Its function is to tell the orientation of the player when player is not using minimap. When examined, the player will state what direction they're facing (the camera is rotated with the E and Q buttons). The player will start out oriented Northeast.
In Don't Starve Together, the Compass is equipped in the hand slot and has a durability of 2.5 days. It is crafted using Flint instead of Papyrus, and does not require a Science Machine to prototype. Additionally, a small compass icon opens up above the hand slot showing the player the direction they are facing. However, during Full Moons, the handle will spin instead of showing a consistent direction. When the player's sanity is below 33%, the compass will begin to turn in a direction by an exponential amount of degrees that relates to the player's sanity. Between 33% and 20%, the compass will spin a set 90 degrees (the compass will turn from west to east, and then from east to west if the player is facing north).
Equipping a Compass will also reveal the location of other players that have a Compass equipped, even in unexplored areas. This can be very helpful, especially when playing in Wilderness Mode. The compass is also used to craft the Ocuvigil and the Cartographer's Desk.
- The Compass was introduced in the It's not a rock! update.
- The Golden Compass may be a reference to the American edition of the first book of the famous His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman, later made into a movie.