Dye Trader

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Dye Trader
Dye Trader.png
Map Icon Dye Trader.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypePassive AI
Damage111619 (Exotic Scimitar)
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%
Drops

The Dye Trader is an NPC that sells the Dye Vat and other dye-related items. He will move in when the following criteria have been met:

  • There is an empty house.
  • One of the following:

Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions In addition to selling dye-related items, players may trade in Strange Plants for uncraftable and unpurchasable animated dyes once Hardmode has been reached. These dyes are given at random in sets of three for each exchanged Strange Plant.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Dye Trader will attack nearby enemies with his Exotic Scimitar to defend himself, dealing 11 / 16 / 19 damage at the start of the game, and (on the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version) as players progress he will gain various stat increases. He may also drop this weapon on death.

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 and Mobile version Mobile version, prices can also be higher or lower based on the NPC's happiness level.
Inventory
Item Cost Availability

Dye VatDye VatDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 5 Always available.
Silver DyeSilver DyeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 1 Always available.
Team DyeTeam DyeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 1 On a multiplayer server.
Dye Trader RobeDye Trader RobeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 3 During Halloween.
Dye Trader's TurbanDye Trader's TurbanDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 3 During Halloween.
Shadow DyeShadow DyeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 375 During full moon.
Negative DyeNegative DyeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 375 During full moon.
Brown DyeBrown DyeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 1 Always available.
Fogbound DyeFogbound DyeDesktop and Mobile versions 750 While in a Graveyard.
Bloodbath DyeBloodbath DyeDesktop and Mobile versions 750 During a Blood Moon.
Any PylonAny PylonDesktop and Mobile versions 10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

Strange Plant quests Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions[edit | edit source]

Speaking to the Dye Trader will show the "Strange Plants" quest (requires Hardmode Desktop version), in which the Dye Trader asks players to fetch him rare plants. In return, he rewards players with 3 vials of a special dye which cannot be obtained otherwise. More of these dyes become available as the game progresses.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Rewards by availability
Console Version Always available
Desktop and Mobile versions Hardmode
Hardmode After defeating a mechanical boss After defeating Plantera After Martian Madness After defeating Moon Lord
Acid DyeAcid Dye Reflective Obsidian DyeReflective Obsidian Dye Twilight DyeTwilight Dye Chlorophyte DyeChlorophyte Dye Wisp DyeWisp Dye Martian DyeMartian Dye Skiphs' BloodSkiphs' Blood
Red Acid DyeRed Acid Dye Reflective Copper DyeReflective Copper Dye Hades DyeHades Dye Living Flame DyeLiving Flame Dye Pixie DyePixie Dye Midnight Rainbow DyeMidnight Rainbow Dye
Blue Acid DyeBlue Acid Dye Reflective Metal DyeReflective Metal Dye Burning Hades DyeBurning Hades Dye Living Rainbow DyeLiving Rainbow Dye Unicorn Wisp DyeUnicorn Wisp Dye
Glowing Mushroom DyeGlowing Mushroom Dye Negative DyeNegative Dye Shadowflame Hades DyeShadowflame Hades Dye Living Ocean DyeLiving Ocean Dye Infernal Wisp DyeInfernal Wisp Dye
Purple Ooze DyePurple Ooze Dye Shadow DyeShadow Dye Grim DyeGrim Dye
Reflective DyeReflective Dye Mirage DyeMirage Dye Phase DyePhase Dye
Reflective Gold DyeReflective Gold Dye Shifting Sands DyeShifting Sands Dye
Reflective Silver DyeReflective Silver Dye Gel DyeGel Dye

Living preferences Desktop and Mobile versions[edit | edit source]

BiomeNeighbor
Lovesn/an/a
Dislikes
Hatesn/a

For more information, see NPC happiness.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Dye Trader is not available in the 3DS version 3DS version because the platform cannot render dyes.

Names[edit | edit source]

The Dye Trader may have any of the following names:

  • Abdosir
  • Ahinadab
  • Ahirom
  • Akbar
  • Batnoam
  • Bodashtart
  • Danel
  • Hannibal
  • Hanno
  • Hiram
  • Kanmi
  • Philosir
  • Sikarbaal
  • Tabnit
  • Yehomilk
  • Yutpan

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Interaction quotes[edit | edit source]

    • "I bring you the richest colors in exchange for your riches!"
    • "My dear, what you're wearing is much too drab. You absolutely must take a lesson in dyeing your tired attire!"
    • "The only kind of wood I would bother dyeing is RICH Mahogany. Dyeing any other wood is such a waste."

    When Pirate is present:

    • "You must do something about <name of Pirate NPC>. Everytime he comes over here, it takes me a week to get the smell off!"

    During a PartyDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions:

    • "I truly love parties, so many beautiful colors and happy people."

