Mobile Terrarians Assemble! Mobile 1.3 Launches Today!


Greetings, Terrarians!


It has been a long journey indeed, but one that reaches a fantastic conclusion this morning.  That's right, Terraria 1.3 for iOS and Android launches today!!!    Not only will you be receiving all of the amazing Terraria 1.3 content that you have been eagerly awaiting, but you will also be getting a fully rebuilt and reimagined version of Terraria Mobile.  Brand new UI, brand new controls, online multiplayer, and much more are all waiting for you to pick up and enjoy!


The team at DR Studios officially pushed the release button this morning at around 6am PST.   We have no way to fully know when it will be available in any given region around the globe, but keep your eyes peeled and let us know when it arrives for you!


So, what exactly are you getting today?   Well, the content changelog will be much the same as the one from when PC made the leap from 1.2.4 to 1.3.  To give you just some of the highlights:

  • Brand new invasions and events - including Martian Madness and the penultimate challenge:  the battle vs the Lunar Cultists, Celestial Pillars, and the Moonlord himself!
  • Over 800 new items - including weapons, armor, potions, building items and more - are available to find or craft!
  • Expert Mode - Fortune and Glory, Kid... are you willing to take on a much higher challenge with the promise of greater rewards?
  • New Biomes - the Underground Desert, Sky Lakes, and other mini biomes are out there for you to uncover
  • Loads of Quality of Life changes and new features/mechanics

Want more details?  Check out our full release notes on the Terraria Community Forums Mobile Launch thread linked below - but, remember, even this is not an exhaustive list.  Terraria is a game of exploration, so get out there and explore (or check the wiki, if you are so inclined) if you want to know everything.






But wait - there's much, much more!   Mobile Terraria 1.3 is far more than just the massive ton of content listed above.  This version of the game is ground-up complete re-imagining of Terraria for mobile devices.   This means a brand new User Interface, completely revamped control system, tons of new settings and much more.  Below, we cover some of the bigger topics along with links to special guide pages with additional information on each item.



Mobile Terraria 1.3 includes a completely revamped control scheme, aimed at providing more options and capabilities to players than ever before.  The controls were built with flexibility in mind - so there often will be multiple ways to conduct a given action.  We encourage everyone to take the time to find out what works best for their own style and in each situation.


Check out a detailed introduction to the new Terraria Mobile Controls with our guide located here:





Mobile Terrarians now have access to the full capabilities within the Terraria User Interface, circa 1.3.   That's right, everything from using the Housing Interface to assign (or evict) NPCs to specific rooms to checking crafting recipes with the Guide - it's all here!


These should be pretty self-explanatory as you explore your new UI... but we left a few screens in the spoilers below to show some of the most important ones.


Speak with the Guide, select "Crafting" and then simply select any item in your inventory to have the Guide pull up a list of everything that can be crafted using the selected item.  Recipes and even crafting stations needed are shown underneath the Guide's UI.



Open your Inventory  and choose the Housing icon.   From here you can see if a house is valid (the ? icon) or assign/evict NPCs to valid rooms as you see fit.   If a room is occupied, tap the NPC banner to evict that NPC and then simply choose the one you want to assign from the menu and tap the room again.




From here, you can change equipment, change your looks with Vanity items and Dyes... and even show or hide accessories.   This is also where you can toggle informational accessory information tooltips off/on via the little grid underneath the armor in the screen above.



With the Mobile 1.3 Terraria update, you now have access to your Terraria files using the native (or downloadable) Files apps on your mobile device.   This will allow you to make backup copies, move your own files between Cloud-Local or even to other devices with ease.   You can even make your own adventure maps and then email the world to your friends or share it elsewhere online!


How this works is a bit different between Android and iOS - so we wanted to give everyone some nice guides on how this works.   Check those out below!







Have an existing save from the current 1.2 version of Mobile Terraria?  Don't worry, the DR Studios team have made sure that you will be able to continue your adventure with your old saves into the new and exciting world of 1.3!  When you first launch the new update on your console, your current saves will be converted over to the new format as a part of startup. This is a one time process and it shouldn't take long at all!


Once your worlds and players are converted to the new file format, they will be located in the Worlds and Players folders just like any new worlds/players you create in 1.3.   Your old saves - in their current format - will be kept safe and sound in the "Old Saves" folder just in case there are any conversion issues that we missed.   If something occurs, once we have the fix in, it is as simple as deleting the converted files from the Worlds/Players folders (see above guides) and then re-converting your old saves again.   If you need help with this, do not hesitate to ask... of course, we are pretty confident there will not be any major issues for you.  ;)




As we shared during the livestream event in July (Video Here), Mobile Terraria 1.3 will come with both Local and Online Multiplayer!  You will be able to see these options under your Multiplayer menu once you get in game.


