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Character Selection

Character select before the world generates.

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Character select in Don't Starve Together.

There is currently a combined total of eighteen playable Characters in Don't Starve, its DLCs and Don't Starve Together. Each Character has at least one character-specific perk, in addition to various bonuses and penalties to their stats, and usually are different in play style. Each Character is "voiced" by a different instrument, and speaks differently when examining items and objects. The only exception to this is Wes, the speechless mime, who does not make sounds or have quotes, instead he uses pantomimes.

The first accessible Character is Wilson, considered the protagonist and the focus of the game's story. Most of the other Characters can be unlocked when sufficient Experience has been accrued, gained at Death or when escaping to a new world. There are currently five exception Characters that are not gained by conventional experience, but through game feats. If the player has not unlocked a Character, it will appear as their respective silhouettes. Upon selecting a silhouette, the Poster on the left will be a coffin shut with chains and a lock, and the description will simply say "The Unknown".

Don't Starve Together icon Don't Starve Together

In Don't Starve Together, all available Characters are unlocked from the start and several perks have been changed and balanced for the multiplayer aspect of the game. Don't Starve Together includes all Characters from the base game and Reign of Giants DLC, however Shipwrecked DLC characters are not yet available. It also contains an exclusive character, Winona.

List of Characters

Below are the abilities and requirements to unlock each Character.

Wilson Portrait Willow Portrait Wolfgang Portrait
Wilson Willow Wolfgang
Grows a magnificent beard. Immune to Fire damage. Has a sweet Lighter. Lights fires when nervous. Grows stronger with a full belly. Is afraid of monsters and the dark.
Wendy Portrait WX-78 Portrait Wickerbottom Portrait
Wendy WX-78 Wickerbottom
Is haunted by her twin sister. Feels comfortable in the dark. Doesn't hit very hard. Not a picky eater. Is charged by lightning, but damaged by water. Can upgrade with gears. Knows many things. Self-publishes books. Can't sleep, hates food spoilage.
Woodie Portrait Wes Portrait Waxwell Portrait
Woodie Wes Maxwell
Has a lovely axe. And a terrible secret. Is thankful for bountiful harvests.
Can't talk. Has trouble staying alive. Practices balloonomancy. Is dapper, but frail. Can split his mind into pieces. On a first-name basis with the night.
Wigfrid Portrait Webber Portrait Walani Portrait
Reign of Giants icon Wigfrid Reign of Giants icon Webber Shipwrecked icon Walani
Excels in battle. Absorbs the power of fallen foes. Only eats meat. Is a monster. Can befriend spiders. Grows a silky smooth beard. Loves surfing. Dries off quickly.
Is a pretty chill gal.
Warly Portrait Wilbur Portrait Woodlegs Portrait
Shipwrecked icon Warly Shipwrecked icon Wilbur Shipwrecked icon Woodlegs
Has a refined palate. Cooks in custom kitchenware. Brings a stylish chef pouch. Can't talk. Slow as biped, but fast as quadruped. Is a monkey. Can sniff out treasure. Captain of the "Sea Legs". Pirate.
Warbucks Portrait Wilba Portrait Winona Portrait
Hamlet icon Warbucks Hamlet icon Wilba Don't Starve Together icon Winona
Is an explorer. Loves his fortune. Picky eater. Is a pig. Is royalty. Is afraid of the dark. Is a skilled builder. Gets one free hit from the dark. Brings her own tools.

Character Statistics

Character Requirements Sanity Health Hunger
Wilson Always available 200 150 150
Willow 160 exp (8 days) 120 150 150
Wolfgang 320 exp (16 days) 200 150-300 300
Wendy 640 exp (32 days) 200 150 150
WX-78 960 exp (48 days) 100-300
150-300 Don't Starve Together icon
150-400 Don't Starve Together icon
150-200 Don't Starve Together icon
Wickerbottom 1280 exp (64 days) 250 150 150
Woodie 1600 exp (80 days) 200 150 150
Wes Find and rescue Locked Wes in Adventure Mode 150 113 113
Maxwell Finish Adventure Mode 200 75 150
Wigfrid Reign of Giants icon 1920 exp (96 days in a Reign of Giants save slot) 120 200 120
Webber Reign of Giants icon Find Webber's skull and bury it inside an opened Grave when playing in a Reign of Giants save slot 100 175 175
Walani Shipwrecked icon 2240 exp (112 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot) 200 120 200
Warly Shipwrecked icon 2560 exp (128 days in a Shipwrecked/Shipwrecked compatible save slot) 200 150 250
Wilbur Shipwrecked icon Find the Tarnished Crown and return it to Wilbur when playing in a Shipwrecked save 150 125 175
Woodlegs Shipwrecked icon Find Woodlegs' Cage in the Volcano and then unlock it with the Iron, Bone and Gold Keys while playing in a Shipwrecked save 120 150 150
Warbucks Hamlet icon 2880 exp (144 days). 300 150 120
Wilba Hamlet icon Acquire the Royal Crown by defeating Queen Womant, give it to the Pig Queen in the Palace in a Hamlet save 100 150 200
Winona Don't Starve Together icon Always available 200 150 150

