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Wilson Portrait
Spooky.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Would make a great bedtime story... for nightmares!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Wolfgang is glad he cannot read!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Do you want me to read you a story, Abigail?

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
GOOSEBUMPS ACTIVATED

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
I'm not letting THAT in MY library!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Trees made into... paper? How unholy!

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
I'm so sorry Charlie.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
A tragic tale öf wöe and misery!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
I don't think we should play with that...

Webber

Winona Portrait
I don't trust that thing one bit.

Winona

The Codex Umbra is a book on dark magics that Maxwell starts the game with. When used, it sacrifices 15 health and 55 of maximum sanity to spawn a Shadow Puppet clone of Maxwell. It has infinite durability and requires 2 Nightmare Fuel to be used. For each puppet active, Maxwell's maximum sanity is reduced, similar to how Meat Effigies reduce maximum health. A maximum of 3 puppets can be active at one time and each one will disappear 2.5 days after it was summoned. If a Shadow Puppet is killed or despawns, Maxwell will get the used max sanity back.

Shadow PuppetsEdit

Shadow Puppets are Shadow Creature versions of Maxwell that do his bidding. While puppets are active, they will aid Maxwell in combat as well as also aiding him in cutting trees and mining rocks. However, they have low health and will die quickly in combat against more able foes. Shadow Puppets will automatically die 2.5 days after their creation. Upon its death, the player gains back the 55 max sanity from the puppet.

Don't Starve Together icon Don't Starve Together Edit

In Don't Starve Together, the Codex Umbra can be crafted from the Shadow Tab, using two Papyrus, two Nightmare Fuel and costing 50 Health. It is also no longer an item that can be used directly, instead it acts as a crafting station when placed on the ground, which unlocks Shadow Puppet recipes for Maxwell under the Shadow Tab. To create the puppets, Maxwell has to stand near the Codex Umbra. Creating puppets does not cost health.

Unlike in single player, Shadow Puppets are not universal, instead they have to be chosen upon creation of which task they will be specialized in. As such, they do not mimic the actions that the player is performing, but instead spawn with a specific task which they perform. They also do not disappear after 2.5 days nor have a durability limit and stay active until they are killed. To dispel them, Maxwell or any other character can simply force attack (Ctrl/Cmnd) click them. Shadow Puppets will drop 1 Nightmare Fuel when killed or dispelled by Players.

Shadow Helper Description Prerequisites Max Sanity Loss

Shadow Logger

"Holds a grudge against trees."
Chops trees closest to the player

2 Nightmare Fuel

1 Axe

-20%

Shadow Miner

"Mine that rock!"
Mines rocks closest to the player

2 Nightmare Fuel

1 Pickaxe

-20%

Shadow Digger

"Diggy diggy hole."
Digs up stumps/graves closest to the player

2 Nightmare Fuel

1 Shovel

-20%

Shadow Duelist

"Ethereal bodyguard."
Defends the player from attackers as well as attack player's target. Naturally regenerates health.

2 Nightmare Fuel

1 Spear

-35%

Summon Limitations

Given the loss in sanity, the player can summon a maximum of:

- 4 Harvesters - Residual Sanity: 40 (20%)

- 1 Duelist and 2 Harvesters - Residual Sanity: 50 (25%)

- 2 Duelist and 1 Harvester - Residual Sanity: 21 (10%)

Shipwrecked icon Shipwrecked Edit

Shadow Puppet Boating

A shadow puppet sailing.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Shadow Puppets summon shadow Row Boats to follow Maxwell into the Ocean. The Shadow Puppets act as though they are sailing, yet the boats do not have Sails and have the same speed as a normal Row Boat. Shadow boats can only be driven by shadow puppets, and disappear when the puppet exits the boat. It is possible to enter a shadow Row Boat when not being used by a Shadow Puppet, by quickly entering it before it disappears. However, doing so results in a crash.


Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • Codex Umbra is Latin for "ancient shadow manuscript".
  • The footsteps of the puppets make a faint warping sound.
  • It is possible for the Codex Umbra to be set alight and burn into ashes. The book will re-appear in Maxwell's inventory upon re-loading the world.
  • Despite being Shadow Creatures, prey animals will avoid puppets, and neutral mobs will fight back against them. Puppets are also unable to help the player against Shadow Creatures.
  • If using the Codex Umbra reduces Maxwell's health to zero, the Morgue will show the cause of death as "Shenanigans".
  • Like Abigail's Flower, the Codex Umbra floats when placed on the ground, but only if the corresponding Maxwell is nearby. If he moves out of range, the book will close and fall to the ground.
  • In Don't Starve Together, if Maxwell executes an emote, his puppets will stop whatever they are doing and will run over to Maxwell before proceeding to do the same emote.
    • They will do the dance emote with both /dance and /step emote.
  • In Don't Starve Together, one is able to become constantly insane if they summon 1 Harvester and 2 Duelists.

Mosquito BugsEdit

  • Despite being a starting character specific item, the Codex Umbra can be stolen by mobs like Krampus or Eyeplants.
  • Using a Sinkhole to enter the Caves or Ruins without the Codex Umbra can sometimes cause it to duplicate in the player's inventory.

