|Sub Type||Outdoors/Boss Summoner|
The Old Man is a pre-boss NPC. He does nothing but walk around at the entrance to a Dungeon. If a player attempts to talk to him at night, a warning dialogue will appear asking if the player wants to continue. During the day he will just tell you to come back at night. To enter the Dungeon he is guarding, Skeletron must be defeated. He will judge players with less than 15 hearts (300 life) and/or less than 10 defense as unworthy to fight Skeletron. This, however, does not hinder the player from summoning Skeletron.
If a player attempts to enter the dungeon before Skeletron is defeated, the player will be chased by a Dungeon Guardian that inflicts an instant kill on touch. Once Skeletron is slain, the Old Man will appear as the Clothier in town if you have an available room.
If Skeletron is not defeated, and the player is slain, the Old Man will reappear back at the entrance to the dungeon.
- The Old Man is immune to the attacks from monsters. However, he can still take damage from lava, dart traps and boulders. However, when killed he will respawn almost instantly.
- The Clothier has blue eyes instead of red, probably due to him being free of his curse.
- His sprite was changed, originally he had a red blanket and short hair.[source?]
- He and Santa Claus are the only NPCs without a name.
- If you talk to him as far away as possible, Skeletron's head will not touch you.
- He will sometimes go down into the Dungeon, making the player wait far enough away for him to teleport back.
- Unlike the player, the Old Man will not continuously take damage from a sand trap, though he will take damage initially. He will repeatedly turn while stuck in the trap, but will take no damage from it.
- May be a reference to the Old Man in the original Legend of Zelda.
- He seems to have mood swings; "You pathetic fool. You cannot hope to face my master as you are now." "Please, no, stranger. You'll only get yourself killed"
- He may be quite dangerous, as when he says "I cannot let you enter untill you free me of my curse", it can tempt new players to enter the dungeon and be killed by the Dungeon Guardian.
|Old Man's Quotes|
Night time, before you are considered strong enough to defeat Skeletron
Night time, after you are considered strong enough to defeat Skeletron
- Added to the game.