Welcome to this guide on Terraria’s top five most useful pre-hardmode accessories and how to obtain them. As a beginner, investing in these items early on will greatly benefit your playthrough. While some of them may be challenging to acquire, it’s worth doing so before hardmode to avoid dealing with tougher enemies directly.
Please note that the accessories listed below are not in any particular order, and the following recommendations are solely based on my personal experience. I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments.
Shield of Cthulhu
- The Shield of Cthulhu is a simple yet essential item for any Terraria playthrough. It provides mobility, incredible defense (especially when combined with the appropriate modifier such as Warding), and will keep you going for a long time in both pre-hardmode and hardmode.
This item is only available in expert/master mode, which are the only two game modes every player should be playing. Using this item allows the player to dash, dealing roughly 30 damage if dashed into an enemy, and granting a brief period of invincibility. However, it does not grant knockback immunity.
To obtain this item, defeat the Eye of Cthulhu, which can be summoned using a Suspicious Looking Eye or can spawn naturally with a 33% (1/3) chance if not summoned beforehand.
Worm Scarf/Brain of Confusion
- The Worm Scarf is another essential item for any Terraria playthrough. This fantastic item provides damage reduction by a whopping 17%, making it incredibly useful in expert/master mode. As mob damage can become overwhelming in these game modes, this item allows the player to tank during hunts or boss fights easily.
To obtain the Worm Scarf, you need to get a 100% drop rate from Eater of Worlds loot bag in expert and master mode.
The Brain of Confusion, on the other hand, is a dumbed-down Master Ninja Gear with a 16.67% (1/6) chance of dodging an attack. It inflicts a debuff that prevents the user from dodging for an additional 4 seconds once blocked already, but it does increase summon damage by 10%. While it’s all down to personal opinion, I believe the Worm Scarf is more useful.
To obtain the Brain of Confusion, you need to get a 100% drop rate from Brain of Cthulhu loot bag in expert and master mode.
- Terraspark Boots are an obvious but difficult-to-obtain choice. They combine all boots together and have additional things such as the Lava Charm. One of the best items in the game, it can easily be used until the final boss fight.
As it is a complicated item to obtain, we recommend watching a video link on how to get this item.
- Wings are mostly a hardmode accessory, so owning a pair before challenging the Wall of Flesh is pretty impressive. These wings, while not amazing, provide no fall damage and a bit of flight power, which can be helpful for ground movement or just general movement.
To obtain the Fledgling Wings, search for sky islands using gravity potions or find them just below the space layer. While it’s possible to start a journey character and begin with them, we don’t recommend it as it won’t provide the same experience as a normal character.
- The Stinger Necklace is an item that provides the user with +5 armor penetration and releases bees, providing the player with the honey buff (when damaged).