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Terraria Mobile is that one of a kind game that can have you attached to it for hours with its unique 2D craft and build RPG playstyle. Some RPG elements are brought out by the interactivity with the game’s non-playable characters also known as NPCs. This article will guide you on all about how to get these NPCs in Terraria Mobile, their usefulness, and why you should keep them happy.


What are NPCs in Terraria Mobile?

Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide
The first NPC in the game

NPCs (Non-Playable Character) are automated characters that can interact with the player and provide help. They can be Vendors (meaning they sell items for coins) or Helpers (provide service for free/coins). NPCs cannot be directly harmed by the player, though they can take other forms of damage and.

At the start of a new world, the first NPC that comes to meet the eye is the Guide whose purpose only serves to guide the player in times of need. Just like most NPCs, he fights off dangers, has unique dialogue and personal preferences. He belongs to a total of 29 interactable NPC’s that benefit the player dearly in both early and late-game. Even if the process of getting them is long-term, but in the end, the one who reaps the benefits will be you. That’s why we’ll start by welcoming them into your world and what better way is there but to prepare their own living space?


NPC Homes

NPC’s require their own living space to move in which will require you to go out and search for any desired material. Almost all NPCs in Terraria Mobile can live inside a basic 8×8  “shoebox” made of any solid material, however, you will have to mind these basic needs for it to be considered valid:

  • A ceiling
  • A door
  • A light source (at least a torch)
  • Crafted walls
  • A table (workbench works too)
  • A chair
  • (Optional) Some Furniture to spice things up

Valid Homes for NPCs

You can check if an NPC home is valid by navigating to the Housing menu, tapping the ”?” and tapping anywhere inside the room you wish your NPC to move in. If the space is valid, expect the NPC to move in the morning or afternoon.

In case the NPC doesn’t move in:

  • Invalidated housing (Check if you haven’t left out any of the important house parts)
  • There is Corruption or Crimson nearby. (Take care of it or move somewhere else)
  • There isn’t enough living space. (Make more room)
  • Some unpatched holes in the walls are present. (Remove any present natural walls in your house)
  • There is another NPC present in the house. (Move it to another valid house)

Types of NPCs in Terraria Mobile

NPC’s are categorized into two types namely, Pre-Hardmode NPC’s and Hardmode NPC’s which can then again be categorized into normal and special inhabitants. Pre-Hardmode NPC’s can move into any housing before or after Hardmode. While Hardmode NPC’s require Hardmode to be activated before they move in. Normal Inhabitants move in regardless of any defeated boss or discovery and can at the most require other similar NPC’s to be present before they spawn. Although, special inhabitants require more or fewer bosses to be defeated before they can move in. Nonetheless, all NPC’s are player-friendly types that could help protect and progress throughout the game.

Pre-hardmode NPCs

Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide
Pre-Hardmode NPC’s
NPC Spawn condition Function
Guide Present immediately after the creation of a new world ● Gives the player tips on what to do, how to acquire other NPC’s
●Shows recipes of the item selected at the ‘crafting’ option  
Merchant Players have more than 50 silver coins in inventory ●Sells primary items
Nurse The player has exceeded 100 HP ●Fully restores the player’s HP and removes debuffs for coins
Demolitionist An explosive is present in the inventory ●Sells explosive-related items
Dye Trader A dye-related item is present in the players’ inventory ●Trades in rare dyes exchangeable for Strange Plants
●Sells the Dye Vat
Angler Appears after interacted once as the Sleeping Angler on either side of the Ocean ● Hands out various rewards for each completed fishing quest
Zoologist Appears after at least 53 Bestiary entries. ● Sells wearable vanity, mount, pet licenses, and critter-related items.
Painter After at least 8 other NPC’s have been acquired ● Sells buckets of paint, paint tools, and decorative paintings.
Golfer Appears after interacted once in the Underground Desert ● Sells all sorts of golfing items
Arms Dealer Any bullet-shooting gun or bullet type is present in inventory ● Sells ammo, guns, and other munition.
Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide: The Pre-hardmode NPC’s

Continued List of Pre-hardmode NPCs

NPC Spawn condition Function
Tavernkeep After the player defeats their Evil Biomes’ respective boss he will appear after interacted as an Unconscious Man somewhere in the world. ●Sells Ale, Eternia Crystals, the Eternia Crystal Stand, and other Old One’s Army related items.
Stylist After interacted once as the Webbed Stylist in a Spider Cave ●Sells hair dye and can customize the player’s hairstyle
Dryad Any boss except for King Slime and the Wall of Flesh has been defeated. ●Sells both Evil and harmless biome items and can tell the Evil Biome ratio(%)
Goblin Tinkerer After interacted once as the Bound Goblin after the first Goblin Invasion has been defeated. ●Sells various items like Tinkerer’s Workshop, Rocket boots and can reforge certain items.
Witch Doctor Appears after Queen Bee has been defeated ●Sells various items like the Blowgun, summoner sets, and the Imbuing Station
Clothier Appears after speaking to the Old Man at the Dungeon entrance and Skeletron has been defeated. ●Sells the Familiar set and other vanities
Mechanic Appears after interacted once as the Bound Mechanic in any layer of the Dungeon ●Sells Wire, Wrenches, Switches, Levers, and more mechanic items
Party Girl After at least 8 other NPC’s have been acquired ●Sells party themed items like the Beach Ball, Confetti Gun, Bubble machine, and more
Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide: Continued list of Pre-hardmode NPC’s

Hardmode NPCs

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Hardmode NPC’s in Terraria

They are available in a more difficult version of the initial world. Here are all the Hardmode NPCs in Terraria, their Spawn conditions along with their Functions.

