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The Year of the Varg is an event in Don't Starve Together, lasting from February 9th until March 16th, 2018. It is inspired by the Chinese Year of the Dog, which started from February 16th, 2018, and continues until February 4th, 2019. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is related to an animal in a 12-year cycle.

It is similar to the Year of the Gobbler event, which came in the year before, and shares mechanics with it, such as the Offerings crafting tab, and most craftable items from that event. However, there were several additions and differences implemented into the event, especially concerning the obtainment of Lucky Gold Nuggets.

During the Year of the Varg event, the Knitted Puppy Hat Skin is given to players upon opening the game.

Players can revisit this event by setting Events to Year of the Varg in the world creation menu. Event-only themed skins will be disabled when revisiting the event.

Varg Shrine Varg ShrineEdit

Wilson Portrait
I need to put a torch in it.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
It's missing something. Like fire.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Shiny puppy is wanting to play fetch.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
We must light a fire to honor the hound.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
INSERT FLAMES HERE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Tribute by fire, hm?

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Gotta warm this doghouse up, eh?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
It requires a torch.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
What döth thöu need?

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Let's put the torch in!

Webber

Winona Portrait
Needs a little something extra.

Winona

The Varg Shrine is a craftable Structure located in the Structures Tab, and requires 8 Gold Nuggets and 2 Boards to craft. It is always available to craft and does not require prototyping. Offering a Torch to the Varg Shrine will grant players access to the Offerings Tab where they are able to acquire event-specific items using Lucky Gold Nuggets.

While a Torch is in the Shrine, its fuel usage rate is multiplied by 0.2 - so a Torch with 100% durability, which would usually last for 75 seconds, will last for 375 seconds (6.25 minutes) instead. Once the Torch runs out, the Varg Shrine will no longer be active.

Clay VargEdit

Wilson Portrait
A terror cotta monster!

Wilson

Willow Portrait
How'd you get your eyes to do that?!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Big clay puppy!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
To perish now would save me much sorrow.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
YOU WILL BE DESTROYED

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Ah, how charmingly fearsome.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Look at the size of you.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
This earthen beast's all fired up.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Lö! What terrible beast!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
N-nice puppy!

Webber

Winona Portrait
You lookin' to scrap, big guy?

Winona

Clay Vargs spawn from Suspicious Dirt Piles like normal Vargs do if there is an activated Varg Shrine in the world. They will appear as a statue surrounded by twelve Clay Hounds and will wake up if a player approaches them and stays in front of the Clay Varg for an extended period of time. Clay Vargs have the same health and fighting stats as normal Vargs, but will drop 4-6 Red Pouches instead of Monster Meat. They additionally drop 1-3 Hound's Teeth.

Unlike normal Vargs, Clay Vargs are unable to summon Clay Hounds or regular Hounds. They cannot be set on fire or put to sleep.

Clay HoundEdit

Wilson Portrait
It's been unleashed!

Wilson

Willow Portrait
This dog is stone cold!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Ruff, ruff!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
My, what big teeth you have.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
>CMD [/SIT]

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
The earthenware has been magically animated.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Earth hounds!

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
I was wise to be suspicious.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
I shall fell yöu swiftly!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Sit! Stay?

Webber

Winona Portrait
I'll send you runnin', mutt!

Winona

Clay Hounds spawn from Suspicious Dirt Piles in two groups of six next to the Clay Varg. They share the same health and fighting stats with regular Hounds, except for being a little slower. Upon being killed, they have a 20% chance to drop a Red Pouch and a 10% chance to drop a Hound's Tooth.

Clay Hounds cannot be set on fire or put to sleep.

Red Pouch Lucky Gold NuggetEdit

Wilson Portrait
What a lucky find!

Wilson, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Willow Portrait
I don't think I'm supposed to spend this.

Willow, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wolfgang Portrait
Is money?

Wolfgang, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wendy Portrait
Luck has long since abandoned me...

Wendy, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

WX-78 Portrait
PRECIOUS, LUCKY METAL

WX-78, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wickerbottom Portrait
Such a curious shape.

Wickerbottom, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Woodie Portrait
I could use a bit of luck.

Woodie, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Waxwell Portrait
Gold's gold as far as I'm concerned.

Maxwell, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wigfrid Portrait
The unicörn smiles upön me this day!

Wigfrid, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Webber Portrait
So shiny!

Webber, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Winona Portrait
I could use a bit of prosperity.

Winona, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Lucky Gold Nuggets are used to acquire items from the Offerings Tab and can be obtained from Red Pouches dropped by Clay Vargs and Clay Hounds.

