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Wolfgang is the second playable Character in Don't Starve that can be unlocked via Experience, with 320 XP, and one of the playable Characters in Don't Starve Together (Don't Starve Together icon.png). He is a simple-minded Strongman who is very boastful about his might.

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Wolfgang always prided himself on his strength, but after an embarrassing mishap reveals his might to be a touch exaggerated, he finds himself eager to accept any opportunity to get stronger… no matter how dubious the source.

–From the official Youtube description for "The Incredible Strongman"


Don't Starve Together- The Incredible Strongman -Wolfgang Animated Short-

Wolfgang's backstory was revealed in an animated short titled The Incredible Strongman. An official summary of the short was provided in DST's Compendium:

Prior to his time in the Constant, Wolfgang's life revolved around one single-minded pursuit of one goal: to become the strongest man there ever was. His quest would lead him across Europe and eventually even across the Atlantic to America, where his feat of muscular prowess caught the attention of Misters Abernethy & Parker, who invited him to headline in their newly-formed traveling circus. Wolfgang quickly found himself caught up in the pageantry of circus life, and his attetion began to shift to finding ways to make his show more spectacular. Fearing his own strenght wouldn't be enough to keep impressing the crowds, he started employing a bit of stage trickery, with each new act becoming more unbelievable than the last. As his act grew more outlandish, the risk of being exposed as a fraud grew, and as he suffered one embarassing mistake after another his once unshakeable confidence in his abilities was slowly chipped away.

Until one day, a chance encounter gave him the a taste of the ultimate strenght he had craved for so long...

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Wolfgang's special power is his Mightiness level. There are three stages of Mightiness which give Wolfgang different physical appearances and stats.

When riding a Beefalo, Wolfgang has a external speed multiplier equal to the reciprocal of his scale. In other words, he gets faster when he gets more mighty.

Regular Form:
This is Wolfgang's starting form. His appearance is that of a slim fit man, visibly having thicker arms than other characters. He starts with 200 Health, and has no bonuses to damage or speed. Wolfgang will stay in this form if his Hunger is between 100 and 225.

In this form, Wolfgang's Hunger decreases 1.5x faster than normal. Unlike his two other forms the magnitude of these modifiers are not related to his Hunger level.

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Mighty Form:
This is Wolfgang's buffed form. It's a temporary physical upgrade that is activated when Wolfgang's Hunger goes to 225-300. When this form is achieved the top of Wolfgang's costume will be ripped off, he'll gain numerous arm muscles, and his head and mustache will become bigger. When in this state he'll also become taller.

His maximum Health will go from the regular 200 up to 300 depending on Hunger. He will receive a damage bonus between 1.25x and 2x and he will also receive up to a 25% speed boost. The speed boost is in DS only .

Because of this physical upgrade, Wolfgang's Hunger decreases between 1.5x and 3x faster than normal.

The magnitude of all these modifiers will also linearly decrease as Wolfgang's Hunger is drained. E.g. at 300 Hunger he will do 2x more damage, at 299 Hunger he'll do 1.99x and so on.

Wimpy Form:
Wolfgang's debuff is a physical downgrade when at 100 Hunger or less. His appearance will become a sad and more pathetic-looking version of himself. In this state he'll also become shorter.

His maximum Health goes from 200 down to 150 and his damage will be between 0.75x and 0.5x depending on Hunger.

Wolfgang's movement speed will gradually go down to 90% in this state and his Hunger will decrease between 1.5x and 1x the normal rate.

The magnitude of these modifiers will linearly decrease in value as Wolfgang becomes more hungry. E.g. at 100 Hunger he will have 200 Health, at 98 Hunger he'll have 199 Health and so on.


Wolfgang will stop and show an animation when changing forms, leaving him vulnerable for a couple of seconds. This can be extremely dangerous when running from enemies. Because he's Nyctophobic (someone greatly afraid of the dark), Wolfgang suffers from 10% greater Sanity drain from Monsters and the dark, so a little more care should be taken with sanity management. The effect only extends to those two cases though, meaning that other things that drain sanity (e.g. Evil Flowers, Dark Sword, Night Light etc.) will drain it at the same rate as they normally do.

