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Map Icon Nurse.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypePassive AI
Damage81214 (Syringe) [1]
Max Life250
KB Resist50%

The Nurse is an NPC that will spawn once the following criteria have been met:

  • There is an empty house.
  • The player's maximum health is greater than 100.
  • The Merchant is present.

The Nurse will heal the player's health and cure them of any active debuffs at the cost of Coins (there are exceptions, see Notes and History).

In the Console version Console, Mobile version Mobile, and 3DS version3DS versions, healing costs can range from a few Copper to several Silver Coins, depending on how much health the player is missing. She charges Copper equal to 75% of the health restored (e.g. 75*75 for restoring 100 health), plus an additional 750*750 for every active debuff on the player.

In the Desktop version Desktop version, healing costs are 1*1 per health restored, plus an additional 100*1 per active debuff on the player, all multiplied by the Nurse's current Happiness price adjustment, and then doubled if playing on Expert ModeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions. Also, the Nurse charges increasing amounts of money for healing as the game progresses; these specific increases are detailed below. Thus, at the start of the game, the cost of restoring 100 health can range from 75*75 / 150*150 (with maximum happiness) to 150*150 / 300*3 (with maximum unhappiness), while by endgame it can range from 15000*150 / 30000*3 up to 30000*3 / 60000*6.

In the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, she will fight enemies by throwing Poison Syringe.png syringes that will deal 8 / 12 / 14 damage (plus, on Desktop version Desktop, various stat boosts) and poison enemies for 3–5 seconds.[1] She can also use Healing Syringe.png healing syringes to heal herself and other friendly NPCs for 20 health.[2]

Price increases[edit | edit source]

Desktop version Desktop-Only Content: This section's information applies only to the Desktop version of Terraria.

The cost of healing changes based on three factors: The Nurse's current Happiness, game progression, and Expert ModeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions. Happiness affects the Nurse's price by raising or lowering it to within a range of 75% to 150% of its base (in the same way that other NPCs' prices are affected by their happiness). Playing in Expert (or MasterDesktop version) mode further affects prices by permanently doubling them. Progression-based price increases are based on which bosses have been defeated in the current world. These increases are listed in the table below; only the single highest applicable increase is chosen and applied.

Event Price
Cost of Healing 100HP[cost 1]
Max Happiness Min Happiness
Classic Expert Classic Expert
Eye of Cthulhu beaten 225*225 450*450 450*450 900*9
Eater of Worlds / Brain of Cthulhu beaten 10× 750*750 1500*15 1500*15 3000*30
Skeletron or Queen Bee beaten 25× 1875*1875 3750*3750 3750*3750 7500*75
Hardmode entered 60× 4500*45 9000*90 9000*90 18000*180
Any mechanical boss beaten 100× 7500*75 15000*150 15000*150 30000*3
Plantera beaten 150× 11250*11250 22500*225 22500*225 45000*450
Golem beaten 200× 15000*150 30000*3 30000*3 60000*6
  1. The cost of healing 100 health is also equal to the cost of healing 1 debuff. Thus, the cost of healing 100 health and 1 debuff is 2x what is shown in this table; 100 health and 2 debuffs is 3x what is shown; etc.

Living preferences Desktop version[edit | edit source]


For more information, see NPC happiness.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If the player has full health and the heal option is available, this is because of active debuffs.
  • If planning on healing and drinking Ale, make sure to drink the Ale after healing, as Tipsy is technically a debuff and will be cured by the Nurse.
  • The Nurse can survive drowning forever due to the fact that she heals herself.
  • The Nurse cannot remove Potion Sickness, Water Candle, and Creative Shock, nor does she charge extra for them.
  • The Nurse cannot heal herself if the player is talking to her. This can, however, be circumvented with Autopause enabled.
  • If a healing syringe thrown by the Nurse does not hit her target, it will begin homing in on them.Verify

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement The Frequent Flyer.png
The Frequent Flyer • “Spend over 1 gold being treated by the nurse.”
Spend over 10000*1 total being treated by the Nurse. Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions

Tips[edit | edit source]

Names[edit | edit source]

