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Traveling Merchant
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Map Icon Traveling Merchant.png
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Statistics
Type
AI TypePassive AI
Damage10
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%
Drops
The flamboyantly-dressed Traveling Merchant travels far and wide to bring unique, cultural wares from time to time.

— The Bestiary

The Traveling Merchant is a unique NPC vendor who randomly visits the player's town for one day. His inventory is randomized and different every visit, selling 4–10 / 4–12 (average 5.47 / 5.97; see below for details) different items listed below.

In order for the Traveling Merchant to spawn, at least 2 other NPCs must already be present. The Guide counts as one of these, but the Old Man and Skeleton MerchantDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions do not[1]. He will not spawn during Eclipse, Goblin Army, Frost Legion, Pirate Invasion, or Martian Madness[2]. He does not require his own house in order to spawn, and will instead spawn next to NPCs, spending the day walking around them.

Once the criteria are met, the Traveling Merchant has a 22.12% chance of spawning each day, appearing at a random time between 4:30 AM and 12:00 PM. The chance of him appearing is just as likely if all players are sleeping. He leaves the same day at 6:00 PM, but can only do so once he is off-screen. He despawns if the world is vacated any time after he spawns.

Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions If threatened by enemies, the Traveling Merchant will defend himself with a Revolver. Once Hardmode begins, he upgrades to a Pulse Bow.

Items sold[edit | edit source]

Due to elaborate randomizer functions and dependencies upon several variables, it is nearly impossible to state an exact chance of an item being sold by the Traveling Merchant.[3] However, it is possible to group them in six rarity "slots", ranging from "Common" to "Extraordinarily Rare". Note that these slots do not correspond to the Traveling Merchant's shop inventory slots – it is possible that all sold items are from only one slot. They are only meant to provide a rough, comparative estimate of an item's rarity. Each shop slot will roll a 1/n chance of being for every possible item where n is 100 * the rarity slot. This chance is affected by the luckiest player currently in the world. When multiple items pass this chance, the item that was tested the latest will be the selected.

Within the slots, items higher in the list below have a marginally higher chance of being sold, e.g., the Companion CubeDesktop VersionConsole Version is sold slightly more often than the Water Gun (on average), because it is higher in the list.

Common[edit | edit source]

Inventory – Common items (slot 1/6)
Item Cost Availability

StopwatchStopwatchDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5
Lifeform AnalyzerLifeform AnalyzerDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5
DPS MeterDPS MeterDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5
Pink Team BlockPink Team BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Only selling one color
of Team Blocks at maximum
Pink Team PlatformPink Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Always when selling
Pink Team Blocks
Yellow Team BlockYellow Team BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Only selling one color
of Team Blocks at maximum
Yellow Team PlatformYellow Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Always when selling
Yellow Team Blocks
Green Team BlockGreen Team BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Only selling one color
of Team Blocks at maximum
Green Team PlatformGreen Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Always when selling
Green Team Blocks
Blue Team BlockBlue Team BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Only selling one color
of Team Blocks at maximum
Blue Team PlatformBlue Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Always when selling
Blue Team Blocks
Red Team BlockRed Team BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Only selling one color
of Team Blocks at maximum
Red Team PlatformRed Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Always when selling
Red Team Blocks
White Team BlockWhite Team BlockDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Only selling one color
of Team Blocks at maximum
White Team PlatformWhite Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Always when selling
White Team Blocks
Dynasty WoodDynasty WoodDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 50*50
Red Dynasty ShinglesRed Dynasty ShinglesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 50*50 Always when selling
Dynasty Wood
Blue Dynasty ShinglesBlue Dynasty ShinglesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 50*50 Always when selling
Dynasty Wood
Fancy DishesFancy DishesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 2000*20
ChaliceChaliceDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 5000*50
Zebra SkinZebra SkinDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 10000*1
Leopard SkinLeopard SkinDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 10000*1
Tiger SkinTiger SkinDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 10000*1
PhoPhoDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 5000*50
Pad ThaiPad ThaiDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 3000*30
SakeSakeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 500*5

Uncommon[edit | edit source]

Inventory – Uncommon items (slot 2/6)
Item Cost Availability

Ultrabright TorchUltrabright TorchDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 300*3
KatanaKatanaDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 100000*10
PresseratorPresseratorDesktop VersionConsole Version 100000*10
Portable Cement MixerPortable Cement MixerDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 100000*10
Paint SprayerPaint SprayerDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 100000*10
Extendo GripExtendo GripDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 100000*10
Brick LayerBrick LayerDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 100000*10

