The Moose, also known as Goose, is one of the four giants in Reign of Giants. Moose/Goose can appear 2–4 days into Spring if more than three base structures have been built relatively close to each other (Science Machine, Lightning Rod, Crock Pot, etc.). The giant will disappear when Summer arrives.
If left alone for roughly 1 day after it arrives, a Moose/Goose Egg will spawn, which will hatch into 5 Moslings if hit with a hammer 4 times. Moslings won't grow into a Moose/Goose but when attacked, they will let out a cry, spawning another Moose/Goose. Note that a Frog Rain could potentially spawn another Moose/Goose if the Frogs attack the Moslings. When a Mosling is slain, all Moslings will become enraged and use a whirlwind attack that attracts Lightning to them, attempting to strike the player.
When the player is a considerable distance away, Moose/Goose will jump towards the player, making a honking sound. When in close range, Moose/Goose will make a charging animation and gore the player with its antlers. It's possible to hit it three times before the animation starts, and twice during the animation. When Moose/Goose bellows a particularly loud honk, the player will drop whatever they are currently holding in their hand. Moose/Goose will not destroy player-built structures, except for Walls.
Moose/Goose will make a warning animation once it spots the player, becoming aggressive towards them. She will proceed to slowly hop towards the player. When in range, she will attempt to gore the player. After every third swipe, she will honk which is a disarming attack, knocking the player's weapon out of their hands. The attack can be avoided by unequipping the held item and re-equipping it. Due to her slow movement, and slightly slow attack, she can be fought the same way as Deerclops, using a 3-hit kite method. Another option is to tank all the damage with a Football Helmet and Log Suit, eliminating the need to kite.
One of the easiest ways to deal with any boss in Don't Starve is a Sleep Dart/Pan Flute and Old Bell/14 Gunpowder combination. Not only does the 14 Gunpowder bring the Moose/Goose down to 200 health, but it can be easily taken down from there with 2 Blow Darts and still get its loot. The Old Bell, on the other hand, can be used thrice to finish it off while still obtaining its loot.
Alternatively, since Moose/Goose lacks an area-of-effect attack, it can be lured into a herd of Beefalo, as Beefalo are always in heat during spring. Since it can only strike one at a time, losses to a large herd will be minimal. The player can also use friendly pig men, but they will eat the meat after the giant is killed. The Moose can also be lured into an area with multiple Ponds so the Frogs will attack her at day time. However, at dusk, the Frogs will go back to their Ponds until next day, making this strategy not viable during dusk and night.
Another strategy is to build a large circle with a gap for an entrance of trees and lure Moose/Goose inside the trees. She will be trapped inside, allowing the player to kite her easier.
Below is the number of hits it takes (with a default damage modifier) to kill Moose/Goose. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.
|No. of hits for
||705||221||177||111||99||89||72||51-102||42 or 70||60||59||58||51||50||45||30||15||3|
In Don't Starve Together, there will be several Moose/Goose nesting sites created at world generation (up to nine, but some may fail to be placed). Each Spring (except on Spring or Winter starts, unless the player restarts the game after day 27 in Spring), 50% (or 0%, 25%, 75%, 100% of them for other world configuration options, respectively) of these will be occupied after 0.5-1.5 days, rounding up. Eggs will be laid 0.25-0.5 days after arrival, and hatch 2 days after being laid.
- In Don't Starve Together, players can put a Houndius Shootius on a Boat and anchor the boat offshore to kill the Moose/Goose without taking damage.
- It's possible to kill mutiple Moose/Gooses easily if the player is near them and a frog rain is occurring, and letting the Frogs to attack the Moslings.
- The name is a tongue-in-cheek portmanteau of both "Moose" and "Goose".
- An embryo for the Moose/Goose can be seen in the spring trailer.
- Despite being female, it has the antlers of a male moose.
- Depending on which direction the player is facing it, this giant's name will sometimes alternate between the two words.
- In the Obituaries tab of the Compendium, the giant's name will flash between "Moose" and "Goose" depending on the position of the scrollbar.
- Moose/Goose is the only monster added in Reign of Giants which doesn't have an insanity aura (others include the Ancient Guardian, Toadstool, Bee Queen, Klaus, Tiger Shark, and the Quacken).
- Moose/Goose is considered the biggest mob in Reign of Giants.
- If Moose/Goose knocks a Telelocator Staff out of the player's hand while it's being used on her, the game will crash.
- Moose/Goose's lower body is based on a Canadian Goose. This makes Woodie correct in stating that it's Canadian. The scientific name which Wickerbottom dubs it (Alces canadensis), is a reference to the scientific names for the Canadian Goose and Eurasian Elk.
- Unlike the other giants, Moose/Goose will announce its presence only once before appearing in the world.
- Although the plural for Moose is just Moose, the plural for Moose/Goose is shown in the World Settings to be Meese/Geese.
- It no longer drops an Advert as of the March 2022 QoL update.