Labor of Love, the Terraria 1.4.4 update, aims to eradicate your corrupted jungle problems for the rest of your life, with one significant quality of life change expected to make a big difference to players of the crafting game. No longer will players have to spend hours carving out their jungle to insulate it from evil, or resort to Terraria mods to rescue biomes otherwise lost due to corruption in the co-op game.
As the Terraria 1.4.4 update comes to an end, developer Re-Logic has finally revealed the thing that it has been teasing for a while, the introduction of infected mud grass tiles. Many experienced Terraria players will be aware of the horrors caused by evil biomes encroaching on your jungle tiles.
When in hardmode (the latter half of Terrarias world progression), tiles affected by corruption, crimson, or hallow will slowly spread their infection to nearby blocks. This means that, if left unchecked, the biomes can slowly take over your entire world.
This is a pain in any biome, but purification powder and endgame items such as the Clentaminator can reverse the infection and restore the area to their original state. A new potion in 1.4.4 helps players spot any harmful patches around the map, so they may be dealt with promptly.
One of the main effects of the evil spread is drying out mud blocks, the mainstay of the jungle, and turning them into plain dirt blocks. This is not a straightforward technique, as a jungle that gets hit by corruption or crimson spread can be transformed completely into a standard forest biome, making it much harder to obtain critical late game jungle resources without a lot of effort.
This has resulted in many players constructing a large tunnel along their jungle biome in order to prevent any evil creatures from spreading across the gap. This update allows you to restore that damaged mud to the usual sticky brown stuff (and no, we did not mention the much-discussed poo blocks that will be included in the next update).
Terraria equipment loadouts are also coming to Labor of Love. Be sure to check out our Terraria happiness guide to get those helpful pylons sorted out. One particularly impressive Terraria build looks like a 3D landscape.