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Walani is one of the four playable Characters exclusive to the Shipwrecked DLC. She is the eighth Character to be unlocked via Experience, with 2240 XP. She is a surfer with a relaxed personality.

Walani begins the game with her custom Surfboard. The Surfboard does not require hands to row, and can be a great tool for exploration early on. In addition to drying faster, she also gets hungry slightly faster than normal and effects over time on her Sanity are slightly weaker. Her maximum Health is only 120 but her Hunger is 200, making up for the faster drain to it. Overall, Walani fills the role of an easy-to-use starting Character for Shipwrecked.

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Glommer.png Main article: Surfboard

Walani starts out with a Surfboard, which has ×1.3 the sailing speed of a Raft but has 2/3 the durability of one. The Surfboard can also be picked up and stored in the inventory meaning players don't have to backtrack to where they left it in order to leave the island they're in. She can also craft it with 1 Boards and 2 Seashells from the Nautical Tab.

Walani surfing with her Surfboard.

The Surfboard lets her ride on Big Waves too and every time she surfs on a Wave with it, she gains 1 Sanity Meter.png and ×5 (Small Waves) or x7 (Big Waves) speed boost for a short time. She dries off from Wetness 20% faster than normal, and so, her Wetness will drop faster than other Characters. Her Sanity also changes 10% slower from any sources that change it over time, but it does not count towards instantaneous changes towards her Sanity. She also does not have a sanity drain from Wetness itself, although she does have a sanity drain from Wet Items.


Walani has lower maximum Health (an amount near that of Wes) and her Hunger drains 10% faster than normal. Her lower maximum health means Poison is more deadly to her, especially with no Anti Venom available. The limited durability of her Surfboard can be an issue, as a Boat Repair Kit will be a waste on it, due to the maximum durability. Her Sanity will both drain and fill slower over time compared to other characters.

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  • Since Walani starts automatically with her Surfboard, the player does not need to waste time gathering materials for a Log Raft or Raft. Said time can be better spent exploring.
  • While Boards require a Science Machine to be prototyped, players can acquire them without one, by using a Hammer on Crates found in Beach Biomes.
  • Since the Surfboard does not require rowing, she can hold Torches while surfing, making exploration in the early days easier.
  • A Captain Hat may make the use of a single Surfboard more worthwhile, as it will delay gradual loss of normal boat durability.
  • The Surfboard can only be hammered when deployed onto water, but it will not drop the materials used to craft it.
  • A Cargo Boat with a Cloth Sail will have the same speed as the Surfboard but an Armoured Boat will go faster, not accounting for the extra speed riding waves the Surfboard grants. This means that the Surfboard is mainly only useful during the early game.
  • Surfing on Waves in the Ocean (Medium & Deep) biomes is a cheap and easy way to restore a lot of Sanity quickly.

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Walani's quotes can be found here.

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  • Walani was added to Don't Starve: Shipwrecked in the Hang Ten update on December 17, 2015. She was the first Character to be added to the DLC during its Early Access phase.
  • Walani's voice is played by an (out-of-tune) ukulele.
  • When struck by Lightning, Walani has bones in her hair (similar to most other Don't Starve Characters) as well as in her gold earrings.
  • Her old nickname was "The Relaxed", and her old motto was "Can someone bring me some food?"
  • When traveling via surfboard, unique music plays instead of the default sailing track.[1] Making her one of only a few characters to have unique music tracks tied their perks.
  • After being asked about Walani's inclusion in DST on February 8th, 2020 Joe W stated it's in the realm of possibility, but that they've decided to not work on it as of yet due to concerns about releasing more existing content.[2]


  • Walani is most likely Hawaiian or of Hawaiian descendants as she has smaller eyes, a rounder nose, and darker skin than all other characters apart from Warly. Her name also gives this away, as ending in -lani is a very common compound name in Hawaiian culture. Similar names exist, such as Wailani which means heavenly water, fitting her love of the ocean. Surfing is also a common Polynesian archetype. That would make her the first and only Polynesian character. As well as the first character that isn't either Eurocentric or Inhuman added to the franchise.
  • Walani's attire (gold hoop earrings, ruffle shirt, and buccaneer boots), along with examination quotes for certain items such as the Cutlass Supreme, Captain Hat, and Swordfish suggest that she may formerly have been a pirate before giving it up to become a surfer.
  • Walani seems to have a fear of being alone in the dark, heavily panicking in all her quotes related to darkness. [3]
  • Walani may have had a negative experience with jellyfish, as her examination quote states that she "hates [those] things".
  • Dragoon saliva reminds Walani of her brother. ("My brother used to do the same thing.")
  • Walani suggests she prefers herbal medicines, judging by her quote for the Brain Cloud Pill. ("I only take herbals...")

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Walani's voice.
Walani getting hurt.
Walani dying.
Walani drowning (Shipwrecked icon.png).


  1. Soundtrack:38.Surfing Everyday, 39.Nightsurfing (Deserves A Quiet Night)
  2. Screenshots of JoeW's Discord comments from the Don't Starve/Together Discord community on February 8th 2020
  3. Walani quotes: Doing things in the dark- "HELP! I'm freakin' out here!", Entering darkness- "H-holy geez, it's dark! HELP! Help me!"