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Wilson Portrait
The essential components are still intact.

Wilson, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Willow Portrait
Why would anyone want to live down here?

Willow, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Wolfgang Portrait
Is very old thing.

Wolfgang, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Wendy Portrait
A beacon of hope left unlit... How fitting.

Wendy, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

WX-78 Portrait
ERROR 502

WX-78, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Wickerbottom Portrait
Now where might that lead?

Wickerbottom, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Woodie Portrait
Where d'you think it goes, Lucy?

Woodie, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Waxwell Portrait
It lacks a key.

Maxwell, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Wigfrid Portrait
Tis the Bifröst!

Wigfrid, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Webber Portrait
We need another piece to turn it on.

Webber, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

Winona Portrait
Oughta turn on somehow.

Winona, when examining an unactivated Ancient Gateway.

The Ancient Gateway is an indestructible Structure exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in A New Reign. It is located in the middle of the Atrium Biome.

Its only use is to have an Ancient Key be placed in its socket, making the Atrium's Nightmare Cycle be locked at the peak state. It can be removed again, unlocking the Cycle from its peak. If a fully-constructed Odd Skeleton is revived near an activated Ancient Gateway, the fight against the Ancient Fuelweaver will begin. The Ancient Fuelweaver can deactivate the Atrium's Nightmare Cycle by removing the Ancient Key. If the Ancient Fuelweaver is killed it will trigger an explosion that will activate after three minutes, renewing the Ruins. Twenty days later, the Gateway will accept the Ancient Key to be placed again.

In a lore sense, the Ancient Gateway acts as a portal to what are known as Gate Realms. These Gate Realms are the settings for special limited-time Events.

Forging Hammer The Forge

Wilson Portrait
That's how we got here. Hopefully how we get back, too.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
This is WAY better than our gate back home!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Is how Wolfgang got here.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
I dared not hope it would take me home.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
IT IS INACTIVE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
It is linked to our Gateway, but inactive on this side.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Don't trust that as far as I can throw it.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Meddling with it will only cause further trouble.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Tis a gate betwixt realms.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
This isn't home!

Webber

Winona Portrait
Just like the one I came through...

Winona

In The Forge event, the players spawn in a plume of flames via the Molten Gateway into the Forge Gate Realm. Players must win against the minions of Battlemaster Pugna in order to activate the Gateway with the Ancient Key and leave the dimension. The Molten Gateway is technically a separate structure sharing the same name as the one located in the Atrium. It currently has no other function, but the game files reveal that it also has an active state, which might be used in later versions of the event.

Silver Bowl The Gorge

Wilson Portrait
Another dead end.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
I'm just gonna keep jumping through portals til I figure out a way home.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
It did not go home. Is no surprise.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
There's no night here. It is a nice change.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
IT DID NOT FUNCTION AS I HAD HOPED

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
My suspicions were correct. It has more than one destination.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
It was worth the risk, eh?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Nobody listens to me.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Tis closed to us.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
At least it took us somewhere different.

Webber

Winona Portrait
I might not be good at rescue missions.

Winona

In The Gorge event, the players spawn in a gush of water via the Mossy Gateway into the Elder Bog Gate Realm. Chronologically, this event takes place directly after The Forge, meaning that entering the Molten Gateway took the characters straight to this dimension. Players must cook food to satisfy the Gnaw and gain three of the Gnaw's Favors, which are used to charge the Ancient Key and thus open the Mossy Gateway. The Mossy Gateway is technically a separate structure sharing the same name as the one located in the Atrium.

Placeholder Trivia

  • The Ancient Gateway was introduced in the Heart of the Ruins update.
  • When first released, the Ancient Gateway had black and yellow tapes all over it, to signalize it was still a work in progress feature. During this time, various Items were able to be socketed into it, such as the Iridescent Gem. Picking it back out always produced an Ancient Key. When examining an Ancient Gateway with a key inserted, the player character said: "The lights reveal ancient text: Come Back Next Update."
  • The Gateway is featured in the What Lies Beyond? video clip, for a brief moment revealing a silhouette of Winona before her official reveal.
  • The Ancient Gateway located in the Ruins area of the Constant is also called the Atrium Gate.