Rare[edit | edit source]

Inventory – Rare items (slot 3/6)
Item Cost Availability

The SeasonThe SeasonDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 5000*50 During Christmas
SnowfellasSnowfellasDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 5000*50 During Christmas
Cursed SaintCursed SaintDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 5000*50 During Christmas
Cold SnapCold SnapDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 5000*50 During Christmas
AcornsAcornsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 5000*50 During Christmas
The Truth Is Up ThereThe Truth Is Up ThereDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 20000*2 After defeating
Martian Madness
Martia LisaMartia LisaDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 20000*2 After defeating
Martian Madness
Castle MarsbergCastle MarsbergDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 20000*2 After defeating
Martian Madness
Not a Kid, nor a SquidNot a Kid, nor a SquidDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 30000*3 After defeating
Moon Lord
Code 2Code 2Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 250000*25 After defeating
any mechanical boss
Code 1Code 1Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5 After defeating
the Eye of Cthulhu
Pretty Pink RibbonPretty Pink RibbonDesktop Version 150000*15
Pretty Pink DressPretty Pink DressDesktop Version 200000*20 Always when selling
Pretty Pink Ribbon
Pretty Pink StockingsPretty Pink StockingsDesktop Version 200000*20 Always when selling
Pretty Pink Ribbon
Fake Unicorn HornFake Unicorn HornDesktop Version 25000*250
Heart HairpinHeart HairpinDesktop Version 20000*2
Bamboo LeafBamboo LeafDesktop Version 1000000*1
Star HairpinStar HairpinDesktop Version 20000*2
FedoraFedoraDesktop Version 25000*250
Panda EarsPanda EarsDesktop Version 25000*250
Devil HornsDevil HornsDesktop Version 25000*250
Demon HornsDemon HornsDesktop Version 25000*250
Star Princess CrownStar Princess CrownDesktop Version 500000*50
Star Princess DressStar Princess DressDesktop Version 500000*50 Always when selling
Star Princess Crown
Celestial WandCelestial WandDesktop Version 1000000*1 Always when selling
Star Princess Crown
Chef HatChef HatDesktop Version 25000*250
Chef UniformChef UniformDesktop Version 25000*250 Always when selling
Chef Hat
Chef PantsChef PantsDesktop Version 25000*250 Always when selling
Chef Hat
Master Gamer's JacketMaster Gamer's JacketDesktop Version 50000*5
Master Gamer's PantsMaster Gamer's PantsDesktop Version 50000*5 Always when selling
Master Gamer's Jacket
GiGiDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 20000*2
Gypsy RobeGypsy RobeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 35000*350 Desktop, Console, and Mobile Versions
20000*2 Old-gen console version3DS Version
Magic HatMagic HatDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 30000*3
FezFezDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 35000*350
Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 150000*15
RevolverRevolverDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 100000*10 After smashing a
Shadow Orb/Crimson Heart

Very Rare[edit | edit source]

Inventory – Very rare items (slot 4/6)
Item Cost Availability

Bedazzled NectarBedazzled NectarDesktop Version 1000000*1
Exotic Chew ToyExotic Chew ToyDesktop Version 1000000*1
Birdie RattleBirdie RattleDesktop Version 1000000*1
Anti-Portal BlockAnti-Portal BlockDesktop Version 100*1 During Hardmode
Companion CubeCompanion CubeDesktop VersionConsole Version 5000000*5
Sitting Duck's Fishing PoleSitting Duck's Fishing PoleDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 350000*35
Hunter CloakHunter CloakDesktop Version 150000*15
Winter CapeWinter CapeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5
Red CapeRed CapeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5
Mysterious CapeMysterious CapeDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5
Crimson CloakCrimson CloakDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5
Diamond RingDiamond RingDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 2000000*2
Celestial MagnetCelestial MagnetDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 150000*15
Water GunWater GunDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 15000*150
Pulse BowPulse BowDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 450000*45 After defeating
Plantera
Yellow CounterweightYellow CounterweightDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5

Extremely Rare[edit | edit source]

