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DemolitionistOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Map Icon Demolitionist
Map Icon
Classic mode icon Classic
Expert mode icon Expert
Master mode icon Master
AI TypePassive AI
Damage203035 (Grenade)
Max Life250
KB Resist50%

The Demolitionist is an NPC vendor that will spawn once the following criteria have been met:

If the Demolitionist is killed, he will only respawn if the above conditions are met again. This means an explosive must be placed in the player's inventory again. Having explosives stored in chests or other containers will also fulfill the requirement.

On the PC version PC version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, Old Chinese version Old Chinese version, tModLoader version tModLoader version, and tModLoader 1 tModLoader 1.3-Legacy version, the Demolitionist will lob Grenades at nearby enemies to defend himself, which deal 20 / 30 / 35 damage at the start of the game.

Moreover, on the PC version PC version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, Old Chinese version Old Chinese version, tModLoader version tModLoader version, and tModLoader 1 tModLoader 1.3-Legacy version, NPCs including the Demolitionist will gain various stat increases as the player progresses.

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

GrenadeGrenade 75 Always available.
BombBomb 3 Always available.
DynamiteDynamite 20 Always available.
Hellfire ArrowHellfire Arrow 1 In Hardmode.
Land MineLand Mine 5 After defeating Plantera and a Pirate Invasion.
Old-gen console version Before defeating Plantera, at night.
Explosive PowderExplosive Powder 12 In Hardmode.
Stynger BoltStynger Bolt 10 Once Golem has been defeated.
Roman candleRoman candle 5 During Christmas.
Dry BombDry Bomb 25 When the player has a Dry Bomb in their inventory.
Wet BombWet Bomb 25 When the player has a Wet Bomb in their inventory.
Lava BombLava Bomb 25 When the player has a Lava Bomb in their inventory.
Honey BombHoney Bomb 25 When the player has a Honey Bomb in their inventory.
Any PylonAny Pylon 10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

Living preferences []


For more information, see NPC happiness.

Shimmered form []

Demolitionist (Shimmered) Map Icon Demolitionist (Shimmered)
Shimmered Demolitionist and his Map Icon.

When submerged in Shimmer, the Demolitionist 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 Demolitionist will replace the Guide as the starting NPC in the secret seed "For the worthy".
  • The Demolitionist's weapons – Grenades – are surprisingly powerful, considering how early-on he may spawn in the game. Thus, he can be a great help during Blood Moons.
  • Explosives, despite their name and crafting recipe, do not fulfill the demolitionist's requirement to move in.


The Demolitionist may have any of the following names:

  • Bazdin
  • Beldin
  • Boften
  • Darur
  • Dias
  • Dolbere
  • Dolgen
  • Dolgrim
  • Duerthen
  • Durim
  • Fikod
  • Garval
  • Gimli
  • Gimut
  • Jarut
  • Morthal
  • Norkas
  • Norsun
  • Oten
  • Ovbere
  • Tordak
  • Urist


Interaction quotes[]

    • "Explosives are da' bomb these days. Buy some now!"
    • "It's a good day to die!"
    • "I wonder what happens if I... (BOOM!)... Oh, sorry, did you need that leg?"
    • "Dynamite, my own special cure-all for what ails ya."
    • "Check out my goods; they have explosive prices!"
    • "Trying to get past that ebonrock, eh? Why not introduce it to one of these explosives!"

    In a Corrupt world:

    • "Trying to get past that Ebonstone, eh? Why not introduce it to one of these explosives!"

    In a Crimson world:

    • "Trying to get past that Crimstone, eh? Why not introduce it to one of these explosives!"

    When Dryad is present:

    • "Why purify the world when you can just blow it up?"

    When Nurse is present:

    • "I'm sure <name of Nurse> will help if you accidentally lose a limb to these."

    When Arms Dealer is present:

    • "Even <name of Arms Dealer> wants what I'm selling!"
    • "Would you rather have a bullet hole or a grenade hole? That's what I thought."

    Only at night:

    • "If you throw this one in the bathtub and close all the windows, it'll clear your sinuses and pop your ears!"
    • "Wanna play Fuse Chicken?"
    • "Hey, could you sign this Griefing Waiver?"

    Only during a Blood Moon:

    • "Hey, have you seen a clown around?"
    • "There was a bomb sitting right here, and now I can't seem to find it..."
    • "I've got something for them zombies alright!"

    During a Party:

    • "You might want to be careful today. Us dwarves tend to have pretty explosive parties."

    After defeating Tier 1 of the Old One's Army:

    • "I don't see why we can't just blow up those portals."

    During Rain:

    • "This is a terrible day to be a dwarf."
    • "ARGH! Another fuse put out by all this wet stuff! This never happens underground!"

