There are a huge number of different types of armor in Terraria. These items reduce the amount of damage inflicted on the player by the increasing defence. Many types of armor are crafted on mithril or orichalcum anvil. The rest of the armor is created at the workbench, at special crafting stations, knocked out of mobs, and is also found in treasures. All sets of armor give a bonus when fully equipped (when the whole set is worn on the character), with the exception of a few pieces. Among those, there are two types of armor – Beetle armor and Turtle armor, which you can read about in this article.
In addition to the main parameters and characteristics of these two types of armor, here you can familiarize yourself with their advantages and disadvantages in relation to each other.
Beetle armor in Terraria
Beetle Armor is a Hardmode, post-Golem armor set that increases the player’s defence, speed and damage.
In addition, with a full set worn on the player, a special animation appears, representing beetles flying around the character.
A full set of armor gives the player various passive bonuses to characteristics, as well as 61 or 73 defence indicators, depending on which of the breastplates is currently being used. The beetle set helmet gives 23 defence and 6% increased melee damage, and the leggings – 18 defence and 6% increased movement and melee speed. Beetle Scale Mail and Beetle Shell grant 20 and 32 defence respectively. However, the former gives 8% increased melee damage and critical strike chance and 6% increased movement and melee speed, while the latter only 5% increased melee damage and critical strike chance. It is recommended to use Beetle Shell only if the player plays the role of a tank, because Beetle Scale Mail, due to its buffs, adds variability and allows you to perfectly cope with the role of DD. This fact is also reinforced by the passive effects given for wearing a full set of armor with one type of breastplate or another. With Beetle Scale Mail, the player gains Beetle Might, which, when dealing damage to an enemy, will increase damage and melee speed by increments of 10%. The percentage will rise to 20% and 30% if combat is continued for long enough. Each increase in strength causes an additional beetle to fly around the player. After the player stops doing damage, the beetles will disappear one by one, and their respective combat bonuses will be lost. The Beetle Shell in turn grants Beetle Endurance – a buff, allowing the player to avoid being hit for a few seconds for the buff to start building up, one beetle each level. It takes about 3 seconds of not getting hit to gain an extra beetle. Each beetle adds 15% damage reduction, going up to 45%. If the player is hit at any moment, the total damage of the hit will be reduced by that amount and one beetle will disappear, reducing the buff by one tier.
To create armor, the player needs a special workplace in the form of Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil. As materials for crafting, you will need a full set of Turtle armor, as well as 18 Beetle Husks. If the player plans to craft both bibs, then 26 Beetle Husks are required. The cost of a full set of armor upon sale will be 14 gold and 40 silver coins.
It is worth noting an important negative effect that you need to pay attention to, but only if the player passes Terraria in multiplayer. Beetle Armor applies a debuff to the wearer, in which opponents will select him as their primary target. This is useful if the player is playing the role of a tank, but in other cases, ignoring this effect can be harmful.
Turtle armor in Terraria
Turtle armor is a Hardmode armor set consisting of the Turtle Helmet, Turtle Scale Mail, and Turtle Leggings. A full set grants a vastly amplified Thorns effect, which reflects twice the full damage from melee attacks onto the attacking enemy.
Turtle armor grants the player various passive stat bonuses such as 14% increased melee damage, 12% increased melee critical strike chance, +750 aggro, and 15% damage reduction.
Turtle Helmet gives the character 21 points of protection, as well as 6%, increased melee damage. Leggings grant 17 defence and 4% increased melee damage and critical strike chance, and Turtle Scale Mail 27 defence and 8% increased melee damage and critical strike chance.
To create armor, the player needs a special workplace in the form of Mythril Anvil or Orichalcum Anvil. As materials for crafting, you need 54 Chlorophyte Bars and 3 Turtle Shells. The cost of a full set of armor upon sale will be 14 gold and 40 silver coins.
As in the case of Beetle Armor, Turtle armor applies a debuff to the wearer, in which opponents will select him as their primary target. This is useful if the player is playing the role of a tank, but in other cases, ignoring this effect can be harmful.
Beetle armor vs Turtle armor in Terraria
Having dealt with the main characteristics, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of Beetle armor and Turtle armor, we can compare them between each other.
First of all, it should be noted that both of these sets are intended for players playing the role of tanks. Each of them provides a significant increase in defence, as well as corresponding bonuses. These sets can only be crafted in Hardmode. However, the player gains access to Beetle armor only after defeating the Golem (much later in comparison with Turtle armor). In addition, Turtle armor is an essential component in making Beetle armor.
Speaking of stats, Turtle armor gives 65 points of defence, while Beetle armor gives 61 and 73 depending on the type of chest armor. Despite the difference in the 4 points of defence, in both cases, Beetle armor gives more significant increases to characteristics, as well as excellent passive buffs. However, depending on the situation, the player may not want to upgrade the armor. Some users prefer to keep Turtle armor because of the Thorns effect, which is quite useful at all stages of the game, as well as the average defence rate. In addition, to create a complete set of Beetle armor, the player also needs to defeat the Golem at least 3 times (1 time in Expert mode).
To summarize, it should be concluded that, for the most part, Beetle armor is superior to the turtle, but it is worth a significant effort to create it. The argument in favour of creating this set will be the player’s complete confidence in the need for bonuses and buffs given by it. Beetle armor is the best option in terms of protection among other sets of hardmode armor, which will be useful for tanks, however, if the player needs to enhance characteristics, including damage, then it is recommended to pay attention to other options.