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Wilson Portrait
This stuff is crazy!

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Eww, it's still warm!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Scary stuff.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
With the sleep of dreams comes this stuff.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
DEBUGGING RESIDUE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Ectoplasmic residue.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
All of my fears in liquid form, eh?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Ahhh. Refreshing.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
The fuel öf darkness!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
It's cold and slippery.

Webber

Walani Portrait
The stuff of nightmares.

Walani

Warly Portrait
Who in their right mind would want to fuel MORE nightmares?

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait
I've seen thet dark magic asea...

Woodlegs


Nightmare Fuel is a Refined Magic Item in Don't Starve. It requires a Prestihatitator to prototype, and costs 4 Dark Petals to craft. It can also be obtained as a drop from various mobs and objects.

Mobs that drop Nightmare Fuel include:

Objects that drop Nightmare Fuel include:

Nightmare Fuel is used to craft Magic items. It is also used to fuel Night Lights and Maxwell's Codex Umbra (to summon Shadow Puppets). Chester can transform into Shadow Chester by placing Nightmare Fuel in each of his nine inventory slots on a Full Moon.


Gathering Edit

Glommer See also: Guides/Nightmare Fuel Farming

If a character's Sanity decreases below 40% of their maximum (80 for most characters, 60 for Wes, 48 for Willow, and varies for WX-78 based on the upgrade level), all Rabbits change into Beardlings and can be killed to gather Nightmare Fuel (along with Monster Meat and Beard Hair). An easy way to do this is by trapping a large number of Rabbits and then lowering Sanity to below 40%, after which they can all be murdered all at once while in inventory. However, be careful, as this is liable to trigger the Krampus by advancing the player's naughtiness level beyond the threshold.

Alternatively, Nightmare Fuel can be acquired by killing Crawling Horrors and Terrorbeaks. Crawling Horrors are easier to deal with than Terrorbeaks; the latter don't appear until Sanity is very, very low, so it's possible to kill Crawling Horrors one at a time.

A safer and simpler way to get Nightmare Fuel is to capture Bees with a Bug Net and then release them at an Evil Flower patch, which can be found where the Things and Maxwell's Door are. This will eventually cause more Evil Flowers to spawn, and their petals can be crafted into Nightmare Fuel.

The most dangerous yet rewarding way is to venture into a Ruins or Cave and find a location with Nightmare Lights and Nightmare Fissures. When the Nightmare Cycle ends, all of the Shadow Creatures that spawned from the Lights and Fissures will die and drop Nightmare Fuel, which can yield what is probably the most Nightmare Fuel at one time.

Icon Tools Usage Edit

Inventory slot backgroundTwigsInventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

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Inventory slot backgroundGearsAlchemy EngineInventory slot backgroundDivining Rod
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

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Inventory slot background Living LogInventory slot background Living LogInventory slot background Living LogInventory slot backgroundPurple GemPrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundShadow Manipulator
Inventory slot backgroundGold NuggetInventory slot backgroundGold NuggetInventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×4

Inventory slot backgroundPig SkinInventory slot backgroundPig SkinPrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundOne-man Band
Inventory slot backgroundGold Nugget

×8

Inventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundRed GemPrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundNight Light
Inventory slot backgroundGold NuggetInventory slot backgroundGold NuggetInventory slot backgroundGold NuggetInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundRed GemPrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundLife Giving Amulet
Inventory slot backgroundPapyrusInventory slot backgroundPapyrusInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelPrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundSleepytime StoriesWickerbottom Portrait
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×5

Inventory slot background PapyrusInventory slot background PapyrusInventory slot background PapyrusShadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundNight Armour
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×5

Inventory slot background Living LogShadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundDark Sword
Inventory slot backgroundGold Nugget

×6

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×4

Inventory slot backgroundPurple GemInventory slot backgroundPurple GemShadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundNightmare Amulet
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot background SpearInventory slot backgroundRed GemShadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundFire Staff
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×4

Inventory slot background Living LogInventory slot background Living LogInventory slot backgroundPurple GemInventory slot backgroundPurple GemShadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundTelelocator Staff
Inventory slot backgroundSlurper Pelt

×6

Inventory slot background RopeInventory slot background RopeInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelShadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundBelt of Hunger
Inventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelBroken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Medallion
Inventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundYellow GemBroken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundMagiluminescence
Inventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundGreen GemBroken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundConstruction Amulet
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×4

Inventory slot background Living LogInventory slot background Living LogInventory slot backgroundYellow GemInventory slot backgroundYellow GemBroken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundStar Caller's Staff
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×4

