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Character Selection

Character select before the world generates.

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Character select in Don't Starve Together.

There is currently a combined total of twenty-three 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, it 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 Don't Starve Together

Don't Starve Together includes all Characters from the base game and Don't Starve: 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] 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[5][6] Refresh
Wortox March 28, 2019[7][8] Paid DLC
Willow May 7, 2019[9][10] Refresh
Wormwood June 6, 2019[11][12][13] Paid DLC/Refresh
Warly July 25, 2019[11][14][15] New Character/Refresh
Woodie September 12, 2019[15][16][17] Refresh
Wurt October 24, 2019[18][19] Paid DLC
Wendy March 19, 2020[4][20][21] Refresh
Walter June 15, 2020[22][23][24] New Character
Wigfrid September 24, 2020[25][26][27] Refresh

List of Characters

Below are the abilities and requirements to unlock each Character.

Wilson Portrait Willow Portrait Wolfgang Portrait
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 WX-78 Portrait Wickerbottom Portrait
Wendy WX-78 Wickerbottom
Is haunted by her twin sister. Feels comfortable in the dark. Doesn't hit very hard. Not a picky eater. Is charged by lightning, but damaged by water. Can upgrade with gears. Knows many things. Self-publishes books. Can't sleep, hates food spoilage.
Woodie Portrait Wes Portrait Waxwell Portrait
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 Wigfrid Portrait Webber Portrait
Don't Starve icon Wagstaff Reign of Giants iconDon't Starve Together icon Wigfrid Reign of Giants icon Don't Starve Together icon 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 Warly Portrait Wilbur Portrait
Shipwrecked icon Walani Shipwrecked icon Don't Starve Together icon Warly Shipwrecked icon 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 Wilba Portrait Wormwood Portrait
Shipwrecked icon Woodlegs Hamlet icon Wilba Hamlet icon Don't Starve Together icon 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 Winona Portrait Wortox Portrait
Hamlet icon Wheeler Don't Starve Together icon Winona Don't Starve Together icon 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 Walter Portrait
Don't Starve Together icon Wurt Don't Starve Together icon Walter
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.

Character Statistics

Character Requirements Sanity Health Hunger
Wilson Always available 200 150 150
Willow 160 exp (8 days) 120 150 150
Wolfgang 320 exp (16 days) 200 150-300 300
Wendy 640 exp (32 days) 200 150 150
WX-78 960 exp (48 days) 100-300
150-300 Don't Starve Together icon
150-400 Don't Starve Together icon
150-200 Don't Starve Together icon
Wickerbottom 1280 exp (64 days) 250 150 150
Woodie 1600 exp (80 days) 200 150 150
Wes Find and rescue Locked Wes in Adventure Mode 150 113 113
Maxwell Finish Adventure Mode 200 75 150
Wagstaff Always available 150 150 225
Wigfrid Reign of Giants icon 1920 exp (96 days in a Reign of Giants save slot)

Always available Don't Starve Together icon

120 200 120
Webber Reign of Giants icon Find Webber's skull and bury it inside an opened Grave when playing in a Reign of Giants save slot

Always available Don't Starve Together icon

100 175 175
Walani Shipwrecked icon 2240 exp (112 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot) 200 120 200
Warly Shipwrecked icon 2560 exp (128 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot)
Always available Don't Starve Together icon
200 150 250
Wilbur Shipwrecked icon Find the Tarnished Crown and return it to Wilbur when playing in a Shipwrecked save 150 125 175
Woodlegs Shipwrecked icon 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 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 Always available Hamlet icon
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
200 150 150
Wheeler Hamlet icon 3200 exp (160 days in a Hamlet/Hamlet compatible save slot) 200 100 150
Winona Don't Starve Together icon Always available 200 150 150
Wortox Don't Starve Together icon 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 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 Always available 200 130 110

Non-player Characters

Maxwell (Antagonist)

Maxwell ingame

Glommer 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 to The Constant.

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


Abigail build

Glommer Main article: Abigail

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

Don't Starve Together icon Don't Starve Together

Curio Collector


Glommer Main article: Trade Inn

The Curio Collector is the purveyor in charge of the Trade Inn feature.


Battlemaster Pugna

Glommer 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 Elder Bog NPCs

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

The Elder Bog denizens 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 Bog and turned most of them into Merms. All of the Elder Bog characters were exclusive to The Gorge event.

Crabby Hermit

Crabby Hermit

Glommer 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 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.

