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Wormwood

Wormwood is one of three Characters introduced in the Hamlet DLC. He requires no experience to unlock and is immediately available. He appears to be an animate plant, akin to Treeguards, though he has a green cut stone on the front of his chest. Wormwood is friendly while a little eccentric, addressing things such as insects as "Bzzters" and birds as "Tweeters."

On June 6, 2019, Wormwood was added to Don't Starve Together as the second DLC character after Wortox.[1][2][3] He is available to Hamlet owners on Steam for free. For all other players, Wormwood can be purchased either through the Wormwood Chest, which includes his Roseate skin set, or through the Wormwood Deluxe Chest, which includes the Roseate, Oasis Bound and Hollow skin sets. He can alternatively be woven with 2,700 Spools.

Wormwood has many unique abilities pertaining to Plants and plant-like Mobs, and he has access to unique crafting recipes that can help with healing and defense. He is able to plant Seeds without the use of a Farm, and he is treated neutrally by Mobs such as the Lureplant and Snaptooth Flytrap. He also seems to have some sort of kinship with plants, addressing most of them as "Friend," or things similar. Because of this, he loses Sanity when plants around him die, and he gains Sanity when he himself plants them.

Minimap Maxwell's Door Origin

Though the circumstances of his creation were unusual at best, Wormwood came into this world full of optimism and curiosity, ready to make new friends and see all that life had to offer. But as time wore on and he experienced the cold sting of rejection, he came to learn what the moon above had always known: Wormwood the Lonesome does not belong here.

–Official description for Lunar Roots [3]

Don't Starve Together Lunar Roots Wormwood Animated Short

Don't Starve Together Lunar Roots Wormwood Animated Short

Wormwood's creation is shown in the animated short Lunar Roots.

A green gem fell from the moon, landing on an ancient stone monument in the middle of overgrown rubble. Over a long period of time, a vine encircled the gem and eventually formed a humanoid figure sitting on the monument. The figure, Wormwood, opened his eyes and looked at his hands. He admired the tropical scenery, mimicking the flapping wings of the Butterflies with his leaf fingers. Trying to fit in, he imitated Parrots and Pogs, but he scared them off. Feeling downtrodden, he sat at the base of the monument and tucked himself under a nearby vine. He gave it a pat and smiled to himself. He went to sleep and bloomed along with the nearby plants while under the full moon.

Icon Green Thumb Special Power (Hamlet Hamlet icon)

Glommer Main article: Green Thumb Tab

Wormwood's main perk is access to the exclusive Green Thumb Tab. This gives him the ability to craft 5 unique items. These items are:

  • Living Log – Used in making Poison balm, Bramble Husk, and Bramble Trap. Costs 20 Health Meter to craft. Also used in a number of recipes that aren't specific to Wormwood.
  • Poison Balm – Cures Poison.
  • Bramble Husk – When worn: provides protection, deals damage to all Mobs around Wormwood when he is hit, and prevents damage from Brambles and Bramble Traps.
  • Bramble Trap – Works similarly to a Tooth Trap, dealing less damage but to all mobs in the area around the trap rather than to one target.
  • Compost Wrap – Restores 30 Health Meter.

Wormwood can plant Seeds and Crop Seeds without a Farm. Seeds planted this way take four days to grow fully, and they yield the same foods that they would if grown on a farm. He can plant seeds on most turfs, excluding things such as Rocky Turf, Checkerboard Flooring, and Volcanic Turf. These plants look the same as if grown on farms, and if burned before reaching full growth they yield Cooked Seeds.

Wormwood gains 10 Sanity Meter from planting most Plants. This includes Seeds and Crop Seeds planted on the ground, on a Farm or Improved Farm, planting Grass Tufts, Saplings, Bamboo Patches, Viney Bushes, Nettle Vines, Coffee Plants, Spiky Bushes, Tree seeds, or placing crafted Claw Palm Saplings. He can also get this sanity boost by digging through a Dung Pile without a Shovel, giving him a total of +30 Sanity Meter per pile. Planting Butterflies does not give him sanity.

He can fertilize himself with Manure, Guano, or Bucket-o-poop to regain 2 Health Meter. A Bucket-o-poop can be used this way five times, for a total of 10 Health Meter.

No Food item changes his health in any way, so items such as Monster Lasagna can be consumed without taking any damage.

Snaptooth Seedlings, Snaptooth Flytraps, Hanging Vines, and Eyeplants are neutral towards him. Snaptooth enemies will still attack Wormwood if he carries any meat items (including eggs) too close to them, so caution should be taken.

Wormwood blooms in Spring, Monsoon Season and Lush Season in three stages, gaining a faster walking speed and higher hunger drain depending on the stage. This effect increases until 2/3 of the way through the season, when his blossom will close up and he reverts to his normal form during the last 1/3 of the season.

Stage Movement Speed Multiplier Hunger Drain Multiplier
0 1 1
1 1.06 1.33
2 1.13 1.66
3 1.2 2
Wormwood bloom stages FULL

Wormwood's blooming transformation during Spring, Monsoon Season, or Lush Season.

