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Character select before the world generates.

Character select in Don't Starve Together.

There is currently a combined total of twenty-four playable Characters in Don't Starve, its DLCs and Don't Starve Together (DST). Each Character has at least one character-specific perk, in addition to various bonuses and penalties to their stats, and usually are different in play style. Each Character is "voiced" by a different instrument, and speaks differently when examining items and objects. The only exception to this is Wes, the speechless mime, who uses pantomimes instead of sounds or quotes.

The first accessible Characters are Wilson and Wagstaff, considered the protagonists and the focus of the game's story. Most of the other Characters can be unlocked when sufficient Experience has been accrued, gained at Death or when escaping to a new world. There are currently six Characters that are not unlocked via experience, but through game feats. If the player has not unlocked a Character, they will appear as their respective silhouette. Upon selecting a silhouette, the Poster on the left will be a coffin shut with chains and a lock, and the description will simply say "The Unknown".

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together

Don't Starve Together includes all Characters from the base game and Reign of Giants DLC, but excluding Wagstaff, Walani, Wilbur, Woodlegs, Wilba, and Wheeler. The majority of Characters are unlocked from the start and several perks have been changed and balanced for the multiplayer aspect of the game. The first DST exclusive character was Winona who was added as a free update on September 13, 2017.[1][2]

On January 22, 2019, free "character refreshes" for the DST roster as well as paid DLC characters were announced to be released throughout 2019.[3] A total of four DLC characters were originally announced, however, as of the 2020 Roadmap, Klei stated that they were not going to commit to a specific number of new characters. Character refreshes continued in 2020, starting in March as in the previous year[4] and ending in September. Refreshes and 1 DLC character were announced in the 2021 Roadmap,[5] with 2021 refreshes beginning in April and ending in December. The 2022 Roadmap announced 4 more refreshes set to all be released by Q1 2023.[6] Each character update was also released with an animated short featuring the refreshed or newly added character.

The character refreshes consist of revamped abilities as well as a new purchasable skin set. This also included Warly who was a new addition to DST from the Don't Starve DLC Shipwrecked and was given a refresh to fit into a multiplayer environment.

Paid DLC characters can be unlocked through direct purchase of either a regular chest (including the character and one skin set) or a Deluxe chest (including the character and 3 skin sets) with the price depending on the character. They can also be woven with 2700 Spools.

Below is a list of all DST character updates released starting in 2019:

Character Release Date Type
Winona March 7, 2019[7][8] Refresh
Wortox March 28, 2019[9][10] Paid DLC
Willow May 7, 2019[11][12] Refresh
Wormwood June 6, 2019[13][14][15] Paid DLC/Refresh
Warly July 25, 2019[13][16][17] New Character/Refresh
Woodie September 12, 2019[17][18][19] Refresh
Wurt October 24, 2019[20][21] Paid DLC
Wendy March 19, 2020[4][22][23] Refresh
Walter June 15, 2020[24][25][26] New Character
Wigfrid September 24, 2020[27][28][29] Refresh
Wes April 1, 2021[30] Refresh
Webber June 24, 2021[31][32][33] Refresh
Wanda September 9, 2021[5][34][35] Paid DLC
Wolfgang December 16, 2021[36] Refresh
WX-78 April 28, 2022[37][38][39][40] Refresh

List of Characters

Below are the abilities and requirements to unlock each Character.

