Rabbits are cowardly creatures and will run away if the player gets too close. They will also run straight to their Rabbit Holes at dusk and if they witness the death of a nearby Rabbit. They are considered innocent creatures, and killing one adds 1 point to the player's naughtiness level, which can cause Krampus to appear. However, killing them by directly cooking them over fire (which yields a cooked morsel) or starving them to death to obtain a morsel does not add to Naughtiness.
As inventory items, they can be murdered by right-clicking them to produce Morsels.
During Winter, Rabbits' coats will turn white, much like Rabbits in real life.
When the player digs up a rabbit hole, a rabbit will come out of it but the hole will be gone.
A Rabbit will turn into a Beardling when a character's Sanity drops below 40%. All Rabbits, including those in the inventory or containers will become Beardlings.
They behave just like normal Rabbits, but appear to be covered with black Beard Hair. They can be murdered by right-clicking them in inventory to produce Beard Hair, Monster Meat, or Nightmare Fuel, or cooked over a fire to get Cooked Monster Meat. Beardlings will not drop Morsels. Just like Rabbits, Beardlings are considered innocent creatures, and killing one adds 1 point to the player's naughtiness level.
Like many other Monsters, Beardlings have an insanity aura that lowers the player's Sanity level when the player is nearby.
Killing Beardlings is one of the easiest ways to get Beard Hair while not playing as Wilson. It is also arguably the best way to farm Nightmare Fuel, since both items can be obtained from killed Beardlings in relative safety.
To catch a Rabbit, place a Trap directly above a Rabbit Hole. This will guarantee the capture of a Rabbit and can be done with large amounts of Rabbit Holes, which can provide the player with a steady supply of food. The best place to farm Rabbits is in the Savanna, where Rabbit Holes are very abundant.
While tedious and impractical, Rabbits can be killed in melee. Rabbits will flee from the player when approached, but they are slower than the player and can be cornered. However, if you drop a carrot/berry on the floor and wait until a rabbit starts nibbling it, the rabbit can be struck in melee without it attempting to flee, this returns the carrot as well if you are reasonably quick.
With normal damage modifiers, Rabbits instantly die from any hit from a Spear or any better weapon. The only tools that will do the same are the Axe, Pickaxe, their golden counterparts, and the Pick/Axe. Rabbits take 1 blast from the Ice Staff to be frozen and 1 Sleep Dart to be put to sleep.
Reign of Giants Edit
In Don't Starve: Reign of Giants, Rabbits inside the player's inventory will starve in 2 days unless fed with Fruits or Vegetables. One portion of food will completely fill its hunger so it is most efficient to feed the rabbit when nearly starving. If a Rabbit starves, it will turn into a fresh Morsel. Starvation also applies to rabbits trapped under a Trap, with the Morsel laying on the ground and spoiling as normal once the Rabbit has died. Any creature that would normally eat meat on the ground can then eat the Morsel.
The Catcoon will occasionally vomit a live Rabbit. This Rabbit will lie on the ground for a short time (similar to when a player releases a Rabbit) and can be killed with a melee weapon (if the aforementioned Catcoon does not kill it first). Rabbits also have a 0.1% chance to be dropped by Tumbleweeds.
- Beardlords are the Bunnymen equivalent of Beardlings.
- The animal's original name was "Jackalope". A jackalope is a joke-mythical creature invented by taxidermists which consists of an ordinary Rabbit or hare with small antlers growing out of its head.
- Despite not being named as such in-game anymore, rabbits still do possess the traits of a jackalope, having short little horns as well as its ordinary ears.
- Beardlings are one of two passive mobs that drop Monster Meat, the other being Glommer.
- Wickerbottom identifies Rabbits as lagomorphs; the taxonomic order which real-world rabbits belong to.
- Winter Rabbits have slightly lower pitched sounds than regular Rabbits.
- Rabbits and Beardlings will sometimes co-exist for a very brief moment when the player becomes (in)sane enough for them to change.
- If the player manages to kill a Rabbit while it is being trapped, the player will get a Morsel and the Rabbit will remain in the Trap.