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Merchant
Merchant.png
Statistics
TypeNPC
AI TypePassive AI
Damage10
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%
Map Icon Merchant.png
Map Icon
Nurse.png
This is a Town NPC. A House may be required in order for it to appear.
This article is about the early game NPC unlocked by having 50 Silver Coin or more. For the NPC that occassionally 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 50 Silver Coin between them in their inventories.

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 50 Silver Coin in their combined inventories.

Merchant walking.

On the Desktop version Desktop version and Console version Console version, the Merchant will lob Throwing Knives at nearby enemies to defend himself.

Items sold[edit | edit source]

Inventory
Item Cost Availability

Mining HelmetMining Helmet 40000*4 Gold Coin.png Desktop VersionConsole Version3DS Version
8 Gold Coin Old-gen console versionMobile Version
Always available.
Piggy BankPiggy Bank 10000*1 Gold Coin.png Always available.
Iron AnvilIron Anvil 5000*50 Silver Coin.png Always available. Desktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console version3DS Version
If the world generated with Iron. Mobile Version
Lead AnvilLead Anvil 7500*75 Silver Coin.png If the world generated with Lead. Mobile Version
Bug NetBug Net 2500*25 Silver Coin.png Desktop VersionConsole Version
1 Gold Coin Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version
Always available.
Copper PickaxeCopper Pickaxe 500*5 Silver Coin.png Always available. Desktop VersionConsole Version
If the world generated with Tin. Mobile Version
Tin PickaxeTin Pickaxe 750*7 Silver Coin.png 50 Copper Coin.png If the world generated with Copper. Mobile Version
Copper AxeCopper Axe 400*4 Silver Coin.png Always available. Desktop VersionConsole Version
If the world generated with Tin. Mobile Version
Tin AxeTin Axe 600*6 Silver Coin.png If the world generated with Copper. Mobile Version
TorchTorch 50*50 Copper Coin.png Always available.
Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potion 300*3 Silver Coin.png Always available.
Lesser Mana PotionLesser Mana Potion 100*1 Silver Coin.png Always available.
Wooden ArrowWooden Arrow 5*5 Copper Coin.png Always available.
ShurikenShuriken 15*15 Copper Coin.png Always available.
RopeRope 10*10 Copper Coin.png Always available.
MarshmallowMarshmallow 100*1 Silver Coin.png When the merchant's house is in
a Snow biome (natural or artificial).
Throwing KnifeThrowing Knife 50*50 Copper Coin.png During a Blood Moon.
Always available. Mobile Version
GlowstickGlowstick 10*10 Copper Coin.png During night.
SafeSafe 200000*20 Gold Coin.png If Skeletron has been defeated.
BottleBottle 20*20 Copper Coin.png Always available. Mobile Version
Inventory
Item Cost Availability

Iron ShortswordIron Shortsword 1400*14 Silver Coin.png At random. Exactly one iron item will sell at all times. Mobile Version
Iron BroadswordIron Broadsword 1800*18 Silver Coin.png At random. Exactly one iron item will sell at all times. Mobile Version
Iron PickaxeIron Pickaxe 2000*20 Silver Coin.png At random. Exactly one iron item will sell at all times. Mobile Version
Iron HammerIron Hammer 1600*16 Silver Coin.png At random. Exactly one iron item will sell at all times. Mobile Version
Iron BowIron Bow 1400*14 Silver Coin.png At random. Exactly one iron item will sell at all times. Mobile Version
Disco BallDisco Ball 10000*1 Gold Coin.png If Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
FlareFlare 7*7 Copper Coin.png When the player possesses a Flare Gun.
Blue FlareBlue Flare 7*7 Copper Coin.png When the player possesses a Flare Gun.
SickleSickle 6000*60 Silver Coin.png Always available. Desktop VersionConsole Version
During Halloween. Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version
Gold DustGold Dust 1700*17 Silver Coin.png If Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
NailNailDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png When the player possesses a Nail GunDesktop VersionConsole Version.
Greater Mana PotionGreater Mana Potion 500*5 Silver Coin.png One Hardmode Boss Defeated. Mobile Version
Greater Healing PotionGreater Healing Potion 5000*50 Silver Coin.png One Hardmode Boss Defeated. Mobile Version
Poisoned KnifePoisoned Knife 60*60 Copper Coin.png During Blood Moon. Mobile Version
Tax Collector's HatTax Collector's HatDesktop VersionConsole Version 30000*3 Gold Coin.png During Halloween. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Tax Collector's SuitTax Collector's SuitDesktop VersionConsole Version 30000*3 Gold Coin.png During Halloween. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Tax Collector's PantsTax Collector's PantsDesktop VersionConsole Version 30000*3 Gold Coin.png During Halloween. Desktop VersionConsole Version
Valentine RingValentine RingMobile Version3DS Version 1 Gold Coin During Valentine's Day. Mobile Version3DS Version
WiesnbräuWiesnbräuMobile Version3DS Version 995*9 Silver Coin.png 95 Copper Coin.png During Oktoberfest. Mobile Version3DS Version
Turkey FeatherTurkey FeatherMobile Version3DS Version 10 Gold Coin During Thanksgiving. Mobile Version3DS Version
Heart ArrowHeart ArrowMobile Version3DS Version 50 Copper Coin During Valentine's Day. Mobile Version3DS Version

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Merchant makes several quotes referencing things he does not sell. In addition, despite claiming they sell for a lot overseas, he gives no money for dirt blocks.
  • In Mobile version Mobile version, the iron item being sold will change each time the shop window is opened.

Names[edit | edit source]

The Merchant may have any of the following names:

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

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Morning:

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

Afternoon:

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

Evening:

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

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!"

Midnight:

  • "I wonder if the moon is made of cheese... huh, what? Oh yes, buy something!"
  • "The last guy who was here left some junk... er I mean... treasures!"
  • "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?"
  • "Keep your eye on the prize, buy a lense!" [sic]
  • "Not even a Blood Moon can stop capitalism. Let's do some business."
  • "Hey, this house is secure, right? Right? [Name of Player]?"
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's standing between us and Cthulhu's Eye."
  • "I feel like an evil presence is watching me." (When the natural requirements for Eye of Cthulhu to spawn are acquired.)
  • "Look at that shoddy armor you're wearing. Better buy some more healing potions."

During a Party:

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Merchant's inability to pronounce "Cthulhu" during a Blood Moon is reference to the fact that 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... 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' blje'be'chugh vaj blHegh in the Klingon language. Kosh, kapleck Mog means absolutely nothing in Klingon.
  • The Merchant is depicted in a painting called The Merchant.
  • On rare occasions, the Merchant and the Clothier can share the names "Alfred" or "Edmund."
  • The Merchant's line "I hope a scrawny kid like you isn't all that's standing between us and Cthulhu's Eye" is also used by another NPC, the unspawnable Mc MoneyPantsMobile Version.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2.4.1: Fixed a typo in one of the Merchant’s first names (Isacc is now Isaac).
  • 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 10 Silver Coin to 1 Silver Coin.
    • 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 1.2.1.2 content (see Desktop 1.2 - 1.2.1.1 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.