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Wickerbottom is the fifth playable Character in Don't Starve that can be unlocked via Experience, with 1280 XP, and one of the playable Characters in Don't Starve Together (DST). She is an old, intelligent librarian who self-publishes and is able to identify many different types of fauna and flora by their scientific names.

Icon Books.png Special Power

Wickerbottom reading the "The End Is Nigh" book

Glommer.png Main article: Books

Wickerbottom's special power is a Crafting Tab called "Books". This gives her the ability to craft 5 different magical Books with Papyrus and other different ingredients. She can read these for beneficial effects, but at the cost of a lot of Sanity.

The Books that she can craft are:

The Books can be read a maximum of 5 times each and drain 33 or 50 Sanity Meter.png with each reading session. This is somewhat offset by Wickerbottom's higher maximum Sanity, but eventually some Sanity restoring means will be required for continued usage of the Books.

Wickerbottom can make all Science Machine recipes without having to build the Science Machine, but does not gain the 15 Sanity Meter.png per prototype for those since she already knows them at the start of the game. The rest of the recipes can be prototyped with a Science Machine even though they would normally require an Alchemy Engine. Therefore, only a Science Machine is needed to unlock all Science recipes for prototyping. The one exception is the book "On Tentacles" - she needs an Alchemy Engine to prototype it. This free tier of knowledge does not apply to Magic research machines though.

Wickerbottom is suited for both early and late game playthroughs, providing an easy start with her knowledge and interesting strategies with her Books in the later days.


Wickerbottom lacks the ability to sleep in a Tent, Bed Roll, or Fur Roll due to her being an insomniac. This means that crafting those Items and Structures would be a waste of resources and the player will need other means to restore Sanity.

She also hates spoiled Food, causing her Sanity to suffer greatly. Eating stale food costs her no Sanity, but neither does it restore any. Stale Food also restores less Hunger and less Health than fresh Food of the same type. Raw Food has no penalties outside of its normal ones (e.g. Green Caps) if it is fresh.

Stage Effect
Green (Fresh) Restores the full amount of Hunger Meter.png, HealthMeter.png and Sanity Meter.png for a given Food
Yellow (Stale) Restores 1/3 (normally 2/3) of Hunger Meter.png, 1/4 (normally 1/3) of HealthMeter.png for a given food and doesn't restore any Sanity Meter.png
Red (Spoiled)

Restores 1/6 (normally 1/2) of Hunger Meter.png for a given food, doesn't restore any HealthMeter.png and decreases Sanity Meter.png by 10

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Reign of Giants (RoG), Don't Starve Together and Shipwrecked (SW) DLCs, Wickerbottom will be unable to sleep in the Siesta Lean-to.

In Shipwrecked, due to the lack of Tentacles in the world, the "On Tentacles" Book has been replaced with Joy of Volcanology. When read, this Book will summon 4 Dragoon Eggs to fall at her location, dealing massive Fire damage. Players can still craft and use "On Tentacles" but only if they use the Seaworthy and travel to a non-Shipwrecked world.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together

In Don't Starve Together, due to the different Farming mechanics, Wickerbottom's Applied Horticulture was removed and replaced with two books:

  • Horticulture, Abridged - When read, up to 10 plants that grow edible will advance to the next stage. Farm Plants grow completely but cannot give giant plants.
  • Applied Silviculture - When read, all plants that do not grow edible advance to the next stage of their growth.

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Glommer.png See also: Guides/Character guide - Wickerbottom's Books

  • During the early days, it is advised to craft a Backpack and Shovel as soon as possible to start storing dug Grass Tufts, Saplings and Berry Bushes for the player's future base, saving them the time to go back and acquire these items.
  • Making a Top Hat and eating Cooked Green Caps is highly recommended during the early days, as well as going after the Tam o' Shanter in Winter for later days, in order to get good use out of the Books.
    • Cooked Green Caps are a cheap way to restore Sanity early on when dapper clothing is not available. Later on, making Taffy is the best way to restore Sanity quickly.
    • In RoG or DST, eating cooked Cactus Flesh is also a good way to quickly restore Sanity.
    • In SW some of the above Clothes are available, but there are also different Crock Pot recipes that provide big amounts of Sanity like Banana Pop and Surf 'n' Turf.
  • Thanks to the "Applied Horticulture" book, Wickerbottom can mass-produce Dragon Fruits to make Dragonpies as her main source of sustenance. It is also advised to plant resources around a central point as to be able to grow all the Plants with one reading session.
  • If the player has planted a Meat Bulb, they can carefully place hard Turfs (see Eyeplant) around it in a way that all the summoned Eyeplants around the Bulb form a circle that can match the circle of summoned Birds from the "Birds of the World" book. This way, when Wickerbottom reads the book next to the Meat Bulb, the spawning Birds will get eaten by the Eyeplants. At this point, the player can quickly kill the Meat Bulb to get its loot.
    • Alternatively, the player can use either book, "The End is Nigh" or "Sleepytime Stories". The Lightning from "The End is Nigh" will hit most of the Birds, resulting in many Cooked Morsels with no increase in Naughtiness. If instead the player needs Feathers, reading "Sleepytime Stories" will put all the Birds to sleep, making them open to melee attacks. Note killing Birds in this manner does increase Naughtiness and can summon Krampus.
      • This can also be an Advantage as such a Disadvantage, since the player can farm many Krampi for the Krampus Sack.
  • When not playing SW, the Book "On Tentacles", can provide a replacement for Tooth Trap fields, as long as the player takes care when collecting the loot. It can also be used to provide a "kill zone" of sorts around points of interest like Spider Dens or Walrus Camps for easy loot.
  • If the player can find the Reed Trap Set Piece and dispatch the Tentacles, it is possible to easily make the Blow Dart Wickerbottom's main weapon through the use of "Applied Horticulture" and "Birds of the World" (in Winter).
  • The Lightning from "The End is Nigh" can be used to deal some bonus damage to Boss Monsters or deal with lesser monsters that are not worth engaging otherwise. It should be noted that Lightning Rods will absorb all the Lightning and using it near valuable flammable objects is not advisable.
    • The same applies to "Joy of Volcanology" in SW, except that Meteors cannot be absorbed by anything.
  • "Joy of Volcanology" in SW can be used to easily farm Obsidian by extinguishing the Lava Pools that form, with Ice.
  • Due to her insomnia she cannot sleep under Winter's Feast Tree in Don't Starve Together to get presents. This can be remedied by putting her to sleep in other ways, such as eating Mandrakes. The gifts may contain Pan Flute, and using a Deconstruction Staff would allow retrieving Mandrakes from them, making Mandrakes unreliably renewable.
  • In DST Wickerbottom's favorite food is Surf 'n' Turf, meaning that she gains 15 bonus Hunger Meter.png when consuming the food.

