Layer

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Layers are the various regions contained within Planets and Moons. Layers determine how sections of the planet are generated, usually providing a set of blocks with which terrain within the layer is generated as well as a list of Monsters that can spawn within the layer, among other controlling factors.

In addition, layers have two sets of Music Tracks associated with them, one set for the day and the other set for the night. Many layers use the Day Tracks during the day and the Night Tracks during the night; however, there are also many layers which use different track groups.

Biomes are a special kind of layer, and surface biomes are often restricted to appearing only on certain kinds of planets. Most other layers as well as underground biomes can appear on almost any kind of planet, though underground biomes appear within generic underground layers rather than being entire layers themselves.

Layer Types

Layers appear at specific heights on a planet. Therefore, layers are sorted based on where they appear:

Highest

  • Space: Layers of this type are the top layer of a planet. Space layers have no air, requiring the player to use a Breathing EPP or better when making prolonged expeditions to these layers. All space layers are populated with asteroids made of Meteorite Rock and Magmarock.
  • Atmosphere: Layers of this type are located in between the space layer and the surface. Atmosphere layers have no solids or liquids in them, only air.
  • Surface: Layers of this type are where the solid part of the planet begins. All surface biomes belong in this layer type, making this the most diverse of all the layer types.
  • Subsurface: Layers of this type occur just beneath the surface layer. The ocean floors of Ocean, Toxic, Arctic and Magma planets are considered subsurface layers. Below this layer, Survival mode and Hardcore mode characters cannot beam up, even without blocks behind them.
  • Shallow Underground: Layers of this type are found just beneath the subsurface layer. Tarpit, Mushrooms, Wilderness and Mini Village are found in layers of this type.
  • Mid Underground: Layers of this type are found between the shallow underground and deep underground layers. Luminous Caves, Stone Caves, Bone Caves and Ice Caves are found in layers of this type.
  • Deep Underground: Layers of this type are found just above the core layer. Cell Caves, Flesh Caves, and Slime Caves are found in layers of this type.
  • Core: Layers of this type are the bottom layer of a planet. Generally, no monsters appear in core layers.

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Default Planetary Composition

Most planets follow the default guidelines for layer composition, outlined below:

  • Space: Asteroids
  • Atmosphere: Atmosphere
  • Surface: Depends on planet type
  • Subsurface (ocean-type planet): Depends on dominant ocean-type biome
  • Subsurface (non-ocean-type planet): Underground 0a, Underground 0b, Underground 1a, or Underground 1b
  • Shallow Underground: Tarpit, Mushrooms, Wilderness, or Mini Village; Underground 0a, Underground 0b, Underground 1a, or Underground 1b
  • Mid Underground: Luminous Caves, Stone Caves, Bone Caves, or Ice Caves; Underground 0c, Underground 1c, Underground 1d, Underground 3a, Underground 3b, Underground 3c, or Underground 3d
  • Deep Underground: Cell Caves, Flesh Caves, or Slime Caves; Underground 0d, Underground 5a, Underground 5b, Underground 5c, or Underground 5d
  • Core: Blaststone Core Layer, Magmarock Core Layer, or Obsidian Core Layer

List of Layers

Space Layers

Layers at this height use the Night Tracks during the day as well as during the night.

Asteroids
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid None
Ore Distribution Asteroid
Monster(s) Skimbus
Barren Asteroids
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid None
Ore Distribution Asteroid
Monster(s) None

Atmosphere Layers

Layers at this height have no Music Tracks.

Atmosphere
Primary Material None
Secondary Material(s) None
Liquid None
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) Large Flying Monsters, Passive Small Flying Monsters
Void
Primary Material None
Secondary Material(s) None
Liquid None
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) None

Surface Layers

See Biome.

