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Wilson Portrait
You ain't nothing, hound dog!

Wilson

Willow Portrait
What a jerk!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Woof!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
Stay back, foul minion of evil!

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
IT LIVES TO EAT

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
That hound is not domesticated.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
They'd be good at pulling a sled.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
They don't recognize me!

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Fenrir's spawn!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
That's an angry puppy!

Webber

Walani Portrait
This dog is a real drag!

Walani

Warly Portrait
Angry chien!

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Hey thar, beastie.

Woodlegs


Hounds are Monsters that attack periodically in packs. They attack every 3–13 days[1] and can also spawn from Hound Mounds. At least two Hounds will typically appear during an attack, which is signaled by growling noises heard for a short time before. The player will also comment on the growling three times until it stops, and the Hounds attack. More Hounds will spawn at a time as the game progresses.

Hounds take two blasts from an Ice Staff to be frozen. When killed, they drop one Monster Meat and have a chance of dropping a Hound's Tooth.

In Don't Starve: Reign of Giants, if a player tracks a Varg, the Varg can spot the player and howl, calling two Hounds to help attack the player. Depending on the season, these Hounds can be normal, Blue, and Red.

In Don't Starve Together, a character that has died and became a Ghost can haunt a Hound, giving it a chance of becoming either a Red Hound or a Blue Hound (50/50 chance). After the Hound has converted, it will panic for a short while, before continuing with what it was doing, such as attacking other players. 

Red Hound Edit

Wilson Portrait
That one is glowy.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
I actually kind of like that one.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Bark!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
His disposition is fiery.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
IT LIVES TO BURN

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
That hound is more dangerous than the others.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Hot hound!

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
I put fire gems in there as a joke.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
The flamed öne has nö mercy.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
He's got a fire under his feet. And all inside him.

Webber

Walani Portrait
This one seems angrier somehow.

Walani

Warly Portrait
Chien, on fire!

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Stay beck from me legs!

Woodlegs

The Red Hound (also known as a Fire Hound, Flame Hound, or Hellhound) can spawn in the Summer and Autumn (Reign of Giants icon) during Hound attacks. Red Hounds have less health than regular Hounds, cannot be set on fire, and have a higher resistance to the effects of an Ice Staff. Upon death, they "explode" into 3 large fires that will burn for at least six seconds, then extinguish into Ashes. These fires can easily spread to nearby flammable objects. When killed, Red Hounds will always drop 1 Monster Meat and 1 Hound's Tooth, with a chance to drop 1 Red Gem.

Occasionally, players can encounter Red Hounds as part of a Fire Staff Trap. Four to five Red Hounds sleep around the Fire Staff, and if the Fire Staff is taken, they will wake up and attack. The player will lose a large amount of sanity, and it will start to rain. If encountered, it is better to kill off each Hound individually, as they will not awaken upon the assault of their brethren.

Blue Hound Edit

Wilson Portrait
Are there hounds for every season?

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Gross! Cold!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Bow wow!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
He has a cold, dead heart.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
IT LIVES TO FREEZE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
What a strange, cold beast.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Arctic hounds?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
How quickly they forget...

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Teeth öf fröst!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
He has a chilling look in his eyes.

Webber

Walani Portrait
What a chilly pup.

Walani

Warly Portrait
Away, frozen diable!

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Packs quite a chilly bite!

Woodlegs

The Blue Hound (also known as an Ice Hound) is a Hound that can spawn in the Winter and Spring (Reign of Giants icon) during Hound attacks. Blue Hounds have less health than regular Hounds, but deal more damage and cannot be frozen with the Ice Staff. When killed, Blue Hounds always drop 1 Monster Meat and 2 Hound's Teeth, with a chance to drop 1 Blue Gem.

In Reign of Giants, Blue Hounds can freeze the player and nearby creatures when they are killed. Killing one Blue Hound will give the player a blue tint, and killing a second one will freeze the player for about 5 seconds. Any attack will release a frozen character, and killing one can freeze another nearby Hound.

Two Blue Hounds always accompany the MacTusk N' Son hunting party. They will be found sleeping outside the Walrus Camp when the party retires at dusk.

Occasionally, the player can encounter Blue Hounds as part of an Ice Staff Trap. Four to five Blue Hounds sleep around the Ice Staff, and if the Ice Staff is taken, they will wake up and attack. The player will lose a large amount of sanity, and it will start to rain. If encountered, it is better to kill off each Hound individually, as they will not awaken upon the assault of their brethren.

Periodic Hound AttacksEdit

Red Hounds will accompany normal Hounds during attacks in Summer and Autumn (Reign of Giants icon), while Blue Hounds accompany normal Hounds during Winter and Spring (Reign of Giants icon). Red and Blue Hounds will appear less often than normal Hounds.