    During Thunderstorms:

    • "You shoulda seen it when lightning struck one of my carts filled with explosives!"
    • "BOOM! Even mother nature likes a taste of gratifying demolition!"

    During a Windy Day:

    • "Now might not be the best time to lob grenades on the surface, my tall friend!"
    • "You want boomerang bombs? Throw some out in that gust, they'll come back to you alright!"

    When in a Graveyard:

    • "The stench of death here is worse than the skeleton-infested caverns where I work!"
    • "All these piles of bones and stones... perfect for blowin' up!"
  • Happiness quotes []

  • When homeless:

    • "I don't have a place to live, did I blow up my last one?"

    When far from home:

    • "I need more BOOM, I think I left it way back at home."

    When in a sparse area:

    • "Ah, no one around - I can test new bombs without creating a graveyard for limbs!"

    When overcrowded:

    • "I dislike the number of people here, for safety reasons, of course..."
    • "Too many people around! One mistake making dynamite, and... well, they'd HATE the outcome!"

    When in the Caverns:

    • "Dwarves are naturally drawn to the Underground, it's in our blood!"

    When in the Ocean:

    • "I can't stand the Ocean, my fuses have trouble igniting here!"

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "It reeks of death and malice in the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon, I wanna blasts holes everywhere!"

    When near the Tavernkeep:

    • "I love how well <Name of Tavernkeep> can handle a container of fireball!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "WHAT... <Name of Princess>? Is that a new brand of nitro? Oh, HER, Yes, good lass!"

    When near the Mechanic:

    • "<Name of Mechanic> is a good friend I like, helps me load the gunpowder!"

    When near the Goblin Tinkerer:

    • "I wanna strap <Name of Goblin Tinkerer> to a rocket and watch what happens!"

    When near the Arms Dealer:

    • "I wanna strap <Name of Arms Dealer> to a rocket and watch what happens!"

    When neutral:

    • "Well, I don't feel like exploding today!"
  • Trivia[]

    • The Demolitionist's appearance seems to be based on dwarves from many games, films, and works of literature. He is significantly shorter than other NPCs and has a beard. His dislike of the Goblin Tinkerer also aligns with fictional rivalries between Dwarves and Goblins. Furthermore, his mining helmet, lantern, and the fact that he sells explosives fits the trope of dwarves preferring underground environments. This is further proved by his Party-exclusive quote, one of his quotes while it is raining, his Happiness quote while in the Caverns, and his Bestiary entry. Several of his names are also references to dwarf characters in fiction:
      • Beldin is from the five-book fantasy epic The Belgariad.
      • Durim is a corruption of Durin, a dwarven king mentioned in the books of English writer J.R.R. Tolkien.
      • Fikod and Urist are generic dwarven names from the indie video game Dwarf Fortress.
      • Gimli is a reference to the epic high-fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings.
      • Morthal is a name of a city surrounded by swamps in the action role-playing video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
      • Tordak (or Tordek) is a generic dwarf name in the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
    • The Demolitionist used to have the sprite for the Arms Dealer in the pre-release version of the game.Verify
    • Though he is depicted in a painting called "American Explosive", the painting's name and appearance are a parody of the painting American Gothic, rather than an indication of his origin.
    • In one of his quotes, he calls Ebonstone "ebonrock".
    • The quote "Hey, could you sign this Griefing Waiver?" is referring to the term griefing used in online, multiplayer video games to describe the act of deliberately irritating and harassing other players with actions such as destroying buildings.
    • His Blood Moon quotes indirectly reference the fact that Clowns carry explosives.
    • There appears to be a rivalry between the Demolitionist and the Arms Dealers, judging by lines of dialog from both the Demolitionist and the Arms Dealer that throw shade at one another, such as: "Don't bother with <name of Arms Dealer>, I've got all you need right here."

    The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Demolitionist: "Tread carefully around this dwarf. The Demolitionist is an explosive fanatic and sells dangerous things that go 'Boom!'"


    • Desktop 1.4.1: Changed his "Trying to get past that ebonrock, eh? Why not introduce it to one of these explosives!" quote to say "Ebonstone" or "Crimstone" (depending on the world's evil biome) instead of "ebonrock".
    • Desktop Buying a landmine requirement reduced from defeating Golem and at least one Pirate Invasion to defeating Plantera and at least one Pirate Invasion.
    • Desktop 1.1: Now has a random name given to him on spawn. His death will be reported with this name. Also, other NPCs will use it in their quotes.
    • Desktop 1.0.3:
      • Now triggered to arrive when the players have Sticky Bombs or Grenades in their inventory.
      • Like other NPCs, can now be killed by enemies.