Traveling Merchant

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Traveling Merchant
Traveling Merchant.png
Statistics
Type NPC
Max Life 250
Defense 15
KB Resist 50%
Item (Quantity) Rate
Peddler's Hat.png Peddler's Hat
100%
Internal NPC ID: 368

The Traveling Merchant is a unique NPC vendor who randomly visits the player's town for one day. His inventory is randomized and different every visit, selling 4-10 (average 5.5) different items (4-11, average 6 in Expert Mode) listed below.

The Traveling Merchant is not yet available on the 3DS.

In order for the Traveling Merchant to spawn, at least 2 other NPCs must already be present. The Guide counts as one of these, but the Old Man and Skeleton Merchant do not. He won't spawn during Events (except Rain and Slime Rain). He does not require his own house in order to spawn, and will instead spawn near existing NPCs, spending the day walking around near them.

Once the criteria are met, the Traveling Merchant has a 25% chance (1/4) of spawning each day, appearing at a random time between 4:30 AM and 12 PM. He generally stays for only one day at a time, after which he leaves at 6:00 PM. He despawns if the world is vacated before that time,

Pc only.png If threatened by enemies, the Traveling Merchant will defend himself with a Revolver. Once Hardmode begins, he upgrades to a Pulse Bow.

Items sold[edit | edit source]

Inventory

Item Cost Availability
Sake.png Sake
5 Silver Coin 3% chance
Pho.png Pho
30 Silver Coin 3% chance
Pad Thai.png Pad Thai
20 Silver Coin 3% chance
Ultrabright Torch.png Ultrabright Torch
3 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
Ammo Box.png Ammo Box
15 Gold Coin 1% chance
Magic Hat.png Magic Hat
3 Gold Coin 1% chance
Gypsy Robe.png Gypsy Robe
2 Gold Coin 1% chance
Gi.png Gi
2 Gold Coin 1% chance
Celestial Magnet.png Celestial Magnet
15 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
DPS Meter.png DPS Meter
5 Gold Coin 3% chance (Pc only.png)
Lifeform Analyzer.png Lifeform Analyzer
5 Gold Coin 3% chance (Pc only.png)
Stopwatch.png Stopwatch
5 Gold Coin 3% chance (Pc only.png)
Paint Sprayer.png Paint Sprayer
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Brick Layer.png Brick Layer
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Portable Cement Mixer.png Portable Cement Mixer
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Extendo Grip.png Extendo Grip
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Presserator.png Presserator
10 Gold Coin (Pc only.png)
Black Counterweight.png Black Counterweight
5 Gold Coin 0.5% chance (Pc only.png)
Yellow Counterweight.png Yellow Counterweight
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance (Pc only.png)
Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole.png Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole
35 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Katana.png Katana
4 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Code 1.png Code 1
5 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
the Eye of Cthulhu (Pc only.png)
Revolver.png Revolver
10 Gold Coin 1% chance after smashing
a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart
Gatligator.png Gatligator
35 Gold Coin 0.5% chance during hardmode
Code 2.png Code 2
25 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
any Mechanical Boss (Pc only.png)
Pulse Bow.png Pulse Bow
45 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
after defeating Plantera
Red Team Block.png Red Team Block
1 Silver Coin Sold with Red Team Platforms (Pc only.png)
Red Team Platform.png Red Team Platform
1 Silver Coin Sold with Red Team Blocks (Pc only.png)
Yellow Team Block.png Yellow Team Block
1 Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Platforms (Pc only.png)
Yellow Team Platform.png Yellow Team Platform
1 Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Blocks (Pc only.png)
Green Team Block.png Green Team Block
1 Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Platforms (Pc only.png)
Green Team Platform.png Green Team Platform
1 Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Blocks (Pc only.png)
Blue Team Block.png Blue Team Block
1 Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Platforms (Pc only.png)
Blue Team Platform.png Blue Team Platform
1 Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Blocks (Pc only.png)
Pink Team Block.png Pink Team Block
1 Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Platforms (Pc only.png)
Pink Team Platform.png Pink Team Platform
1 Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Blocks (Pc only.png)
White Team Block.png White Team Block
1 Silver Coin Sold with White Team Platforms (Pc only.png)
White Team Platform.png White Team Platform
1 Silver Coin Sold with White Team Blocks (Pc only.png)

