There is currently a combined total of eighteen playable Characters in Don't Starve, its DLCs and Don't Starve Together. 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 does not make sounds or have quotes, instead he uses pantomimes.
The first accessible Character is Wilson, considered the protagonist 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 includes all Characters from the base game and Reign of Giants DLC. All Characters are unlocked from the start and several perks have been changed and balanced for the multiplayer aspect of the game. It also contains an exclusive character, Winona.
List of Characters
Below are the abilities and requirements to unlock each Character.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Excels in battle. Absorbs the power of fallen foes. Only eats meat.||Is a monster. Can befriend spiders. Grows a silky smooth beard.||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.||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.||Is a skilled builder. Gets one free hit from the dark. Brings her own tools.|
|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|
|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|
|Wigfrid||1920 exp (96 days in a Reign of Giants save slot)||120||200||120|
|Webber||Find Webber's skull and bury it inside an opened Grave when playing in a Reign of Giants save slot||100||175||175|
|Walani||2240 exp (112 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot)||200||120||200|
|Warly||2560 exp (128 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot)||200||150||250|
|Wilbur||Find the Tarnished Crown and return it to Wilbur when playing in a Shipwrecked save||150||125||175|
|Woodlegs||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||Acquire the Royal Crown by defeating Queen Womant, give it to the Pig Queen in the Palace in a Hamlet save||100||150||200|
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.
When the player chooses to play as Maxwell, non-player Maxwell will not appear. Maxwell will instead awaken and exclaim "Freedom, at last!"
Main article: Abigail
Abigail is Wendy's twin sister, and as Wendy's perk, she can be summoned with Abigail's Flower.
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. The character Warbucks was part of the Hamlet DLC, but was removed from the game in favor of Wormwood.
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.
- 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.
- Wolfgang was previously unlocked after Wendy.
- All characters are ambidextrous thanks to their sprite work.
- 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".
|Don't Starve||Wilson (quotes ⋅ clothes) • 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)|
|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)|
|Don't Starve Together||Winona (quotes ⋅ clothes)|
|Removed||Warbucks (quotes ⋅ clothes)|
|Unimplemented||Wilton • Wortox • Winnie • Wallace • Waverly • Pyro • Watricia|