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For the NPC in Don't Starve Together, see Grainy Transmission.

Theoretically, it could be my Aunt Velma.


Robert Wagstaff is a Character in single-player Don't Starve. He requires no Experience to unlock and is immediately available. He is a pivotal character in the game's lore, being the founder of the Voxola Radio Company and worked alongside WX-78 before they turned themself into a robot. Though he seems to be trapped in The Constant like any other survivor, Wagstaff seems to have brought himself there on purpose to seek the forbidden knowledge that the world contains.

Minimap Maxwell's Door.png Origin

Robert Wagstaff was introduced initially in a forum post from 2013 about the radio by Kevin Forbes, who was developing Don't Starve at the time:

"The radio is a Voxola PR-76, manufactured in 1919 by the Voxola Radio company of Sidney, Ohio. The radio offered revolutionary sound and reception quality for the time, and was promoted by an intense national marketing campaign. Very few units were actually produced, because the factory was destroyed in a fire only days after production began. Voxola founder Robert Wagstaff went missing the night of the fire, and the company declared bankruptcy soon thereafter." [1]

Despite not appearing as a playable character in Don't Starve Together (DST), he briefly appeared, though obscured, in the animated short Next of Kin, where it was shown that Winona had worked for him. The short also reveals that a malfunctioning portal was the cause of his disappearance and the factory's destruction. In DST's Compendium, Winona's biography further suggests that Wagstaff and his radio factory had something to do with Charlie's disappearance, and in turn, with the other mysterious happenings related to it. It is notable how, per his examination quotes, he recognizes not only the radio that is part of the Divining Rod, but also Divining Rod Holder and Gramaphone. He also seems to recognize WX-78 when they are seated on the Nightmare Throne.

In the animated short Disconnected, he is shown to have worked alongside the human version of WX-78. However, due to their general distaste for all organic life, the to-be WX-78 creates a robot body for themself, seemingly with the help of Wagstaff. However, due to dissociative trauma brought upon WX-78 when putting their human memories and feelings into a robot body, they cut off their empathy module, making them the soulless robot we see in-game. WX-78 continued to try to make more robot bodies before being stopped by Wagstaff, who destroyed every bit of the project, and sent WX-78 into The Constant.

Icon Tinkering.png Special Power

Glommer.png Main article: Tinkering Tab
Wagstaff has access to his own Crafting tab called Tinkering, with which he is able to craft different types of goggles and 3 exclusive gadgets. All goggles will remove Wagstaff's nearsighted disadvantage when worn, and each have their own special ability. Additionally, he has an exclusive item in the base game called the Electrical Doodad, which is needed to craft several of his other items.

The Tinkering Tab contains the following items that Wagstaff can craft:

  • Spectoggles - Basic goggles for general use to negate nearsightedness and is used as an ingredient to craft other goggles. Can be used to reveal hidden dangers or secrets. Has a durability of 10 days.
  • Infroggles - Lets Wagstaff see the world in an infrared view. Can be used to avoid being attacked by Charlie and lasts for 2 days.
  • Visor - Absorbs 85% of physical damage and has a durability of 600. An overlay will partially block the edges of the player's screen while worn, making these goggles impractical to wear outside of combat.
  • Fryfocals - Shoots a fireball when Wagstaff attacks a target while equipping nothing in the hand slot. Each fireball deals 50 damage on impact and sets the victim on fire. The durability of these goggles is only reduced when firing them, meaning the player can potentially wear them forever to negate being nearsighted. Has 10 uses.
  • Telebrella - Short-ranged teleportation device that will teleport Wagstaff to the nearest Telipad assuming the player is within range. The Telebrella has a limited range away from the receiving Telipad where it can be used. If the player ventures too far away from a Telipad, they cannot teleport. It has 10 uses.
  • Telipad - The receiver pad for the Telebrella that is placed on the ground. Wagstaff will teleport to the nearest Telipad when using a Telebrella and is close enough. If more than one Telipad exists and the player is standing on one of them, they will be teleported to the next closest Telipad. This allows the player to teleport back and forth between two points of the world.
  • Thumper - A large device that slams the ground when activated and creates a shockwave that destroys Structures and Trees, and does 30 damage to Mobs and the player should they be within range.

Another advantage of Wagstaff is his massive amount of 225 Hunger points, which gives him the possibility to survive without food for 3 days from a full belly before starving.