His perks give him great advantages during both melee and ranged combat, easily dispatching even the toughest foes at full hunger/mightiness, but leaves him exposed when his hunger/mightiness is low. Overall, Wolfgang is a very powerful Character, able to withstand the toughest foes, though his drawbacks can be tough to manage for inexperienced players.

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In Don't Starve Together, all 3 of Wolfgang's stats (Health, Hunger, and Sanity) has a maximum of 200. Wolfgang has a new "Might Meter" which slowly decreases over time and needs to be filled via lifting weights. Wolfgang is in his Wimpy form from 0-25 mightiness, Normal form from 25-75, and Mighty form from 75-100. Regardless of his form. Wolfgang's might meter decreases faster with lower hunger, according to the table below.

Hunger Might Drain Rate(% in 480 seconds)
150-200 -48
100-149 -96
50-99 -192
1-49 -288
0 -768

When Mighty, Wolfgang deals 2x damage. Mighty Wolfgang can carry heavy items like Chess Pieces at full movement speed and does not lose Might while carrying them, and he won't get walking speed penalty from his equipping item like Piggyback, Ice Cube, Marble Suit. Also, Mighty Wolfgang freezes slower, with 30 more cold insulation but at the cost of -30 heat insulation. Each action of chopping wood, mining, or hammering things is at 150% effectiveness with a small chance to crit making it complete instantly. Wolfgang also rows at 133% effectiveness. In contrast to his pre-rework character version, Wolfgang's speed no longer changes when changing forms.

Wolfgang can build the Mighty Gym and his various Dumbbells. Players can use the gym to gain mightiness, losing hunger in the process. The gym starts loaded with two Potato Sacks, but players can load the gym with better weights to change its effectiveness, such as with Statues or Giant Crops. To use the gym, a minigame is played where the player must lift the weights in a steady rhythm to gain mightiness. A bell slides back and forth below the gym in a slider bar, and the player must keep rhythm by ringing the bell when it comes within the center of the slider. The slider bar, when loaded with heavy objects, is white in the center, surrounded by yellow in the middle, and lastly black on the edges. Loading heavier items onto the gym will increase the white and yellow areas, thus increasing the chances for the player to complete the minigame of lifting correctly. The Mighty Gym consumes hunger as players work out, even if the player does not attempt to ring the bell.

Lifting Dumbbells on the other hand does not consume hunger and is essential to maintaining mightiness while on the move. Wolfgang can craft four types of Dumbbells; in order of increasing effectiveness they are: regular Dumbbells made of rock, Golden Dumbbells made of gold, Marbells made of marble, and Gembells made of purple gems. Dumbbells will lose durability as they are used, unlike the Mighty Gym. Dumbbells can also be thrown as a ranged weapon or used in melee, losing durability in the process. Running with dumbbells will pause mightiness drain, as will raising an anchor.

Besides using dumbbells and the gym, Wolfgang also gains small amounts of Mightiness when doing chores such as mining and chopping trees, as well as when attacking. Wolfgang also doesn't lose Mightiness while sleeping.

Wimpy Wolfgang has a 25% slower hunger drain and has an easier time staying cool with 30 overheat insulation, but at the cost of -30 cold insulation.


When in Wimpy form, Wolfgang deals 75% damage. Wimpy form is also 25% less effective with tools, but they last 25% longer.

The main drawback of Wolfgang is his increased sanity drain. Darkness will cause him to lose 6.25 sanity/min instead 5/min for normal characters, and if there is any follower or other player within 16 meter, the sanity drain become 5.5/min. Insanity aura is 10% more effective to Wolfgang, this effect can changes from 10% to additional 100% depending on the number of friends and enemies that are within 16 metres.

