A Bunch of Shimmer Transmutation Ideas

Russ_Guss_Doodles

Official Terrarian
Ever since 1.4.4 was released I’ve had a lot of ideas about Shimmer. It’s such an interesting addition to the game and I feel like the liquids transmutation property has a lot of untapped potential. So here's a bunch of concepts for items and transmutations that I think would fit into the game.


Shimmer Exclusive Item Transmutations
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First Fractal
190 Melee Damage
14% Critical Strike Chance
Average Speed
Strong Knockback
‘Oh what could have been…’

Transmuted from the Zenith


This sword would have the exact same stats and attack pattern as the Zenith while being a nod to what could have been Terraria’s ultimate sword. The only difference from the Zenith would be the swords in the attack animation, which would be replaced with pure rainbow light(similar to the Empress of Light’s weapons). The First Fractal would also transmute back into the Zenith's components, technically allowing players to still decraft the Zenith.

The sprite above for the First Fractal is a recolor I made to make the sword match the other Shimmer items and look less like the Terrablade.
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Bottled Eternal Flame
Consumable
Permanently makes all light pets glow at max brightness

Transmuted from a Faeling in a Bottle Post-Moonlord


This permeant upgrade would allow players to choose a Light Pet based on its appearance after beating the game. The light level for all light pets would be the same as the Wisp, Suspicious Looking Eye, and Fairy Princess.

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Astral Chain
Consumable
Permanently gives all hooks max reach and velocity

Transmuted from a basic Grappling Hook Post-Moonlord


This permeant upgrade would allow players to choose a grappling hook based on its appearance after beating the game. When used this item would make all hooks extend 38 tiles and have max velocity. The upgrade would not affect how many hooks can be shot out at once or change any special effects.

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Spellbound Saddle
Consumable
Permanently grants flying mounts infinite flight and gives all mounts a speed boost

Transmuted from any Zoologist Horse Saddle Post-Moonlord


This permeant upgrade would give players more freedom to choose a mount based on its appearance after beating the game. The speed buff would be a percentage increase to avoid messing with a mount's animation.

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Prism Ring
Consumable
Permanently lowers shop prices by 10%

Transmuted from a Diamond Ring


At first glance, this upgrade may seem overpowered but keep in mind the Diamond Ring is a very rare Traveling Merchant item that costs 2 Platinum. It would be used as an investment for players who know they will be buying items or reforging a lot.

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Bag of Winds
Consumable
Permentally increase movement speed

Transmuted from an Anklet of the Wind


When consumed this upgrade would permanently increase the player's movement speed by 3-5%, a small but helpful boost.

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Dream Diver's Helmet
Consumable
Permentally extend underwater breathing time

Transmuted from a Diving Helmet


When consumed this upgrade would permanently grant the player an extra minute of breathing time.

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Orion's Toolbelt
Consumable
Permentally increase block placement range

Transmuted from a Toolbelt


When consumed this upgrade would permanently increase the player's placement range by 1.

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Celestial Work Bench
Consumable
Permanently allows you to craft from a Workbench, Advanced Furnace, Advanced Anvil, Sawmill, Loom, and Heavy Work Bench from anywhere

Transmuted from an Ancient Manipulator


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Gilded Death Certificate
Consumable
Unlocks an ability toggle to the left of the inventory
When enabled tombstones will not drop upon death
‘Hurry back! We’ve been dying to have you…’

Transmuted from any Gold Tombstone


This upgrade would be convenient for late Pre-Hardmode players who are tired of cleaning up graves, builders who don’t want their builds messed up, or during PVP when the last thing you want is a graveyard biome.

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Illuminating Map
Consumable
A map that will permanently help you see every corner of the world
‘The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places'

Transmuted from a Mysterious Map (one of my other item concepts) or a Compass Post-Moonlord


When revealing the map this item would only dimly reveal the unexplored parts so you can see where you’ve been while also showing the entire world. I recognize that even with this caveat an item that reveals the entire world may be too overpowered but I thought I would suggest it anyway and put the idea out there.

