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How to Change the Difficulty of a Terraria Server

Last modified on Mar 3, 2022 in terraria

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When playing a Terraria server, you may eventually grow bored of the normal difficulty. There are many reasons for this, from desiring increased challenges to having more freedom. Luckily Terraria includes the option to adjust your server’s difficulty, allowing you to adjust whenever you desire it. Changing your Terraria server difficulty may be tedious if you are unfamiliar with the process, so we have created this Apex Hosting guide to ease you through the adjustment.

Changing the Server Difficulty

  1. Navigate to your Apex Server Panel, then stop the server.
  2. Proceed to the Customizations tab on the left-hand side, then log in.
  3. From here find Difficulty, then change it to one of the following:
    Terraria Difficulty Setting
    Normal – The original Terraria experience, the easiest survival mode.
    Expert – Enemies have increased stats and behavior patterns, but drop more loot.
    Master – Further increased enemy health and damage, with even more loot.
    Journey – Provides extra items at the start, allows duplication, and you can make the game easier.

  5. Once chosen, return to the main panel page.
  6. Scroll down to the Change World button, enter a new name, then restart.
    Terraria Difficulty World

From here, your server should now start up with a new world using your chosen difficulty!

Common Issues

The difficulty is not changing:
Oftentimes, this doesn’t work if the server world was not reset, allowing the new difficulty to take effect. From the Apex Server Panel, scroll down and select the Change World button, then enter a unique world name. Once complete, restart the server server.

I cannot join my Journey Mode server:
Since Journey Mode is similar to Creative Mode in other games, only Journey characters can join these servers. In order to play, create a new character in Journey Mode. Otherwise, consider switching the difficulty to a different setting.

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