NPC Spawn condition Function
Wizard  After interacted once as the Bound Wizard in the Cavern layer ●Sells magic items like Crystal Ball Ice Rod, Spell Tomes, and Mana potions
Tax Collector After using Purification Powder on a Tortured Soul in the Underworld ●Taxes other NPC’s for the player
Truffle Appears after an empty house is available surface mushroom biome is available abo ●Sells the Autohammer, Dark Blue Solution, and other cool Mushroom-related items
Pirate Appears after a pirate invasion has been defeated ●Sells the Cannon, Cannonball, Bunny Cannon and more
Steampunker Appears after a mechanical boss has been defeated ●Sells the Jetpack, Clentaminator, almost all solutions, and more
Cyborg Appears after Plantera has been defeated ●Sells the Proximity Mine Launcher, different rocket types, and more
Princess Appears after the player has acquired all NPC’s except Pets and Santa Claus ●Sells the Royal Set, Paintings, Glass slipper Music box, and other vanities
Santa Claus Appears during Christmas after the Frost Legion has been defeated ●Sells decorative lights and other Christmas-themed decorations
Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide: List of Hardmode NPC’s

Pet NPCs

Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide
Zoologist and Cat in Terraria

Pet NPC’s are defenceless, harmless creatures NPC’s which overly function only as monster spawn-rate reducers. They give no further benefits to the player or the NPC’s and require first acquiring the Zoologist and filling some of the Bestiary. Once their designated license is purchased at the Zoologist and used they will arrive at dawn. As for housing, they only need any home-living to be present and will peacefully live alongside them.

NPC Required License Required Bestiary fill
Cat Cat Licence 53
Dog Dog Licence 131
Bunny Bunny Licence 235
Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide: List of Pet NPC’s

Self appearing NPCs (all Pre-Hardmode)

NPC Spawn condition Function
Old Man Present immediately at the dungeon entrance after the creation of a new world ●Summons Skeletron after the player presses the “Curse”  option at night and will arrive as the Clothier the next day once Skeletron has been defeated
Skeleton Merchant Appears randomly near the player in the Caverns ●Sells a bunch of unique ware depending on the moon phases
Traveling Merchant Appears randomly during in the morning once at least 2 NPC’s have been acquired and can notify the player when doing so ● Sells a bunch of unique ware during the day and leaves in the evening
Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide: List of Self-appearing NPC’s

NPC Happiness

NPC happiness is quite a complex-calculated process that affects NPC prices, thus, depending on who their neighbours are and what biomes they are present at. Keeping them happy isn’t necessarily needed unless you wish to save money. Thus, keeping in mind, that it will also require you to consistently transfer them to a different biome and also have different loved NPC’s near them.

Terraria Mobile NPCs Guide
NPC Biomes

Max NPC happiness (per NPC)

NPC Happiness is a new system that was added to Terraria as part of a recent update, and it rewards players for housing the game’s NPCs in their preferred biomes and near their favorite neighbors. Here’s all about each NPC and the best tips to set up the NPCs’ happiness perfectly in Terraria.

Guide

  • Guide’s preferred biome(s) is the Forest and preferred NPC’s are the Princess, Clothier, and Zoologist.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Ocean and the least preferred NPC’s is the Steampunker.
  • The Guide’s most hated NPC is the Painter.

Merchant

  • Merchant’s preferred biome(s) is the Forest and preferred NPC’s are the Golfer and Nurse.
  • The Merchant’s least preferred biome(s) is the Desert and the least preferred NPC’s is the Tax Collector.
  • The Merchant’s most hated NPC is the Angler.

Nurse

  • Nurse’s preferred biome(s) are the Hollow and preferred NPC’s are the Arms Dealer and Wizard.
  • The Nurse’s least preferred biome(s) is the Snow biome and the least preferred NPC’s are the Dryad and Party Girl.
  • The Nurse’s most hated NPC is the Zoologist.       

Demolitionist

  • The Demolitionist’s preferred biome(s) is the Underground, Cavern, and Underworld, and preferred NPC’s are the Tavernkeep and Mechanic.
  • The Demolitionist’s least preferred biome(s) is the Ocean and least preferred NPC’s are the Goblin Tinkerer and Arms Dealer.

Dye Trader

  • Dye Trader’s preferred biome(s) is the Desert and preferred NPC’s are the Arms Dealer and Painter.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Forest and the least preferred NPC’s is the Steampunker.
  • The Dye Trader’s most hated NPC is the Pirate.

Angler

  • Angler’s preferred biome(s) is the Ocean and preferred NPC’s are the Demolitionist, Party Girl, and Tax Collector.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Desert.
  • The Angler’s most hated NPC is the Zoologist is the Tavernkeep.