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Shimmer Bullet
8 Ranged Damage
14% Critical Strike Chance
Extremely Weak Knockback
Ammo
Phases through blocks

Transmuted from Musket Balls and/or Empty Bullets


This ammo would have the unique property of being able to pass through blocks one time and like Shimmer Arrows would have a small rainbow explosion upon impact. After passing through blocks the bullet would do half damage.

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Shimmering Grenade
Consumable
A small explosion that will cause nearby players to begin Shimmer Phasing
‘Instantaneously insubstantial!’

Transmuted from Grenades Post-Golem


This item would be perfect for trolling in multiplayer or might have some niche uses in the late game. The Post-Golem requirement is to prevent easy access to the alter room within the Jungle Temple.

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Shimmer Bomb
Consumable
A small explosion that will spread Shimmer

Transmuted from Dry Bombs Post-Moonlord or crafted from a Dry Bomb and Luminite Bar


This item would allow players to move Shimmer Post-Moonlord or bring Shimmer to a Pre-1.4.4 world without grinding for a Bottomless Water Bucket.

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Shimmer Rocket
45 Ranged Damage
12% Critical Strike Chance
Weak Knockback
Ammo
Spreads Shimmer on impact

Transmuted from Dry Rockets Post-Moonlord or crafted from a Dry Rocket and Luminite Bar


Just like Shimmer Bombs, this item would allow players to move Shimmer Post-Moonlord or bring Shimmer to a Pre-1.4.4 world without grinding for a Bottomless Water Bucket.

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Shimmer Dye
‘See how it glistens’

Transmuted from Silver Dye during a Full or Waning Gibbous Moon


This dye would apply a glowing lavender effect very similar to the appearance of Shimmer.

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Chromatic Dye
‘Pure rainbow energy’

Transmuted from Silver Dye during a Third Quarter or Waning Crescent Moon


This dye would match the rainbow effect of the Chromatic Cloak.

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Aether Dye
‘The stars are shining’

Transmuted from Silver Dye during a New or Waxing Crescent Moon


This dye would mimic the rainbow star background of the Aether.

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Pearlescent Dye
‘Ooo, colors!’

Transmuted from Silver Dye during a First or Waxing Gibbous Moon


This dye would apply a pearlescent sheen.

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Rainbow Quartz
Equipable
Summons a pet Gem Jelly
'An aquatic creature of pure rainbow light'

Transmuted from a Geode


The summoned Gem Jelly would randomly match one of the 7 gem types.

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Magic Shimmer Dropper
Can be placed

Transmuted from an Empty Dropper


Just like the other Magic Droppers this item would be used to place glowing Shimmer drops in the world. This item could also introduce falling Shimmer droplets to the Aether during world generation, adding even more ambiance to the biome.

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Shimmerfall Block
Can be placed
Material

Transmuted from Waterfall Block


This block would have the same animation as the other Liquidfall Blocks and would naturally glow in the dark like Shimmer. It would also be craftable into Shimmerfall Walls.

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Inverted Block
Can be placed
Material
Disappears with Echo Sight

Transmuted from Echo Block


This block would be visible under normal circumstances but then disappear when wearing Echo Googles or when near an Echo Chamber, making it the inverse of Echo Blocks. This would block allow builders to use the same texture as Echo Blocks in their builds and when combined with the next item idea could lead to some interesting possibilities.

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Inverted Coating
Renders coated objects invisible with Echo Sight
Can be combined with any other paint or coating except for Echo Coating
‘Gone in a flash.’

Transmuted from Echo Coating


Just like its block counterpart, this coating would disappear when wearing Echo Googles or when near an Echo Chamber. For obvious reasons, you would not be able to combine it with Echo Coating. This coating could be used in tandem with Echo Coating to create moving builds and incredible adventure maps.

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Prismatic Water Fountain
Can be placed
‘RGB gaming water!’

Transmuted from a Pure Water Fountain


When activated this Water Fountain would cause water nearby to glow and cycle through the colors of the rainbow in sequence with other rainbow items (like Rainbow Bricks and Helium Moss). Water streams that flow over Rainbow Bricks glow and cycle through the rainbow so why not let entire pools of water do the same?

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Pearlescent Perch
Material

Transmuted from any Hallow Fish (Chaos Fish, Princess Fish, or Prismite)


This fish would be used to craft Chromatic Potions.

