Top 10 Terraria NPCs

NPCs are essentially the inhabitants of your Terraria world, each with their own distinct quirks, unique offerings, and services that can aid you in your quest to explore, build, and, well, survive. These characters are not controlled by players but are integrated into the game to enrich your playing experience. They can provide you with valuable items, useful knowledge, and can even become residents of your elaborately constructed abodes. Whether it’s a merchant with the finest wares, a wizard with magical prowess, or a guide filled with useful tips and tricks, each NPC is designed to add a different flavor to your gameplay and assist you in different aspects of your Terraria journey.
The Top Ten
1 Truffle

If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have the hoverboard! And we can all agree on the coolness of the hoverboard. He's kind of cute too...

It is worth the hassle because it looks awesome and sells great items.

Building in Mushroom Land is easy.

2 Goblin Tinkerer

Don't forget about him. Honestly, I think he is alright, but it was a hassle getting him out of the dungeon.

"Yo, I heard you like rockets and running shoes, so I put rockets in your running shoes." I love this guy.

He is my favorite for the reforge option. He sells the rocket boots, and he is a smart nerd like me. Also, he is part of the dating thing (there are only four NPCs that are part of dating: nurse and arms dealer, and goblin with mechanic :D)

3 Witch Doctor

Really generous. Sells fountains for free. The Witch Doctor also looks super epic.

4 Mechanic

Honestly, I'm a big mechanism geek, and I wouldn't have wires if it wasn't for her.

5 Wizard

Sells mana potions which are OP if you are specializing in mage. Also provides the crystal ball and spell tomes, all essentials for a good wizard playthrough.

He doesn't sell extra stuff during events, but some of his stuff is really useful.

6 Arms Dealer

Pew pew. Without him, there would be no Megashark or Onyx Blaster.

Deals in arms.

Some of his stuff is good, and the mini shark crafts my favorite item (mega shark).

7 Clothier

Sells great vanity clothes. But he's only good for showing off.

8 Merchant

Sells okay items. I always get annoyed when he blocks my chests.

Without him, I wouldn't ever have gotten bait.

9 Steampunker

She looks awesome with her outfit. The steampunk wings are awesome, and the teleporter is great for traveling. The jetpack is also nice, and the clentaminator and the green solution are very useful. The steampunk outfit she sells looks nice on the protagonist.

10 Guide

The Guide has to be the most useful and abused npc throughout the game. The man not only introduces you to the world but also makes an attempt to protect you as well. Even after getting to know the game, he is still useful in giving you crafting recepies for any item in the game. He is one of the few NPCs who provides his services for free to help you. And then you take his kindness and throw it into the lava, so that you can finally advance to the next level.

The man deserves a break. Give him your vote—he's literally the key to unlocking more than half of the game.

I had a crush on him when I was like 10. I mean, c'mon. He's literally the first NPC, he's with you since the very beginning, and he gives pretty useful tips for pre-hardmode.

I just like seeing the moron open doors and accidentally let the zombies in.
It gets better when it's time to summon the Wall of Flesh, and I hang a painting of it in his house.

The Contenders
11 Nurse

Helps you with writing.

This is easily the best NPC in the game. Super useful during boss fights!

12 Dryad

The easy way of summoning the Eater of Worlds / Brain of Cthulhu.

She is my girlfriend.

She's smoking hot.

13 Demolitionist

This dude gives me bombs.

14 Angler
15 Party Girl

Cute, fun, and excited about everything. She is definitely a novelty NPC, but her attitude is amazing, and she loves partying. What else could you want?

16 Cyborg
17 Bunny

I don't care what you are going to say. I don't care if it's not an NPC. It's a bunny. And killing bunnies is cruel. Period.

18 Painter

This may sound weird, and the Goblin Tinkerer is probably better, but the Painter is great! He sells tons of paint, which you can combine with other paints, and paint any block! He offers so much creativity. Say you like the look of Cobalt Brick, but you want it red. He can do that. Gold Brick walls look nice, but what if they were black? You can do that! Not only this, but he also sells different paintings, some depending on the biome he is in. This is great for decoration if you are building a house in a certain biome, such as in the sky or in the desert. He sells one more thing though, an assortment of wallpapers. These are unlike any kind of wallpaper, as you can have a rainbow wall to a duck wall, to make houses feel more comfortable than battlegrounds.

I was able to get the paintball gun for a special challenge I was doing. The infinite ammo, decent arced range, and decent crit rate, combined with it being a 3-shot burst like my second favorite gun, the Clockwork Assault Rifle, allowed me to spend a good hour to help myself eventually take down the Dungeon Guardian to get my favorite pet.

Plus, I honestly do like painting. It really helps me out with making a Boreal Wood table with normal wood chairs, the same color but different design, all the more better for house/base building and decoration.

I would personally rank it higher.

19 Stylist

The default hairstyles suck, and it is kind of easy to find.

20 Tavernkeep
21 Dye Trader
22 Santa Claus
23 Golfer
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