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Type NPC
AI Type Passive
Max Life 250
Defense 15
KB Resist 50%
Internal NPC ID: 17
This is a Town NPC. A House may be required in order for it to appear.
Not to be confused with the Traveling Merchant or Skeleton Merchant.

The Merchant is an NPC vendor that will spawn once the following conditions have been met:

  • There is an empty house.
  • All players in the game world have more than 50 Silver Coin between them in their inventories.

If the Merchant is killed, he will only respawn if the above conditions are met again. This means all players need to have over 50 Silver Coin in their combined inventories. Only coins in the main inventory or coin slots are counted; savings stored in the Piggy Bank or Safe do not count toward the requirement.

On the Pc only.png Desktop version, the Merchant will lob throwing knives at nearby enemies to defend himself.

Items sold[edit | edit source]


Item Cost Availability
Mining Helmet.png Mining Helmet
4 Gold Coin Pc only.png

8 Gold Coin Console only.png Mobile only.png

Always available.
Piggy Bank.png Piggy Bank
1 Gold Coin Always available.
Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil
50 Silver Coin Always available.
Bug Net.png Bug Net
25 Silver Coin Always available.
Copper Pickaxe.png Copper Pickaxe
5 Silver Coin Always available.
Copper Axe.png Copper Axe
4 Silver Coin Always available.
Torch.png Torch
50 Copper Coin Always available.
Lesser Healing Potion.png Lesser Healing Potion
3 Silver Coin Always available.
Lesser Mana Potion.png Lesser Mana Potion
1 Silver Coin Always available.
Wooden Arrow.png Wooden Arrow
5 Copper Coin Always available.
Shuriken.png Shuriken
15 Copper Coin Always available.
Rope.png Rope
10 Copper Coin Always available.
Marshmallow.png Marshmallow
1 Silver Coin When the merchant's house is in
a Snow biome (natural or artificial).
Throwing Knife.png Throwing Knife
50 Copper Coin During a Blood Moon.
Glowstick.png Glowstick
10 Copper Coin During night.
Safe.png Safe
20 Gold Coin If Skeletron has been defeated.


Item Cost Availability
Disco Ball.png Disco Ball
1 Gold Coin If Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
Flare.png Flare
7 Copper Coin When the player possesses a Flare Gun.
Blue Flare.png Blue Flare
7 Copper Coin When the player possesses a Flare Gun.
Sickle.png Sickle
60 Silver Coin Pc only.png Always available. Console only.png Mobile only.png During Halloween.
Gold Dust.png Gold Dust
17 Silver Coin If Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
Nail.png Nail
1 Silver Coin When the player possesses a Nailgun.Pc only.png
Greater Mana Potion.png Greater Mana Potion
5 Silver Coin One Hardmode Boss Defeated. Mobile only.png
Greater Healing Potion.png Greater Healing Potion
50 Silver Coin One Hardmode Boss Defeated. Mobile only.png
Poisoned Knife.png Poisoned Knife
60 Copper Coin During Blood Moon.Mobile only.png
Tax Collector's Hat.png Tax Collector's Hat
3 Gold Coin During Halloween.Pc only.png
Tax Collector's Suit.png Tax Collector's Suit
3 Gold Coin During Halloween.Pc only.png
Tax Collector's Pants.png Tax Collector's Pants
3 Gold Coin During Halloween.Pc only.png
Valentine Ring.png Valentine Ring
1 Gold Coin During Valentines.Mobile only.png
Wiesnbräu.png Wiesnbräu
9 Silver Coin 95 Copper Coin During Oktoberfest.Mobile only.png
Turkey Feather.png Turkey Feather
10 Gold Coin During Thanksgiving.Mobile only.png
Heart Arrow.png Heart Arrow
50 Copper Coin During Valentines.Mobile only.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Merchant makes several quotes referencing things he does not sell. In addition, despite claiming they sell for a lot overseas, he gives no money for dirt blocks.
  • In mobile version , he will randomly sell one iron item, this item will change with each visit.
  • The Merchant will sell a Lead Anvil in place of an Iron Anvil on the Mobile Version if the world was naturally generated with Lead Ore instead of Iron Ore.

Names[edit | edit source]

The Merchant may have any of the following names:

  • Alfred
  • Barney
  • Calvin
  • Edmund
  • Edwin
  • Eugene
  • Finn
  • Frank
  • Frederick
  • Gilbert
  • Gus
  • Harold
  • Howard
  • Humphrey
  • Isaac
  • Joseph
  • Louis
  • Milton
  • Mortimer
  • Ralph
  • Seymour
  • Walter
  • Wilbur
  • Additional names have been added to the Xbox One version. Those names include Steve, Logan and Jason.

Quotes[edit | edit source]


  • "Sword beats paper! Get one today." (Although he does not sell swords.)
  • "Lovely morning, wouldn't you say? Was there something you needed?"
  • "You want apples? You want carrots? You want pineapples? We got torches."


  • "The sun is high, but my prices are not."
  • "Boy, that sun is hot! I do have some perfectly ventilated armor."
  • "Check out my dirt blocks, they are extra dirty."


  • "Ah, they will tell tales of [Name of Player] some day... good ones I'm sure."
  • "Night will be upon us soon, friend. Make your choices while you can."
  • "You have no idea how much Dirt Blocks sell for overseas."

Beginning of night:

  • "Kosh, kapleck Mog. Oh sorry, that's klingon for 'Buy something or die.'"
  • "[Name of Player] is it? I've heard good things, friend!"


  • "I wonder if the moon is made of cheese... huh, what? Oh yes, buy something!"
  • "The last guy who was here left some junk... er I mean... treasures!"
  • "Did you say gold? I'll take that off of ya."

End of night:

  • "I hear there's a secret treasure... oh never mind."
  • "Angel Statue you say? I'm sorry, I'm not a junk dealer."

Blood Moon:

  • "Have you seen Chith...Shith.. Chat... The big eye?"
  • "Keep your eye on the prize, buy a lense!" [sic]
  • "Not even a Blood Moon can stop capitalism. Let's do some business."
  • "Hey, this house is secure, right? Right? [Name of Player]?"
When Nurse and Mechanic are present:
  • "Oh, great. I can hear [Name of Mechanic] and [Name of Nurse] arguing from here."

When Eye of Cthulhu has NOT been defeated:

  • "I hope a scrawny kid like you isn't all that's standing between us and Cthulhu's Eye."
  • "I feel like an evil presence is watching me." (When the natural requirements for Eye of Cthulhu to spawn is acquired.)
  • "Look at that shoddy armor you're wearing. Better buy some more healing potions."

During a Party:

  • "You know what would be the best way to party? Buying things for others, especially from me."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Merchant's inability to pronounce "Cthulhu" during a Blood Moon is reference to the fact that H.P. Lovecraft, Cthulhu's creator, intended for the name to be impossible to pronounce. Although he is able to say the name correctly in another of his quotes ("I hope... us and Cthulhu's Eye.")
  • At the beginning of the night, the Merchant may say "Kosh, kapleck Mog. Oh sorry, that's Klingon for 'Buy something or die.'", when "Buy SOMETHING or die" is actually translated as "vay' Daje'be'chugh vaj blHegh" in Klingon.
  • The Merchant is depicted in a painting called The Merchant.
  • On rare occasions, the Merchant and the Clothier can share the name "Alfred."

History[edit | edit source]

Characters: Blue Slime.png Pre-Hardmode Enemies • Pixie.png Hardmode Enemies • Goblin Warrior.png Event Enemies • Skeletron Head.png Bosses
Bunny.png Critters • Guide.png Friendly NPCs • Baby Dinosaur.png Familiars