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PC NPC's take forever to move to different houses even off screen

Mr_masker16

Terrarian
Steam or GOG
Steam
Single Player/Multiplayer
Single
Operating System
Windows 10
Terraria Version
1.4.2.1
Controls Used
Keyboard/Mouse
So i've started a new terraria playthrough and the NPC's take FOREVER to move to different homes, even when they're offscreen. This only started happening for me in 1.4.2 so I'm wondering if it's a bug.
 
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whoneedsnamestbh

Eye of Cthulhu
I’ve noticed that after 1.4.1, NPCs usually only teleport to homes at night, during rain, or in events. Otherwise they wander around.

Guide, Merchant and Zoologist doesn’t meet the requirements for the forest pylon anymore, they have to be just a bit happier. Liked biome + enough space just barely doesn’t cut it after 1.4.1 changed housing requirements. If you got the Nurse or the Golfer you’d be able to buy it from the Merchant or the Zoologist respectively.

I don’t think there’s any bugs here.
 

Unftf

Terrarian
So the NPC are already present in your world and (also alive) but dont move into a house?
(I'm sure you know about the NPC house UI were you can assign NPC to a certain house and check if a house is valid)
As whoneedsnamestbh already wrote they only teleport back during night, rain, (events?) and only if they are offscreen.
However if they even do not teleport at home during night then you probably blocked their chair.
During night they sit on those. If it is blocked they wont move back at night.

I made some thread about this:
this and another with related topic

If that also doesn't resolve your problem could you post a picture of the npc house?
 
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Mr_masker16

Terrarian
So the NPC are already present in your world and (also alive) but dont move into a house?
(I'm sure you know about the NPC house UI were you can assign NPC to a certain house and check if a house is valid)
As whoneedsnamestbh already wrote they only teleport back during night, rain, (events?) and only if they are offscreen.
However if they even do not teleport at home during night then you probably blocked their chair.
During night they sit on those. If it is blocked they wont move back at night.

I made some thread about this:
this and another with related topic

If that also doesn't resolve your problem could you post a picture of the npc house?
im not saying they don't move into a house, Im saying they don't move to different houses
 

Unftf

Terrarian
So they are already assigned to a house and they dont move to a new one?
Did you assigned them to their new home?
If you haven't they usally stay in their current house.
 

Leinfors

Quality Assurance
Staff member
Moderator
Re-Logic
That's pretty normal, NPCs don't usually move around all that much during the day. They'll make a beeline to their current assigned house at Night though.
 
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