This guide is a 4 step method to make sure you have a clear place for all your loot, because if you’re like us, you hoard resources and vanity items for future use, you collect weapons, and it’s usually the loot goblin that has to increase the size of the storage area because they underestimated the amount of loot they’re going to end up with.
In this guide, you’ll find a clear way to organize your loot and access it easily, and determine exactly how much space you need for the amount of loot you’ll receive later in the game.
If you follow it correctly, you’ll never have to build a chest again, and you won’t feel obligated to throw away or sell extra items that could come in handy later.
Step 1: Preparation
The first thing to do if you already have chests with items in them is to move them to the chests outside the building, so they stay there while you organize the chests inside.
The house itself is also important, as a small house will not fit the number of boxes we will use. Here is an example of a good starter home.
Anyway, you need to collect enough lead/iron bars and wood of different kinds to build chests, because we’ll need plenty of chests even if you’re not a hoarder.
You can also just take any chest you find in the wild, saving on the iron/ice and wood you often find while exploring.
At least 30 chests, preferably 6 chests of one type, 8 chests of one type, 4 chests of one type, 4 chests of another type, 2 chests of one type, and 2 chests of any type, or (if you didn’t take only natural chests) 240 chests + 30 iron/lead chests should cover the necessary amount.
Besides the crates you need about 50 platforms, this is to save space as you can place two crates in the same area by placing the platforms on top of the crate and placing the crate on the platform.
When you have everything you need, go to the next step.
Step 2: Placement
Place 12 platforms 2 tiles above the ground, coming from one side of the building, one block from the entrance, and repeat this one floor lower or higher, but with 14 platforms, and place the chests according to their type.
On the other side of the building, place 4 platforms 3 tiles above the ground and 1 tile from the entrance, and place 2 crates on these platforms.
If you followed the instructions correctly, they should look something like this:
Remember, it doesn’t matter what type they are, they are just different. For example, you could replace shadow chests with boreal chests and gold chests with cactus chests, and it would still serve the same purpose of separating the different types of items.
Step 3: Categories and designation
Now that you have prepared the boxes, you need to name them so you know which items should go where.
You can do this by opening the vault and clicking the Rename button next to the vault menu at the bottom, and once you’ve cleared the previous name, i.e. when you’re done or change your mind, click Save or Cancel.
For example, I named this chest Potion Materials so I can take the materials I need and make potions with them, all in one place. Some, like the Iron Skin potion, use atypical ingredients, such as iron ore.
You go to the metal chest, below the gem chest, which uses chests of the same type. This makes it easier to see where items are if you need to make something quickly, or in multiplayer mode if another player needs to borrow something, as seen here.
So that’s how we organize it.
Group A (four shadow boxes)
- Organic material (jungle tracks, souls, teeth, shark needles)
- Inorganic material (chains, illegal weapon parts, black lenses)
- Food and Healing P. (character limit)
- Drinking bowl on stand
Group B (four ebony chests)
- Melee weapons
- Long range/magical weapons
- Sir, I want to thank you for your support. Tools (breathing tube, bone rod, etc.)
- Ammunition and launcher
Group C (eight golden boxes)
- Bulk blocks
- Walls and ropes
- Decorative furniture (chairs, tables, jugs, etc.)
- Functional furniture (e.g. chests, workbenches, clocks).
- Paintings and banners
Group D (Six mahogany commodes)
- Chagrin (pants)
- vanity blanket (I have four whole boxes full of vanity items, trust me, you need four whole boxes with separate categories for them).
- Pets and mountains
Group E (Two freezers)
Group F (Two wooden boxes bottom left)
- Combat accessories
- Other accessories
Group G (Two live wooden boxes)
- Fisheries/agriculture (seeds, planting stock, seeders, etc.)
If you put each of these boxes in a tandem, you almost never have to worry about space, because I have found that this combination is very efficient.
If you need more space, feel free to add boxes and call them Bulk [insert item name here], like I do with blocks.
Once you have named your caches, you will need to move your items if you already have a cache.
Step 4: Mobile resources
When all is said and done, it should look like this, with the names of each box:
At this point, any resources you have should be moved according to the trunk they are assigned to.
Right-click on the crates you brought out, click Load All, and manually move the items into the crates. In the future, you won’t have to do this manually for all the items you’ve already found, and you can just open your inventory and click on Quick Set to find chests nearby, as shown below.
The only reason you have to manually put items in the chests from now on is to put new items in them. All items you find will be automatically sorted from your inventory into chests, even non-storable items like weapons.
Extra step: Personal memory
You can’t name these objects, but if there are only 4 of them, that’s enough to give them every use. These items are the Money Box, the Vault, the Void Vault, and the Defender’s Forge, each of which has a different size.
In the piggy bank you usually get the first one, but you have to place it on the platform, which makes exploration a bit trickier than in the chest. Therefore, items that you may need immediately but don’t want to waste in your inventory, such as workbenches, potions, bombs or ropes, and additional materials such as mud blocks, torches, gel and wood should be placed in the piggy bank, as should money.
The Void Vault should be reserved as a sort of second inventory space because, unlike the other three, any items you pick up with a full inventory are moved to the Void Vault, doubling your inventory.
Finally, the Defender’s Forge should be used as a vault, but unlike the vault, items don’t automatically go into the vault, which means that if you’re going on a long trip, you’ll need to move items from the empty vault to the Defender’s Forge to increase your inventory space by an additional 40 slots.
And that’s it for this Terraria guide. We thank Engie Boy 6000 for this detailed guide to the game.
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