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Wurt is a Character exclusive to Don't Starve Together, who was released on October 24, 2019.[1] Like Wortox, Wanda and Wormwood, she needs to be unlocked, either by purchasing the Wurt Chest, Wurt Deluxe Chest, or Starter Pack addon to the Megapack Bundle or by weaving her with 2700 Spools. She is a young, curious Merm Guard.

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The cold wind howls. Trees stand tall and bare, their skeletal branches silhouetted against a broken moon. Gather close children, for these are the Hallowed Nights when ghouls and monsters come out to play… and something has started watching our Survivors from the fog.

–Official description for The Monster Marsh



Don't Starve Together The Monster Marsh Wurt Animated Short

Wurt's biography in the Compendium gives a bit of her backstory:

Wurt is a little Merm girl who wants to bring her people back to their former glory (if they did indeed ever have a former glory... the evidence is a bit shaky on that front). A bit more open-minded than other Merms, she has taken to following the Survivors around and learning more about them. She is particularly fascinated by books with pretty pictures inside and an amazing thing the humans call "candy". Though she enjoys living in the swamp and being around other Merms, being the smallest and the youngest often makes her feel quite isolated, and she is enjoying the novelty of having some friends closer to her own age amongst the Survivors.

In the animated short The Monster Marsh, an instance of her meeting the survivors is showcased. On a Hallowed Nights night, Wickerbottom reads a scary story to Webber and Wendy as they sit around a Fire Pit in the swamp. They are attacked by a mob of Merms, who trample through their camp as they give chase. Wurt follows them until she steps on Wickerbottom's book (which looks like the popular fairy tale Hansel and Gretel). She takes immediate interest in the story and sits at the base of a Spiky Tree as the survivors and Merms battle. After defeating the Merms and Spiders, a Tentacle takes them all out and one of their Candy Bags lands near Wurt. She helps herself to a piece of candy and continues to enjoy the book.

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Wurt is able to craft the Royal Tapestry, facilitating the creation of the King of the Merms whose existence buffs the stats of all Merms, Loyal Merm Guards, and Wurt herself. Merms and Wurt players can tell the King is active by a change in physical appearance. By trading the King Fishes, the player can receive Kelp Fronds, Seeds, specific Crop Seeds, Cut Reeds, Tentacle Spots, certain Trinkets, and additionally Gold Nuggets if trading an Ocean Fish.

She can also craft Craftsmerm Houses, which house Merms, and Merm Flort-ifications, which house Loyal Merm Guards. She can befriend Merms by feeding them, and they can help her fight, chop trees, and mine boulders. So as to not leave out any other players who are not Merms, she can craft a Clever Disguise for them to wear.

Wurt can craft Marsh Turf, which increases her movement speed when walked upon by 30% (though this boost does not stack with that of roads). She can also see where Tentacles are hiding.

Drowning in the Ocean will only give Wurt 50% Wetness. She keeps her full inventory (though she will still drop her Hand slot item) and none of her stats are affected. In addition, she won't lose sanity when being wet or equipping wet items.

She has a strong grip and will not drop slippery items or items that would be dropped due to Moose/Goose or Bearger.

Bunnymen and other creatures that attack Webber & Wortox are instead neutral with her. Frogs are also neutral with Wurt as well as other Merms.

Durians and Kelp Fronds (raw, cooked or dried) won't make her lose Health or Sanity when eaten. Furthermore, any Vegetables/Fruits/Butterfly Wings will give her 33% extra Hunger, with Durians giving 93% extra instead.

The Seawreath, Garland and Milkmade Hat have their sanity effects flipped when worn by Wurt.

Keeping a living Fish, Eel, Ocean Fishes or Star-Sky in her inventory gives her 3.3 Sanity per minute. Fish held by Wurt will stay alive longer, suffocating at a rate of 0.25, allowing ocean fish to live for up to 4 days, land fish up to 12 days. The sanity increase doesn't stack if there is more than 1 live fish in the player's inventory.

