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The character's walking animation.

The term character or avatar refers to the figure controlled by the player through the game controls. All of Terraria's gameplay revolves around actions performed by the character, and the camera is nearly always locked to place the character in the middle of the screen.

The term player is often used as a synonym with character, but may also refer to the person accessing the game if the topic is unrelated to character mechanics.

Only one character can be played at a given time (in similar fashion to how the player may only access one world at a time), but the player is free to create as many characters as they desire. Characters are not locked to worlds, hence it is, for instance, possible to start playing in a new world with a powerful character from another world.

Items held in any part of the character's inventory (including slots for equipment, armor, ammo, and dyes), or any of the personal portable storage items, are all stored with the character, who will bring them to whatever world they enter.


The character selection menu.

Before entering a world in either single player or multiplayer, the player will first enter the character selection menu, where they are required to select a character to play with.

In the menu, the following stats and features of a character are listed: name, (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) appearance with equipments, maximum health and mana, difficulty, total time played with the character, and equipped pet.

Several options are presented for an existing character:

  • Button play.png Play: select this character to play with.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Button unfavorite.png Favorite / Button favorite.png Unfavorite: mark or unmark this character as favorite. Favorited characters will be listed at the front of the character list, and cannot be deleted.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Button move to cloud.png Move to cloud / Button move off cloud.png Move off cloud: move the character to or off Steam Cloud. Characters saved in Steam Cloud can be accessed on different devices.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Button rename.png Rename: change the name of the character.
  • Button delete.png Delete: delete the character.

Creation and customization

Menu for creating a new character on Desktop version Desktop (
Menu for creating a new character on Mobile version Mobile ( The character is randomized by default.

Character creation is accessed by pressing the "New" button in the character selection menu. This presents the player with a multitude of customization options:

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

CharInfo.png Info

This menu allows setting the character's name and difficulty.

  • The name is empty by default, and has a limit of 20 characters.
    • If the name is left empty when pressing the "Create" button, the player will be asked to input it.
  • The default difficulty is Classic.

ClothStyleMale.png ClothStyleFemale.png Character style

Main article: Character style

This menu allows setting the character's gender, character style, and offers some character editing options.

  • The default gender is male.
  • Each gender has five different character styles to choose from. Both genders are equal in ability but differ in armor appearance, hurt sound, and some NPC dialogue. Gender can be changed in-game by using a Gender Change Potion(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).
  • There are three character editing options:
    • Copy.png Copy: copy the current character settings to the clipboard as a formatted text.
    • Paste.png Paste: use the formatted text in the clipboard as character setting.
    • Randomize.png Randomize: randomizes the gender, character style, and all parts' color.

HairStyle.png Hairstyle

Main article: Hairstyles

This menu allows setting the character's hairstyle.

  • Hairstyle can be changed in-game by the Stylist. Additionally, some hairstyles are only available through the Stylist.
  • The color of the menu icon is based on the character's hair color.
  • The default hairstyle is 1.


The remaining menus are used to change the color of different parts of the character.

  • Colors can be changed in-game by the dresser.
  • The colors of the menu icons are based on the color of the respective part of the character.
  • The default colors are listed in the table below.
Part Default
ColorHair.png Hair  #D75A37
ColorEye.png Eyes  #695A4B
ColorSkin.png Skin  #FF7D5A
ColorShirt.png Shirt  #AFA58C
ColorUndershirt.png Undershirt  #A0B4D7
ColorPants.png Pants  #FFE6AF
ColorShoes.png Shoes  #A0693C

Empowering the character

A character using a Sandstorm in a Bottle.

Much of Terraria's gameplay revolves around making the character stronger in order to defeat enemies and bosses. The character becomes stronger in the following ways:


  • The inventory of a given character and sometimes other character properties can be edited by third-party programs known as inventory editors.
  • Characters, like worlds, are stored as individual files. On the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version, a character has the file extension .plr.
    • Characters created with the same name will be distinguished by a numeric postfix, e.g. Player.plr and Player2.plr. Note that name of the .plr file is set when creating the character, while the character's in-game name is stored in the file.
    • On Windows Windows, they can be found in the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Terraria\Players directory. Folders with the same name as the character stores the minimap info for that character.
  • The only situations in which the camera is not locked onto the character is when the player shifts the view using the Binoculars, Rifle Scope and its upgrades, using Kwad Racer Drone(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) with FPV Goggles(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), playing golf(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), when located at the edge of the world, or when moving along a horizontal Rope.
  • Character difficulty level is the only feature of the character that cannot be changed in-game and affects gameplay (on Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version versions, the name cannot be changed either, although that is cosmetic). Not considering character editors, the only way to "change" these is to transplant in a newly generated character with the desired characteristics, boost their health and mana to match the old character, and transfer all possessions from the old character to the new one. Given the expense and effort of this process, the usual case for this is to effectively convert a Hardcore or Mediumcore character into a Softcore one.
    • Transferring equipment can require up to 7 chests: 1 for main inventory, up to 2 for the hotbar and various equipment, vanity, and dye slots (see the Inventory page for details), and up to 4 for the contents of the old character's portable storage (Piggy Bank, Safe, Defender's Forge and Void Vault). Given that the new character will appear at the world spawn with no movement accessories, these chests should be placed within easy reach of the world spawn.
    • Depending on the old character's advancement, this will also require them to set aside up to 15 Life Crystals, 9 Mana Crystals, and 20 Life Fruits. These can be placed in one of the "miscellaneous slots" chests.
    • The player may also wish to bring the new character to the Stylist to repeat any prior purchases from her, and/or to make use of a Dresser.
    • This will also forfeit the old character's minimap explore progression.

See also