Wilson Portrait.png Willow Portrait.png Wolfgang Portrait.png
Wilson Willow Wolfgang
Grows a magnificent beard. Immune to Fire damage. Has a sweet Lighter. Lights fires when nervous. Grows stronger with a full belly. Is afraid of monsters and the dark.
Wendy Portrait.png WX-78 Portrait.png Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Wendy WX-78 Wickerbottom
Is haunted by her twin sister. Feels comfortable in the dark. Doesn't hit very hard. Can upgrade with circuits. Not a picky eater. Is charged by lightning, but damaged by water Knows many things. Self-publishes books. Can't sleep, hates food spoilage.
Woodie Portrait.png Wes Portrait.png Maxwell
Woodie Wes Maxwell
Has a lovely axe. And a terrible secret. Is thankful for bountiful harvests. Can't talk. Has trouble staying alive. Practices balloonomancy. Is dapper, but frail. Can split his mind into pieces. On a first-name basis with the night.
Wagstaff Portrait.png Wigfrid Portrait.png Webber Portrait.png
Don't Starve icon.png Wagstaff Reign of Giants icon.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png Wigfrid Reign of Giants icon.png Don't Starve Together icon.png Webber
A great inventor. Nearsighted. Delicate Stomach. Excels in battle. Absorbs the power of fallen foes. Only eats meat. Is a monster. Can befriend spiders. Grows a silky smooth beard.
Walani Portrait.png Warly Portrait.png Wilbur Portrait.png
Shipwrecked icon.png Walani Shipwrecked icon.png Don't Starve Together icon.png Warly Shipwrecked icon.png Wilbur
Loves surfing. Dries off quickly. Is a pretty chill gal. Has a refined palate. Cooks in custom kitchenware. Brings a stylish chef pouch. Can't talk. Slow as biped, but fast as quadruped. Is a monkey.
Woodlegs Portrait.png Wilba Portrait.png Wormwood Portrait.png
Shipwrecked icon.png Woodlegs Hamlet icon.png Wilba Hamlet icon.png Don't Starve Together icon.png Wormwood
Can sniff out treasure. Captain of the "Sea Legs". Pirate. Is a pig. Carries her father's legacy. Is afraid of the dark. Plants relate to him. Has a Green Thumb. Food fills his stomach, but not his heart.
Wheeler Portrait.png Winona Portrait.png Wortox Portrait.png
Hamlet icon.png Wheeler Don't Starve Together icon.png Winona Don't Starve Together icon.png Wortox
Armed with an air horn. Has a knick knack for finding things. Travels lighter than most. Is a skilled builder. Gets one free hit from the dark. Invents her own gadgets. Is an imp. Can hop through time and space. Less nourished by physical food.
Wurt Portrait.png Walter Portrait.png Wanda Portrait.png
Don't Starve Together icon.png Wurt Don't Starve Together icon.png Walter Don't Starve Together icon.png Wanda
At home in the Swamp. Has big plans for Merm-kind. Is a vegetarian. Not afraid of anything, except getting hurt. Good with a slingshot. Has a four-legged friend. Allergic to bees. Has no interest in fashion. Has excellent time management skills. Only as old as she feels. In a constant race against the clock.

Character Statistics

Character Requirements Sanity Health Hunger
Wilson Always available 200 150 150
Willow 160 exp (8 days)
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120 150 150
Wolfgang 320 exp (16 days)
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200 150-300

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Wendy 640 exp (32 days)
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200 150 150
WX-78 960 exp (48 days)
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Wickerbottom 1280 exp (64 days)
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250 150 150
Woodie 1600 exp (80 days)
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200 150 150
Wes Find and rescue Locked Wes in Adventure Mode
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Maxwell Finish Adventure Mode
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200 75 150
Wagstaff Always available 150 150 225
Wigfrid Reign of Giants icon.png 1920 exp (96 days in a Reign of Giants save slot)
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120 200 120
Webber Reign of Giants icon.png Find Webber's skull and bury it inside an opened Grave when playing in a Reign of Giants save slot
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100 175 175
Walani Shipwrecked icon.png 2240 exp (112 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot) 200 120 200
Warly Shipwrecked icon.png 2560 exp (128 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot)
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200 150 250
Wilbur Shipwrecked icon.png Find the Tarnished Crown and return it to Wilbur when playing in a Shipwrecked save 150 125 175
Woodlegs Shipwrecked icon.png Find Woodlegs' Cage in the Volcano and then unlock it with the Iron, Bone and Gold Keys while playing in a Shipwrecked save 120 150 150
Wilba Hamlet icon.png Acquire the Royal Crown by defeating Queen Womant, give it to the Pig Queen in the Palace in a Hamlet save 100 150 200
Wormwood Hamlet icon.png Always available Hamlet icon.png
Weave for 2700 Spools OR buy Wormwood Chest for $6.99 OR the Wormwood Deluxe Chest for $10.99 OR buy the Hamlet DLC for Don't Starve Don't Starve Together icon.png
200 150 150
Wheeler Hamlet icon.png 3200 exp (160 days in a Hamlet/Hamlet compatible save slot) 200 100 150
Winona Don't Starve Together icon.png Always available 200 150 150
Wortox Don't Starve Together icon.png Weave for 2700 Spools OR buy Wortox Chest for $6.99 OR the Wortox Deluxe Chest for $10.99 150 200 175
WurtDon't Starve Together icon.png Weave for 2700 Spools OR buy Wurt Chest for $5.99 OR the Wurt Deluxe Chest for $9.99 OR the Starter Pack upgrade to the Megapack Bundle for $6.99 150-200 150-250 200-250
WalterDon't Starve Together icon.png Always available 200 130 110
WandaDon't Starve Together icon.png Weave for 2700 Spools OR buy Wanda Chest for $5.99 OR the Wanda Deluxe Chest for $9.99 OR the Starter Pack 2021 for $7.99 200 N/A* 175

*Health is replaced with an Age Meter, with a value of 60.

