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The Merchant is an NPC who appears when all players on a world have a combined total of at least 50 Silver Coin and there is a Home for him to live in. Once the requirements are met, the Merchant will move into a vacant home in the player's world and begin to buy and sell items. When enemies are near, he will throw Throwing Knives at them.

Sells

Item Price Special Conditions
Mining Helmet Icon.png Mining Helmet 4 Gold Coin None
Sparschwein.png Piggy Bank 1 Gold Coin None
Iron Anvil.png Iron Anvil 50 Silver Coin None
Kupferspitzhacke.png Copper Pickaxe 5 Silver Coin None
Copper Axe.png Copper Axe 4 Silver Coin None
Torch1.png Torch 50 Copper Coin None
Item 965(0).png Rope 10 Copper Coin None
Item 28(0).png Lesser Healing Potion 3 Silver Coin None
Item 346(0).png Safe 20 Gold Coin Skeletron must be defeated
Item 110(0).png Lesser Mana Potion 1 Silver Coin None
Item 40(0).png Wooden Arrow 5 Copper Coin None
Shuriken.png Shuriken 15 Copper Coin None
Item 282(0).png Glowstick 10 Copper Coin Night only
Gun-flare.png Flare 7 Copper Coin Flare Gun obtained
Item 1614(0).png Blue Flare 7 Copper Coin Flare Gun obtained
Item 279(0).png Throwing Knife 50 Copper Coin Blood Moon only
Pin Wheel 20 Silver Coin Windy Day only
Item 488(0).png Disco Ball 1 Gold Coin Wall of Flesh must be defeated
Item 1786(0).png Sickle 60 Silver Coin None Icon pc.png
During Halloween Icon xbox360.png Icon ps3.png Icon mobile.png
Item 1348(0).png Gold Dust 17 Silver Coin Wall of Flesh must be defeated
Item 967(0).png Marshmallow 1 Silver Coin Must be in Snow Biome
ForestPylon.png Forest Pylon 8 Gold Coin Must be in Forest biome with three happy NPC’s.
Item 1991(0).png Bug Net 25 Silver Coin
Icon Console.png 1 Gold Coin
None
Wiesnbräu.png Wiesnbräu Icon mobile.png 9 Silver Coin 95 Copper Coin Sold only during Oktoberfest.
Turkey Feather.png Turkey Feather Icon mobile.png 10 Gold Coin Sold only during the Thanksgiving season
Heart Arrow.png Heart Arrow Icon mobile.png 50 Copper Coin During Valentines.
Item 3242(0).png Tax Collector's Hat Icon pc.png 3 Gold Coin During Halloween
Item 3243(0).png Tax Collector's Suit Icon pc.png 3 Gold Coin During Halloween
Item 3244(0).png Tax Collector's Pants Icon pc.png 3 Gold Coin During Halloween
Nail.png Nail Icon pc.png 1 Silver Coin When the player possesses a Nail Gun


Merchant's Quotes
When prompted, the Merchant will say one of the following phrases, depending on the current time:

During the morning:

  • "Lovely morning, wouldn't you say? Was there something you needed?"
  • "Sword beats paper! Get one today."

During the day and the morning:

  • "The sun is high, but my prices are not!"
  • "Boy, that sun is hot! I do have some perfectly ventilated armour." (Despite not selling any defensive armour, except the mining helmet.)
  • "Sword beats paper! Get one today." (Although the Merchant doesn't sell swords.)
  • "Ah, they will tell tales of <character name> some day... good ones, I'm sure."
  • "<Character name> is it? I've heard good things friend!" (Usually heard the first time you talk to him.)
  • "Check out my dirt blocks, they are extra dirty." (Despite not selling dirt blocks)
  • "You want apples? You want carrots? You want pineapples? We have torches."
  • "The last guy who was here sold me junk... er I mean... treasures!"
  • "You have no idea how much dirt blocks sell for overseas." (Despite not selling dirt blocks)

During the evening:

  • "Night will be upon us soon, friend. Make your choices while you can." (Despite selling items at night.)
  • "Ah, they will tell tales of <character name> some day... good ones, I'm sure."
  • During a Blood Moon, "Have you seen Chith... Shith... Chat... The big eye?"
  • During a Blood Moon, "Keep your eye on the prize, buy a lens!" (Despite not selling any lenses)
  • During a Blood Moon, "Hey, this house is secure, right? Right? <character name>?"
  • During a Blood Moon, "Not even a Blood Moon can stop capitalism. Let's do business."
  • During a Blood Moon, "Oh Great. I can hear <Nurse's name> and <Mechanic's name> arguing from here."(Referencing that during a Blood Moon, Female NPCs show tension when they talk, Nurse and Mechanic must be present)

At night:

  • "I hear there's a secret treasure... Oh, never mind."
  • "Angel Statue you say? I'm sorry, I'm not a junk dealer."
  • "Kosh, kapleck Mog. Oh sorry, that's Klingon for 'Buy something or die.'"
  • "I wonder if the moon is made of cheese... huh, what? Oh yes, buy something!"
  • "Did you say gold? I'll take that off ya'."
  • "Money, Money, Money!" (Reference to ABBA / Killing Floor)
  • "I hope a scrawny kid like you isn't all that is standing between us and Cthulhu's Eye." (Eye of Cthulhu must not have been defeated yet in the world.)
  • "I feel like an evil presence is watching me." (If you have the requirements for the Eye of Cthulhu.)
Merchant's Names
Note: Upon adding a new name, make sure you add it in alphabetical (ABC) order.
  • Alfred
  • Barney
  • Calvin
  • Connor
  • Edmund
  • Edwin
  • Eugene
  • Finn
  • Frank
  • Frederick
  • Gilbert
  • Gus
  • Harold
  • Howard
  • Humphrey
  • Isacc
  • Joseph
  • Louis
  • Milton
  • Mortimer
  • Ralph
  • Seymour
  • Walter
  • Wilbur

Notes

  • Considering how easily one can obtain 50 Silver Coin within the first few nights of a new game, the Merchant is considered the easiest NPC to obtain (besides the Guide).
  • Sometimes on the iOS version you will get a second Safe on purchase.

