When hit, the Dragonfly will enrage and do a large "ring of fire" AOE attack after squeaking; any Campfires or Endothermic Fires caught in the attack will be fueled up and Mobs will be set on fire. Otherwise it will do a swipe attack that can't be kited unless the player has at least a 75% speed boost. When enraged, it engulfs itself in flames and deals constant fire damage to anything nearby, while also setting flammable objects on fire. After being left alone for a while, Dragonfly will calm down and revert to her normal form. Attacking with any ranged attack seems to provoke it into using her area attack, making it easier to get away.
The Dragonfly will stay neutral for as long as it is not attacked or approached. It will spit lava on various objects turning them to Ashes, which it then eats. When Dragonfly has consumed 20 or more Ashes, it will fall asleep.
When attacked or when the player gets too close, she enters her "enraged mode," lighting everything in her path on fire. During rain, this mode doesn't last as long, and if frozen, Dragonfly will immediately return to her calm state when it thaws (barring player proximity). It thaws almost instantly, though, so the old bell and ice staff combo is not the best of ideas. When it gets in range of her target, it uses a swipe attack while moving forward. When contact has been made, it will slam the ground three times, creating a ring of fire with each impact. This attack will set objects on fire, causing massive AoE damage.
A Tentacle Spike or better is recommended when fighting Dragonfly, as well as two Football Helmets and two Log Suits. The AoE ground slam can deal enough damage to instantly kill some characters. Hit-and-run tactics will allow two strikes from the player while it is using this attack. A very cold Thermal Stone will likely be needed during this fight, to avoid Overheating.
One of the easiest ways to deal with any boss in Don't Starve (including Dragonfly) is a Sleep Dart/Pan Flute and Old Bell/14 Gunpowder combination. Not only does the 14 Gunpowder instantly bring Dragonfly down, but since it is immune to fire damage, the explosion will not destroy her loot.
Another effective way to deal with Dragonfly is by dropping 20 Ashes. After this, it will start flying toward the pile and then inhale those Ashes. Before long it will stumble into a deep sleep. At this point, the 14 Gunpowder listed above will finish it off.
28 Blow Darts can also make short work of Dragonfly. Using either a Blow Dart attack or Ice Staff will coax it into stomping giving you time to get away after swinging at it with melee weapons.
The Old Bell can be used twice to weaken it, leaving it with 750 health points. Placing three or four piles of Ashes on the ground and ringing the Old Bell as Dragonfly comes for them is a very effective way to get it to stay put as Bigfoot approaches.
Treeguards or any type of monster with large amounts of health seem to be able to fight Dragonfly and deal noticeable damage.
If unable to apply the above strategies, try to lure the Dragonfly to a Swamp (or run to a Swamp after hearing its "incoming attacker" growl). Merms have a faster move speed and Tentacles generally hit Dragonfly first (unless caught in the AoE). You can bait the Dragonfly toward the Tentacles by dropping Ashes . Even if the Merms and Tentacles can't defeat it, they can at least be used to weaken or distract it. Every time it kills any hostile monster, it will be reset to a calm state, making it easy to escape.
Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill Dragonfly when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.
|No. of hits for||Immune||648||203||167||102||90||81||66||47-94||39 or 64||55||54||53||47||41||28||14||3|
In Don't Starve Together, the Dragonfly no longer spawns and despawns during summer. Instead, she is present year-round in a special set piece in the Desert. When fought, she will get stunned for ten seconds if she takes more than 1250 damage within a five-second period. While stunned, if she takes 2500 damage, she will drop scales. This can be easily achieved by dropping two piles of gunpowder, one of 7 and one of 13, close to each other, then freezing or putting the Dragonfly to sleep next to them and lighting the stack of 7. The stack of 13 will smolder and trigger the scales to drop. Afterwards, she cannot be stunned for another 60 seconds, and requires an extra 250 damage to be stunned again (this stacks each time). However, subsequent stuns cannot drop extra scales, but causing the Dragonfly to respawn (by leaving the arena or killing her) will reset all of her stats and allow for additional scales to drop again.
During the fight, when the Dragonfly reaches 80%, 50%, or 20% health, it will also move away from the player toward the Magma pools, spawning lavae. Lavae will attack the players, and if all are killed, the Dragonfly will become enraged.
The dragonfly also increases its freezing threshold by two each time it is frozen, and has four added to the threshold when enraged.
If the player leaves the dragonfly arena, the Dragonfly will fly away and respawn one day later. If the Dragonfly is killed, it will respawn 20 days later.
- The name Dragonfly is a portmanteau of the words "Dragon" and "Fly" and also a tongue-in-cheek portmanteau of the words "Dragon" and "Dragonfly".
- Dragonfly is attracted to flammable objects, but instead of eating them directly, it will spit lava on them and eat the leftover Ashes. This is similar to how real flies spit out digestive juices onto their food before sucking it up.
- Dragonfly is the mob with the highest DPS in the game.
- Dragonfly's attack pattern resets when re-loading the game, causing it to use its AoE ground slam attack.
- In Don't Starve Together, the Dragonfly has the highest health of any mob, at 27,500.
- Sometimes, no damage will be taken from Dragonfly's flaming aura if the player runs straight towards it after it has finished her slam. This will last until the next swipe.
- Dragonfly can die from two hits of the Old Bell (instead of three).