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How to Find the Goblin Tinkerer in Terraria (Easy Guide)

How to Find the Goblin Tinkerer in Terraria (Easy Guide)

Terraria houses many unique and awe-inspiring environmental mechanics. However, there are times when such mechanics become a cause of concern among the players. Finding the Goblin Tinkerer is one of them.

The entire aspect of the mechanic is simple, and as the name suggests, you have to find the Goblin Tinkerer. However, this is easier said than done since the NPC in question can be located anywhere in the entire 2D world of Terraria. 

A Goblin Tinkerer will spawn in your world after the Goblin Army has been defeated once. You can look for him in the depth of the cavern biome. Talking to him will end the background quest and enable him to join your world as an official NPC.


That said, finding the Goblin Tinkerer is hard, and you cannot talk to him unless you find him. Terraria doesn’t feature a medium of remote conversation with undiscovered NPCs. 

Who is the Goblin Tinkerer?

The Goblin Tinkerer is a tech-based NPC that sells unique wares, including the Reforge functionality. He is present among all versions of Terraria and will spawn in your world once every enemy has been defeated. With that said, his unique reforge option can provide the player with a decent set of capabilities. 

Interesting Fact: The Goblin Tinkerer has a crush on the Mechanic. Consequently, she has a crush on him as well. 

What is the Reforge Function?

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This option allows the player to randomize the Modifier for a specific weapon or accessory. This can be useful as it can make weaker items strong. However, there is a certain chance that the weaker items will become even weaker.

 Therefore, it is recommended to use this option only if you don’t care about the current stats of the said weapon. Much like the Goblin Tinkerer’s happiness threshold directly modifies Minecraft, the cost of this option is.

Finding The Goblin Tinkerer

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There is no point in thinking ahead if you can’t even find the NPC first. A bound Goblin will automatically spawn near the player as you venture into the cavern layer. 

Therefore, molding the layer to make it big enough to find the Tinkerer by walking in a straight direction is recommended. However, this method can be time-consuming, especially since you have probably not unlocked the Hardmode yet. 


With that said, here are some points to note while looking for the NPC:

  • Consume a Hunter Potion
  • Limit Your Search
  • Head to the Dungeon
  • Use a Lifeform Analyzer

The mentioned methods will only make your job easier. However, finding the NPC is your task; there is no hidden lever to achieve that. Therefore, pay close attention to your surroundings when you enter the underground layer. 

How to Summon and Defeat the Goblin Army

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The Goblin Tinkerer will not spawn unless the Goblin Army is defeated once. Therefore, if you haven’t already done that, here is your chance! For the goblin army to naturally summon, the following set of requirements needs to be met:

  • It should be the start of the day (4:30 AM).
  • The player must be near the World Spawn Point (the 0,0 coordinates).
  • At least one Shadow Orb or Crimson Heart has experienced destruction.

Once the invasion begins, you will have to face around 80 base goblins spawning for as many as 5 at a time. This army will consist of 120 Goblins, but the multiplayer variant will scale for 40 goblins for every player with greater than 200 health. 

What Happens if the Goblin Tinkerer Dies After Being Freed?

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Once the Goblin Tinkerer is freed, his status will change to a normal NPC. This entails that his death does not make him respawn as a captive. Rather, he will respawn like any other NPC and won’t need to be freed again. 

That said, you will need a suitable house for him to respawn. Suitable housing includes the following:

  • Enclosed space with walls at the back.
  • Table
  • Chair
  • A light source
  • Door

Interesting Fact: A Goblin Tinkerer, Party Girl, and Santa Clause are the only NPCs that remain normal during blood moons. 


All in all, finding the Goblin Tinkerer should not take you more than 30 minutes. However, the mentioned methods can decrease this tie marginally. Therefore, don’t look at every nook and cranny of your Terraria map. 

Instead, focus on small patches and build your search from there. Place the Goblin Tinkerer near the Mechanic to get the maximum value from his Reforge function.