Goblin Tinkerer

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Goblin Tinkerer
Goblin Tinkerer.png
Map Icon Goblin Tinkerer.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypePassive AI
Damage152226 (Spiky Ball) [1]
Max Life250
KB Resist50%

The Goblin Tinkerer is an NPC that sells several unique items, as well as providing the Reforge function. He can be acquired after a Goblin Army has been defeated, spawning randomly in open areas in the Cavern layer. He will appear to be bound at first, and like the Mechanic, Wizard, Golfer, Tavernkeep, Angler, and Stylist, talking to him in this state will free him. He will then respawn as long as a vacant House is available.

The Goblin Tinkerer's reforge option allows the player to randomize the Modifier for a weapon or accessory, which can make the item better or worse than it was originally. Reforges cost one-third of the item's current value, which can also be affected by its current modifier. The reforge cost is also affected by the Goblin Tinkerer's HappinessDesktop and Mobile versions, and can be decreased by equipping a Discount Card or Greedy Ring.[2]

The modifiers of items used in crafting have no effect on the crafted item's modifier. Any modifier given to the newly crafted item will be completely random.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version when threatened by enemies, the Goblin Tinkerer will defend himself by throwing Spiky Balls, which behave like those thrown by the player and deal 15 / 22 / 26 damage at the start of the game, and (on the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version) as players progress he will gain various stat increases.[1]

The Goblin Tinkerer prefers to be in the Cavern layer or with the Mechanic.

The Bound Goblin is one of the few entities that can be detected by the Lifeform AnalyzerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions or its upgrades.

Items sold[edit | edit source]

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

Rocket BootsRocket Boots 5 Always available.
RulerRulerDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 10 Desktop and Mobile versions
1 Console and Old-gen console versions
Always available.
Tinkerer's WorkshopTinkerer's Workshop 10 Always available.
Grappling HookGrappling Hook 2 Always available.
ToolbeltToolbeltDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions 10 Always available.
Spiky BallSpiky Ball 80 Always available.
Any PylonAny PylonDesktop and Mobile versions 10 When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

Living preferences Desktop and Mobile versions[edit | edit source]


For more information, see NPC happiness.

Names[edit | edit source]

The Goblin Tinkerer may have any of the following names:

  • Negurk
  • Arback
  • Dalek
  • Darz
  • Durnok
  • Fahd
  • Fjell
  • Gnudar
  • Grodax
  • Knogs
  • Knub
  • Mobart
  • Mrunok
  • Nort
  • Nuxatk
  • Ragz
  • Sarx
  • Smador
  • Stazen
  • Stezom
  • Tgerd
  • Tkanus
  • Trogem
  • Xanos
  • Xon

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Before the Goblin Tinkerer has been rescued, the Bound Goblin periodically spawns near the player as they travel the Cavern layer, despawning if they get too far away. Therefore, spending hours clearing the map and searching every tunnel is unnecessary.
  • Consuming a Hunter Potion will cause the Bound Goblin to light up, making him easier to find.
  • While the Bound Goblin can be found in any open area underground, bound NPCs may be easier for players to find in the Dungeon, as it is an expansive and easily navigated underground space. NPCs can also be found in the Jungle Temple.
  • Desktop and Mobile versions As a cost saving measure, it is beneficial to make the Goblin Tinkerer as happy as possible, so his Reforges cost less.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Interaction quotes[edit | edit source]

  • When Mechanic is present:

    • "Hey...what's <name of Mechanic> up to? Have you...have you talked to her, by chance?"

    When Stylist is present:

    • "I tried to visit <name of Stylist> one time. She just looked at me and said 'nope.'"

    When rescued

    • "Thank you for freeing me, human. I was tied up and left here by the other goblins. You could say that we didn't get along very well."

    When homeless:

    • "I can't believe they tied me up and left me here just for pointing out that they weren't going east!"
    • "Now that I'm an outcast, can I throw away the spiked balls? My pockets hurt."
    • "Looking for a gadgets expert? I'm your goblin!"
    • "Thanks for your help. Now, I have to finish pacing around aimlessly here. I'm sure we'll meet again."
    • "I thought you'd be taller."

    During the day:

    • "Goblins are surprisingly easy to anger. In fact, they could start a war over cloth!"
    • "To be honest, most goblins aren't exactly rocket scientists. Well, some are."
    • "Do you know why we all carry around these spiked balls? Because I don't."
    • "I just finished my newest creation! This version doesn't explode violently if you breathe on it too hard."
    • "Goblin thieves aren't very good at their job. They can't even steal from an unlocked chest!"

    At night:

    • "Hey, does your hat need a motor? I think I have a motor that would fit exactly in that hat."
    • "Yo, I heard you like rockets and running boots, so I put some rockets in your running boots." (see Trivia below)
    • "Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver."
    • "YES, gold is stronger than iron. What are they teaching these humans nowadays?"
    • "You know, that mining helmet-flipper combination was a much better idea on paper."