Inventory slot background Living LogInventory slot background Living LogInventory slot backgroundGreen GemInventory slot backgroundGreen GemBroken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundDeconstruction Staff
Inventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot backgroundThuleciteInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundOrange GemAncient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThe Lazy Forager
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot background Walking CaneInventory slot backgroundOrange GemInventory slot backgroundOrange GemAncient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThe Lazy Explorer
Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×4

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×4

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Crown
Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×6

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×4

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Suit
Inventory slot backgroundLiving LogInventory slot backgroundLiving LogInventory slot backgroundLiving LogInventory slot background Thulecite

×4

Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×4

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Club
Inventory slot backgroundHornInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundRopeShadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundDripple PipesShipwrecked icon
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot background ObsidianInventory slot background ObsidianInventory slot backgroundMagic SealObsidian WorkbenchInventory slot backgroundSail StickShipwrecked icon
Inventory slot backgroundSea wortherInventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×4

Inventory slot backgroundLiving Log

×4

Shadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundSeaworthyOnly available in a Vanilla or Reign of Giants world linked with a Shipwrecked world.
Inventory slot backgroundPetals

×6

Inventory slot background Nightmare FuelInterface arrow rightInventory slot backgroundAbigail's FlowerDon't Starve Together iconWendy Portrait
Inventory slot backgroundPapyrusInventory slot backgroundPapyrusInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot background Nightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundHealth Decrease

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Interface arrow rightInventory slot backgroundCodex UmbraDon't Starve Together iconWaxwell Portrait
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot background AxeCodex UmbraInventory slot backgroundShadow LoggerDon't Starve Together iconWaxwell Portrait
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot background PickaxeCodex UmbraInventory slot backgroundShadow MinerDon't Starve Together iconWaxwell Portrait
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot background ShovelCodex UmbraInventory slot backgroundShadow DiggerDon't Starve Together iconWaxwell Portrait
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot backgroundNightmare FuelInventory slot background SpearCodex UmbraInventory slot backgroundShadow DuelistDon't Starve Together iconWaxwell Portrait

Placeholder Trivia Edit

  • The term "nightmare fuel" is a common phrase on the Internet used to describe works of fiction, or scenes therein, that are extremely likely to disturb and/or frighten the audience.
  • When dropped on the ground, Nightmare Fuel appears as pulsing goo.
  • Although Beardlings will drop this, Beardlords will not.
  • Maxwell, upon examining the Ancient Guardian, says "My my, the fuel has changed you." This implies that prolonged exposure to Nightmare Fuel can alter creatures in some significant way.
  • According to Webber, Nightmare Fuel feels cold. However, according to Willow, Nightmare Fuel feels warm. This may indecate it has different properties to different people, most likely relating to what the person finds scary.

Blueprint GalleryEdit

Items and Structures dropped by Mobs
Loot AshesAzure FeatherBatilisk WingBeard HairBeefalo HornBlow DartBlue GemBunny PuffButterButterfly WingsCharcoalCrimson FeatherDeerclops EyeballDrumstickFleshy BulbFlintFrog LegsGearsGuardian's HornGlow BerryHoneyHound's ToothJet FeatherKrampus SackLight BulbLiving LogMandrakeMeatMonster MeatMorselMosquito SackNightmare FuelOrnate ChestPig SkinPurple GemRed GemRocksSilkSlurtle SlimeSlurper PeltSpider EggsSpider GlandShelmetSnurtle Shell ArmorSpiderhatStingerTam o' ShanterTentacle SpikeTentacle SpotsThulecite FragmentsWalrus Tusk
(Cat TailDown FeatherElectric MilkGlommer's GoopGlommer's WingsScalesThick FurVolt Goat Horn Reign of Giants icon) (Bee Queen CrownBlueprintChilled LavaeCut GrassFur TuftLavae EggLeafy MeatPhlegmRoyal JellySaffron FeatherShadow AtriumShroom SkinSteel Wool Don't Starve Together icon) (BananaBlubberBooty BagCoconutChest of the DepthsDead DogfishDead JellyfishDead SwordfishDead WobsterDoydoy FeatherDragoon HeartDubloonsEmpty BottleEye of the Tiger SharkEyeshotFish MorselHarpoonHornIron KeyMagic SealObsidianRaw FishTropical FishShark FinShark GillsSnakeskinSnake OilTurbine BladesVenom GlandYellow Mosquito Sack Shipwrecked icon)
Indirect BeeBeefalo WoolButterflyCrowFirefliesGuanoManureRedbirdSeedsSnowbirdRabbitMosquito
(Glommer's GoopMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CanaryCut Grass Don't Starve Together icon) (Bile-Covered SlopBioluminescenceCrabbitJellyfishParrotParrot PirateSeagullToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon)


