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The background "walls" in Terraria are incredibly tedious to break down. Maybe it's because the hammer is so. damn. slow. or maybe it's just a figment of my imagination since the wall tiles have bigger sprites than non-wall sprites.

It's important to rid your base of places where monsters can spawn but I can't convince myself to clear out all the dirt and replace it with stone at the current speed. I understand the standard ways of breaking the background but even the most advanced hamaxes still have a speed of slow. Is there an item that speeds up this task? Or a particular method that you use to break it as fast as possible?

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As of 1.06, destroying walls is lightning-quick! Tedious task-haters rejoice! –  Raven Dreamer Aug 10 '11 at 2:36
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As of 1.1, using a hamdrax will very quickly destroy all blocks(pretty much 1 hit). –  Skizzlefrits Dec 6 '11 at 16:32
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Attack speed (Slow) is not the same as wall-breaking speed. You know the 'ticks' you hear when you are mining or chopping or breaking down walls? With the meteorite hamaxe, it reduces the 'ticks' to 2 for destroying a wall tile.. This is, in my opinion, a significant upgrade from the gold hammer (What I had previously).

So end of the day, even though the attack speed for hammers is slow, the rate at which they can affect the environment is faster.

UPDATE: With the 1.1 update, as well as before this, a few passes have been made to make destruction and building of the background walls to be slightly less tedious.

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Without seeing your home the only thing that came to mind was bombs? I started my base on the surface so I really didn't deal with this issue. But i could see how that could be inconvenient. Aside from relocating or massive bomb usage I would try and make a stronger hammer? My gold hammer does the job pretty quick.

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bombs don't break walls, dynamite do :p –  Sir Ksilem May 24 '11 at 9:17
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are you sure... i swear i accidentally dropped a bomb in my spawning room made of brick and the whole thing went boom.. I could be wrong. :/ –  stay May 25 '11 at 0:58
    
yeah, I must say you are right. After testing it out again yesterday it did indeed destroy a few walls. –  Sir Ksilem May 25 '11 at 6:08
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