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Map Icon Demolitionist.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypePassive AI
Damage203035 (grenades)
Max Life250
KB Resist50%

The Demolitionist is an NPC vendor that will spawn once the following criteria have been met:

If the Demolitionist is killed, he will only respawn if the above conditions are met again. This means an explosive must be placed in the player's inventory again. Having explosives stored in chests or other containers will also fulfill the requirement.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Demolitionist will lob Grenades at nearby enemies to defend himself, which deal 20 / 30 / 35 damage at the start of the game, and (on the Desktop version Desktop version) as players progress he will gain various stat increases.

Items sold[edit | edit source]

Note: All item prices can be decreased by equipping a Discount Card or Greedy RingDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions. On the Desktop version Desktop version, prices can also be higher or lower based on the NPC's happiness level.
Item Cost Availability

GrenadeGrenade 75*75 Always available.
BombBomb 300*3 Always available.
DynamiteDynamite 2000*20 Always available.
Hellfire ArrowHellfire Arrow 100*1 In Hardmode.
Land MineLand Mine 50000*5 After defeating Plantera and a Pirate Invasion.
Old-gen console version Before defeating Plantera, at night.
Explosive PowderExplosive Powder 1200*12 In Hardmode.
Roman candleRoman candle3DS Version 50000*5 During Christmas.
Dry BombDry BombDesktop Version 2500*25 When the player has a Dry Bomb in their inventory.
Wet BombWet BombDesktop Version 2500*25 When the player has a Wet Bomb in their inventory.
Lava BombLava BombDesktop Version 2500*25 When the player has a Lava Bomb in their inventory.
Honey BombHoney BombDesktop Version 2500*25 When the player has a Honey Bomb in their inventory.
Any PylonAny PylonDesktop Version 100000*10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

Living preferences Desktop Version[edit | edit source]


For more information, see NPC happiness.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Version The Demolitionist will replace the Guide as the starting NPC in the secret seed "For The Worthy".
  • The Demolitionist's weapons – Grenades – are surprisingly powerful, considering how early-on he may spawn in the game. Thus, he can be a great help during Blood Moons.
  • Explosives, despite their name and crafting recipe, do not fulfill the demolitionist's requirement to move in.

Names[edit | edit source]

The Demolitionist may have any of the following names:

  • Bazdin
  • Beldin
  • Boften
  • Darur
  • Dias
  • Dolbere
  • Dolgen
  • Dolgrim
  • Duerthen
  • Durim
  • Fikod
  • Garval
  • Gimli
  • Gimut
  • Jarut
  • Morthal
  • Norkas
  • Norsun
  • Oten
  • Ovbere
  • Tordak
  • Urist

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Interaction quotes[edit | edit source]

    • "Explosives are da' bomb these days. Buy some now!"
    • "It's a good day to die!"
    • "I wonder what happens if I... (BOOM!)... Oh, sorry, did you need that leg?"
    • "Dynamite, my own special cure-all for what ails ya."
    • "Check out my goods; they have explosive prices!"

    In a Corrupt world, also happens in Crimson:

    • "Trying to get past that ebonrock, eh? Why not introduce it to one of these explosives!"

    When Dryad is present:

    • "Why purify the world when you can just blow it up?"

    When Nurse is present:

    • "I'm sure <name of Nurse> will help if you accidentally lose a limb to these."

    When Arms Dealer is present:

    • "Even <name of Arms Dealer> wants what I'm selling!"
    • "Would you rather have a bullet hole or a grenade hole? That's what I thought."
    • "Let's strap <name of Arms Dealer> to a rocket and see what happens!"

    Only at night:

    • "If you throw this one in the bathtub and close all the windows, it'll clear your sinuses and pop your ears!"
    • "Wanna play Fuse Chicken?"
    • "Hey, could you sign this Griefing Waiver?"

    Only during a Blood Moon:

    • "Hey, have you seen a clown around?"
    • "There was a bomb sitting right here, and now I can't seem to find it..."
    • "I've got something for them zombies alright!"

