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Year of the Beefalo is an event in Don't Starve Together that began in February 4th, 2021 It is inspired by the Chinese Year of the Ox, which starts on February 12, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is related to an animal in a 12-year cycle.

It is similar to the Year of the Gobbler, Year of the Varg, Year of the Pig King, and Year of the Carrat events, which came in the years before, and shares mechanics with them, such as the Offerings crafting tab, and most crafted items from those events. However, there are several additions and differences to be implemented into this event. Players can revisit this event by setting Events to Year of the Beefalo in the World Customization menu.

During the official Year of the Beefalo event, the Festive Saddle Skin was given to players upon opening the game.

Beefalo Shrine[]

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is fuzzy and happy now.

Wolfgang

The Beefalo Shrine is a crafted Structure located in the Structures Tab, and requires 8 Gold Nuggets and 2 Boards to craft. It is always available to craft and does not require prototyping.

Offering a Beefalo Wool to the Beefalo Shrine will grant players access to the Offerings Tab where they are able to acquire event-specific items using Lucky Gold Nuggets.

Lucky Gold Nugget.png Lucky Gold Nugget[]

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PRECIOUS, LUCKY METAL

WX-78, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Lucky Gold Nuggets are used to acquire items from the Offerings Tab and can be obtained from Red Pouches offered by a Curio Collector after a pageant show. Small red pouches contain 1 lucky gold nugget, and large red pouches can contain 3-4.

Icon Offerings.png Offerings Tab[]

Tab Icon.

Items can be obtained from the Offerings Tab when standing next to an activated Beefalo Shrine, each of them having a different function. These items cannot be prototyped; in order to craft an item under this tab, the player must always be near a Beefalo Shrine.

The following items can be crafted only at the Beefalo Shrine:

The following items were introduced in previous New Year events and are crafted at the Beefalo Shrine:

Beefalo Pageant[]

Competing in a Beefalo Pageant is the only method of obtaining Lucky Gold Nuggets during the event. It can be initiated by hitching a Beefalo at a Beefalo Stage and talking to the judge at the Judge's Booth during the day. Only one contest can occur each day. You need at least 4 beefalo stages to start the pageant. If there are not enough players to Beefalo Stages, the extra stages will be occupied with Merm and Pig competitors with their own Beefalo. To initiate a pageant, all participating players have to hitch their beefalo to a Beefalo Stage. Beefalo cannot be hitched to anything if they are in heat. Once all participating beefalos are hitched, a player has to activate the Judge's Booth.

Once the contest begins, the Judge will tell the contestants what kind of beefalo he is looking for to be the winner. Then, the players choose the beefalo they believe matches the Judge's criteria. They only have a set amount of time to choose. Players choose by clicking on the beefalo or beefalo's stage, which places a ribbon. The choice is not set until the timer ends, so players are free to make multiple attempts to choose, but can only choose one.

After the players choose the beefalo they think will win, the Judge will go through the winners starting from third place up to first. The player wins a large Red Pouch if they choose the first place beefalo. Players who do not win will receive a small Red Pouch. The Judge will also give out Pattern Scraps, the amount of which matching the total amount of participants.

Beefalo Bell[]

Glommer.png See also: Beefalo Bell

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The beefalo really like this bell, and whoever rings it!

Webber

The Beefalo Bell is crafted from the Offerings Tab with three Gold Nuggets and one Flint. It is used to bond with a beefalo by hovering the bell over it, then clicking the right mouse button. Players can name the Beefalo by either typing it in or choosing one of various names by clicking the Random button. Bonded Beefalos will follow the player unless the player aggravates them, even when untamed. A player may only be bonded with one Beefalo at a time. The player can break the bond by left-clicking the bell.

Possible Beefalo Names

  • Annabeef
  • Beefy
  • Beefssie
  • Betsbeef
  • Beefa
  • Daisbeef
  • Dixbeef
  • Gertbeef
  • Beefgus
  • Beefinand
  • Wellington
  • Bradbeef
  • Beefany
  • Harry
  • Hoofrey
  • Beeftholomew
  • Guineveal
  • Patty O'Beef
  • Beeferella

Grooming Station[]

Glommer.png See also: Beefalo Grooming Station

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Preparing för the stage is nearly as exhilarating as preparing för battle!

Wigfrid

The Grooming Station Kit is a crafted item from the Offerings Tab, made with eight Gold Nuggets and two Boards. It can be deployed into a Grooming Station, which allows players to dress up their bonded Beefalo with various skins. All players start with a random skin set at the start, but more can be made with Pattern Scraps. The Beefalo has to be hitched to the station first.

Judge's Booth[]

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Hmph. What makes him think he's qualified to pass judgement?

