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Sprites Bringing the Hallow to the Forefront of Early Hardmode

652Graystripe

Plantera
As it stands, the Hallow and Corruption seem to be intended opposites to each other. That's certainly justified, given their motifs and imagery. However, one will find that the Hallow plays a much, much smaller role in Terraria's progression than its evil counterpart, be it Corruption or Crimson.

As the Hallow's entrance to the game marks the single largest change Terraria's world ever experiences, that being Hardmode's beginning, it seems that the biome itself could use a little bit of spicing up.

Currently, each of the biomes have their "claim to fame." For example, the jungle is the gateway to late-game progression, while the Corruption is the first real challenge the player faces and allows them to obtain more important loot such as Molten Armor and, indirectly, the hardmode ores. The hallow, meanwhile, provides a decent amount of loot in the earliest days of Hardmode.

Sound inadequate? It sure does to me, especially since its evil twin over there gets a whole boss devoted to it. If you're gonna add spreading biomes to your game that work as opposites, at least make them equally important.

This is a fairly large project I'm working with here, so bear with me. Before I get into the meat of the suggestion, I'd like to present my ideology and the structure of this project:

652Graystripe said:
Effectively, the Hallow is turned into the Corruption/Crimson's equal in this suggestion. This doesn't mean a new boss and it doesn't mean any drastic gating. Since the world is thrown wide open in Hardmode, with many different options open, it seems fitting that the Hallow should represent a major portion of early Hardmode while still not being a guaranteed first priority to the player.

Furthermore, it brings in the easy-to-visualize concepts about the spread of both the Hallow and its given counterpart. In effect, the Hallow is important for the player who wishes to control the two biomes rather than let them take over.

-The Jungle is now safeguarded from both Hallow and Crimson/Corruption spread. This was first brought up (I believe) by @MegaMage314 in this thread and still holds true today.

My reasoning? Though an experienced player might have worked their hands to the bone trying to protect the Jungle - and, disturbingly, may have failed - a beginning player doesn't understand Terraria's progression. To them, it's very open-ended with little direction; thus, they run the risk of having a very important biome destroyed without knowledge of the implications on any closing of their playthrough.

-One Floating Island is always chosen to become Hallowed at the beginning of Hardmode.
Corruptor.png

Corruptor
-Vile Spit will again create 2-3 tiles of Corruption where it lands, if it lands.

Crimslime.png

Crimslime
-Explodes into 1-2 ichorous projectiles when killed that create a tile of Crimson where they land
--Projectiles can be destroyed and move very slowly.

The reason for both of these monsters' changes is that spread will be much, much easier to block with the rest of this suggestion.

Sunflower.png

Sunflower
-Creates an aura of purity for 10-14 blocks around them in a circle

Vortex_Monolith.png

Monolith
-Completely blocks spread for 50 blocks around it, whether powered or unpowered

Steampunker.png

Steampunker
-Now spawns at any time if a house is constructed in the Hallow

Tombstone.png

Tombstone
-Now spawn naturally as set pieces, and wherever an NPC dies

Phasesaber.gif

-No longer requires a Mythril/Orichalcum Anvil to craft
Baby_Pigron.png
Baby Pigron
-Passive, flightless
-50 HP, 100 Defense
-Spawns in the Underground Snow
-Can be caught and placed in a terrarium
-Killing (not catching) one summons 2-3 adult Pigrons to attack

Pigron_pet.png
Pigron Bank
-Dropped by Pigrons, 1.8% and Baby Pigrons, 5%
-Works as a pet, but provides access to your piggy bank if right-clicked

Croller.png
Croller
-Spawns in the Underground Hallow roughly as frequently as Chaos Elementals
-Tortoise AI
-200 HP
-34 Defense
-35 attack (unrolled); 67 (rolled)
-Shoots out 1-3 crystal shards when killed
--Immune to lava, so don't worry about that
--Shards go through blocks and will embed themselves in the walls after about 20 seconds, creating a hallowed tile where they land
--Can be destroyed by weapons

Crystalline_Sword.png
Hallowed Growthspire
-Crafted with
Crystal_Shard.png
x16 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

-39 melee damage
-21 usetime (Fast)
-2 knockback (Weak)
-Sends crystals spinning off on hit to damage and pierce enemies
Caduceus.png
Goldenleaf Staff
-Sold by the Dryad for 40
GoldCoin_old.png
if she is living in the Hallow
-34 magic damage
-8 usetime (very fast)
-No knockback
-Shoots a hitscan beam that ricochets off walls

Gastropod_Shell.png
Gastropod Shell
-Dropped by Gastropods, 75%

Gastropod_Staff.png
Gastropod Staff
-Crafted with Gastropod_Shell.pngx16 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

-Summons baby gastropods to aid you in battle
-Gastropods will circle enemies and shoot lasers in bursts of three
-21 summon damage

