceneMetrics.cs, property EnoughTilesForDesert in Terraria.SceneMetrics.cs, and field DesertTileThreshold in Terraria.SceneMetrics.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  3. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, methods Place() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.ChambersEntrance.cs and PlaceAt() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.ChambersEntrance.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  4. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, methods Place() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.PitEntrance.cs and PlaceAt() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.PitEntrance.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  5. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, methods Place() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.AnthillEntrance.cs and PlaceAt() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.AnthillEntrance.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.
  6. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, methods Place() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.LarvaHoleEntrance.cs and PlaceAt() in Terraria.GameContent.Biomes.Desert.LarvaHoleEntrance.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.4.9.