Why Does Terraria Keep Crashing?

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When it comes to sandbox games, there are only a few titles that really deserve a worthy acknowledgment. Among them is Terraria, an interesting 8-bit 2D sandbox game that also incorporates a lot of action and adventure elements.

When it comes to sandbox games, there is nothing more frustrating than being cut off from your groove while building your virtual world. Unfortunately, there are times when Terraria crashes and the best thing we can do is to look for reasons and the best possible solutions.

You’re in luck though since you’ve stumbled upon this article! We have compiled some of the most prevailing reasons why Terraria keeps crashing. We have also included the solutions that players themselves have found to be effective.

Keep on reading and you won’t be griefing for much longer!

Terraria Minimum System Requirements

CPU: Any processor that can clock at least 2 GHz

GPU: Any GPU that has at least 128 MB of VRAM and is capable of Shader model 2.0+

RAM: 2.5 GB

Storage: At least 200 MB of free storage

Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10

As you can see, Terraria doesn’t require a lot. We’d wager that even a PC setup made in 2005 can run Terraria. In fact, Minecraft is actually trickier to run since it has a Java version.

Some things you do have to note is your resolution, and you have to make sure that you have a graphics card, even if it’s just an entry-level one. Lastly, we recommend you expand your RAM or try to allocate more RAM to Terraria. Since the game has big worlds and creations, RAM is one of the most crucial things that the game occupies.

Try Deleting the Config File

Terraria’s config file is what allows players to edit minor in-game settings like cursors, pointers, invasion bars, or colors.

Because of the fact that it can easily be re-configured by the user, it does have a tendency to get corrupted.

The solution is also quite easy. Simply delete the config files, restart the game, and you’re good to go!

The config files can be found in the Terraria game folder.

Verify the Game Files if You’re on Steam

Much like Terraria’s config files, there are certain game files that can actually become faulty or completely corrupted. However, if you’re on Steam, the good thing is that there’s a feature that allows you to incorporate all the files of the game into the authentic game file counterpart. You also don’t have to manually do it yourself because the troubleshooting is all done by Steam.

To verify your game files on Steam, first, go to your Steam window then proceed to your game Library. On the left side is a list of all the games that you have. Look for Terraria and right click on the game. A pop-up menu should appear with the bottom option being “Properties”. Navigate to the “Local Files” option on the left side. You will find the “Verify integrity of game files…” button.

Click on that and wait for the magic to happen.

Now, if you get a warning that one of the files failed to be validated then you should move on to…

Delete All Game Files, Uninstall, and Reinstall Terraria

Before you go nuclear and uninstall the game, you may check first if the game launches without any hitch after you have validated the game files.

If validating the game files didn’t help, then there is definitely one faulty file in the game folder and it would be nigh impossible for non-devs to identify which file is the bad one.

There is only one thing you can do and that is to uninstall the game. You have to be prudent about it and make sure that no game file will remain so that you’ll have a clean slate. Doing this requires deleting the entire game folder then uninstalling it.

Uninstalling the game can be done either through the Windows “Add or remove programs”, or through Steam’s Manage settings when you right click on the game.

Turn Off Windows Defender

Windows Defender is Windows’ built-in anti-virus program. It works rather quietly in comparison to other anti-viruses, but it is rather effective.

It can easily track files that are suspicious, but it can also sometimes be too wary of files that are otherwise perfectly fine.

If after verifying the game files, there aren’t any odd errors that popped up, then your game files are most likely not the culprit.

Try turning the Windows Defender off before you run the game. However, if you aren’t comfortable with completely turning off Defender, you also have the choice of creating an exception for Terraria.

On your Windows search bar, type “Virus & threat protection settings”. Once a window opens, scroll down a bit and look for “Manage settings”. A new window should appear where one of the bottom options is “Exclusions”. You must add “Terraria.exe” to the exclusions.

Remove All Your Mods

Modding in Terraria has always been a possibility for players. Mods, short for modifications, are quite self-explanatory. Everything comes from the community and modding allows the customization of a lot of in-game elements like graphics or gameplay.

You have to realize though that mods are not acknowledged nor endorsed by the devs.

They’re generally accepted in the community, but they are still external files that can be corrupted and can cause a lot of issues like Terraria crashing.

We’re not going to tell you to remove your mods and play the game without them especially if mods are value-adding for you.

What we would advocate you to do is to delete mods and sample each mod one by one until you are able to identify which mod is causing Terraria to keep crashing.


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