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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. –  elegantonyx 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
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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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