Guide:Getting started with Hardmode

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  • Hardmode is a game advancement that is triggered in a world when the Wall of Flesh is defeated for the first time. The change is permanent (unless using third-party tools, ignored in this guide).

    The beginning of Hardmode is considered to be one of the hardest parts of the game, so this guide will hopefully make it easier for a new player.


    Initial Hardmode map of a small world on the Desktop version Desktop version. Notice the "V" made of the new outburst of Corruption (dark purple) and Hallow (pale pink), which each replace existing world blocks upon the defeat of the Wall of Flesh.

    One of the things players should prepare for is the spread of the Hallow and Corruption/Crimson. As soon as Hardmode starts, two diagonal strips of Hallow and Corruption/Crimson will generate in a V-shape, and the two biomes start to slowly consume the world.

    (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)The main threat of the infection is its effects on the Jungle. Mud Blocks can be affected by Corruption/Crimson (but not Hallow), and they will be permanently turned into regular Dirt Blocks. Although it takes an extremely long time for it to consume a large part of it, the damage is very hard to repair as it requires the player to manually replace all the Dirt for Mud. A large, 3 block wide tunnel filled with incorruptible blocks will protect the biome. Note that smashing a Demon Altar/Crimson Altar has a chance to corrupt or hallow a random block on the map, which could be inside of the Jungle.

    For more information about this subject refer to: Guide:Maintaining world purity.

    The player will need the best gear available in Pre-Hardmode if they want to survive for longer before obtaining better items.

    Rare drops like the Black Lens, Nazar or Bezoar are easier to get without the stronger enemies of Hardmode.

    A house in the Jungle should be made for the Witch Doctor, as he will sell Leaf Wings when he is in the biome at night (Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version). A King Statue can also be used to simply teleport him to the Jungle.

    The player should make a Surface Glowing Mushroom biome with a house for Truffle. Because the enemies there are significantly stronger in Hardmode, it is advised that one create the biome and town pre-hardmode.

    A Hellevator should also be built, as it's an effective way to access any depth at any time, which will save a lot of time when mining the new ores and farming for rare drops.

    The First Steps

    The first thing to do in Hardmode is to go to the natural Corruption/Crimson Biome and start smashing Altars.

    Smashing every set of three after this point will cyclically generate the same ore, but much less than the last, so smashing 9 to 12 will be more than enough. (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Smashing any altar has a 2/3 (66.67%) chance to convert a stone block in the Cavern layer to either a Ebonstone/Crimstone or Pearlstone block. This could inevitably lead to the Underground Hallow or Corruption/Crimson spreading without one's knowledge.

    It's difficult to survive in this new environment, since the new enemies will quickly overwhelm players equipped with even the best Pre-hardmode gear. Because of this, it's better to look for a new weapon before going down into the Caverns to mine the new ores.

    The easiest way to obtain Hardmode ore is mining them on the ceiling of the Underworld, as the Underworld won't get any new difficult enemies immediately upon entering hardmode.

    A much more time-consuming way to obtain Hardmode ore is from fishing crates. While much slower than other methods, this does not require the player to smash any altars, (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) which can help keep quarantined areas of the map safe from the new randomly-placed Hallow or Corruption/Crimson block that spawns when smashing each one.

    There are many different choices for every class:

    • Melee users can get an AmarokAmarok(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) very early on, although alternatives such as the craftable ChikChik(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) will suffice until they do. The Amarok has a low chance to be dropped by any enemy in the Snow Biome, so with a quick farm they can easily (if perhaps not quickly) obtain it. The Cobalt SwordSwords or Palladium PikeSpears made from ores can be quickly obtained and they will get the job done until better weapons (e.g. a Red PhasesaberPhasesaber) are acquired. The Dao of PowDao of Pow is a good flail, reasonably easy to craft, and the only option of flail for a while.
    • Ranged users can buy a ShotgunShotgun from the Arms Dealer as soon as Hardmode starts, which can then be upgraded to the Onyx BlasterOnyx Blaster(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) , using the drops from the corrupted/crimson desert and underground crimson or corruption. The Clockwork Assault RifleClockwork Assault Rifle is also very strong and should definitely be used if the Wall of Flesh dropped it. A Cobalt RepeaterCobalt or Palladium RepeaterPalladium Repeater also gets the job done until better options (e.g. higher-tier-ore repeaters, Shadowflame BowShadowflame Bow(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), or Daedalus StormbowDaedalus Stormbow(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)) are acquired.
      • Ranged users have many more ammo options in Hardmode, several of which are available right away with a little exploration or farming, although obtaining a better weapon is a higher priority than getting better ammunition. Crystal BulletCrystal Bullets, Cursed BulletCursed Bullets (in Corruption worlds), and Ichor BulletIchor Bullets (in Crimson worlds) are interesting options that require very few special crafting ingredients, while Exploding BulletExploding Bullets can be crafted entirely from purchased ingredients. Likewise, Holy ArrowHoly Arrows, Cursed ArrowCursed Arrows (in Corruption Worlds), and Ichor ArrowIchor Arrows (in Crimson worlds) are special arrows which require few unusual ingredients. However, on (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), the dryad can sell the opposite evil seeds in a graveyard, allowing the use of Ichor and Cursed Flames, regardless of the world's evil.
    • A Magic user can quickly farm for the Sky FractureSky Fracture(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), a weapon that is very useful even after Plantera is defeated. They can also fish for a Crystal SerpentCrystal Serpent(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), but it can take longer to obtain. The Meteor StaffMeteor Staff(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is even easier to craft, however it is hard to use it underground. The Laser RifleLaser Rifle, if it dropped from the Wall of Flesh, will also be highly useful initially.
      • Other early-Hardmode options that should be high priorities are the Crystal StormCrystal Storm (which has high DPS for early-Hardmode crowd control), the Cursed FlamesCursed Flames (in Corruption worlds, which has high-damage piercing projectiles that inflict a high-DPS debuff), and the Golden ShowerGolden Shower (in Crimson worlds, which deals modest damage but inflicts an extremely useful, defense-lowering debuff which few enemies - not even the Moon Lord - are immune to).
        • These will require first locating the WizardWizard NPC, which is a critical priority for magic users.
      • Also be on the lookout for an abundance of enemy-dropped weapons, most crucially the Frost StaffFrost Staff (a good starting weapon), Poison StaffPoison Staff (a, upgradeable magic shotgun), and Nimbus RodNimbus Rod (a powerful, upgraded Crimson Rod).
      • The above weapons will help magic-using players be able to eventually obtain more powerful early-Hardmode weapons, such as the Shadowflame Hex DollShadowflame Hex Doll(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), the Life DrainLife Drain(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and the Spirit FlameSpirit Flame(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).
    • A Summoner will have to get the Spider StaffSpider Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) and the Queen Spider StaffQueen Spider Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions). This is a problem because the Black RecluseBlack Recluses can very easily kill a player in 3 to 4 hits. Since they can't go through blocks, it is recommended to farm the Spider FangSpider Fangs(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) inside of a "box" while the minions kill the spiders from the outside. Make sure to have your Magic MirrorMagic Mirror (or, preferably, Cell PhoneCell Phone(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)) ready in case a Giant WormGiant Worm or another enemy spawns. Be sure to utilize any other, more easily-obtainable weapons for other classes to defend yourself as needed. Wall of Flesh drops can also be highly useful, especially if it dropped the FirecrackerFirecracker(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions); if it didn't, you may consider farming for it.
      • The next whip upgrade requires defeating the highly-deadly Ice GolemIce Golem, which is not wise until you are fully geared-up with early-Hardmode equipment.
      • With the use of the above gear and a lot of luck, you might get the Pirate StaffPirate Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), which has much higher damage but lacks any debuff.

