Terraria: 1.3 Update – How to Get Every NPC | Housing Guide

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The 1.3 update to Terraria has finally arrived, and includes tons of new items to wire-up with the wiring system. Thanks to logic gates and other mechanisms, it’s possible to create even more complex devices in your 2D world — and as much fun as all that is, sometimes it’s worth going back and living socially. Although the 1.3 update doesn’t add any new NPCs, it does change some of the rules of the world, and with so many people returning to Terraria, why not look into the complicated process it takes to get NPCs to move in.

Instead of making things too complicated, here you’ll find simplified versions of instructions, with a little pertinent information to help you decide if these NPCs are worth the time. Naturally, we think it’s in your best interest to get them all — even Santa Claus. Learn all the steps and triggers in the full list of currently available NPCs below.

Many NPCs will only appear in Hardmode, and one NPC (the Cyborg) is your only ticket to getting the Portal Gun Station. Learn all about Hardmode and pet Companion Cubes on the Terraria Portal Easter eggs guide.


How to Get Every NPC to Move In

There are 22 NPCs currently available in Terraria — the number varies depending on which platform you’re playing on, with the PC version being the most up-to-date. There are:

  • On PC: 22 NPCs
  • On Mobile: 21 NPCs
  • On Console: 20 NPCs

NPCs serve a number of purposes and appear in your large home, town, fortress, or base after certain requirements are met. Before attempting to collect NPCs, you’ll want to construct proper housing first.


NPC Housing

Even if you complete the requirements to summon the NPCs below, they won’t appear until the right combination of elements exist in your home.

  • Elements of an NPC ‘House’
    • Any frame enclosed by blocks.
    • The space must be 8×6 dimensions.
    • Background walls filled in completely.
    • Any light source.
    • A piece of furniture.
    • A flat surface item.

Check the Housing Menu to see whether a space is a suitable home for an NPC. Houses cannot be located near Corruption or Crimson, and if the biome spreads too close, an NPC may move out. The Housing Menu also allows you to rearrange where NPCs live using flags.

Certain NPCs like the Traveling Merchant do not require homes to visit your base.


How to Get Every NPC – Requirements Guide

Follow these steps and requirements to summon NPCs to your world. NPCs can be housed in different biomes for unique vendor items. NPC homes can be placed in any location above-ground. NPCs will respawn a day later if they are killed.

  • Guide
    • How to Summon:
      • N/A – The Guide appears at your spawn.
    • What Do They Do?
      • The guide provides tips and offers help for beginners. He will tell you crafting recipes and offer suggestions to get other pre-Hardmode NPCs.
  • Old Man
    • How to Summon:
      • N/A – He waits near the dungeon entrance.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Allows the player to summon the boss Skeletron and open the entrance into the dungeon.
  • Merchant
    • How to Summon:
      • All current players are carrying 50 Silver Coins in their inventory.
    • What Do They Do?
      • The merchant is a basic vendor that sells starting gear and materials.
  • Angler
    • How to Summon:
      • Explore the shores of ocean biomes to find the Angler sleeping on the beach. Talk to them and they will return to your base.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Gives optional fishing quests and offers rewards for completion.
  • Nurse
    • How to Summon:
      • Have more than 100 health + have the merchant NPC moved in.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Heals and removes debuffs in exchange for coins.
  • Dye Trader
    • How to Summon:
      • Acquire a dye or any component for dye crafting + defeat Skeletron / Eye of Cthulhu or discover a Strange Plant.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Will sell the Dye crafting station and will trade rare dye types for certain special item.
  • Demolitionist
    • How to Summon:
      • Hold any explosive type item in your inventory + have the Merchant moved in
    • What Do They Do?
      • He sells explosives!
  • Arms Dealer
    • How to Summon:
      • Hold any gun type in your inventory or bullets.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells guns and ammo and unlocks new items after killing the Eater of Worlds or the Brain of Cthulu.
  • Stylist
    • How to Summon:
      • Found randomly in Spider Nests in the spider underground dens.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells hair dyes and can change the player hairstyle.
  • Dryad
    • How to Summon:
      • Defeat any boss before the Wall of Flesh (Skeletron, Eye of Cthulhu)
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells items and can reveal the percentage of Corruption / Crimson in the world.
  • Painter
    • How to Summon:
      • Have 6+ other NPCs living in your base.
    • What Do They Do?
      • The painter sells simple paints, paintball guns, and actual tools for painting.
  • Goblin Tinkerer
    • How to Summon:
      • Kill the Eye of Cthulhu and the Goblin Invasion event will occur randomly. After the event, search the caverns layer to find this scientist.
    • What Do They Do?
      • This unique NPC can reforge items and sells the Tinkerer’s Worshop.
  • Clothier
    • How to Summon:
      • Summon Skeletron by talking to the Old Man at the dungeon entrance. Defeat it and the Clothier will arrive one day.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells clothes and vanity items to change your basic look.
  • Mechanic
    • How to Summon:
      • Find and talk to the Mechanic in the Dungeon. The area opens after killing Skeletron.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells new mechanism items added in the 1.2 Wires updates.
  • Witch Doctor
    • How to Summon:
      • Destroy the large hives in the Underground Jungle and kill the Queen Bee boss.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells special items like Blowgun, summoner stuff, Fountains and the imbuing station.
  • Party Girl
    • How to Summon:
      • Will randomly appear after moving 13+ NPCs into your world.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells colorful items with fireworks-like effects.

Hardmode NPCs

Hardmode initiates after the Wall of Flesh boss has been defeated in the deepest level of the world.

  • Pirate
    • How to Summon:
      • Appears after a Pirate Invasion. Pirate Invasions will randomly occur in Hardmore or after using a Pirate Map.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells Pirate-themed items and the Cannon.
  • Truffle
    • How to Summon:
      • Build a house that an NPC can live in within an above-ground mushroom biome.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells mushroom-themed items and weapons.
  • Wizard
    • How to Summon:
      • Discover his cavern layer location and talk to him during Hardmore.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells magical or heretical items and weapons.
  • Tax Collector
    • How to Summon:
      • Purchase purification powder from the Dryad NPC and use it on a tortured soul enemy in the Underworld biome.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Collects taxes from any summoned NPCs. He collect 50 bronze coins per NPC resident, and can carry up to 10 gold per trip.
  • Steampunker
    • How to Summon:
      • Defeat any of the Mechanical bosses. Most will randomly appear on certain nights while playing on Hardmode.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells great travel items like the jetpack, teleporter and other items.
  • Cyborg
    • How to Summon:
      • Appears after killing Plantera. The plant-boss appears after all three Mechanical bosses are defeated, and is summoned when a  large plant bulb is destroyed.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells powerful high-tech weapons like the Rocket Launcher and ammo.
  • Santa Claus
    • How to Summon:
      • Change the calendar on your PC to December 15-31 and defeat the Frost Legion event. The Frost Legion is initiated with a Snow Globe — open presents that drop as loot from enemies between Dec. 15-31 to randomly get a Snow Globe.
    • What Do They Do?
      • Sells Santa Claus costumes and other Christmas-themed decorations.

That’s all the NPCs available in Terraria. Enjoy your thriving community!


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