The Nurse may have any of the following names:

  • Abigail
  • Allison
  • Amy
  • Caitlin
  • Carly
  • Claire
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Hannah
  • Heather
  • Helen
  • Holly
  • Jenna
  • Kaitlin
  • Kaitlyn
  • Katelyn
  • Katherine
  • Kathryn
  • Katie
  • Kayla
  • Lisa
  • Lorraine
  • Madeline
  • Molly

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Interaction quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Anytime other than during a Blood Moon:

    • "Turn your head and cough."
    • "That's not the biggest I've ever seen... Yes, I've seen bigger wounds for sure."
    • "Would you like a lollipop?"
    • "Show me where it hurts."

    Before defeating Wall of Flesh:

    • "I need to have a serious talk with <name of Guide>. How many times a week can you come in with severe lava burns?" (a reference to the effects of the Guide Voodoo Doll when it is thrown into lava.)

    Before defeating Skeletron:

    • "Have you seen that old man pacing around the dungeon? He looks troubled."

    When Demolitionist is present:

    • "I wish <name of Demolitionist> would be more careful. I'm getting tired of having to sew his limbs back on every day."

    When Arms Dealer is present:

    • "Hey, has <name of Arms Dealer> mentioned needing to go to the doctor for any reason? Just wondering."

    When Tavernkeep is present:

    • "I keep asking for wine, but all <name of Tavernkeep> gives me are mugs of ale."

    When player is moderately injured (≥33% health, but <66% health):

    • "Quit being such a baby! I've seen worse."
    • "That's gonna need stitches!"
    • "Trouble with those bullies again?"
    • "Hold on, I've got some cartoon bandages around here somewhere."
    • "Walk it off, <name of player>, you'll be fine. Sheesh."
    • "Does it hurt when you do that? Don't do that."
    • "You look half digested. Have you been chasing slimes again?"

    When player is badly injured (<33% health):

    • "I think you look better this way."
    • "Eww... What happened to your face?"
    • "MY GOODNESS! I'm good, but I'm not THAT good."
    • "Dear friends we are gathered here today to bid farewell... Oh, you'll be fine."
    • "You left your arm over there. Let me get that for you..."

    During a Blood Moon:

    • When player is not badly injured (≥33% health):
      • "What is that supposed to mean?!"
      • "I don't think I like your tone."
      • "Why are you even here? If you aren't bleeding, you don't need to be here. Get out."
      • "WHAT?!"
    • When player is badly injured (<33% health):
      • "You better not get blood on me."
      • "Hurry up and stop bleeding."
      • "If you're going to die, do it outside."

    When player clicks Heal:

    • When player clicks Heal if slightly injured (≥75% health):
      • "That didn't hurt too bad, now did it?"
    • When player clicks Heal if moderately injured (≥50% health, but <75% health):
      • "All better. I don't want to see you jumping off anymore cliffs."
    • When player clicks Heal if badly injured (≥25% health, but <50% health):
      • "That's probably going to leave a scar."
    • When player clicks Heal if very badly injured (<25% health):
      • "I managed to sew your face back on. Be more careful next time."
    • When player clicks Heal at full health:
      • "I don't give happy endings."
      • "I can't do anymore for you without plastic surgery."
      • "Quit wasting my time."
    • When player clicks Heal without enough coins:
      • "I'm sorry, but you can't afford me."
      • "I'm gonna need more gold than that."
      • "I don't work for free you know."

    During a PartyDesktop and Console versions:

    • "No, I will not tell you how many candles are on my cake."

    During Rain:

    • "Great! Now my uniform is all wet. Stop staring!"
    • "If you stay out there too long, you'll catch a cold!"

    During a Thunderstorm:

    • "I do not perform shock therapy, just go stand outside under a tree!"
    • "Just stay inside! I've already treated too many electrocuted patients today."

    During a Windy DayDesktop version:

    • "I been chasing my medical supplies all day. This gale is keeping me fit!" [sic]
    • "This breeze is really extra right now! Beware of flying needles."

