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Insanity

Artwork of two Hallucinations attacking Wilson.

Hallucinations are hostile Mobs that begin to attack player upon reaching 30 sanity points or lower. They will spawn once the player's sanity levels are below 100, and become gradually more visible as the player's sanity level drops further.

While neutral, they can be attacked by holding Ctrl and clicking, and will not obey physics. If hit, they will disappear in a puff of smoke, and reappear somewhere in the close proximity of the player.

Up to three will spawn around the player, and begin to attack. Upon being killed, Hallucinations will sometimes drop Nightmare Fuel, used for crafting several Magic items.

The sanity meter will drop by both standing near and fighting Hallucinations, but will rise by at least 15 points when killing them.

Crawling Horror

Originally believed to be the name of all the Hallucinations, the Crawling Horror is now known to be just one type.

It is a large tick-like creature, with many legs, and is the most common of the Hallucinations.

Crawling Horrors turn aggressive when the player's sanity is 30 or below. Walking near these will decrease Sanity. They give 15 Sanity when killed. 

Terrorbeak

The Terrorbeak is a creature with an enormous beak and slim body, with several small legs. Like the Crawling Horror, it will attack the player, but is less common. 

Players can attack them most easily by trapping them on the coast or by hitting them with a Boomerang.

If you are being attacked by Hallucinations, killing a Terrorbeak is a good way of stopping the attacks, as they give 30 Sanity when killed causing Hallucinations to go neutral again, even at 0 sanity.

Mr. Skits

Mr. Skits

Mr. Skits is a small serpent like creature that will watch from afar. Upon attempting to reach Mr. Skits, it turns and slithers away. They are harmless, and cannot be attacked. 

Mr.Skits may also flicker on the screen for a fraction of a second, then disappear.

He will only appear if the sanity level of the player is below 165. His only purpose is to scare players of Don't Starve. 

Shadow Watcher

Shadow Watcher

Shadow Watcher

The Shadow Watcher is a long, thin Hallucination which appears around light sources at night (which includes a charged Lightning Rod). Shadow Watcher will appear when the player's sanity drops below 130. This Hallucination is harmless, and cannot be attacked. It will not disappear when stood on, unlike the Night Hands. Shadow Watcher disappears after dawn.

Night Hand

Night Hand

Standing between a 'Night Hand' and a fire. They will attack both campfires and firepits.

Night Hands are hallucinations that extend from the darkness at night. While not directly attacking the player, Night Hands will attempt to do damage by putting out fires. Up to 3 Night Hands can spawn at the same time.

When stepped on, Night Hands will shrink away from the player (with a small Insanity Aura aura -40/min).  Once far enough into the darkness, a Night Hand will disappear. If not taken care of, a Night Hand (or 2-3) can easily take out a small fire, reducing 50% of the fire's strength each. 

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They do have the potential to actually put out a fire if this occurs, however it is extremely rare and the more hands that appear, the less they can damage a fire (I.e. 1 Hand = <60% per hand. 3 Hands = <30% per hand).

If the fire is at its highest strength then it is unlikely that even three hands can completely snuff it out, so a potential tactic is to max the fire and stand near to max it out again after the attack, although this burns quite a few resources and does not get rid of the Night Hands.

Occasionally, even when sanity is over half full, this particular hallucination can still appear.

Night Hand Trivia

  • Tip : A second fire nearby "cancels" the hands altogether for the night.
  • Sometimes, there's a bug where you are unable to drive the Night Hand away.
  • A Miner's Hat will also "cancel" the hands for the night.
  • It is possible for a lightning strike to extinguish the Night Hand just as it spawns.
  • A tell-tale sign that a Night Hand will appear is when you start hearing distorted baby music.

Eyes

Eyes

Eyes in the darkness.

When your sanity is below 160, several Eyes will pop out of the darkness. They are purely for atmosphere and have no effect. They disappear when stood upon. 

The lower the player's sanity, the more eyes spawn with increased intensity. They will go from round, small, and sometimes curved eyes to larger, sharp, menacing ones. Sometimes trees or other structures can block eyes, commonly forming a one-eyed hallucination.

Trivia

  • Crawling Horrors and Terror Beaks will go straight through walls while not aggressive, but if sanity is 30 or lower, they will manifest into a physical form and won't be able to pass through them.
  • Hallucinations become less and less transparent the more insane the player becomes.
  • Their behavior has references to the monsters in Lovecraftian literature. Being that they are so otherworldly they cause humans to go insane, and their ability to move through dimensions.
  • When one is experiencing a sleep paralysis, it's common to see deformed shadowy creatures creeping around the room. This description fits perfectly to the Don't Starve hallucinations. Also note that sleep paralysis is commonly associated with lucid dreaming  and in the science menu, description for the Dark Sword is: "lucid dreaming damage"

Bugs

  • Sometimes, Shadow Watcher will not disappear when day breaks, but instead a few seconds after.
  • Occasionally, after defeating a Night Hand, the music won't stop playing. This appears to stop after saving, quitting, and reloading the game.
  • On rare occasions in the morning a Night Hand will stay there. But, you can get rid of it like any other Night Hand.
  • When fighting the Night Hand it will sometimes play the retreating animation, but it will still continue to extinguish the fire. [Verification Needed]
  • Hallucinations can still be aggressive even if your sanity is above 30.
  • If the player were to fuel a Campfire or Fire Pit when a night hand attacks, the night hand will appear to be shortened.

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Mobs
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(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildbore Shipwrecked icon) (Elder MandrakeHippopotamooseMantPikoPlatapinePog Hamlet icon) (GnarwailSaladmanderSkittersquid Don&#039;t Starve Together icon)
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