Subsurface Layers

Ocean Floor
Toxic Ocean Floor
Arctic Ocean Floor
Magma Ocean Floor

Desert Subsurface
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 2
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Snaggler, Crustoise, Peblit, Snaunt, Spookit

Shallow Underground Layers

Tarpit
Mushrooms
Wilderness
Mini Village

Mid Underground Layers

Luminous Caves
Stone Caves
Bone Caves
Ice Caves

Underground 0c
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 2
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Pulpin, Batong, Miasmop, Wisper, Lilodon, Snaunt
Underground 1c
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 2
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Lumoth
Underground 1d
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s) ,
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 2
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Snaggler, Crustoise, Peblit, Snaunt, Spookit
Underground 3a
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 2
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Petricub, Crutter, Batong, Smoglin, Bobfae
Underground 3b
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 2
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Scandroid, Oculob, Fennix, Voltip, Crustoise
Underground 3c
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 2
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Lilodon, Wisper, Pulpin, Skimbus, Petricub
Underground 3d
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 3
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Wisper, Pyromantle, Ignome, Fennix, Pulpin

Deep Underground Layers

Cell Caves
Flesh Caves
Slime Caves

Underground 0d
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 3
Monster(s): Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Squeem, Snaunt, Oculob, Agrobat, Miasmop, Snaggler
Underground 5a
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 3
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Crustoise, Tintic, Oculob, Spookit, Petricub
Underground 5b
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 3
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Scandroid, Voltip, Bobot, Tintic, Lumoth
Underground 5c
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 3
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Gleap, Lilodon, Miasmop, Skimbus, Pulpin
Underground 5d
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 3
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Crabcano, Pyromantle, Fennix, Ignome, Crustoise
Special Monsters in this layer are immune to Burning and Melting Status Effects

Core Layers

Garden Core Layer
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Core
Monster(s) None
Blaststone Core Layer
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Core
Monster(s) None
Magmarock Core Layer
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Core
Monster(s) None
Obsidian Core Layer
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Core
Monster(s) None
Moon Core Layer
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s) Deadcore Icon.pngDead Core
Liquid None
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) None
Special
  • Though classified as a secondary material, Dead Core is the only block that generates beneath a certain depth in this layer.
  • This layer does not allow any Music Tracks to play.

Multi-Typed Layers

Underground 0a
Layer Types Subsurface, Shallow Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 1
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Gleap, Batong, Crustoise, Peblit, Bobfae
Underground 0b
Layer Types Subsurface, Shallow Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 1
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Paratail, Snaggler, Tintic, Peblit, Voltip, Spookit
Underground 1a
Layer Types Subsurface, Shallow Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 1
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Wisper
Underground 1b
Layer Types Subsurface, Shallow Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Depth 1
Monster(s) Small Aggressive Biped or Quadruped, Iguarmor, Crutter, Snaunt, Bobfae, Batong, Peblit
Barren Underground
Layer Types Subsurface, Shallow Underground, Mid Underground, Deep Underground, Core
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) None
Special This layer contains no caves of any kind.
Moon Underground
Layer Types Subsurface, Shallow Underground, Mid Underground, Deep Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution Moon
Monster(s) None
Special This layer does not allow any Music Tracks to play.

Layers Unique to The Ruin Mission

All layers in this category only allow Crystal Battle 1 (Loop) to play at all times of day.

Tentacle
Layer Types Surface
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) Tentacle Crawler, Tentacle Gnat, Tentacle Spawner, Tentacle Bomb, Tentacle Ghost, Tentacle Clam
Special Monsters in this layer are immune to Poisoned Status Effect
Tentacle - Underground Tentacles
Layer Types Subsurface, Shallow Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) Tentacle Crawler, Tentacle Gnat, Tentacle Spawner, Tentacle Bomb, Tentacle Ghost, Tentacle Clam
Tentacle - Underground Ceiling
Layer Types Mid Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid None
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) Tentacle Crawler, Tentacle Gnat, Tentacle Spawner, Tentacle Bomb, Tentacle Ghost, Tentacle Clam
Special An ocean of air begins 10 blocks below the center of this layer
Tentacle - Underground Floor
Layer Types Deep Underground
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid None
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) None
Special Contains one boss chamber enclosing the Heart of Ruin
Tentacle - Underground Core
Layer Types Core
Primary Material
Secondary Material(s)
Liquid None
Ore Distribution None
Monster(s) None
Special This layer is completely filled with Brains