New Terraria 'Journey Mode' Makes Game Easier for Newcomers

Published: May 6, 2020 1:50 PM /


Terraria Journey Mode cover

Terraria Journey Mode has been announced as a brand-new feature for the massive (and final) upcoming content patch. This wildly popular Metroidvania survival and crafting game has been around for quite some time, and now it will be easier than ever for new people to experience it.

Before we get started explaining things, you can see some this new gameplay in action by checking out this Terraria Journey Mode exclusive first look from ChippyGaming:

As any experienced Terraria player can tell you, the first few hours of the game can be pretty rough. You'll have underpowered equipment, you're missing many of the cool movement items, and your health and mana are woefully low.

The beginning of any new Terraria run is one of my least favorite parts because of how slow and weak you are, personally speaking. It may be a bit too much for a new player — and that's why the devs have created "Journey Mode".

Terraria Journey Mode slice

How Does Terraria Journey Mode Work?

The first thing you'll need to know about Terraria Journey Mode is that it's restricted in a certain sense; only Journey Mode characters can play on Journey Mode worlds. There are no exceptions. If you want the full, original Terraria experience, you'll eventually have to make a new game.

Players in Journey Mode will be equipped with better starting equipment than usual, including a higher tier of tools:"

  • Iron Shortsword
  • Iron Axe
  • Iron Pickaxe
  • Iron Hammer
  • Finch Staff (a bird that is happy to sit on your head when it isn't attacking your foes)
  • 100 Torches
  • 100 Rope
  • Magic Mirror
  • Starter Wings (very limited flight, removes fall damage)

It sounds pretty normal so far, but what makes Journey Mode particularly interesting is that it will be a hybrid of Survival and Creative. The new "Research" system will let you scan any item in the game. Then, you can use the Duplication Menu to make as many copies as you'd like. A fully searchable interface with filter tabs will make managing all of the 5,000+ items in Terraria a cinch.

Terraria Journey Mode will also let players control the weather and time through a menu, too. If things get too tough even with all of these accommodations, you'll also be able to adjust the difficulty on the fly. And if you're having a really hard time, you'll be able to turn on Godmode as one of many additional powers that makes Journey Mode one of the easiest ways to play the game.

You can read about all of these new features in more detail in the Terraria Journey Mode Steam Community announcement. If you don't yet already own the game, PC players can get it on Steam, the Humble Store, or DRM-free on GOG at the price of $9.99 or your regional equivalent. Console players can get the PS4 version on sale for just $5.99 and the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions at full price. Finally, mobile gamers can get it for both Android and iOS.

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