Terraria NPC Happiness Guide to Pylons & Cheap Prices

How to make your NPCs happy and unlock teleportation.

Terraria's new happiness system for NPCs is one of the many surprise additions to the Journey's End update, and it's one you should familiarize yourself with to make use of the new Pylons, which allow for teleportation between one another.

Pylons are also new to Terraria, and become available for purchase from vendor NPCs that are sufficiently happy. You obviously want to rush at least a couple of Pylons so you can open teleportation between them.

The happier an NPC is, the lower their vendor prices will be; and if an NPC is elated, they'll sell you a Pylon corresponding to the biome they're in for less than 10 gold. What a steal!

Before you can get your hands on some Pylons (which we will explain in more detail soon enough), let's talk about how that whole thing works as well as exactly how you can make your NPCs happy.

How to Get Pylons and How They Work

Pylons allow you to teleport from one to the other, as long as you have at least two available to you.

Once a vendor NPC is happy enough, they will have for sale a Pylon corresponding to the biome they are in.

For instance, if the Dryad and Witch Doctor are together in a house in the jungle (satisfying their happiness needs), both will have Jungle Pylons for sale as they will be in their preferred biome with an NPC they like, and they are not overcrowded.

The following Pylons can be purchased from happy NPCs:

  • Cavern Pylon
  • Forest Pylon
  • Snow Pylon
  • Desert Pylon
  • Jungle Pylon
  • Mushroom Pylon
  • Hallow Pylon

The Cavern Pylon can be purchased if the NPC is housed underground and not in a specific biome.

If your NPCs are living somewhere with two biomes, you may be able to buy Pylons for both biomes from them.

Additionally, once you complete the Bestiary, you will be able to buy a Universal Pylon from the Zoologist regardless of her happiness.

How Pylons Work

There are two requirements for getting Pylons to work:

  1. Pylons will only work when near at least two NPCs who have a home
  2. Pylons will only work when placed in their corresponding biome

I'm not entirely sure what range the NPCs need to be from the Pylons to work, but they do not necessarily have to be squished into one room.

When you come close to a Pylon after you already have two up, you will be able to click on a Pylon once nearby to select another one on the world map to teleport to.

This system forces you to divide up your NPCs permanently if you want to continue to use the Pylon Network, but Pylon use is not tied to NPC happiness.

You can divide your NPCs up however you like once you've bought Pylons from them, but remember their happiness affects their sales prices for other goods as well.

How to Make Terraria NPCs Happy

Giving your resident NPCs a more fulfilling life isn't something we really had to think about before Journey's End, and you only need to consider it up to a point even now.

NPC happiness affects whether they will sell Pylons and the prices of their goods. It is based on:

  • The biome they live in
  • How many other NPCs are nearby
  • Which NPCs are nearby

As a general rule of thumb when trying to make your NPCs happy, keep them to two or three NPCs in a 25 to 30 tile area.

You'll be able to figure out where to house your NPCs using the table below, based off their preferred and disliked biomes and fellow NPCs.

Because you only need eight separate biome Pylons, you only need to focus on eight vendor NPCs. Pick and choose the ones you want to focus on!

NPC Pref. Biome Dislike Biome NPC Likes NPC Dislikes
Angler Ocean Desert Party Girl
Demolitionist
Tax Collector
Tavernkeep
Arms Dealer Desert Snow Steampunker
Nurse
Demolitionist
Golfer
Clothier Caverns Hallow Tax Collector
Truffle
Nurse
Mechanic
Cyborg Snow Jungle Pirate
Steampunker
Stylist
Wizard
Zoologist
Demolitionist Caverns Ocean Mechanic
Tavernkeep
Arms Dealer
Goblin Tinkerer
Dryad Jungle Desert Truffle
Witch Doctor
Zoologist
Angler
Golfer
Dye Trader Desert Forest Painter
Arms Dealer
Pirate
Steampunker
Goblin Tinkerer Caverns Jungle Dye Trader
Mechanic
Stylist
Clothier
Golfer Forest Caverns Painter
Zoologist
Pirate
Merchant
 Guide Forest Ocean Clothier
Zoologist
Steampunker
Painter
Mechanic Snow Caverns Cyborg
Goblin Tinkerer
Clothier
Arms Dealer
Merchant Forest Desert Nurse
Golfer
Angler
Tax Collector
Nurse Hallow Snow Wizard
Arms Dealer
Party Girl
Dryad
Zoologist
Painter Jungle
Ocean
Forest Dryad
Party Girl
Truffle
Cyborg
Party Girl Hallow Caverns Wizard
Stylist
Zoologist
Merchant
Tax Collector
Pirate Ocean Caverns Angler
Tavernkeep
Guide
Stylist
Steampunker Desert Jungle Cyborg
Painter
Dryad
Wizard
Party Girl
Stylist Ocean Snow Pirate
Dye Trader
Goblin Tinkerer
Tavernkeep
Tavernkeep Hallow Snow Goblin Tinkerer
Demolitionist
Dye Trader
Guide
Tax Collector Snow Hallow Party Girl
Merchant
Mechanic
Demolitionist
Truffle Mushroom  N/A Dryad
Guide
Witch Doctor
Clothier
Witch Doctor Jungle Hallow Guide
Dryad
Clothier
Nurse
Truffle
Wizard Hallow Ocean Merchant
Golfer
Cyborg
Witch Doctor
Zoologist Forest Desert Witch Doctor
Golfer
Angler
Arms Dealer

 

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Published May. 21st 2020

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