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Traveling Merchant
Traveling Merchant.png
Statistics
Type NPC
AI Type Passive
Max Life 250
Defense 15
KB Resist 50%
Item (Quantity) Rate
Peddler's Hat.png
Peddler's Hat Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
100%

Map Icon Traveling Merchant.png
Map Icon
Internal NPC ID: 368

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 (average 5.5) different items (4-11, average 6 in Expert Mode) 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 Merchant do not. He won't spawn during Events (except Rain and Slime Rain). He does not require his own house in order to spawn, and will instead spawn near existing NPCs, spending the day walking around near them.

Once the criteria are met, the Traveling Merchant has a 25% chance (1/4) of spawning each day, appearing at a random time between 4:30 AM and 12 PM. He stays for only one day at a time, after which he leaves at 6:00 PM. He despawns if the world is vacated before that time,

Desktop only.png 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]

Inventory

Item Cost Availability
Sake.png
Sake Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
5 Silver Coin 3% chance
Pho.png
Pho Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
30 Silver Coin 3% chance
Pad Thai.png
Pad Thai Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
20 Silver Coin 3% chance
Ultrabright Torch.png
3 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
Ammo Box.png
Ammo Box Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
15 Gold Coin 1% chance
Magic Hat.png
Magic Hat Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
3 Gold Coin 1% chance
Gypsy Robe.png
Gypsy Robe Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
2 Gold Coin 1% chance
Gi.png
Gi Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
2 Gold Coin 1% chance
Celestial Magnet.png
15 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
DPS Meter.png
5 Gold Coin 3% chance
Lifeform Analyzer.png
5 Gold Coin 3% chance
Stopwatch.png
5 Gold Coin 3% chance
Paint Sprayer.png
Paint Sprayer Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Brick Layer.png
Brick Layer Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Portable Cement Mixer.png
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Extendo Grip.png
Extendo Grip Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Presserator.png
10 Gold Coin (Desktop only.png)
Black Counterweight.png
5 Gold Coin 0.5% chance
Yellow Counterweight.png
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole.png
35 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Katana.png
Katana Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
4 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Code 1.png
5 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
the Eye of Cthulhu
Revolver.png
Revolver Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
10 Gold Coin 1% chance after smashing
a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart
Gatligator.png
Gatligator Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
35 Gold Coin 0.5% chance during hardmode
Code 2.png
25 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
any Mechanical Boss
Pulse Bow.png
Pulse Bow Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
45 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
after defeating Plantera
Red Team Block.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Red Team Platforms
Red Team Platform.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Red Team Blocks
Yellow Team Block.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Platforms
Yellow Team Platform.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Blocks
Green Team Block.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Platforms
Green Team Platform.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Blocks
Blue Team Block.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Platforms
Blue Team Platform.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Blocks
Pink Team Block.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Platforms
Pink Team Platform.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Blocks
White Team Block.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with White Team Platforms
White Team Platform.png
1 Silver Coin Sold with White Team Blocks

Inventory

Item Cost Availability
Diamond Ring.png
Diamond Ring Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
2 Platinum Coin 0.66% chance
Angel Halo.png
40 Gold Coin 0.33% chance
Fez.png
Fez Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
3 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin 1% chance
Winter Cape.png
Winter Cape Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Red Cape.png
Red Cape Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Crimson Cloak.png
Crimson Cloak Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Mysterious Cape.png
5 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Kimono.png
Kimono Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin 0.5% chance
Water Gun.png
Water Gun Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin 0.66% chance
Companion Cube.png
5 Platinum Coin 0.66% chance
Chalice.png
Chalice Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
50 Silver Coin 3% chance
Arcane Rune Wall.png
2 Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin 0.5% chance
Fancy Dishes.png
Fancy Dishes Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
20 Silver Coin 3% chance
Dynasty Wood.png
Dynasty Wood Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
50 Copper Coin 3% chance
Red Dynasty Shingles.png
50 Copper Coin When selling Dynasty Wood
Blue Dynasty Shingles.png
50 Copper Coin When selling Dynasty Wood
Zebra Skin.png
Zebra Skin Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin 1% chance
Leopard Skin.png
Leopard Skin Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin 1% chance
Tiger Skin.png
Tiger Skin Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
1 Gold Coin 1% chance
Castle Marsberg.png
3 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
Martia Lisa.png
2 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
The Truth Is Up There.png
2 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
Not a Kid, nor a Squid.png
3 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Moon Lord
Acorns.png
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Cold Snap.png
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Cursed Saint.png
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Snowfellas.png
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
The Season.png
50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The actual "roll" to spawn the Traveling Merchant is not performed once-per-day as a Goblin Invasion or other Event is determined. Rather, the roll is performed once per in-game second for the first half of each day. There are 60 in-game seconds per 1 real-world second.
    • For each in-game second of the first half of each day (4:30am – 12:00pm = 7.5 hours = 27,000 seconds), there is a 1 in 108,000 chance to spawn the Traveling Merchant. Thus, the Traveling Merchant has a: 1-(1-1/108000)^27000 = 0.2212001339 or 22.12% chance of arriving each day.
    • This means that if you want a specific item from the Traveling Merchant but he arrived without that particular item you can simply kill him and there's a chance that another merchant may spawn if you killed him before 12:00pm. An easy way to kill him (and any other friendly NPC) is with a boulder if you already got the Goblin Tinkerer (you need the Tinkerer's Workshop to craft it), otherwise your best option is lava or spiky balls. (Rotten Eggs may work although it's not that effective.)
  • 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 the following evening. This does NOT, however, change his inventory.
  • The Traveling Merchant does not leave during an event. Verify
  • If you are standing where the Traveling Merchant spawns, you will notice that he falls from the sky.
  • Mobile only.pngIn the mobile version, if he arrived with an item you didn't want, exiting and re-entering to the world would've produced a different inventory, allowing you to find what you want even if it is not available when he first arrived. This appears to have been patched (mid 2016), leaving the world will cause him to despawn. He may still respawn during the day, though.

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 play, "The Death of a Salesman", by Arthur Miller, where the main character is named Willy Loman and is a traveling salesman.
  • One of his quotes is a reference to a man who yells "One pound fish!" to sell fish, popularized by the song "One Pound Fish".
  • The quote "Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes julienne fries!" Is an allusion to the popular animated disney film "Aladdin".
  • The item "Not a Kid, Nor a Squid" is likely a reference to Splatoon, a Wii U game with a hyperactive advertisement featuring the line "You're a kid, you're a squid" due to the transformative nature of Inklings, as a play on the depicted Moon Lord's Cthulhu-esque nature.
  • The Item, "The Truth is Up There" is a reference to "The X-Files", this quote is a twist on "The Truth is Out There".

Quotes[edit | edit source]

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

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 Clothier is present:

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

When Merchant is present:

  • "That [Name of Merchant], he really has no appreciation for a really good deal."

During a Party

  • "Many say that parties give you the richest of memories. So buy something and make this memory rich!"

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

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

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