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%

Map Icon Traveling Merchant.png
Map Icon
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

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,

Desktop 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 Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
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 Desktop only.png
5 Gold Coin 3% chance (Desktop only.png)
Lifeform Analyzer.png Lifeform Analyzer Desktop only.png
5 Gold Coin 3% chance (Desktop only.png)
Stopwatch.png Stopwatch Desktop only.png
5 Gold Coin 3% chance (Desktop 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 Desktop only.png
10 Gold Coin (Desktop only.png)
Black Counterweight.png Black Counterweight 
5 Gold Coin 0.5% chance (Desktop only.png)
Yellow Counterweight.png Yellow Counterweight 
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance (Desktop 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 Desktop only.png
5 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
the Eye of Cthulhu (Desktop 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 Desktop only.png
25 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
any Mechanical Boss (Desktop 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 (Desktop only.png)
Red Team Platform.png Red Team Platform 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Red Team Blocks (Desktop only.png)
Yellow Team Block.png Yellow Team Block 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Platforms (Desktop only.png)
Yellow Team Platform.png Yellow Team Platform 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Blocks (Desktop only.png)
Green Team Block.png Green Team Block 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Platforms (Desktop only.png)
Green Team Platform.png Green Team Platform 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Blocks (Desktop only.png)
Blue Team Block.png Blue Team Block 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Platforms (Desktop only.png)
Blue Team Platform.png Blue Team Platform 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Blocks (Desktop only.png)
Pink Team Block.png Pink Team Block 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Platforms (Desktop only.png)
Pink Team Platform.png Pink Team Platform 
1 Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Blocks (Desktop only.png)
White Team Block.png White Team Block 
1 Silver Coin Sold with White Team Platforms (Desktop only.png)
White Team Platform.png White Team Platform 
1 Silver Coin Sold with White Team Blocks (Desktop only.png)

Inventory

Item Cost Availability
Diamond Ring.png Diamond Ring 
2 Platinum Coin 0.66% chance
Angel Halo.png Angel Halo Desktop only.pngMobile only.png
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 Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin 0.5% chance
Water Gun.png Water Gun Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin 0.66% chance
Companion Cube.png Companion Cube Desktop only.png
5 Platinum Coin 0.66% chance(Desktop 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 (Desktop only.png)
Martia Lisa.png Martia Lisa 
2 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness (Desktop only.png)
The Truth Is Up There.png The Truth Is Up There 
2 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness (Desktop 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 (Desktop only.png)
Acorns.png Acorns 
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Desktop only.png)
Cold Snap.png Cold Snap 
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Desktop only.png)
Cursed Saint.png Cursed Saint 
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Desktop only.png)
Snowfellas.png Snowfellas 
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Desktop only.png)
The Season.png The Season 
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas (Desktop 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]

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