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For other trading characters, see Merchants and Shop.

The Merchant (謎の商人 Nazo no Shōnin?, lit. Mysterious Merchant) is a mysterious shopkeeper who appears in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance.

He got lost within the castle and decided to just open shop. He will sell a confused Juste Belmont many armor types for varying prices. Unlike other merchants found in other games, this merchant has a variety of shops throughout the castle and sells different items in each shop. Most of these shops require certain conditions to be met in order for him to be present. The highest priced item that he will sell is the Ceramic Mail for 15,000 gold. This is not as extraordinarily high priced as the highest priced items found in some other games' shops.

Shops

The Merchant has a variety of shop locations in the castle, each which tend to sell different things. He's not always at a given location, though. To ensure that he's there, you should make sure that certain conditions are met when applicable.

Note: Shops are listed in the same order they are most likely encountered in a normal playthrough.
Castle Treasury (Castle B)
The first shop that is encountered is trapped between some rubble in the Castle Treasury of Castle B. Juste can remove it by knocking the nearby giant Gate Guarder armor backward, who will roll down the hill and crash through the rubble, clearing the path. The Merchant introduces himself to Juste and sells him some basic goods. The Castle Map 2 can be purchased here, which is the only map that the Merchant will sell in the game. A small health boosting Potion is available for 80 G, as well as status remedying potions, such as the Anti-venom and Uncurse Potion, which are each a mere 20 G each. It's possible for Juste to have up to 99 of any of these consumable items and are available in any of the later shops. If you prefer an INT over a DEF boost, the Casual Wear can be purchased here for 98 G. The Rubber Armor is more expensive and will give you a modest DEF boost of +6 for 250 G. If you have a lot of money, the Plate Coat will give double the DEF bonus (+12) for 800 G. A Cloth Helmet is available for some modest head protection, while the Shin Guards give token protection for your legs.
Luminous Cavern (Castle B)
The Merchant is only found at the shop in the Luminous Cavern when Juste has an odd number level. This shop is similar to the Castle Treasury B shop, except it also has a slightly better INT-boosting body armor (a T-Shirt, +5 INT and +3 DEF for 199 G) and a better head protection item (a Sallet, +7 DEF, 340 G).
Clock Tower
The shop in the Clock Tower has a variety of useful items in it, but it's only available if you're lucky enough to have found the Noon Star, which is dropped by the Specter (which can also be found in the Clock Tower or dropped by the Simon Wraiths in The Wailing Way and Shrine of the Apostates). It's the only shop that sells an item which replenishes MP until you reach Level 50 and are able to use the Castle Entrance shop (the Mana Prism for 250 G). A better health recovery item, the High Potion, is also available for 200 G. The exceptional Ramail Coat is first available in this shop, which gives a decent INT boost of +7 in addition to a high DEF boost of +29 for 1,005 G. Pass up on the Cuirass Armor, though, since it's more expensive (1,200 G) than the Ramail Armor and gives a smaller DEF boost (+22) with no other benefits. The defensive quality of headgear increases significantly with this shop, where the Greek Helm (+9 for 750 G), Piros Helm (+11 for 1,050 G) and Armet (+15 for 1,800 G) are all available. DEF boosting goods are now available in this shop, including a Bangle (+3 for 550) and the rip off Velvet Cloak, which gives the same +3 DEF boost for a whopping 1,350 G (it'd be better just to equip two Bangles).
Top Floor (Castle B)
The Top Floor shops requires an even number of Hearts to be open (i.e., the last digit of the current Hearts amount should end in either 2, 4, 6, 8 or 0). In case you don't possess a Noon Star, you have a chance to get some of the nicer items that were in the Clock Tower shop as they're are also available here, such as the Ramail Coat, Greek Helm, Piros Helm and Bangle. The exclusive item to this shop is the Nova Ring, which increases the speed of your Cross sub-weapon for 8 Hearts instead of the normal 5.
Top Floor (Castle A)
The Top Floor shop on the other side of the castle also requires an even number of Hearts to be open. It also has an exclusive subweapon altering item, the Aurora Ring, which increases the width and power of the Sacred Fist sub-weapon for 10 Hearts instead of the normal 5. The High Potion from the Clock Tower shop is also available here and will be in all the later shops. The stronger body armor Heavy Armor (+48 DEF for 2000G), headgear Morion (+19 DEF for 3,000 G) and leg protector Greaves (+12 DEF for 1,700 G) are first available in this shop, in addition to the first available arm guard Bloody Glove (+25 DEF for 2,100 G).
Castle Treasury (Castle A)
The shop in the other Treasury is not blocked by anything like the one in Castle B was. A better headgear item, the Cabacete (+23 DEF for 3,800 G), and better leg guards, the Silver Boots (+20 for 2,800 G), are first available here. A Magic Necklace is also exclusively available here for a modest INT boost of +5 for 5,000 G.
Luminous Cavern (Castle A)
The second Luminous Cavern shop contains the most expensive item and strongest armor in the game, the Ceramic Mail, for 15,000 G for a +90 DEF boost. It also has the Pot Helm, which is only slightly better than the Cabacete at 4,400 G for +24 DEF. The rest of the items are available in earlier accessible shops.
Entrance
The shops at the Entrance are only available if you are at Level 50 or greater. They're the most accessible shops, being placed next to a Save Room, Warp Zone, and portal. Here, you can find all of the consumable items, as well as many strong ones not found elsewhere, including an Elixir which replenishes all you life (800 G), Big Mana Prism which replenishes a lot of MP (250) and the Medicine Jar from the original Castlevania, which makes you invisible (and invincible) to enemies for a short period of time (10,000 G). The strongest headgear (Platinum Crown, +30 DEF, 9,999 G) and the strongest leggings (Platinum Shoes, +25 DEF, 5,000 G) in the game can only be found in this shop. The Red Silk Hat is perhaps even better than the Platinum Crown in that it gives a DEF boost of 5 in addition to its +25 DEF for 9,800 G. The Infinite Boots allow Juste to jump as many times as he'd like in the air for 12,000 G.