    During a Windy DayDesktop and Mobile versions:

    • "Give me a moment, my dear. I must secure my palette from the gusty gales!"
    • "Marvelous! The wind brings me petals of all colors!"

    During Rain:

    • "No, no, these robes cannot get wet! They will lose their vibrant color!"
    • "Too much water dilutes my selection! This rain better pass, soon!"

    During a Thunderstorm:

    • "Please, do tell when the wrath of nature has ended out there!"
    • "Egads! I loathe these bothersome storms!"

    When turning in a Strange Plant:

    • "Brilliant, my dear! You have brought me an exquisite sample of the world's beautiful colors and aroma. In exchange, you may take this special bottle of dye."
    • "You bring me a beautiful, rare flower... yes, yes? Take this bottle of special dye for your troubles, friend!"
    • "Fantabulous, wonderful friend! With this delicate specimen, I may mix the most amazing dyes <name of world> has ever seen! You may take this one right away!"

    When you don't have a strange plant:

    • "Oh no no, this will not do. For these money is no good, you must return to me with a rare specimen of a plant!"
    • "You think you can pull a fast one on <name of Dye Trader>, I don't think so! I only take the rarest of flowers for these special bottles!"
    • "These dye bottles? Sorry dear friend, these don't take coin. I only take the most precious and rare of flora in exchange for one of this!"

    Desktop and Mobile versions When in a Graveyard:

    • "My, my... this is no good. The putrid surroundings are dulling my dye petals."
    • "You think this a place worthy of my presence? So drab, so dull, these people are literally below me."
  • Happiness quotes Desktop and Mobile versions[edit | edit source]

  • When homeless:

    • "No no, this will not do, need a place to call mine."

    When far from home:

    • "You think I can make brilliant colors so far from my shop? Don't think so!"

    When in a sparsely populated area:

    • "My dear, this palace is quiet enough to sleep like a sultan!"

    When overcrowded:

    • "I truly dislike crowds, unless of course they are here for my vivid colors!"
    • "When I'm not doing business, I'd much rather be alone, yes? I hate feeling crammed in!"

    When in the Desert:

    • "Ahh, the Desert is really nice, reminds me of my home town, I like it very much so!"

    When in the Forest:

    • "Oh no, the Forest does not inspire me, don't like, don't like."

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "Gross, the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon is draining the color from my palettes!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "The hues on [Name of Princess] the Princess’s dress are deeper and more vivid than I’ve ever seen in my entire life!"

    When near the Arms Dealer:

    • "[Name of Arms Dealer] the Arms Dealer has good eyes for vividness and business, I like it, yes?"

    When near the Painter:

    • "[Name of Painter] the Painter has good eyes for vividness and business, I like it, yes?"

    When near the Steampunker:

    • "Oh dear, that [Name of Steampunker] the Steampunker has no sense of color or style, I don’t like."

    When near the Pirate:

    • "I truly, truly hate how unsavory [Name of Pirate] the Pirate can be."

    When neutral:

    • "Me? I’m fine, I’m fine."
  • Trivia[edit | edit source]

    • Ahirom, Abdosir, Hiram, Batnoam and Hanno are the names of ancient Phoenician kings and queens. Phoenicia was an east Mediterranean empire that became wealthy from the purple dye extracted from coastal snails, and Sea Snails drop the ingredient for Purple Dye.
    • One of his quotes mentions that he sells "the richest colors"; however, he only sells 7 Desktop and Mobile versions / 5 Console VersionOld-gen console version dyes, one of them only on multiplayer.
    • The Dye Trader's sprite was created by the former artist William Data AKA Waffles. In 1.3.0.1, it was updated by Lazure.
    • Even if the player is wearing the Dye Trader's own attire, he still criticizes their clothes.
    • Despite it being hidden under his turban, the Dye Trader's hair is observed to be black, which can be seen when it is removed during a Party in favor of a party hat.
    • His persona is heavily inspired by stereotypes of early Middle Eastern and North African culture, as seen by his clothing (turban), his drops (Exotic Scimitar), and references to a Sultan in his quotes.
    • As seen in his quotes, he is greedy and looks down on monotone robes.
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Dye Trader: "Eccentric and rather snobby to a fault, the Dye Trader has expensive tastes. He is passionate about the materials used in the dyes he sells."

    History[edit | edit source]

    • Desktop 1.3.0.1:
      • New "Strange Plants" Quest.
      • Defends self with Exotic Scimitar.
      • Now sells Dye Trader's Turban, Shadow Dye, Negative Dye, and Brown Dye.
      • Sprite updated.
      • Now only shows up after defeating any of the pre-Hardmode bosses.
    • Desktop 1.2.3: Now sells the Team Dye on a multiplayer server as well.
    • Desktop 1.2.1: Now sells the Dye Trader Robe during Halloween as well.