When a Hound attack is imminent, snorting and growling sounds will be heard. These sounds start off softly and grow louder as the Hounds approach. Characters will also call attention to these sounds with phrases such as, "Did you hear that?". Usually, these warnings appear at least twice before the Hounds come. When the Hounds appear, the growling sounds will be replaced with the very real running and panting sounds that Hounds make when they attack.

Wilson Portrait
Did you hear that?

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Show yourself!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
I hear puppies!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
The hounds are baying.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
SOMETHING IS COMING

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Something is approaching.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
There's something out there.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
The hounds are growing restless.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
The beasts are appröaching...

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Doggies are coming!

Webber

Walani Portrait
Junkyard dogs incomin'.

Walani

Warly Portrait
I recognize that sound. Hunger.

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
Whut be thet noise signallin'?

Woodlegs


Wes and Wilbur cannot speak and therefore do not have distinguishable warnings. Wilbur will make random monkey noises, as with any other quote. Attacks will escalate and peak at day 100. Periodic hound attacks are a threat in a Sandbox Mode. The default attacks escalate making them dangerous to fight alone.

After the second attack, Red Hounds can spawn with normal Hounds during Summer, while Blue Hounds can spawn with normal Hounds during Winter. The chances of Red Hounds or Blue Hounds spawning with a pack increases with each day survived.

Hounds do not appear in Caves. Instead, Depths Worms attack in waves similar to the way Hounds do above ground.

Default setting Next attack Hounds Advance warning (seconds)
Day 0 to 9 6 to 12 days 2 120
Day 10 to 24 6 to 12 days 3 to 4 60
Day 25 to 49 4 to 10 days 4 to 6 45
Day 50 to 99 4 to 10 days 5 to 7 30
Day 100 or more 3 to 8 days 7 to 10 30

Hound attack frequency can be configured in the World Customization.

Custom setting Next attack Hounds

Advance warning (seconds)

Never -- -- --
Less 6 to 12 days 3 to 4 60
More 4 to 10 days 4 to 6 45
Lots 3 to 7 days 5 to 7 30

According to the script, the default hound attacks eventually escalate to "crazy" (settings as per the last entry in the Default settings table above).

Currently the only way to eventually get to a "crazy" level of hounds is to leave the hound attack setting on default. All other settings are constant (as described above). In other words, currently it is only possible to make the hounds easier in the long term (but more difficult early on), or to leave them as default.

Brain BehaviorEdit

Hounds are naturally aggressive, but easily distracted as they will attack all creatures on sight. Hounds will immediately charge the player when they spawn during a Hound attack. After a while, they can become distracted by nearby Mobs or Meat.

If a Hound's target is completely surrounded by Walls, they will attack the Walls in an attempt to reach their target. If there is breach in the Walls, Hounds will run through it.

In Reign of Giants, regular Hounds can spawn from Hound Mounds. These Hounds will only stray a certain distance from their Mound, but if they spot the player, they will chase them considerable distance. Hounds will retreat to their Mounds if they are unable to catch their prey.

Spear Fighting StrategyEdit

Glommer See also: Hound Wave Survival Guide and Hound Repelling
Hounds are much faster than the player and cannot be outrun unless they become distracted or belong to a Hound Mound. The player can use a Walking Cane or run along a Road to outrun them.

One simple strategy to defeat Hounds, especially later in the game, is by simply filling up a large area with set of Tooth Traps. Players can simply equip armor, and then run around the trap field avoiding attacks until the Hounds are killed. The trap field should be built away from the base and other flammable structures, to avoid uncontrolled fires caused by Red Hounds. The broken traps can be replaced by using the teeth obtained from the Hounds, making this a self-sustaining method to deal with Hound attacks.

Hounds will bite as soon as they are close enough to the player and pause for a slight moment before and after they chomp. It is possible to dodge their bite and then strike twice during the pause, although this proves difficult when multiple Hounds are attacking. Wearing an item that slows the player, such as the Marble Suit, will greatly increase the chance of being bitten.

Once a Hound executes an attack, successful or not, it may stop to bark. When they do this, they will now target the nearest Mob or Meat. If they attack a Mob that fights in a group such as a Beefalo, they can quickly be dispatched.

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

Weapon 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 Slime Tooth Trap

Tentacle Spike Battle Spear Dark Sword

Thulecite Club

Fire DartFire Staff Blow Dart GunpowderOld Bell
No. of hits for
Hound
36 12 9 6 5 5 4 3-6 3 or 4 3 3 2 1
No. of hits for
Red Hound
24 8 6 4 4 3 3 2-4 2 or 3 2 Immune 1 1
No. of hits for
Blue Hound
24 8 6 4 4 3 3 2-4 2 or 3 2 3 1 1

Prototype TipsEdit

  • While Hounds are attacking, Chester can and will be targeted.
    • The same goes for Glommer in Reign of Giants.
Beefalo and Hounds

Beefalo attacking Hounds.

