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Traveling Merchant
Traveling Merchant.png
Statistics
TypeNPC
AI TypePassive AI
Damage10
Max Life250
Defense15
KB Resist50%
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 (average 5.5 / 6) 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 do not. He will not spawn during events (except Rain, Old One's ArmyDesktop Version and Slime RainDesktop VersionConsole Version). 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 22.12% chance of spawning each day, appearing at a random time between 4:30 AM and 12:00 PM. 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 before that time.

Desktop VersionConsole Version 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

SakeSakeDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 500*5 Silver Coin.png 3% chance
PhoPhoDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 3000*30 Silver Coin.png 3% chance
Pad ThaiPad ThaiDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 2000*20 Silver Coin.png 3% chance
Ultrabright TorchUltrabright TorchDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 300*3 Silver Coin.png 1.5% chance
Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 150000*15 Gold Coin.png 1% chance
Magic HatMagic HatDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 30000*3 Gold Coin.png 1% chance
Gypsy RobeGypsy RobeDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 35000*3 Gold Coin.png 50 Silver Coin.png Desktop VersionConsole Version
2 Gold Coin Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS Version
1% chance
GiGiDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 20000*2 Gold Coin.png 1% chance
Celestial MagnetCelestial MagnetDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 150000*15 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance
DPS MeterDPS MeterDesktop VersionConsole Version 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 3% chance
Lifeform AnalyzerLifeform AnalyzerDesktop VersionConsole Version 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 3% chance
StopwatchStopwatchDesktop VersionConsole Version 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 3% chance
Paint SprayerPaint SprayerDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 100000*10 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance
Brick LayerBrick LayerDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 100000*10 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance
Portable Cement MixerPortable Cement MixerDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 100000*10 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance
Extendo GripExtendo GripDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 100000*10 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance
PresseratorPresseratorDesktop VersionConsole Version 100000*10 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance
Black CounterweightBlack CounterweightDesktop VersionConsole Version 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 0.5% chance
Yellow CounterweightYellow CounterweightDesktop VersionConsole Version 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance
Sitting Duck's Fishing PoleSitting Duck's Fishing PoleDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 350000*35 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance
KatanaKatanaDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 40000*4 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance
Code 1Code 1Desktop VersionConsole Version 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance after defeating
the Eye of Cthulhu
RevolverRevolverDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 100000*10 Gold Coin.png 1% chance after smashing
a Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart
GatligatorGatligatorDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 350000*35 Gold Coin.png 0.5% chance during Hardmode
Code 2Code 2Desktop VersionConsole Version 250000*25 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance after defeating
any mechanical boss
Pulse BowPulse BowDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 450000*45 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance after
defeating Plantera
Red Team BlockRed Team BlockDesktop Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
3% chance
Red Team PlatformRed Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
When selling Red Team Blocks
Yellow Team BlockYellow Team BlockDesktop Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
3% chance
Yellow Team PlatformYellow Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
When selling Yellow Team Blocks
Green Team BlockGreen Team BlockDesktop Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
3% chance
Green Team PlatformGreen Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
When selling Green Team Blocks
Blue Team BlockBlue Team BlockDesktop Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
3% chance
Blue Team PlatformBlue Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
When selling Blue Team Blocks
Pink Team BlockPink Team BlockDesktop Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
3% chance
Pink Team PlatformPink Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
When selling Pink Team Blocks
White Team BlockWhite Team BlockDesktop Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
3% chance
White Team PlatformWhite Team PlatformDesktop VersionConsole Version 100*1 Silver Coin.png
Console version No value
When selling White Team Blocks
Diamond RingDiamond RingDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version 2000000*2 Platinum Coin.png 0.66% chance
Inventory
Item Cost Availability

Angel HaloAngel Halo 400000*40 Gold Coin.png 0.33% chance
FezFez 35000*3 Gold Coin.png 50 Silver Coin.png 1% chance
Winter CapeWinter Cape 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance
Red CapeRed Cape 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance
Crimson CloakCrimson Cloak 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance
Mysterious CapeMysterious Cape 50000*5 Gold Coin.png 0.66% chance
KimonoKimono 10000*1 Gold Coin.png 0.5% chance
Water GunWater Gun 15000*1 Gold Coin.png 50 Silver Coin.png 0.66% chance
Companion CubeCompanion Cube 5000000*5 Platinum Coin.png 0.66% chance
ChaliceChalice 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 3% chance
Arcane Rune WallArcane Rune Wall 250*2 Silver Coin.png 50 Copper Coin.png 0.5% chance
Fancy DishesFancy Dishes 2000*20 Silver Coin.png 3% chance
Dynasty WoodDynasty Wood 50*50 Copper Coin.png 3% chance
Red Dynasty ShinglesRed Dynasty Shingles 50*50 Copper Coin.png When selling Dynasty Wood
Blue Dynasty ShinglesBlue Dynasty Shingles 50*50 Copper Coin.png When selling Dynasty Wood
Zebra SkinZebra Skin 10000*1 Gold Coin.png 1% chance
Leopard SkinLeopard Skin 10000*1 Gold Coin.png 1% chance
Tiger SkinTiger Skin 10000*1 Gold Coin.png 1% chance
Castle MarsbergCastle Marsberg 20000*2 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
Martia LisaMartia Lisa 20000*2 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
The Truth Is Up ThereThe Truth Is Up There 20000*2 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance after defeating
Martian Madness
Not a Kid, nor a SquidNot a Kid, nor a Squid 30000*3 Gold Coin.png 1.5% chance after defeating
Moon Lord
AcornsAcorns 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Cold SnapCold Snap 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Cursed SaintCursed Saint 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 1.5% chance
during Christmas
SnowfellasSnowfellas 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 1.5% chance
during Christmas
The SeasonThe Season 5000*50 Silver Coin.png 1.5% chance
during Christmas
Dragon MaskDragon Mask 50 Gold Coin Console version 0.05% chance
Dragon BreastplateDragon Breastplate 1 Platinum Coin Console version When selling Dragon Mask
Dragon GreavesDragon Greaves 75 Gold Coin Console version When selling Dragon Mask
Titan HelmetTitan Helmet 50 Gold Coin Console version 0.05% chance
Titan MailTitan Mail 1 Platinum Coin Console version When selling Titan Helmet
Titan LeggingsTitan Leggings 75 Gold Coin Console version When selling Titan Helmet
Spectral HeadgearSpectral Headgear 50 Gold Coin Console version 0.05% chance
Spectral ArmorSpectral Armor 1 Platinum Coin Console version When selling Spectral Headgear
Spectral SubligarSpectral Subligar 75 Gold Coin Console version When selling Spectral Headgear

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 like a Goblin Invasion or any other event is determined. Instead, the roll is performed every tick[1].
    • 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-(1-1/108000)^27000 = 0.2212001339 or an estimate 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 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.
  • The Traveling Merchant does not leave during events.

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!"
  • "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 sell only 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 PartyDesktop 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.
  • Along with the Cyborg, the Traveling Merchant is the only NPC 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.
  1. 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.