With the release of Terraria 1.4 update, there are many changes, including the new luck stat which is normally hidden, this guide will explain to you how it works and what it affacts, let’s check it out.
Terraria 1.4 introduced a hidden luck stat mechanic that primarily affects enemy drops and spawns. Grinding for enemy drops is an important part of the game so I think it’s somewhat mean to have a hidden system that affects said chances. The player’s luck stat is affected by a few different things:
The luck stat depends partly on which torches are placed around you. Placing regular torches in Desert, Corruption, Crimson, Hallow or especially in the Snow biome reduces your luck, which I think is pretty absurd. This is something that nobody will figure out without the wiki and I don’t think the mechanic encourages more interesting gameplay. Having to use different kinds of torches in different biomes for optimal luck seems tedious and just an extra hassle. I feel like the torch meta currently is to buy hundreds of bone torches when you see the Skeleton Merchant since they don’t cause luck penalties anywhere. Having such a thing as “torch meta” just seems so ridiculous and unnecessary. I wonder if the constant torch checking causes performance issues as well though this could very well be a false assumption.
I think that encouraging the usage of different torches should be done by making torches emit more light in their respective biomes. This would be a more natural way that could be indicated clearly in tooltips as well.
According to the wiki, touching ladybugs gives a brief buff to luck. This is another absurd mechanic that isn’t indicated anywhere, but is harmless unlike torch luck. Taking advantage of this mechanic would be done by occasionally stopping whatever you’re doing, releasing a ladybug, touching it and capturing it with a bug net. Seems out of place, doesn’t it?
Garden gnomes are somewhat similar to campfires and water candles, and give a considerable luck buff when nearby. I think they’re a cool extra addition that work well in bases and grinding spots.
I think that luck potions are nearly useless since they give a brief, garden gnome-level boost to luck while requiring pearls that are very difficult to obtain.
That’s all we are sharing today in Terraria 1.4 The Hidden Luck Mechanic Explained (How Luck Works, What Luck Affects), if there are anything you want to add please feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll see you soon.
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