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As new player of Terraria, I'm lost with all the ores that are in game.

So, what are the tiers of the ores?

I don't know for example if gold is better than iron (for example in Minecraft iron is much better than gold)

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As of 1.2, every world gets either one or the other generated:

Standard Ores can be found almost everywhere underground:

Demonite and Crimtane are rarely generated, so that's why The Eater of Worlds and the The Brain of Ctulhu drops them in large quantities.

Hardmode Ores are generated by destroying Demon Altars with a Pwnhammer. You can obtain this hammer by killing the Wall of Flesh, activating Hardmode.

And these ores are always generated:

Additionally, Hallowed Bars drop from certain hardmode bosses.

Summary: Luminite > Chlorophyte > Hallowed > Titanium > Adamantite > Orichalcum > Mythrill > Palladium > Cobalt > Hellstone > Demonite/Crimtane > Meteorite > Platinum > Gold > Tungsten > Silver > Lead > Iron > Tin > Copper

http://terraria.gamepedia.com/Ores

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    You're placing way too much emphasis on OP's choice of words. He wants to know which metals are better than which, hallowed should be in that list.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 13:44
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    since Hallowed Bars are mentioned even though don't have ores, why not mention Shroomite Bars also? so maybe update the answer?
    – ken
    Commented Apr 25, 2015 at 1:13

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