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Wendy

Wendy Carter is the third playable Character in Don't Starve that can be unlocked via Experience, with 640 XP, and one of the playable Characters in Don't Starve Together (DST). Wendy has a morbid personality; she always relates everything (even herself) to death and how depressing life is.

As part of the Don't Starve Together content updates, Wendy received a character refresh on March 19, 2020.[1]

Minimap Maxwell's Door Origin

Wendy clutches tightly to the memory of her twin sister, Abigail. Some days, it’s almost as if she never left…

–Description from her introductory forum post

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Don't Starve Together Wish You Were Here Wendy Animated Short

Don't Starve Together Wish You Were Here Wendy Animated Short

Wendy and Abigail Carter used to live near a cliff side overlooking the ocean. Under mysterious circumstances, Abigail died. As a result, Wendy became severely depressed. She started to dabble in spiritualism. In her diary, she related a strange dream in which she could hear "the same song repeating over and over", thinking it was Abigail trying to communicate with her.

Abigail's Flower Special Power

Glommer See also: Abigail and Abigail's Flower

Wendy's special power is her ability to summon her dead twin sister, Abigail. Wendy starts with a wilted Abigail's Flower in her inventory, which blooms in roughly 2-4 full Days, at which point she will be able to summon Abigail.

When Abigail's Flower has bloomed, it can be placed on the ground to prepare the summoning. The summoning requires the death of a Mob near the Flower. This includes Wendy herself but excludes any captured Mobs "murdered" through the inventory (single player only). Summoning Abigail will cost 50 Sanity Meter to Wendy.

Wendy and Abigail

Wendy, Abigail, and Chester by the fire.

Abigail follows Wendy and will attack Mobs that either attack Wendy or that Wendy herself attacks. Abigail cannot hurt Wendy, and normally doesn't attack any allies, such as Chester, unless Wendy herself attacks them first. Abigail will always move away from Wendy when she comes too close. Abigail's attack damages all mobs in range at the same time, which makes Wendy exceptionally strong against groups of mobs like Spiders and Bees as Abigail can keep stunning them to keep them from attacking back.

Abigail's Flower will be dropped on the ground when Abigail is killed. It will be completely wilted and it will have to bloom before it can be used again.

Another special power Wendy has is that she suffers 25% less Sanity drain from Darkness and from being near insanity auras. The effect only extends to those two cases though, meaning that other things that drain Sanity (e.g. Rain, Dark Sword, Monster Meat etc.) will drain it at the same rate as other Characters (except Walani).

Disadvantage

Wendy's attacks are 25% weaker than most other Characters' in order to balance out the ability to summon Abigail, and the lowered Sanity drain. For example, Wendy needs two attacks to kill a Rabbit with the Boomerang or a Tool. As such, hunting certain Mobs can be much more difficult whilst playing Wendy as she deals less damage by herself. Attacking stronger mobs without Abigail is not advised.

Glommer See also: Abigail and Abigail's Flower

Wendy's main special power is her ability to summon her dead twin sister, Abigail. Wendy starts with Abigail's Flower in her inventory. She will be able to summon Abigail immediately and gain 15 Sanity Meter. Wendy can ask Abigail to stay close to her or roam more free via Abigail's flower. In the Sooth state Abigail follows Wendy and will attack Mobs that either attack Wendy or that Wendy herself attacks. In the Rile up state Abigail attacks every Mob near Wendy, enemy or neutral.

Abigail starts with a health pool of 150 Abigail Badge. Her health changes to 300 health after 1 day and goes to 600 health after 1 additional day. The process is 4 times faster if there is a fully decorated Sisturn in the World. Abigail goes back to her initial health when she is destroyed or when Wendy is revived after death. Abigail has a protective shield. When attacked, a protective shield surrounds her and absorbs all other damage within a small window of time after the first attack.

Wendy can assist Pipspooks to recover their lost toys and gain Mourning Glories as a reward. Wendy does not lose sanity due to Ghosts, Pipspooks and Ghost Characters. Ghosts are neutral towards Wendy.

