Terraria Dryad – how to get the Dryad in Terraria

Here's how to unlock the Dryad, a full list of every item she sells, how to get her to move in, what she does, and how to get the Terraria Dryad painting

Tarraria Dryad painting

What does the Dryad do in Terraria? The Dryad is one of Terraria’s many NPC characters who you can gradually welcome to your town once you have the room to spare. That being said, she’s an especially handy pal to have around, as she functions as both a trader and something of an expert in crimson, corruption, and hallow.

Naturally, you’ll first have to meet some rather specific requirements before you can gain her help. Thankfully for you, we’ve put together this guide to fill you in on everything you need to know about the Terraria Dryad, why she’s so useful, how to unlock her, and how to get her to move in. We’ve also included a bit about the illusive Terraria Dryad painting and how to get it.

If you’re new to the 2D sandbox world of Terraria, we’ve also got plenty of other guides to help you on your grand adventure. For starters, here’s how to build your dream Terraria house, unlock every piece of Terraria armor, acquire all Terraria wings, and net yourself a nifty Terraria cell phone.

What does the Dryad do in Terraria?

The Dryad has several primary benefits for you, the player. First off, when you or an NPC are near the Dryad, you’ll gain a buff by the name of the ‘Dryad’s Blessing’. This grants you a whole eight defence points, boosted health regen, and a handy thorns effect.

The Dryad can also debuff any nearby enemies with her ‘Dryad’s Bane’ attack, which deals four damage per second in its default state.

Beyond that, she can fill you in on the amount of crimson, corruption, and hallow in your world. The Dryad reckons that hallow is good, while crimson and corruption are both pretty bad.

How do you unlock the Dryad in Terraria?

The Dryad will likely be one of the first Terraria NPCs you’ll unlock. She appears once you’ve defeated one of the specific bosses listed below, and you’ve met the other criteria. Here’s an in-depth rundown of how to summon and defeat all Terraria bosses.

Terraria Dryad unlock requirements

  • There is an empty house for her to move into

You have defeated The Eye of Cthulhu, Eater of Worlds, Brain of Cthulhu, Skeletron or Lepus

Terraria starter house

Terraria Dryad house

If you want her to join your town, you first have to build her a room and consider her living preferences. For example, the Dryad likes living in the jungle biome, but she won’t feel quite as happy in the desert. She also likes living with the Truffle, Princess, and Witch Doctor, dislikes living with the Angler, and hates living with the Golfer. If you want to check whether you meet her standards, you can go to the NPC selection and click the question mark to test if your house is valid, or what it’s missing if it isn’t.

Be sure to check out our Terraria NPCs guide to find out more. We even have an in-depth happiness chart, which will help you get all the characters to move in and live happily in your little world.

What items does the Dryad sell?

Here’s a full list of all the items you can purchase from the Dryad:

  •  Acorn
  •  Blinkroot Planter Box
  •  Blue Flower Seeds
  •  Corrupt Grass Wall
  •  Corrupt Seeds
  •  Crimson Grass Wall
  •  Crimson Seeds
  •  Daybloom Planter Box
  •  Deathweed Planter Box
  •  Deathweed Planter Box
  •  Dirt Rod
  •  Dryad Coverings
  •  Dryad Loincloth
  •  Fireblossom Planter Box
  •  Flower Wall
  •  Grass Seeds
  •  Grass Wall
  •  Hallowed Grass Wall
  •  Hallowed Seeds
  •  Jungle Wall
  •  Magenta Flower Seeds
  •  Moonglow Planter Box
  •  Mushroom Grass Seeds
  •  Pink Flower Seeds
  •  Potted Forest Bamboo
  •  Potted Forest Cedar
  •  Potted Forest Palm
  •  Potted Forest Tree
  •  Potted Hallow Bamboo
  •  Potted Hallow Cedar
  •  Potted Hallow Palm
  •  Potted Hallow Tree
  •  Potted Jungle Bamboo
  •  Potted Jungle Cedar
  •  Potted Jungle Palm
  •  Potted Jungle Tree
  •  Pumpkin Seed
  • Purification Powder
  •  Red Flower Seeds
  •  Shiverthorn Planter Box
  •  Sunflower
  •  Tall Grass Seeds
  •  Vicious Powder
  •  Vile Powder
  •  Violet Flower Seeds
  •  Waterleaf Planter Box
  •  White Flower Seeds
  •  Wild Flower Seeds
  •  Yellow Flower Seeds

How to get the Terraria Dryad painting

So, you wanna know how to get the Terraria painting, huh? Hey, we’re not judging. Terraria paintings are a decorative furnishing that can be placed on background walls, and can be found and collected throughout the world of Terraria.

One such painting is this saucy image depicting the Dryad laying on her side called Dryadisque, which is a parody of the Grande Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

To get your hands on this painting, you’ll need to go plundering in the Dungeons. However, it’s one of 24 possible painting drops, so you may need to say a small prayer to the RNG gods.

And that’s everything you need to know about the Terraria Dryad. Now that you’ve recruited her to your town, be sure to make full use of the items she sells and handy services she provides.

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