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Wilson Portrait
That looks dangerous.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Not at all cuddly.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Skinny monster!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Long, thin and dangerous!

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
BIOLOGY IS DISGUSTING

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
A horror waiting in the mud.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
There a squid down there?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
I'm glad the rest of it is still down there.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
It lööks fierce. Intö the fray!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
We would be mad if something stepped on us, too.

Webber

Winona Portrait
Hands off!

Winona

Walani Portrait
Hands off, bucko!

Walani

Warly Portrait
Calamari?

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Like in me dreams!

Woodlegs

Tentacles are hostile Monsters that specifically spawn in Marshes or Caves, though they will not spawn on world-generated roads. Wickerbottom can summon Tentacles using On Tentacles, one of her self-published books.

When the player or mob gets close enough to the spawn area of a Tentacle, bubbles will appear on the ground. Then it will appear as a purple, spotted tentacle, spiked at the tip, which will emit growls and come out of the ground to attack anything that comes close enough.

Tentacles take three blasts from the Ice Staff to be frozen and cannot be put to sleep or set on fire. When killed, they will drop 2 Monster Meat and can drop a Tentacle Spike or Tentacle Spots.

Big TentacleEdit

Wilson Portrait
A slimy pole.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
It's quivering.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Lots of little friends!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
So this is what goes on down below.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
DOES NOT LOOK BETTER FROM THIS END

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
There's more of it below than above!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
It's so big!

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
How deep does this go?

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
A töwering tentacled föe.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
It's huge!

Webber

Winona Portrait
Don't even think about touching me.

Winona

Walani Portrait
It's all slimed up.

Walani

Warly Portrait
If only it were squid and not... whatever it is...

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Would make fer a slippery mast.

Woodlegs

Big Tentacle, also known as a Tentapillar, is a large section of a Tentacle that appears underground, going up toward the surface. Attacking it will cause several, smaller "Baby" Tentacles to spawn around it, which will focus their attack on the player, but are weak and will die from one hit from a Spear. When defeated, the Big Tentacle will retreat into its hole, causing an Earthquake and dropping a variety of items, some of which are limited to a number per day across all Big Tentacles.

Baby TentacleEdit

Wilson Portrait
Little slippery arms.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Awwww, they want hugs!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Tiny tentacle baby thing! Ha!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Babies!

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
DANGER! DANGER!

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
A tiny horror waiting in the mud.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Are those squid babies?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Babies?

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
A gröss, grasping appendage.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Aw, it's just a baby!

Webber

Winona Portrait
Hands off, buddy.

Winona

Walani Portrait
Much too slimy!

Walani

Warly Portrait
If only it were squid and not... whatever it is...

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Thar be slime!

Woodlegs

Whenever a Big Tentacle is attacked or an Ancient Pseudoscience Station is hammered, it will spawn several "Baby" Tentacles, spawning groups of them with every swing. These tentacles are smaller than regular Tentacles and only take one hit from most weapons to be killed. They do not drop anything, as they are there only to protect the Big Tentacle/pseudoscience station. They also lack the spikes that the regular Tentacles have, though they still sport the telltale bumps in the ground indicating when they're about to come out.

If the Big Tentacle and the Baby Tentacles aren't attacked for a while, they eventually retreat back into the ground. Baby Tentacles are only found underground.

Baby Tentacles will fight nearby Tentacles and vice-versa.

Brain BehaviorEdit

Tentacles are very dangerous because of their high damage and high health. They can only be seen once a creature or player gets relatively close, meaning that a careless player can easily walk into an area with many Tentacles without noticing them before being stun-locked long and killed.

At first, there will be a barely noticeable bubbling patch on the ground, followed by a piece of tentacle that looks like a purple bubble, which appears just before the Tentacle surfaces. When a creature is in range, the Tentacle will emerge and twirl around once before snapping and standing straight up. There is a brief delay before it strikes again.

As long as its current target is still in range, a Tentacle will not change targets even if something else attacks it, similar to Tallbirds.

If its target moves out of range, the Tentacle will sink back down into the ground; it cannot move around or give chase. After going back underground, Tentacles will stay hidden until another target moves into range or directly hits them, at which point they begin to attack again.

Due to Tentacles' aggressive nature, it is common to find drops from creatures they kill or from dead Tentacles killed by other creatures (usually Merms), lying on the Swamps. One Tentacle can sometimes kill a group of 4 Spiders on their own, though it depends on the situation. Due to this behavior, many players like to use Tentacles as a food and item supplier, especially when camping in or near a Marsh.

Tentacles do not respawn upon death, making them a finite resource for most characters. Wickerbottom is the only character who can prevent Tentacles from becoming extinct by using the book On Tentacles. It is worth noting that even though Tentacles do not respawn, players can get the same loot from Big Tentacles.

Spear Hunting Edit

Tentacles cannot be stun locked. With most characters, it takes 15 strikes with a Spear to kill one. If properly timed, they can be attacked in between their strikes. Although they appear to have an area attack, Tentacles actually attack targets individually. Due to this limitation, Pigs that attack if they get too close can easily kill a Tentacle if there are at least three of them.

