Dye Trader

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Dye Trader
Dye Trader.pngOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Map Icon Dye Trader.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypePassive AI
Damage111619 (Exotic Scimitar)
Max Life250
KB Resist50%

The Dye Trader is an NPC that sells the Dye Vat and other dye-related items. He will move in when the following criteria have been met:

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, these requirements only apply to the initial spawning. If the Dye Trader is killed, he will automatically respawn after some time.

In addition to selling dye-related items, players may trade in Strange Plants for uncraftable and unpurchasable animated dyes once Hardmode has been reached. These dyes are given at random in sets of 6 for each exchanged Strange Plant.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Dye Trader will attack nearby enemies with his Exotic Scimitar to defend himself, dealing 11 / 16 / 19 damage at the start of the game, and as players progress he will gain various stat increases. He may also drop this weapon on death.

Items sold

Note: All item prices can be decreased by equipping a Discount Card or Greedy Ring. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, prices can also be higher or lower based on the NPC's happiness level.
Item Cost Availability

Dye VatDye Vat 5 Always available.
Silver DyeSilver Dye 1 Always available.
Team DyeTeam Dye 1 On a multiplayer server.
Dye Trader RobeDye Trader Robe 3 During Halloween.
Dye Trader's TurbanDye Trader's Turban 3 During Halloween.
Shadow DyeShadow Dye 375 During full moon.
Negative DyeNegative Dye 375 During full moon.
Brown DyeBrown Dye 1 Always available.
Fogbound DyeFogbound Dye 750 While in a Graveyard.
Bloodbath DyeBloodbath Dye 750 During a Blood Moon.
Any PylonAny Pylon 10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

Strange Plant quests

Speaking to the Dye Trader in Hardmode will show the "Strange Plants" quest, in which the Dye Trader asks players to fetch him rare plants. In return, he rewards players with 6 vials of a special dye which cannot be obtained otherwise. More of these dyes become available as the game progresses.


Living preferences


For more information, see NPC happiness.

Shimmered form

Dye Trader (Shimmered).png Map Icon Dye Trader (Shimmered).png
Shimmered Dye Trader and his Map Icon.

When submerged in Shimmer, the Dye Trader will transform into his Shimmered form. This has no impact on gameplay or dialogue and is only a visual change. He can be returned to his classic look by submerging him in Shimmer again.



The Dye Trader may have any of the following names:

  • Abdosir
  • Ahinadab
  • Ahirom
  • Akbar
  • Batnoam
  • Bodashtart
  • Danel
  • Hannibal
  • Hanno
  • Hiram
  • Kanmi
  • Philosir
  • Sikarbaal
  • Tabnit
  • Yehomilk
  • Yutpan


Interaction quotes

    • "I bring you the richest colors in exchange for your riches!"
    • "My dear, what you're wearing is much too drab. You absolutely must take a lesson in dyeing your tired attire!"
    • "The only kind of wood I would bother dyeing is RICH Mahogany. Dyeing any other wood is such a waste."

    When Pirate is present:

    • "You must do something about <name of Pirate NPC>. Everytime he comes over here, it takes me a week to get the smell off!"

    During a Party:

    • "I truly love parties, so many beautiful colors and happy people."

    During a Windy Day:

    • "Give me a moment, my dear. I must secure my palette from the gusty gales!"
    • "Marvelous! The wind brings me petals of all colors!"

    During Rain:

    • "No, no, these robes cannot get wet! They will lose their vibrant color!"
    • "Too much water dilutes my selection! This rain better pass, soon!"

    During a Thunderstorm:

    • "Please, do tell when the wrath of nature has ended out there!"
    • "Egads! I loathe these bothersome storms!"

    When turning in a Strange Plant:

    • "Brilliant, my dear! You have brought me an exquisite sample of the world's beautiful colors and aroma. In exchange, you may take this special bottle of dye."
    • "You bring me a beautiful, rare flower... yes, yes? Take this bottle of special dye for your troubles, friend!"
    • "Fantabulous, wonderful friend! With this delicate specimen, I may mix the most amazing dyes <name of world> has ever seen! You may take this one right away!"

