|Location||Azura's Coast Region, [9,-10]|
|Buys||Weapons, Armor, Potions|
The Mudcrab Merchant is a friendly Mudcrab who can be found on a small island just to the east of Mzahnch in the Azura's Coast region. The closest settlements to his location are Vivec to the west and Suran to the northwest.
He is an easter egg and is notable for being the richest of all merchants in the game. Along with the Creeper, he is one of the only two non-hostile creature merchants, meaning that he will buy and sell items at their base value, rather than adjusting their prices according to Disposition and Mercantile skill as NPC merchants do.
If asked about his background, he replies: "Whaddaya think? Sheesh. I'm a mudcarb... crab. Shure. A mudcrab. Thas me. Pretty sure. I LOOK like a mudcrab, right? Mush be. Thish IS me talking, right? So? I mush be... A talking mudcrab. And I sells stuff, right? So? I mush be a talking mudcrab merchant. Stands to reason, don't it?"
Asking him about being a talking Mudcrab merchant, he replies: "Sure. Thash what I said? Did I stutter or shomethin? Talking. Mudcrab. Merchant. Read my lips. Ehr. Mouthparts? Read my mouthparts? Shomethin ain't right. But never mind. Jush one-a life's little myshteries. So. You gonna buy shomethin? Or sit here jawin' all day."
The Mudcrab Merchant deals in fewer goods than the Creeper, though he makes up for it by having more money to barter with. Still, if 10000 gold still isn't enough to sell some of the more valuable items, there is a way to work around it:
- Sell him cheaper items first, then wait a day, come back and buy the cheaper items back from him and then use his temporarily increased gold stash to sell the more expensive things. You can then sell him back the cheaper items the next day.
- Be careful not to kill him by accident, as he is indistinguishable from an ordinary Mudcrab until you enter dialogue with him (he is labelled "Mudcrab"), and is located in an area where there may be other Mudcrabs nearby.
- There are a few reports saying that the Mudcrab's inventory can reset, i.e., all the items you have sold him will disappear forever. Don't sell him anything you aren't willing to lose.
- The Mudcrab Merchant can be guided to a more convenient location using Command Creature spells. Water Walking and Fortify Speed spells help to speed him along. Be aware though, if you have already sold quite a few items, he may be too encumbered to move.
- If you ask Kaye for a little secret, he will mention an associate that wanders shores looking for opportunities and found someone on Azura's Coast with a lot of money to spend and was frazzled by it. This is likely a hint about the Mudcrab Merchant.
- Negative numbers indicate restocking items.