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Arms Dealer
Arms DealerOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Map Icon Arms Dealer
Map Icon
Classic mode icon Classic
Expert mode icon Expert
Master mode icon Master
AI TypePassive AI
Damage243642152226 (bullets) [1]
Max Life250
KB Resist50%

The Arms Dealer is an NPC that will spawn once the following criteria have been met:

If the Arms Dealer is killed, he will only respawn if there's an available house in the town.

When threatened by enemies, the Arms Dealer will use a Flintlock Pistol to defend himself. Once Hardmode begins, he upgrades to a Minishark for self-defense. He deals 24 / 36 / 42 damage in pre-Hardmode (decreasing to 15 / 22 / 26 damage in Hardmode, although he does gain an increased rate of fire to compensate).

As players progress, he will gain various stat increases.[1]

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What weapon does the Arms Dealer upgrade to once Hardmode begins in Terraria? toggle section
In Terraria, once Hardmode begins, the Arms Dealer upgrades his weapon to a Minishark for self-defense.
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The Arms Dealer in Terraria will spawn when the player has at least one bullet or bullet-firing gun in their inventory. This includes a wide range of guns such as the Boomstick, Chain Gun, Flintlock Pistol, Gatligator, Handgun, Megashark, Minishark, Musket, Onyx Blaster, Pew-matic Horn, Phoenix Blaster, Quad-Barrel Shotgun, Red Ryder, Revolver, S.D.M.G., Shotgun, Sniper Rifle, Tactical Shotgun, The Undertaker, Uzi, Venus Magnum, Vortex Beater, and Xenopopper. The bullets that qualify include the Chlorophyte Bullet, Crystal Bullet, Cursed Bullet, Endless Musket Pouch, and Exploding Bullet. Note that guns stored in storage items like chests do not count towards this requirement.
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What is the role of the Arms Dealer in Terraria? toggle section
In Terraria, the Arms Dealer is a non-player character (NPC) who appears once certain conditions are met. These conditions include having an empty house in the game and the player possessing at least one bullet or bullet-firing gun in their inventory. The Arms Dealer plays a defensive role when threatened by enemies, using a Flintlock Pistol or a Minishark for self-defense depending on the game mode. He is a key character for players looking to purchase weapons and ammunition.
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Spawning criteria[]

Below is a list of qualifying guns and bullets that can be in the player's inventory to spawn him.

  • Items sold[]

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

    Musket BallMusket Ball 7 Always available.
    Silver BulletSilver Bullet 15 During a Blood Moon, in a world with Silver Ore ( or Tungsten Ore).
    (Always available in Hardmode.)
    Tungsten BulletTungsten Bullet 18 During a Blood Moon, in a world with Tungsten Ore.
    (Always available in Hardmode.)
    Unholy ArrowUnholy Arrow 40 During the night after defeating the Eater of Worlds or Brain of Cthulhu.
    (Always available in Hardmode.)
    Flintlock PistolFlintlock Pistol 5 Always available.
    MinisharkMinishark 35 Always available.
    Illegal Gun PartsIllegal Gun Parts 20 Only at night.
    ShotgunShotgun 25 In Hardmode.
    Empty BulletEmpty Bullet 5 In Hardmode.
    Ammo BoxAmmo Box 10 In Hardmode.
    Stynger BoltStynger Bolt 75 When the player possesses a Stynger.
    StakeStake 15 When the player possesses a Stake Launcher.
    NailNail 1 When the player possesses a Nail Gun.
    Candy CornCandy Corn 5 When the player possesses a Candy Corn Rifle.
    Explosive Jack 'O LanternExplosive Jack 'O Lantern 15 When the player possesses a Jack 'O Lantern Launcher.
    Nurse HatNurse Hat 3 During Halloween.
    Nurse ShirtNurse Shirt 3 During Halloween.
    Nurse PantsNurse Pants 3 During Halloween.
    Quad-Barrel ShotgunQuad-Barrel Shotgun 35 In a Graveyard biome after defeating Skeletron.
    Any PylonAny Pylon 10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

    Living preferences []


    For more information, see NPC happiness.

    Shimmered form []

    Arms Dealer (Shimmered) Map Icon Arms Dealer (Shimmered)
    Shimmered Arms Dealer and his Map Icon.

    When submerged in Shimmer, the Arms Dealer 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 Arms Dealer may have any of the following names:

    • Andre
    • Brimst
    • Bronson
    • Dante
    • Darius
    • Darnell
    • Darryl
    • DeAndre
    • Demetrius
    • DeShawn
    • Dominique
    • Jalen
    • Jamal
    • Malik
    • Marquis
    • Maurice
    • Reginald
    • Terrance
    • Terrell
    • Tony
    • Trevon
    • Tyrone
    • Willie
    • Xavier


    Interaction quotes[]

    • "Keep your hands off my gun, buddy!"
    • "Hey, this ain't a movie, pal. Ammo is extra."
    • "I see you're eyeballin' the Minishark.. You really don't want to know how it was made."