During the third stage of blooming, Wormwood's flower will open up and a small particle effect of pollen will begin to fall from his head. In addition to this, everywhere he steps in this form will begin to grow small tufts of grass and flowers. This trail of flowers and grass is more than cosmetic, however, and will attract Bees. This generally results in them attacking Wormwood due to their more aggressive Spring or Monsoon form, so caution should be taken. The bees may play the animation as though pollinating these flowers, but they will not generate honey using them. It should be noted that while the flowers are only visible during the peak of Wormwood's blooming phase, Bees are attracted to him throughout all of Monsoon, Spring, and Lush season.

Wormwood is immune to Hay Fever, which usually comes during the Lush Season.

Disadvantages

As said above, Food items will neither increase nor decrease Wormwood's health. This limits the usefulness of items such as Dragonpie and Pierogi, restricting him to non-edible healing items.

In addition, Wormwood loses Sanity Meter when most plants near him are destroyed within a five-tile radius, even if the damage is not caused by him.

  • -2 Sanity Meter from burned trees, flowers, seeds, saplings and grass tufts. Saplings, grass tufts, and tree seeds will cause sanity loss even if burned as an item on the ground. The amount of items in the stack does not change the sanity drain.
  • -2 Sanity Meter from trees, saplings or grass tufts being knocked over or uprooted by things such as the Hippopotamoose's jumping attack or the stomp from the Old Bell.
  • -5 Sanity Meter from picking Flowers or digging up tree stumps, Grass Tufts, Saplings, Coffee Plants, Bamboo Patches, Viney Bushes and Nettle Vines.
  • -15 Sanity Meter from chopping down a tree at any growth tier, including burned trees.

There is no sanity drain associated with some plants, such as Weathered Trees, Ferns and Spiky Bushes.

Wormwood also catches fire more easily than other characters. Wormwood is able to be frozen by the Ice Flingomatic in a similar way to mobs. It will take two projectiles from the Ice Flingomatic in quick succession to freeze him. Wormwood is also vulnerable to the effects of Smoldering in Summer, although this is very rare.

In Hamlet worlds, he spawns near three Rocks and four Ancient Walls instead of the Hot Air Balloon (which could otherwise be hammered for resources). There is still a Machete nearby.

Icon Green Thumb Special Power (Don't Starve Together Don't Starve Together icon)

Glommer Main article: Green Thumb Tab

Wormwood's main perk is access to the exclusive Green Thumb Tab. This gives him the ability to craft 4 items that cannot be crafted by any other character.

The Green Thumb Tab items are:

  • Living Log - When crafted, Wormwood will lose 20 Health Meter.
  • Bramble Husk - Provides protection when worn, causes all Mobs around Wormwood to take damage when he is hit, and prevents damage from Bramble Traps.
  • Bramble Trap - Behaves similarly to a Tooth Trap, dealing less damage but in a radius around the trap rather than to one target.
  • Compost Wrap - Restores 30 Health Meter.

Wormwood also has a number of other perks, chief of which is the ability to plant Seeds and Crop Seeds without the need of a Farm. Seeds planted this way take four days to grow to reach full growth, and yield the same items as a regular farm would. Unlike crops on farms, these crops will eventually spoil into Rot. These seeds can be planted on most turfs, excluding things such as Rocky Turf. The plant is visually similar to the one that appears in farms, and if burned before reaching full growth will yield a Cooked Seeds.

Wormwood also gains 10 Sanity Meter from planting. This includes Seeds and Crop Seeds planted on the ground or on a Farm or Improved Farm, planting Grass Tufts, Saplings, Spiky Bushes, or Tree seeds.

He can also fertilize himself with Manure, Guano, or Bucket-o-poop to regain 2 Health Meter. If a Bucket-o-poop is used in this way it can be used five times, resulting in a total Health Meter gain of 10.

Wormwood blooms in Spring over a course of three stages, gaining a faster walking speed and higher hunger drain depending on the stage. This effect increases until 2/3rds of the way through the season, at which point Wormwood's blossom will begin to close and he will revert to his normal form over the last 1/3 of the season.

Stage Movement Speed Multiplier Hunger Drain Multiplier
0 1 1
1 1.06 1.33
2 1.13 1.66
3 1.2 2

During the third stage of blooming, Wormwood's flower will open up and a small particle effect of pollen will begin to fall from his head. In addition to this, everywhere he steps in this form will begin to grow small tufts of grass and flowers. This trail of flowers and grass is more than cosmetic, however, and will attract Bees, Grumble Bees, and Bee Queens. This generally results in them attacking Wormwood due to their more aggressive Spring form, so caution should be taken. The bees may play the animation as though pollinating these flowers, but they will not generate honey using them. It should be noted that while the flowers are only visible during the peak of Wormwood's blooming phase, Bees are attracted to him throughout all of Spring season.