Wagstaff is nearsighted, which means that without his goggles he is unable to see beyond 4 units of distance. Outside of his line-of-sight, everything will appear blurry. When hovering over a blurry object with the cursor, the object will be given a random name. He has a set of examination quotes just for blurry objects, all variations on how he cannot determine what the object is. Staying warm and keeping sanity up may be difficult as goggles take up the head slot and are required to be worn at all times if the player wants to see clearly.

He also has a "delicate stomach", and will take 3 damage from eating raw or dried Food.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Hamlet DLC, all of Wagstaff's exclusive headwear grants protection from Humid Season's Fog, allowing him to move at full speed. In addition, his Spectoggles allow him to identify Peculiar Objects.

Prototype.png Tips

  • A good place to base as Wagstaff is at the Pig King, as the pigs can be killed for both Pig Skin, used to make Spectoggles, and meat to give to the Pig King for Gold, which is also used to craft Spectoggles.
  • The Fryfocals will not lose durability when equipped and not used in combat, so not using them as a weapon can effectively give you unlimited sight if you don't mind the yellow overlay it gives.
    • The Visor can also be used for unlimited sight, so long as you are not attacked and don't mind the vision reduction.
  • The Telipad and Telebrella can make for easy travel between islands in Shipwrecked and especially Hamlet worlds.
  • The Thumper is an effective way to indirectly kill neutral mobs, such as Beefalo, Royal Guards, or even Moslings.
  • The Thumper's prominent use is to farm trees by planting a bunch of them near the Thumper, waiting for them to grow, and then activating it to harvest all the trees at once.
  • The Spectoggles can be used in a base game or Reign of Giants world to detect hiding Tentacles from anywhere on the screen. also in Shipwrecked, it will detect hiding Flup too.

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Wagstaff's quotes can be found here.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Wagstaff was officially added to the Hamlet Early Access beta branch on April 18, 2019, alongside Wheeler.[2]
  • When Wagstaff is damaged, his appearance and voice will be distorted. The lower his health, the more distorted he will become.
  • He may be voiced by a factory whistle.
  • When Wagstaff is not wearing goggles, he can mistake mobs and objects for any other named object. This includes Warbucks or Unimplemented Features such as the Hay Fever Hat.
  • When Wagstaff is not wearing goggles, any random object that something is given stays constant. If a Beefalo was named "Grass Tuft," you could come back and find the same Beefalo still named "Grass Tuft".
  • In the roadmap forum post where he was first teased, he was described as "a mysterious inventor who finds himself exactly where he wanted to be".[3]
  • Wagstaff is the only addition to the Don't Starve original cast not to be playable in Don't Starve Together. However, he is present as an NPC.


  • Wagstaff is one of the five characters whose full name is known, the others being Maxwell, Wilson, Wendy, and Wheeler.
  • Jeff Agala confirmed in a Tumblr post that Wagstaff was the person Winona tried to save from the malfunctioning portal that he built in the animated short Next of Kin.[4]
  • Wagstaff's quote for Snake Oil reveals that he used to be a snake oil salesman.
  • In Adventure Mode, if you put Wagstaff on the Nightmare Throne, and then return to him for another character, he will be missing from the throne. Despite this, the message that is displayed when the key is inserted still says that Wagstaff is imprisoned by the throne.
  • In the files for Don't Starve and DST, Wagstaff is referred to as a projection.
  • In the short film Along Came A Spider, Robert Wagstaff is seen driving a Ford Model T (produced from October 1, 1908 to May 26, 1927).

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Wagstaff's Sounds
Wagstaff's voice. There are four versions that progressively get more distorted as he loses hp.

Wagstaff's hurt voice. There are four versions that progressively get more distorted as he loses hp.

Wagstaff dying.
Wagstaff's Old Sounds
Wagstaff's voice.
Wagstaff's hurt voice.
Wagstaff dying.
Wagstaff's goggles sound effects.


  1. Kevin's forum post. Originally posted on April 11, 2013.
  2. Game Update - 327257 forum post. Posted on April 18, 2019.
  3. Forums Update: Don't Starve: Hamlet Roadmap Posted on February 15, 2019.
  4. Jeff Agala Tumblr post: "Winona tries to save Wagstaff from being sucked into a portal of his own design. Rough animation done in Adobe Animate." Posted on April 10, 2020.