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LIFE IS INEFFICIENT

WX-78

WX-78 is the fifth playable Character in Don't Starve unlockable via Experience, with 960 XP. They are also one of the playable Characters in Don't Starve Together (DST). They are a self-sustaining automaton that hates all living matter. They may craft circuits and use them to gain special quirks.

Minimap Maxwell's Door.png Origin

After the wiring to their long-unused empathy module is repaired, WX-78 finds themselves suddenly reconnecting with memories they’d hoped to keep buried.

–From the official Youtube description for "Disconnected"

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Don't Starve Together- Disconnected -WX-78 Animated Short-

WX-78's backstory was revealed in an animated short titled Disconnected. An official summary of the short was provided in DST's Compendium:



WX-78 was the result of an unorthodox experiment helmed by {[LoadEmpathyModLibraryExW()......ERROR_DATA_PATH_NOT_FOUND]} and Robert Wagstaff. The experiment turned out to be a [RESOUNDING SUCCESS], but Wagstaff was [A SHORT SIGHTED FOOL, AFRAID OF PROGRESS] and decided to put a stop to further tests. Adamant that the process that created them could still be perfected, WX refused to give up, continuing their experiments in secret. When Wagstaff discovered what they had been doing, there was a heated argument and 01110100 01101111 01101111 00100000 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101111 01101111 00100000 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101111 01101111 00100000 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101



Lightning Settings Icon.png Special Power

WX-78 glowing during the evening after being struck by lightning.

WX-78's main perk is System Overload. This is activated after being struck by Lightning. System Overload provides the following benefits:

  • Movement speed is increased by 50%.
  • WX-78 emits Light (the radius of which diminishes gradually near the end of the Overload).
  • Immunity to Freezing.

WX-78 will lose 33 Health Meter.png and gain 1 charge slot for each Lightning Strike that targets them. WX-78 can be struck multiple times after System Overload has been activated. System Overload lasts for roughly 1 Day but can be stacked from multiple strikes to last indefinitely. Being near a Lightning Rod or wearing items that protect from Lightning will prevent WX-78 from being struck. It should be noted that it is possible to set nearby objects and Mobs on Fire when struck by Lightning.


Don't Starve WX-78 Upgrade Table
WX-78 Portrait.png
Health Meter.png Hunger Meter.png Sanity Meter.png
No Upgrades 100 100 100
Gears.png ×1 120 107 114
Gears.png ×2 140 114 127
Gears.png ×3 160 120 140
Gears.png ×4 180 127 154
Gears.png ×5 200 134 167
Gears.png ×6 220 140 180
Gears.png ×7 240 147 194
Gears.png ×8 260 154 207
Gears.png ×9 280 160 220
Gears.png ×10 300 167 234
Gears.png ×11 320 174 247
Gears.png ×12 340 180 260
Gears.png ×13 360 187 274
Gears.png ×14 380 194 287
Gears.png ×15 (Max) 400 200 300

WX-78 is also able to eat stale and spoiled Food without penalties. This allows them to stockpile food for increased lengths of time. Note that other Food penalties still take effect (such as eating Monster Meat).

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

As of the WX-78 Refresh update, WX-78 no longer gains permanent stat upgrades from eating gears, however they still recover 60 Health Meter.png 75 Hunger Meter.png and 50 Sanity Meter.png

WX-78's special power in Don't Starve Together takes the form of its Charge Meter, which occupies the right edge of the screen. The meter has 6 bars, each of which can be occupied by a Circuit. The amount of pins taken up depends on the type of Circuit that is installed. Once all pins occupied by a circuit are charged, the circuit will apply its effects.

When a Circuit is applied, it will take up the lowest available pins at the top of the charge meter. This means that the Circuit Extractor will always extract the latest Circuit applied, as the latest Circuit applied will have gone to the top of the charge meter.

Every 90 seconds WX-78 will gain one unit of charge as long as they are not Starving and they are not Wet. If WX-78 becomes Frozen such as via the effects of a Blue Hound, all units of charge will be lost. Charge units will also be lost when using the Circuit Extractor to remove circuits, with the amount being equal to the amount of charge the Circuit was using.

WX-78 can receive one unit of Charge by using a Lightning Rod that has been recently struck, being struck by lightning, eating Electric Milk or Volt Goat Chaud-Froid, or from fueled Winona's Generators and Winona's G.E.M.erators, which will use some or all of the stored fuel.