Eyeplants are neutral towards him. Harvesting Sea Weeds won't make them wake up and attack him.

No Food item will change his health in any way, so items such as Monster Lasagna can be consumed without taking any damage.

Disadvantages

As said above, Food items will neither increase nor decrease Wormwood's health. This limits the usefulness of items such as Dragonpie and Pierogi, restricting him to non-edible healing items.

In addition, Wormwood loses Sanity Meter when most plants near him are destroyed within a five-tile radius, even if the damage is not caused by him. Sanity effects from planting or destroying plants is reduced the further it happens from Wormwood.

  • -2 Sanity Meter from burned trees, flowers, seeds, saplings and grass tufts. Saplings, grass tufts, and tree seeds will cause sanity loss even if burned as an item on the ground. The amount of items in the stack does not change the sanity drain.
  • -2 Sanity Meter from trees, saplings or grass tufts being knocked over or uprooted by things.
  • -5 Sanity Meter from picking Flowers or digging up tree stumps, Grass Tufts, Saplings.
  • -15 Sanity Meter from chopping down a tree at any growth tier, including burned trees.

The crops that he plants will rot (the time is depending on how many days the fruits/vegetables will spoil).

Wormwood takes 25% more damage from fire, and burns for 1 second longer (4.4 seconds in total).

Prototype Tips

  • In DST Wormwood's favorite food is Cooked Banana , meaning he gains 15 bonus Hunger Meter when consuming the food.
  • Using his ability to grow large amounts of food, Wormwood can sleep in a Tent or Siesta Lean-to to regenerate large amounts of health all while still having food to spare.
  • Wormwood's abilities can find itself greatly aiding Warly. Wormwood's ability to plant seeds allow Warly to access powerful items & Dishes like Grim Galette or Garlic Powder. Said items can compensate for Wormwood's inability to heal from food.
  • Because of his high sanity variability, Wormwood can easily use equipment like the Dark Sword and especially the Night Armor. Lost Sanity can easily be reobtained. Otherwise, Wormwood can quickly induce himself high insanity if need be.

Placeholder Trivia

In-Game

  • Wormwood was introduced in the February 7, 2019 Character update during the Hamlet DLC's Early Access phase.[4]
  • Wormwood's voice is a didgeridoo.
  • Wormwood's quotes use the font Henny Penny and are green in color. He is the only character to have a unique font and text color.
    • In Don't Starve Together the green color was replaced with white because text color is used in that game's chat system to differentiate the players from each other.[5]
  • Maxameleon has different dialog when Wormwood is the chosen character: "Get moving, tree. Chop, chop!"
  • Before he was implemented, there were files in the game of an alternate design, which most noticeably had large, curly horns on his head. In addition, the original sound files were replaced in his introductory update with a very different sound.
  • Wormwood calls Mushrooms his friends, although Mushrooms are not plants and are fungi in real life.
  • Wormwood is the third character from a Don't Starve DLC to be added to Don't Starve Together after Wigfrid and Webber.
  • Wormwood is the first character to receive a special idle animation in Don't Starve Together. In his idle animation, he mimics Butterflies with his hands, referencing the Lunar Roots short.
  • Wormwood is one of five characters to have more than one ghost transformation with the others being Woodie, Warly, Wurt, and Wortox. He is also one of four characters to have different ghost designs for each of his skins.
  • In DST, Wormwood works well with Wortox, as souls can heal him.

Lore

  • Wormwood, Wurt, and Wilba may be the first survivors to originate from The Constant and not the real world like the others.
  • Wormwood's birthday is listed as June 6 in the Compendium. June 6, 2019 is the day Wormwood was added to DST.

Cultural References

  • The living log crafting animation may be a reference to the scene in Avengers: Infinity War where Groot chops off his arm in order to construct the handle of the Stormbreaker.

Blueprint Gallery

Gramophone Sounds

Wormwood's Sounds
Wormwood's voice.
Wormwood Voice
Wormwood's hurt voice.
Wormwood Hurt Voice
Wormwood dying.
Wormwood Death Voice
Wormwood sinking (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wormwood Sinking Voice
Wormwood singing the Starver's Carol, as part of the /carol emote (Don't Starve Together icon).
Wormwood Carol Voice
The sound of Wormwood making a Living Log.
Wormwood Living Log Sound
Unknown sound.
Wormwood End Voice
Removed Sounds
Wormwood's voice.
Wormwood Voice Removed
Wormwood's hurt voice.
Wormwood Hurt Voice Removed
Wormwood dying.
Wormwood Death Voice Removed

References

  1. Upcoming Content Beta and Roadmap Update. Posted on May 16, 2019
  2. Wormwood Arrives June 6th!. Posted on May 31, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wormwood is Now Live!. Posted on June 6, 2019
  4. Game Update - 307715. Posted on February 7, 2019.
  5. Vito on the forums: "Just wanted to clarify that we didn't keep the green text because text color is used for indicating the Player's chat color in DST." Posted on June 6, 2019.
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