  • 2 or 3 Hounds can usually be defeated, without issue, by using a Spear, Log Suit, and Football Helmet. A player can even tank the damage when kiting is not an option.
  • Hounds are easily distracted. As such, many strategies involve leading Hounds to other Mobs.
    • Lead Hounds to a Marsh where the resident Tentacles, Merms, and Spiders can aggro on the Hounds. This can also be a good way to get Tentacle Spikes, Tentacle Spots, Monster Meat, and other loot.
    • Lead Hounds to Frog Ponds where Frogs will swarm their target when just 1 is attacked. Red Hound explosions cannot destroy Ponds, so no resources are at risk. Frogs do not eat Meats, so you can recover all loot including any Frog Legs the Hounds did not eat.
    • Lead Hounds to Treeguards where large and medium Treeguards will kill Hounds in one hit. Beware of Red Hounds; they can set Treeguards on fire, who in turn can wander around and set other things on fire.
    • Lead Hounds to a Killer Bee Hive (or attack a Beehive to spawn Killer Bees). The Bees may take a while to change targets if aggroed by the player, but will prioritize Hounds that have attacked them.
    • Lead Hounds to a herd of Beefalo and run through (or around) the herd until a Beefalo gets bit. The herd will easily kill a Hound.
    • Some more places or creatures one can lead Hounds to are Spider Dens, Spider Queens, Pigs, Lureplant and Rock Lobsters. The latter isn't recommended as the Lobsters will eat the valuable Fire and Ice Gems. Keep in mind that Red Hounds may burn down any nearby structures or resources.
  • Leaving any type of Meat on the ground can distract Hounds that are chasing the player. The Hound will do its attacking animation when it eats, but the player won't take any damage if they are nearby.
  • One can create a walled-off area with an entrance filled with Tooth Traps. Incoming Hounds can be funneled through the entrance, killing off most, if not all. A Fire Pit and other supplies can be kept inside for night attacks.

Placeholder TriviaEdit

Dont Starve Emoticon dshound

The Red Hound as a Steam chat emoticon.

  • Hounds and Red Hounds were added in the The Birds and the Bees & Dogs That Want to Kill You update.
  • Blue Hounds were added in the A Winter's Tale update.
  • According to Wickerbottom, a Hound's Tooth contains brimstone, also known as sulfur. In folklore, sulfur is often associated with demons, implying that the in-game Hounds are Hellhounds, a supernatural dog common in some mythologies or beliefs.
  • The Red Hound is available for use on Steam as a chat emoticon.
  • Red Hounds are the only Mobs that take 16 hits from an Ice Staff to be frozen - the maximum for most Mobs is 4.
  • Even though Red Hounds cannot be set on fire, they still take fire damage if they come into contact with it.
  • When Red Hounds are inspected by Maxwell, he reveals that he "put gems in there as a joke". This implies that the notable traits of the Red Hound, such as its red color and spontaneous combustion upon death, are due to the presence of the Red Gem in its body.
  • Maxwell comments that he had a lot of surplus Gems when examining Blue Hounds. This reveals that the freezing resistance Blue Hounds have is caused by the Blue Gems in their body. This may also have caused their "blue" fur, although the grayish teal coloration they sport is a common pigmentation in many real-life mammals, especially those living in cold climates.
  • The Blue Hounds have a dark blue nose when awake. Should they fall asleep, however, then their nose will change to the colour of an ordinary hound's nose.

Mosquito Bugs Edit

  • Saving the game when the Hound attack warning begins and then loading that save will cause the attack to become bugged. The Hounds will arrive extremely late, up to 7 days, and the warning will persist indefinitely, making the player unable to use Tents and other items that require a "safe" condition.
  • Occasionally, dying in a Cave and getting resurrected on the surface (perhaps when Hound attacks are supposed to begin) will cause the growling and snorting sounds to play in half-day intervals while the character remarks that the Hounds are coming, but they will not appear until a Hound attack in 3–10 days, where the warnings properly play close together.
  • Sometimes, Hound attacks will 'reset'; the growling warning will last longer and only two normal Hounds will spawn, just as the first Hound attack.
  • Saving and exiting the game during a Hound attack, and then loading the save will cause all of the Hounds to become temporarily distracted.
  • Occasionally, when a Shipwrecked and Reign of Giants world are merged, a hound attack may occur every time the player reloads the game.

Blueprint GalleryEdit

Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork BishopClockwork RookClockwork KnightDangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(Poison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon) (EwecusGrumble BeeLavaeShadow Pieces Don't Starve Together icon) (DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSpider Warrior (Venomous)Sea HoundStink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (Bee QueenToadstool 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) (No-Eyed Deer Don't Starve Together icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildboreShipwrecked icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CanaryCrittersExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutch Don't Starve Together icon) (CrabbitDogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrotParrot PirateSeagullSealSharkittenToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King
(Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon)

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