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Map Icon Merchant.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypePassive AI
Damage121821 (Throwing Knife)
Max Life250
KB Resist50%
This article is about the early game NPC unlocked by having 5000*50 or more. For the NPC that occasionally visits temporarily with a random inventory, see Traveling Merchant. For the Underground skeleton-like NPC, see Skeleton Merchant.

The Merchant is an NPC vendor that will spawn once the following conditions have been met:

  • There is an empty House.
  • All players in the game world have more than 5000*50 between them in their inventories.

Desktop version He will also spawn as the starter NPC instead of the Guide when the world seed is "not the bees!" or "not the bees".

Note that only coins in the main inventory or coin slots are counted; savings stored in a portable storage item like the Piggy Bank do not count toward the requirement. If the Merchant is killed, he will only respawn if the above conditions are met again. This means all players need to have over 5000*50 in their combined inventories.

Merchant walking.
Merchants walk cycle and talking gestures
Walk cycle

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Merchant will lob Throwing Knives at nearby enemies to defend himself, dealing 12 / 18 / 21 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

Mining HelmetMining Helmet 40000*4 Desktop versionConsole VersionMobile version3DS version
80000*8 Old-gen console version
Always available.
Piggy BankPiggy Bank 10000*1 Always available.
Iron AnvilIron Anvil 5000*50 Always available.
Bug NetBug Net 2500*25 Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions
10000*1 Old-gen console version3DS version
Always available.
Copper PickaxeCopper Pickaxe 500*5 Always available.
Copper AxeCopper Axe 400*4 Always available.
TorchTorch 50*50 Always available.
Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potion 300*3 Always available.
Lesser Mana PotionLesser Mana Potion 100*1 Always available.
Wooden ArrowWooden Arrow 5*5 Always available.
ShurikenShuriken 15*15 Always available.
RopeRope 10*10 Always available.
MarshmallowMarshmallow 100*1 When spoken to in a Snow biome.
FurnaceFurnace 300*3 When spoken to in a Jungle.
Pin WheelPin WheelDesktop version 2000*20 During a Windy Day.
Throwing KnifeThrowing Knife 50*50 During a Blood Moon.
GlowstickGlowstick 10*10 During night.
Any PylonAny PylonDesktop version 100000*10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.
SafeSafe 200000*20 When Skeletron has been defeated.
Disco BallDisco Ball 10000*1 When the Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
FlareFlare 7*7 When the player carries a Flare Gun in their inventory.
Blue FlareBlue Flare 7*7 When the player carries a Flare Gun in their inventory.
SickleSickle 6000*60 Always available. Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions
During Halloween. Old-gen console version3DS version
Gold DustGold Dust 1700*17 When the Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
Drum SetDrum SetDesktop version 100000*10 When at least one of the Eater of Worlds, Brain of Cthulhu, Skeletron, or Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
DrumstickDrumstickDesktop version 5000*50 When at least one of the Eater of Worlds, Brain of Cthulhu, Skeletron, or Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
NailNailDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 100*1 When the player possesses a Nail GunDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions.
Tax Collector's HatTax Collector's HatDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 30000*3 During Halloween. Console VersionMobile version
Tax Collector's SuitTax Collector's SuitDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 30000*3 During Halloween. Console VersionMobile version
Tax Collector's PantsTax Collector's PantsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions 30000*3 During Halloween. Console VersionMobile version
Valentine RingValentine Ring3DS version 10000*1 During Valentine's Day.
WiesnbräuWiesnbräu3DS version 995*995 During Oktoberfest.
Turkey featherTurkey feather3DS version 100000*10 During Thanksgiving.
Heart ArrowHeart Arrow3DS version 50*50 During Valentine's Day.
Festive top hatFestive top hat3DS version 10000*1 During Christmas.

Living preferences Desktop version[edit | edit source]


For more information, see NPC happiness.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Merchant's quote "I feel like an evil presence is watching me." can be used to tell if the Eye of Cthulhu's natural spawn requirements are met.

