Dye Trader

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Dye Trader
Dye Trader.png
Type NPC
AI Type Passive
Max Life 250
Defense 15
KB Resist 50%
Item (Quantity) Rate
Exotic Scimitar.png

Map Icon Dye Trader.png
Map Icon
Internal NPC ID: 207
This is a Town NPC. A House may be required in order for it to appear.

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:
  • A Strange Plant has been acquired and is in the player's inventory

In addition to selling dye-related items, players may trade in Strange Plants for uncraftable and unpurchasable animated dyes. These dyes are given at random in sets of three for each Strange Plant exchanged.

On the Desktop Version Desktop version, the Dye Trader will attack nearby enemies with his Exotic Scimitar to defend himself. He may also drop this weapon on death.

Items sold[edit | edit source]


Item Cost Availability
Dye Vat.png
Dye Vat Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
5 Gold Coin Always available.}
Silver Dye.png
Silver Dye Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin Always available.}
Team Dye.png
Team Dye Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin On a multiplayer server.}
Dye Trader Robe.png
3 Gold Coin During Halloween.}
Dye Trader's Turban.png
3 Gold Coin During Halloween. Desktop Version}
Shadow Dye.png
3 Gold Coin75 Silver Coin During full moon. (includes day before) Desktop Version}
Negative Dye.png
3 Gold Coin75 Silver Coin During full moon. (includes day before) Desktop Version}
Brown Dye.png
1 Gold Coin Always available. Desktop Version}

Strange Plant QuestsDesktop Version[edit | edit source]

Speaking to the Dye Trader will show the "Strange Plants" quest, in which the Dye Trader asks players to fetch him rare plants. In return, he rewards players with 3 character-exclusive dyes, which are not available for purchase or dropped.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Item Availability
Acid Dye.png Acid Dye Desktop Version Always
Red Acid Dye.png Red Acid Dye Desktop Version Always
Blue Acid Dye.png Blue Acid Dye Desktop Version Always
Glowing Mushroom Dye.png Glowing Mushroom Dye Desktop Version Always
Purple Ooze Dye.png Purple Ooze Dye Desktop Version Always
Reflective Dye.png Reflective Dye Desktop Version Always
Reflective Gold Dye.png Reflective Gold Dye Desktop Version Always
Reflective Silver Dye.png Reflective Silver Dye Desktop Version Always
Reflective Obsidian Dye.png Reflective Obsidian Dye Desktop Version Always
Reflective Copper Dye.png Reflective Copper Dye Desktop Version Always
Reflective Metal Dye.png Reflective Metal Dye Desktop Version Always
Negative Dye.png Negative Dye Desktop Version Always
Shadow Dye.png Shadow Dye Desktop Version Always
Mirage Dye.png Mirage Dye Desktop Version Always
Item Availability
Twilight Dye.png Twilight Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Hades Dye.png Hades Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Burning Hades Dye.png Burning Hades Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Shadowflame Hades Dye.png Shadowflame Hades Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Grim Dye.png Grim Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Phase Dye.png Phase Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Shifting Sands Dye.png Shifting Sands Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Gel Dye.png Gel Dye Desktop Version Hardmode
Chlorophyte Dye.png Chlorophyte Dye Desktop Version After defeating any mechanical boss
Living Flame Dye.png Living Flame Dye Desktop Version After defeating any mechanical boss
Living Rainbow Dye.png Living Rainbow Dye Desktop Version After defeating any mechanical boss
Living Ocean Dye.png Living Ocean Dye Desktop Version After defeating any mechanical boss
Wisp Dye.png Wisp Dye Desktop Version After defeating Plantera
Pixie Dye.png Pixie Dye Desktop Version After defeating Plantera
Unicorn Wisp Dye.png Unicorn Wisp Dye Desktop Version After defeating Plantera
Infernal Wisp Dye.png Infernal Wisp Dye Desktop Version After defeating Plantera
Martian Dye.png Martian Dye Desktop Version After Martian Madness
Midnight Rainbow Dye.png Midnight Rainbow Dye Desktop Version After Martian Madness
Skiphs's Blood.png Skiphs's Blood Desktop Version After defeating Moon Lord

Names[edit | edit source]

The Dye Trader can have the following names:

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

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 NPC 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 Party

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

When you give him 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!"

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Dye Trader does not appear in the 3DS version due to it not supporting dyes.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ahirom, Abdosir, Hiram, Batnoam and Hannu 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 5 dyes, one of them only on multiplayer.
  • Sprited by former artist William Data AKA Waffles. In, it was updated by Lazure.
  • The Dye Trader's comments about rich mahogany have been confirmed by Cenx to be a reference to the film Anchorman.
  • Even if you are wearing the Dye Trader's own attire, he still criticizes your clothes.
  • He seems to dislike the Pirate, as he mentions in one of his quotes.

History[edit | edit source]

    • 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.
  • 1.2.3: Now sells the Team Dye on a multiplayer server as well.
  • 1.2.1: Now sells the Dye Trader Robe during Halloween as well.
  • 1.2: Introduced.
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