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Health is a measurement of overall physical well-being. Unlike Hunger (and in many situations Sanity), Health does not drain over time. Health is lost instantly when a character is hit by an enemy attack, eats poisonous food such as Monster Meat, eats Rot, or harvests from thorny plants like the Spiky Bush. In Reign of Giants (RoG), Health is lost instantly when harvesting from Cacti. Health is lost continually while the character is burning, starving, or freezing. In RoG, characters also lose Health while overheating and in Shipwrecked (SW), while poisoned. Losing all Health results in death (although not necessarily the loss of the game). Health can be seen on the heart-shaped gauge in the upper-right corner of the screen, which shrivels and empties as the character's Health is depleted. Note that having a Meat Effigy lowers max Health.

Character Health
Maxwell 75
Wilson 150
Willow 150
Wendy 150
Wickerbottom 150
Woodie 150
Wes 113
Wolfgang* 200
WX-78** 100
150 Don't Starve Together icon
Reign of Giants


Wigfrid 200
Webber 175
Don't Starve Together


Winona 150


Walani 120
Warly 150
Wilbur 125
Woodlegs 150

*Wolfgang has 200 Health by default (his Health limit rises to 300 with a full belly and drops to 150 when starving).

**WX-78 begins with 100 Health (150 in Don't Starve Together (DST)) and is capable of increasing their Health Cap up to 400 by eating Gears.


Getting damaged depletes Health.


Health can be restored in a few ways. The most basic way to regain health is by eating Food, most of which typically provides 1-3 health when consumed. Cooking the food often increases the Health 1 or 2 points. There are also a few items whose sole purpose is to heal.

Certain food and items provide a greater health boost and are thus very valuable:

  • Crock Pot: Several Crock Pot recipes provide substantial healing. Mandrake Soup is a powerful and flexible healing recipe [+100 HealthMeter]. Fishsticks [+40 HealthMeter] are an easy recipe to make. Pierogi [+40 HealthMeter] is also a good recipe. Dragonpie [+40 HealthMeter] is excellent if the player manages to create a Dragon Fruit farm. In SW, Bisque [+60 HealthMeter] is food that can be easily produced, and is one of the most potent healing items in the game. However, regarding Crock Pot recipes in general, the player must make sure that the individual components (raw or cooked) won't heal more if eaten on their own.
  • Jerky/Small Jerky: Jerky and Small Jerky restore 20 HealthMeter and 8 HealthMeter, respectively, and last for a very long time. If primary concern is health, and the player's only food source is Meats, they should be made into jerky. Jerky can be used in a Crock Pot as normal meat, if needed.
  • Spider Gland/Mosquito Sack: Spiders drop Spider Glands that can be used immediately for restoring 8 HealthMeter. In a similar way, Mosquitoes drop their sacks which heal the same amount of health as Spider Glands. Neither item spoils, however, this isn't practical to stockpile them due to the relatively small amount of health restored when using them.
  • Healing Salve: Spider Glands can also be made into Healing Salves that restore 20 HealthMeter each. Healing Salves do not spoil.
  • Bee Boxes: Bee Boxes produce Honey which by itself restores 3 HealthMeter. If the player has access to Reeds, Honey can be used to create Honey Poultices, which restore 30 HealthMeter when used. Honey also is used in a number of Crock Pot dishes which restore varying amounts of health. Honey Poultices do not spoil, despite Honey spoiling in-game.  
  • Butterflies: Butterflies drop Butterfly Wings, which restore 8 HealthMeter. Also, Butterflies have a 2% chance to drop Butter, which restores 40 HealthMeter on its own. Additionally, the wings can be easily used to make a Butter Muffin, which restores 20 HealthMeter, while also filling some hunger. The Butter can be used to cook Waffles, which restores 60 HealthMeter and is one of the most potent healing items in the game. Butterfly farms can be created easily and synergize well with Bee Boxes.
  • Blue Mushroom: Eating a raw Blue Cap restores 20 HealthMeter, although at the cost of -15 Sanity. Blue mushrooms can only be picked at night and can't be relocated, so large scale farming is usually impractical. Still, they provide a nice boost for players who build their base near them, or when the player is exploring away from their base.
  • Life Giving Amulet: Wearing a Life Giving Amulet will automatically heal the player by +5 HealthMeter in exchange for 5 Hunger and 5% of its durability. If the player dies while wearing it, it will also automatically resurrect the player with 50 of HealthMeter, however when used this way, it will be immediately destroyed.

Maximum health Edit

Health lowered

Health lowered from +120 to +90 by Meat Effigies

Aside from the current health, the character's maximum health can also change under specific conditions. When the maximum health is decreased, it will be shown as a black bar on the health meter.

  • Meat Effigy: If the player builds a Meat Effigy, then their maximum health is decreased by 30. This health is impossible to regain unless the Meat Effigy is destroyed or used.
  • Florid PosternDon't Starve Together icon: Resurrecting via Florid Postern in DST will reduce the maximum health by 25% of the player's maximum health.
  • Booster ShotDon't Starve Together icon: The Booster Shot is only available in DST, and when used, restores 25% of the lost maximum health.

Some characters have special abilities that change their maximum health. When the maximum health is changed due to these abilities, the black bars won't be shown.

  • Special ability of Wolfgang: Wolfgang's max health value changes according to his hunger.
  • Special ability of WX-78: They can consume Gears to raise the cap of 3 stats, including Health.

Touch StoneEdit

If the player comes across a Touch Stone in the world and activates it, they may respawn there as well. To identify one, there are 4 Pig Heads around it and Wooden Flooring underneath.

There may be more than one Touch Stone in the world, but the player will respawn at the one closest to their death point. Touch Stones may only be used once and drop Marble, Rocks, and Nightmare Fuel upon doing so.

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • The player can have 0 points of Health and not die. However, they will still take damage, and can die, as this is just less than 1, but in decimals, making any received damage fatal.

Blueprint Gallery Edit

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