One of my favorite hex colors is "Slate Gray": 2F4F4F (or 47 79 79).

I'm currently trying to make a character for the first time in Terraria, and I've found that the 'blue' value for color is prevented from being very low; further experimentation indicates that the more likely case is that the sum of the RGB values must be >= 254.

This makes a heap of hex colors unobtainable.

Why does Terraria limit the character color pallete like this? Are there any workarounds?

I'm aware that clothing color will become largely meaningless as soon as I get some armor, but it's the principal of the thing that irks me.

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    I like the fact that you have a favourite hex colour.
    – Kevin Yap
    Jun 7, 2011 at 5:05
  • I believe the rule was that RGB must add up to about ~257.
    – DMan
    Jan 2, 2012 at 18:20

4 Answers 4


I believe the idea is to prevent people from making characters that are too dark. If you could turn yourself too dark you'd be invisible in some areas of the game, which would give you an unfair advantage in PvP.

There's a thread about this on the official Terraria forums.

  • That was a conclusion I came to as well. Is there any way around this for single-player mode? Jun 7, 2011 at 6:41
  • Unfortunately I don't believe so.
    – Weegee
    Jun 7, 2011 at 13:11
  • @RavenDreamer: There are two ways of implementing this. One is to remove the conditions from the executable, the other is to adjust the configuration of your character. The first could be achieved with Reflector and I don't know how the second is stored but it could be easy to discover with a hex editor. Kind of like storing (59,99,99) and looking if 3B6363 or 63633B can be found... Jun 8, 2011 at 11:42
  • @TomWijsman You can't actually modify executables with Reflector, other than recompiling. You need a separate plugin for that.
    – user56
    Jul 13, 2011 at 23:14

Even as far as workarounds go, I expect the best you'll be able to do is to scale your color up. 3B6363 (59, 99, 99) is the closest color which Terraria will accept, which is at least still nicely dark.


Terraria InvEdit allows all colors to be accessed, you can also change your name.

  • +1 as this is the only real solution. the others are just explanation why it isn’t possible from within the game. Jun 12, 2011 at 17:47
  • @Flying Sheep - though there's something to be said about the possible ramifications of using 3rd party tools to get around in-built limitations. Jun 26, 2011 at 4:25
  • and what would that be? Jun 26, 2011 at 9:54

In one of the more recent versions of Terraria (unfortunately my Google-fu is failing to help me find which specific version number), the system of setting clothes color by number is gone. Instead, the player is given a color slider, which goes from pitch black to stark white, with all the colors in between. There do not seem to be any limits to the colors you can choose anymore. The same color slider can be accessed in-game by using a Dresser, which allows you to change your clothes colors anytime you like.

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