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Willow

Willow is the first playable Character in Don't Starve that can be unlocked via Experience, when the player reaches 160 XP. She is also one of the playable Characters in Don't Starve Together (DST). She is a young woman who is obsessed with fire.

As part of the 2019 Don't Starve Together content updates, Willow received a character refresh on May 7th, 2019.[1]

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Willow always regarded being brought to The Constant as a new beginning. It allowed her to leave everything behind, after all.

–Official description of Willow's vignette from The Forge

Don't Starve Together From the Ashes Willow Animated Short

Don't Starve Together From the Ashes Willow Animated Short

A young Willow, living in an orphanage, was attacked by a Terrorbeak in the dormitories one night. With Bernie in hand, she ran to the dormitory door, but was unable to open it. In desperation, she held Bernie out at the creature, which seemed to cause it to retreat. Willow hugged Bernie in relief.

The doors suddenly opened, revealing the orphanage's two matrons. One of them confiscated Bernie from Willow, while the other dragged Willow off and locked her in a closet. The Terrorbeak went after her again, and this time Willow didn't have Bernie for protection. Instead, she used the flammable materials in the closet to cause an explosion, which set the orphanage alight and engulfed the matrons. Willow picked up a battered Bernie and left the burning orphanage through the front door.

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Glommer See also: Willow's Lighter and Bernie

Willow Lighter

Willow and her lucky Lighter.

Willow starts with her exclusive item, Willow's Lighter. The Lighter functions similarly to a Torch, but with infinite Durability and a lower light radius. It can be used to set objects on fire and provides light that can be used to survive the night without being attacked by Charlie.

Willow is immune to fire. In addition, close vicinity to fire will gradually restore Willow's sanity. The larger the fire, the more Sanity is regained up to 10 Sanity Meter per minute. Willow must stand close to a fire to receive the effect, but her fire immunity allows no risk in doing so.

In DST, Willow's Lighter is craftable (only by Willow) and can also be used to cook Food, but it no longer has infinite durability, and will expire in 600 seconds or from cooking 100 times.

Bernie is an additional starting item exclusive to Willow. She starts with him in her inventory, and he is craftable from the Survival tab. He can be equipped in the hand slot by Willow exclusively to provide warmth and sanity, but at the cost of durability. This is not possible as any other character. If he is placed on the ground and is near an insane Willow (below 15% sanity), Bernie will become BERNIE! and grow to immense size. BERNIE! is able to taunt and attack most Mobs. He will not taunt Bosses. Only one BERNIE! will be active for each Willow player in the game. Any other Bernie nearby will become animate, but will not increase in size. This Bernie will attract Shadow Creatures and distract them until his HP is completely depleted. In addition, this smaller Bernie can be activated and used by all insane characters, not just Willow.

Willow will not receive damage when extinguishing smoldering fires and does it faster than other characters. When she fuels a fire, it is 50% more efficient compared to other characters. Also, it takes longer for Willow to Overheat and she takes less damage from it.

Close vicinity to fire will gradually restore Willow's sanity. The larger the fire, the more sanity is regained up to 11 Sanity Meter per minute. Willow must stand close to a fire to receive the effect, but her fire immunity allows no risk in doing so.

Disadvantage

When Willow is at 60 or less sanity, she will randomly light a small fire at her feet without warning, and say "Tee Hee!", "I made a fire!", or "Oops." The small fire is capable of spreading and setting important structures (including the player's base) and objects on fire. Caution is advised when at low sanity with Willow.

Although, like any other Fire, it is capable of raising Willow's sanity when stood nearby. When the fire goes out it will leave a pile of Ashes, similar to a Campfire.

In DST, Willow is more susceptible to Freezing. She loses more health and sanity when cold. Winter insulating items are less effective when equipped by Willow. She takes less hits to become frozen. She has a passive sanity multiplier making her gain and lose sanity (sanity over time effects, including aura, structures and equipment) 1.1 times faster.

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Glommer Main article: Guides/Character guide-Willow


Don't Starve:

  • There is no cap to the amount of sanity/min that Willow can gain from multiple fires. So the player can drop multiple flammable items nearby ( Grass, Logs etc.) and then set them on fire to gain massive amounts of sanity and warmth. Note that a single stack counts as a single fire, so any items will need to be dropped separately.
    • On the console version, the drop command can be used to drop all items in the same spot as separate stacks. With enough items, sanity can be instantly restored.
    • This is only really worth it in versions of the game where one can construct an Ice Flingomatic, which can preserve the items at little cost.
  • An Ice Flingomatic can help prevent base fires caused by Willow's low sanity.
  • Due to her immunity to fire, Willow can set ablaze items in her inventory to regain sanity, get warm, and produce a large light radius bigger than all other portable sources. Care must be taken to avoid getting close to flammable objects while doing this.
    • Saplings or Grass Tufts have a nearly 30 second burn time, making them ideal for this strategy. Once more, a stack that's on fire counts as a single fire, regardless of its size.
    • A flaming stack of items can be extinguished by combining it with another stack (even if that stack is on fire as well). However, combining a non-flaming stack with a flaming stack will do nothing.
    • Saplings or Grass Tufts should be extinguished before the 25 second mark to give a wider margin of error.
    • Neutral mobs can be killed, without fighting them, by chasing them with flaming items.
    • It is inadvisable to do this during Summer which will cause heat issues.
  • Other light sources are still important. Torches, the Miner Helmet and the Lantern are still necessary for situations where a flaming item can cause unwanted fires, but a larger light source than the lighter is needed.