Maxwell

The Judge's Booth is a crafted item from the Offerings Tab, made with 4 Boards, 2 Beefalo Wool, and 2 Gold Nuggets. It is used to start Beefalo Pageants. It has to be set up by the player within range of the Beefalo Stages in order to start a pageant.

Beefalo Stage[]

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Is good stage for hairy cows!

Wolfgang

The Beefalo Stage is a crafted item from the Offerings Tab, made with two Boards and one Gold Nugget. The player must hitch their bonded Beefalo to in order to enter a Beefalo Pageant. It has to be set up by the player within range of the Judge's Booth in order to start a pageant.

Sewing Machine[]

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HAIRY MINION COSTUME FABRICATOR

WX-78

The Sewing Machine Kit is a crafted item from the Offerings Tab, made with one Stinger, one Gold Nugget, and one Silk. It can be deployed into a Sewing Machine, which is used to create Costume Patterns from Pattern Scraps. To use it, three Pattern Scraps need to be placed inside.

Pattern Scraps[]

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This looks like instructions for a beefalo costume! Only part of one, though...

Walter

Pattern Scraps can be acquired in exchange for 5 Lucky Gold Nuggets in the Offerings Tab. Also, random scraps are given out by the Judge after a Beefalo pageant. There are three types: Fearsome, Formal And Festive. They are to be put into a Sewing Machine in various combinations to produce Costume Patterns. If the scrap combination is invalid, the machine will return all the scraps placed inside. The following table shows the possible valid combinations.

Pattern Scrap Combinations
Resulting Costume
Formal Formal Formal Formal Costume Pattern
Festive Festive Festive Festive Costume Pattern
Fearsome Fearsome Fearsome Ironclad Costume Pattern
Formal Formal Festive Dolled-Up Costume Pattern
Formal Formal Fearsome No Result
Festive Festive Formal Flowery Costume Pattern
Festive Festive Fearsome Lucky Beast Costume Pattern
Fearsome Fearsome Formal Warrior Costume Pattern
Fearsome Fearsome Festive Frostbitten Costume Pattern
Formal Festive Fearsome Victorian Costume Pattern

Costume Patterns[]


Costume Patterns operate similarly to Blueprints. The player can right click on the Pattern to learn a new set of Beefalo Skins, as well as produce one Beefalo Doll wearing the matching skin set. New Patterns learned will make a pop-up appear in the upper-left corner of the screen, in a similar manner to the pop-up that notifies players of an in-game skin drop. The player can still right-click patterns even after learning them to continue acquiring Beefalo Dolls.

The Beefalo Skins can be accessed at the Grooming Station. The skin selection screen is the same as the Wardrobe. For instance, Skin presets can be saved.

Beefalo Skins differ from other skins in that they are not found in the Curio Cabinet. They are only accessible in-game, and are not remembered across games; they have to be re-learned in each game like other tiered crafts. All Beefalo Skins are of the exclusive Complimentary rarity. They cannot be bought with real monies, woven, traded, or sold on the Marketplace.

Warrior Costume Pattern[]

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It's rather aggressive looking.

Wickerbottom

The Warrior Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with two Fearsome Pattern Scraps and one Formal Pattern Scrap.

Dolled-Up Costume Pattern[]

Willow Portrait.png
Awww, my beefalo's gonna be so hideous and adorable!

Willow

The Dolled-Up Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with two Formal Pattern Scraps and one Festive Pattern Scrap.

Festive Costume Pattern[]

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Just the right thing for a celebration.

Warly

The Festive Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with three Festive Pattern Scraps.

Ironclad Costume Pattern[]

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This outfit might require a lot of ironing, hyuyu!

Wortox

The Ironclad Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with three Fearsome Pattern Scraps.

Flowery Costume Pattern[]

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Covered in friends

Wormwood

The Flowery Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with two Festive Pattern Scraps and one Formal Pattern Scrap.

Formal Costume Pattern[]

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It looks very dignified.

Wendy

The Formal Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with three Formal Pattern Scraps.

Victorian Costume Pattern[]

Winona Portrait.png
This looks like it involves a lotta fancy needlework...

Winona

The Victorian Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with one Formal Pattern Scrap, one Festive Pattern Scrap, and one Fearsome Pattern Scrap.

Lucky Beast Costume Pattern[]

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Our beast is lucky it ended up being our friend and not our dinner, eh?

Woodie

The Lucky Beast Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with two Festive Pattern Scraps and one Fearsome Pattern Scrap.

Frostbitten Costume Pattern[]

Walter Portrait.png
I guess a beefalo's own fuzzy coat isn't enough to keep warm.

Walter

The Frostbitten Costume Pattern is made at the Sewing Machine with two Fearsome Pattern Scraps and one Festive Pattern Scrap.

Beefalo Dolls[]

Wilson Portrait.png
I wonder what the Judge would say about this?

