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In Terraria, there are bound NPCs: the mechanic, the wizard and the goblin tinkerer. They spawn bound underground, you can unbind them by talking to them and they will move into an available house. I've managed to find the first 2 easily, but the goblin tinker keeps eluding me. What are the best places to look? If they spawn and I miss them, will they spawn elsewhere, or will I need to scour the entire map again to find the spot where they spawned first?

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Did you beat the goblin army? –  Baked Potato Aug 9 '12 at 15:58
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@SovietOnion yes, and I've already found the tinkerer tied up in an underground jungle. I probably missed the bugger a dozen times because his appearance doesn't contrast with the background as much as the other's. –  kotekzot Aug 9 '12 at 16:38
    
I found the Goblin Tinkerer right inside my Hellevator... –  Michael Borgwardt Apr 25 at 15:15

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The bound NPCs spawn just like monsters: They appear in a radius around you, off-screen, and will despawn at some point.

If they are killed or despawn by themselves before you get to them, they will eventually spawn around you again.

All of them will only spawn while you are underground. Additionally:

  • The Wizard only spawns in hard mode.
  • The Mechanic only spawns in the Dungeon.
  • The Goblin Tinkerer only spawns after you've fended off a goblin invasion.

The Goblin Tinkerer has pretty much no preferred hangouts. See this answer I gave here; basically, the most effective way to find him is to wander around aimlessly underground while chugging Hunter Potions (it reveals bound NPCs just like monsters).

Playing fullscreen at native resolution also helps.

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Quick question about the "if they are killed" statement. The stylist is in Spider Nests, and I found her... And the spiders killed her before I even got to unbind her. So she should still respawn at some point, correct? –  LLF Jul 10 at 17:37

I think that the goblin tinkerer spawns more often in the jungle and the dungeon. You have to beat at least one goblin army first. For more info look here

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Hi, and welcome to Arqade! Terraria actually has an official wiki, which is generally more accurate. I'd suggest that instead of wikia: wiki.terrariaonline.com/Goblin_Tinkerer . –  Raven Dreamer Aug 9 '12 at 2:44

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