Goblin Tinkerer

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Goblin Tinkerer
Goblin Tinkerer.png
Type Town
AI Type Passive
Max Life 250
Defense 15

This is a town NPC. You may need a home in order for it to appear.

The Goblin Tinkerer is an NPC that sells several unique items and provides the Reforge function. He can be acquired after a Goblin Army has been defeated, spawning randomly in open areas in the Cavern layer. He will appear to be bound at first, and like the Mechanic, Wizard and Stylist talking to him in this state will free him. He will then respawn as long as a vacant House is available.

The Goblin's reforge option allows the player to spend a sum of Coins to randomize the Modifier for his or her weapon or accessory.


[edit] Items sold

Once the Goblin Tinkerer has been freed, he will sell the following:


Item Cost Availability
Rocket Boots.png Rocket Boots 5 Gold Coin Always available.
Ruler.png Ruler 1 Gold Coin Always available.
Tinkerer's Workshop.png Tinkerer's Workshop 10 Gold Coin Always available.
Grappling Hook.png Grappling Hook 2 Gold Coin Always available.
Toolbelt.png Toolbelt 10 Gold Coin Always available.
Spiky Ball.png Spiky Ball 80 Copper Coin Always available.

[edit] Names

The tinkerer may have any of the following names: Grodax, Sarx, Xon, Mrunok, Nuxatk, Tgerd, Darz, Smador, Stazen, Mobart, Knogs, Tkanus, Negurk, Nort, Durnok, Trogem, Stezom, Gnudar, Ragz, Fahd, Xanos, Arback, Fjell, Dalek, Knub.

[edit] Notes

  • If the bound Goblin dies before being unbound, he will respawn in the same place in short time, if the player leaves his spawn point out of sight.
  • If the bound Goblin is damaged before being unbound, he will completely restore health upon being freed.
  • Bound Goblin can be found in the Dungeon.
Bug : On iOS and Android Versions, the Bound Goblin will teleport to you right when the Goblin Invasion was finished.

[edit] Tips

  • Using a Hunter Potion will cause the bound goblin to light up, making him easier to find.
  • He spawns in an area near the player. Therefore, spending hours clearing the map and searching every tunnel is unnecessary.
  • If you did find him at one point but managed to loose him for whatever reason, you can use a King Statue to summon him.

[edit] Trivia

  • As evidenced by some of his quotes, the Goblin Tinkerer has a crush on the Mechanic, and, referenced by some of her quotes, she has a crush on him too.
  • The quote, "Yo, I heard you like rockets and running boots, so I put some rockets in your running boots," is a reference to Spectre Boots as "rockets" means Rocket boots and "running boots" means Hermes boots. This line is also a reference to the popular internet meme of Xzibit from 'Pimp my Ride'.
  • The name Dalek appears to be a reference to Doctor Who.

[edit] Quotes

  • "Hey... what's [Name of Mechanic] up to? Have you... have you talked to her, by chance?" (only when the Mechanic is present)
  • "I tried to visit [Name of Stylist] once. She just looked at me and said "nope." (only when the Stylist is present)

During day:

  • "Goblins are very easy to anger. In fact, they'd start a war over cloth!" (references use of Tattered Cloth to summon a Goblin Army)
  • "To be honest, most goblins aren't exactly rocket scientists. Well, some are." (references the Rocket Boots he sells)
  • "Do you know why we all carry around these spiked balls? Because I don't." (references Goblin Armies dropping Spiky Balls)
  • "I just finished my newest creation! This version doesn't explode violently if you breathe on it too hard."
  • "Goblin Thieves aren't very good at their job. They can't even steal from an unlocked chest!" (references the Goblin Thieves in Goblin Invasions that do not actually steal anything)

During Night:

  • "Hey, does your hat need a motor? I think I have a motor that would fit exactly in that hat." (references the flying hat from Doraemon)
  • "YES, gold is stronger than iron. What are they teaching these humans nowadays?" (references the fact that Gold in Terraria is stronger than Iron, whereas in real life, gold is soft and malleable, not nearly as strong as iron.)
  • "You know, that mining helmet-flipper combination was a much better idea on paper." (references the use of a Diving Helmet and Flipper in crafting a set of Diving Gear)
  • "Yo, I heard you like rockets and running boots, so I put some rockets in your running boots."
  • "Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver."

When Homeless:

  • "I can't believe they tied me up and left me here just for pointing out that they weren't going east!" (referring to the Goblin Tinkerer initially appearing bound; and east/west and sunrise/sunset being inconsistent in Terraria, or the east/west reversal from their typical directions in real-world maps)
  • "Now that I'm an outcast, can I throw away the spiked balls? My pockets hurt." (references Goblin Armies dropping Spiky Balls)
  • "Looking for a gadgets expert? I'm your goblin!"
  • "Thanks for your help. Now, I have to finish pacing around aimlessly here. I'm sure we'll meet again." (references the NPC behavior of walking back and forth for no reason)
  • "I thought you'd be taller."

When Rescued

  • "Thank you for freeing me, human. I was tied up and left here by the other goblins. You could say that we didn't get along very well."

[edit] History

  • 1.1.1: Now can be untied with Autopause enabled.
  • 1.1: Introduced.
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