Terrain refers to structures or plant life of sorts, that are typically (with a few exceptions) randomly generated and are part of the standard map. Terrain usually provides some sort of purpose that affects the gameplay in some way shape or form, but in some cases are just purely cosmetic decoration.
Props/Hiding Places are terrain that can be hidden in by animals for protection. Not all animals can hide in all props though. Animals are vulnerable to the charged boost of Lionfish even when they are hiding in these terrains.
|Anemone||Generates on the ocean floor. Tier 1 to tier 3 animals can hide here.|
|Beaver Dam||Generates on the surface of all biomes except for deeeep. Inverted generated on arctic, swamp, and estuary. Beavers and Ducks can hide here. Orange food pieces grow on its roots. Slowly landing on the top allows you to walk across it. (As an animal that can walk). Crocodiles can disguise themselves as them. Occasionally mapmakers will flip them over and use them as dead bushes on islands and icebergs.|
|Swamp Tree||Generates atop swamp islands. Snakes and Anacondas can climb and hide in Swamp Trees.|
|Bush||Generates atop islands and reef islands. Crabs and Seagulls can hide here. Berries spawn here.|
|Tree||Generates atop islands. Reaching the top of a tree requires that you boost, fly, climb, or be pushed to the top. Seagulls can hide here. Snakes can climb and hide here. Apples grow on its leaves.|
|Igloo||Appear upon icebergs. Penguins and Seals can hide here]. When you hide there, you get slowed down.|
|Volcano||Generates on the arctic and deeeep floors and cold ocean islands. There is one near the Deeeep in the Cave. Produces volcano food, (or volcanic algae) which can be eaten. Tier 1 to tier 3 animals can hide here.|
|Shipwreck||One shipwreck always appears on one of the dirt islands that border the ocean and deeeep. Tier 1 to tier 8 animals (and hammerhead) can hide here. Produces bubbles that can be eaten, eating one restores a bit of oxygen for animals who lose oxygen underwater (Seagull, Beaver, Pelican, and Sea Turtle for example.).|
|Broken tree||Generates on the swamp floor. Tier 1 to tier 3 animals and Electric Eel, Snake and Anaconda can hide here.|
|Pineapple Home||Spawns sometimes in the deep. Every animal Tier 9 and below can hide here.|
|Barrel Sponge||Generates in the reef or deeeep. Tier 1 to tier 6 can hide here.|
|Tube Worms||Generates in the deep. Tier 1 to tier 3 can hide here.|
|Sea Sponge||Generates in the ocean and reef. Tier 1 to tier 3 can hide here.|
|Tube Sponges||Generates in the ocean, deep, and sometimes reef and arctic. Tier 1 to tier 3 can hide here.|
|Anemone||Generates in the ocean, deep reef, arctic,and reef. Tier 1 to tier 3 can hide here.|
|Palm Tree||Generates in the ocean and reef. Climbing animals like crabs, coconut crabs, snakes and anacondas can climb here. Coconut spawning place.|
|Bald Cypress||Generates atop swamp islands. Snakes and Anacondas can climb and hide in Bald Cypress.|
|Giant Shipwreck||Generates in any biome, but have been found in the deep, swamp, and twilight kelp forest. All animals can hide here. Hiding places are ship windows and the crack.|
|Small Tube Sponge||Generates in the ocean and reef. Frogfish can disguise as these. Tier one can hide in these.(tested with clownfish and worm)|
Platforms and obstacles
Platforms and obstacles are terrain that cannot be hidden in but can still be interacted with (i.e. walking on it, burrowing through it slowly or being unable to pass through it).
|Island||Generates between the ocean and its surface. Platform for walking. Bushes and trees appear on here.|
|Glacier||Generates between the arctic and its surface. Platform for walking. Igloos can appear here.|
|Swamp island||Generates between the swamp and its surface, or the estuary. Platform for walking. Logs can appear at the bottom
of the island.
|Currents||Pushes any animals and food that enter it downward and left.
Only animals tier six (Ray Tier) and above can swim up currents.
|Lily pad||Generates on the swamp surface, but also in the estuary surface, or the lake surface when the lake used to exist. Platform for walking.|
|Coral Fan||Generates in the reef. Slows down non-reef animals by 30%.|
|Table Coral||Generates in the reef. Slows down non-reef animals by 30%.|
Cosmetic terrain are terrain that cannot be interacted with.
|Cloud||Generates in sky. Animals entered the cloud cannot be seen where they are.|
|Roots||Generates underneath swamp islands. Food sometimes generate on these, but it depends on the map.|
|Jagged logs||Generates on the swamp floor, when logs got stuck under water.|
|Small Anemone||Generates in the ocean/arctic/deep, but some animals can hide in it.|
|Seaweed||Large patches generate in the ocean. You can go behind them to hide. Excellent to set up an ambush with as Tiger Shark.|
|Anchor||Generates near shipwrecks, but can be found anywhere.|
|Kelp Strand||Generates in the kelp forest and sometimes in the ocean, estuary, swamp, and arctic.|
|Icicle||Generates in the arctic/kelp forest. Usually hangs off of caves or mountains.|
|Pine Tree||Generates in the arctic. Sometimes generates fruit on it, depending on the map.|
|Pine Silhouette||Generates in the arctic in the background.|
|Scots Pine||Generates in the arctic. Sometimes generates with fruits if it is chosen by the mapmaker.|
|Scots Pine Silhouette||Generates in the arctic behind scots pines.|
|Cold Pine||Generates in the arctic as a background tree.|
|Cypress Knob||Generates in the estuary/swamp. It's a stump of a cypress tree that was submerged in the water.|
|Nearby Cloud||Generates in the sky.|
|Far Cloud||Generates in the sky, but as a background cloud.|
|Cirrus Cloud||Generates in the sky, typically over the arctic/kelp forest.|
|Big Cloud||Generates in the sky, or is used under a waterfall.|
This section highlights all the changes made to terrain in documented updates so far. A full changelog can be found here.
|Pre-November 4th, 2016 (Release)||Added 1 form of terrain: anemone.|
|November 4th, 2016||New animal (beaver) and a new hiding place: beaver dams.|
|November 5th, 2016 (Night)||Added a new food source below beaver dams.|
|November 24th, 2016||Added islands, bushes (which crabs can hide in) and trees!|
|January 21st, 2017||Glaciers now have igloos, which penguins can hide in.|
|February 13th, 2017||Island sizes are now random (between 1x and 3x previous standard size of islands).|
|March 13th, 2017 (Beta)||Added a new shipwreck hiding spot (designed by Pathos too!)|
|March 14th, 2017||Added air bubbles leaking from shipwreck (h1637727's idea).
Jellyfish and below can now hide in volcanoes.
|March 17th, 2017||An Abandoned House appeared in the deep sea. It's said its owner left long ago, after it was attacked by a giant squid and its pet was kiddnapped.
(FROM BETA) Added one new hiding place (shipwreck designed by Pathos too!)