Gastropod_Armor.png
Gastropod Helmet, Breastplate and Boots
-Set bonus: Summoning attacks slow down enemies
-Crafted with Gastropod_Shell.pngx8/14/12 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

Helmet:
-6 defense
-Increases max number of minions

Breastplate:
-10 defense
-Increases max number of minions
-Increases minion knockback by 5%

Boots
-8 defense
-Increases max number of minions

Gel_Doll.png
Gel Doll
'Careful it doesn't come to life'
-Crafted with Gastropod_Shell.pngx2,
Gel.png
x20 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

-Increases max number of minions by one
-Grants Hunter buff (highlights enemies) on hit with a minion

Pastel Block
-Crafted with Gastropod_Shell.pngx1,
Stone_Block.png
x1 (makes 1) @
Furnace.png


Purification_Boots.png
Purification Boots
-Sold by Dryad once EoW/BoC has been defeated for 10
GoldCoin_old.png

-Purifies land in a 4-block radius around you

Soles_of_Rejuvenation.png
Fertilizer Attachments
'To use: place on soles of feet'
-Purification_Boots.png,
Flower_Boots.png
@
Tinkerer%27s_Workshop.png

-Purify land and grow flowers wherever you walk

Light_Barrage.png
Light Barrage
'The second thing <Demolitionist> and <Dryad> can agree on'
-Placeable
-Sold by either Demolitionist or Dryad for 10
GoldCoin_old.png
during Hardmode
-Can be fired manually by consuming
Purification_Powder.png
or just wired like a cannon to work automatically
-Rains non-damaging missiles from the sky every 5-10 seconds that explode in a bomb-sized radius, purifying what it lands on
--Missiles can appear within a 20-block horizontal space around the item

Cleansing_Barrage.png
Cleansing Barrage
'The first thing <Demolitionist> and <Dryad> can agree on'
-Sold by either Demolitionist or Dryad for 25
GoldCoin_old.png
during Hardmode
-Works like the Light Barrage, but with dynamite-sized explosions
-Missiles are fired every 10-15 seconds and rain down in a 30-block horizontal radius around the item

Stasis Sparkler
-Throwable
-Rains purifying projectiles down from where it lands
-Lasts for about a minute
-Crafted with
Purification_Powder.png
x5,
Dynamite.png
x3 @
Mythril_Anvil.png
(makes 1)
-Relatively inaccurate, so several will be needed to clear out a given column of land (although they work all the way down to hell!)

Clentaminator_Blocker.png
Clentamination Blocker
-Sold by the Steampunker for 1
GoldCoin_old.png

-Create a roughly 45-block square centered on them that blocks clentamination of the given color
-Right-click on the arms to turn them on or off
Sunsteel_Bar.png
Sunsteel Bar
-Crafted with 10
Copper_Bar.png
/
Tin_Bar.png
/
Iron_Bar.png
/
Lead_Bar.png
/
Silver_Bar.png
/
Tungsten_Bar.png
/
Gold_Bar.png
/
Platinum_Bar.png
, 2
Soul_of_Light.gif
(makes 10) @
Mythril_Anvil.png

-Used to craft many items in this section

Nightlight.png
Nightlight
'Stronger than a simple exorcism'
-Crafted with Sunsteel_Bar.pngx12 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

-61 ranged damage
-41 use time (Very Slow)
-6 knockback (Average)
-Inflicts Sunfire
-Consumes bullets
-Fires a high velocity bullet that leaves behind a weak damage trail for a second

Sunsteel_Repeater.png
Corona Ray
-Crafted with Sunsteel_Bar.pngx12 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

'There were moments of gold and there were flashes of light'
-38 ranged damage
-15 usetime (Fast)
-4 knockback (Weak)
-Arrow sticks in the target and deals additional damage per second
-Inflicts Sunfire

Sunsteel_Broadsword.png
-Crafted with Sunsteel_Bar.png x12 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

Holy Avenger
'Smite them all'
-46 melee damage
-29 usetime (Average)
-6 knockback (Average)
-Ignores defense on enemies
-Inflicts Sunfire

Zeus.png
Zeus
-Crafted with Sunsteel_Bar.pngx12 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

'From the fury of the heavens'
-42 melee damage
-21 usetime (Fast)
-4 knockback (Weak)
-Rains identical spears from the sky randomly when it strikes

Holy_Chains.png
Holy Chains
-Crafted with Sunsteel_Bar.pngx4,
Frozen_Turtle_Shell.png
,
Shackle.png
@
Mythril_Anvil.png

-Provides the Holy Light buff when the player is below 75% health
-2 defense

Chained_Aegis.png
Chained Aegis
-Crafted with Holy_Chains.png,
Paladin%27s_Shield.png
@
Tinkerer%27s_Workshop.png

-Provides the Holy Light buff when player is below 75% health
-Increases monster aggro to the wearer
-Absorbs 25% of damage done to teammates in multiplayer
-4 defense

