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AI TypePassive AI
Max Life250
KB Resist50%
Map Icon Merchant.png
Map Icon
This is a Town NPC. A House may be required in order for them to appear.
This article is about the early game NPC unlocked by having 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 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 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 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 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 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.

Items sold[edit | edit source]

Item Cost Availability

Copper AxeCopper Axe 400*4 Silver Coin.png Always available.
Copper PickaxeCopper Pickaxe 500*5 Silver Coin.png Always available.
Mining HelmetMining Helmet 40000*4 Gold Coin.png Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version3DS Version
80000*8 Gold Coin.png Old-gen console version
Always available.
Piggy BankPiggy Bank 10000*1 Gold Coin.png Always available.
Iron AnvilIron Anvil 5000*50 Silver Coin.png Always available.
Bug NetBug Net 2500*25 Silver Coin.png Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
10000*1 Gold Coin.png Old-gen console version3DS Version
Always available.
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 spoken to in a Snow biome.
Throwing KnifeThrowing Knife 50*50 Copper Coin.png During a Blood Moon.
GlowstickGlowstick 10*10 Copper Coin.png During night.
Item Cost Availability

SafeSafe 200000*20 Gold Coin.png When Skeletron has been defeated.
Disco BallDisco Ball 10000*1 Gold Coin.png When the Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
FlareFlare 7*7 Copper Coin.png When the player carries a Flare Gun in their inventory.
Blue FlareBlue Flare 7*7 Copper Coin.png When the player carries a Flare Gun in their inventory.
SickleSickle 6000*60 Silver Coin.png Always available. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
During Halloween. Old-gen console version3DS Version
Gold DustGold Dust 1700*17 Silver Coin.png When the Wall of Flesh has been defeated.
NailNailDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png When the player possesses a Nail GunDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version.
Tax Collector's HatTax Collector's HatDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 30000*3 Gold Coin.png During Halloween.
Tax Collector's SuitTax Collector's SuitDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 30000*3 Gold Coin.png During Halloween.
Tax Collector's PantsTax Collector's PantsDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 30000*3 Gold Coin.png During Halloween.
Valentine RingValentine Ring3DS Version 10000*1 Gold Coin.png During Valentine's Day. 3DS Version
WiesnbräuWiesnbräu3DS Version 995*9 Silver Coin.png 95 Copper Coin.png During Oktoberfest. 3DS Version
Turkey featherTurkey feather3DS Version 100000*10 Gold Coin.png During Thanksgiving. 3DS Version
Heart ArrowHeart Arrow3DS Version 50*50 Copper Coin.png During Valentine's Day. 3DS Version
Festive top hatFestive top hat3DS Version 10000*1 Gold Coin.png During Christmas.
Old Walking StickOld Walking Stick3DS Version 1000000*1 Platinum Coin.png Always available.

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 Xbox One version. Those names include Steve, Logan and Jason.

Quotes[edit | edit source]


  • "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?"
  • "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 lense!" [sic]
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 VersionConsole Version:

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

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. In addition, despite claiming they sell for a lot overseas, he gives no money for Dirt Blocks.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 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 1000*10 Silver Coin.png to 100*1 Silver Coin.png.
    • 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.