Non-player Characters

Maxwell (Antagonist)

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Glommer.png Main article: Maxwell (NPC)

Maxwell initially serves as the main antagonist of Don't Starve. He appears before the start of every game, saying, "Say pal, you don't look so good. You better find something to eat before night comes!" He disappears before the player assumes control of their character.

As seen in Forbidden Knowledge, Maxwell gives Wilson the knowledge necessary to build Maxwell's Door which captures Wilson and takes him into The Constant.

When the player chooses to play as Maxwell, non-playable Maxwell will not appear. Maxwell will instead awaken and exclaim "Freedom, at last!"


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Glommer.png Main article: Abigail

Abigail is Wendy's twin sister, and as Wendy's perk, she can be summoned with Abigail's Flower.

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Glommer.png Main article: Woby

Woby is a lost dog who accompanies Walter. As part of Walter's perks, she acts as a mobile chest and can become large and rideable.

Curio Collector


Glommer.png Main article: Trade Inn

The Curio Collector is the purveyor in charge of the Trade Inn feature. During the Year of the Beefalo event he was featured as the judge of the Beefalo Pageant.


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Glommer.png Main article: Battlemaster Pugna

Battlemaster Pugna is the leader of the warriors in the realm beyond the Molten Gateway. He is exclusive to The Forge event.

The Gorge NPCs

Glommer.png Main article: Mumsy
Glommer.png Main article: Billy
Glommer.png Main article: Pipton
Glommer.png Main article: Sammy
Glommer.png Main article: Swamp Pig Elder
Glommer.png Main article: Swamp Pig
Glommer.png Main article: The Gnaw

These characters were exclusive to The Gorge event. Include the goat mother Mumsy and her son Billy, the Mermified traders Sammy and Pipton, as well as the Swamp Pig Elder and his people. The Gnaw is the creature that terrorized the people of the Gorge and turned most of them into Merms.

Crabby Hermit

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Glommer.png Main article: Crabby Hermit

The Crabby Hermit was introduced in the Return of Them update She Sells Sea Shells. She can be found on the Hermit Island. She rewards players for helping her and she trades items in exchange for Empty Bottles.

Unimplemented Characters

Glommer.png Main article: Unimplemented Characters

There are several additional characters for Don't Starve and and Don't Starve Together that have yet to be implemented. These other characters only exist in the form of portraits, sound, and other assets found in the game files.

Removed Characters

Warbucks Portrait.png

The character Warbucks was the first character introduced in the Hamlet DLC, but was later removed from the game and replaced with Wormwood. However, the developers left his code in the game, allowing players to use him via console commands.

Minor Characters

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Character Mods

Glommer.png Main article: Mods

On the PC version of Don't Starve, Characters created by users can be published on the Steam Workshop or the Klei Forums using the Don't Starve Mod Tools. Once downloaded, the character can be set up in its directory. When the player starts up the game, they can click the Mods button to enable the character. They will now be available for use after restarting.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • All playable characters' names start with W apart from Maxwell's. Within the game's code, Maxwell's name is written "Waxwell," in line with the other characters and not to confuse playable Maxwell with NPC Maxwell. The trailer puzzles confirmed that Maxwell's real name is William Carter.
    • Having all characters' names start with W was unintentional at first, but Klei decided to go with it. [Verification Needed]
  • Wolfgang was previously unlocked after Wendy.
  • All characters are ambidextrous thanks to their sprite work.
  • For the characters' voices being played by instruments, the developers were inspired by both the teacher's voice in the Peanuts specials and the musical composition Peter and the Wolf.[41]
  • Before the Shipwrecked characters were released, they each had a locked character portrait, the title of "The Unfinished", the motto quote of "Don't look at me. I'm not ready yet.", and the perk of "Hasn't arrived on the island yet".
  • Upon his release, Wortox's speech file contained examination quotes for a character labeled "NEXTCHARACTER".[42] These quotes were removed at some time between Warly's update and Woodie's refresh.
    • Generic- "Hyuyu, what are you up to %s?"
    • Attacker- "Don't get my goat, little %s!"
    • Murderer- "Eep! Don't slaughter me!"
    • Reviver- "Thank-you, thank-you, little goat!"
    • Ghost- "Don't worry, I'm not hungry."
    • Firestarter- "Little goat! You played pranks without me!"
  • When idling, all characters perform the same random animations, such as scratching themselves and kicking the ground. Exclusively in Don't Starve Together, each character is given a unique idle animation starting with Wormwood's debut. The animations are as follows:
    • Wormwood mimics butterfly wings with his hand leaves, as he does in Lunar Roots.
    • Wortox dances happily. His animation was added in the June 10, 2019 update.
    • Warly sniffs a waft of air. This was added in his debut update.
    • Winona stretches her shoulder. This was also added in Warly's update.
    • When holding Bernie, Willow hugs him. This is the third idle animation added in Warly's update.
    • When holding Lucy, Woodie caresses her. This was added in Woodie's refresh update.
    • Wurt scratches her horn.
    • Wendy plucks petals from a flower. This was added in Wendy's refresh update.
    • Walter salutes.
    • Wigfrid takes a bow. This was added in Wigfrid's refresh update.
    • Wes blows up a red Balloon which pops in his face. This was added in Wes' refresh update.
    • Webber makes a small web with a heart shape hole in his hands.
    • Wanda impatiently checks a watch.
    • Wolfgang flexes and poses.
    • WX-78's arm falls off, then they reattach it.