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Glommer.png Main article: Guides/Character guide - Wolfgang, The Strongman

  • A Belt of Hunger will nullify Wolfgang's Hunger problems. This along with the fact that it provides some Sanity regeneration and extends his Mighty form to last about 5 minutes and a half, makes it an excellent item for this Character.
    • In the Reign of Giants (RoG) DLC players are able to craft a Hibearnation Vest which also provides a Hunger drain reduction albeit not as big as the Belt of Hunger. That said, the Hibearnation Vest provides the highest insulation against cold and more than twice the Sanity regeneration of the Belt, making it more desirable in Winter even after the player has secured a Belt of Hunger.
    • The above items are not obtainable in the Shipwrecked (SW) DLC until players find the Seaworthy and travel to a vanilla/RoG world. Until then, players can easily kill and feed on Crabbits and Jellyfishes along with the easily collected Limpets and Seaweed. The abundance of those sources of food makes it possible to keep Wolfgang in his Mighty form while exploring.
  • When the player is lacking Hunger drain reduction items, it is advised they stay with as low a Hunger level as possible during general gameplay and only eat to avoid starvation or just before a fight. That way they'll avoid the big Hunger drain of the Normal and Mighty forms and be out of danger since the penalties when staying Wimpy are only relevant during a fight.
  • Since Wolfgang's Sanity drain penalty only applies to the dark and Monsters and is so small, it's fairly easy to overcome. Even in a "Light's Out" world, picking a Flower a day will even out the Sanity drain with other Characters. When fighting Monsters in Mighty form, Wolfgang will actually lose less Sanity than other Characters, due to the fights being shorter, resulting in less exposure to the insanity aura.
    • A Tam o' Shanter provides 6.7 Sanity Meter.png/min, being a great Item to manage Wolfgang's Sanity. It not only stops Sanity drain at Night even for him, but it lasts very long and even provides insulation against the cold. Sleeping in a Tent or eating Taffy, Cooked Green Caps, Jerky or Pumpkin Cookies is also desirable when trying to get big amounts of Sanity back quickly.
      • A Hibearnation Vest in RoG is also a good Sanity item with its 4.5 Sanity Meter.png/min. What little sanity is lost at night will be regained back during the day in no time. This will be useful when the player wants to equip something else other than the Tam in the head slot.
        • In SW there are also different Crock Pot recipes that provide big amounts of Sanity like Banana Pop and Surf 'n' Turf.
  • Time-lapse of Health to Hunger ratio for Wolfgang. From full health, right down to death.

    Due to the way Wolfgang's Health scales between forms it's better to heal when Wimpy and take damage when Mighty, since the healing and damage will be potentially doubled or halved when changing form respectively. This makes healing Items up to twice as effective with Wolfgang and attacks up to half as damaging.
    • This value is increased the more Meat Effigies the player has, ranking up to only 1/6 of the damage taken with 4 of them active. This happens because the health penalty from the effigy is a fixed value instead of a percentage of the max health. meaning Mighty Wolfgang has more than twice the health than Wimpy Wolfgang when using Meat Effigies.
  • Despite looking like a logical food choice for Wolfgang, Meaty Stews are actually too unpredictable to be useful. Since none of his forms lasts more than 120 points, the Stew will never give back 150 points worth of Hunger and it spoils too fast to be stored as an emergency "Go-Mighty" food unless stored in a bundling wrap. This role befalls better on Bacon and Eggs for its high spoilage time, Dragonpie for being relatively cheap and quick to consume, or Meatballs for one of the best Hunger returned per ingredient and the versatility of the recipe.
  • Several food items can be stored in a Bundling Wrap to be carried around and used whenever one needs to "Go Mighty"
  • Apart from various traps and Gunpowder, the Weather Pain in RoG, Boat Cannon, Coconade, and Obsidian Coconade in SW and the Fire Staff are the only weapons not affected by Wolfgang's damage multipliers, making them effective even when Wolfgang is Wimpy.
  • Due to the way the bonus damage is calculated on the Obsidian Spear, Axe and Machete in SW, they don't do as much damage as they normally would with Mighty Wolfgang, but on the other hand they won't do as low as they would with Wimpy Wolfgang making them still very good when used with him.
    • This loosely also applies to the Cutlass Supreme's bonus damage towards the Sealnado, as Wolfgang will not dish out 204 damage at the highest Hunger, but instead 170.
  • In Don't Starve Together icon.png Wolfgang's favorite food is Roasted Potato, meaning that he gains 15 bonus Hunger Meter.png when consuming the food.

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Wolfgang's quotes can be found here.

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  • Wolfgang was added on October 2nd, 2012 when the game was still in Beta. Like Willow and Wendy before him, he had no special power when implemented and the only thing that differentiated him from Wilson was the lack of a Beard. It was only on November 13, 2012 that the Enter the Gobbler update added perks for the current playable Characters.
  • In his early concept, Wolfgang had a bald head.