Inventory – Extremely rare items (slot 5/6)
Item Cost Availability

Gray ZapinatorGray ZapinatorDesktop Version 170000*17 During Pre-Hardmode
after any boss kill
Orange ZapinatorOrange ZapinatorDesktop Version 500000*50 During Hardmode
Super Star ShooterSuper Star ShooterDesktop Version 500000*50 After defeating
any mechanical boss
Arcane Rune WallArcane Rune WallDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 250*250
KimonoKimonoDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 10000*1
Sergeant United ShieldSergeant United ShieldDesktop Version 350000*35 During Hardmode
GatligatorGatligatorDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 350000*35 During Hardmode
Black CounterweightBlack CounterweightDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions 50000*5

Extraordinarily Rare[edit | edit source]

Inventory – Extraordinarily rare items (slot 6/6)
Item Cost Availability

Angel HaloAngel HaloDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions 400000*40

Console-only[edit | edit source]

Inventory – Console-only
Item Cost Availability

Dragon MaskDragon Mask 500000*50 Console version 0.05% chance
Dragon BreastplateDragon Breastplate 1000000*1 Console version When selling Dragon Mask
Dragon GreavesDragon Greaves 750000*75 Console version When selling Dragon Mask
Titan HelmetTitan Helmet 500000*50 Console version 0.05% chance
Titan MailTitan Mail 1000000*1 Console version When selling Titan Helmet
Titan LeggingsTitan Leggings 750000*75 Console version When selling Titan Helmet
Spectral HeadgearSpectral Headgear 500000*50 Console version 0.05% chance
Spectral ArmorSpectral Armor 1000000*1 Console version When selling Spectral Headgear
Spectral SubligarSpectral Subligar 750000*75 Console version When selling Spectral Headgear

Number of sold items[edit | edit source]

The following tables list the chances of the numbers of items sold by the Traveling Merchant.[3] Only "base" items are counted, i.e., Dynasty Shingles and Team Platforms are excluded from this number, since they are always sold together with their "base" items Dynasty Wood or Team Block, respectively.

Number of
"base" items
Chance
(Classic Mode > Expert ModeDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions)
4 3255/16384 (19.87%) 3255/32768 (9.93%)
5 5127/16384 (31.29%) 4191/16384 (25.58%)
6 16327/49152 (33.22%) 7927/24576 (32.26%)
7 1103/8192 (13.46%) 22945/98304 (23.34%)
8 1003/49152 (2.04%) 7621/98304 (7.75%)
9 19/16384 (0.12%) 265/24576 (1.08%)
10 1/49152 (0.002%) 29/49152 (0.06%)
11 n/a 1/98304 (0.001%)

These chances reveal that the average number of sold "base" items is 5.47 / 5.97.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The actual "roll" to spawn the Traveling Merchant is not performed once-per-day like a Goblin Army or how any other events are determined. Instead, the roll is performed every tick[4].
    • For each tick of the first half of each day (4:30 AM – 12:00 PM = 7.5 hours = 27,000 ticks), there is a 1 in 108,000 chance to spawn the Traveling Merchant. Thus, the Traveling Merchant has a: 1-(107999/108000)^27000 = 0.2212001339 ≈ 22.12% chance of arriving each day.
    • This means that if a specific item from the Traveling Merchant is desired but he arrived without that particular item and it is before 12:00 PM in-game, he can be killed for a chance of another Traveling Merchant spawning.
  • The Traveling Merchant does not leave during events.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Traveling Merchant departs by simply disappearing while off-screen. If the player keeps him on-screen during the time when he would normally depart, he will remain until he is off-screen again. If he is kept on-screen until dawn, he will not depart until he is off-screen after 6:00 PM the following evening. This does not, however, change his inventory.
  • Desktop Version In Journey Mode, if you pause time when it's between 4:30 AM and 12:00 PM, the Traveling Merchant will instantly spawn (provided all the conditions are met, i.e. at least two NPCs are present and no invasion is happening). Leaving the world while time is still frozen and then returning will reroll the Traveling Merchant's current stock and location (if there's more than one town in the world). This is a great way to farm for his rarer items.
    • Desktop Version Another way of farming the Traveling Merchant in Journey Mode is increasing the time speed multiplier until he appears and then freezing time. Changing time to midnight and then immediately back to dawn will depart the old merchant and a new one will arrive instantly. The off-screen despawn rule still applies, so changing locations prior to changing time is required.
      • Note that this method will still trigger invasions like Goblin Army and Pirate Invasion when the time is set to dawn, making the Traveling Merchant stop "respawning".
    • Killing the Traveling Merchant, and then quickly un-pausing time and pausing it back, will spawn a new Traveling Merchant with a new set of stock.