Wilson

When a Pattern is learned, a Beefalo Doll will spawn. The type of Beefalo Doll depends on the type of Pattern learned. Beefalo Dolls can be appraised by the Judge, which will provide clues as to what style of Beefalo will win that day.

Beefalo Figure Sketch[]

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Detailed diagrams of a stone sculpture.

Wickerbottom

Beefalo Figure Sketches can be acquired at the Beefalo Shrine in exchange for 8 Lucky Gold Nuggets. They can then be given to a Potter's Wheel to be able to sculpt Beefalo Figures.

Beefalo Figure[]

The Beefalo Figure can be crafted from the Sculpt Tab after acquiring its Sketch from the Beefalo Shrine and giving it to a Potter's Wheel. Depending on whether the player chooses to place 1 Marble, 1 Cut Stone or 1 Moon Shard on the wheel before sculpting, the resulting Figure will be white, black or translucent green.

Similar to Chess Pieces, Beefalo Figure can be carried around on the players' backs and can be used for decorational purposes.

Koi[]

Glommer.png See also: Dappled Koi and Golden Koi

The Dappled Koi and Golden Koi are Ocean Fishes that can be found in the water only during the Year of the Beefalo event.

Gramophone.png Quotes[]

Pig Contestants[]

Admiring the competition

  • OOOH
  • WOW
  • IS BEAUTY

Choosing the winning beefalo

  • MUST CHOOSE!
  • CHOICE HARD!

Merm Contestants[]

Admiring the competition

  • Such taste.
  • Nicely done.
  • such a beauty

Choosing the winning beefalo

  • I must choose!
  • How can I decide!

Judge[]

Greeting

  • Hiya!
  • Hey!
  • Howdy!
  • Greetings!

Starting the contest

  • Well well well, lemme get a look at the menagerie.

The beginning of the contest

  • OK, lets get this show going...

Ending the contest

  • Very nice, I think we're done.

Ending the contest due to combat[Verification Needed]

  • Alright, contest over for now folks!

When there needs to be npc contestants

  • Let's round up some locals to make things interesting.

When all competitors are real players

  • What an eclectic looking bunch.

While the players choose the winning beefalo, in sequential order

  • Alright, which of these beauties do you think is today's winner!?
  • Take your time, choose wisely.
  • OK, now hurry up...
  • Time's up!
  • Alright, my pick for today's contest is...

Nobody guessed the winning beefalo

  • No one guessed right today! There's always tomorrow.

One winner

  • Only one winner! Don't spend it all in one place!

More than one winner

  • Here's your prizes, winners!

Consolation prizes

  • Everyone gets to take something home.

Consolation pattern scraps

  • Everyone, enjoy some complimentary fashion scraps!

Giving a Large Red Pouch

  • Congrats! Don't spend it all in once place."

Giving a Small Red Pouch

  • Here you go, well done you.

No prize given

  • Sorry, you didn't win anything this time.

Player already got prize

  • You already got yours. No double dipping.

Before listing the criteria

  • My perfect beefalo changes from day to day...

Picking the winning beefalo, from third to first

  • Alright, my pick for third place is...
  • And In second place...
  • Finally, my first place pick is...

Congratulating the winning beefalo, from third to first

  • Take a bow!
  • Congratulations!
  • Congrats little guy! you win!

Cannot start due to combat

  • Sorry, it's not safe enough around here!

Cannot start because it is evening

  • Sorry, it's too late to start today.

Cannot start due to enough Beefalo Stages

  • I don't see enough Stages out yet.

Cannot start due to no contestants

  • I don't see any contestants to judge, do you?

Alert player to redeem prize

  • Come get your prize, I won't wait all day.

Player waited to long to redeem prize

  • Sorry, can't wait any longer. Bye now.

Alert player to redeem prize quickly due to combat[Verification Needed]

  • Things are getting out of hand, hurry up and collect your prizes!

Describing his desired level of Formality, from highest to lowest

  • Everything about today's winner should scream "formality."
  • I'd like to see the high end of formality today, with just a dash of disorder.
  • Today's beefalo should have a slight edge of formality.
  • I want to see a perfect blend of unconventional and formal.
  • My pick for today will be a bit more unconventional than formal.
  • I want to see something mostly unconventional, with just a whiff of formality.
  • My taste today is for a complete lack of formality.

Describing his desired level of Festivity, from highest to lowest

  • Also, the winner should be the most festive of beasts.
  • Also, I'm looking for quite a lot of festivity today.
  • Also, there should be a lot of festivity, with just a dash of somberness.
  • Also, I'm looking for a tasteful mix of festivity and somberness./Also, today's champion will be a perfect balance of somber and festive.
  • Also, today's winner will be a bit more somber than festive.
  • Also, I only want to see the tiniest hint of festivity.
  • Also, I don't want to see even a hint of festivity in today's Champion./Also, I'm in no mood for festivity today. I'd better not see a trace of it!

