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v37Old Man
NPC 37
Information
Type NPC
Sub Type Outdoors/Boss Summoner
HP 250 Heart
Defense 15

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.

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Old man telling player to come back at night

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.

Occasionally, the Old Man can spawn past the door marking the entrance of the Dungeon. On even rarer occasions, he can become stuck to a wall of the Dungeon going downwards. The result is him flashing back and forth at a very fast speed, probably because of his strange walk cycle.

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The old man card.

Notes

  • 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 causing the player to have to wait with the far enough distance 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.
  • Since the max health in the Mobile version is 200, the Old Man will never believe that you'll be able to defeat Skeletron because you need higher health for him to believe that you can kill Skeletron.


Update Info

v1.0.0

  • Introduced.


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