Merchant Specialist

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Has reduced Redeployment Time, but DP Cost is not refunded upon retreating; While deployed, 3 DP are consumed every 3 seconds (automatically retreats without sufficient DP).
—Trait description

Merchant Specialist is a branch of the Specialist class in Arknights.

Merchant Specialists are melee Operators with above-average stats, shorter redeployment time than other Operators at 25 seconds, and low DP cost that makes them a solid combat unit, but notably do not return DP when retreated and causes the player to lose 3 DP every 3 seconds so long as they are deployed; should the player's DP is below 3 when the DP loss is triggered, the Merchant Specialist will be automatically retreated.

Operators

6★
5★
4★

Operator Modules

Module Information
MER-X module.png
MER-X
Trait improved:
Has reduced Redeployment Time, but DP Cost is not refunded upon retreating; While deployed, 2 DP are consumed every 3 seconds (automatically retreats without sufficient DP)
MER-Y module.png
MER-Y
New trait:
Each time DP is consumed by Trait, ATK +4%, stacking up to 5 times

Strategies

  • It is not advised to deploy Merchant Specialists when there are no means to generate DP or sustain DP generation. Therefore, Merchants are usually deployed in the very last minute when all other Operators have been deployed. To offset this, they have very low SP requirements to activate their skills with their 2nd skills (3rd for Mr Lee) generally having unlimited durations.

Modules

  • The MER-X Module allows the Merchant Specialist to have their DP drain trait reduced, in addition to ensuring that some DP will still be generated while the Merchant is present.

Trivia

  • For some reason, all the Merchant Specialist operators originated from Lungmen or Yan.