Retired Characters

Warbucks Portrait

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.

Character Mods

Glommer 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 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.[28]
  • 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".[29] 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 being 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.

Blueprint Gallery


  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 4.2 Don't Starve Together Roadmap 2020. Posted on February 7, 2020.
  5. Winona's Character Update is Coming Next Week!. Posted on March 1, 2019.
  6. Winona Character Update & Drop System Changes. Posted on March 7, 2019.
  7. Wortox Arrives March 28th!. Posted on March 22, 2019.
  8. Wortox Has Arrived!. Posted on March 28, 2019.
  9. Willow Refresh Info and Roadmap Schedule Update. Posted on April 25, 2019
  10. Willow Character Update and More!. Posted on May 7, 2019
  11. 11.0 11.1 Upcoming Content Beta and Roadmap Update Posted on May 16, 2019.
  12. Wormwood Arrives June 6th!. Posted on May 31, 2019.
  13. Wormwood is Now Live!. Posted on June 6, 2019.
  14. Warly Refresh date change announcement
  15. 15.0 15.1 Warly is Now Available in DST! Posted on July 25, 2019
  16. Woodie Character Update Next Week + News!. Posted on September 6, 2019
  17. Woodie Character Update Now Available + RoT:Salty Dog Beta. Posted on September 11, 2019.
  18. Hallowed Nights and Wurt available October 24th! (And more!) Posted on October 18, 2019.
  19. Hallowed Nights Has Returned and Wurt has Arrived + much more! Posted on October 24, 2019.
  20. Wendy's Character Refresh is Coming Next Week!. Posted on March 12, 2020.
  21. Wendy's Character Refresh is Now Available!. Posted on March 19, 2020.
  22. Don't Starve Together - May QOL Update Posted on May 28, 2020.
  23. Walter & Woby Arrive June 15th! Posted on June 10, 2020.
  24. Walter & Woby Now Available!. Posted on June 15, 2020.
  25. DST Return of Them: Troubled Waters Now Available! Posted on July 16, 2020.
  26. Wigfrid's Character Refresh is Coming Next Week! Posted on September 17, 2020
  27. Wigfrid's Character Refresh is Now Available! Posted on September 24, 2020.
  28. Matt Marteinsson: The Sounds of Don't Starve, around timestamp 6:29. Uploaded on August 17, 2015.
  29. Wortox quotes
  30. Don't Starve: Hamlet Roadmap. Posted on February 14, 2019.
Player Characters
Don't Starve Wilson (quotes ⋅ clothes ⋅ gallery) • Willow (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wolfgang (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wendy (quotes ⋅ clothes) • WX-78 (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wickerbottom (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Woodie (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wes (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Maxwell (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wagstaff (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Reign of Giants Wigfrid (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Webber (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Shipwrecked Walani (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Warly (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wilbur (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Woodlegs (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Hamlet Wilba (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wormwood (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wheeler (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Don't Starve Together Winona (quotes ⋅ clothes) •  Wortox (quotes ⋅ clothes) Wurt (quotes ⋅ clothes) Walter (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Removed Warbucks (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Unimplemented Wilton • Winnie • Wallace • Waverly • Pyro • Watricia 
Gameplay Mechanics
Activities CookingCraftingFarmingFightingFishingSleepingBeefalo Riding
(Boating Shipwrecked icon)
Environment Day-Night CycleMoon CycleNightmare CycleEarthquakeLightningRain
(Strong WindsFogWavesFloodingVolcanic Eruption Shipwrecked icon) (Fog Hamlet icon) (Sandstorm Don't Starve Together icon)
Seasons SummerWinter • (AutumnSpring Reign of Giants icon)
(Mild SeasonHurricane SeasonMonsoon SeasonDry Season Shipwrecked icon) (Temperate SeasonHumid SeasonLush Season Hamlet icon)
Mechanics BeardBiomeCharactersCharlieControlsDeathDurabilityExperienceFireFood SpoilageFreezingHealthHungerInventoryLightMapNaughtinessNon-renewable resourcesSanitySavingStructures
(Wetness Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Overheating Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked icon) (Poison Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Hay FeverPeculiar ObjectsAporkalypsePig Fiesta Hamlet icon) (EnlightenmentEventsDiseaseGhostsWorld RegrowthSkins Don't Starve Together icon)
Mode Survival ModeAdventure ModeCavesRuinsVolcanoWorld Customization
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