I made a biome farm so i could get a bunch of platinum in some time. So, could i make a farm with Actuated blocks that build a biome? this is on Terraria Mobile.

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    Do you mean actuate as in toggle from foreground to background?
    – MC ΔT
    Nov 18, 2015 at 14:29
  • Yes I do mean that. Nov 18, 2015 at 15:09
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    So you mean if you toggle the blocks into the background, will that still count as a biome?
    – MC ΔT
    Nov 18, 2015 at 15:15
  • That's the question Nov 18, 2015 at 15:51

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It appears that blocks actuated into the background do in fact still count for a biome.

I did not find any information on the wiki that would point to this conclusion, so I decided to test it myself. I built a small area of 80 mud blocks and grew Jungle Grass on them (80 is the number of blocks of Jungle Grass required for the area to be counted as a Jungle biome, see here). I then actuated all those blocks.

Actuated area of Jungle Grass blocks

Now, how do we test that this area is in fact a Jungle biome? Well, apart from the music changing (which it did), we can use the Witch Doctor NPC. When the Witch Doctor is in a Jungle biome, he sells additional items that are only sold under that condition. So I built a house for him inside the area of Jungle Grass blocks.

Witch Doctor selling the extra items

As seen in the image, the Witch Doctor is indeed selling the additional items (Tiki Totem and Hercules Beetle at the moment). This proves that this artificial Jungle biome is working.

Now all that needs to be done is to actuate all the blocks into the background and see if the Witch Doctor is still selling those additional items.

Witch Doctor still selling the extra items

With all the Jungle Grass blocks actuated off into the background, the music still stays as the Jungle music, and the Witch Doctor is still selling the additional items. There are no other foreground Jungle Grass blocks on the screen, so the only explanation is that the background blocks still count towards a biome's existence requirements. Note that I only tested this with the Jungle, but it is likely that the result I found here will also apply to other biomes.

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