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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 HungerMeter.png, HealthMeter.png and SanityMeter.png for a given Food
Yellow (Stale) Restores 1/3 (normally 2/3) of HungerMeter.png, 1/4 (normally 1/3) of HealthMeter.png for a given food and doesn't restore any SanityMeter.png
Red (Spoiled)

Restores 1/6 (normally 1/2) of HungerMeter.png for a given food, doesn't restore any HealthMeter.png and decreases SanityMeter.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.

Prototype.png Tips

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.
  • Having early access to variety of books is valuable, therefore setting the base in reasonable proximity to Swamps is a good strategy, and visiting Swamps frequently is a requirement to use Books reliably.
  • Eating Cooked Green Caps is highly recommended during the early days, as well as going after the Tam o' Shanter in Winter and creating Bee Boxes for Taffy in later days, in order to get good use out of the Books.
    • In RoG or DST, eating cooked Cactus Flesh is also a good way to quickly restore Sanity, however a Jelly Salad is the go-to end game Sanity restoring food considering its easy and cheap recipe and 50 sanity gain.
    • In SW different Crock Pot recipes that provide big amounts of Sanity like Banana Pop and Surf 'n' Turf.
  • "Applied Horticulture" allows Wickerbottom to mass-produce Dragon Fruits to make Dragonpies as her main source of sustenance.
  • "Birds of the World" book allows the player to produce mass amounts of Feathers if it is coupled with "Sleepytime Stories", Bird Traps, Lureplants or Mobs that will hunt the birds, such as MacTusk or Merm.
  • "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 create a trap near points of interest like Spider Dens or Walrus Camps for easy loot.
  • The Lightning from "The End is Nigh" has no tactical use besides charging allied WX-78 in DST, as it deals next to no damage and can stunlock Wickerbottom herself in the middle of combat, while posing the risk of burning valuable items.
  • "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. She will receive the present if she's forced to sleep, but no way of forcing sleep is offset by any gifts that can be received.
  • In DST Wickerbottom's favorite food is Surf 'n' Turf, meaning that she gains 15 bonus Hunger Meter.png when consuming the food.

Gramophone.png Quotes

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 is 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.
  • Sometimes a message like this may appear during the loading screen in DST: "Wickerbottom is of the firm belief that the pen is mightier than the sword. Words hold great power when used correctly."

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).