Each Dung Pile will yield up to 3 items when dug. To obtain them, the player can either use their bare hands, or a shovel:
- If using bare hands, it will take 3 hits for the Dung Pile to be completely dug, and the player will lose 10 Sanity at each hit, for a total of -30 sanity per Pile.
- If using a Shovel, the 3 items will be yielded (and the Dung Pile completely dug) at once, without any Sanity loss.
Manure and Rocks are the two most common items found in a Dung Pile, and at least one of these will be found each time a pile is dug. Bone Shards is also a common resource. More rarely, one can find Flint, Grass or Twigs.
The Dung Pile can spawn a Dung Beetle, along with its Dung Ball, which makes Rocks and Flint renewable. Be careful though: even if the first spawn doesn't destroy the Dung Pile, if a Dung Beetle is deprived of its Dung Ball, it will return to the closest Dung Pile, destroying it to make a new Dung Ball out of it.
It's a flammable object, and will yield an Ash if set on fire.
- While the Dung pile is renewable only via BFB spawning, it's better to let the Dung Pile in place and wait for a Dung Ball to spawn if there's any need of rocks or manure.
- If the player digs in a dung pile when playing as Wormwood the player will gain 10 sanity per dig for a total of 30 sanity per dung pile.