    Wolfgang in-game look before the Strange New Powers Update

  • Wolfgang's previous perk, before the Strange New Powers update, was 75 more Health and Hunger (maximum of 225 each), and a 1.5x damage multiplier, similar to his current Mighty Form. He also looked like his Mighty form all the time, though with an intact costume and less arm muscles.
  • Wolfgang's voice is played by a tuba, which changes in pitch depending on his current form.
  • After the "Strange New Powers" update, because of Wolfgang's Hunger drain multiplier mechanic, timewise it takes him 198 normal Hunger points (exactly 21m 7s, or around 2.5 in-game days) to get from 300 to 0 Hunger, making him slightly less Hunger resistant than a fully upgraded WX-78. His mighty form lasts only 3 minutes and 56 seconds if not sustained.
  • Thanks to his perk, Wolfgang is the character with both the highest and lowest damage output in the game. When full Mighty he can do 136 damage in melee combat with a Dark Sword and 200 damage at range with a Blow Dart. In the same way when fully starving he can do as low as 2.125 damage when wielding a Bug Net or Fishing Rod and 13.6 damage with a Boomerang.
    • In RoG, thanks to the Morning Star, Wolfgang can do as high as 144 damage to wet targets. His DPS even surpasses that of the Dragonfly.
    • In Don't Starve Together icon.png, thanks to the Electric Dart, Wolfgang can do as high as 300 damage at range to wet targets.
    • Paired with a Glass Cutter or Dark Sword, Volt Goat Chaud-Froid and Chili Flakes on a wet target, Wolfgang can deal 402 damage per swing in mighty form.
      • In SW, with the highest Hunger, Wolfgang can use the Cutlass Supreme to also deal 136 damage in melee combat, in a similar vein to the Dark Sword, but with different perks; if attacking the Sealnado, the damage output can be as high as 170. Past that, the damage dealt is even higher in SW. Thanks to the Trident, Wolfgang can do as high as 204 damage in melee while on Boats; and thanks to the Harpoon, he can do as high as 400 damage at range.
  • Despite his mustache, he cannot grow a Beard, stating his skin is too strong for hair.
  • Wolfgang has a skull in the game files.
  • Wolfgang was previously unlocked after Wendy.
  • Mighty Wolfgang's scale is 1.25. That makes him the tallest of the playable Characters while in this form. His Wimpy form, on the other hand, has a smaller scale of 0.9, thus making him the shortest of them.
    • The size of items he's equipping also changes with his forms. They're smaller when he's Wimpy and bigger when he's Mighty.
  • If the player saves the game while Wolfgang's Hunger is between 220-225 or 100-105 points and in the Mighty or Normal form respectively, when they reload Wolfgang will be one form weaker. That happens because the game considers Normal form to be between 105 and 225 points and Wimpy form between 0-105 points, even though to get from Mighty to Normal, he needs to be below 220 points, and from Normal to Wimpy below 100.
  • Wolfgang is the only character that when struck by Lightning in DLCs is shown to have a normal human skeleton.
  • Wolfgang was added to Don't Starve Together with the ...In with the New update, making him the first character to be added after the initial closed Beta release of Don't Starve Together icon.png.
  • When examining the Hibearnation Vest he says "Is like hair on Wolfgang chest.", despite having no visible chest hair neither in-game nor in promotional art. His Hallowed Nights, Triumphant and Magmatic skins are the only exceptions.
  • Wolfgang is one of four characters in Don't Starve Together icon.png whose favorite food isn't a Crock Pot meal, the other three being Wortox, Wormwood, and Wurt.
    • Wolfgang is the only human character whose favorite food isn't a Crock Pot meal.
  • Upon examining Codex Umbra, Wolfgang states he can't read, even though he's technically able to read Signs.
    • Furthermore, he will oppose to read any line making up an excuse, such as Is not time for reading signs!.