Lucky Gold Nugget Offerings TabEdit

Glommer See also: Offerings Tab (Year of the Gobbler)

It wants to give us presents!

Webber

Icon Offerings

Tab Icon.

The following items can be obtained from the Offerings Tab when standing next to an activated Varg Shrine, each of them having a different function. Similar to the Ancient Tab and the Ancient Pseudoscience Station, these items cannot be prototyped and then made on the go in the future; in order to craft an item under this tab, the player must always be near a Varg Shrine.

Red FirecrackersEdit

Wilson Portrait
Filled with explosion science!

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Light'em up!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Crackle bangs!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
It needs only a light.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
CHAOS IN STICK FORM

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
A little too noisy for my liking.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Let's not set them off in the forest.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Great for magic tricks.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
Tö strike fear intö the hearts öf mine enemies!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Don't worry Ms. Wicker, we'll be careful.

Webber

Winona Portrait
Lucky firecrackers!

Winona

Three Firecrackers can be acquired in exchange for 1 Lucky Gold Nugget at the Varg Shrine. They can be set on fire with a Torch or Lighter to produce sparkles, and will be destroyed in the process. When set off, nearby Mobs such as Hounds will be startled and cower in fear, giving the Firecrackers a use apart from the festivities.

Red LanternEdit

Wilson Portrait
This lantern feels more special than the others.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Anything with a fire in it is okay by me.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Wolfgang does not like the dark.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
A light to guide me.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
A LUCKY GLOWBOX

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
What a colorful little lantern.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
This little light of mine.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Not having a light would certainly be unlucky.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
A lucky ward tö guard against the night.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Our own personal night light!

Webber

Winona Portrait
Nothing luckier around here than a light.

Winona

Red Lanterns can be acquired in exchange for 3 Lucky Gold Nuggets at the Varg Shrine and can be equipped in the hand slot. They do not produce as much light as regular Lanterns, but have a higher durability. Red Lanterns last for 12 Days.

Lucky WhistleEdit

Wilson Portrait
This'd stop a dog in its tracks.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Heh heh. STAY.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Tiny whistle stick makes no noise!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
That I cannot hear it does not mean it is silent.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
ERROR: FREQUENCY OUT OF RANGE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
It emits a frequency undetectable to the human ear.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
I usually do my own animal calls.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
Howl I ever find a use for this?

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
It casts a spell upön the dögged beasts.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Our head buzzes when we blow it.

Webber

Winona Portrait
This oughta give them paws pause.

Winona

Lucky Whistles can be acquired in exchange for 3 Lucky Gold Nuggets at the Varg Shrine. Blowing the whistle will tame nearby Hounds (including Clay Hounds) for 40 seconds. Tamed Hounds will follow the player around, but will not attack them. However, they will still attack other Mobs as they normally would. A player can only have five Hounds tamed at a time. The Lucky Whistle can be used ten times.

Figure SketchesEdit

Wilson Portrait
A picture of a sculpture. We'll need somewhere to make it.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Trading diagrams is for dorks.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Picture will help Wolfgang carve nice rocks!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait
I think we could make what's drawn here...

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
USELESS PAPER FOR MAKING USELESS SCULPTURES

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Detailed diagrams of a stone sculpture.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Some plans for a fancy stone carving.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
I'll need somewhere to sculpt it.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
The muses' knöwledge, inscribed upön an ancient scröll!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
We need somewhere to make it!

Webber

Winona Portrait
What a nice drawing.

Winona

Clay Hound Figure Sketches and Clay Varg Figure Sketches can be acquired at the Varg Shrine in exchange for 8 Lucky Gold Nuggets and 16 Lucky Gold Nuggets, respectively. They can then be given to a Potter's Wheel to be able to sculpt Hound Figures and Varg Figures.

Lucky BeastEdit

Wilson Portrait
So who gets to be the head?

Wilson, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Willow Portrait
Sooo ferocious!

Willow, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wolfgang Portrait
Wolfgang will be mighty beast!

Wolfgang, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wendy Portrait
What big eyes you have.

Wendy, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

WX-78 Portrait
I AM THE HEAD. YOU WILL FOLLOW ME

WX-78, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wickerbottom Portrait
This is the head to the dragon costume.

Wickerbottom, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Woodie Portrait
That's a sight, eh?

Woodie, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Waxwell Portrait
Quite formidable looking.

Maxwell, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wigfrid Portrait
The head öf a great and merciful beast!

Wigfrid, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Webber Portrait
The front part's sort of scary.

Webber, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Winona Portrait
Front and center!

Winona, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

The three costume pieces of the Lucky Beast are hats and can be obtained in exchange for 8 Lucky Gold Nuggets each at the Varg Shrine.

