The Gnaw, also known as the Eternal Gnaw, is a creature exclusive to the The Gorge event. It is a huge gaping mouth in the sky named after its internal hunger. Its origins are unknown to the people of the Elder Bog. The Gnaw demands to be fed by the residents of the Elder Bog, threatening them with mermification when not given food. The Gnaw's plague of mermification killed off most of the goats in the dimension, and the remaining ones started worshipping the Gnaw.
Interactions with the Gnaw are exclusively conducted through The Altar of Gnaw, where players snackrifice prepared dishes in exchange for coins and a delay in the Gnaw's punishment. While not directly seen in-game, the Gnaw is visible on the Hangry Meter which governs the progress of a round of gameplay. Through the Hangry Meter, players can determine the Gnaw's current mood. It's mood affects the depletion of the Hangry Meter, so it is critical for players to pay attention to it.
When the Gnaw grows more restless, it will cause minor quakes. As the Gnaw's wait for a meal grows longer, it will roar periodically, during which it causes a quake with more intensity. The time between quakes will also become progressively shorter. Once the Gnaw's mouth forms a frown, it has been left waiting for a meal for too long. At this point, the quakes will be quite numerous and the Hangry Meter will begin dropping faster.
Players can also observe what the Gnaw thinks of the dish it ate. It will look happy when it eats a dish that matches the craving, and angry when it eats a dish that does not match the craving. The Hangry Meter will drop drastically and the Gnaw's patience will be shorter when it eats the wrong dish.
If the Hangry Meter reaches its end, the round is lost and the players are transformed into Merms.
- The Gnaw resembles a Worm Hole.
- Upon examining the Dilapidated Cathedral, Wickerbottom determines that the goat people did not worship the Gnaw. Whether she means that they worshipped a different deity before the Gnaw or that they didn't worship the Gnaw at all is unclear. If the latter is the case, then this quote contradicts the Gnaw Worshipper Portrait Frame description which states that they started worshipping the Gnaw to earn its favor.
- ↑ Maw of Gnaw Portrait description: "Named for the hunger that gnaws eternally at its belly, no one knows what the Gnaw is or from whence it came."
- ↑ Gnaw Cemetery Portrait Frame description: "The lives of many goats were claimed by the Gnaw's plague. In the end, only a few remained."
- ↑ Gnaw Worshipper Portrait Frame description: "Many residents of the Elder Bog turned to worshipping the Gnaw, hoping to be spared from its terrible plague."
- ↑ Wickerbottom quotes: Dilapidated Cathedral - "Interesting. It appears they didn't worship Gnaw."