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Console/Old-gen console/Mobile/3DS-Only Content: This information applies only to the Console, Old-gen console, Mobile, and 3DS versions of Terraria.
This article is about the in-game Tutorial. For Terraria Wiki tutorial articles, see Terraria Wiki:Projects/Guides.

The Tutorial is a special world scripted to teach the player the basics of the game. It can be accessed by pressing the "Tutorial" option on the title screen.

The world and its presentation differ between game platforms.

Console version Console and Mobile version Mobile world

The Tutorial spawn area on the Console version Console version and Mobile version Mobile version.

On the Console version Console version and Mobile version Mobile version, the Tutorial uses a Journey Mode world. It is an ordinary Terraria world, except for an unfinished house and extra blobs of Iron Ore near spawn. Time will also be frozen by default. The player will always spawn as a default male character named "Tutorial" with no items in their inventory.

Upon entering the Tutorial, the player will be prompted to talk to the Guide, and given the controls to move, aim, jump, close menus and interact with NPCs. The Guide has various lessons, which must be completed in order. Once a lesson has been completed, the next lesson can be started by talking to the Guide again. They are as follows:

  1. Breaking trees to collect 10 Wood. The player will be given a Copper Axe.
  2. Crafting a Work Bench.
  3. Placing the Work Bench.
  4. Crafting and placing a Wooden Door, Wooden Table and Wooden Chair in the unfinished house.
  5. Defeating a slime, crafting some Torches and placing them to complete the house. The player will be given a Copper Shortsword.
  6. Mining 15 Iron Ores. The player will be given a Copper Pickaxe and 25 Ropes.
  7. Crafting 5 Iron Bars. The player will be given a Furnace.
  8. Crafting and placing an Iron Anvil.
  9. Crafting a set of Copper armor. The player will be given 99 Copper Bars.
  10. Equipping the set of armor.
  11. Defeating 2 enemies. The player will be given an Iron Bow plus some Wooden Arrows, and the time will be set to night.
  12. Opening the Bestiary.
  13. Opening the settings.

After every lesson is complete, the player is free to continue exploring the Tutorial world, but the Guide will recommend that they create their own.

Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DSNintendo 3DS version world

The Tutorial spawn area on the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version.

On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, the player will always spawn as a Softcore character, with their gender, color of clothes, skin, and eyes chosen randomly.

In these versions, the Tutorial has its own music track. This plays only for the duration of the instructions and on Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, will change to the regular game music once the player has completed said instructions.

The player starts on a small island, between a small hole covered by three Wood Platforms. Nearby there are some ores. The Tutorial will ask the player to do a certain task, and once it is completed the player will be able to start the next task. If the player, by accident or on purpose, does a task before they are asked to do so, the game will just let them skip it.

  1. The game will first instruct the player to move around, jump, then fall through the nearby Wood Platforms.
  2. After jumping out, the game will tell the player to use an item, and switch to another one, more specifically, to the Copper Shortsword Old-gen console version / Wooden Sword Nintendo 3DS version.
  3. After this, the player will be instructed to kill a Green Slime. The slime will always appear from the left.
  4. The player will then be told to cut down a tree to obtain some wood. The player is then told how to use this wood via the inventory.
  5. When the player enters their inventory, the player will be told how to switch between menus and how to craft. The player can leave the inventory after crafting three torches.
  6. After exiting the inventory, the game directs the player to a vein of ore, which the player is told to mine.
  7. The player is told to build 5 platforms to get out of the hole. Under the ore is a chest containing 99 Wood, (3DSNintendo 3DS version only) which can be used to build the required house.
  8. Nintendo 3DS version The game then instructs the player to smelt the ore after exiting the pit. The player ends up with two bars of each ore, with two Copper and Iron Ores left over.
  9. After that, the player is told to build a house of a minimum of 6 by 10 blocks. Even though a house can be smaller in-game, the tutorial will not progress until the requirement is met.
  10. The player will then craft a Work Bench, use it to craft a door, build the background walls for the house, and place a chair and Torch for a suitable house.

After these tasks are completed, the player can explore the world and do whatever they want, but it is recommended that they create their own world.

