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Waxwell Portrait.png
Ahhh. Refreshing.

Maxwell

Nightmare Fuel is a Refined Item used in the ways of Dark and Ancient Magic. It requires a Prestihatitator to prototype and costs 4 Dark Petals to craft. It can also be obtained as a drop from various mobs and objects.

Mobs that drop Nightmare Fuel include:

Objects that drop Nightmare Fuel include:

Nightmare Fuel is used to craft various Magic items. It is also used to fuel Night Lights and Maxwell's Codex Umbra (to summon Shadow Puppets). Chester can transform into Shadow Chester by placing Nightmare Fuel in each of his nine inventory slots on a Full Moon.

Gathering[]

Glommer.png See also: Guides/Nightmare Fuel Farming

If a character's sanity decreases below 40% of their maximum (100 for Wickerbottom, 80 for most characters, 60 for Wes, 48 for Willow, and varies for WX-78 based on the upgrade level), all Rabbits change into Beardlings and can be killed to gather Nightmare Fuel (along with Monster Meat and Beard Hair). An easy way to do this is by trapping a large number of Rabbits and then lowering Sanity to below 40%, after which they can all be murdered all at once while in inventory. However, be careful, as this is liable to trigger the Krampus by advancing the player's naughtiness level beyond the threshold.

Alternatively, Nightmare Fuel can be acquired by killing Crawling Horrors and Terrorbeaks. Crawling Horrors are easier to deal with than Terrorbeaks; the latter don't appear until Sanity is very, very low, so it's possible to kill Crawling Horrors one at a time.

A safer and simpler way to get Nightmare Fuel is to capture Bees with a Bug Net and then release them at an Evil Flower patch, which can be found where the Things and Maxwell's Door are. This will eventually cause more Evil Flowers to spawn, and their petals can be crafted into Nightmare Fuel.

Perhaps the most dangerous yet lucrative way is to venture into a Ruins or Cave and find a location with Nightmare Lights and Nightmare Fissures. When the Nightmare Cycle ends, all of the Shadow Creatures that spawned from the Lights and Fissures will die and drop Nightmare Fuel.

Ornate Chest.png Drop table[]

Source Quantity Chance

Beardling.pngCrab (insanity).png

1 40%
Splumonkey.pngShadow Splumonkey.png 1 50%

Damaged Knight.pngDamaged Bishop.pngDamaged Rook.png

1 60%
Grave.pngShovel.png 1 3.07%
Ornate Chest.png 1-3 20%
Ancient.pngAncient Face.png(sans gems) + Pickaxe.png

Touch Stone.png(on resurrection)

1 100%

Pig Head.pngMerm Head.png+Hammer.pngDeconstruction Staff.png + Moon Full.png +Reign of Giants icon.png

Wildbore Head.png+Hammer.pngDeconstruction Staff.png + Moon Full.png 

Crawling Horror.pngTerrorbeak.pngSwimming Horror.pngTerrorclaw.png

1 (Hammer.png)

2 (Deconstruction Staff.png)

1-2

100%
Slotmachine.png 3 0.46%
A Smashing Pot.png +Hammer.png 1 0.1%
Reanimated Skeleton Forest.pngReanimated Skeleton Caves.pngAncient Fuelweaver.png 2-4 100%
Stalker minion2.pngStalker minion1.png(on Ancient Fuelweaver death) 1 100%
Ornate Chest.png 5-10 75%

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content[]

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Nightmare Fuel can be obtained by hammering Pig Heads and Merm Heads during a Full Moon.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Nightmare Fuel can also be acquired by gambling at the Slot Machine, by hammering Wildbore Heads during a Full Moon, or by killing Crabbit Beardlings or Swimming Horrors while insane.

In the Hamlet DLC, Nightmare Fuel can also be acquired by killing the Ancient Herald and a low chance from A Smashing Pot. Nightmare fuel can also be given to the End's Well for 1-3 purple gems each, as many times as you want for an endless supply of purple gems.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together[]

In Don't Starve Together, all variants of the Reanimated Skeleton drop 2-4 Nightmare Fuel when killed. When the Ancient Fuelweaver is killed, all Woven Shadows will turn into Nightmare Fuel. It can also be used to both repair the Bone Armor by 25% of its durability, and refuel the Shadow Thurible by 33% of its durability.

Icon Tools.png Usage[]

Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Twigs.png
Gears.png
Alchemy Engine.png
Divining Rod.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×7

Living Log.png
Living Log.png
Living Log.png
Purple Gem.png
Prestihatitator.png
Shadow Manipulator.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Gold Nugget.png
Gold Nugget.png
Pig Skin.png
Pig Skin.png
Prestihatitator.png
One-man Band.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Gold Nugget.png

×8

Red Gem.png
Prestihatitator.png
Night Light.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Gold Nugget.png
Gold Nugget.png
Gold Nugget.png
Red Gem.png
Prestihatitator.png
Life Giving Amulet.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Papyrus.png
Papyrus.png
Prestihatitator.png
Sleepytime Stories.png
Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×5