Note that WX-78 no longer has System Overload; as stated above, being struck by lightning will simply add one unit of Charge.

Circuit Extractor.png Circuit Extractor - Extracts the top circuit in WX-78's system and removes an amount of charge equivalent with how many slots it took up.

Bio Scanalyzer.png Bio Scanalyzer - Allows WX-78 to scan living creatures to acquire blueprints for the below circuits

Note: multiple circuits of the same type provide stacking effects unless stated otherwise.

Icon Circuit Effect Slots Unlock
Hardy Circuit.png Hardy Circuit +50 Health Meter.png maximum health 1 Spider.png
Super-Hardy Circuit.png Super-Hardy Circuit +150 Health Meter.png maximum health 2 Nurse Spider.png
Processing Circuit.png Processing Circuit +40 Sanity Meter.png maximum sanity 1 Butterfly.png Moon Moth.png
Super-Processing Circuit.png Super-Processing Circuit +100 Sanity Meter.png maximum sanity
Regenerate +2 Sanity Meter.png per minute
2 Crawling Horror.png Terrorbeak.png Terrorclaw.png
Beanbooster Circuit.png Beanbooster Circuit Regenerate +5 Health Meter.png every 30 seconds 3 Bee Queen.png
Chorusbox Circuit.png Chorusbox Circuit Sanity aura of +5 Sanity Meter.png per minute
Plays faint melody and tends to nearby Farm Plants
3 Crab King.png Crabby Hermit.png
Gastrogain Circuit.png Gastrogain Circuit +40 Hunger Meter.pngmaximum hunger 1 Hound.png
Super-Gastrogain Circuit.png Super-Gastrogain Circuit +100 Hunger Meter.pngmaximum hunger
Hunger drains 20% slower
2 Slurper.png Bearger.png
Acceleration Circuit.png Acceleration Circuit +25% movement speed 6 Rabbit.png
Super-Acceleration Circuit.png Super-Acceleration Circuit Stacking movement boost with diminishing returns:
1 circuit gives 25% in total
2 circuits give 40% in total
3 circuits give 50% in total
2 Clockwork Rook.png Damaged Rook.png Ancient Guardian.png
Thermal Circuit.png Thermal Circuit +25 heat radius
+20 minimum temperature (Note: default min temperature is -20, meaning just one Thermal Circuit prevents WX from going below 0 degrees, making them safe from ambient freezing)
Perishables in inventory spoil 25% faster
Drying off rate increased by 10%
3 Dragonfly.png Red Hound.png
Refrigerant Circuit.png Refrigerant Circuit +25 cold radius
-20 maximum temperature (Note: default max temperature is 90, meaning just one Refrigerant Circuit prevents WX from going above 70 degrees, making them safe from ambient overheating)
Perishables in inventory spoil 25% slower
Upon reaching 95 Wetness the moisture solidifies spawning 2 x Ice.png and resetting Wetness back to 0
3 Deerclops.png Blue Hound.png
Electrification Circuit.png Electrification Circuit 20 base Electric damage to attackers upon being hit (cannot occur more than once per 0.3 seconds)

(Note: as it is electric damage, base value have innate 1.5 multiplier to dry targets, and 2.5 multiplier to wet targets)
Grants lightning/electric insulation
Can charge Volt Goats

2 Volt Goat.png
Optoelectronic Circuit.png Optoelectronic Circuit Allows to see in the dark, much like Moggles, automaticaly activates during night 4 Moleworm.png Fireflies.png
Illumination Circuit.png Illumination Circuit Displays a small light radius around the player 3 Depths Worm.png Bulbous Lightbug.png Skittersquid.png

Disadvantages

WX-78 has the lowest starting maximum stats of any Character in Don't Starve (Excluding Maxwell, and Wes's stats from DST) as well as a lower than usual Sanity stat in DST, leaving them exposed to danger until Gears are found.

WX-78 takes damage from Rain at a rate of 4 damage Health Meter.png and a charge slot every 4 seconds when above 21 wetness.