Names[edit | edit source]

The Traveling Merchant may have any of the following names:

  • Abraham
  • Aedan
  • Aphraim
  • Bohemas
  • Eladon
  • Gallius
  • Llewellyn
  • Mercer
  • Rawleigh
  • Riley
  • Romeo
  • Shipton
  • Willy

Quotes[edit | edit source]

    • "Hmm, you look like you could use an Angel Statue! They slice, and dice, and make everything nice!"
    • "I don't refund for "buyer's remorse..." Or for any other reason, really."
    • "Buy now and get free shipping!"
    • "I sell wares from places that might not even exist!"
    • "You want two penny farthings!? Make it one and we have a deal."
    • "Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes julienne fries!"
    • "Come and have a look! One pound fish! Very, very good! One pound fish!"
    • "If you're looking for junk, you've come to the wrong place."
    • "A thrift shop? No, I am only selling the highest quality items on the market."

    When Guide is present:

    • "Meet me behind <name of Guide>'s house in about three hours, I think I have something you will find very appealing."

    When Merchant is present:

    • "That <name of Merchant>, he really has no appreciation for a really good deal."

    When Clothier is present:

    • "I sell only what I can get. <Name of Clothier> keeps hounding me for exotic clothing."

    During Rain:

    • "Rain or blue skies, I come from afar to serve you! Do you have some coin?"[sic]
    • "If my exotic coat shrinks, I will be a tad upset!"

    During a Thunderstorm:

    • "Whew! That was close! Brick and mortar sounds like a pretty good investment right now."
    • "Hurry up and buy!"

    During a Windy Day:

    • "I go where winds take me, but this is ridiculous!"
    • "I would sell you exotic wind socks, but I'm afraid I forgot to stock them!"

    During a PartyDesktop VersionConsole Version:

    • "Many say that parties give you the richest of memories. So buy something and make this memory rich!"
  • Trivia[edit | edit source]

    • Many of the things he sells are of Asian origin, often from the Qing dynasty.
      • Many of his wares may be a reference to the East India Company, and to the goods that were brought to Europe during the age of discovery in general.
    • The name Willy is most likely a reference to the 1949 play Death of a Salesman written by American playwright Arthur Miller, where the main character is Willy Loman, a traveling salesman.
    • His quote "Come and have a look! One pound fish! Very, very good! One pound fish!" is a reference to the Pakistani trader and recording artist Muhammad Shahid Nazir, also known as One Pound Fish Man, who found fame as an internet sensation for his viral video "One Pound Fish".
    • The quote "Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes julienne fries!" is a reference to the 1992 American animated musical fantasy film Aladdin.
    • His quote "Hmm, you look like you could use an Angel Statue! They slice, and dice, and make everything nice!" is a reference to the ongoing joke of how Angel Statues are one of the most useless statues in the game; this is also referenced by a quote from the Merchant.
    • Desktop Version Along with the Cyborg and the Zoologist, the Traveling Merchant is one of the only NPCs to sell a new item post-Moon Lord, which is Not a Kid, nor a Squid.

    See also[edit | edit source]

    History[edit | edit source]

    • Desktop 1.2.3.1:
    • The Traveling Merchant can no longer spawn in lava.
    • Fixed bug where Queen/King Statues did not teleport the Stylist and Traveling Merchant, respectively.
    • Console 1.0.933.1: Now sells many new items, including yoyos, accessories, and paintings. (Xbox One)
    • Console 1.0.750.0: Now sells many new items, including yoyos, accessories, and paintings. (PS4)
    • Console 1.08: Added Capes (Winter, Mysterious, and Red Capes and Crimson Cloak) and Diamond Ring.
    • Console 1.07: Introduced with vendor items up to Desktop 1.2.4.1, except the Angel Halo, Capes, and Diamond Ring.

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.3.5.3 source code, function UpdateTime() in Terraria.Main.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.0.5.
    2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.3.5.3 source code, function SpawnTravelNPC() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.0.5.
    3. 3.0 3.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.3.5.3 source code, function SetupTravelShop() in Terraria.Chest.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.0.5.
    4. A tick is a time unit countable by the software. Most of Terraria's updating logic happens every tick. A tick has the length of 1/60th of a second, hence there are 60 ticks in a second and 3600 ticks in a minute.