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Chromatic Potion
Consumable
Provides immunity to Shimmer Phasing and causes you to emit rainbow light
10 min duration

Crafted with a Water Bottle, Pearlescent Perch, and 3 Crystal Shards


This potion would give the player a buff called Chromatic Aura that would grant the same immunity to Shimmer Phasing as the Chromatic Cloak for 10 mins and cause the player to glow with a bright rainbow light. This potion would have some utility in preventing Shimmer Phasing without the Prismatic Cloak but is also meant to be an aesthetic Potion like the Love and Stink Potions.


Other Shimmer Transmutations
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Aether Torch <—> Normal Torch
Since all Torches turn into Aether torches when thrown in Shimmer there’s no way to get back the normal torches created through crafting or biome torch conversion. Having Aether Torches turn back into Normal Torches would help remedy this problem.

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Amber —> Diamond
All Gems except for Amber transmute into the Gem a tier below. Amber is normally a tier just below Diamond but having Diamond transmute into Amber would remove the gems exclusivity to the
Extractinator. To avoid this problem Amber would transmute into Diamond.

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Cobalt —> Hellstone —> Meteorite —> Platinum
Currently, Hellstone is the only non-renewable metal. Meteorite is also hard to get without letting meteors destroy the surface of your world. Including both Hellstone and Meteorite ore into the sequence of ore transmutations would help remedy these problems.

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Yellow Willow Sapling <—> Sakura Sapling
A simple convenient transmutation that makes sense.

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Red Dynasty Shingles <—> Blue Dynasty Shingles
Another convenient transmutation that just makes sense.

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Snow <—> Ice
Ice currently transmutes into Snow but it would be convenient if it also went the other way. This would also make Ice renewable since you can get Snow from the Frost Legion.

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Golden Key —> Gold Chest
A renewable way to get Golden Chests.

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Biome Chests <—> Biome Keys
Biome Keys are obviously very hard to come by. Letting Biome Chests transmute back into Keys would prevent any accidents with a very rare item.

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Tsunami in a Bottle —> Cloud in a Bottle
The Balloon Pufferfish transmutes into a Shiny Red Balloon so it only makes sense for the Tsunami in a Bottle to transmute into a Cloud in a Bottle. It would also make the Cloud in a Bottle renewable.

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Climbing Claws <—> Shoe Spikes
Both of these accessories behave the exact same way and are both used to craft Tiger Climbing Claws. Having them transmute back and forth would make sense and be convenient for getting the Master Ninja Gear.

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Biome Mimic Hook —> Random Different Biome Mimic Drop
When farming biome mimics getting a hook can be really annoying. Letting Biome Mimic Hooks transmute into a random different drop from their respective Mimics would give players a second chance at getting the item they want.

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Putrid Scent <—> Flesh Knuckles
Most Evil Biome equivalents can be easily obtained in Hardmode by creating an artificial Corruption/Crimson. However alternate Evil Biome Mimics can be hard to farm no matter what since you can’t use a Key of Night to spawn them. Also unlike the other drops these two accessories are very different and are used in recipes for different classes. Having the option to transmute Putrid Scent and Flesh Knuckles back and forth would help solve this issue.

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Aetherium Block —> Shimmer
Shimmer is a very limited resource before the Moon Lord is defeated. If throwing Atherium Block back into the Shimmer refilled the pool any mistakes could be easily fixed.


Aetherian Entities
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Finally two trolly easter egg ideas I had that have to do with the Voodoo Dolls.

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Shimmered Guide Doll
When thrown into Shimmer the Guide Voodoo Doll would transform into what appears to be a Doll of the Shimmered Guide. However, you wouldn’t be able to pick up the Shimmered Doll. Instead, it would rise above the Shimmer pool, the Otherworldly Night Track would begin to play, and the Doll would start making the Lunatic Cultist laughing sound repeatedly. Then any players nearby would be frozen, not be able to see anything except the Aether background, would rapidly begin to take damage, and then right before dying would be teleported to spawn (to avoid any items falling into the Shimmer). The death message would be, “(Player Name) couldn’t comprehend what they saw…”

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Shimmered Clothier Doll
When thrown into Shimmer the Clothier Voodoo Doll would transform into what appears to be a Doll of the Shimmered Clothier. This doll would also rise above the Shimmer and make the Lunatic Cultist laughing sound. But instead of directly killing the player this entity would summon a Dungeon Guardian and then disappear in a puff of rainbow sparks. A funny joke and a way to obtain a Skeleton Key Post-Skeletron.