Non-player characters

Maxwell (Antagonist)

Maxwell ingame

Glommer Main article: Maxwell (NPC)

Maxwell appears before the start of every game, saying, "Say pal, you don't look so good. You better find something to eat before night comes!" He disappears before the player assumes control of his or her character.

As seen in the Forbidden Knowledge video, Maxwell gives Wilson the knowledge necessary to build an impressive machine which captures him upon activation.

Maxwell will not appear when playing as himself, instead he will say, "Freedom, at last!"


Glommer Main article: Abigail

Abigail build

Abigail is Wendy's twin sister, and as Wendy's perk, she can be summoned with Abigail's Flower.

Unimplemented Characters

Glommer Main article: Unimplemented Characters

There are several additional characters for Don't Starve and its DLCs that have yet to be implemented. These other characters only exist in the form of portraits, sound, and other bits found mainly in the game files.

Character Mods

Glommer Main article: Mods

On the PC version of Don't Starve, Characters created by users can be published on the Steam Workshop or the Klei Forums using the Don't Starve Mod Tools. Once downloaded, the character can be set up in its directory. When you start up the game, click the Mods button and enable the character. They will now be available for use after restarting.

Placeholder Trivia

  • All playable characters' names start with W apart from Maxwell's. Within the game's code, Maxwell's name is written "Waxwell," in line with the other characters and not to confuse playable Maxwell with NPC Maxwell. The trailer puzzles confirmed that Maxwell's real name is William Carter, though.
    • Having all characters' names start with W was unintentional at first, but Klei decided to go with it.
  • Wolfgang was previously unlocked after Wendy.
  • All characters are ambidextrous thanks to their sprite work.
  • Before the Shipwrecked characters were released, they each had a locked character portrait, the title of "The Unfinished", the motto quote of "Don't look at me. I'm not ready yet.", and the perk of "Hasn't arrived on the island yet".

Blueprint Gallery

Player Characters
Wilson quotes ⋅ clothesWillow quotes ⋅ clothesWolfgang quotes ⋅ clothesWendy quotes ⋅ clothesWX-78 quotes ⋅ clothesWickerbottom quotes ⋅ clothesWoodie quotes ⋅ clothesWes quotes ⋅ clothesMaxwell quotes ⋅ clothesWigfrid quotes ⋅ clothesWebber quotes ⋅ clothesWalani quotes ⋅ clothesWarly quotes ⋅ clothesWilbur quotes ⋅ clothesWoodlegs quotes ⋅ clothesWarbucks quotes ⋅ clothesWilba quotes ⋅ clothesWinona quotes ⋅ clothesUnimplemented
Gameplay Mechanics
Activities CookingCraftingFarmingFightingFishingSleeping
(Boating Shipwrecked icon) (Beefalo Riding Don't Starve Together icon)
Environment Day-Night CycleMoon CycleNightmare CycleEarthquakeLightningRain
(Strong WindsFogWavesFloodingVolcanic Eruption Shipwrecked icon) (Fog Hamlet icon) (Sandstorm Don't Starve Together icon)
Seasons SummerWinter • (AutumnSpring Reign of Giants icon)
(Mild SeasonHurricane SeasonMonsoon SeasonDry Season Shipwrecked icon) (Temperate SeasonHumid SeasonLush Season Hamlet icon)
Mechanics BeardBiomeCharactersCharlieControlsDeathDurabilityExperienceFireFood SpoilageFreezingHealthHungerInventoryLightMapNaughtinessNon-renewable resourcesSanitySavingStructures
(Wetness Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Overheating Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked icon) (Poison Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Hay Fever Hamlet icon) (EventsDiseaseGhostsWorld RegrowthSkins Don't Starve Together icon)
Mode Survival ModeAdventure ModeCavesRuinsVolcanoWorld Customization
Others Pig VillageRoad (Trail) • GraveyardOceanAbyssBridgeSet PieceThingsMorgue

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