3DSNintendo 3DS version world contents

A map of an explored tutorial world on the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version.
Reference Note
[1] Where the player will spawn. The player is taught basic controls here, and it can be considered an arena for the Green Slime the player will have to kill.
[2] There is a Chest located under the ore the player will dig out. The chest contains 99 Wood.
[3] There is a small altar made of Gold, Gray, and Red Brick here, hosting a Chest surrounded by Tiki Torches. The chest contains a full set of Iron armor.
[4] Here there is a shack composed of Demonite Brick with Obsidian Brick Walls for background walls. Inside is a Chest containing a Healing Potion, an Ironskin Potion, and a Spelunker Potion.
[5] Under the spawn is a large vein of Gold Ore which can be used to craft 55 Gold Bars.
[6] There is a Pressure Plate that triggers a Dart Trap here.
[7] Here there is a Chest containing a Lucky Horseshoe, 20 Glowsticks, and 5 Gold Bars.
[8] Under the island there is a small platform made out of Gold Brick Walls, Obsidian, and Hellstone. There is a Toilet, Bathtub, Chest, and Bed placed here. Inside the Chest in the middle is a Book, Bowl of Soup, and a Grappling Hook.
[9] There is a Golden Chest here containing a Bomb with the Large modifier. This is the only non-weapon item to have a modifier that can be obtained by legitimate means.
[10] Under the island, at the bottom of the Underground layer, is a barrier composed of lava and a layer of 3 Obsidian. It is possible break through this barrier, but it requires either obtaining a pickaxe, which is a difficult task because of the limitations of the tutorial world, or using Bombs, which require two Bombs as a single Bomb can only destroy two layers of Obsidian.
[11] There is a Floating Island at the top of the world with a building on it. This building consists of Gold Bricks and a Chandelier, and has two chests inside, the leftmost chest containing a Gold Axe and 99 Torches, and the rightmost one containing a King Statue and a Mug. It can be reached by placing exactly 85 platforms straight upwards at the top of the nearby hill, and then building rightwards.
[12] There is an Underground Cabin in the middle of the world, containing a Pot Statue, a Slime Statue and a chest with an Aglet, 4 Grenades, 2 Shine Potions, 10 Bottles, and 14 Silver Coins.


An endless amount of Green Slimes spawning.
  • Nintendo 3DS version The Tutorial contains some old and deprecated text that tells the player that they can receive crafting from the Guide and use a hammer to break furniture.
  • Nintendo 3DS version During the scripted portion of the Tutorial, the only enemy that spawns is the Green Slime. Once the player has completed the Tutorial (by following all scripted instructions), other enemies will spawn at the appropriate layers.
    • If not killed by player as instructed in the script, the Green Slime will spawn endlessly regardless of the normal spawn limit, resulting in hundreds, if not an infinite amount, of slimes in the area.
  • The player starts with the standard five hearts (100 health) and can take damage from enemies and falling. However, damage will only reduce a player's HP to one quarter-heart (5 HP), meaning that in the Tutorial world the player is essentially invincible except from Burning, drowning and poisoning.
  • Nintendo 3DS version It is possible to break through the lava-and-obsidian barrier at the bottom of the Underground layer and access the The Underworld. This requires the player to get 2 Bombs by killing Undead Miners or getting them from the slime bonus drop. A single Sticky Bomb can also make it through. However, the Underworld in the Tutorial only contains lava.
  • Nintendo 3DS version The world is an expanded world. This can be verified by counting the amount of tiles between the very left and right edges of the world.


  • In the demo version of Terraria, only the Tutorial can be played.


Achievement Terraria Student.png
Terraria Student • “Begin the tutorial!”
Start playing the tutorial. (Old-gen console version)
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Terraria Expert • “You have completed the tutorial!”
Complete the tutorial. (Old-gen console version)


  • Console Fixed a graphical glitch and missing controller prompt in the Tutorial dialog boxes.
  • Console Fixed time being frozen in non-Journey worlds when joining a Multiplayer session from the Tutorial.
  • Switch Fixed a graphical glitch and missing controller prompt in the Tutorial dialog boxes.
  • Mobile Removed, replaced with a Tutorial button which gives tooltips for controls.