Describing his desired level of Fearsome, from highest to lowest

  • Finally, I'm in the mood for a good scare. Let's see your most fearsome beefalo!
  • Finally, I'm looking for something quite fierce./Finally, I want something quite fearsome looking.
  • Finally, today's winner will be only mildly more fearsome than friendly.
  • Finally, I can't quite decide. Show me a good balance of fearsome and friendly.
  • Finally, I'd like to see a beefalo that's just a bit more friendly than scary.
  • Finally, I'm looking for only the tiniest hint of ferocity./Finally, today I want to see a little ferocity, but just a touch.
  • Finally, today's winner needs to be a teddy bear. My heart can't take a scare.

Describing the resulting level of Formality, from highest to lowest

  • This one is much too formal./This beefalo's formalness is well beyond my taste today.
  • This specimen is more formal than I want./I respect how formal this beefalo is, but it's more than I like.
  • This beefalo is just a little more formal than I want./Being a little too formal can be good, but not today.
  • I like this one's formalness./This beefalo is just formal enough.
  • Maybe this beefalo could be a little more formal./This beefalo is not as formal as I'd like, but it's close.
  • I'd like my beefalo to be a fair bit more formal than this./This one is not quite formal enough, by a good margin.
  • Today's beefalo needs to be a lot more formal than this ragamuffin./I'm looking for something way more formal today.

Describing the resulting level of Festivity, from highest to lowest

  • This one is much too festive./This beefalo's festiveness is well beyond my taste today.
  • This fella is more festive than I want./I respect how festive this beefalo is, but it's more than I like.
  • This beefalo is just a little more festive than I want./Being a little too festive can be good, but not today.
  • I like this one's festivity./This beefalo is just festive enough.
  • Maybe this beefalo could be a little more festive./This beefalo is not as festive as I'd like, but it's close.
  • I'd like my beefalo to be a fair bit more festive than this./This one is not quite festive enough, by a good margin.
  • Today's beefalo needs to be a lot more festive than this curmudgeon./I'm looking for something way more festive today.

Describing the resulting level of Fearsome, from highest to lowest

  • This one is much too fearsome./This beefalo's fierceness is well beyond my taste today.
  • This specimen is more fierce than I want./I respect how fearsome this beefalo is, but it's more than I like.
  • This beefalo is just a little fiercer than I want./Being a little too fierce can be good, but not today.
  • I like this one's ferocity./This beefalo fills me with just the right amount of fear.
  • Maybe this beefalo could be a little more fierce./This beefalo is not as fierce as I'd like, but it's close.
  • I'd like my beefalo to be a fair bit more fearsome than this./This one is not quite fierce enough, by a good margin.
  • Today's beefalo needs to be a lot more fierce than this teddy bear./I'm looking for something way more fearsome today.

Appraisal start

  • Let's see what you have there.

Appraising the level of Formality, from highest to lowest

  • Everything about this screams "formality."
  • This is the high end of formality, with just a dash of disorder.
  • This has a slight edge of formality.
  • It's a perfect blend of unconventional and formal.
  • This a bit more unconventional than formal.
  • This is mostly unconventional, with just a whiff of formality.
  • It has a complete lack of formality.

Appraising the level of Festivity, from highest to lowest

  • Also, it's the most festive of dolls.
  • Also, it has quite a lot of festivity.
  • Also, it has a lot of festivity, with just a dash of somberness.
  • Also, this is tasteful mix of festivity and somberness./Also, it's a perfect balance of somber and festive.
  • Also, this is a bit more somber than festive.
  • Also, it has only the tiniest hint of festivity.
  • Also, I don't see even a hint of festivity in this.

Appraising the level of Fearsome, from highest to lowest

  • Finally, this is the most fearsome of dolls!
  • Finally, it's quite fierce./Finally, this is quite fearsome looking.
  • Finally, it's only mildly more fearsome than friendly.
  • Finally, it has a good balance of fearsome and friendly.
  • Finally, this is just a bit more friendly than scary.
  • Finally, it has the tiniest hint of ferocity./Finally, I can see a little ferocity, but just a touch.
  • Finally, this is like a teddy bear. My heart is at ease.

Appraisal end

  • Wonderful item you've got there.

Placeholder.png Trivia[]

  • The song that plays while players choose a beefalo is a musical reference to the song "Think!" from the show Jeopardy!. This is compounded by the naming of the sound file, which includes the words "WlexWrebek", a reference to the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

Blueprint.png Gallery[]

Gramophone.png Sounds[]

The Year of the Beefalo theme that plays on the main menu.
The music that plays during a Beefalo Pageant.
The music that plays while contestants have to pick the winning Beefalo.

References[]

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