The Holidays are here and last week Re-Logic released their Winter Wonderland update to Terraria! With it comes a wealth of bug fixes, a few new NPC’s, and my favorite additions, the snow biome and new blocks! The new update comes packed with snow, snow bricks, red candy cane blocks, and green candy cane blocks. That is a lot of new building material!
These new bricks and blocks can only be good news for map builders. Have a mountain in your adventure map? Well, why not top it with snow! It will even start snowing if you place enough snow blocks. From some preliminary testing it seems that you can get some really light snow with as little as 20-30 snow blocks. To get it to really snow, you need a good 250 or more blocks. Do not mistake snow bricks for ordinary white bricks. Placing them will also cause it to snow. However, the green and red candy cane blocks do not spawn snow when placed.
Another nice addition to the snowy biome is the snow covered trees. Just like regular trees, you can plant an acorn in snow and sooner or later you will have a snow covered tree. Another neat addition is the Santa NPC that will move in with you after defeating the Frost Legion. New lighting materials have also been added. The red, blue, and green lights sold by the Santa NPC offer some nice festive decorations to the mix, but don’t count on these lights being your primary source of light, as they only have a faint glow to them. If you string them up around a well-lit base for example, you won’t notice their brightness at all. Stock up on the new lights now, according to the official Terraria Wiki, Santa and presents will be phased out after December 31st.
Much like the Goblin Invasion, The Frost Legion has Snowmen Gangstas, Snow Ballas, and Mister Stabbys running in from both sides to fight you after using a Snow Globe to summon them. Of course, you can get a Snow Globe from a present that drops from any mob in the game, but only in Hardmode. This is also how you get the red and green candy cane blocks.
While to some, this update is a nice holiday addition, for the map makers out there, it provides more tools to make our maps more immersive and ultimately leads to higher quality maps. Sure, some of this update will be lost after the holiday season, but for the creative types out there, there are always ways around this. I know the snow biomes and The Frost Legion will be a nice addition to solo and multiplayer custom maps.