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Merchants are the primary source of buying and selling goods in Horizon Zero Dawn. There is a merchant in each major settlement and some scattered across the map, mostly along major roadways. A merchant is also found at every Hunting Ground and cleared Bandit Camp.

Regular hunting goods merchants are divided into four tiers, with higher tiers selling a larger variety of merchandise. In addition to regular merchants, there are also various special merchants in Meridian who sell uncommon objects or trade unique rewards for collectables.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds adds two new special merchants as well as Bluegleam Merchants who will trade for the valuable Banuk resource and can be found across the Cut.

Special Merchants

All of these merchants are found in the main Carja city of Meridian.

Collectable Merchants

These merchants will trade special reward boxes in exchange for recovered collectables. They also sell the maps required to find them.

Merchant Collectable Location
Cantarah Banuk Figures Meridian
Kudiv Metal Flowers
Studious Palas Ancient Vessels
Enjuk FW Animal Figurines Hollow Hall
Sekuli FW Pigments Song's Edge

Bluegleam MerchantsFW

Found across and only in the Cut, these merchants sell special items related to the Frozen Wilds add-on including weapons, equipments and special items. Many of the items offered require a specific amount of Bluegleams to be traded, like the "Ultra" class outfits and Banuk 'Superbows' variants, said items are also only available for purchase once per-playthrough. Progressing through some quests in the Frozen Wilds will expand the variety of gear available to buy. All Bluegleam Merchants share a vendor screen, which means what's available for purchase or not are all the same amongst all individuals.The gear sold by these merchants are not found on regular merchants and vice versa.

General Merchants

Before the Proving

Karst

Due to the Nora tradition of shunning outcasts, normal merchants will not sell to Aloy until she has completed The Proving. However, a merchant named Karst who lives south of Mother's Cradle is willing to break the tribe's rules and speak to Aloy. Though his stock is limited, he is the first merchant available during the game.

After completing the main quest Mother's Heart, Kart's inventory becomes that of a normal Tier 1 merchant.

Teb

During Mother's Heart, Teb is able to sell a number of outfits to Aloy. Because Karst does not have any outfits in his inventory until this quest is completed, this is the first opportunity available to purchase outfits. However, unlike Karst, Teb is not a general merchant and outside of this quest he cannot be traded with again.

Tier 1 Merchants

Tier 1 merchants are available after completing The Proving and thus becoming a member of the Nora tribe. They can be found throughout the Embrace. They have the most limited stock of all general merchants due to the isolationist lifestyle of the Nora tribe.

Tier 2 Merchants

These merchants are found outside of the Embrace, in the rest of the Nora-controlled Sacred Lands. They sell substantially more goods than Tier 1 merchants, including higher-quality weapons and armor, but by and large they still lack the benefit of Carja trading connections.

Tier 3 Merchants

Tier 3 merchants are encountered past the walls of Daytower, the Carja border fort. They can be found along the Way of Broken Stones leading to Meridian and in the surrounding areas. Their inventories are vastly larger than those of the merchants encountered in Nora lands.

Tier 4 Merchants

Tier 4 merchants are found in the Carja and Shadow Carja capitals of Meridian and Sunfall. They have the largest selection of stock available for trade, unsurprising as these settlements are home to the best artisans and crafters in the Sundom.