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I'm quite new to Terraria, and when I created and entered my first world, there was no guide or walkthrough on how to play the game. Am I missing something? Or is there a specific way to start the tutorial? Or is there just no tutorial?

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    What makes you think there would be one? – Frank May 16 '16 at 23:26
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    Well why would'nt there be one . I found the game complicated to play and just need help. – MichealNx May 16 '16 at 23:27
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    Something like this is probably your best bet. Not a tutorial, but it is helpful. – Mani5556 May 16 '16 at 23:42
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    this is actually a pretty good question. After all, why wouldnt it? Every game does, in one way or another. Adding the other terraria tags, as this applies to all the current platforms. – user106385 May 17 '16 at 1:44
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    Given Terraria is actually a fairly open world exploration/building game, the lack of tutorial is really overwhelming to a new player. Not everyone has played minecraft and knows to start beating on your nearest tree. It's one of those things that you just don't do unless you know about it. – Nelson May 17 '16 at 2:30
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The PC version of Terraria does not have a distinct tutorial

As more-or-less a sandbox game, Terraria does not have a formalized tutorial. The keyboard controls can be viewed and customized in the menu, but other than that, it's expected for a player to learn most of the basics simply through experimenting while playing the game. Still, there are two main sources of information about Terraria.

The Guide

When you first enter a new world, you'll see another person walking around the landscape nearby. This NPC is the Guide, who can provide useful information for new players, as well as lists of items that can be crafted from materials you have. You can talk to him by right-clicking him while you are standing close to him.

The Wiki

Once you're a bit more experienced with the game and have progressed some, the advice given by the Guide will start to be less useful, and eventually he will stop providing new information at all. By this point, you should probably be familiarizing yourself with The Official Terraria Wiki, where you can find lots of helpful information about every item, enemy, NPC, and event in the game. Do be wary of looking around too much, as much of the fun of a sandbox game like Terraria is in discovering new things on your own, but how much you follow that advice is up to you.

As mentioned by Mani5556, the Wiki also has a Getting Started guide, which should be helpful to a new player.

But the Console and Mobile versions do

According to Joishi Bodio and CodeMoose, the console and mobile versions of Terraria do have a tutorial world, apparently consisting of a small, predetermined world on a floating island. The player is given various instructions on the controls and how to perform basic tasks such as mining and constructing a house for NPCs, before being recommended to create a normal world. More information about the tutorial can be found on the Wiki, though it doesn't include the actual information from the tutorial, only a summary.

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    Note that it might not take long to get to the wanting-to-refer-to-the-wiki stage. For instance, not only is house-building good for keeping you alive at night--a problem you quickly run into--but if you build (or repair) a few houses, you get more NPCs. While the GUI will give you some hints about how to do this (via the [?] button, say), flipping to the wiki will give you quick, concrete info about the requirements for a valid house. – Mathieu K. May 17 '16 at 4:10
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    I would like to point out that the console version of Terraria DOES have a tutorial. The PC version does not. (I own both) I am unsure of the mobile version. – Joishi Bodio May 17 '16 at 15:22
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    Also, as a side note, terraria pocket edition has a tutorial. I know it's irrelevant but I just want to clarify, as a lot of people are saying that there is no tutorial at all. – user91193 May 18 '16 at 2:31
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    There is the option to start a tutorial world - terraria.gamepedia.com/Tutorial – CodeMoose May 18 '16 at 15:38
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    @CodeMoose Thank you for confirming that it's also available in the Mobile version. However, it's not available in the PC version, which the question was originally targeted at. – Michaellogg May 18 '16 at 17:44
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I have a little addition to Mike Kellogg's answer and since it seems like I can't comment yet, due to lack of reputation, I will put it as a separate answer.

Terraria itself doesn't have a tutorial as Mike's answer said, but what it does have is In-Game-Achievements, which will help you getting started and which will lead you through the progression of the game and the order of the bosses. You can't call it a tutorial, but it's a hint on what to do first and where to go from that.

  • thanks! I learned this from the guide he linked me but still thank you for the info – MichealNx May 18 '16 at 0:12

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