Blueprint Gallery

Naturally spawning world objects
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(Birchnut TreeCactusTumbleweed Reign of Giants icon) (Ash TreeBamboo PatchCoffee PlantElephant CactusJungle TreeMangrove TreePalm TreeRegular Jungle TreeSeaweed PlantSweet PotatoViney Bush Shipwrecked icon) (AloeAsparagusBrambleBramble BloomClaw Palm TreeCocooned TreeExotic FlowerHedgeIntricate TopiaryLawn DecorationLotus PlantNettle VineRainforest TreeTall GrassTea TreeTuber Tree Hamlet icon) (Bull KelpJuicy Berry BushLune TreeSporecapStone Fruit BushSucculentTwiggy Tree Don't Starve Together icon)
Mobs and Mob Housing BeehiveHound MoundMermhousePondPig HousePig KingPig TorchRabbit HoleRabbit HutchSlurtle MoundSpider DenSpilagmiteSplumonkey PodTallbird NestWalrus CampWorm Hole
(BurrowHollow Stump Reign of Giants icon) (Ballphin PalaceCrabbit DenDragoon DenDragoon EggFishermerm's HutMerm HutPrime Ape HutSharkitten DenShoalTidal PoolWildbore HouseWobster DenYaarctopus Shipwrecked icon) (Dung PileGnat MoundLily PadMandrake HillMant HillOminous CarvingThundernestTown HouseWatch Tower Hamlet icon) (AntlionBat CaveGigantic BeehiveMagmaShattered Spider Hole Don't Starve Together icon)
Resources Ancient StatueBonesBoulderFlotsamGraveHarp StatueMarble PillarMarble TreeMaxwell StatueMerm HeadPig HeadRelicSinkholeSkeletonStalagmite
(Mini Glacier Reign of Giants icon) (Brainy SproutCharcoal BoulderCoral ReefCrateDebrisLava PoolLimpet RockMagma PileMussel BedObsidian BoulderPoisonous HoleSandy PileTar SlickWatery GraveWildbore HeadWreck Shipwrecked icon) (Artichoke BoulderA Smashing PotBasalt EruptionCrashed BalloonHot Air BalloonRuined SculpturesStalacmite ThroneStone SlabWeathered ObjectsWicker Basket Hamlet icon) (Cave HoleDriftwoodLakeMarble SculpturesMeteor BoulderMoon GlassPetrified TreeSea Bones Don't Starve Together icon)
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(Glommer's Statue Reign of Giants icon) (Electric IsoscelesGunpowder BarrelKrissureLimestone WallObsidian WorkbenchSteamer TrunkSeaworthySlot MachineSuspicious BubblesVolcanoVolcano Altar of SnackrificeWoodlegs' CageX Marks the Spot Shipwrecked icon) (Ancient WallCave CleftCrumbling BrazierFountain of YouthRoyal Gallery ExhibitRuinous EntranceSecret Bandit CampSpooky HoleStriking CarvingStriking StatueSuspicious CrackUnimportant PillarUnimportant Rock PillarWall BrazierWishing Well Hamlet icon) (Ancient ChestAncient GatewayAncient MuralAncient ObeliskAnenemyCelestial FissureFlorid PosternHot SpringInviting FormationLoot StashMoon StoneRock DenSalt FormationSea StackStagehandSuspicious MarbleSuspicious Moonrock Don't Starve Together icon)
Items Box ThingCrank ThingEye BoneMetal Potato ThingRing ThingWooden Thing
(FishboneGrassy ThingRawlingRing ThingScrew ThingWooden Platform ThingWooden Potato Thing Shipwrecked icon) (Iron ThingLever ThingRegal ScepterRelic ThingRock ThingStone EggStone Thing Hamlet icon) (Celestial Altar PiecesStar-Sky Don't Starve Together icon)
The Gorge Don't Starve Together icon Mealing StoneSalt PondSpotty ShrubSugarwood TreeThe Altar of Gnaw
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