Names[edit | edit source]

The Merchant may have any of the following names:

  • Alfred
  • Barney
  • Calvin
  • Edmund
  • Edwin
  • Eugene
  • Finn Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version
  • Frank
  • Frederick
  • Gilbert
  • Gus
  • Harold
  • Howard
  • Humphrey
  • Isaac
  • Joseph
  • Kristian Desktop version
  • Louis
  • Milton
  • Mortimer
  • Ralph
  • Seymour
  • Walter
  • Wilbur
  • Additional names have been added to the Xbox One Xbox One version. Those names include Steve, Logan and Jason.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Interaction quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Morning:

    • "Sword beats paper! Get one today."
    • "You want apples? You want carrots? You want pineapples? We got torches."
    • "Lovely morning, wouldn't you say? Was there something you needed?"


    • "Check out my dirt blocks; they are extra dirty."
    • "Boy, that sun is hot! I do have some perfectly ventilated armor."
    • "The sun is high, but my prices are not."


    • "Night will be upon us soon, friend. Make your choices while you can."
    • "You have no idea how much Dirt Blocks sell for overseas."
    • "Ah, they will tell tales of <name of player> some day... good ones I'm sure."

    Beginning of night:

    • "Kosh, kapleck Mog. Oh sorry, that's klingon for 'Buy something or die.'"
    • "<Name of player> is it? I've heard good things, friend!"


    • "The last guy who was here left me some junk... er I mean... treasures!"
    • "I wonder if the moon is made of cheese...huh, what? Oh yes, buy something!"
    • "Did you say gold? I'll take that off of ya."

    End of night:

    • "I hear there's a secret treasure... oh never mind."
    • "Angel Statue you say? I'm sorry, I'm not a junk dealer."

    Blood Moon:

    • "Have you seen Chith...Shith.. Chat... The big eye?" (An obvious reference to the Eye of Cthulhu)
    • "Hey, this house is secure, right? Right? <Name of player>?"
    • "Not even a blood moon can stop capitalism. Let's do some business."
    • "Keep your eye on the prize, buy a lens!"
    When Nurse and Mechanic are present:
    • "Oh, great. I can hear <name of Mechanic> and <name of Nurse> arguing from here."

    When Eye of Cthulhu has not been defeated:

    • "I hope a scrawny kid like you isn't all that is standing between us and Cthulhu's Eye."
    • "Look at that shoddy armor you're wearing. Better buy some more healing potions."
    • "I feel like an evil presence is watching me." (When the natural requirements for Eye of Cthulhu to spawn are acquired.)

    During a PartyDesktop and Console versions:

    • "You know what would be the best way to party? Buying things for others, specifically from me."

    During Rain:

    • "Umbrellas! Umbrellas! Get your half-off umbrellas!"
    • "How dreary! Lighten the mood with 99 torches!"

    During a thunderstorm:

    • "Wanna buy a lightning rod? Oh, seems I'm out of stock."
    • "Storms rollin' in... how 'bout you come in and buy something?"

    During a Windy DayDesktop version:

    • "What a blustery day! Stay awhile, and buy a thing or two."
    • "I used slime glue to keep my hat from blowing away! Perhaps I can sell you some for a couple gold coins..."

    Desktop version When in a Graveyard:

    • "This eerie atmosphere is bad for business!"
    • "This is a terrible location... I can't sell my wares to the dead!"
  • Happiness quotes Desktop version[edit | edit source]

  • When homeless:

    • "I don’t have a place to set up shop, friend."

    When far from home:

    • "Boy, I need to get back to my merchandise!"

    When in a sparse area:

    • "This is nice, lots of privacy to store my wares."

    When overcrowded:

    • "The number of neighbors has me a little unsettled."
    • "I hate how many people hang around, but none of them buy anything!"

    When in the Forest:

    • "I like the scenery in Forest, a good view attracts customers!"