While they are worn as hats, the "/dance" emote will be replaced with a different dancing animation. If the player simultaneously wears a costume piece and dances, a Sanity bonus equal to that of the Tam o' Shanter (+6.7 Sanity per minute) will be applied to the character. This bonus is increased if there are more players participating in the vicinity (wearing a costume piece and dancing). This bonus can stack up to a max of 3 times (+20 Sanity per minute), for three players dancing.[Verification Needed]

Durability only decreases when the character is dancing while wearing a costume. Durability lasts for a day, and a Sewing Kit will repair 100% of its durability.

Potter's Wheel FiguresEdit

Wilson Portrait
That thing's the leashed of my worries.

–Wilson, when examining a Varg Figure.

Willow Portrait
It doesn't look so tough now.

–Willow, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wolfgang Portrait
It looks like scary monster!

–Wolfgang, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wendy Portrait
It knows only fury.

–Wendy, when examining a Varg Figure.

WX-78 Portrait
THIS IS A TROPHY TO CELEBRATE MY GREATNESS

–WX-78, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wickerbottom Portrait
The sculptor clearly studied the creature closely.

–Wickerbottom, when examining a Varg Figure.

Woodie Portrait
Not a wood sculpture, but it'll do.

–Woodie, when examining a Varg Figure.

Waxwell Portrait
What a gruesome maw.

–Maxwell, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wigfrid Portrait
A testament tö a wörthy föe.

–Wigfrid, when examining a Varg Figure.

Webber Portrait
That's a big, bad dog.

–Webber, when examining a Varg Figure.

Winona Portrait
It's a sculpture of that mean mutt.

–Winona, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wilson Portrait
And I didn't even get eaten!

–Wilson, when examining a Hound Figure.

Willow Portrait
It almost looks friendly.

–Willow, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wolfgang Portrait
Is nice little doggy.

–Wolfgang, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wendy Portrait
Happiness is a warm puppy... but this one is cold.

–Wendy, when examining a Hound Figure.

WX-78 Portrait
A GOOD ORGANIC SPECIES. IT OBEYS ITS MASTER

–WX-78, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wickerbottom Portrait
A replica of Canis lupis.

–Wickerbottom, when examining a Hound Figure.

Woodie Portrait
All the dog, none of the smell.

–Woodie, when examining a Hound Figure.

Waxwell Portrait
It's quite fetching.

–Maxwell, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wigfrid Portrait
A höund öf the hunt!

–Wigfrid, when examining a Hound Figure.

Webber Portrait
Puppy!

–Webber, when examining a Hound Figure.

Winona Portrait
A good boy if ever I saw one.

–Winona, when examining a Hound Figure.

Varg Figures and Hound Figures can be crafted from the Sculpt Tab after acquiring their respective Sketches from the Varg Shrine and giving them to a Potter's Wheel. Depending on whether the player chooses to place 1 Marble or 1 Cut Stone on the wheel before sculpting, the resulting Figure will either be white or black. Varg Figures additionally require 2 Rocks and 2 Hound's Teeth to craft, while the Hound Figures require 2 Rocks and 1 Hound's Tooth.

Similar to Chess Pieces, Varg and Hound Figures can be carried around on the players' backs and can be used for decorational purposes.

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • The Verdant Skin Collection was added alongside the event.
  • The event was originally announced to end on March 1, 2018. However, on that day, the event was extended to March 16.
  • During the time of the event, the theme in the main menu of the game is slightly different by being mixed with Chinese instruments.
  • The Hound Figure's crafting description ("It ain't nothing but a clay hound dog.") is a reference to the Elvis Presley song "Hound Dog".
  • The two Vargling skins introduced with the Year of the Varg event (the Purebred and Pedigree Varglings) resemble two dog breeds believed to originate from China (the Chow Chow and Shih Tzu, respectively).
  • According to Rhymes with Play #179, the reason that the new Clay Hounds and Vargs in the event are earthen-themed is because Kris discovered that the Chinese lunar year that the event was held in (2018) was associated with the element of earth.

Blueprint GalleryEdit


Events
Hallowed Nights (October 18th, 2016 - November 8th, 2016;
October 30th, 2017 - December 4th, 2017;
October 25th, 2018 - November 22, 2018)
Winter's Feast (December 15th, 2016 - January 5th, 2017;
December 18th, 2017 - January 8, 2018)
Year of the Gobbler (January 19th, 2017 - February 14th, 2017)
The Forge (November 9th, 2017 - December 4th, 2017;
November 8, 2018 - December 3, 2018)
Year of the Varg (February 9th, 2018 - March 16th, 2018)
The Gorge (June 14th, 2018 - July 16th, 2018)