    Desktop version When in a Graveyard:

    • "Ahh!! I'd rather be working at an abandoned hospital than hanging around here!"
    • "This place creeps me out, and I can't treat dead patients!"
  • Happiness quotes Desktop version[edit | edit source]

  • When homeless:

    • "Tch, not having a house REALLY puts me in a bad mood."

    When far from home:

    • "I’m TOO FAR from my house, I hate all this walking."

    When in a sparse area:

    • "These digs are great - loving the personal space."

    When overcrowded:

    • "Hey, I dislike the lack of social distancing here."
    • "UGH, I hate how unhealthy it is to cram so many people in one place!"

    When in the Hallow:

    • "I like how the Hallow is a beautiful place to get daily exercise.”

    When in the Snow biome:

    • "Eww, I don't like the Snow's propensity for illness."

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "Yuck, the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon is extremely putrid and filthy, it’ll make me sick!"

    When near the Arms Dealer:

    • "What? [Name of Arms Dealer] the Arms Dealer? I don't have a crush! I don't! Shut up!"

    When near the Wizard:

    • "[Name of Wizard] the Wizard is a smart and likeable goof."

    When near the Dryad:

    • "I don't like [Name of Dryad] the Dryad that much, kinda weirds me out."

    When near the Party Girl:

    • "I don't like [Name of Party Girl] the Party Girl that much, kinda weirds me out."

    When near the Zoologist:

    • "I hate treating [Name of Zoologist] the Zoologist, so difficult!"

    When Happiness is neutral:

    • "My vital signs are normal, if that's what you're asking."
  • Trivia[edit | edit source]

    • There appears to be conflict between the Nurse and the Mechanic during a Blood Moon. During this time, the Merchant has a chance of saying, "Oh, great. I can hear <name of Mechanic> and <name of Nurse> arguing from here."
    • The Arms Dealer seemingly has romantic interest in her according to his quotes when the Nurse is present. This is also reflected in the Nurse's quote "Hey, has <name of Arms Dealer> mentioned needing to go to the doctor for any reason? Just wondering." The Nurse, despite her apparent feelings for the Arms Dealer, is already in a romantic relationship with someone as noted by the Stylist in her quote, "Mhmm, I heard from <name of Party Girl> that <name of Mechanic>'s friend <name of Nurse> spent her boyfriend's last paycheck on shoes." However, this could most likely be the arms dealer.
    • The Nurse is depicted in a painting called "Nurse Lisa", a reference to the famous portrait painting Mona Lisa by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.
    • Desktop version When talking to the Nurse while in a crowded area, she will say, "Hey, I dislike the lack of social distancing here." This is a reference to the 2019-2020 Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak that was ongoing at the time of Journey's End launch, and the "social distancing" practice people were encouraged to follow by staying six feet or two meters away from people in public.
    • During a PartyDesktop and Console versions, when the Nurse dons a party hat, her hairstyle is different. She wears it down instead of up in a ponytail: Nurse (Party).png This makes sense as wearing a party hat while having hair in a ponytail would be cumbersome.
    • The Nurse's quote, "I don't give happy endings." is a reference to the practice of masseuses offering sexual favors, or 'happy endings', to their clients at the end of a massage for additional payment.
      • The Nurse will not say "I don't give happy endings." if the Blood and Gore setting is turned off.[3]
    • Although the Zoologist is registered as hated by the Nurse, she doesn't seem to actually hate her. The dialogue indicates that the Nurse hates the Zoologist's unique anatomy more than the Zoologist herself: "I hate treating <Name of Zoologist> the Zoologist, so difficult!"
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Nurse: "The Nurse's snarky attitude and poor bedside manner may be scary, but for a price, she will cure all that ails a wounded Terrarian."

    History[edit | edit source]

    • Desktop Now charges increasing amounts of money for healing as the game progresses.
    • Desktop 1.1: Now has random name given to her on spawn. Her deaths will be reported with this name. Also other NPCs will use it in their quotes. No longer spawns a second nurse in multiplayer.

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, function AI_007_TownEntities() in Terraria.NPC.cs
    2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method AI() in Terraria.Projectile.cs (under aiStyle == 110)
    3. 3.0 3.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, function GUIChatDrawInner() in Terraria.Main.cs