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Mythical Beasts & Where to Farm Them: Exploring Terraria's Bestiary

Loki

Consigliere
Staff member
Re-Logic
Administrator
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The world of Terraria is so chock-full of content, it can be hard to keep track of it all! Sure, the Guide has you covered for crafting recipes and the Terraria Wiki is fantastic - but don't you wish there was a way to know more about your foes in game? Where can I find the Lost Girl? How much health does a Derpling have? How many coins can I get from farming Jellyfish?

WONDER NO MORE, FOR THE TERRARIA BESTIARY IS HERE!

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How will you ever fill out this voluminous tome and just what all will it contain? Let's turn the page and begin our careful study of the Terraria Bestiary!



A TERRARIA BESTIARY PRIMER: WHAT LIES WITHIN

So, what sorts of information can you find within the Terraria Bestiary? Well, that all depends on how far you are willing to go in your studies of the inhabitants of your world! The Terraria Bestiary utilizes a 0-5 Star system to reflect the rarity of a given creature. Not only that, but you will learn more and more about foes and creatures as you defeat them multiple times. What will you learn at each tier?

NOTE: BESTIARY PROGRESS IS TIED TO THE WORLD, NOT THE CHARACTER


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STAR RARITY EXAMPLES



BESTIARY ENTRY PROGRESSION

As you gather more research on creatures (by killing them) or NPCs (by talking to them), you will learn more and more valuable information about them - as seen in our example study below on the most famous shambling enemy in Terraria...

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Pretty cool stuff, huh? With all of this information at your fingertips, you will be able to quickly ascertain what enemy you should be hunting, where it is located, and much, much more. - all without having to click out of the game to visit the Wiki or some other guide. Now that you can see the potential, let's dive into how to get around the Terraria Bestiary!





THE TERRARIA BESTIARY AND YOU: HOW DOES IT ALL WORK


So, as we said, filling out your Terraria Bestiary is quite simple indeed! Defeat foes, learn stuff, profit. With over 500 creatures to research, how will you ever be able to keep track of it all? Let's discover how you can open and get around the Bestiary!

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For starters, the icon to open the Bestiary is located inside your Inventory screen, in the lower right corner. Click on that and let's take a look!


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Pretty cool stuff, huh? What, you don't like all those question marks? Well, get out there and start killing things filling them in! We will be here when you get back.



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Nice work! Wow, that is a lot of information to take in, isn't it? How will we ever find the information that we want? Read on!





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PAGE ARROWS

For starters, you will find a set of page arrows in the upper left corner, allowing you to scroll through the seemingly-endless Bestiary entries at your leisure. Pretty straight forward, assuming you know your left from your right. You do, don't you? %-_-





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SORTING

Of course, we do not expect you to just manually scroll about - we are not monsters (well, last we checked, we do not appear in the Bestiary at least)! With this pulldown menu, you can sort your Bestiary in a variety of ways! Which enemy that you have researched drops the most coins on average? What is the most rare fiend that you have yet to tame? All there for you, at the click of a button.



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FILTERS

Similarly, you might find yourself wondering "Gee, I wonder what foes I have faced in the Corruption?", or "I don't remember, which creatures come out during the Rain", or maybe "Which biome did I find that Lost Girl hiding in?" - with the robust Bestiary Filters system, you can quickly access this information on the fly!

You can use multiple filters at once - so have fun playing around with various combinations!





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SEARCH

Of course, should all else fail... we have equipped the Terraria Bestiary with a good old fashioned text search. Type in the creature you want to gaze upon and off you go!



CARING FOR THE CREATURES: SAY HELLO TO THE ZOOLOGIST

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But wait... there's more! Filling out your Bestiary will have other tangible benefits for you to discover, courtesy of the brand new Zoologist NPC!



This friendly caretaker will share a variety of rewards with you as your Bestiary progresses - from fun vanity items to pets to unique kites, and ever more useful tools such as minecarts and much more! Be sure to check in with her from time to time and see what she has to offer!

Let's check out what she has in store for the just-starting-out Bestiary explorer:


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Included here, we see...

The Guide to Critter Companionship
This fun little book will help keep all of those innocent critters from being needlessly harmed by your actions as you explore your world!


Pet License
Use one of these to bring a friendly pet (perhaps a Dog?) to town!



Dog Ears
The Zoologist has fun animal-themed vanity items for sale - be sure to check back often!



The others, well you will just have to wait and find out for yourself as her inventory evolves and expands thanks to your efforts to fill in the Bestiary!



TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS

How do you know how much you have filled in and now much you have left to go? Check out the handy progress bar located at the bottom of the Bestiary Page!

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We hope you enjoyed this peek into the wild wild world of Terraria's new Bestiary. One week to go, everyone! See you soon...
 
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Aurora3500

Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
This this this!!

Without a doubt, this has to be my favorite new feature to come with Journey's End. Ahhhhhh!

I've always wanted to know more about Terraria's creatures and have direct access to their stats. This is going to be wonderful! Joining the ranks of other games that have sweet Monster Guides/Log Books/etc.

Please tell me this isn't a Dream!
 

rotyler

Duke Fishron
at long last I will no longer accidentally kill bunnies by dashing into them

also, new turtle critter? (41)

edit: also also, assuming the bestiary groups NPCs together that means there are at least 3 new NPCs we haven't seen at all yet
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edit 2: I think the 3 slots are for the town pets (since they probably count as NPCs) dog, cat, and bunny
 
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JuicyMeats

Official Terrarian
Hell, yeah! Let me get this straight:

-You need to kill that N.P.C to unlock it in the bestiary.
-You need to get its drop for that drop to show up on the bestiary.

Also, will the bestiary support texture packs? 'Cuz if it does, I'd like to make a suggestion.
If a texture pack is - wait a second. Do the numbers correspond to the enemy I.D? 'Cuz if it doesn't, that's another suggestion to make.
Now, for real. If a texture pack is installed, maybe there could be a button next to the N.P.C's icon (and by N.P.C I mean Town N.P.Cs, Enemies and Critters) to show what they look like in vanilla?
 
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