Tentacles will still produce an Insanity aura, even if it is still in the ground and out of attack range. Thus, the sanity meter is a good indication that a Tentacle is near. Additionally, there is a low growl that can be heard when a Tentacle is near, and the player can watch for the bubbling patch, though Sanity drain is still the best indication, as the Tentacle growl can easily get confused with the normal growling ambiance of the swamp. During Adventure Mode, the sanity meter indication can be a life saver if the player is traveling in a swamp at dusk or night.

A safe, but time-consuming way to fight a Tentacle is to go right next to the spot where the Tentacle will come out, hit it as soon as the little nub appears, and dash to the side, out of its reach. Repeat after the Tentacle retracts into the ground.

It can be easy to kill Tentacles with little to no work by finding some Rundown Houses, waiting for Dusk, and seeing if the Tentacle alarms the Merms. The stiff fight will end in Frog Legs, Monster Meat, Fish, and perhaps Tentacle Spots, or a Tentacle Spike.

Another easy way to kill a number of tentacles is to bring 2-3 Rock Lobsters from Caves. Tentacles will attack Rock Lobsters, when they are led through them. The Rock Lobster that the tentacle attacks will curl up into a boulder, negating most of the incoming damage, while the other Rock Lobsters kill the Tentacle. 2-3 Rock Lobsters are capable of cleansing entire Marsh Biomes of tentacles provided the player has enough minerals to befriend them long enough to finish the job.

To make "tentacle traps", the player must bring several Pine Cones to the swamp and plant 3-6 of them around where the Tentacle emerges. Once the trees are grown and the player is ready to harvest the tentacle, they can simply light the trees on fire and the tentacle will die before the last tree burns out, even when hidden underground. The downside is that any Tentacle Spots that drop will also burn leaving only Ashes. To avoid this, the player can use exactly 4 Logs instead, which will drain Tentacle's heath low enough to be killed with a single hit using Spear. This method of hunting is easiest with Willow due to her fire affinity.

Alternatively to the method above, one can use Gunpowder. A player can place a stack of three near a tentacle, ignite them and dash away. Even when hidden underground the tentacle will die instantly in the blast. A gunpowder stack of two can also be used, but the tentacle will need to be finished off with 2 swings of a Tentacle Spike. The player is usually fast enough to kill it before it manages to attack in this case. However, this case would require 3 consecutive swings of the Spear, which will allow for retaliation after the second swing.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill Tentacles when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fire DartFire Staff

Tooth Trap

Fishing RodBug Net Lucy the Axe Shovel Pitchfork

Hammer Torch Umbrella

Walking Cane Willow's Lighter

Axe Pickaxe

Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe

Boomerang

PickSlashAxe Spear Bat Bat Ham Bat Morning Star Slurtle SlimeTentacle Spike

Battle Spear

Thulecite Club Dark Sword Blow Dart Gunpowder Old Bell
No. of hits for
TentacleTentapillar
Immune 118 37 30 19 17 15 12 9 - 17 7 or 12 10 9 8 5 3 1

Don't Starve Together icon Don't Starve TogetherEdit

In Don't Starve Together, when a Big Tentacle retreats into its hole, it won't cause an Earthquake. The player can then travel through the hole, just like a Wormhole, Teleporting them near another big tentacle. Eventually the big tentacles will respawn and they can be killed again, making Tentacle Spikes and Tentacle Spots renewable.

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • If the player is near a Swamp biome, the Tentacle can appear (barely) outside of its biome.
  • When using the Thulecite Club, there is a chance that small Shadow Tentacles will appear and assist the player with attacking.
  • Maxwell expresses surprise at the existence of the Big Tentacle and the baby Tentacles, suggesting that the Tentacles are reproducing, and were not planned to do so, as Wilson and Wickerbottom mention that Tentacle Spots are its genitalia; supported by Maxwell's quote for Tentacle Spots, 'This is how they reproduce'.
  • The small tentacles that appear around the Big Tentacle used to be colored green.
  • In the script that handles the Tentapillar's emergence when the hole is attacked, there is a note/Easter Egg that says: ("Hit calls cthulhu"). This is a reference to a story by H.P. Lovecraft called "The Call of Cthulhu".
  • The script refers to the "baby tentacles" as arms, suggesting they are from the same entity.

Blueprint GalleryEdit

Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged Bishop) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged Rook) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged Knight) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(BirchnutterPoison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon) (EwecusGem DeerGrumble BeeLavaeShadow Pieces Don't Starve Together icon) (Crocodog (Blue CrocodogYellow Crocodog) • DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSea HoundSpider Warrior (Venomous)Stink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (Bee QueenKlausReanimated SkeletonToadstool Don't Starve Together icon) (Palm TreeguardQuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildboreShipwrecked icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CanaryCrittersExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchNo-Eyed DeerWoven Shadow Don't Starve Together icon) (CormorantCrabbitDogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrotParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishSeagullSealSharkittenToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King
(AntlionBernie Don't Starve Together icon) (Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon)
The Forge Don't Starve Together icon Battlemaster PugnaBoarillaCrocommanderGrand Forge BoarriorMagma GolemPit PigScorpeonSnortoise