Rain damage causes WX-78 to periodically emit Light as sparks fly off their body. The light emitted is frequent and bright enough to prevent Charlie from attacking, but comes at the cost of large amounts of Sanity due to being in complete darkness.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

The addition of the Wetness mechanic changes the way WX-78 is damaged by Rain. When completely exposed to Rain, WX-78 will take a maximum damage of 0.5 Health Meter.png every 3–5 seconds. Water resistant equipment will reduce this damage. For example, damage will be reduced by 50% while wearing 50% water resistant equipment (i.e. a Pretty Parasol), taking only 0.25 damage every 3–5 seconds. WX-78 will take damage from Wetness after it has stopped raining or from walking in Puddles and the Tide in SW, at a rate of 0.3 Health Meter.png every 3–5 seconds. This is "drying" damage as the Wetness meter empties. Standing next to a Fire will significantly speed up the rate at which the Wetness meter decreases, potentially becoming dry (after being soaked) in a matter of seconds.

In both the Shipwrecked (SW) DLC and Hamlet (HAM) DLC, WX-78 is immune to Poison. However, WX-78 will still take damage from the Gas Rainforest. Since WX-78 is immune to poison damage, eating a Venom Gland will cure poison without doing the usual 75 damage.

Prototype.png Tips

  • System Overload will also be initiated from lightning strikes caused by special events, not just natural strikes during rainstorms.
    • Note that WX-78 acts like a Lightning Rod and if any event launches multiple lightning strikes, all strikes will usually target WX-78. This will almost invariably result in completely healing the player and dropping their Sanity to zero. The duration of System Overload will also increase indefinitely with each additional lightning strike.
    • Events which trigger lightning strikes include:
      • Touch Stone resurrection (Vanilla, Don't Starve Together icon.png).
      • Using a Telelocator Staff on another living creature (not on self).
      • Damaging an Ancient Pseudoscience Station via Hammer or Clockwork Rook (Resulting lightning strikes do not overcharge WX-78 in Don't Starve Together icon.png).
      • Fighting Moslings (Reign of Giants icon.png Don't Starve Together icon.png).
      • Being in range of The End is Nigh! book read by a Wickerbottom player (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
      • Approaching a charged Thunderbird (Hamlet icon.png).
        • Thunderbirds can strike 3 times (10 during the Aporkalypse) about every 90 seconds for free, meaning WX-78 players in HAM worlds can effectively farm them to gain System Overload forever.
        • Note that during System Overload, Gnat Swarms consider WX-78 to be brighter than every other light and will never leave them by themselves. The player must kill it with Bug B'Gone or by standing in the Gas Rainforest biome for a moment (and losing 5 Health Meter.png)
        • Any nearby Iron Hulks (with about the same range as a Lightning Rod) will attract the lightning strikes instead over WX-78.
  • Equipping an Umbrella or a Pretty Parasol will completely block the Rain, preventing any damage from being taken. Since the Umbrella does not degrade over time in the normal version of the game, it makes this drawback a non-issue.
    • In the DLCs and DST the Umbrella only lasts for six days rather than 20 hits. It also won't stop the Rain completely on its own. An Eyebrella (Reign of Giants icon.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png), Rain Coat (Reign of Giants icon.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png), Dumbrella (Shipwrecked icon.png), Blubber Suit (Shipwrecked icon.png), or Tar Suit (Shipwrecked icon.png) are generally preferred.
    • WX-78 players may want to avoid using items that offer Lightning immunity (such as the Umbrella or Blubber Suit) during spring storms and hurricanes, so that WX-78 can still get a System Overload while using them.
  • Note that the System Overload is (regretfully) not triggered by other electric events like being hit with the Morning Star, Electric dart or Volt Goat.
  • Since WX-78 is immune to Poison in SW, crafting Anti Venom, Seashell Suits and Particulate Purifiers is a waste of resources.
  • Using the Ice Cube or Fashion Melon as protection from Overheating in the DLCs or DST is not advised, as the Wetness gained from those items will damage WX-78.
  • WX-78 can still benefit from consuming Gears even after reaching the maximum upgrade. Each Gear restores 60 Health Meter.png, 75 Hunger Meter.png, and 50 Sanity Meter.png.
  • During a Spring start in RoG and DST, the abundance of Butterflies can help offset the damage taken from Rain (by eating Butterfly Wings).
  • When it's raining in the DLCs and DST, unless planning to dry soon, it's not advised to wear Clothes that provides 100% water resistance when highly wet as usually the drying damage is higher than the damage taken with a lower water resistance (e.g. Straw Hat + Pretty Parasol).
  • Since they ignore spoilage and food loses all sanity restoration as soon as it turns stale, WX-78 players have at least double the time to utilize foods that grant high sanity but spoil quickly, giving them a distinct advantage over other characters in terms of sanity management.
  • In HAM, since they are immune to Poison, they can eat each Tuber for 10 Health.
  • In DST, WX-78's favorite food is Butter Muffin, meaning that they gain 15 bonus Hunger Meter.png when consuming the food.

