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Tis the mighty liön!


The Antlion is a Mob exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in A New Reign. It appears in the Desert biome during Summer Season. The players can either appease or kill it, otherwise, it creates sinkholes on the surface and causing cave-ins inside caves near players. The Antlion can be given a stage 1, 4 or 5 Thermal Stone to start combat.

Brain.png Behavior[]

When the Antlion first spawns in Summer, when there is no rain and the ground is dry, players have 2016 seconds to pay tribute before it disturbs players. When the attack is complete, the Antlion's disturbance timer will become either at most 480 seconds or 80% of the previous calm duration.

During rain, the Antlion will temporarily burrow itself underground, disabling players from interacting with it.


Players can contribute the following items to delay the Antlion's disturbance.

Rocks.pngEgg.pngSecond-hand Dentures.pngBent Spork.pngAir Unfreshener.pngLeaky Teacup.pngShoe Horn.png Collected Dust.png
Melty Marbles.pngGord's Knot.pngTiny Rocketship.pngBall and Cup.pngFrayed Yarn.pngWire Hanger.pngWhite Bishop.pngBlack Bishop.pngWhite Rook.pngBlack Rook.pngWhite Knight.pngBlack Knight.pngGnome.pngGnomette.pngFrazzled Wires.pngLying Robot.pngBeaten Beater.pngFake Kazoo.pngToy Trojan Horse.pngUnbalanced Top.png
Cut Stone.pngMismatched Buttons.pngBack Scratcher.pngHardened Rubber Bung.pngDessicated Tentacle.pngLucky Cat Jar.pngPotato Cup.png
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For example, if one gives the Antlion an Egg, it would delay its attacks for 158 seconds, or 0.33 day. Giving the Antlion 10 rocks is cheaper than a Thermal Stone because the 10 rocks delay the disturbance timer by 3.3 days, while a Thermal Stone (stages 2 and 3) only delays the disturbance timer by 2.98 days, plus costing 2 Twigs and 5 Flint to craft. One should keep in mind that its disturbance timer cannot exceed 6 days, so players may need to contribute a hefty amount of items to it at least twice throughout Summer in order to never be attacked, if players are going the appeasement route.

When the Antlion is given anything other than Rocks, Cut Stone, or Thermal Stone, it will give a Desert Stone. If it is given a Beach Toy, it will give a blueprint for The Lazy Deserter but no Desert Stone.

Summer Disturbances[]

When the timer is up, there will be 3 warnings to let the players know that Sinkholes or Cave-ins will start to spawn soon. Up to 2 players can be targeted by the Antlion in a single attack with between 2-5 sinkholes if on the surface or 6-10 boulders if in the Caves spawning around each of them.


For Sinkholes leading to the Caves world, see Sinkhole.
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The ground crumbles beneath me.

Wendy, when announcing a sinkhole.

Sinkholes are craters that are created by the Antlion during summer when displeased. When they are created, they damage players and destroy Structures where they form. Once formed, new structures cannot be built on them and they'll slow down all players walking on them. Sinkholes cannot be removed by the player and will only begin to self-repair after 21-22 days since they were formed, taking 9-11 more days to fully repair. Players can prevent them from appearing by contributing items to the Antlion (listed below).

Characters also say different quotes depending on how long before the sinkholes happen.


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The ceiling is going to collapse!

Maxwell, when announcing a cave-in.

Cave-ins, similar to Sinkholes, happen in the Caves when the Antlion is displeased. Big boulders will drop on locations close to the players inside caves, damaging them if hit, destroying any Structures nearby and potentially blocking the way. Like Sinkholes, they can be prevented if the players occasionally give items to the Antlion. The boulders that drop on Cave-ins can be carried, much like Suspicious Marble, and can even be brought outside the caves. They can also be mined for rocks using a Pickaxe.


The Antlion can be given a stage 1, 4 or 5 Thermal Stone to start combat. The Antlion will either freeze or smolder, and then attack the nearest player within 15 metres. The Antlion will then attempt to trap the player within Sand Castles (not to be confused with Sand Castles featured in the Shipwrecked DLC), and then repeatedly slam into the ground, causing Sand Spikes to jut out of the ground, dealing either 50, 75, or 100 damage on hit, increasing with the size of the Sand Spike. Mobs take double damage. The Antlion can heal 200 Health Meter.png each time it eats rocks. The healing can be interrupted by attacking the Antlion.

The Sand Spikes and Sand Castle, in increasing sizes, has 25, 65, 100, 250 HP. They last for 6-7, 7-8, 8-10, 15-16 seconds. Any structures placed/built that are hit by Sand Castles or Sand Spikes will be destroyed. The Sand Castles and Sand Spikes can turn into Glass Castles and Glass Spikes when set on fire.

The Antlion exits combat if players are outside of 15 metres for 10 seconds.

If killed, the Antlion drops 4 Meat, 6–8 Desert Stones, a Lazy Deserter Blueprint, 2–4 Rocks and varying amounts of Trinkets. The desert stone that is dropped may be insufficient until the following summer, and hence players may want to obtain a good amount of Desert Stones before killing the Antlion. Killing Antlion will ensure the summer will no longer have any disturbance from Antlion.

There are multiple strategies for killing Antlion.


Ideally, with at least 2 players, with 3000HP worth of armor and corresponding heal, Ham Bat or equivalent weapons. Simply hit Antlion and do not bother to evade any attack, heal up whenever the players health is low.

Single player can consider using 22 gunpowders after starting the fight, to reduce the resources needed for tanking, while obtaining useful loot from the Antlion.


Players are likely to need Desert Goggles or Astrogoggles, paired with body armour such as log suit or marble suit. Players can dodge the upcoming Sand Spike, using the sand circle as indicators for upcoming Sand Spikes. Players also can move preemptively since antlion would always target at least 1 attacker with sand spike. Players can move around to attack antlion from all angles to avoid a dense packing of spike that will trap the players.

Placeholder.png Trivia[]

  • The Antlion was introduced in the Against the Grain update as a trader, while the ability to fight it was added in the Heart of the Ruins update.
  • The Antlion's name is a pun on its appearance (Ant + Lion) and the fly-like insect, the Antlion.
  • Wickerbottom and Maxwell's quote for the Desert Stone suggests that the Antlion might have come into contact with gems before, since its bezoars are impure Orange Gems.
  • Maxwell's quote for the Antlion is a pun on the word pride, referencing the fact that a group of lions is called a pride.
  • According to Wickerbottom, its scientific name is "Panthera auropunctata". This alludes to the combination of the scientific names of the two animals that make the Antlion; the genus of the lion "Panthera leo" and the specific epithet of the little fire ant "Wasmannia auropunctata".
  • When the Antlion was first released, several characters referred to it as a female. These examination quotes were later changed to a gender-neutral "it".
  • There's a value in the code that shows that the sinkholes could be repairable, but currently do not have any tool assigned to be able to fix them.
  • The Antlion never spawns in the same desert with a Dragonfly Set Piece.
  • If Antlion is spawned using the Console in any Season other than Summer, it will disappear after being spawned.

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Gramophone.png Sounds[]

The Antlion's battle theme.