    During a PartyDesktop VersionConsole Version:

    • "You might want to be careful today. Us dwarves tend to have pretty explosive parties."

    After defeating Tier 1 of the Old One's ArmyDesktop VersionConsole Version:

    • "I don't see why we can't just blow up those portals."

    Desktop Version During Rain:

    • "This is a terrible day to be a dwarf."
    • "ARGH! Another fuse put out by all this wet stuff! This never happens underground!"

    Desktop Version During Thunderstorms:

    • "You shoulda seen it when lightning struck one of my carts filled with explosives!"
    • "BOOM! Even mother nature likes a taste of gratifying demolition!"

    During a Windy DayDesktop Version:

    • "Now might not be the best time to lob grenades on the surface, my tall friend!"
    • "You want boomerang bombs? Throw some out in that gust, they’ll come back to you alright!"

    Desktop Version When in a Graveyard:

    • "The stench of death here is worse than the skeleton-infested caverns where I work!
    • "All these piles of bones and stones... perfect for blowin' up!
  • Happiness quotes Desktop Version[edit | edit source]

  • When homeless:

    • "I don’t have a place to live, did I blow up my last one?"

    When far from home:

    • "I need more BOOM, I think I left it way back at home."

    When in a sparse area:

    • "Ah, no one around - I can test new bombs without creating a graveyard for limbs!"

    When overcrowded:

    • "I dislike the number of people here, for safety reasons, of course..."
    • "Too many people around! One mistake making dynamite, and... well, they'd HATE the outcome!"

    When Underground:

    • "Dwarves are naturally drawn to the Underground, it's in our blood!"

    When in the Ocean:

    • “I can’t stand the Ocean, my fuses have trouble igniting here!”

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "It reeks of death and malice in the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon, I wanna blast holes everywhere!"

    When near the Tavernkeep:

    • “I love how well [Name of Tavernkeep] the Tavernkeep can handle a container of fireball!”

    When near the Mechanic:

    • "[Name of Mechanic] the Mechanic is a good friend I like, helps me load the gunpowder!"

    When near the Goblin Tinkerer:

    • "I wanna strap [Name of Goblin Tinkerer] the Goblin Tinkerer to a rocket and watch what happens!"

    When near the Arms Dealer:

    • "I wanna strap [Name of Arms Dealer] the Arms Dealer to a rocket and watch what happens!"

    When neutral:

    • "Well, I don’t feel like exploding today!"
  • Trivia[edit | edit source]

    • The Demolitionist's appearance seems to be based on dwarves from many games, films, and works of literature. He is significantly shorter than other NPCs and has a beard. Furthermore, his mining helmet, lantern, and the fact that he sells explosives fits the trope of dwarves preferring underground environments. This is further proved by his Party-exclusive quote. Several of his names are also references to dwarf characters in fiction:
    • The Demolitionist used to have the sprite for the Arms Dealer in the pre-release version.
    • He is depicted in a painting called "American Explosive", thereby, he is most likely of American origin.
    • In one of his quotes, he calls Ebonstone "ebonrock".
    • The quote "Hey, could you sign this Griefing Waiver?" is referring to the term "griefing" used in video games, the act of ruining a player's game with actions such as destroying buildings.
    • His Blood Moon quotes indirectly reference the fact that Clowns carry explosives.
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Demolitionist: "Tread carefully around this dwarf. The Demolitionist is an explosive fanatic and sells dangerous things that go 'Boom!'"

    History[edit | edit source]

    • Desktop Buying a landmine requirement reduced from defeating Golem and at least one Pirate Invasion to defeating Plantera and at least one Pirate Invasion.
    • Desktop 1.1: Now has a random name given to him on spawn. His death will be reported with this name. Also, other NPCs will use it in their quotes.
    • Desktop 1.0.3:
      • Now triggered to arrive when the players have Sticky Bombs or Grenades in their inventory.
      • Like other NPCs, can now be killed by enemies.