Gramophone.png Quotes

WX-78's quotes can be found here.

Placeholder.png Trivia

In-Game

  • WX-78 was added to Don't Starve in the Spoiled Rotten update on January 15, 2013.
  • WX-78's voice is played by what is explained as a "crazy processed synth".
  • WX-78 has a Skull in the game files. Also, when struck by Lightning in DLCs, a skeleton can be seen.
  • WX-78 makes a unique creaking noise as they walk.
  • Although they take damage from Wetness, WX-78 can eat watery foods such as Pomegranates, Meaty Stew, or even Watermelons without being harmed.
  • WX-78 is one of the original four Characters that were available during the closed Beta of DST.
  • In DST, if the player communicates to others with the Y or U keys as WX-78, all messages will be sent in uppercase letters like their original dialogue.
  • Most of their audio files are labelled Woodrow, which may indicate they were originally meant for an unimplemented character who also has their own audio files in the code. That, or Woodrow was an early iteration of their character.
  • WX-78 is oddly inconsistent with their punctuation in quotes. For instance, they often leave the end of their sentences without a period.
  • When WX-78 examines a Slurper, they will say "IT VIOLATED MY SMELLING MODULE", but when they examine a Durian, they will say "GOOD THING I LACK A NOSE". This inconsistency may be intentional for comedic effect or just an error.
  • WX-78 was originally planned to speak in randomly generated binary.[1]
  • If WX-78 dies from Wetness or Rain, their death will be listed as "Short Circuit".
  • The early concept for WX was "Are they a boy trapped in a robot body or are they a robot that thinks they are a boy trapped in a robot body?"[2]
  • The developers during the WX-78 Refresh wanted to change their stats to binary (101/111/110), but in the end it was too much to rebalance and play test with the remaining time in the beta. [3]

Lore

  • WX-78 is officially stated to be non-binary[4], and is listed as the robot gender in the game's code. They are the only official character referred to with singular they pronouns. Notably, in DST, Maxwell uses the English gender-neutral title Mx. exclusively in certain interactions with a WX-78 player.
  • WX-78 has mechanical parts that are analogous to the parts of human beings, such as their Empathy Module acting as a moral compass, a Chemical Engine acting as a stomach, Optical Sensors acting as their eyes, a CPU functioning as their brain, a Smelling Module as a nose, a Masticating Protocol for chewing and a Processing Unit described as being their head. When they sleep, they activate Sleep Mode.
  • WX-78 refers to many of the mechanical Structures and Items with familial terms, suggesting they are related to them or that they mistake them for family.
  • WX-78 is described as "hating all living matter". However, they show empathy for machines, saying "OH NO. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO YOU?" when examining gears. They also have a soft spot for Bees and Lureplants, stating "A MINDLESS DRONE. I LIKE HIM." and "AWW, IT IS JUST AS EVIL AS I AM.", respectively.
  • WX-78 seems to have an affinity for the Moon, describing it as "INORGANIC AND GOOD". They are very excited when they repair the Moon Stone ("MOONBASE. AAAAA. MOONBASE!"). While examining the Lunar Essence Extractor they say "THAT MOON POWER SHOULD BE MINE".
  • Their least favorite foods seem to be Eggs ("I HATE YOU, EGG") and Sweet Potatoes ("GROSS").
  • When examining a Camp Fire or Fire Pit, WX-78 says that it reminds them of something. It is currently unknown what this "something" is, however it should be noted that fires are a recurring subject in relation to the disappearances of the survivors from the real world.
    • The animated short Disconnected shows a memory of Robert Wagstaff burning what can be assumed to be their old scientific work, so it's possible that's the aforementioned 'something'.
  • In the animated short Next of Kin, a drawing of a robot similar to WX-78 can be seen pinned on a board made by Winona that connects various people, places and events to Charlie's disappearance.
  • There are hints that WX-78 is the creation of Robert Wagstaff.
    • As of the WX-78 Refresh update, Robert Wagstaff is confirmed to be at least partially involved in the creation of WX-78.
    • Their name has a similar naming convention to the product name of the Voxola radio PR-76 and the product name of the Maxwell's Gramaphone being ML-77.
    • Wagstaff's quote for the Floaty Boaty Knight is "Amazing! I ran into many difficulties waterproofing my automaton." This appears to be a reference to WX-78's weakness to water.
    • When Wagstaff examines WX-78 on the Nightmare Throne he seems to recognize them. ("Is that...? But it couldn't be!")
    • Both Wagstaff and WX-78 have significantly similar examination quotes for the Pine Cone. (Wagstaff: "My favorite portable Fibonacci sequence." and WX-78: "A PORTABLE FIBONACCI SEQUENCER"), implying that Wagstaff liked that fact so much he implemented it into WX-78.
    • WX-78 and Wagstaff are also the only two characters who identify the missing component of the Broken AAC Device, a DR356X001. (Wagstaff: "Ah. It needs a DR356X001." and WX-78: "OF COURSE IT'S BROKEN, IT'S MISSING A DR356X001")
    • WX-78's examination quotes for the Grainy Transmission ("YOU"), Wagstaff's tools ("WHY WOULD I HELP HIM"), and the Lunar Siphonator ("DON'T TRUST HIM, SISTER. DON'T EVER TRUST HIM") reveal that they recognize Wagstaff, and that they seem to heavily dislike and distrust him.
    • WX-78's lore directly states that Wagstaff created them, and this is backed up by the Disconnected short, in which WX-78 was originally a human who worked with Wagstaff.
    • It is implied by their Compendium entry and their animated short that WX-78 chose to put themself in a robot body, and that Wagstaff originally approved of the experiment, but for a unknown reason decided to put a stop to their research.
  • When WX-78 dies, they will not drop a Soul if Wortox is nearby.
  • WX-78's "buildday" is listed as November 28 in the Compendium.
  • When translated to text, the binary in their Compendium entry says 'too late too late too late'.