Papyrus.png
Papyrus.png
Papyrus.png
Shadow Manipulator.png
Night Armor.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×5

Living Log.png
Shadow Manipulator.png
Dark Sword.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Gold Nugget.png

×6

Purple Gem.png
Purple Gem.png
Shadow Manipulator.png
Nightmare Amulet.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Spear.png
Red Gem.png
Shadow Manipulator.png
Fire Staff.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Living Log.png
Living Log.png
Purple Gem.png
Purple Gem.png
Shadow Manipulator.png
Telelocator Staff.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Rope.png
Rope.png
Slurper Pelt.png

×6

Shadow Manipulator.png
Belt of Hunger.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Thulecite.png
Thulecite.png
Broken Pseudoscience Station.png
Thulecite Medallion.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Thulecite.png
Thulecite.png
Yellow Gem.png
Broken Pseudoscience Station.png
Magiluminescence.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Thulecite.png
Thulecite.png
Green Gem.png
Broken Pseudoscience Station.png
Construction Amulet.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Living Log.png
Living Log.png
Yellow Gem.png
Yellow Gem.png
Broken Pseudoscience Station.png
Star Caller's Staff.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Living Log.png
Living Log.png
Green Gem.png
Green Gem.png
Broken Pseudoscience Station.png
Deconstruction Staff.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Thulecite.png
Thulecite.png
Orange Gem.png
Ancient Pseudoscience Station.png
The Lazy Forager.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Walking Cane.png
Orange Gem.png
Orange Gem.png
Ancient Pseudoscience Station.png
The Lazy Explorer.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Thulecite.png

×4

Ancient Pseudoscience Station.png
Thulecite Crown.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Thulecite.png

×6

Ancient Pseudoscience Station.png
Thulecite Suit.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Thulecite.png

×4

Living Log.png
Living Log.png
Living Log.png
Ancient Pseudoscience Station.png
Thulecite Club.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Sea Worther.png
Living Log.png

×4

Shadow Manipulator.png
Seaworthy.png
Only available in the world linked with a Shipwrecked world.
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Horn.png
Rope.png
Prestihatitator.png
Dripple Pipes.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Obsidian.png
Obsidian.png
Magic Seal.png
Obsidian Workbench.png
Sail Stick.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Pig Erudite.png
Oinc.png

×5

Hamlet icon.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Bone Shards.png
Pugalisk Skull.png
Shadow Manipulator.png
Pugalisk Wand.png
Hamlet icon.png
Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Can of Silly String.png
Living Log.png

×4

Shadow Manipulator.png
Skyworthy.png
Only available in the world linked with a Hamlet world.
Nightmare Fuel.png
Pig Skin.png

×4

Boards.png

×4

Key to the City.png
The Flying Pig Arcane Shop.png
Hamlet icon.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Mourning Glory.png
Interface arrow right.png
Abigail's Flower DST.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWendy Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Papyrus.png
Papyrus.png
Health Decrease.png

×50

Interface arrow right.png
Codex Umbra.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Axe.png
Sanity Decrease.png

×20%

Codex Umbra.png
Shadow Logger.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Pickaxe.png
Sanity Decrease.png

×20%

Codex Umbra.png
Shadow Miner.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Shovel.png
Sanity Decrease.png

×20%

Codex Umbra.png
Shadow Digger.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Spear.png
Sanity Decrease.png

×33%

Codex Umbra.png
Shadow Duelist.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Thulecite Fragments.png
Broken Pseudoscience Station.png
Cursed Rounds.png

×10

Don't Starve Together icon.pngWalter Portrait.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Onions.png
Potatoes.png
Portable Crock Pot.png
Grim Galette.png
Don't Starve Together icon.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Nightmare Fuel.png
Clockmaker's Tools.png
Thulecite Fragments.png

×8

Interface arrow right.png
Time Pieces.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWanda Portrait.pngClockmaker's Tools will not be consumed.
Nightmare Fuel.png
Time Pieces.png
Time Pieces.png
Time Pieces.png
Marble.png

×4

Shadow Manipulator.png
Alarming Clock.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngWanda Portrait.png

Placeholder.png Trivia[]

  • The term "nightmare fuel" is a common phrase on the Internet used to describe works of fiction, or scenes therein, that are extremely likely to disturb and/or frighten the audience.
  • When dropped on the ground, Nightmare Fuel appears as pulsing goo.
  • Unlike Beardlings, Beardlords do not drop Nightmare Fuel.
  • Maxwell, upon examining the Ancient Guardian, says "My my, the fuel has changed you." This implies that prolonged exposure to Nightmare Fuel can alter creatures in some significant way. This is also proven by the ability to turn Chester into his shadow form via Nightmare Fuel.
  • According to Webber, Nightmare Fuel feels cold. However, according to Willow, Nightmare Fuel feels warm. This may indicate it has different properties to different people.
  • In DST, Shadow Creatures no longer drop Nightmare Fuel at the end of the Nightmare Cycle. It was stated by the developers that the drops in the original game were caused by a bug and not intended.

Blueprint.png Gallery[]

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