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Wickerbottom's quotes can be found here.

Placeholder.png Trivia


  • Wickerbottom was added to Don't Starve in the Progress! update on January 29, 2013.
  • Wickerbottom is played by an oboe.
  • Wickerbottom's eyes are shut by default, but open sometimes, like when she exits a Worm Hole or is low on Sanity.
    • In DST, Wickerbottom is able to be put to sleep by a Pan Flute in PVP mode or by Bearger's yawn. Due to this, players are able to see that Wickerbottom sleeps with her eyes open, most likely due to her insomnia.
  • While unable to sleep, Wickerbottom is still able to be knocked out by cooking a Mandrake or consuming a Cooked Mandrake.
  • Wickerbottom has a skull in the game files.
  • Wickerbottom's previous perk, before the Strange New Powers update, was to be able to prototype one tier higher than the other Characters, including Magic Items.
  • When struck by Lightning in DLCs, Wickerbottom, like most other Characters, is shown to have bones in her hair. In addition to this, she also has bones in her skirt and shoes.
  • Wickerbottom was the only female playable Character to have pupils and black, beady eyes, before Winona's release.


  • Wickerbottom's first name is unknown.
  • Wickerbottom seems to be fond of seafood, judging from her examination quotes for various fish dishes and her favorite food.
  • Wilson believes that Wickerbottom has, or at least used to have, a pet cat. When Wickerbottom examines the Lucky Cat Jar, she sighs, and when she examines a Kittykit, she says "Now it feels like home.", which provides further evidence to this.
  • When examining her book Birds of the World, she says that the Western screech owl is her favorite. This is also the creature in The Screecher.
  • She is the most literate of the Don't Starve characters and always refers to animals by their scientific names. The only exceptions to this are the creatures that are completely unknown to her. This can provide information as to what creatures in The Constant exist in her homeworld.
  • She kept a garden at home, according to her quotes for a Potted Succulent ("I wonder how my garden is doing without me.") and Bloomfin Tuna ("Oh my, you'd look right at home in my old garden.").
  • She is the only character to wear unremovable glasses.
  • Wickerbottom's loading screen vignette from The Forge is accompanied by text that reveals a bit of her love of books: Delightfully, Ms. Wickerbottom has found her passion for the written word has only deepened as the years go by. Any knowledge committed to paper becomes impervious to the brain fogs of age, you know!
  • Her comment about Sammy's Wagon in The Gorge event ("Reminds me of my bookmobile days.") reveals that she used to own and operate a bookmobile.
  • During Rhymes With Play #229, a larger version of Winona's pegboard from her animated short Next of Kin was shown. It revealed a previously obscured missing poster of Wickerbottom in the bottom right corner, connected to a newspaper clipping on the burning of a New York library.
  • Wickerbottom's birthday is listed as December 6 in the Compendium.

Cultural References

  • Wickerbottom's Snowfallen skin could be a twofold reference to the titular Snow Queen from the Hans Christian Andersen story and to the White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia. Her quote for the skin ("Would you like a sweetie, dear?") may be a further reference to the White Witch due to an event in one of the books where she tricks a main character into eating a magical Turkish delight.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Skin Sets

Glommer.png See also: Skins

Blueprint.png Gallery

Gramophone.png Sounds

Wickerbottom's voice.
Wickerbottom getting hurt.
Wickerbottom dying.
Wickerbottom drowning (Shipwrecked icon.png).
Wickerbottom sinking (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wickerbottom's ghost voice (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wickerbottoms's voice as she performs the /pose emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wickerbottom sighing, as part of the /sleepy emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wickerbottom yawning, as part of the /yawn emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wickerbottom singing the Starver's Carol, as part of the /carol emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).