Cultural References

  • WX-78's name may be a reference to the RX-78 series of mobile suits in the Universal Century Gundam series. The most notable being the RX-78-2, the main mobile suit from Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Their Ghost Form in DST may be a reference to the robot R2-D2 from the Star Wars series.
  • WX-78's Roseate skin may be a reference to the robot from Studio Ghibli's Castle in the Sky.
  • Their Gladiator skin has a similar faceplate to Optimus Prime from the Transformers franchise.
  • Their Merrymaker skin is a reference to The Nutcracker.
  • Their Snowfallen skin is a reference to the Batman villain Mr. Freeze.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • In the base game, if WX-78 is immediately struck by Lightning after death, they will appear to be resurrected and the game will crash.
  • When playing SW with Lightning set to "Lots" in the World menu, WX-78 can be struck by Lightning while Wolly talks, resulting in a bug where the HUD is unavailable and the camera is fixed. This can also happen with Maxwell at the end of Adventure Mode.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Skin Sets

Glommer.png See also: Skins

Glommer.png See also: Unimplemented Features

Blueprint.png Gallery

Gramophone.png Sounds

WX-78's voice.
WX-78 getting hurt.
WX-78 dying.
The sparking sounds WX-78 makes when afflicted by wetness.
The upgrade sound effect.
The System Overload sound effect.
The sounds WX-78 makes when they move.
WX-78 drowning (Shipwrecked icon.png).
WX-78 sinking (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
WX-78's ghost voice (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
WX-78's voice as they perform the /pose emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
WX-78 sighing, as part of the /sleepy emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
WX-78 yawning, as part of the /yawn emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
WX-78 singing the Starver's Carol, as part of the /carol emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).

References

  1. Kevin Forbes on the Forums: "I had originally planned to have WX speak in randomly generated binary, but I realized that nobody would like that." Posted on January 16, 2013.
  2. Joew's post
  3. ScottHansen's response to the WX-78 stats change idea
  4. Joe W on the forums: "To some players, WX represents not fitting in and not conforming with what other people might expect of them. Not just players that don't conform to traditional gender or social expectations but also players on the spectrum and even some people who said that they feel like they "don't fit in." Regardless of the exact reason, they all appreciated a character that they felt in some way, even if just a little bit, represented an aspect of themselves. So that's who WX-78 is, the WX that we try to preserve and just some of the reasons people can be protective of that aspect of the character." Posted on February 2, 2022.
  5. [1] Posted October 10, 2019.
  6. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwF8IsclRjU/
  7. Panorama art from official Klei Facebook
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