Holy_Light.png
Holy Light
-Granted by Chained Aegis/Holy Chains
-Comes in three forms when the player is beneath 75%, 50% and 25% health
-Gives 5%, 15% and 35% damage resistance respectively

Sunfire.png
Sunfire
-Deals 5% of the enemy's current health per second, rounded down
-Goes out when damage is less than one, or after 6 seconds
-Immune: Crawltipede, Moon Lord, pillars, Mourning Wood, Pumpking, all Hallow enemies, Golem, Wyvern

Sacred_Gravestone.png
Sacred Gravestone
'None dare disturb the sanctity of the dead'
-Crafted with Sunsteel_Bar.pngx1,
Tombstone.png
@
Mythril_Anvil.png

-Isolates a 20-block circle to slow spread down significantly
-Decreases monster spawn rate nearby

Sunstar_Orbiter.png
Sunstar Orbiter
-Spawned on Hallowed Floating Islands
-Deadly Sphere AI
-300 HP
-27 Defense
-45 damage
-Drops Sunsteel_Bar.pngx1-2 (25%)
-Inflicts Sunfire (50%)

Sunset_Lariat.png
Sunset Lariat
-Works like the Solar Eruption
-Dropped by Sunstar Orbiters (0.8%)
-46 melee damage
-29 usetime (average)
-6 knockback (average)

No feedback is bad feedback, unless it contributes nothing. Thanks, guys - seriously, I wouldn't do this kind of suggestion if it weren't for you folks.

11/4/16: Posted.
11/4/16: Edited crafting recipes of Sunsteel Bar and Stasis Sparkler.
 
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MegaMage314

Plantera
Nice work, some of this stuff looks really cool! I agree, the hallow does seem pretty empty compared to the corruption and crimson.
 

SnailsAttack

Dungeon Spirit
Tombstone.png

Tombstone
-Now spawn naturally as set pieces, and wherever an NPC dies
no

no more tombstones

stop it
what the heck is this supposed to be lmao
Stasis Sparkler
-Throwable
-Rains purifying projectiles down from where it lands
-Lasts for about a minute
-Crafted with
Purification_Powder.png
x1,
Dynamite.png
x1 @
Mythril_Anvil.png

-Relatively inaccurate, so several will be needed to clear out a given column of land (although they work all the way down to hell!)

If they work all the way down to hell, they should be a fair bit more expensive. Maybe 3 dynamites and 30 purification powders.

Sunsteel Bar
-Crafted with 10
Copper_Bar.png
/
Tin_Bar.png
/
Iron_Bar.png
/
Lead_Bar.png
/
Silver_Bar.png
/
Tungsten_Bar.png
/
Gold_Bar.png
/
Platinum_Bar.png
, 1
Fallen_Star.png
(makes 10)

I feel like this recipe could be improved. Maybe a gold or platinum bar, one star, and one crystal could be used instead? The bars should AT LEAST be held back from being craftable early on by something other than an anvil.

Anyways, I like most of these suggestions. Support.
 

652Graystripe

Plantera
Amended the crafting recipes - Sunsteel Bars were supposed to be at mythril anvils or greater, and I tweaked it to include souls of light to incorporate the Hallow. The recipe for the Stasis Sparkler has been changed.

Also, it's a rolled-up thing like a sroller.
 
I think the pastel blocks are a bit unbalanced - too expensive to build with, and they don't do anything special. Maybe 50 stone in the recipe for 50 blocks. Remember that gastropods only spawn at night, and I for one wouldn't go hunting for them at night early in HM when I don't know what to expect.
I have a few usage ideas too:
* They could be able to contain taints (purple pastel block, pink pastel block, red pastel block, and the regular ones). Taints would spread onto them, and spread through them quickly, but wouldn't spread out from them. Any monster from that biome could spawn on them (even fish if there's enough water) and they will compliment ice or sand if its close enough (giving tainted sand sharks, mummies, and maybe rainbow slimes a chance to spawn). However, they would only work on the surface layer, making it necessary to explore the underground for most items. Could be used well with the clentamination blocker. Probably lower the crafting to 30 stone for 30 blocks.
* As a more aesthetic-oriented use, maybe they could take multiple paint coats, and you would be able to get most of that paint back when the block is broken. Ex. blue+yellow paint = green block, + more blue = teal. the color would only show when the block is placed, so every color wouldn't need a name. They would meld with any other block (or maybe have a hammer setting to chose) and have straight edges and soft corners. (this sounds fun to sprite. might do it if I remember :p) and also walls.

Sorry if this seems messy. I love the Hallow ideas, and I agree that it needs more attention than it gets :)
 

Muninn

Eye of Cthulhu
Maybe some of the easymode bars should be taken out of the Sunsteel bars, or combine Early hardmode bars (cobalt / Mythril) with some hallow bars to really force it into hardmode.
 
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