    During a PartyDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions:

    • "Goblin parties are a lot like humans. They both have games like "Pin the Blame on the Human" er... I don't play that game at my parties."

    When Tier 1 of the Old One's ArmyDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions has been defeated:

    • "You know, these Etherian Goblins are nothing like my people. Really rowdy bunch. Not that my people are much better..."

    During a Windy DayDesktop and Mobile versions:

    • "This weather is the reason why I wear goggles! I can't have dirt and sand blowing in my eyes."
    • "Now would be a great time to tinker a pinwheel accessory!"

    During Rain Desktop and Mobile versions:

    • "All this rainfall makes it hard to see. I should tinker my goggles with a pair of windshield wipers."
    • "Humans are a lot taller than goblins. When it floods, we are always in big trouble!"

    During a ThunderstormDesktop and Mobile versions:

    • "I'm working on an invention that will harness the energy being released around us!"
    • "Most goblins hate thunderstorms. Probably because they carry so many spiky balls."

    When in a GraveyardDesktop and Mobile versions:

    • "I'm working on a Photon Sack. It's an invention to trap all the ghasts lurking around outside!"
    • "The constant moaning and ear-piercing screeching noises are distracting me from my work!"
  • Happiness quotes Desktop and Mobile versions[edit | edit source]

  • When homeless:

    • "Goblins don't normally need nice homes, but I'm not like most goblins."

    When neutral:

    • "Feelings are currently nominal."

    When far from home:

    • "I want to work on my new invention, but my house is way over there!"

    When in a sparse area:

    • "Perfect, the lack of annoying neighbors adequately meet my needs."

    When overcrowded:

    • "There appears to be an unlikeable amount of humans gathering around me, hm?"
    • "This crowding triggers bad memories of goblin war camps, I really hate it."

    When in the Caverns:

    • "Ahh, the Underground is a nice, quiet place to construct more gadgets. Major like-age!"

    When in the Jungle:

    • "I don't like the Jungle, it is filled with loud, annoying pests that get in the way of my work!"

    When in an Evil biome or the Dungeon:

    • "I hate the Corruption/Crimson/Dungeon, I cannot put merge these trinkets into one piece if I'm fighting to keep myself that way!" [sic]

    When near the Mechanic:

    • "<name of Mechanic> the Mechanic makes my cardiac core function improperly, it appears I love how that feels!"

    When near the Dye Trader:

    • "<name of Dye Trader> the Dye Trader understands how fun it is to mix things together, I can respect that!"

    When near the Clothier:

    • I detect eerie vibes from <name of Clothier> the Clothier, as if they contain dark secrets. I don't like the feeling."

    When near the Stylist:

    • I really hate how <name of Stylist> the Stylist humiliated me, all because male goblins cannot grow real hair!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "<name of Princess> the Princess likes my inventions, and says all friendly goblins are welcome!"
  • Trivia[edit | edit source]

    • He is the only goblin who has short but pointy ears.
    • As evidenced by some of his quotes, the Goblin Tinkerer has a crush on the Mechanic, and, referenced by some of her quotes, she has a crush on him too.
      • This is also proven by his happiness quote, "<Name of Mechanic> Makes my cardiac core function improperly, it appears I love how it feels!"'
      • It is possible that his dislike of the clothier is a reference to this, similar to how the mechanic hates him.
    • The quote, "Yo, I heard you like rockets and running boots, so I put some rockets in your running boots." is a reference to the Xzibit "Yo Dawg" meme. It is also a reference to how the Tinkerer's Workshop can combine Rocket Boots with running boots (Hermes Boots, Flurry Boots, Dunerider BootsDesktop and Mobile versions, or Sailfish BootsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions).
    • One of his names, "Dalek", is a reference to the British show Doctor Who. The Daleks are an antagonistic race famed for their advances in technology and desire to exterminate all "inferior" beings.
    • One of his names, "Gnudar", is possibly a reference to Futurama, as there is an alien known by the same name featured as an antagonist in one of the movies.
    • The quote "YES, gold is stronger than iron. What are they teaching these humans nowadays?" is a reference to that gold is stronger than iron in Terraria, despite that iron is more durable in real life.
    • Unlike other goblins, the goblin tinkerer doesn’t drop his weapon (spiky balls) if he dies. Ironically, he's also the only goblin to actually use spiky balls as a weapon.
    • The quote, "Goblins are surprisingly easy to anger. In fact, they could start a war over cloth!" is a reference to the Goblin Battle Standard, one of the ways you can summon the Goblin Army event.
    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Goblin Tinkerer: "Exiled from the rest of goblinkind for being an intelligent pacifist, the Tinkerer sells tools for combining accessories into stronger versions."

    History[edit | edit source]

    • Desktop 1.3.5: Fixed Goblin Tinkerer being slightly smaller than intended.

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, function AI_007_TownEntities() in Terraria.NPC.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is
    2. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method DrawInventory() in Terraria.Main.cs (under if (InReforgeMenu)) There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is