Blueprint GalleryEdit


Craftable Items and Structures
Tools Axe (Luxury Axe) • Pickaxe (Opulent Pickaxe) • Shovel (Regal Shovel) • PitchforkHammerRazor
(Machete (Luxury Machete) Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Shears Hamlet icon) (Feather PencilSaddleWar SaddleGlossamer SaddleBrushSaddlehornSalt Lick Don't Starve Together icon)
Light CampfireFire PitTorchMiner HatPumpkin LanternLantern
(Endothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitMoggles Reign of Giants icon) (ChimineaBuoyant ChimineaBottle LanternObsidian Fire PitBoat TorchBoat LanternTar Lamp Shipwrecked icon) (Cork Candle HatCowl Hamlet icon) (GlowcapMushlightWillow's Lighter Don't Starve Together icon)
Survival TrapBird TrapCompassBackpackPiggybackThermal StoneHealing SalveHoney PoulticeStraw RollFur RollTentUmbrellaBug NetFishing Rod
(Pretty ParasolLuxury FanInsulated PackSiesta Lean-to Reign of Giants icon) (Chef PouchSilly Monkey BallTropical ParasolAnti VenomThatch PackPalm Leaf HutTropical FanSea SackDoydoy Nest Shipwrecked icon) (Bug B'Gone Hamlet icon) (Telltale HeartBooster ShotWater BalloonWhirly FanBerniePile o' BalloonsBundling WrapCandy BagGift Wrap Don't Starve Together icon)
Food Basic FarmImproved FarmBee BoxDrying RackCrock PotIce Box
(Bucket-o-poop Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Mussel StickFish FarmMussel Bed Shipwrecked icon) (Sprinkler Hamlet icon) (Mushroom Planter Don't Starve Together icon)
Science Science MachineAlchemy EngineDivining RodThermal MeasurerRainometerGunpowderLightning Rod
(Ice FlingomaticElectrical Doodad Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Sea LabIce Maker 3000Quacken Drill Shipwrecked icon) (SmelterOscillating Fan Hamlet icon) (Cartographer's DeskPotter's WheelMad Scientist Lab Don't Starve Together icon)
Fight SpearHam BatGrass SuitLog SuitMarble SuitFootball HelmetSleep DartFire DartBlow DartBoomerangBee MineTooth Trap
(Battle HelmBattle SpearMorning StarWeather PainScalemail Reign of Giants icon) (Poison SpearSeashell SuitLimestone SuitCactus ArmorHorned HelmetPoison DartCoconadeSpear GunCutlass Supreme Shipwrecked icon) (HalberdCork BatWeevole MantleMant MaskMant SuitFancy HelmetTin SuitBlunderbuss Hamlet icon) (Electric DartNapsackTail o' Three Cats Don't Starve Together icon)
Structures ChestSignHay WallWood WallStone WallPig HouseRabbit HutchBirdcageFlooring (CobblestonesWooden FlooringCheckerboard FlooringCarpeted Flooring) • Potted Fern
(Scaled ChestSpider Eggs Reign of Giants icon) (Sea ChestLimestone WallSea WallWildbore HousePrime Ape HutSand BagSand CastleDragoon DenBallphin PalaceSnakeskin Rug Shipwrecked icon) (Cork BarrelLawn TurfCultivated Turf Hamlet icon) (Directional SignMini SignEnd TableFriendly ScarecrowMoon Rock WallScaled FlooringScaled FurnaceWardrobeWood FenceWood GatePotted SucculentReplica RelicsFestive Tree PlanterGobbler ShrineVarg Shrine Don't Starve Together icon)
Refine RopeBoardsCut StonePapyrusNightmare FuelPurple Gem
(ClothLimestoneGold NuggetIceEmpty BottleCoral Nubbin Shipwrecked icon) (Claw Palm SaplingVenom Gland Hamlet icon) (Cratered MoonrockMarble BeanThick FurBeeswaxWax Paper Don't Starve Together icon)
Magic Meat EffigyPrestihatitatorShadow ManipulatorPan FluteOne-man BandNight LightNight ArmorDark SwordBat BatLife Giving AmuletChilled AmuletNightmare AmuletFire StaffIce StaffTelelocator StaffTelelocator FocusBelt of Hunger
(Old Bell Reign of Giants icon) (PiratihatitatorDripple PipesSeaworthy Shipwrecked icon) (Hogus PorkusatorSkyworthy Hamlet icon) (OcuvigilAbigail's FlowerMoon DialThe Lazy Deserter Don't Starve Together icon)
Dress Sewing KitGarlandRabbit EarmuffsStraw HatBeefalo HatBeekeeper HatFeather HatBush HatWinter HatTop HatWalking CaneDapper VestBreezy VestPuffy Vest
(Fashion MelonIce CubeSummer FrestFloral ShirtCat CapRain CoatHibearnation VestRain HatEyebrella Reign of Giants icon) (Brain of ThoughtShark Tooth CrownDumbrellaBlubber SuitTar SuitWindbreakerParticulate PurifierSleek Hat Shipwrecked icon) (Snakeskin HatSnakeskin Jacket Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Gas MaskPith HatThunderhat Hamlet icon) (Fashion GogglesDesert GogglesBlue FuncapGreen FuncapRed FuncapTrusty Tape Don't Starve Together icon)
Ancient ThuleciteThulecite WallThulecite MedallionThe Lazy ForagerMagiluminescenceConstruction AmuletThe Lazy ExplorerStar Caller's StaffDeconstruction StaffPick/AxeThulecite CrownThulecite SuitThulecite ClubHoundius Shootius
Books Birds of the WorldApplied HorticultureSleepytime StoriesThe End is Nigh!On Tentacles
(Joy of Volcanology Shipwrecked icon)
Nautical
Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon
Log RaftRow BoatCargo BoatSnakeskin Sail
(Lucky HatThe 'Sea Legs'SurfboardRaftArmored BoatEncrusted BoatBoat Repair KitThatch SailCloth SailFeather Lite SailIron WindBoat CannonSea TrapTrawl NetSpyglassSuper SpyglassCaptain HatPirate HatLife JacketBuoyQuackering RamTar ExtractorSea Yard Shipwrecked icon) (Cork Bowl Canoe Hamlet icon)
Volcanic Shipwrecked icon Obsidian MacheteObsidian AxeObsidian SpearVolcano StaffObsidian ArmorObsidian CoconadeHowling ConchSail Stick
Treasure Hunting Hamlet icon Disarming ToolsBall Pein HammerGold PanMagnifying Glass
Cartography Don't Starve Together icon Map Scroll
Celestial Don't Starve Together icon Moon Rock IdolPortal Paraphernalia
Shadow Don't Starve Together icon Codex UmbraShadow LoggerShadow MinerShadow DiggerShadow Duelist