    When in the Desert:

    • "Hmm, the Desert is a terrible place for business, I don’t like it."

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "I don’t think I can sell goods to monsters in the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon!"

    When near the Golfer:

    • "[Name of Golfer] the Golfer makes loads of money, I like deep pockets."

    When near the Nurse:

    • "<name> the Nurse makes loads of money, I like deep pockets."

    When near the Tax Collector:

    • "I dislike [Name of Tax Collector] the Tax Collector, too frugal and doesn’t ever buy my things."

    When near the Angler:

    • "I hate <name> the Angler's terrible personality!"

    When neutral:

    • "I’m feeling successful! Want to buy something?"
  • Trivia[edit | edit source]

    • The Merchant's inability to pronounce "Cthulhu" during a Blood Moon is reference to the fact that the American author H. P. Lovecraft, Cthulhu's creator, intended for the name to be impossible to pronounce. However, the Merchant is able to pronounce the name correctly in another of his quotes ("I hope a scrawny kid like you isn't all that is standing between us and Cthulhu's Eye.")
    • At the beginning of the night, the Merchant may say "Kosh, kapleck Mog. Oh sorry, that's klingon for 'Buy something or die.'", although Buy something or die is actually translated as vay' Daje'be'chugh vaj bIHegh in the Klingon language. Kosh, kapleck Mog does not mean anything in Klingon.
    • The Merchant is depicted in the paintings "The Merchant" and "Father of Someone".
      • Because of being depicted in "Father of Someone", he seems to have an offspring.
    • On rare occasions, the Merchant and the Clothier can share the names "Alfred" or "Edmund".
    • The Merchant's quote "I hope a scrawny kid like you isn't all that is standing between us and Cthulhu's Eye." is also used by another NPC, the unspawnable Mc MoneyPants.
    • The Merchant seems to be greedy, judging by various quotes, such as "Did you say gold? I'll take that off of ya."
    • He makes several quotes referencing things he does not sell, such as armour and umbrellas. In addition, despite claiming they sell for a lot overseas, he gives no money for Dirt Blocks.
    • His dialogue about buying 99 torches references how before the 1.4 update, Torches only stack to 99.
    • While the Merchant likes the Golfer due to how much money he has, the Golfer does not like the Merchant due to his greedy behaviour.
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Merchant: "The Merchant acts as a simple general store of sorts, providing useful starter tools and supplies needed for exploration."

    History[edit | edit source]

    • Desktop
      • Now has NPC happiness and prefers to live in the Forest.
      • Now sells any Pylon for 100000*10 when the criteria are met and he is in the correct biome.
      • Now sells the Furnace when in the Jungle biome.
      • Now sells the Pin Wheel during a Windy Day.
      • Now sells the Drum Set and Drumstick.
      • No longer sells the Tax Collector's set.
      • Now has a chance to be named "Kristian".
      • Removed "Finn" as a possible name.
    • Desktop Fixed a typo in one of the Merchant’s first names (Isacc is now Isaac).
    • Desktop 1.2.1: Can now sell the Sickle during Halloween. However, it is not sold properly, due to a bug.
    • Desktop 1.1:
      • Now has random name given to him on spawn. His deaths will be reported with this name. Also other NPCs will use it in their quotes.
      • Sells Disco Ball after activating Hardmode.
      • Lesser Mana Potion price reduced from 1000*10 to 100*1.
      • Will no longer spawn second and third Merchants in multiplayer.
    • Console 1.08: When shopping with a merchant you are now able to see your currency.
    • Console 1.02:
      • Desktop content (see Desktop 1.2 - above).
      • You can no longer sell your gold to NPCs.
      • Increased speed at which you can buy stacks of things.
    • Console-Release: Introduced Desktop 1.1.2 content (see Desktop 1.0 - 1.1 above). Disco Ball is unobtainable.
    • Mobile-Release:
      • Introduced Desktop 1.1.2 content.
      • Sells additional items, however the updates in which these items began to be sold is unknown.