  • It is implied that Wolfgang was a strongman working in a circus.
    • In the circus poster from the 4th William Carter Puzzle, the acrobat on the elephant is wearing a unitard similar to Wolfgang's. The poster also advertises a strongman act.
    • According to flavor text associated with the Wolfgang vignette from The Forge event, Wolfgang had been a member of a "troupe", possibly referring to a circus troupe.
    • The name of his Roseate body skin is "Circus Rose Attire".
    • He mentions that "Argh! Taking down big circus tent was easier than this!" when failing to lower a sail in Don't Starve Together.
  • It is also implied that Wolfgang was in a military.
    • The flavor text from the Wolfgang vignette from The Forge mentions him being a member of a "troop".
    • His Guest of Honor body skin is called a Mess Dress, which is an outfit worn by military officers for formal occasions.
    • When examining a domesticated docile Beefalo, he says it reminds him of the "cavalry".
  • Some of Wolfgang's mannerisms imply a vague ethnic background made up of different European stereotypes. For example, when examining Frog Legs, he states "Is delicacy in my country!", suggesting that his nationality could be French. However, the name Wolfgang itself has German origins, and he is seen wearing lederhosen in his Verdant outfit, a traditionally German article of clothing.
    • When examining a Hammer, he states "Needs sickle!", which could suggest a Soviet or Communist origin.
    • When examining the Hermit Home, he states "This no place for someone's babushka.", implying that he is of Russian origin.
      • Babushka is Russian for "grandmother".
  • When examining a Pitchfork, he states "Reminds me of childhood" suggesting that he may have grown up on a farm.
  • From his examination quotes of the Catcoon and ruined Hollow Stump it seems like Wolfgang does not like cats. When examining the Sharkitten he says that he prefers dogs.
  • In Don't Starve Together icon.png, Maxwell's quote for the Air Unfreshener describes Wolfgang's smell as if his wardrobe was filled with Unfresheners. Willow's quote for the Unfreshener reveals that she put one in Wolfgang's unitard when he wasn't looking.
  • In Don't Starve Together icon.png, his quote for Wendy, Wendy's quote for Wolfgang, and Wendy's quote for the Red Moonlens heavily imply that Wolfgang is scared of Wendy.
  • Wolfgang's loading screen vignette is accompanied by text that reveals a bit about himself: Whether in troupes or troops, Wolfgang has always thrived on the spirit of camaraderie. He considers the day he joined the survivors to be the moment his luck finally took a turn for the better.
  • Wolfgang is about in his 40's.[1]
  • Kevin Forbes has hinted that something about Wolfgang's weak form fits into his "secret backstory."[2]
  • Wolfgang's birthday is listed as October 2 in the Compendium. October 2, 2012 is the day Wolfgang was added to the Don't Starve Beta.

Cultural References

  • Wolfgang's rather unusual quotes may be a reference to the phrase "brains over brawn," in that he has only the latter.
  • Wolfgang's eating mechanics may be a reference to strongman training diets which entail eating 10,000 calories a day.[3]
  • Wolfgang's Contender skin is a possible reference to Hulk Hogan, due to the bandanna and sunglasses.


  • While wearing some of the hats while in Normal form, Wolfgang's mustache will disappear when the player moves towards the top of the screen.

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Gramophone.png Sounds

Wolfgang's voice.
Wolfgang getting hurt.
Wolfgang dying.
Wolfgang growing from Wimpy to Regular, then Regular to Mighty.
Wolfgang shrinking from Mighty to Regular, then Regular to Wimpy.
Wolfgang drowning (Shipwrecked icon.png).
Wolfgang sinking (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wolfgang's ghost voice (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wolfgang's voice as he performs the /pose emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wolfgang sighing, as part of the /sleepy emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wolfgang yawning, as part of the /yawn emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).
Wolfgang singing the Starver's Carol, as part of the /carol emote (Don't Starve Together icon.png).


  1. 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." Posted on March 11, 2013.
  2. Kevin Forbes on the Forums: (In response to the question: "Will the negatives of not being full make him weaker than, say, Wilson") "Probably. It fits in to[sic] his secret backstory." Posted on June 14, 2013.
  3. Strongman (strength athlete) training, via Wikipedia.
  4. [1] Posted October 10, 2019.
  5. Rhymes With Play Dev Cast: Ep. 32 - Glutton Mod Rematch. Posted on April 13, 2015.
  6. Panorama art from official Klei Facebook