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 Sunjiang District (explorable area) map.jpg
Route to Nicholas's location
in Sunjiang District (explorable area).
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 of the world who always travels with his dolyak friend, Professor Yakkington. He met Yakkington in the Northern Shiverpeaks during a snowstorm and the two managed to survive by huddling together for warmth. Before the Searing, he was in love with Mary Malone who was killed during the devastating event. Due to her death, he didn't travel for years. He is also an aspiring writer and has written a novel entitled "There with Yakkington: A Traveler's Tale."

He has friends throughout the world, such as Imperial Chef Yileng, Gwen, Durmand, and many others. During his travels, he often collects items to aid his friends and is mostly seen helping Durmand or Zinn in some form, or catering to Yakkington's whims. Once he helped Vael by making a disguise out of Quetzal Crests so Vael could spy on the Tengu of Cantha.

Nicholas is also a craftsman, as he makes various tools and even small sculptures out of various items he finds, and is very interested in local folklore.


As a collector

For the week beginning 16 July 2018 (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.
For the week of Putrid Cysts, you must not have Winds of Change active. To temporarily undo Winds of Change, take Memories of Purity from the Herald of Purity in Kaineng Center (requires completion of Cleansing Morostav Trail).

Other appearances


Collector dialogue

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

"Oh hi. Sorry if I seem short, but I am quite busy helping an imperial apothecary with some research on the recovery from that horrible, deadly plague. You see, I am not unhandy when it comes to obscure remedies, and it appears that my reputation has preceded me. I am honored to assist, but getting usable samples of the disease to experiment with has proved difficult. If you come across 3 Putrid Cysts, please bring them to me so I can start researching."
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:
    • Active quests can alter spawns in the area. To fix this, complete or abandon the local quests before returning. Alternatively, visit the area with a different character without the relevant quests.
    • Some areas have variable spawns (e.g. Pockmark Flats); rezoning a few times will address this.
    • He has sometimes failed to spawn due to the War in Kryta (e.g. in Kessex Peak (War in Kryta)); if not previously fixed by ArenaNet, you can work around this by using a character who has not started WiK or dropping any relevant bounties for characters that have.
  • 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