Craftable Items and Structures
Tools Axe (Luxury Axe) • Pickaxe (Opulent Pickaxe) • Shovel (Regal Shovel) • PitchforkHammerRazor
(Feather PencilSaddleWar SaddleGlossamer SaddleBrushSaddlehornSalt Lick Don't Starve Together icon) (Machete (Luxury Machete) Shipwrecked icon)
Light CampfireFire PitTorchMiner HatPumpkin LanternLantern
(Endothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitMoggles Reign of Giants icon) (GlowcapMushlightWillow's Lighter Don't Starve Together icon) (ChimineaBottle LanternObsidian Fire PitBoat TorchBoat Lantern Shipwrecked icon)
Nautical Shipwrecked icon Lucky HatThe 'Sea Legs'SurfboardLog RaftRaftRow BoatCargo BoatArmored BoatBoat Repair KitThatch SailCloth SailSnakeskin SailFeather Lite SailIron WindBoat CannonSea TrapTrawl NetSpyglassSuper SpyglassCaptain HatPirate HatLife JacketBuoy
Survival TrapBird TrapCompassBackpackPiggybackThermal StoneHealing SalveHoney PoulticeStraw RollFur RollTentUmbrellaBug NetFishing Rod
(Pretty ParasolLuxury Fan Insulated PackSiesta Lean-to Reign of Giants icon) (Telltale HeartBooster ShotWater BalloonWhirly FanBerniePile o' BalloonsBundling WrapCandy Bag Don't Starve Together icon) (Chef PouchSilly Monkey BallTropical ParasolAnti VenomThatch PackPalm Leaf HutTropical FanSea SackDoydoy Nest Shipwrecked icon)
Food Basic FarmImproved FarmBee BoxDrying RackCrock PotIce Box
(Bucket-o-poop Reign of Giants icon) (Mushroom Planter Don't Starve Together icon) (Mussel Stick Shipwrecked icon)
Science Science MachineAlchemy EngineDivining RodThermal MeasurerRainometerGunpowderLightning Rod
(Ice FlingomaticElectrical Doodad Reign of Giants icon) (Cartographer's DeskPotter's Wheel Don't Starve Together icon) (Ice Maker 3000 Shipwrecked icon)
Fight SpearHam BatGrass SuitLog SuitMarble SuitFootball HelmetSleep DartFire DartBlow DartBoomerangBee MineTooth Trap
(Battle HelmBattle SpearMorning StarWeather PainScalemail Reign of Giants icon) (Electric DartTail o' Three Cats Don't Starve Together icon) (Poison SpearSeashell SuitLimestone SuitCactus ArmorHorned HelmetPoison DartCoconadeSpear GunCutlass Supreme Shipwrecked icon)
Structures ChestSignHay WallWood WallStone WallPig HouseRabbit HutchBirdcageFlooring (CobblestonesWooden FlooringCheckerboard FlooringCarpeted Flooring) • Potted Fern
(Scaled ChestSpider Eggs Reign of Giants icon) (Directional SignMini SignEnd TableFriendly ScarecrowMoon Rock WallScaled FlooringScaled FurnaceWardrobeWood FenceWood Gate Don't Starve Together icon) (Limestone WallWildbore HousePrime Ape HutSand BagSand CastleDragoon DenSnakeskin Rug Shipwrecked icon)
Refine RopeBoardsCut StonePapyrusNightmare FuelPurple Gem
(Cratered MoonrockMarble BeanThick FurBeeswaxWax Paper Don't Starve Together icon) (ClothLimestoneGold NuggetIceEmpty Bottle Shipwrecked 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) (OcuvigilAbigail's FlowerMoondial Don't Starve Together icon) (PiratihatitatorDripple PipesSeaworthy Shipwrecked 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) (Blue FuncapGreen FuncapRed Funcap Don't Starve Together icon) (Brain of ThoughtShark Tooth CrownSnakeskin HatSnakeskin JacketDumbrellaBlubber SuitWindbreakerParticulate PurifierSleek Hat Shipwrecked icon)
Books Birds of the WorldApplied HorticultureSleepytime StoriesThe End is NighOn Tentacles
(Joy of Volcanology Shipwrecked icon)
Ancient ThuleciteThulecite WallThulecite MedallionThe Lazy ForagerMagiluminescenceConstruction AmuletThe Lazy ExplorerStar Caller's StaffDeconstruction StaffPick/AxeThulecite CrownThulecite SuitThulecite ClubHoundius Shootius
Volcanic Shipwrecked icon Obsidian MacheteObsidian AxeObsidian SpearVolcano StaffObsidian ArmorObsidian CoconadeHowling ConchSail Stick
Shadow Don't Starve Together icon Codex UmbraShadow LoggerShadow MinerShadow DiggerShadow Duelist
Cartography Don't Starve Together icon Map Scroll

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