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I just recently got into Terraria (thanks Steam Summer Sale!) and it has been generally pretty entertaining. I am now trying to create a Nightmare Pickaxe but I first need to get enough Shadow Scales to do so. Where can they be found, and what is the easiest way for me to obtain them?

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Create Worm Food and activate it in the corruption. Build a nice platform to stand on and kill Eater of Worlds (which spawns when you activate Worm Food). You'll get LOTS of shadow scales.

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Looks like I need to increase my gear then. I can't even defeat that eyeball yet... – Emerica. Jul 20 '12 at 17:08
Yeah. It'll take you time. Alternately, find a friend, create a server, and conquer the bosses together. Remember, in Terraria, your character is the same across worlds and servers. Makes it easy for unscrupulous people to cheat, but also good for things like boss fights. Some of the first boss fights I had was on a friend's private server. Just a thought. – brunston Jul 20 '12 at 17:09
@Emerica. I actually find the worm easier than the eye ball just because its position is easier to predict. Make sure you build like a 3 level platform that is a bit wide Before you summon the worm though :D – James Jul 20 '12 at 22:47
@James Interesting. When the Guild Wars beta is over I will be off to try to kill this worm! – Emerica. Jul 22 '12 at 18:20
@Emerica. I know this is old, but the harpoon works great against the Eater of worlds, Use a grappling hook and cling to the top of a chasm and aim down. For that you need a lot of healing potions and ok armor(Gold is fine). – Baked Potato Aug 6 '12 at 19:06

You don't always get rotten chunks or vile powder from killing corrupt enemies so the best way to farm the eater of worlds' shadow scales is to destroy a heck load of shadow orbs. You have to destroy three orbs to summon him once.

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One easy way is if you have the Demolitionist NPC, you can purchase bombs and blow up Ebonstone to get to Shadow Orbs. Not only can you get a musket (which allows access to the Arms Dealer), sometimes a meteor will land. The Eater of worlds will also spawn so if you don't have worm food you can just break shadow orbs with a hammer. Every 3rd Shadow Orb that you break will spawn the Eater of Worlds.

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Your answer is pretty hard to parse without any capitalization or punctuation. – John Cleaver Feb 16 '15 at 17:00
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I would only do that if I were 100% sure that I could do so without changing the meaning of the post. That was not the case here. – John Cleaver Feb 16 '15 at 20:10

The Eater of Worlds is the only way to obtain Shadow Scales, but don't worry; it's arguably the easiest boss in the game because each section of its body gives you a heart upon being destroyed.

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i killed him using a lights bane and iron armor with some potions to heal and a demon bow with fire arrows. he is not to hard, you just need to keep track of how many there are (if you hit him in half),so that you don't get hit by a lot of smaller ones. if you can kill the small eater of worlds, then it is not hard because he does not do to much damage. i killed him and got 118 demonite ore and a bunch of shadow scales. if you kill the eye of Cthulhu first, and then use his drops to make a lights bane and demon bow. ( make the demon bow first, and then use it to kill him again,so you can make a lights bane) he is not a hard boss if you have potions of healing and a o.k armor. (iron or greater) i had only 120 hp when i killed him and it is not hard to spawn him if you have the driad npc because you can buy the purification powder and use that to destroy the orbs. PS, meteor armor and weapons is worse than demonite Armour and weapons.

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The easiest way is to go destroy some shadow orbs (three should do) and defeat The Eater of Worlds.
The Eater of Worlds should drop some shadow scales.

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Actually, there is another way to get Shadow Scales. Fight a bunch of Eaters of Souls (you will obviously get some armor in the process) approximately 10000, and I don't know about you, but I got a Shadow Scale. Just saying. I play on mobile.

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That would be the exact opposite of easy and efficient. – Radhil Aug 20 '15 at 2:17
The wiki does not list Shadow Scales as a drop from Eater of Souls, even for mobile. The item page indicates they only drop from the Eater of Worlds. – John Cleaver Aug 20 '15 at 14:06

kill the eater of worlds a few times. To kill the eyeball silver armor and a gold sword should do it.

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This does not add anything new to the accepted answer already listed. Perhaps this should be a comment? – Timelord64 Aug 31 '15 at 11:15

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