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A harbinger of some sort.


The Ancient Herald is a pseudo-hostile Boss Monster in Don't Starve: Hamlet. It spawns indefinitely during the Aporkalypse.

Upon death, it drops 5 Dark Tatters, 2-3 Nightmare Fuel, and a Blueprint for the Vortex Cloak.

Brain.png Behavior[edit | edit source]

The Ancient Herald will rise from the ground somewhere on the player's screen a short time after the Aporkalypse begins and every few days thereafter. It will slowly pursue the player, losing interest if the player gets far enough away. It is neutral after that point, not attacking the player unless provoked. If the player returns to the Ancient Herald, it will not be aggressive unless attacked.

It attacks by diving into the ground, emitting a shockwave that destroys structures and damages nearby enemies, setting them on fire similar to the Iron Hulk Head or Leg. In addition, it will periodically cast an incantation, summoning various creatures and attacks to help it. Each Ancient Herald seems to 'prefer' certain summons over others, casting them far more often than it does any other.

Spear.png Hunting[edit | edit source]

The easiest and quickest way to defeat this boss is to wear armor in both the torso and head slot and attack it until it is dead. Due to its relatively low hp it will most likely only summon one wave of creatures before dying unless the player is playing as a character with a damage penalty such as Wendy or Wes. If the summoned wave is anything other than frogs it is recommended that the player just ignore the wave and continue attacking the Ancient Herald until it is dead.

Attempting to kite the boss is not recommended because the player will only be able to land 1-2 hits before having to take out an entire wave of mobs.

When engaging the target, there are a few things to keep in mind. It always spawns near you, and other monsters do not attack it. It is not recommended to fight the Ancient Herald in an area that you traffic often, as there will be many summoned creatures left over, or near your base, as he will destroy and burn down everything even when outside combat.

The Poison Dartfrogs will empty your inventory and put you in a stun lock. It is nigh-impossible to kite them, so simply run away and let them lose interest. Put a stack of an easily acquirable material (Cut Grass, Twigs) in the leftmost slot of your inventory to not lose any important gear.

The nightmare creatures will chase you down, and he will often summon multiple Terrorbeaks. The shadow creatures are not immune to the Ancient Herald's attacks and will teleport away when hit.

The Ancient Spirits are slow, and will often die to the Herald's aoe attack. They are easily distracted by other mobs, but if not distracted, will constantly harass you.

The Dragoon Eggs are subtle, but if the Herald does his summon animation and no monsters instantly spawn, then Dragoon Eggs will rain down from the sky. The player can dodge them but if the player is wearing an armor in both the torso and head slot then it is recommended to just tank the Eggs and continue attacking the Ancient Herald.

Placeholder.png Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The appearance of the Ancient Herald is similar to the one of the two ancients mentioned in Metheus Puzzles.
  • The Ancient Herald's summons are references to some of the 10 Plagues of Egypt in the Book of Exodus; Ancient Spirits being death, Nightmare Creatures being darkness, Dragoon Eggs being a thunderstorm of hail and fire, and Poison Dartfrogs being a plague of frogs.

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Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormEwecusFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (RedBlue) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(VargBirchnutterPoison Birchnut Tree Reign of Giants icon.png) (Crocodog (BlueYellow) • DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPirate GhostPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSea HoundSpider Warrior (Venomous)Stink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon.png) (Ancient SpiritGiant GrubGnat SwarmHanging VineIron HulkMantMasked PigPoison DartfrogScorpionSnaptoothSpider MonkeyVampire BatViperWeevole Hamlet icon.png) (Clay HoundClay VargCookie CutterGem DeerGrumble BeeHorror HoundLavaeMoonrock PengullShadow PiecesShattered SpiderRockjawNaked Mole BatAncient Sentrypede Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon.png) (QuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon.png) (Palm Treeguard Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Ancient HeraldLarge Iron HulkQueen WomantPugalisk Hamlet icon.png) (Bee QueenKlausMalbatrossReanimated SkeletonToadstoolLord of the Fruit FliesCelestial Champion Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon.png) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildbore Shipwrecked icon.png) (Elder MandrakeHippopotamooseMantPikoPlatapinePog Hamlet icon.png) (GnarwailSaladmanderSkittersquidSea WeedMush Gnome Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon.png) (CormorantCrabbit (Beardling) • DogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishSeagullSealSharkittenWobster Shipwrecked icon.png) (ParrotToucan Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Dung BeetleKingfisherPangoldenParrot (Blue)PeagawkPigeonRo BinThunderbird Hamlet icon.png) (CanaryCarratExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchMoon MothNo-Eyed DeerPuffinWoven Shadow Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Traders Pig King
(Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon.png) (BankerBeauticianCollectorEruditeFarmerFloristHatmakerHunterMinerMayor TrufflestonPig QueenProfessorShopkeepUsherWorker Hamlet icon.png) (Antlion Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwell
(BFBMaxameleon Hamlet icon.png) (BernieCrittersGestaltWoby Don't Starve Together icon.png)
The Forge Don't Starve Together icon.png Battlemaster PugnaBoarillaCrocommanderGrand Forge BoarriorInfernal SwineclopsMagma GolemPit PigRhinocebroScorpeonSnortoise
The Gorge Don't Starve Together icon.png BillyMumsyOld BeefaloPebble CrabPigeonPiptonSammySwamp PigSwamp Pig Elder
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