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  1. Winona announcement tweet Posted on September 6, 2017.
  2. Announcing Don't Starve: Hamlet, The Forge and other exciting news!. Posted on September 13, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Don't Starve Together Roadmap 2019. Posted on January 22, 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 Don't Starve Together Roadmap 2020 Posted on February 7, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Don't Starve Together Roadmap 2021 Posted on February 4, 2021.
  6. Don't Starve Together Roadmap 2022. Posted on January 24, 2022.
  7. Winona's Character Update is Coming Next Week!. Posted on March 1, 2019.
  8. Winona Character Update & Drop System Changes. Posted on March 7, 2019.
  9. Wortox Arrives March 28th!. Posted on March 22, 2019.
  10. Wortox Has Arrived!. Posted on March 28, 2019.
  11. Willow Refresh Info and Roadmap Schedule Update. Posted on April 25, 2019
  12. Willow Character Update and More!. Posted on May 7, 2019
  13. 13.0 13.1 Upcoming Content Beta and Roadmap Update Posted on May 16, 2019.
  14. Wormwood Arrives June 6th!. Posted on May 31, 2019.
  15. Wormwood is Now Live!. Posted on June 6, 2019.
  16. Warly Refresh date change announcement
  17. 17.0 17.1 Warly is Now Available in DST! Posted on July 25, 2019
  18. Woodie Character Update Next Week + News!. Posted on September 6, 2019
  19. Woodie Character Update Now Available + RoT:Salty Dog Beta. Posted on September 11, 2019.
  20. Hallowed Nights and Wurt available October 24th! (And more!) Posted on October 18, 2019.
  21. Hallowed Nights Has Returned and Wurt has Arrived + much more! Posted on October 24, 2019.
  22. Wendy's Character Refresh is Coming Next Week!. Posted on March 12, 2020.
  23. Wendy's Character Refresh is Now Available!. Posted on March 19, 2020.
  24. Don't Starve Together - May QOL Update Posted on May 28, 2020.
  25. Walter & Woby Arrive June 15th! Posted on June 10, 2020.
  26. Walter & Woby Now Available!. Posted on June 15, 2020.
  27. DST Return of Them: Troubled Waters Now Available! Posted on July 16, 2020.
  28. Wigfrid's Character Refresh is Coming Next Week! Posted on September 17, 2020
  29. Wigfrid's Character Refresh is Now Available! Posted on September 24, 2020.
  30. Wes's Entirely Real Character Refresh Now Available! Posted on April 1, 2021.
  31. Don't Starve Together - Return of Them: Eye of The Storm Now Available! Posted on May 5, 2021.
  32. Webber's Character Refresh Coming Next Week! Posted on June 17, 2021.
  33. Webber's Character Refresh is Now Available! Posted on June 24, 2021.
  34. Don't Starve Together: Waterlogged Available Now! Posted on August 12, 2021.
  35. It's almost time for Wanda! Posted on September 2, 2021.
  36. Winter's Feast and Wolfgang's Character Refresh Are Now Live! Posted on December 16, 2021.
  37. 37.0 37.1 March Quality of Life Update Now Live!, per Scott Hansen: "While part of the team has been working on putting in the final touches on the crafting menu changes, the rest of the team has been hard at work on the next two updates. One of those updates is the next character refresh. I wonder who it might be?" Posted on March 24, 2022.
  38. WX-78 Refresh Beta Open! Posted on April 14, 2022.
  39. WX-78 Character Refresh Coming Next week! Posted on April 21, 2022.
  40. WX-78 Refresh Available On Steam, Xbox and PlayStation Today! Posted on April 28, 2022.
  41. Matt Marteinsson: The Sounds of Don't Starve, around timestamp 6:29. Uploaded on August 17, 2015.
  42. Wortox quotes
  43. Don't Starve: Hamlet Roadmap. Posted on February 14, 2019.