The Best Ways to Make Money in Terraria

Have you ever looked into your piggy bank and wished it was full of platinum? Are you tired of having to save up for your next reforges or purchases?

Well then look no further, because I’m going to tell you the best ways to get money, no matter what point you’re at in the game. Most of the methods here require you to actively be farming, but the last and most effective method can be done while you’re AFK!

Pre-Hardmode

In the early stages of the game, money is extremely hard to come by. It seems to take you a ton of farming to actually make any, and even then it’s not much.

3. Sell Obsidian Skulls

It sounds like an odd method just hearing about it, but the skulls sell for 54 silver a piece! If you fill your inventory with them, you’re bound to make a pretty decent profit.

To do this, you need to buy a large number of bombs from the Demolitionist. Then, head down to a point where you see the largest lava pit you can find. Using a lava charm will limit any damage you take, so it’s optimal to equip one if you can.

When you’ve found the perfect lava pit, you’ll need to locate a water source somewhat close to it. Search above it first, but one diagonal to it will work well. Next, you need to guide the water all the way to the lava pit and block off any possible areas the water can leak from. This effectively creates a constant source of obsidian that will generate until either the lava or water is consumed.

Next, Perch yourself in an area where you have a clear area to throw your bombs. Simply throw the bombs into the water onto the obsidian, and watch as it breaks dozens of obsidian pieces.

Ideally, you should get as much obsidian as possible. You can even gather several lava pools worth of obsidian for the best results. Now, craft as many Obsidian Skulls as you can, and then sell them to the nearest merchant.

This is a renewable income source that you can use for a long time. If you don’t wish to use up all the lava in your world, just make a new world for farming. Once you get further in the game, there are other ways to make money even faster than this.

2. Farm Eye of Cthulhu

This is obviously not as involved as farming obsidian but takes better gear and a little bit of skill. Boss areas also are optional but are recommended for Expert mode.

Normal mode EoC is extremely easy to beat, so you can just run around with your favorite ranged weapon and go to town. Expert mode will require much more dodging, so definitely equip your Shield of Cthulhu to evade his attacks.

Spawning him can be done by either finding Suspicious Looking Eyes or crafting them at a Demon/Crimson Alter using 6 lenses. Personally, I prefer to just spawn him using any eyes I find while mining because it’s annoying to go out and farm lenses.

When you’ve beaten the beast, take all of the items you get and sell them. I like to smelt the Demonite/Crimtane into bars, but the ore sells for the same amount. The gold you get from the EoC is good, but isn’t the most you can get from a pre-hardmode boss.

1. Farm the Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulu

You can only fight one or the other, but my favorite one to fight is the Eater of Worlds. Both are pretty easy to defeat, but I think you can beat the EoW quicker using the right weapons.

Breaking 3 Shadow Orbs/Crimson Hearts will cause the boss to immediately spawn, and will also cause meteors to spawn. This is beneficial since you can mine the meteor with bombs and sell all the ore, which will give you a good profit.

When you run out of Orbs to break, you can craft boss spawners for each one. I personally just like to create a farming world and use up all the Orbs. It saves me a lot of time farming mobs, and I can start making money almost immediately.

Startup the fight with a decent sized arena, but make sure you don’t get stuck after breaking the Orb. Weapons that penetrate multiple enemies are ideal, such as a Vilethorn or Waterbolt. The fight won’t last too long, so collect all the drops and sell them.

I do this method even after Hardmode due to its ease and profitability, so I highly recommend it.

Hardmode

Now we’re getting to the ones that’ll truly make you rich. The pre-hardmode methods are good, but are nothing compared to the amount of gold you get in Hardmode. You can get a ton of gold by simply killing hardmode enemies, so you may not have to worry about money as much.

In case you’re poor and or just want to be a Terrarian billionaire, these methods will work extremely well for you.

3. Farm Pumpkin Moon

The Pumpkin Moon is probably the hardest method here to do. Expert mode players will have a tough time completing it, but the reward is definitely worth it. Not only is there potential to get some great items, but also you’ll get a good amount of gold for completing the waves.

The best way to do this is to make a lava trap on either side of you, and stand in the middle. This works really well, that is, until the Pumpking shows up. The bosses will require you to move around much more than the normal enemies do, so they make the events much more difficult.

I would have put this method further down on the list, but the bosses make it hard to repeat easily. Repeated deaths will cause your coins to be lost, so make sure you know what you’re doing.

2. Farm the Destroyer

The Destroyer is my favorite Hardmode enemy to defeat simply because of his ease. With the right accessories, you can destroy this boss in less than a minute, and that’s in Expert mode!

To do this, make sure you have plenty of Mechanical Worms to spawn him with. Next, get a Daedalus Stormbow with some Holy Arrows. A Ranger Emblem along with a Magic Quiver and ranged armor will give you the best success.

Simply spawn the boss and fire away! Watch as the shooting stars rain from the sky and absolutely shred the Destroyer’s health. I’ve used this method to kill the other mechanical bosses as well, but this is way more effective on the Destroyer due to his long body.

Grab all the Hallowed Bars and other items that he drops, and sell them for some awesome profit! The hardest part about this whole thing is farming Mechanical Worms, and those aren’t even hard to get.

1. Farm Pirate Invasion

Before you start farming the pirates, you’re gonna need a bunch of Pirate Maps. There are 2 easy ways to do this:

Corrupt Worlds: Corrupt the bottom of the ocean using a Clentaminator or Holy Water, and spawn the Eater of Worlds. It should only take fighting him 1 or 2 times to drop a map.

Crimson Worlds: Place 200 Crimtane blocks on one side of the ocean to create an artificial biome. Blood Jellies will spawn much more than their normal counterparts will. Battle potions and Water Candles also give you a better chance of getting a map.

Once you’ve obtained at least 1 map, you can make the Pirate Invasion self-sustaining. Make some lava traps in the Ocean Biome, and make sure at least 1 NPC lives near there. They won’t spawn without the NPC, and the lava traps will defeat them without much effort.

The one thing you’ll need to worry about are the Flying Dutchman spawns. You’ll have to move around a bit more to take care of these guys, but they aren’t very hard to beat.

Not only will you have a chance of getting a Lucky Coin from the Pirates, but also you will probably get many more Pirate Maps from them. Just keep doing invasions as often as you want, and plunder some of that pirate booty!

Ultimate AFK Farm

Now for the best method, I could find online! Basically, it involves using a Lucky Coin in the ocean biome to slowly farm mods passively. You can place jungle blocks along with Crimson and Corruption to farm for biome keys as well.

You’ll also obtain a boatload of Pirate maps, which you can then use for even more money. Overall, this is probably the best AFK method you can use. This video explains how to do it perfectly, and will ensure you become so rich that you’ll never have to worry about money in Terraria again!

Conclusion

Every method in this list is a great way to make money in Terraria. I checked out many more methods, but they seemed too annoying to set up. I also didn’t include any cheating methods here because I prefer to make Terraria money in a legitimate way.

Start doing these methods to see which one you like the best. Inevitably, you’ll find some easier than others, so you want to stick with the one that’s right for you.

Jay Simmons

I love writing about games and sharing helpful info with others. Whether it be exploring a vast open world or uncovering lore, I always enjoy learning about my favorite games.

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