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Experience gained at death.

Experience is an in-game point system used to unlock new Characters in Don't Starve. It is awarded on the death or level transition screen, and depends on the days survived. Each survived day adds 20 XP. Subsequent games add to the existing experience. Note that respawning at a Touch Stone or Meat Effigy does not give a death screen, so no experience points will be given at that point.

The days survived in Adventure Mode don't count on death, so surviving 3 days in Sandbox Mode, then going to Adventure Mode and surviving for 5 more days, then dying and return to Sandbox mode, and dying again in Sandbox mode will earn experience only for the 3 days spent in Sandbox mode. However, going to the next chapter through the Teleportato in Adventure Mode will give experience for the time spent in that chapter.

WesMaxwell, Webber, Wilbur, Woodlegs, and Wilba are the only characters that can't be unlocked via experience. Wilson, Wagstaff, and Wormwood are characters that are available from the start (Wormwood is only available if the player owns Hamlet, however).

In Don't Starve Together, all characters are available from the start except for Wortox, Wormwood and Wurt (unless the player owns Hamlet, in which case Wormwood will be available to the player immediately), who both need to be either purchased or woven with Spool.

Unlockable characters via experienceEdit

More than one character can be unlocked at once. For instance, if a player only has Wilson unlocked but earns enough experience to unlock Wolfgang, both Wolfgang and Willow will be unlocked. This means to unlock all characters in Don't Starve (Willow, Wolfgang, Wendy, WX-78, Wickerbottom, and Woodie), one needs to survive a total of 80 days; in Reign of Giants, one needs to survive a total of 96 days to unlock Wigfrid; in Shipwrecked, one needs to survive a cumulative 128 days to unlock Walani and Warly; and finally, one needs to survive a cumulative 160 days in Hamlet to unlock Wheeler.

Willow Portrait

160 XP
8 days

Wolfgang Portrait

320 XP
16 days

Wendy Portrait

640 XP
32 days

WX-78 Portrait

960 XP
48 days

Wickerbottom Portrait

1280 XP
64 days

Woodie Portrait

1600 XP
80 days

Wigfrid Portrait

Reign of Giants iconWigfrid 
1920 XP
96 days

Walani Portrait

Shipwrecked iconWalani 
2240 XP
112 days

Warly Portrait

Shipwrecked iconWarly 
2560 XP
128 days

Wheeler Portrait

Hamlet iconWheeler
3200 XP
160 days

Blueprint GalleryEdit

Filler Trivia Edit

  • XP is capped at 1600 in the base game, 1920 in the Reign of Giants DLC, 2560 in the Shipwrecked DLC and 3200 in the Hamlet DLC.
  • If the player made a base game or RoG game compatible with SW or HAM, the experience accrued will count towards unlocking the respective DLC characters.
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