Both of these events would not work for Hardcore Characters to avoid an unfair death.


Credit to @JamesDNaux, @firecat666, @Baconfry, and @J Bame for inspiring some of these ideas. I would love to hear what your favorite idea is and would appreciate a like, but regardless THANK YOU for reading! :dryadsmile:
 
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GoldenTerrabyte

Empress of Light
There's a lot of creative stuff here! I like the variety of ideas, and I think it all feels pretty on brand. I especially like the Shimmer Grenade idea.
 

J Bame

Terrarian
I haven't seen quality suggestions in a long time, this is really cool. I've seen the idea of being able to Shimmer Truffle Worms into Prismatic Lacewings to allow Pre-Mech empress of light fights without making newbies get confused by summoning a late-game boss in early hardmode.

Some nitpicks:

The ridiculous mount speed increase wouldn't look right on a lot of them, like the Bee Mount and especially the Turtle. Would be better if it was just a % boost. Im also not sure if buffing mounts like this is even possible, as far as im aware Mounts are an old hardcoded mess.

The chromatic potion is pretty expensive and redundant, shimmer phasing is EXTREMELY niche and most things that would need it (builds or adventure maps) would just use the Shimmer Cloak because it's permanent.

Amber is a tier below Diamond, not the other way around.

it’s hard to find a Collector’s Eddition
That's why it's the Collector's Edition.
 
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Russ_Guss_Doodles

Official Terrarian
I haven't seen quality suggestions in a long time, this is really cool. I've seen the idea of being able to Shimmer Truffle Worms into Prismatic Lacewings to allow Pre-Mech empress of light fights without making newbies get confused by summoning a late-game boss in early hardmode.

Some nitpicks:

The ridiculous mount speed increase wouldn't look right on a lot of them, like the Bee Mount and especially the Turtle. Would be better if it was just a % boost. Im also not sure if buffing mounts like this is even possible, as far as im aware Mounts are an old hardcoded mess.

The chromatic potion is pretty expensive and redundant, shimmer phasing is EXTREMELY niche and most things that would need it (builds or adventure maps) would just use the Shimmer Cloak because it's permanent.

Amber is a tier below Diamond, not the other way around.


That's why it's the Collector's Edition.
Thank you for your feedback! I actually agree with a lot of your nitpicks and I’ve updated things to be more balenced or explain some of my reasoning. I’ve also removed the Fuzzy Carrot to Carrot transmutation because it was kinda stupid.
 
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firecat666

Terrarian
I would LOVE it if they implemented the First Fractals original attack but I feel like a Zenith recolor would be a more reasonable addition.
Why? It's already in the game and it works fine. I wouldn't mind if they even lowered its damage compared to the Zenith so it's strictly inferior in most, if not all situations.
 

J Bame

Terrarian
Why? It's already in the game and it works fine. I wouldn't mind if they even lowered its damage compared to the Zenith so it's strictly inferior in most, if not all situations.
It's not in the game (you need 3rd party programs to get it) and just because it functions doesn't mean it's finished or working as intended. Honestly, it isn't even correct to call First Fractal "unimplemented", "removed", or anything liek that, it's quite literally an early take on the Zenith.

I like the idea of Shimmering a Zenith to get it just for the funsies, but I don't think the devs will want to do it.
 

firecat666

Terrarian
It's not in the game (you need 3rd party programs to get it) and just because it functions doesn't mean it's finished or working as intended. Honestly, it isn't even correct to call First Fractal "unimplemented", "removed", or anything liek that, it's quite literally an early take on the Zenith.

I like the idea of Shimmering a Zenith to get it just for the funsies, but I don't think the devs will want to do it.
Sure, but if you watch the video you can clearly see that it's closer to being finished than anything else. That's why I said I wouldn't mind if made some minor change so it can't compete with the Zenith and implement it basically as it is.

