When it comes to playing V Rising, or any survival craft game, players are going to want to make sure that they understand as many elements of the game as early as possible. Admittedly it can be tough to try to understand all elements of a game, especially when you are just starting out and are overwhelmed by a hoard of new resources, NPCs and abilities.
While a good portion of V Rising is very straightforward, there are a handful of elements in the game that are outwardly left unexplained, requiring the player to figure it out on their own.
I have to say, in our YouTube playthrough of V Rising, which we’ve recently taken onto Twitch instead, there have been plenty of moments where my husband and I say “WTF is that about” and although answers come with time, there are a good chunk of things I wish I knew earlier as they would have helped us progress faster through the game.
We, for example, didn’t know about the need to rush “Human Form” in order to gain access to Merchants or Traders, which can greatly impact your gameplay, especially if you haven’t been lucky when looting chests or finding resources. Though Merchants and Traders are considered to be a mid-game NPC, the resource needed for these Merchants and Traders tends to be found very early in the game.
Now, though players should always consider it a blessing to find late-game currency early on in the game, it can be frustrating if you don’t know what to do with it until you are told. So, in hopes of helping reduce the amount of stress you have or your general confusion, I’m going to cover everything you need to know about Merchants and Traders in V Rising.
WHAT ARE MERCHANTS?
Merchants are Wandering NPCs that players can find around the V Rising World. There are a total of three of them in the game and unfortunately, being that they are human, they can be easily missed and/or killed.
Luckily for players, if someone ends up killing a Merchant, whether it was accidental or because someone was being unpleasant in a PVP server, Merchants and Traders will respawn after a day. This makes it possible to manage trolling and mistakes.
HOW TO TRADE WITH MERCHANTS
Unfortunately, players will need a few things before they will be able to trade with Merchants. Firstly, players will need to get a resource called Silver which is a resource that is found all over the map.
While I’ll write a post that is completely based on Silver, the most basic thing you’re going to need to know is you’ll get harmed holding Silver, so you’ll either need protection of will need to ensure that your trip to the Merchant, Dealer or Vendor is short enough that you will not die.
The other thing you will need before you can make a trade is Human Form. Unfortunately, all shops cannot be accessed in Vampire Form, so players will need to locate the V Blood Beatrice the Tailor in order to access the shops. There are a few perks to having Human Form, admittedly, though I would strongly recommend that players do not spend their whole time in Human Form as it depletes a player’s Blood Pool quite rapidly.
While in Human Form, players will be able to walk up to Merchants and click on them with no problem and this will open a UI with all the items players can purchase.
WHO ARE THE MERCHANTS IN V RISING AND WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED?
As mentioned, there are three different types of Merchants in V Rising currently. These three are Gavyn the Shady Dealer, Berk the Traveling Trader and Ottar the Merchant.
Gavyn the Shady Dealer is located in Farbane Woods.
Berk the Traveling Trader is located in Dunley Farmlands.
Ottar the Merchant is located in Silverlight Hills.
Unfortunately all of the Merchants, except for Ottar the Merchant will move around the map in the world making them a bit difficult to locate. Ottar does have a shop in a fixed location in the southern part of Brighthaven Slums, so you’re going to want to make sure you’re tactful when you are trying to make purchases. Sadly, this can mean death for many players as if you carry Silver for too long you will die.
I strongly recommend making bases in these three locations even if all they have is a stocked Castle Heart and a chest filled with Silver. This will ensure that any time you are close to a Merchant you can simply make a trade and bring whatever resource you’ve purchased back home with no issue.
Realistically, players will want to look for the merchants while they have their Silver on hand as even if a player locates the merchant and tries to return to them on time, the Merchant may have already moved too far to relocate. This is going to be dependent on how far your base is from the NPC in the first place.
WHAT ITEMS DOES EACH OF THE MERCHANTS SELL?
All Merchants will sell a different set of items, never rotating inventory. All Merchants will have items based on the level of the area.
The nice thing about Merchants is that their variety of resources ranges from ones a player will want to purchase multiple times and ones that a player will only need to purchase one time. Admittedly, some of the purchases are quite costly, requiring players to grind quite a bit to purchase, though the ones players will need to purchase multiple times are quite cheap.
The following are all of the items players will be able to purchase from Traders:
GAVYN THE SHADY DEALER
Gavyn doesn’t really sell the best items and admittedly, many can be found throughout the world. I would, however, recommend buying the cosmetics off them because they’re pretty cute and let’s be honest
Pilgrim’s Hat – 200 Silver Coins
Necromancer’s Mitre – 200 Silver Coins
Minor Explosive Box – 40 Silver Coins
Blood Rose Brew – 25 Silver Coins
Brew of Ferocity – 25 Silver Coins
Minor Garlic Resistance Brew – 25 Silver Coins
Miner’s Mace – 16 Silver Coins
Lumberjack’s Axes – 16 Silver Coins
Blood Rose Seed – 15 Silver Coins
Fire Blossom Seed – 15 Silver Coins
Snow Flower Seed – 15 Silver Coins
Mourning Lily Seed – 15 Silver Coins
Hell’s Clarion Spores – 15 Silver Coins
Crude Amethyst – 8 Silver Coins
Crude Emerald – 8 Silver Coins
Crude Miststone – 8 Silver Coins
Crude Ruby – 8 Silver Coins
Crude Sapphire – 8 Silver Coins
Crude Topaz – 8 Silver Coins
BERK THE TRAVELING TRADER
Berk is an alright Trader and I mostly utilize him for the Sunflower Seeds because they can feel quite rare, however, COSMETICS!!! Also, I’d say that purchasing this tier of rare items can feel pretty useful.
Deer Head – 300 Silver
Wolf Head – 300 Silver
Bear Head – 300 Silver
Holy Resistance Potion – 60 Silver Coins
Garlic Resistance Potion – 55 Silver Coins
Blood Rose Potion – 45 Silver Coins
Sunflower Seed – 45 Silver Coins
Regular Amethyst – 24 Silver Coins
Regular Emerald – 24 Silver Coins
Regular Miststone – 24 Silver Coins
Regular Ruby – 24 Silver Coins
Regular Sapphire – 24 Silver Coins
Regular Topaz – 24 Silver Coins
OTTAR THE MERCHANT
Ottar tends to sell the best Seeds and resources and being that they are found in the same location all the time, focussing on their trades tends to be the best. Ottar’s purchases are quite costly, so I would strongly recommend saving your Silver for purchases with them, however, if you have a good amount of Silver, you may want to rotate between Vendors to ensure that all your Castles are stockpiled with resources.
Ashfolk Helmet – 550 Silver Coins
Mitre – 550 Silver Coins
Ghost Shroom Spores – 200 Silver Coins
Highland Lotus Seeds – 200 Silver Coins
Flawless Amethyst – 120 Silver Coins
Flawless Emerald – 120 Silver Coins
Flawless Miststone – 120 Silver Coins
Flawless Ruby – 120 Silver Coins
Flawless Sapphire – 120 Silver Coins
Flawless Topaz – 120 Silver Coins
Major Explosive Box – 110 Silver Coins