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Wes is one of the two playable Characters that are not unlocked via Experience in Don't Starve and one of the 13 playable characters in Don't Starve Together (DST). He is a fragile French mime that uses pantomimes to communicate instead of speaking.

He has a maximum of 113 Health, 113 Hunger, and 150 Sanity. His Hunger drains faster than normal, and he deals less damage in both melee and ranged combat. Wes is a Balloonomancer, and comes equipped with his Pile o' Balloons. Wes's purpose in the game is to provide a challenge to experienced players.

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He displeased me.

Maxwell, when examining Wes.

WX-78 in an effort to rescue Wes.

In the third chapter of Adventure Mode, a set piece may appear (if the map is not Two Worlds), which will have two chambers with a Maxwell Statue in each one, and a third one with Wes in the middle.

When players break one of the statues, it will release various non-damaged Clockwork Monsters. After breaking all the statues and defeating the Clockwork Monsters, go to the chamber where Wes is trapped. More Bishops, Knights and Rooks will spawn and the player will need to defeat them.

After all monsters are cleared, Wes will pass out, fall on the ground, and disappear. Wes will then be unlocked as a playable character.

In Don't Starve Together, Wes is available to play from the start, with no unlocking required.

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Wes's special power is his Pile o' Balloons. It has unlimited uses, but it costs 5 Sanity Meter.png to inflate each Balloon. In Don't Starve Together, it is craftable from the Survival Tab using 4 Water Balloons and lasts 3 Days when dropped on the ground.

When a Balloon is attacked, it explodes, dealing 5 damage to anything nearby (including Wes). Balloons can also trigger other Balloons to explode, allowing massive chain reactions. Balloons can also be used as decoys or to distract Mobs.


Wes's Hunger drains 25% faster than normal, he deals 25% less damage, & all of his stats are 25% less than the average survivor.

Wes does not speak, so there are no actual words that show up on the screen, warning the player of incoming attacks or other pertinent information such as when night is approaching or low Hunger levels. The player will only be able to rely on audio cues in these situations.

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Wes surrounded by his balloons.

  • Balloons can be used to lure Mobs to traps or to other hostile Mobs.
  • Weapons that deal indirect damage, such as the Fire Dart or Gunpowder, are not affected by Wes's low damage multiplier, making them excellent choices for him.
  • A Belt of Hunger will nullify Wes's Hunger drain and also provide a boost to Sanity, although a Backpack can't be equipped while wearing it.
    • In the Reign of Giants DLC, the Hibearnation Vest also provides a Hunger drain reduction, as well as the highest insulation against Freezing and more than twice the Sanity regeneration of the Hunger Belt.
  • In Don't Starve Together, Wes's favorite food is Fresh Fruit Crepes, meaning he gains 15 bonus Hunger Meter.png when consuming the food.
    • However, Fresh Fruit Crepes already 150 Hunger and Wes's maximum Hunger level is 113.

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Don't Starve Together A 1st For Everything Wes Animated Short

  • Wes was added in the Insanity! update on February 12, 2013.
  • Wes was made unlockable through Adventure Mode, in the The End of the Beginning update.
  • Wes used to be the sixth unlockable character via Experience.
  • The Pile o' Balloons was added in the Strange New Powers update.
  • Wes has higher maximum Sanity than Willow, Wigfrid, Webber and Woodlegs, and higher maximum Health than Maxwell and Wheeler. All his stats are higher than a non-upgraded WX-78 (except in DST).
  • When struck by Lightning, Wes is shown to have bones in his hair.
  • In RoG, the Pile o' Balloons can be given to a Catcoon to befriend them, but this is not advised as to get them back the Catcoon must die and similar results can be achieved with simple Twigs.
  • Instead of using an actual paddle, Wes pantomimes one to move Boats in the Shipwrecked DLC.
  • When The Gorge event first began, Wes's Culinarian skin was missing his red cheeks. This was later fixed in an update.
  • In Rhymes with Play #201, it was revealed that Wes's Victorian skin was to have a soot cloud effect when he walked. This was not implemented as it would have made the skin more complex and thus more valuable compared to the others.
  • For April Fools' Day 2020, Wes was given a fake character rework along with an animated short.[1]
  • Wes is the only characters whose favorite food can only be cooked in Warly's Portable Crock Pot.


  • According to the description for Wes's Roseate skin, he feels "his rosy cheeks [are] his best feature."
  • The description for his Verdant skin states that he is "an avid landscape painter".
  • Wes's birthday is listed as April 16 in the Compendium.

Cultural References

  • In the Valentine's Day card for 2018, it appears that Wes is using the American sign language (ASL) sign for "love".
  • Wes's Guest of Honor skin may be based on a man's ballet outfit. This could be a reference to ballet mime.
  • Wes's Victorian skin may be based on Bert from the Disney film Mary Poppins. Bert was played by Dick Van Dyke, who performed a mime act early in his career. [2]
  • Wes's Pierrot skin is based on Pierrot, a stock character in the French pantomime and form of clown.
  • Wes's Magmatic skin is based on a bullfighter's uniform. In addition, the design takes inspiration from the titular character of The Scarlet Pimpernel, a novel by Baroness Orczy. The name of the individual skins call him the "Sulphur Pimpernel". Also, the skin's flavor text describes him as a dandy by day and a "swordsmime" by night, not unlike the Scarlet Pimpernel himself.

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  1. Wes's Refreshing Character is Still Available. Posted on April 1, 2020.
  2. http://www.officialdickvandyke.com/biography/ "In 1947, Van Dyke was persuaded by Phil Erickson to form a comedy duo with him called “Eric and Van—the Merry Mutes.” The team toured the West Coast nightclub circuit, performing a mime act and lip synching to old 78 records."
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