Wurt can read Books, but won't trigger their effect. Instead, she'll either gain or lose Sanity depending on the Book she reads:


Because Wurt hates Pigs and they hate her, they will attack her on sight. If she gives a Pig her Clever Disguise, they will become neutral but can't be befriended. She also cannot trade with the Pig King.

Wurt can't eat any Meats products or Eggs. This includes Fish, but not Butterfly Wings.

When she holds Fish Meat, Fish Morsels, or Spoiled Fish, she will lose 4.4 Sanity per minute.

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  • Because of the unique thermal properties of the Ice Bream and Scorching Sunfish, Wurt can use her fish-prolonging abilities to remain cool or warm throughout the Summer and Winter. By cycling between 2-3 fish, Wurt will never have to warm or cool save for the fish suffocating if held for too long.
  • In order to use the DIY Royalty Kit, the player has to wait for a Merm to take the position as the King then feed them.
  • Fist Full of Jam and Ratatouille are good alternatives to Meatballs for winter, as they can be prepared with one Berry/Vegetable and three Ice providing 49.9 and 33.3 Hunger (after the 33% boost) respectively. Fist Full of Jam takes a while to rot, and with Wurt's hunger boost, Fist Full of Jam is a reliable dish for her.
  • Butter Muffin is another good food for Wurt because of its cheap recipe a Butterfly Wings, 1 vegetable, and 2 twigs.
  • Trail Mix is a good early healing alternative requiring only one Roasted Birchnut, two Berries, and a Twig.
  • Meat isn't entirely useless to Wurt. Meat can be converted into Eggs which can be used to make Fist Full of Jam by putting 1 Berry and 3 Eggs into a Crockpot.
  • Players should usually build a Craftsmerm Hut instead of a Merm Flortification, since without the king, Merm guards have much less health and tentacle spots are hard to mass.
  • Cactus, Bull Kelp, Stone Fruit Bush and Mossy Vine still grow during Winter.
  • Merms and Loyal Merm Guards are excellent for fighting bosses such as Bee Queen. They can be easily befriended with Seeds and Kelp Fronds which can be acquired by trading with Merm King. Loyal Merm Guards are also immune to Bee Queen's screech.

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Wurt's quotes can be found here.

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  • Wurt's existence was accidentally leaked on October 12, 2019, when her Essential Wurt skin item was found in a Klei developer's Steam inventory.[3]
  • She has a unique idle animation in which she scratches one of her horns.
  • When she was first implemented, she had many lines that implied she, like other Merms, could see in the dark. Most lines were later changed to remove reference to night vision. She will still say that she can "still see" when a Torch goes out, however.
  • It was confirmed by Dan Sorce, a developer, that Wurt's voice is the combination of a sawtooth tone and the sound of gargling.[4]
  • Wurt's skull was found in the DST files as of May 6, 2021.


  • Wurt's birthday is listed as October 17 in the Compendium.
  • She has a unique way of referring to various mobs, such as calling the Merms "mermfolk" and the Clockworks (including WX-78) as "ironfolk".

Skin Sets

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Gramophone.png Sounds

Wurt's voice.
Wurt getting hurt.
Wurt dying.
Wurt sinking.
Wurt's ghost voice.
Wurt sighing, as part of the /sleepy emote.
Wurt yawning, as part of the /yawn emote.
Wurt singing the Starver's Carol, as part of the /carol emote.


  1. Hallowed Nights and Wurt available October 24th! (And more!) Forum post posted on October 18, 2019
  2. Hallowed Nights Has Returned and Wurt has Arrived + much more! Posted on October 24, 2019.
  3. Return of Data Mining, Art Assets, Model Dumping & More! (SPOILERS!) thread, post by Kynoox_. Posted on October 12, 2019.
  4. Confirmed by FANDOM user Dsorce in a comment below the Wurt page, who confirmed to an administrator he is the same person as Dan Sorce per the Klei Forums.