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I'm unable to get the merchant NPC to spawn.

I already have the demolitionist and the nurse. There are a couple of spare NPC suitable rooms, and 50+ silver coins, but even after waiting many nights, still no sign of a merchant.

Is there anything I could be doing wrong?

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It turns out that the merchant had spawned!

I had created a shelter somewhere else in the world, and he had chosen that as his home.

I had actually destroyed the table in that shelter in order to avoid anyone living there, but it had a workbench, and it turns out that that is enough for an NPC to call it a home.

So the lesson learnt is if an NPC is mysteriously absent, he might already be somewhere you're not looking!

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From Terraria Wiki:

The Merchant is an NPC that only appears when all players have a combined total of at least 50 silver coins. You also require a house with a door, at least one light source, a chair, and a table, like with all NPCs.

Once the requirements are met, the Merchant will move into the player's world and sell items.

He sells a multitude of items, including some things that cannot be otherwise obtained. Be patient, it takes some time for the merchant to move in.

I draw your attention to the last line:

Be patient, it takes some time for the merchant to move in.

It would that the Merchant simply takes awhile to spawn after you have met the requirements.

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I've tried speeding up time by using the window minimizing trick, but still no merchant.. –  Acorn May 25 '11 at 17:19
    
How many in-game days has it been? –  Wipqozn May 25 '11 at 17:34
    
Maybe about 10? I understand that you need to have the 50 silver coins in your inventory for the merchant to come, so I'm staying in a safe spot and speeding up time to avoid having to go adventuring with 50 silver on me. –  Acorn May 25 '11 at 17:53
    
I did a bit more searching and was unable to find anyone with a similar problem :/ Try building another house? It could just be a bug. –  Wipqozn May 25 '11 at 18:28
    
I'm starting to think I might just have to start a new world :( –  Acorn May 25 '11 at 18:29

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