Inventory

Item Cost Availability
Diamond Ring.png Diamond Ring
2 Platinum Coin 0.66% chance
Angel Halo.png Angel Halo
40 Gold Coin 0.33% chance
Fez.png Fez
3 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin 1% chance
Winter Cape.png Winter Cape
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Red Cape.png Red Cape
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Crimson Cloak.png Crimson Cloak
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Mysterious Cape.png Mysterious Cape
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Kimono.png Kimono
1 Gold Coin 0.5% chance
Water Gun.png Water Gun
1 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin 0.66% chance
Companion Cube.png Companion Cube
5 Platinum Coin 0.66% chance(Pc only.png)
Chalice.png Chalice
50 Silver Coin 3% chance
Arcane Rune Wall.png Arcane Rune Wall
2 Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin 0.5% chance
Fancy Dishes.png Fancy Dishes
20 Silver Coin 3% chance
Dynasty Wood.png Dynasty Wood
50 Copper Coin 3% chance
Red Dynasty Shingles.png Red Dynasty Shingles
50 Copper Coin When selling Dynasty Wood
Blue Dynasty Shingles.png Blue Dynasty Shingles
50 Copper Coin When selling Dynasty Wood
Zebra Skin.png Zebra Skin
1 Gold Coin 1% chance
Leopard Skin.png Leopard Skin
1 Gold Coin 1% chance
Tiger Skin.png Tiger Skin
1 Gold Coin 1% chance
Castle Marsberg.png Castle Marsberg
3 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness (Pc only.png)
Martia Lisa.png Martia Lisa
2 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness (Pc only.png)
The Truth Is Up There.png The Truth Is Up There
2 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness (Pc only.png)
Not a Kid, nor a Squid.png Not a Kid, nor a Squid
3 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Moon Lord (Pc only.png)
Acorns.png Acorns
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Pc only.png)
Cold Snap.png Cold Snap
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Pc only.png)
Cursed Saint.png Cursed Saint
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Pc only.png)
Snowfellas.png Snowfellas
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Pc only.png)
The Season.png The Season
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Pc only.png)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The actual "roll" to spawn the Traveling Merchant is not performed once-per-day as a Goblin Invasion or other Event is determined. Rather, the roll is performed once per in-game second for the first half of each day. There are 60 in-game seconds per 1 real-world second.
    • For each in-game second of the first half of each day (4:30am – 12:00pm = 7.5 hours = 27,000 seconds), there is a 1 in 108,000 chance to spawn the Traveling Merchant. Thus, the Traveling Merchant has a: 1-(1-1/108000)^27000 = 0.2212001339 or 22.12% chance of arriving each day.
    • This means that if you want a specific item from the Traveling Merchant but he arrived without that particular item you can simply kill him and there's a chance that another merchant may spawn if you killed him before 12:00pm. An easy way to kill him (and any other friendly NPC) is with a boulder if you already got the Goblin Tinkerer (you need the Tinkerer's Workshop to craft it), otherwise your best option is lava or spiky balls. (Rotten Eggs may work although it's not that effective.)
  • The Traveling Merchant departs by simply disappearing while off-screen. If the player keeps him on-screen during the time when he would normally depart, he will remain until he is off-screen again. If he is kept on-screen until dawn, he will not depart until he is off-screen the following evening. This does NOT, however, change his inventory.
  • The Traveling Merchant does not leave during an event. Verify
  • If you are standing where the Traveling Merchant spawns, you will notice that he falls from the sky.
  • Mobile only.pngIn the mobile version, if he arrived with an item you didn't want, exiting and re-entering to the world would've produced a different inventory, allowing you to find what you want even if it is not available when he first arrived. This appears to have been patched (mid 2016), leaving the world will cause him to despawn. He may still respawn during the day, though.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Many of the things he sells are of Asian origin, often from the Qing Dynasty.
    • Many of his wares may be a reference to the East India company, and to the goods that were brought to Europe during the age of discovery in general.
  • The name Willy is most likely a reference to the play, "The Death of a Salesman", by Arthur Miller, where the main character is named Willy Loman and is a traveling salesman.
  • One of his quotes is a reference to a man who yells "One pound fish!" to sell fish, popularized by the song "One Pound Fish".
  • The quote "Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes julienne fries!" Is an allusion to the popular animated disney film "Aladdin".
  • The item "Not a Kid, Nor a Squid" is likely a reference to Splatoon, a Wii U game with a hyperactive advertisement featuring the line "You're a kid, you're a squid" due to the transformative nature of Inklings, as a play on the depicted Moon Lord's Cthulhu-esque nature.
  • The Item, "The Truth is Up There" is a reference to "The X-Files", this quote is a twist on "The Truth is Out There".

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes julienne fries!"
  • "A thrift shop? No, I am only selling the highest quality items on the market."
  • "I don't refund for "buyer's remorse..." Or for any other reason, really."
  • "If you're looking for junk, you've come to the wrong place."
  • "I sell wares from places that might not even exist!"
  • "Hmm, you look like you could use an Angel Statue! They slice, and dice, and make everything nice!"
  • "Come and have a look! One pound fish! Very very good! One pound fish!" (Possibly a reference to the song One Pound Fish.)
  • "Buy now, and get free shipping!"
  • "You want two penny farthings!? Make it one and we have a deal."

When Guide is present:

  • "Meet me behind [Name of Guide]'s house in about three hours, I think I have something you will find very appealing."

When Clothier is present:

  • "I only sell what I can get. [Name of Clothier] keeps hounding me for exotic clothing."

When Merchant is present:

  • "That [Name of Merchant], he really has no appreciation for a really good deal."

During a Party

  • "Many say that parties give you the richest of memories. So buy something and make this memory rich!"

Names[edit | edit source]

The Traveling Merchant may have any of the following names:

  • Abraham
  • Aedan
  • Aphraim
  • Bohemas
  • Eladon
  • Gallius
  • Llewellyn
  • Mercer
  • Rawleigh
  • Riley
  • Romeo
  • Shipton
  • Willy

See also[edit | edit source]

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