Wendy has exclusive access to the Ectoherbology Tab to craft Ghostly Elixirs. There are 6 Ghostly Elixirs:

  • The Revenant Restorative triples Abigail's health regeneration rate (from 1 to 3 Abigail Badge per second) for 1 day.
  • The Spectral Cure-All regenerates Abigail's health at a rate of 20 Abigail Badge per second over 30 seconds.
  • The Unyielding Draught doubles the duration of Abigail's protective shield from 0.5 to 1 second for 1 day. (The shield absorbs all damage after the initial attack).
  • The Distilled Vengeance doubles the duration of Abigail's protective shield from 0.5 to 1 second for 1 day. In addition to absorbing damage, all Mobs attacking a shield take 20 damage.
  • The Nightshade Nostrum makes Abigail deal nighttime damage during the daytime and dusk for 1 day.
  • The Vigor Mortis increases Abigail's movement speed by 75% (8.75 in Player Speed) for 1 day.

Wendy can also exclusively craft the Sisturn through the Structures Tab. The Sisturn can be decorated with petals to generate a sanity aura of +25 Sanity Meter/min.

Abigail's attack besets her opponents with ghostly petals for a short period of time, increasing its damage received from all other damage sources by 10% for 2 seconds. Wendy is able to take advantage of this and will deal 40% more damage, combining all together Wendy deals x1.115 the normal damage compared to x0.75 under normal circumstances.

Wendy suffers 25% less Sanity drain from Darkness and from being near insanity auras. The effect only extends to those two cases though, meaning that other things that drain Sanity (e.g. Rain, Dark Sword, Monster Meat etc.) will drain at the normal rate.

Disadvantage

Wendy's attacks are 25% weaker than most other Characters' in order to balance out the ability to summon Abigail, and the lowered Sanity drain.

Wendy loses 30 Sanity Meter when Abigail is destroyed.

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In the Shipwrecked (SW) DLC, Abigail is immune to Poison, making her useful when fighting venomous enemies. She also can float over water making her able to follow Wendy between islands, unlike most other Followers.

Prototype Tips

Glommer Main article: Guides/Character guides-Wendy

  • Early on the easiest way to summon Abigail is to kill a Butterfly, which will die in 1 hit even when Wendy is unarmed. Alternatively the Flower can be dropped near a Spider Den that also has a Pig House nearby. Getting the Pig and Spiders to fight each other will ensure Abigail is summoned from the casualties.
  • Abigail won't keep fighting Mobs forever and sometimes needs to be ordered to do so mid-fight. Keep an eye on the battle so to keep her focused on the task.
  • Since she can outrun Rabbits, Abigail is a source of easy Morsels.
  • Abigail is at her strongest during Winter and Hurricane Season (in SW) since days are shorter and she deals bonus damage as the sky darkens. Leave any unfinished fights against neutral foes (Treeguards, Spider Queens, etc.) for this season.
    • Although it is always dark in Caves, there's a day-night system in place, meaning Abigail will not always do 40 damage per hit. In the Ruins though it's always considered Night.
  • Abigail can tank and damage Pengulls rather easily, and can take the full camp with Wendy's help at Dusk without too much risk. This means Wendy has a fairly reliable source of Food in the Winter.
  • While Abigail is great against groups of weaker foes, fighting stronger Mobs will result in her death unless she's helped by Wendy. Great support weapons are the Ice Staff and Fire Staff. The Ice Staff can be used to stun enemies before they land a hit on Abigail, preventing her from taking damage. The Fire Staff can stun Mobs for longer while also damaging them but comes at the cost of possibly burning the dropped loot upon the enemy's death.
    • In SW, Abigail comes as great help during combat as she is immune to Poison and can attack Aquatic Mobs at a distance, making the low health of Boats less of a problem.
  • Despite the Sanity icon not displaying an arrow, the Top Hat will not completely keep Sanity from draining in the dark.
  • Weapons that deal indirect damage (Fire Dart, Gunpowder, etc.) are not affected by Wendy's damage multiplier making them excellent choices for her.
    • A good melee Weapon for Wendy is the Ham Bat, since it has unlimited uses while fresh, effectively erasing one of the drawbacks of the reduced damage.
  • Due to the way the bonus damage is calculated on the Obsidian Spear, Axe and Machete in SW, they won't do as low damage as they would normally making them still very good when used with Wendy.
  • In the Reign of Giants (RoG) DLC, with a Garland and a Pretty Parasol equipped, Wendy suffers almost no sanity drain at night, meaning gathering 18 Petals can keep her sanity up during both night and day during the early days when other sanity-restoring alternatives are unavailable.
  • Care should be taken when fighting alongside Abigail, as a single hit from Wendy dismisses her. This is particularly important on the console versions of the game, as the automatic targeting can accidentally attack her instead of an enemy.