How will this work?  We have placed some details below in regards to Online Multiplayer, and we have also made an attempt at a guide that you can find linked below:




For Local Multiplayer, you simply need to be on the same Wifi Network as the host device (either a PC running the Server Program or another device).  You will see the host/server appear on your "Local" tab if a valid hosted game is available.   Yes, even local games can be password protected to keep your annoying brother out of your world.  ;)


You can download the Dedicated PC Server for Mobile Terraria via the link below:




Here is a quick/brief summary of online multiplayer...

How will this work?

  • Online multiplayer will work much like non-Steam PC multiplayer does. This means that you will need to enter the IP address from the host, along with the port and any password that the host sets.
  • Once you enter all of that information and tap "Join", then you are in!
  • We chose this method to ensure that Android and iOS players can play together, rather than sticking to the device family specific systems. It's a bit more complex, but opens up way more possibilities - and players.
  • Do remember that performance and the like will be dependent on device specifications and your network. Connecting via a lower-end supported device on a 3G connection will obviously see more potential issues than a top end device over blazing fast wifi.


What are the limitations?

  • The team targeted and has done extensive testing with 2-8 players. However, we are looking into expanding that to as much as 16 in the future - no promises though!
  • On local connections (same wifi), remember that the hosting device will be shouldering a lot of the load - so older/less capable devices will struggle more with performance and may not be able to host as many players as a newer device. There are too many devices out there to be able to pinpoint which device can do what (especially in regards to Android), so some experimentation may be needed.
  • It bears repeating that performance and the like will be dependent on device specifications and your network. Connecting via a lower-end supported device on a 3G connection will obviously see more potential issues than a top end device over blazing fast wifi.




What platforms will receive Terraria 1.3 on launch day?

  • Android (Google Play) and iOS devices that meet the minimum specifications (see below) will receive the update on launch day.
  • Amazon devices will follow at a later date (not too long, we hope!)



Will my device run Terraria 1.3?  What if my device does not meet the minimum specifications?

  • Please see the minimum and recommended specifications for Mobile Terraria 1.3.





Recommended (Required for use of/playing on Large Worlds and for making full use of graphics settings, etc)

  • Metal Enabled Devices (A7 or newer chipset)
  • iOS 8.0+
  • 1.5+ GB of RAM

Example Devices (not all-inclusive):  iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and newer



Minimum Required (Required to receive and play the 1.3 Update)

  • Metal Enabled Devices (A7 or newer chipset)
  • iOS 8.0+
  • 1GB of RAM

Example Devices (Not all-inclusive):  iPhone 5S, iPad Air 1, iPad Mini 2


***Note that devices with higher specifications will naturally see better performance overall and have greater capability for hosting multiplayer sessions, using more intensive graphic settings, etc.***





Recommended (Required for use of/playing on Large Worlds and for making full use of graphics settings, etc)

  • Android 4.3+
  • Open GL ES 3.0
  • 1.5+ GB RAM


Example Devices (not all-inclusive):  Google Pixel - Huawei Mate 10 Lite - LGE LG K20 Plus - Motorola moto g(6) - OnePlus 5 - Samsung Galaxy Note8 – Samsung Galaxy S7 - Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 4


Minimum Required

  • Android 4.3+
  • Open GL ES 3.0
  • 1GB RAM


Example Devices:  Asus Nexus 7 (2013) - Lenovo TAB 10 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Samsung Galaxy S5 - Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016)


***Note that devices with higher specifications will naturally see better performance overall and have greater capability for hosting multiplayer sessions, using more intensive graphic settings, etc.***


  • If your device does not meet the minimum specifications, then you will not receive the 1.3 update - however, your current 1.2.4 version of Terraria Mobile will continue to operate as it currently does.


Will this update cost me anything?

  • Only all of your free time as you get hopelessly drawn in to all of the amazing new content and features.
  • If you meant money, then Terraria 1.3 is free to all current owners of Mobile Terraria. 



What about Mobile Exclusives?

  • As we shared in the May State of the Game, all current mobile exclusive content is being 100% removed from the game.
  • No Legacy items, etc. will exist - this is different from how this was handled on consoles.
  • In addition, the changes made to balance on current mobile have all been reverted to PC standard.

For details, click here for the full list:  MOBILE EXCLUSIVE CONTENT CHANGES



Is there a limit to the number of Worlds or Characters I can have at one time?

  • Currently, the system will hit some UI and other issues once you exceed 100 Worlds or 100 Characters (separately).
  • The team will continue to look at upping this limit, but - for now - we hope that will keep everyone satisfied. 


Where can I get the Dedicated PC Server for Mobile Terraria?