Trivia

  • It is possible to have both your Merchant and Clothier named Alfred, but this is very uncommon.
  • Before v1.1, it was possible to get up to three Merchants in your world at a time. The second Merchant required at least 3 players with 50 Gold Coin while the third required at least 5 players with 5 Platinum Coin.
  • The Merchant seems to be very interested in the Eye of Cthulhu.
  • Even though he states that he sells dirt, he does not buy nor sell dirt.
  • The Merchant sells Iron Anvils even in a world with Lead, thus allowing 1 of 2 ways of getting Iron anvils in a lead world. The others being an Extractinator, or bars from crates.

Update Info

v1.3.0.1

  • The Sickle is now sold all year-round.
  • Now sells Nails when the player has a Nail Gun in their inventory.
  • Sells Tax Collector Outfit during Halloween.

v1.2.4.1

  • Fixed a typo in one of the Merchant's first names.

v1.2.3

  • Now sells the Bug Net.
  • Lesser Mana Potions are now always for sale.
  • Fixed a bug where the Merchant would not spawn if the player had over 21,000 Platinum Coin.

v1.2.1.1

  • Now sells the Sickle on Halloween.

v1.2.0.3

  • Merchant duplication glitch fixed.

v1.2

  • Now sells Rope, Marshmallows and Flares.

v1.1

  • Is now designated a randomly generated name when spawned.
  • No longer possible to have multiple Merchants in one world.
  • Now sells Disco Ball after Hardmode has been enabled.

v1.0.6

  • Now sells the Safe.

v1.0.5

  • Glowsticks and Throwing Knives now sold by the Merchant.
  • Merchant's inventory of items for sale are now time-of-day and event-dependent.

PC release

  • Added to the game.
NPCs
Angler Head.png Angler Arms Dealer.png Arms Dealer Clothier.png Clothier NPC Head 16.png Cyborg
Demolitionist.png Demolitionist Dryad.png Dryad Dye Trader Head.png Dye Trader Goblin Tinkerer.png Goblin Tinkerer
GolferHead.png Golfer Guide.png Guide Mechanic.png Mechanic Merchant.png Merchant
Nurse.png Nurse Old Man Small.png Old Man Painter Head.png Painter Party Girl Head.png Party Girl
Pirate Head.png Pirate Santa Face.png Santa Claus Steampunker Head.png Steampunker Stylist Head.png Stylist
TravellingMerchant Head.png Travelling Merchant Truffle Head.png Truffle Witch Doctor Head.png Witch Doctor Wizard.png Wizard
SkeletonMerchant.png Skeleton Merchant Tax Collector's Head.png Tax Collector Tavernkeep's Head.png Tavernkeep
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Clothier.png Clothier Black Thread · Pink Thread · Summer Hat Sun.png · Plumber's Shirt · Plumber's Pants · The Doctor's Shirt · The Doctor's Pants · Familiar Shirt · Familiar Pants · Familiar Wig · Mime Mask Bloodmoon Icon.png · Beanie · Clown Hat · Clown Shirt · Clown Pants · Cowboy Hat · Cowboy Jacket · Cowboy Pants · Tam O' Shanter · Tiara · Princess Dress · Guy Fawkes Mask · Balla Hat · Gangsta Hat
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Dye Trader Head.png Dye Trader Dye Vat · Silver Dye
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Mechanic.png Mechanic Actuator · Blue Pressure Plate · Blue Wrench · Brown Pressure Plate · Lever · Gray Pressure Plate · Green Pressure Plate · Green Wrench · Red Pressure Plate · Switch · Wire · Wire Cutter · Wrench · Yellow Pressure Plate
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Painter Head.png Painter Black Paint · Blue Paint · Cyan Paint · Daylight · Evil Presence Bloodmoon Icon.png · First Encounter · Good Morning · Gray Paint · Green Paint · Lime Paint · Orange Paint · Paint Roller · Paint Scraper · Paintbrush · Pink Paint · Place Above The Clouds · Purple Paint · Red Paint · Sky Blue Paint · Teal Paint · The Land of Deceiving Looks · Through the Window · Underground Reward · Violet Paint · White Paint · Yellow Paint
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Stylist Head.png Stylist Hair Dye Remover · Depth Hair Dye · Life Hair Dye · Mana Hair Dye · Time Hair Dye · Biome Hair Dye · Party Hair Dye · Rainbow Hair Dye · Speed Hair Dye · Money Hair DyePlatinum Coin
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Wizard.png Wizard Bell · Crystal Ball · Greater Mana Potion · Harp · Ice Rod · Music Box · Spell Tome
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