Painter

  • Painter’s preferred biome(s) is the Jungle and preferred NPC’s are Dryad.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Forest and the least preferred NPC’s is the Cyborg and Truffle.

Golfer

  • Golfer’s preferred biome(s) is the Forest and preferred NPC’s is the Angler, Painter, and Zoologist.
  • His least preferred biome(s) are the Underground, Cavern, and Underworld and the least preferred NPC is the Pirate.
  • The Golfer’s most hated NPC is the Merchant.

Arms Dealer

  • Arms Dealer’s preferred biome(s) is the Desert and preferred NPC’s are the Nurse and Steampunker.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Snow Biome and the least preferred NPC’s is the Golfer.
  • The Arms Dealer’s most hated NPC is the Demolitionist.
Terraria NPCs Guide
Terraria NPCs Guide: List of NPC’s with their favourable biomes

Tavernkeep

  • Tavernkeep’s preferred biome(s) are the Hallow and preferred NPC’s are the Demolitionist and Goblin Tinkerer.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Snow Biome and the least preferred NPC is the Guide.
  • The Tavernkeep’s most hated NPC is the Dye Trader.

Stylist

  • Stylist’s preferred biome(s) is the Ocean and preferred NPC’s are the Dye Trader and Pirate.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Snow Biome and the least preferred NPC’s is the Tavernkeep.
  • The Stylist’s most hated NPC is the Goblin Tinkerer.

Dryad

  • Dryad’s preferred biome(s) is the Jungle and preferred NPC’s are the Witch Doctor and Truffle.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Desert and the least preferred NPC’s is the Angler.
  • The Dryad’s most hated NPC is the Golfer.

Goblin Tinkerer

  • Goblin Tinkerer’s preferred biome(s) are the Underground, Cavern, and Underworld, and preferred NPC’s are the Dye Trader and Mechanic.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Jungle and the least preferred NPC’s is the Clothier.
  • The Goblin Tinkerer’s most hated NPC is the Stylist.

Witch Doctor

  • The Witch Doctor’s preferred biome(s) the Jungle and preferred NPC’s are the Dryad and Guide.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Hallow and the least preferred NPC’s is The Nurse.
  • The Witch Doctor’s most hated NPC is the Truffle.

Clothier

  • The Clothier’s preferred biome(s) are the Underground, Cavern, and Underworld, and preferred NPC’s are Truffle and Tax Collector.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Hallow and the least preferred NPC’s is Nurse.
  • The Clothier’s most hated NPC is the Mechanic.

Mechanic

  • Mechanic’s preferred biome(s) is the Snow Biome and preferred NPC’s are the Cyborg and Goblin Tinkerer.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Underground, Cavern, and Underworld, and least preferred NPC’s is Arms Dealer.
  • The Mechanic’s most hated NPC is the Clothier.

Party Girl

  • Party Girl’s preferred biome(s) is the Hallow and preferred NPC’s are the Stylist, Wizard, and Zoologist.
  • His least preferred biome(s) are the Underground, Cavern, and Underworld, and the least preferred NPC’s is the Merchant.
  • The Party Girl’s most hated NPC is the Tax Collector.

Wizard 

  • Wizard’s preferred biome(s) are the Hollow and preferred NPC’s are the Golfer and Merchant.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Ocean and the least preferred NPC’s is the Witch Doctor.
  • The Wizard’s most hated NPC is the Cyborg.

Tax Collector

  • Angler’s preferred biome(s) is the Snow Biome and preferred NPC’s are the Merchant and Party Girl.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Hallow and least preferred NPC’s is the Demolitionist and Mechanic.
  • The Angler’s most hated NPC is Santa Claus.

Truffle

  • Truffle’s preferred biome(s) is the Glowing Mushroom biome and preferred NPC’s are the Dryad and Guide.
  • His least preferred NPC’s is the Clothier.
  • The Truffle’s most hated NPC is the Witch Doctor.

Pirate

  • Angler’s preferred biome(s) is the Ocean and preferred NPC’s are the Angler and Tavernkeep.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Underground, Cavern, and Underworld, and least preferred NPC’s is the Stylist.
  • The Angler’s most hated NPC is the Guide.

Steampunker

  • Steampunker’s preferred biome(s) is the Desert and preferred NPC’s are the Cyborg and Painter.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Jungle and the least preferred NPC’s are the Dryad, Painter, and Wizard.

Cyborg

  • Cyborg’s preferred biome(s) Snow Biome and preferred NPC’s are the Pirate, Steampunker, and Stylist.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Jungle are and the least preferred NPC is the Zoologist.
  • The Cyborg’s most hated NPC is the Wizard.

Princess

  • The Princess’ has no preferred biome(s) and prefers every NPC.

Santa Claus

  • Santa Claus’s preferred biome(s) is the Snow biome and preferred NPC’s are the Princess.
  • His least preferred biome(s) is the Desert.
  • Santa Claus’s most hated NPC is the Tax Collector.

That’s all you needed to know about NPCs in Terraria Mobile! Have fun designing homes for them!


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