Alloys

ITEMS SOLD BY THE MERCHANT
Location/Castle Area Use Items Body Armor Head Gear Leg Protection Arm Protection Goods
Castle Treasury (B) Potion - 80
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
Castle Map 2 - 105
Casual Wear - 98
Rubber Armor - 250
Plate Coat - 800
Cloth Helmet - 160 Shin Guards - 140 None None
Cave (B) Potion - 80
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
Casual Wear - 98
T-Shirt - 199
Rubber Armor - 250
Plate Coat - 800
Cloth Helmet - 160
Sallet - 340
Shin Guards - 140 None None
Clock Tower (A & B) Potion - 80
High Potion - 200
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
Mana Prism - 250
Plate Coat - 800
T-Shirt - 199
Cuirass Armor - 1200
Ramail Coat - 1005
Sallet - 340
Greek Helm - 750
Piros Helm - 1050
Armet - 1800
None None Bangle - 550
Velvet Cloak - 1350
Top Floor (B) Potion - 80
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
T-Shirt - 199
Rubber Armor - 250
Plate Coat - 800
Cuirass Armor - 1200
Ramail Coat - 1005
Cloth Helmet - 160
Sallet - 340
Greek Helm - 750
Piros Helm - 1050
Shin Guards - 140 None Bangle - 550
Nova Ring - 5000
Top Floor (A) Potion - 80
High Potion - 200
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
Ramail Coat - 1005
Heavy Armor - 2000
Piros Helm - 1050
Armet - 1800
Barrel Helmet - 2300
Morion - 3000
Greaves - 1700 Bloody Glove - 2100 Velvet Cloak - 1350
Aurora Ring - 5000
Castle Treasury (A) Potion - 80
High Potion - 200
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
Heavy Armor - 2000 Armet - 1800
Barrel Helmet - 2300
Morion - 3000
Cabacete - 3800
Greaves - 1700
Silver Boots - 2800
Bloody Glove - 2100 Velvet Cloak - 1350
Bangle - 550
Magic Necklace - 5000
Cave (A) Potion - 80
High Potion - 200
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
Heavy Armor - 2000
Battle Armor - 6000
Ceramic Mail - 15000
Barrel Helmet - 2300
Morion - 3000
Cabacete - 3800
Pot Helm - 4400
Greaves - 1700
Silver Boots - 2800
Bloody Glove - 2100 Velvet Cloak - 1350
Entrance (A & B) Potion - 80
High Potion - 200
Elixer - 800
Mana Prism - 250
Big Mana Prism - 1000
Anti-venom - 20
Uncurse Potion - 20
Medicine Jar - 10000
None Red Silk Hat - 9800
Platinum Crown - 9999
Platinum Shoes - 5000
Infinite Boots - 12000
None None

Jewels

Like the Master Librarian from Symphony of the Night, he will trade Gold for jewels, but will not buy the player's extra inventory. The jewels are worth the following:

Quotes

  • When pointing to the "Buy" menu option, the merchant says: "Please purchase something from me. You do have money, don't you?"
  • When pointing to the "Sell" menu option, the merchant says: "If you show me something of value, I may trade a bit of coin for it."
  • When pointing to the "Exit" menu option, the merchant says: "So, you are done with your business with me?"
  • If the player exits the Merchant's menu screen and then returns to talk to him, he says: "Oh? Did you forget something?"
  • Every time the player first enters the Merchant's room (after the first time), he will say: "So we meet again. I'm glad to see you're all right. What can I do for you?", and then the Merchant menu will appear.

Gallery

Trivia

  • His fate after the destruction of Dracula's castle is unknown. As is the credibility of his story of being a simple merchant.
  • The last digit numbers of Hearts and Level that the player needs, as well as the Noon Star conditions to unlock the shops, are "hinted" in the background of the area.

See also

References

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