See, the idea here is that it's awesome and we want to play with it and we'll take whatever we can get. Therefore the best course of action is to support this so it gets enough traction for the devs to seriously consider it, rather than argue that it's bad because "the devs don't want it". I'm sure there's plenty of things the devs didn't want to add to the game but added anyway because enough people wanted it. Unless they're absurdly stubborn about it for some reason.
 

Aceplante

Terrarian
Mostly good ideas except for the things that permanently give the best stats with no downsides: Bottled Eternal Flame, Astral Cable, and Spellbound Saddle. Who in their right mind would ever think any of this was a good idea. At least that minecart thing is locked to master mode...

Also the Prism Ring (okay I guess but unnecessary), Gilded Death Certificate (dumb, just dont die), and illuminating map THAT REVEALS THE ENTIRE WORLD???? NO please never add any of these. Literally just go around and spray things if you want to reveal the map.
 
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Omega Dapling

Plantera
Mostly good ideas except for the things that permanently give the best stats with no downsides: Bottled Eternal Flame, Astral Cable, and Spellbound Saddle. Who in their right mind would ever think any of this was a good idea. At least that minecart thing is locked to master mode...

Also the Prism Ring (okay I guess by unnecessary), Gilded Death Certificate (dumb), and illuminating map THAT REVEALS THE ENTIRE WORLD???? NO please never add any of these. Literally just go around and spray things if you want to reveal the map.
You're not considering that balance doesn't really matter post moon lord. None of these things are as strong as the Rod of Harmony, to show an example...
 

noobsqoou

Terrarian
I'm a big fan of the three items that permanently upgrade your light pet, hook, and mount slots in the same way the minecart slot gets upgraded. I've suggested "vanity slots" for those equipment slots before so effects of one item could be used with the appearance of another, but the upgrade method works even better. I also like the transmutes for the climbing accessories and the Putrid Scent <—> Flesh Knuckles. Tbh I wouldn't mind seeing all of the Corruption/Crimson Mimic items be transmutable (each one has a melee, ranged, and magic weapon, as well as a hook).

As for the rest of your suggestions . . . I'm pretty indifferent, but I wouldn't mind seeing them. I'd probably never use the map revealing item, because then I'd have no idea where I have actually been without heavy modifications to a given area.
 

Aceplante

Terrarian
I'm a big fan of the three items that permanently upgrade your light pet, hook, and mount slots in the same way the minecart slot gets upgraded. I've suggested "vanity slots" for those equipment slots before so effects of one item could be used with the appearance of another, but the upgrade method works even better. I also like the transmutes for the climbing accessories and the Putrid Scent <—> Flesh Knuckles. Tbh I wouldn't mind seeing all of the Corruption/Crimson Mimic items be transmutable (each one has a melee, ranged, and magic weapon, as well as a hook).

As for the rest of your suggestions . . . I'm pretty indifferent, but I wouldn't mind seeing them. I'd probably never use the map revealing item, because then I'd have no idea where I have actually been without heavy modifications to a given area.
Thats the thing, you use it ONCE, even accidentally, and then it permanently reveals the ENTIRE MAP??? just no
 

Aceplante

Terrarian
This has a simple workaround, it could just show the "unexplored" part of the map at the minimum light. Places you've already explored will be far more lit up in comparison.
hm.. very dim instead of black, i suppose that could be sorta fair?
 

Russ_Guss_Doodles

Official Terrarian
This has a simple workaround, it could just show the "unexplored" part of the map at the minimum light. Places you've already explored will be far more lit up in comparison.
I like this solution. It reveals the map so that you can see things like sword shrines and infection patches while keeping it a bit more balanced.
 

Unit One

Administrator
Staff member
Administrator
wep dee doo
Not needed @Aceplante. You’ve been warned before to treat others with respect. If you’re not going to be polite, please don’t post. If it happens again, there may be warning points or account restrictions (such as not being able to post in the Suggestions section) applied.

Send me a private message HERE if you have questions, I’m happy to answer or discuss this more in conversation.
 

Duskuro

Terrarian
Lmao so many more consumable permanent items. I asked Red to make like a badge system so we can keep track of all the consumable permanent items we have used. He thought it was a good idea but I don't think it has been done yet tho.
 
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