DST:

  • There is no cap to the amount of sanity/min that Willow can gain from multiple fires, so the player can drop multiple flammable items nearby ( Grass, Logs etc.) and then set them on fire to gain massive amounts of sanity and warmth. Note that a single stack counts as a single fire, so any items will need to be dropped separately. This is only really worth it if the player can construct an Ice Flingomatic, which can preserve the items at little cost.
  • Alternatively, Willow can ignite a few planted Saplings or Grass Tufts, stand by them for about 20 seconds, and then extinguish them by digging them up with a Shovel and quickly picking them up. This can provide a much faster sanity regeneration than standing by a Firepit.
  • Despite its utility, it is advised to eventually move to better portable light sources than Willow's Lighter. Things like Torches, the Miner Helmet and the Lantern will provide much more better light radius and versatility than the Lighter, with a little maintenance. However Willow's Lighter is far more efficient on resources than normal torches.
  • Her resistance to Overheating can be really useful during Summer.
  • Willow's low base sanity allows her to easily avoid Shadow Creatures, as she only needs to be at around 19 sanity for them to disappear.
  • When paired with a Webber and Wilson, Willow can make her Bernie more easily.
  • When paired with a Wickerbottom, Bernie will allow Wickerbottom to read Books without being attacked by Shadow Creatures.

Placeholder Trivia

In-Game

  • Willow's voice is played by a flute.
  • Willow has a skull in the game files.
  • Willow's previous perk, before the Strange New Powers update, was to light fires at her feet when in darkness, like she does when low on Sanity now.
  • When struck by Lightning in DLCs, Willow, like most other Characters, is shown to have bones in her hair. In addition to this, she has bones in her skirt.
  • Willow was the second Don't Starve Together character to have a character update, the first being Winona.
  • She has a unique idle animation in which she gives Bernie a hug. This only occurs when she has Bernie equipped in the hand slot.

Lore

  • Willow was originally stated to be around her late teens.[2] However, Klei later said that Willow is in her early 20's.[3]
  • According to her examinations of the Tent and the Siesta Lean-To, Willow was a Girl Scout, and she earned all of the patches.

Cultural References

  • Willow's nickname may be a reference to Firestarter, a novel by Stephen King. In addition to this, both Willow and Bernie could be a reference to an event in the story where main character Charlie, a young girl, first manifests her pyrokinesis by setting her teddy bear on fire after tripping over it.
  • Willow's Victorian skin set may be a reference to "The Little Match Girl", a short story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Willow's "The Woeful" skin set from Hallowed Nights 2018 seems to reference the legend of Lizzie Borden as well as Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family.

Blueprint Gallery

Gramophone Sounds

Willow's voice.
Willow Voice
Willow getting hurt.
Willow Hurt Voice
Willow dying.
Willow Death Voice
Willow drowning (Shipwrecked icon).
Willow Drowning Voice
Willow's ghost voice (Don't Starve Together icon).
Willow Ghost Voice
Willow's voice as she performs the /pose emote (Don't Starve Together icon).
Willow Pose Voice
Willow yawning, as part of the /yawn emote (Don't Starve Together icon).
Willow Yawn Voice

References

  1. https://forums.kleientertainment.com/forums/topic/105367-willow-refresh-info-and-roadmap-schedule-update/
  2. Archive of forum thread "What the Devs said during the live stream": "Wilson is around 30s, Willow is maybe late teens, Wolfgang is about 40s." March 11, 2013
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20180211211555/http://steelydan.tumblr.com:80/post/89011339488/once-again-posting-this-info-i-got-recently-from Klei Entertainment confirming Wilson and Willow's age on Facebook: "Wilson is in his early 30's. We never really established where Wilson is living or from but the "Gentleman Scientist" theme does kind of come from a "Proper English Gent" kind of personality. The story is 1920-ish. Willow is roughly in her early 20's." June 17, 2014
Player Characters
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)
Removed Warbucks (quotes ⋅ clothes)
Unimplemented Wilton • Winnie • Wallace • Waverly • Pyro • Watricia 

Start a Discussion Discussions about Willow

  • Willow Freezing?

    5 messages
    • Agreed. There was is no reason why she shouldn't have kept her fire immunity in DST. It would only be fair to give her some sort...
    • you can uses mods to make her like the OG willow also the forge update looks like theres going to be alot fire and lava, maybe she'll sh...
  • what perks would you change for Willow?

    • her perks aren't very helpful, especially when any other characters can get fire immuntity - infinity lighter (there's better opt...
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