Placeholder Trivia

In-Game

  • Wendy's voice is played by an alto flute.
  • Wendy has a skull in the game files.
  • Wendy was previously unlocked before Wolfgang.
  • When struck by Lightning in DLCs, Wendy, like most other characters, is shown to have bones in her hair. In addition to this, she seems to have bones in her skirt and flower.
  • Wendy was added to Don't Starve Together with the Stuck in the Middle with Ewe update, making her the second character to be added after the initial closed Beta release of DST.
  • In Don't Starve Together, upon death, Wendy's ghost's flower is yellow instead of red. This is to differentiate her from Abigail. Note that Abigail will still follow Wendy's ghost, and resume normal behavior until defeat.
  • In Don't Starve Together, Wendy has a unique idle animation in which she pulls out a flower and pulls off one of it's petals.

Lore

  • It was confirmed in the image released at the time of Wendy's rework that Wendy and Abigail are Maxwell's nieces. There were a few clues to this fact, including Wendy's examination quote for Maxwell ("I feel a strange kinship with him.") and the letter from Jack Carter in the 3rd William Carter Puzzle (Jack Carter being Wendy and Abigail's father, and thus making Maxwell their uncle).
    • This was also supported by Maxwell's quote for Abigail's Flower: "Hm? What a familiar presence."
  • For some reason, she associates yellow gems with her mother, given her quote for a Yellow Gem ("It reminds me of my mother.") and Yellow Moonlens ("What color were mother's eyes?").
  • Wendy's loading screen vignette from The Forge is accompanied by text that reveals why she's still mourning Abigail: Wendy clings fiercely to the grief over her sister's death, for fear that moving on would cause Abigail's memory to fade.
  • Wendy speaks in a rather poetic, or even Shakespearean tone.
  • Wendy is stated to be between 8 and 10 years old.[2]
    • This range can be narrowed down by examining various dates from the William Carter puzzles and the image of her nightstand. Jack's letter in the third William Carter puzzle, which mentions the twins, must have been written no later than the August 1904 dates from the fourth puzzle. This means that Wendy and Abigail were born no later than August 1904. Additionally, Wendy's diary entry, which was likely written before she entered the Constant, has a date of April 16, 1914. This means her minimum age is 9 years and 8 months old, and her maximum age is 10 years old and being just shy of her eleventh birthday.

Cultural References

  • Her Victorian skin seems to be a reference to the complex funeral practices of Victorian England.[3]
  • During the Rhymes with Play #201 stream, Toni said that the red scarf is a reference to "The Velvet Ribbon" urban legend.

Mosquito Bugs

  • While wearing some of the hats, Wendy's flower and the top of her hair will disappear when the player moves towards the top of the screen, and will appear again when she stops moving.

Blueprint Gallery

Gramophone Sounds

Wendy's voice.
Wendy Voice
Wendy getting hurt.
Wendy Hurt Voice
Wendy dying.
Wendy Death Voice
Wendy drowning (Shipwrecked icon).
Wendy Drowning Voice
Wendy sinking (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wendy Sinking Voice
Wendy's ghost voice (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wendy Ghost Voice
Wendy's voice as she performs the /pose emote (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wendy Pose Voice
Wendy sighing, as part of the /sleepy emote (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wendy Sleepy Voice
Wendy yawning, as part of the /yawn emote (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wendy Yawn Voice
Wendy singing the Starver's Carol, as part of the /carol emote (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wendy Carol Voice

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wendy's Character Refresh is Coming Next Week! Posted on March 12, 2020.
  2. JoeW's comment about Wendy's age from the forums: "Note, we have decided to officially state that Wendy is between 8 and 10 years old. Previously we wanted to leave it up to interpretation but we've decided we want it to be clear going forward." Posted on October 3, 2019.
  3. http://www.victoriana.com/VictorianPeriod/mourning.htm
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Don't Starve Wilson (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Willow (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wolfgang (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wendy (quotes ⋅ clothes) • WX-78 (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wickerbottom (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Woodie (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wes (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Maxwell (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wagstaff (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Reign of Giants Wigfrid (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Webber (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Shipwrecked Walani (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Warly (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wilbur (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Woodlegs (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Hamlet Wilba (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wormwood (quotes ⋅ clothes) • Wheeler (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Don't Starve Together Winona (quotes ⋅ clothes) •  Wortox (quotes ⋅ clothes) Wurt (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Removed Warbucks (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Unimplemented Wilton • Winnie • Wallace • Waverly • Pyro • Watricia 

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