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Skeleton Merchant

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Skeleton Merchant
Skeleton Merchant.png
Statistics
Type NPC
AI Type Passive
Max Life 250
Internal NPC ID: 453
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The Skeleton Merchant is an NPC that sells items; he is found in the Cavern layer. He spawns randomly, similar to a bound NPC. Enemies will not spawn near him. He will not move into a vacant house if one is available, similar to the Traveling Merchant and the Old Man, and will despawn when off screen, unlike them, making it the only NPC that despawn off screen.

His stock changes at 4:30 AM daily, and he does not need to respawn for it to do so. He has a specific inventory for each moon phase.

He will throw bones to fend off nearby non-skeletal enemies.

Unlike other NPCs, the Skeleton Merchant does not have a map icon. A Hunter Potion will highlight him, but the Lifeform Analyzer will not detect him.

A Skeleton Merchant, found lurking in the Cavern.

Items sold[edit | edit source]

Inventory

Item Cost Availability
Strange Brew.png
5 Silver Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 1 (Full) Moon phase 3 (Third Quarter) Moon phase 5 (New Moon) Moon phase 7 (First Quarter)
Lesser Healing Potion.png
3 Silver Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 2 (Waning Gibbous) Moon phase 4 (Waning Crescent) Moon phase 6 (Waxing Crescent) Moon phase 8 (Waxing Gibbous)
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1 Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin At night(7:30 PM to 4:29 AM) or during a full moon.
Glowstick.png
10 Copper Coin During the day (4:30 AM to 7:29 PM) if there was no full moon.
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1 Silver Coin During the first half of every in game minute (every real life second).
Torch.png
50 Copper Coin During the second half of every in game minute (every real life second).
Bone Arrow.png
15 Copper Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 1 (Full) Moon phase 2 (Waning Gibbous) Moon phase 5 (New Moon) Moon phase 6 (Waxing Crescent)
Wooden Arrow.png
5 Copper Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 3 (Third Quarter) Moon phase 4 (Waning Crescent) Moon phase 7 (First Quarter) Moon phase 8 (Waxing Gibbous)
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5 Gold Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 1 (Full) Moon phase 5 (New Moon)
Red Counterweight.png
5 Gold Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 2 (Waning Gibbous) Moon phase 6 (Waxing Crescent)
Purple Counterweight.png
5 Gold Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 3 (Third Quarter) Moon phase 7 (First Quarter)
Green Counterweight.png
5 Gold Coin During the following moon phases - Moon phase 4 (Waning Crescent) Moon phase 8 (Waxing Gibbous)
Bomb.png
Bomb 
3 Silver Coin Always available.
Rope.png
Rope 
10 Copper Coin Always available.
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20 Gold Coin During Hardmode, During the following moon phases - Moon phase 1 (Full) Moon phase 2 (Waning Gibbous) Moon phase 3 (Third Quarter) Moon phase 4 (Waning Crescent)
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20 Gold Coin During Hardmode, During the following moon phases - Moon phase 5 (New Moon) Moon phase 6 (Waxing Crescent) Moon phase 7 (First Quarter) Moon phase 8 (Waxing Gibbous)
Yoyo Glove.png
50 Gold Coin During Hardmode.
Slap Hand.png
25 Gold Coin During Hardmode blood moon.
Magic Lantern.png
10 Gold Coin During the night (7:30 PM to 4:29 AM) of a full moon - Moon phase 1 (Full)
1 2 3 4
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5 6 7 8
Moon-new.png Moon-6.png Moon-7.png Moon-8.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Skeleton Merchant's appearance blocks monster spawn around the player, like what 3 town NPCs do, but there is something more: he is counted as 7 normal NPCs in the process of counting active NPCs when spawning NPCs, in most cases effectively blocking virtually anything from spawning, including critters (the maximum spawn is 9(15*0.6) when 3 town NPCs are present). This creates a problem when you are preparing to farm monsters in the Underground or Cavern layers. You must have a strong external damage source (lava, boulders, Lihzhard traps) to kill him in order to continue farming, or just go far enough for him to despawn.
  • He cannot drown, and he can sometimes spawn in pools of water.
  • He cannot be teleported using a Portal Gun.
  • The Skeleton Merchant does not attack skeletal enemies, nor will they harm him via contact damage. Skeleton archers, however, may shoot him by accident if the player is behind the merchant. This will only deal one damage to the merchant (or two if it is a critical hit)
  • He cannot be killed by explosives.

Names[edit | edit source]

  • Billy Marrows
  • Bones McGee
  • Gloomy Mays
  • Jack Sellington
  • Mandible Calavera
  • Mika
  • No-Eyed Wiley
  • Rattles Magoo
  • Skellington
  • Tom

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "You would not believe some of the things people throw at me... Wanna buy some of it?"
  • "I'd lend you a hand, but last time I did that, I didn't get it back for a month."
  • "You've got a real backbone coming way down here, how 'bout ya buy somethin?"
  • "Stay away from the spiders. They'll suck out your insides and leave you a hollow shell of a man. Trust me on this one."
  • "Excellent! Someone's finally come by to take some of these maggots off my hands."
  • "There's no illness or condition that can't be cured by some of my Slime Oil! Trust me, it works, just look at my lively figure!"
  • "The only things constant in this world are death and taxes, I've got both!"
  • "Got any spare bones for sale? I'm looking to replace my broken hip... again."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The names "Jack Sellington" and "Skellington" are references to Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
  • No-Eyed Willy is a reference to One-Eyed Willy from "The Goonies".
  • The name "Mandible Calavera" is a reference to Manuel "Manny" Calavera from "Grim Fandango".
  • The names "Billy Marrows" and "Gloomy Mays" are a reference to the TV salesman Billy Mays.
  • The name "Tom" may be a reference to Blues Brothers Band member Tom "Bones" Malone.
  • "Tom" may also be a reference to the enemy Tim.
  • The quote about Slime Oil is a reference to the "Miracle Tonic" peddlers of the 1800s, who were commonly called Snake Oil Salesmen.
  • The quote "The only things constant in this world are death and taxes, I've got both!" is a reference to Benjamin Franklin's famous quote, "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
  • The quote "You would not believe some of the things people throw at me... Wanna buy some of it?" is a reference to a young scavenger named "Squirt the Peddler" in the game "Diablo III". Squirt periodically asks the player a near-exact variation of this question, but refers to "things people throw away" instead of "things people throw at me".
  • The quote "Stay away from the spiders. They'll suck out your insides and leave you a hollow shell of a man. Trust me on this one." suggests that the skeleton was slain by a spider.
  • Some quotes such as "Got any spare bones for sale? I'm looking to replace my broken hip... again.";"Excellent! Someone's finally come by to take some of these maggots off my hands."; and "I'd lend you a hand, but last time I did that, I didn't get it back for a month," suggest that all of the skeleton enemies have adequate reason to be aggressive and violent.
  • Even though he is not a town NPC, he will throw confetti during a party.
  • He is one of two NPCs that does not have a Map Icon, the other being the Old Man.

History[edit | edit source]

Characters: Blue Slime.png Pre-Hardmode Enemies • Pixie.png Hardmode Enemies • Goblin Warrior.png Event Enemies • Skeletron Head.png Bosses
Bunny.png Critters • Guide.png Friendly NPCs • Baby Dinosaur.png Familiars