Nicholas the Traveler

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the post-Searing NPC. For the younger, pre-Searing NPC, see Nicholas Sandford.
Nicholas the Traveler
Nicholas the Traveler.jpg
Affiliation Tyrians
Type Human
Service Collector
Level(s) 20
Campaign Core
Nicholas the Traveler Mourning Veil Falls map.jpg
Route to Nicholas's location
in Mourning Veil Falls.
Nicholas Yakkington wallpaper.jpg
Concept art by Katy Hargrove.

Nicholas the Traveler provides Gifts of the Traveler in exchange for various items to those that can find him. His location and requested item changes weekly, which occurs at 15:00 UTC (8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time) on Monday.

Each account is limited to 5 Gifts of the Traveler per week at each location; this resets every week on Monday, at the same time he moves.


Nicholas Sandford (born 1035 AE) is an Ascalonian traveler, a craftsman and a writer.

Nicholas met his dolyak friend, Professor Yakkington, during a snowstorm in the Northern Shiverpeaks. The two managed to survive by huddling together for warmth and they have been together ever since.

Due to the Searing, Nicholas lost his parents, friends and beloved Mary Malone. After having mourned in seclusion for years, his hair grown white, he started to travel the world and dropped his last name in favor of the moniker "the Traveler".

He has made many friends, including Gwen and Durmand, and is often seen collecting items to aid them (especially Durmand or Zinn) in some form, or catering to Yakkington's whims.

A true craftsman, Nicholas is able to make various tools and even small sculptures out of various items he finds. Once he helped Vael by making a disguise out of Quetzal Crests so Vael could spy on the Tengu of Cantha.

In exchange, he has gathered up a hefty supply of exotic and unique items to put in his Gifts of the Traveler, which he trades with adventurers in exchange for the items he needs.

Nicholas is very interested in local folklore, in fauna and flora. As a writer he has written a novel entitled "There with Yakkington: A Traveler's Tale.".

He also claims to be a gourmet chef, thanks to the various different foods he has tasted throughout his travels, which his friendship with Imperial Chef Yileng may suggest to be true, and a medic, as he is often seen trying to come up with some remedy to counteract various poisons (notably those inflicted by Dryders or Rot Wallows).


As a collector

For the week beginning 22 April 2024 (Click to refresh this if this is not the right week; future appearances are documented on the cycle page)
Reminder: The Traveler often will not appear if local spawns are affected by active quests and/or quest chains.

Other appearances


Collector dialogue

His dialogue changes each week depending on the item he's looking for. The current one is:

"Every romantic in Cantha knows that the water from these falls has special properties, and I have the dubious honor of knowing many romantics. Sometimes my good nature can attract too many friends! Anyway, I constantly get requests to bring back water samples. If only I had more Tempered Glass Vials within which to carry the panacean fluid. Friend, do you have 5 I could use? All the heartbroken poets of Cantha would be grateful."
Ask I have some right here! (If you have enough for at least 1 Gift of the Traveler.)
"Hmmm. I'm sorry, but it appears you don't have quite as many as I need." (If you dropped the item from your inventory and select "I have some right here!" with less than the minimum number of the required item he will accept.)
No Let me get back to you on that!
"Ah, it appears you have <total number of the required item you have> of those. How many do you want to give me?"
Yes You can have <maximum accepted number> of them!
"Thank you, <character name>. May our paths cross again soon!" (You receive 1...5 Gifts of the Traveler.)
Yes How about just <minimum accepted number> of them? (If you have enough for 2 or more Gifts of the Traveler.)
"Thank you, <character name>. May our paths cross again soon!" (You receive 1 Gift of the Traveler.)
No Let me get back to you on that!
No I'll let you know if I find any!
Once you have exchanged the maximum number of the required item he will accept:
"Thank you, <character name>. May our paths cross again soon!"

Previous dialogue related to his role as a collector can be seen on the dialogue page.

Guild Wars Beyond

Olafstead (during The Wedding)
"It feels like only yesterday that Gwen was chasing after adventurers outside of Ascalon City. I'm glad that she has finally been able to find a bit of her own happiness, especially after all that she's been through. By the way, I was thinking of giving her some handmade hairpins as a wedding gift. If you could find me 3 Berserker Horns I should be able to fashion a nice set for her.
Just kidding! I got a few from one of the Vanguard scouts a little while ago!"


  • Nicholas sometimes fails to appear in his expected location:
  • Nicholas does not exchange items for gifts in two situations:
    • If you enter an area before Nick's scheduled move time, but do not reach him until afterward, Nick will not speak to you at all.
    • He attends The Wedding as a guest of Gwen, but not as a collector.
  • Nicholas has occasionally been found facing a random object, obstructive landscape, or a wall.
Bug Bug.Sometimes his greeting and/or reward text is not translated into one or more non-English languages. Please report any issues at the localization bug feedback pages so that they can be quickly resolved.

Farming guides



  1. ^ Comment by John Hargrove, Guild Wars Wiki
  2. ^ Comment by John Hargrove, Guild Wars Wiki
  3. ^ Comment by Linsey Murdock, Guild Wars Wiki