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EnvironmentValid house
Max Life20,000
KB Resist20%
Inflicts debuffFrostburnFrostburn
100% chance
Debuff duration3 seconds (Dark Ice attack)
Debuff tooltipIt's either really hot or really cold. Either way it REALLY hurts
Inflicts debuffGlacial StateGlacial State
100% chance
Debuff duration0.5 seconds (Dark Ice attack)
Debuff tooltipCannot move
This is a Town NPC. A House may be required in order for it to appear.

The Archmage is a Hardmode NPC vendor that will spawn once the following conditions have been met:

  • There is an empty house.
  • Cryogen has been defeated.

When threatened by enemies, he will defend himself with a dark ice crystal.

Items sold


Item Cost Availability
Warmth PotionWarmth Potion 2 Gold Coin Always available.
Frostbite BlasterFrostbite Blaster 36 Gold Coin Always available.
Icicle TridentIcicle Trident 36 Gold Coin Always available.
Ice StarIce Star 5 Silver Coin Always available.
Arctic Bear PawArctic Bear Paw 48 Gold Coin After defeating all Mechanical Bosses.
Frosty FlareFrosty Flare 8 Silver Coin After defeating all Mechanical Bosses.
CryophobiaCryophobia 36 Gold Coin After defeating all Mechanical Bosses.
Cryogenic StaffCryogenic Staff 36 Gold Coin After defeating all Mechanical Bosses.
Absolute ZeroAbsolute Zero 80 Gold Coin After defeating the Frost Moon.
Eternal BlizzardEternal Blizzard 80 Gold Coin After defeating the Frost Moon.
Winter's FuryWinter's Fury 80 Gold Coin After defeating the Frost Moon.
Icy BulletIcy Bullet 80 Copper Coin After defeating the Frost Moon.
Icicle ArrowIcicle Arrow 80 Copper Coin After defeating the Frost Moon.
Permafrost's ConcoctionPermafrost's Concoction 24 Gold Coin Always available.
Super Mana PotionSuper Mana Potion 15 Silver Coin Always available.
Delicious MeatDelicious Meat 50 Silver Coin Always available.
Magic Scarf and HatMagic Scarf and Hat 5 Platinum Coin Always available.
Blood RuneBlood Rune 1 Gold Coin When the player possesses an Ice Barrage.
Any PylonAny Pylon 10 Gold Coin When in a specific biome and is happy enough.

Living preferences

Happiness Level Biome Neighbor
Love n/a n/a
Like SnowSnow WizardWizard
Dislike DesertDesert CyborgCyborg
Hate n/a n/a


  • The Archmage will always be named Permafrost.


Interaction Quotes

  • While homeless:

    • "I deeply appreciate you rescuing me from being trapped within my frozen castle.... It's been many, many years..."
    • "I have not seen such a sky in decades. Who are you, to so brazenly march against that Tyrant?"


    • "The tundra’s unnatural state is not all my doing. Decades ago, I came across it and amplified the climate with my magic."
    • "If you have a request, make it quick. I am in the process of weaving a spell, which requires great focus."
    • "You have the makings of a gifted mage. Tell me, what do you think of ice magic?"
    • "Flowers and the like don’t hold a candle to the beauty of intricately formed ice."

    During the daytime while not in the snow biome:

    • "The sun beats down harshly upon my creations here. If you would allow me to conjure a blizzard every now and then..."
    • "I must admit, I’m not quite used to this weather. It's far too warm for my tastes..."

    During the night or in the snow biome:

    • "Nightfall is a good time for practicing magic. We mages often rely on celestial bodies and their fragments to enhance our mana."
    • "Necromancy was never a field I found interesting. Why utilize the rotting corpses of people, when you could form far more elegant servants of ice?"

    During a Party:

    • "Sometimes... I feel like all I'm good for during these events is making ice cubes and slushies."

    During a Blood Moon:

    • "If your blood were to thoroughly freeze, it would be quite fatal."
    • "The undead which roam tonight are still monsters of blood and guts, but they seem... fresher."

    If Moon Lord has been defeated:

    • "It is shocking, to see you have come so far. I wish you the best of luck on your future endeavours."
    • "You, having bested so many beings, even deities, I wonder if I have anything left to offer you."
  • Happiness Quotes

  • When homeless:

    • "Without a place to rest, my studies cannot proceed. Could you procure me a living space? I no longer like to make my homes using ice magic."

    When far from home:

    • "My sense of direction is...subpar. I loathe to admit it, but I have a tendency to not venture outside too often."

    When in a sparse area:

    • "Too many people can disrupt the flow of mana. I much prefer the breathing room here."

    When overcrowded:

    • "My spells are precise, and cannot be interrupted. I would like some more room to practice with them."
    • "I'd hate for one of your associates to be caught up in my magic. Alas, there are too many here to mitigate that risk."

    When in the Snow biome:

    • "The temperature here allows me to save my magic power, as my creations can sustain their shape without melting in the cold."

    When in the Desert:

    • "The sun here is too unfriendly for my ice! Please, allow me lodgings elsewhere at once!"

    When in an Evil Biome or the Dungeon:

    • "Dark forces are strong here. This is not ideal."

    When near the Wizard:

    • "<Name of Wizard> the Wizard is well learned, and quite a respectable mage himself!"

    When near the Princess:

    • "<Name of Princess> the Princess has some very quaint spells. I'm quite impressed, for someone of her age."

    When near the Cyborg:

    • "I dislike <Name of Cyborg> the Cyborg's blatant disregard of magic. I cannot blame his functions, but he is quite ignorant."

    When Happiness is neutral:

    • "The weather is cool today."
  • Notes

    • When defeated for the first time, Cryogen will drop the Archmage from wherever it is defeated.


    • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Archmage: "His face shows great age, but also great wisdom. The Archmage once stood against the Jungle Tyrant and paid the price. He sells various frosty wares but of course, keeps the most powerful spells to himself."
    • The Archmage, along with the Sea King, are two characters who have large roles in the mod's lore.
      • Further supporting this, Permafrost refers to Cryogen as his ice castle, which is a reference to the lore, where it states that Yharim trapped him in his castle, which is Cryogen.
    • The Archmage has a Draedon's Log entry dedicated to him that can be found in the Ice Bio-center Lab.
    • The Archmage drops from Cryogen when it is defeated for the first time, once again referencing the lore.
    • Real life Permafrost is ground that consistently remains at low temperatures below 0°C (32°F) for more than 2 years.
    • His self-defense projectile is visually identical to the ice crystal fired by Absolute Zero; however, the Archmage's ice crystal pierces enemies and does not deal additional damage when it explodes.
    • The Archmage has only one possible name, sharing this trait with Santa Claus, the Drunk Princess, the Brimstone Witch, and the Sea King.
    • The Drunk Princess has dialogue that implies both had at least one sexual encounter.
    • In the mod's source files, the Archmage is referred to as 'DILF'.