Traveling Merchant

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Traveling Merchant
Traveling Merchant.png
Statistics
TypeNPC
AI TypePassive AI
Damage10
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%
Item (Quantity)Rate
Peddler's Hat.pngPeddler's HatDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version100%
Map Icon Traveling Merchant.png
Map Icon

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 / 4-11 Desktop VersionConsole Version (average 5.5 / 6 Desktop VersionConsole Version) 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 Merchant don't. He won't spawn during Events (except Rain, Old One's Army 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 22% chance 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 VersionConsole VersionIf 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.pngSakeDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Silver Coin 3% chance
Pho.pngPhoDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 30 Silver Coin 3% chance
Pad Thai.pngPad ThaiDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 20 Silver Coin 3% chance
Ultrabright Torch.pngUltrabright TorchDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Silver Coin 1.5% chance
Ammo Box.pngAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 15 Gold Coin 1% chance
Magic Hat.pngMagic HatDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Gold Coin 1% chance
Gypsy Robe.pngGypsy RobeDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Gold Coin 1% chance
Gi.pngGiDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Gold Coin 1% chance
Celestial Magnet.pngCelestial MagnetDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 15 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
DPS Meter.pngDPS MeterDesktop VersionConsole Version Gold Coin 3% chance
Lifeform Analyzer.pngLifeform AnalyzerDesktop VersionConsole Version Gold Coin 3% chance
Stopwatch.pngStopwatchDesktop VersionConsole Version Gold Coin 3% chance
Paint Sprayer.pngPaint SprayerDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Brick Layer.pngBrick LayerDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Portable Cement Mixer.pngPortable Cement MixerDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Extendo Grip.pngExtendo GripDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 10 Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Presserator.pngPresseratorDesktop Version 10 Gold Coin (Desktop Version)
Black Counterweight.pngBlack CounterweightDesktop VersionConsole Version Gold Coin 0.5% chance
Yellow Counterweight.pngYellow CounterweightDesktop VersionConsole Version Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Sitting Duck's Fishing Pole.pngSitting Duck's Fishing PoleDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 35 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
Katana.pngKatanaDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Gold Coin 1.5% chance
Code 1.pngCode 1Desktop VersionConsole Version Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
the Eye of Cthulhu
Revolver.pngRevolverDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 10 Gold Coin 1% chance after smashing
a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart
Gatligator.pngGatligatorDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 35 Gold Coin 0.5% chance during hardmode
Code 2.pngCode 2Desktop VersionConsole Version 25 Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
any Mechanical Boss
Pulse Bow.pngPulse BowDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 45 Gold Coin 0.66% chance
after defeating Plantera
Red Team Block.pngRed Team BlockDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Red Team Platforms
Red Team Platform.pngRed Team PlatformDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Red Team Blocks
Yellow Team Block.pngYellow Team BlockDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Platforms
Yellow Team Platform.pngYellow Team PlatformDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Yellow Team Blocks
Green Team Block.pngGreen Team BlockDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Platforms
Green Team Platform.pngGreen Team PlatformDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Green Team Blocks
Blue Team Block.pngBlue Team BlockDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Platforms
Blue Team Platform.pngBlue Team PlatformDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Blue Team Blocks
Pink Team Block.pngPink Team BlockDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Platforms
Pink Team Platform.pngPink Team PlatformDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with Pink Team Blocks
White Team Block.pngWhite Team BlockDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with White Team Platforms
White Team Platform.pngWhite Team PlatformDesktop Version Silver Coin Sold with White Team Blocks

Inventory

Item Cost Availability
Kimono.pngKimono Gold Coin 0.5% chance
Water Gun.pngWater Gun Gold Coin 50 Silver Coin 0.66% chance
Companion Cube.pngCompanion Cube Platinum Coin 0.66% chance
Chalice.pngChalice 50 Silver Coin 3% chance
Arcane Rune Wall.pngArcane Rune Wall Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin 0.5% chance
Fancy Dishes.pngFancy Dishes 20 Silver Coin 3% chance
Dynasty Wood.pngDynasty Wood 50 Copper Coin 3% chance
Red Dynasty Shingles.pngRed Dynasty Shingles 50 Copper Coin When selling Dynasty Wood
Blue Dynasty Shingles.pngBlue Dynasty Shingles 50 Copper Coin When selling Dynasty Wood
Zebra Skin.pngZebra Skin Gold Coin 1% chance
Leopard Skin.pngLeopard Skin Gold Coin 1% chance
Tiger Skin.pngTiger Skin Gold Coin 1% chance
Castle Marsberg.pngCastle Marsberg Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
Martia Lisa.pngMartia Lisa Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
The Truth Is Up There.pngThe Truth Is Up There Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
Not a Kid, nor a Squid.pngNot a Kid, nor a Squid Gold Coin 1.5% chance after defeating
Moon Lord
Acorns.pngAcorns 50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Cold Snap.pngCold Snap 50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Cursed Saint.pngCursed Saint 50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Snowfellas.pngSnowfellas 50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
The Season.pngThe Season 50 Silver Coin 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Dragon Mask.pngDragon Mask 50 Gold Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Dragon Breastplate.pngDragon Breastplate Platinum Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Dragon Greaves.pngDragon Greaves 75 Gold Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Titan Helmet.pngTitan Helmet 50 Gold Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Titan Mail.pngTitan Mail Platinum Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Titan Leggings.pngTitan Leggings 75 Gold Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Spectral Headgear.pngSpectral Headgear 50 Gold Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Spectral Armor.pngSpectral Armor Platinum Coin Console Version only, ??% chance
Spectral Subligar.pngSpectral Subligar 75 Gold Coin Console Version only, ??% chance

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


Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The actual "roll" to spawn the Traveling Merchant is not performed once-per-day as a Goblin Invasion or any 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 they’re 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 events.
  • The Travelling Merchant, like other NPCs, will be about 3 feetVerify above the ground when he spawns, giving the appearance of falling from the sky and will also spawn near NPCs.

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!"

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 travelling 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".

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
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