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The Varg, also known as the Warg, is an aggressive Mob in the Reign of Giants DLC. When tracking Suspicious Dirt Piles, there is a chance for a Varg to be found instead of a Koalefant or an Ewecus. This chance starts at 2.5% on Day one, and gradually increases to 16.5% chance on Day 100. When killed, the Varg drops around 4-6 Monster Meat and 1-3 Hound's Tooth.

The Varg takes 3 hits with the Ice Staff to be frozen, and 1 Sleep Dart to be put to sleep.

Attack Pattern[]

The Varg will howl, calling forth two Hounds to the battle. Vargs are able to summon both normal and special Hounds (based on the season), which is decided at random. It should be noted that Blue Hounds can appear in Winter and Spring while Red Hounds can appear in Summer and Autumn.

A Varg's Hounds are bound to it, and will immediately aggro on whatever the Varg itself was targeting when it summoned them. Summoned Hounds will also return to their Varg if they lose interest in their current target. If engaged for long enough, the Varg will howl again to summon more Hounds.

At close range it attacks by biting, with a two-hit delay. It moves slowly, but attacks quickly and has a large range for its jaws.

Icon Tools Usage[]

The Varg can effectively be used as a way to spawn Hounds if there are no nearby Hound Mounds (or all the Hound Mounds in the current world are destroyed).

One way to do this is by leading the Varg into a pen with a large gap in the side. The player should run into the pen and put the Varg to sleep once it follows inside. The player must then exit the pen and close the gap. The Varg will still summon Hounds if the player wanders too close, but it will not attack any of the walls that confine it.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Varg when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing RodBug Net Lucy the Axe Shovel Pitchfork

Hammer Torch Umbrella

Walking Cane Willow's Lighter

Axe Pickaxe

Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe


PickSlashAxe Spear Bat Bat Ham Bat Morning Star Battle Spear Slurtle SlimeTentacle Spike Thulecite Club Tooth Trap Dark Sword Blow Dart Fire DartFire Staff Gunpowder Old Bell
No. of hits for
142 45 36 23 20 18 15 11-21 9 or 14 15 12 11 10 9 6 5 3 1
No. of hits for

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424 133 106 67 59 53 43 31-61 25 or 42 43 36 31 30 27 18 15 9 N/A

Prototype Tips[]

  • A Varg has a limit of 6-8 Hound followers, after which it will stop summoning them. If any of its spawn dies, or moves too far away from the Varg, it will attempt to summon more.
  • Sleeping Vargs may be woken up by the barking of any nearby Hounds. They may also awaken if the player stands too close to them for too long, similar to Beefalo in heat.
  • The Varg will always howl to summon Hounds when it can do so. It is even able to do so for a brief moment after it has died after its death animation.
  • Vargs can potentially be very dangerous and are usually a threat to even the most well-armed of players. Besides their ability to be a hound farm, Vargs have little usefulness as their drops are easily obtainable by other means. As such, it is recommended to simply stay away from them, as they drop minimal loot and are extremely dangerous.

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