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Walter is a Character exclusive to Don't Starve Together who was released on June 15, 2020 for free.[1][2]

Minimap Maxwell's Door Origin

While in pursuit of answers to the strange and unexplained, Walter suddenly found himself lost and alone in a place unlike anything even he could have imagined. Luckily, he would not be alone for long. Even a stout-hearted Pinetree Pioneer feels a little braver with a loyal friend by their side!

–Official description for Constant Companion [3]

Don't Starve Together Constant Companion Walter Animated Short

Don't Starve Together Constant Companion Walter Animated Short

Walter's origin is shown in the animated short Constant Companion. The Compendium summarizes the short:

The only thing that could ever rival Walter's love for the great outdoors was his fascination with monsters and mystery. Nothing captured his interest more than a spooky story heard over the radio or a local legend about an elusive cryptid.

It was that pursuit of the unknown that eventually led him to the Constant. While searching for a man who Walter believed would have answers to his questions about a mysterious creature rumored to live in the woods, he instead came upon an abandoned cabin. The owner seemed to have left hastily, leaving all their belongings behind... including an odd radio that miraculously still seemed to be working. With curiosity getting the better of him he investigated the radio further, springing a trap that had lain dormant for years...

Now finding himself trapped in the Constant, Walter has befriended another lost soul - a scruffy dog named Woby. Though much about her remains a mystery, Walter has vowed to one day return her to her rightful home (after all, returning lost dogs is the Pinetree Pioneer thing to do).

Trusty Slingshot Special Power

Walter has a Trusty Slingshot as an exclusive weapon with special Slingshot Ammo with varying effects. This weapon has no durability, but can still be crafted. Walter has access to an exclusive Slingshot Ammo Tab to craft ammo, crafting each type of ammo will create 10 pieces.

He can also exclusively craft a portable Camper's Tent. It acts like a mix of the regular tent and the fur roll with 10 uses.

He has a Pinetree Pioneer Hat that reduces sanity drain from receiving damage. He starts with one in his inventory, and can craft additional ones using 4 silk.

Woby is a special Mob that follows him around. She has 9 inventory slots, like Chester. She can be fed Monster Food to transform into big Woby. Walter can mount big Woby like a Beefalo. While riding Big Woby, Walter is unable to attack with any weapon, save for the Slingshot. Additionally, if Woby takes damage while Walter is riding her, she will buck him off, which will often result in Walter taking extra hits during the animation.

He does not lose sanity from negative aura effects such as Dusk/Night, monsters, Night Light or Nightmare Light. He also is not affected by sanity effect (negative or positive) from equipped items like Tam o Shanter, Spiderhat, Seawreath or any other held items that are wet. Walter's fearlessness however is not strong enough to protect him from shadow magic, hence he is affected by sanity drain/gain of the following items: Dark Sword, Night Armor, Amulets, Belt of Hunger, Thulecite Suit. He will still lose sanity from sources that instantaneously take away sanity, e.g.: picking up Evil Flowers, Telepoofing with The Lazy Explorer, eating certain foods, etc. Also he does not lose sanity when traveling through Worm Hole or when there is any Ghost Characters.

Like Willow and Warly, Walter cooks food over fire faster than other characters, he only takes half as long (0.5 seconds) as other Characters (1 second) to cook food.

He loses only half the normal Hunger when Sleeping.

Walter is able restore +6 Sanity Meter/min when there are more than 5 Trees within a radius of 2.5 tiles around him.

During the Night, Walter can tell stories at a Campfire or Endothermic Fire by simply right-clicking on them. It generates a sanity aura of +10 Sanity Meter/min for himself and all other survivors close to the fire.

Disadvantage

Walter loses sanity when he loses health, the amount of sanity lost corresponding to twice the health lost. For damage over time (such as when Starving, Freezing, or Overheating) the sanity loss is equal to the health loss. Walter continuously loses sanity while his health is not full, up to -12 Sanity Meter/min proportionally to his missing Health. The sanity loss is halved when wearing a Pinetree Pioneer Hat. He takes 10 extra damage from Bees (Bees, Killer Bees, Grumble Bees, Bee Queen). This damage is not negated by armor, possibly because it is caused by allergy. Clothing items that affect sanity have no effect on him. Other effects, such as the Eyebrella's rain protection still apply.

Placeholder Trivia

In-Game

  • Walter's voice sounds similar to an out of tune Bugle or a Blade of Grass whistle.
  • Upon eating Glommer's Goop or Tallbird Egg, Walter will sing a song. The melody comes from "Great Green Gobs of Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts" and lyrics are fit to the Don't Starve universe.
  • Walter used to be immune to the insanity of the Dark Sword and the Night Armor, however later this was removed, as it wasn't intended for him to be immune to the effects of shadow magic
  • He is able to use Willow's Lighter to cook food, as he is an "expert chef".

Lore

  • Walters quotes for the Farm Plots and Mothling show that he has a mother who disliked his love of bugs and collected porcelain (Leaky teacup: "My mom would kill me if I cracked her fine china") .
  • Some of Walter and Woodie's quotes for one another suggest that Walter is Canadian.
  • In DST, Willow's quote for Watermelon used to be "I once knew a melon named Walter. He was a jerk." and it was changed to "But where's the firemelon?" as of the She Sells Sea Shells update. The same was done for her Grilled Watermelon quote which was changed from "Warm, sweet, juicy Walter." to "I made my own firemelon." These quotes were changed to avoid confusion over the new character.[4]
    • Willow's original Watermelon and Grilled Watermelon quotes mentioning Walter are still intact in Singleplayer.
    • Joe W further confirmed that Willow did not know Walter on the Klei forums.[5][4]

Cultural References

  • Walter's Boy Detective skin may be a reference to Angus McDonald from The Adventure Zone.

Blueprint Gallery

Gramophone Sounds

Walter's voice.
Walter Voice
Walter getting hurt.
Walter Hurt Voice
Walter dying.
Walter Death Voice
Walter sinking.
Walter Sinking Voice
Walter's ghost voice.
Walter Ghost Voice
Walter sighing, as part of the /sleepy emote. File:Walter Sleepy Voice.ogg
Walter yawning, as part of the /yawn emote.
Walter Yawn Voice
Walter singing the Starver's Carol, as part of the /carol emote.
Walter Carol Voice
Walter's song that he sings when he eats Glommer Goop or a Tallbird Egg.
Walter Song Voice
A singular note sung by Walter.
Walter Note Voice

References

  1. Don't Starve Together - May QOL Update Posted on May 28, 2020.
  2. Walter & Woby Arrive June 15th! Posted on June 10, 2020.
  3. Walter & Woby Now Available!. Posted on June 15, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 JoeW on the Forums: "Yeah - it's a thing where they thought of the new name, then went back and looked to clear out anything that would coincide with the name... Anyway. They don't know each other." Posted on May 28, 2020.
  5. JoeW on the Forums: "That string is outdated on the Wiki, we changed it a while back. Willow did not know Walter". Posted on May 28, 2020.
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