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It's time for a snack!


Hunger is one of the primary game concepts, as it is the measurement which determines whether or not the character is starving (which is, of course, the game's namesake). As a character gets hungrier, the meter will empty, and the stomach pictured will shrivel.

A full stomach for most characters is measured at 150, except for:

Hunger drains at 9.375 points per minute or 75 points per game day, except for:

  • Walani Shipwrecked icon.png, drain hunger 10% faster (10.3125 or 82.5)
  • Warly Don't Starve Together icon.png, drain hunger 20% faster (11.25 or 90)
  • Wes, drain hunger 25% faster (12.46875 or 93.75)
  • Warly Shipwrecked icon.png, drain hunger 33% faster (11.25 or 99.75)
  • Wormwood Hamlet icon.png, drain hunger 0%, 33%, 66%, 100% faster (9.375, 11.25, 15.5625, 18.75 or 75, 99.75, 124.6, 150)
  • Wolfgang, drain hunger from 0 to 200% faster (from 9.375 to 28.125 or from 75 to 225)
  • Wilba in her werepig form Hamlet icon.png, drain hunger 400% faster (46.875 or 375)

Hunger drain can also be slowed or faster:

  • To 60% normal rate by equipping a Belt of Hunger
  • To 75% normal rate by wearing the Hibearnation Vest Reign of Giants icon.pngHamlet icon.png
  • To 80% normal rate by poisoning Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png
  • To 75% normal rate by equipping Funcap Don't Starve Together icon.png
  • If a Slurper jumps onto the player it will start draining hunger quickly and keep doing so until it is detached from the head slot.

Wilson's belly growling

Winona Don't Starve Together icon.png will drain 5 hunger whe she speed craft something.

When the Hunger meter is emptied, Health will begin to drain at 1.25 points per second until something is eaten or the character dies. Most food will restore the Hunger meter when eaten. The amount restored depends on the food eaten; cooked food typically restores more than raw food. Some food also has the potential to decrease Hunger, Sanity, or Health. Also, when going to sleep in a Straw RollFur Roll, Tent or a Siesta Lean-to, the character takes an immediate Hunger penalty.

Below you can find quick reference table for how long a character can survive on full belly before hunger goes down to 0:

Character Full Belly last for (s) Days
Wurt (King of the Merms alive) 1600 3.33
Wagstaff 1440 3.0
WX-78 (fully upgraded), Wilba, Wurt 1280 2.67
Wolfgang 1278 2.66
Warly 1203 2.51
Walani 1164 2.42
Webber, Wilbur, Wortox 1120 2.33
Wilson, Willow, Wendy, Wickerbottom,

Woodie, Maxwell, Woodlegs, Wheeler, Winona

960 2.0
Wormwood 960, 720, 576, 480 2.0, 1.5, 1.2, 1
Wigfrid 768 1.6
Wes 579 1.21
Wilba in her werepig form 255 0.53

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