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WX-78

For Maxwell's special item, see Codex Umbra.

The Books Tab is a special tab that is only available to Wickerbottom. It allows the player to craft Books, which can be used to activate several events at the cost of sanity. Each book has multiple uses.

Birds of the World

Birds of the WorldEdit

Covers 1000 Species: Habits, habitats, and calls.

Wilson Portrait
No point studying when I can just wing it.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Less reading, more burning!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Book is for the birds!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Will it teach me to fly away from here?

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
UPLOADING AVIAN FACTOIDS TO DATABASE...

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
The expurgated version, but it has my favorite: Megascops kennicottii.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
I already know more than enough aboot those things.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
What a wasteful misuse of magic.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Tö rule the skies!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
This one has pictures!

Webber

Winona Portrait
I was never much of a book learner.

Winona


  • Call 20 to 30 Birds. Does not work in Hurricane Season.
  • 3 uses.
  • Costs 50 Sanity per use.
  • DebugSpawn: "book_birds".
  • The type of spawned Birds depends on the season, biome, and position the player is at.
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Applied Horticulture

Applied HorticultureEdit

On the care and feeding of plants.

Wilson Portrait
I see no farm in reading that.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Ughh, who cares?

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Wolfgang rather grow muscle than flowers.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Imagine, a rolling field of red flowers...

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
A USELESS TOME ON PLANT CULTIVATION

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Dead plants tied together to help me aid living plants.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Does it grow trees?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
It's not wise to toy with forces beyond your comprehension.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
But can it tend the garden öf mine soul?

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Why should we read about flowers when we can pick them?

Webber

Winona Portrait
I prefer to learn from experience.

Winona


  • Grow crops, plants, and trees instantly in the summer. Does not work on unfertilized crops or plants.
  • 5 uses and 30 range.
  • Costs 33 Sanity per use.
  • DebugSpawn: "book_gardening".
  • Will not cause plants to grow in winter. Will not cause crops to grow when they should not in winter (ex: if used on day one of winter, no plants grow, but crops do as it is "warm enough".)
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Sleepytime Stories

Sleepytime StoriesEdit

Soothing tales to send you off to dreamland.

Wilson Portrait
Strange, it's just 500 pages of telegraph codes.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Bo-oring!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Wolfgang's eyes feel heavy like dumbbells.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Does it impart an eternal slumber?

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
POWERING DOown...

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Warm milk in book form.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
The perfect book for a full moon.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
I haven't had a real sleep in... ages.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Where's the drama? The suspense?

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
It's... beddy-bye time...

Webber

Winona Portrait
I already know how to sleep, thanks.

Winona


  • Cause animals to sleep.
  • 5 uses and 30 range.
  • Costs 33 Sanity per use.
  • DebugSpawn: "book_sleep".
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On Tentacles

On TentaclesEdit

Let's learn about our subterranean friends!

Wilson Portrait
Someone'll get suckered into reading this.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Looks like kindling to me!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Wolfgang wants many foes to fight!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Does this world need more beasts?

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
IT SUMMONS THE FLESH WOBBLERS

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Hard to put this one down. It's gripping, frankly.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
They don't have tentacles in Canada.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
What horrors shall be summoned from the depths?

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Knöwledge grants great pöwer!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Why are the pages all slimy?

Webber

Winona Portrait
I'm not really a "book smarts" kind of gal.

Winona


  • Create 3 tentacles.
  • 5 uses and 3 to 8 range.
  • Costs 50 Sanity per use.
  • DebugSpawn: "book_tentacles".
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The End is Nigh

The End is Nigh! Edit

The world will end in fire and tribulation! Ia! Ia!

Wilson Portrait
The beginning was dull, but got better near the end.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
That's my favorite book!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Tiny book scares Wolfgang!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
The tome to end it all...

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
A BOOK OF DESTRUCTION. EXCELLENT

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
What could possibly go wrong?

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
I know better than to mess with that, eh.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
I've had enough fire and brimstone for one eternity.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
This töme is brimming with Hel's fire!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
We don't like how that one ends!

Webber

Winona Portrait
I prefer hands-on learning.

Winona


  • Create 16 lightnings.
  • 5 uses and 3 to 15 range.
  • Costs 33 Sanity per use.
  • DebugSpawn: "book_brimstone".
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Joy of Volcanology

Shipwrecked icon Joy of VolcanologyEdit

And the sky shall rain fire!

Wilson Portrait
The foreword just says "Hope you like dragoons."

Wilson

Willow Portrait
I'll burn through this book!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Book make very hot rain.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Reading is a dangerous thing.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
WHERE DOES IT PLUG IN?

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Rainus Magmus!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
That there ain't right.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Reading strange books has always worked out for me before.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Read a passage and call förth Ragnarök!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
I'm not a good reader, but he is!

Webber


Warly Portrait
There's not a single recipe to be found within.

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Devil magic thet summons demons from th'sky!

Woodlegs

  • Create 4 Dragoon Eggs  falling at the player's location.
  • 5 uses and no Sanity cost.
  • Replaces "On Tentacles" in Don't Starve: Shipwrecked world.
  • DebugSpawn: "book_meteor".
  • Fallen Dragoon Eggs sometimes create Lava Pools on the ground. When Lava pools burn out they leave behind Rocks , Ash and Charcoal. Lava Pools can be extinguished directly with Ice, which leaves behind a single Obsidian instead. This allows Wickerbottom to easily farm Rocks, Charcoal and Obsidian.
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Prototype TipsEdit

  • Even though reading books lowers the player's sanity, one can keep reading the books even at 0 sanity with no restriction on the book's use and effects. It is therefore recommended to grow self-harvesting farms (with Lureplants) or build Tentacle death pits in a single session, reading as many books as possible, and only restoring sanity (with Jerky, Cooked Green Cap, or Cooked Cactus Flesh) afterwards.
  • Tentacles from On Tentacles generally produces more Tentacle Spots than it consumes. They are also a source of Tentacle Spikes, a great melee weapon. The book can be used to build defenses or traps, as the Tentacles are hostile to most Mobs in the game.
  • In Reign of Giants (RoG) and Shipwrecked (SW) DLCs, the lightning from "The End is Nigh!" can strike Wickerbottom when used. It is recommended to use clothing that blocks lightning damage, such as the Eyebrella (RoG), Snakeskin Jacket/Hat (SW), or the Dumbrella (SW).
  • In Don't Starve Together, Maxwell can use Wickerbottom's books if obtained.

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • The phrase "Ia! Ia!" in the "The End is Nigh" description refers to the phrase "Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!", a chant from the Cthulhu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft.
  • The sanity reduction from reading possibly could suggest that these books contain knowledge that humans were not meant to know, similar to the Necronomicon and Pnakotic Manuscripts from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • The Joy of Volcanology is essentially a carbon copy of the Volcano Staff, except it is less accurate.
  • According to Wilson in Don't Starve Together, Sleepytime Stories is "just 500 pages of telegraph codes". This implies that the book bores those affected to sleep.

Mosquito Bugs Edit

  • On Tentacles can spawn Tentacles off of the map.
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