    When Nurse is present:

    • "Make it quick! I've got a date with <name of Nurse> in an hour."
    • "I want what <name of Nurse> is sellin'. What do you mean, she doesn't sell anything?"

    When Dryad is present:

    • "<name of Dryad> is a looker. Too bad she's such a prude."

    When Demolitionist is present:

    • "Don't bother with <name of Demolitionist>, I've got all you need right here."
    • "What's <name of Demolitionist>'s problem? Does he even realize we sell completely different stuff?"

    After Skeletron has been defeated, but the Wall of Flesh has not, and Guide is present:

    • "I heard there is a doll that looks very similar to <name of Guide> somewhere in the underworld. I'd like to put a few rounds in it."
      • If these conditions are met this will be the only quote available ( except during Windy Days, Rain and Thunderstorms).
      • If there is no Guide, no name will show up where the name of Guide should be.

    During a Blood Moon:

    • "I love nights like tonight. There is never a shortage of things to kill!"
    • "Man, it's a good night not to talk to anybody, don't you think, <name of player>?"

    During a Party:

    • "Parties are great for getting people to come out of their shell, just like with bullets."

    During Rain :

    • "Heard a rumor that some clouds are literally out to get you! Show 'em who's boss with one of my guns!"
    • "Flying fish? I call that target practice!"

    During a Thunderstorm:

    • "A lightning gun? Don't have time for that, man. I love my bullets!"
    • "If you time it right, no one will hear your gunshots with the thunder."

    During a Windy Day:

    • "Was tryin' out my new gun, but the wind kept me off target!"
    • "Don't spray and pray in the wind, buddy!"

    When in a Graveyard:

    • "I hate places like this. I can't kill what's already dead!"
    • "If you see any suspicious activity out in that fog, I wasn't involved."
  • Happiness quotes []

  • When homeless:

    • "I don't have a place to stay, pal!"

    When neutral:

    • "I'm good, buddy!"

    When far from home:

    • "I don't like doin' business this far from home."

    When in a sparse area:

    • "This is what I'm talkin' about, privacy!"

    When overcrowded:

    • "Shh, I think there's some people nearby, don't like doin' my deals here."
    • "Hey, I can't do what I do with so many people watchin' me."

    When in a Desert:

    • "Ya know, the Desert is secluded and great for business, if you catch my drift."

    When in a Snow biome:

    • "Yeah, no, the Snow makes me very uncomfortable."

    When in an Evil biome or the Dungeon:

    • "I hate the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon - hunting isn't quite as fun if you're the prey!"

    When near the Nurse:

    • "Think <name of Nurse> the Nurse ever, ya know, checks me out?"

    When near the Steampunker:

    • "Yeah, I like <name of Steampunker> the Steampunker, wicked cool person."

    When near the Golfer:

    • "I don't really like <name of Golfer> the Golfer bein' on my turf, ya know?"

    When near the Demolitionist:

    • "I'd REALLY like to use <name of Demolitionist> the Demolitionist as a range target sometime."

    When near the Princess:

    • "I never would have expected it, man, but <name of Princess> the Princess knows her way around a gun!"
  • Trivia[]

    • The name Brimst may be a reference to brimstone (sulfur), one of the ingredients of gunpowder.
    • The name Dante may be a reference to Dante from the game series Devil May Cry.
    • He seems to be attracted to both the Nurse and the Dryad. This is seen in his quote about the date with the Nurse, and the Dryad's quote about him flirting with her. He also flirts with the Mechanic, according to her quote about the pressure plate, but he seemingly has more of an interest in the Nurse.
      • His interest in the Nurse is further backed by selling her clothes on Halloween instead of his own (though on a technical level, the Nurse does not have a shop interface to sell any items).
    • The Arms Dealer and Guide seem to argue with each other through Emotes, implying they do not get along. This is further evidenced by his quote regarding the Guide Voodoo Doll. However, the Guide has no effect on his happiness.
    • The quote about the Guide Voodoo Doll still appears even if the Guide is dead, but the name will be random each time.
    • His quote about ammo being extra is a reference to the fact that in many action films where firearms are prominently featured, they seem to have a heavily exaggerated ammo capacity.

    The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Arms Dealer: "The Arms Dealer has everything anyone could need to shoot things dead, from little round bullets to guns made from sharks."


    • Desktop 1.1:
      • Now has random name given to him on spawn. His death will be reported with this name. Other NPCs will also use it in their quotes.
      • Illegal Gun Parts are sold every night, not just during new moons.
      • Silver Bullets and Unholy Arrows are always available after defeating the Wall of Flesh.
      • Shotgun added to inventory.


    1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the PC version PC source code, method AI_007_TownEntities() in Terraria.NPC.cs. There may be inaccuracies, as the current PC version PC version is