    When the player does not have a strange plant:

    • "Oh no no, this will not do. For these money is no good, you must return to me with a rare specimen of a plant!"
    • "You think you can pull a fast one on <name of Dye Trader>, I don't think so! I only take the rarest of flowers for these special bottles!"
    • "These dye bottles? Sorry dear friend, these don't take coin. I only take the most precious and rare of flora in exchange for one of this!"

    When in a Graveyard:

    • "My, my... this is no good. The putrid surroundings are dulling my dye petals."
    • "You think this a place worthy of my presence? So drab, so dull, these people are literally below me."
  • Happiness quotes

  • When homeless:

    • "No no, this will not do, need a place to call mine."

    When far from home:

    • "You think I can make brilliant colors so far from my shop? Don't think so!"

    When in a sparsely populated area:

    • "My dear, this palace is quiet enough to sleep like a sultan!"

    When overcrowded:

    • "I truly dislike crowds, unless of course they are here for my vivid colors!"
    • "When I'm not doing business, I'd much rather be alone, yes? I hate feeling crammed in!"

    When in the Desert:

    • "Ahh, the Desert is really nice, reminds me of my home town, I like it very much so!"

    When in the Forest:

    • "Oh no, the Forest does not inspire me, don't like, don't like."

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "Gross, the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon is draining the color from my palettes!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "The hues on <Name of Princess>'s dress are deeper and more vivid than I've ever seen in my entire life!"

    When near the Arms Dealer:

    • "<Name of Arms Dealer> has good eyes for vividness and business, I like it, yes?"

    When near the Painter:

    • "<Name of Painter> has good eyes for vividness and business, I like it, yes?"

    When near the Steampunker:

    • "Oh dear, that <Name of Steampunker> has no sense of color or style, I don't like."

    When near the Pirate:

    • "I truly, truly hate how unsavory <Name of Pirate> can be."

    When neutral:

    • "Me? I'm fine, I'm fine."
  • Trivia

    • Ahirom, Abdosir, Hiram, and Batnoam are the names of ancient Phoenician kings and queens. Phoenicia was an east Mediterranean empire that became wealthy from the purple dye extracted from coastal snails, and Sea Snails drop the ingredient for Purple Dye.
    • Hanno is the name of a Carthaginian explorer from the 5th century BC, who is known for his naval exploration of the western coast of Africa.
    • One of his quotes mentions that he sells "the richest colors"; however, he only sells 7 / 5 dyes, one of them only on multiplayer.
    • The Dye Trader's sprite was created by former Re-Logic artist Waffles. In, it was updated by Lazure.
    • Even if the player is wearing the Dye Trader's own attire, he still criticizes their clothes.
    • Despite it being hidden under his turban, the Dye Trader's hair is observed to be black, which can be seen when it is removed during a Party in favor of a party hat.
    • His persona is heavily inspired by stereotypes of early Middle Eastern and North African culture, as seen by his clothing (turban), his drops (Exotic Scimitar), and references to a sultan in his quotes.
    • As seen in his quotes, he is greedy and looks down on monotone robes.
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Dye Trader: "Eccentric and rather snobby to a fault, the Dye Trader has expensive tastes. He is passionate about the materials used in the dyes he sells."


    • Desktop 1.4.4:
      • Now rewards 6 dyes after turning in a Strange Plant instead of 3.
      • NPCs who die will now respawn freely, ignoring the original unique conditions which were required to spawn in the first place.
    • Desktop
      • Option to exchange Strange Plants for dyes now requires Hardmode.
      • Defeating pre-Hardmode bosses is no longer part of the spawn requirements, now instead always requires at least four other town NPCs.
    • Desktop
      • New "Strange Plants" quest.
      • Defends self with Exotic Scimitar.
      • Now sells Dye Trader's Turban, Shadow Dye, Negative Dye, and Brown Dye.
      • Sprite updated.
      • Now only spawns if a Strange Plant is in the player's inventory, or a dye or dye ingredient is in the inventory and any of the major pre-Hardmode bosses (Eye of Cthulhu, Skeletron, or Eater of Worlds/Brain of Cthulhu) has been defeated.
    • Desktop 1.2.3: Now sells the Team Dye on a multiplayer server as well.
    • Desktop 1.2.1: Now sells the Dye Trader Robe during Halloween as well.


    1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method UpdateTime_SpawnTownNPCs() in Terraria.Main.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is