    With these new weapons and a couple Mining and Spelunker Potions, getting the Hardmode ores will be a much easier task.

    Before bosses

    For a specific guide to the boss fights themselves, refer to Guide:The Destroyer strategies, Guide:The Twins strategies and Guide:Skeletron Prime strategies.

    The Mechanical Bosses can be very hard to kill for a new player, so using the best weapons, armors and accessories is advised. If you are up to it, Queen Slime can be fought to get better gear (Such as the Blade Staff ((Desktop, Console and Mobile versions))) and/or practice fighting. Duke Fishron (an optional boss) can also be fought before the mechanical bosses for some of the best gear available in hardmode. Do keep in mind that Duke Fishron is usually fought after Plantera or Golem, so the fight requires a lot of skill.

    Palladium and Titanium armors are very good with their defensive set bonuses, while Adamantite and Orichalcum armors are better for those looking for the maximum DPS. It is better to skip Cobalt and Mythril armor, as they don't have very good stats or a special set bonus to make up for it. There is also Frost and Forbidden armor, but they should only be used if the player wishes to mix different damage types, as they aren't strong enough by themselves. Another good armor set for all classes is the Crystal Assassin Armor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), dropped by Queen Slime(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

    If the player hasn't obtained them already, Wings are essential for the fights, as it's hard to dodge their attacks without them. The best ones available are the Frost Wings, but the Leaf Wings are easier to obtain at the cost of some speed.

    An Emblem of the player's class is also important, as well as defensive and mobility accessories like the Cross Necklace, Philosopher's Stone, Ankh or Obsidian Shield, and Frog Leg. Having good modifiers like Lucky, Menacing or Warding is also very important for the battles.

    Now that the player is well equipped, the only thing left to do is to make a good arena, since having one will make the bosses much easier to fight. Two to three rows of platforms will be enough space to move around. Additionally: This content is transcluded from Guide:Practical tips § Combat.

    • For nocturnal bosses, starting the battle just after the sun sets (7:30 PM) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat the boss. In Hardmode, the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone and their upgrades are also useful at night.
    • Boss battles can be won or lost before the battle ever starts. Choose your equipment and have it ready; find and/or make potions and placed buffs; use the highest-tier food you have available; set up an arena appropriate to the boss; learn the strategies for the boss you're facing.
    • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfireCampfires and Heart LanternHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Star in a BottleStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic. Bast StatueBast Statues(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) will provide a significant defensive boost. Garden GnomeGarden Gnomes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) (if underground) proper torch placement will reduce damage taken and increase damage dealt due to the luck. The Torch God's Favor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) helps with this. HoneyHoney pools can also be used for extra health regeneration.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) SunflowerSunflowers provide the Happy!Happy!(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) buff to nearby players, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
    • Always carry around a stack of the highest-tier healing potion available, as relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea. Depending on the game stage, this can include items such as Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potions or HoneyfinHoneyfins. On the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile versions, Restoration PotionRestoration Potions are healing potions with a shorter cooldown.
    • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's Blessing(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some Silver Coincoins.
    • Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
    • Once you have freed the MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with Dart TrapTraps and helpful Heart StatueHeart and Star StatueStar Statues. The former helps to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to 1 Second Timertimers to activate them infinitely.
    • In Hardmode, the Brand of the InfernoBrand of the Inferno(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and Sergeant United ShieldSergeant United Shield(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can be used to parry incoming contact damage.
    • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of Hearts. Note that this will prevent any Heart Statues from spawning new Hearts.
    • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening Station(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Ammo BoxAmmo Box(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), Crystal BallCrystal Ball, Bewitching TableBewitching Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), War TableWar Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and Slice of CakeSlice of Cake(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give boosts that are useful to have, with the first five being class-specific. They give SharpenedSharpened(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Ammo Box (buff)Ammo Box(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, BewitchedBewitched(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), StrategistStrategist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and Sugar RushSugar Rush(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), respectively.