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Character select before the world generates.

Character select in Don't Starve Together.

There are currently sixteen playable Characters in Don't Starve and its DLCs. Each character has at least one character specific perk, in addition to various bonuses and penalties to their stats, and usually are different in play style. Each character is "voiced" by a different instrument, and speaks differently when examining items and objects. The only exception to this is Wes, the speechless mime, who does not make sounds or have quotes, instead he uses pantomimes.

The first accessible character is Wilson, considered the protagonist and the focus of the game's story. Most of the other Characters can be unlocked when sufficient Experience has been accrued, gained at Death or when escaping to a new world. There are currently five exception characters that are not gained by conventional experience, but through game feats. If the player has not unlocked a Character, it will appear as their respective silhouettes. Upon selecting a silhouette, the Poster on the left will be a coffin shut with chains and a lock, and the description will simply say "The Unknown".

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In Don't Starve Together, all available Characters are unlocked from the start and several perks have been changed and balanced for the multiplayer aspect of the game. Don't Starve Together includes all characters from the base game and Reign of Giants DLC, however Shipwrecked DLC characters are not yet available. It also contains an exclusive character, Winona.

List of Characters

Below are the abilities and requirements to unlock each character.

Wilson Portrait.png Willow Portrait.png Wolfgang Portrait.png
Wilson Willow Wolfgang
  • Grows a magnificent beard.
  • Immune to Fire damage.
  • Has a sweet Lighter.
  • Lights fires when nervous.
  • Gets stronger with a full belly.
  • Is afraid of the dark and monsters.
Wendy Portrait.png WX-78 Portrait.png Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Wendy WX-78 Wickerbottom
  • 'Haunted' by her twin sister.
  • Comfortable with darkness.
  • Doesn't hit very hard.
  • Not a picky eater.
  • Charged by lightning, damaged by water.
  • Can upgrade with gears.
  • Knows many things.
  • Self-publishes books.
  • Can't sleep, hates food spoilage.
Woodie Portrait.png Wes Portrait.png Maxwell
Woodie Wes Maxwell
  • Has a lovely axe.
  • Has a terrible secret.
  • Is dapper, but frail.
  • Can split his mind into pieces.
  • On a first-name basis with the night.
Wagstaff Portrait.png Wigfrid Portrait.png Webber Portrait.png
Wagstaff Reign of Giants icon.pngWigfrid Reign of Giants icon.pngWebber
  • A great inventor.
  • Nearsighted.
  • Delicate Stomach.
  • Excels in battle.*
  • Gains power from fallen foes.
  • Only eats meat.
Walani Portrait.png Warly Portrait.png Wilbur Portrait.png
Shipwrecked icon.pngWalani Shipwrecked icon.pngWarly Shipwrecked icon.pngWilbur
  • Loves surfing.
  • Dries off quickly.
  • Is a pretty chill gal.
  • Can't talk.
  • Slow as biped, but fast as quadruped.
  • Is a monkey.
Woodlegs Portrait.png Wortox Portrait.png Winona Portrait.png
Shipwrecked icon.pngWoodlegs Don't Starve Together icon.pngWortox Don't Starve Together icon.pngWinona
  • Can sniff out treasure.
  • Captain of the "Sea Legs".
  • Pirate.
  • Is an imp.
  • Can hop through time and space.
  • Less nourished by physical food.
  • Is a skilled builder.
  • Gets one free hit from the dark.
  • Brings her own tools.
Wilba Portrait.png Wormwood Portrait.png Wheeler Portrait.png
Hamlet icon.pngWilba Hamlet icon.pngWormwood Hamlet icon.pngWheeler
  • Is a pig.
  • Carries her father's legacy.
  • Is afraid of the dark.
  • Plants relate to him.
  • Has a Green Thumb.
  • Food fills his stomach, but not his heart.
  • Armed with an air horn.
  • Has a knick knack for finding things.
  • Travels lighter than most.

Character Statistics

Character Requirements Sanity Health Hunger
Wilson Available initially 200 150 150
Willow 160 exp (8 days) 120 150 150
Wolfgang 320 exp (16 days) 200 150-300 300
Wendy 640 exp (32 days) 200 150 150
WX-78 960 exp (48 days) 100-300 100-400 100-200
Wickerbottom 1280 exp (64 days) 250 150 150
Woodie 1600 exp (80 days) 200 150 150
Wigfrid 1920 exp (96 days in a Reign of Giants save slot) 120 200 120
Walani 2240 exp (112 days in a Shipwrecked save slot) 200 120 200
Warly 2560 exp (128 days in a Shipwrecked save slot) 200 150 250
Wes Find and rescue Locked Wes in Adventure Mode 150 113 113
Maxwell Finish Adventure Mode 200 75 150
Webber Find Webber's skull and bury it inside an opened Grave when playing in a Reign of Giants save slot 100 175 175
Wilbur Find the Tarnished Crown and return it to Wilbur when playing in a Shipwrecked save 150 125 175
Winona Always available 200 150 150
Woodlegs Find Woodleg's Cage in the Volcano and then unlock it with the Iron, Bone and Gold Keys while playing in a Shipwrecked save 120 150 150
Wortox Requires purchase or 2700 spools 150 200 175
Wilba Acquire the Royal Crown by defeating Queen Womant, give it to the Pig Queen in the Palace in a Hamlet save. 100 150-200 200
Wormwood Always available. 200 150 150
Wheeler 3200 exp (160 days in a Hamlet/Hamlet compatible save slot) 200 100 150

Unfinished Characters

There are several additional characters planned for Don't Starve. These other characters only exist in the form of portraits, sound, and other bits found mainly in the game files. For a list of these unimplemented characters, please refer to the Unimplemented Characters page.

Character Mods

Main article: Mods

On the PC version of Don't Starve, Characters created by users can be published on the Steam Workshop or the Klei Forums using the Don't Starve Mod Tools. Once downloaded, the character can be set up in its directory. When you start up the game, click the Mods button and enable the character. They will now be available for use after restarting.

Non-player characters

Maxwell (Antagonist)

Maxwell ingame.png
Main article: Maxwell (NPC)

Maxwell appears before the start of every game, saying, "Say pal, you don't look so good. You better find something to eat before night comes!" He disappears before the player assumes control of his or her character.

As seen in the Forbidden Knowledge video, Maxwell gives Wilson the knowledge necessary to build an impressive machine which captures him upon activation.

Maxwell will not appear when playing as himself, instead he will say, "Freedom, at last!"


Main article: Abigail
Abigail build.png

Abigail is Wendy's twin sister, and as Wendy's perk, she can be summoned with Abigail's Flower.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • All playable characters' names start with W apart from Maxwell's. Within the game's code, Maxwell's name is written "Waxwell," in line with the other characters and not to confuse playable Maxwell with NPC Maxwell. The trailer puzzles confirmed that Maxwell's real name is William Carter, though.
    • Having all characters' names start with W was unintentional at first, but Klei decided to go with it.
  • Wolfgang was previously unlocked after Wendy.
  • All characters are ambidextrous thanks to their sprite work. There have been 2 characters added that im too lazy to put down, Wagstaff and Wheeler introduced in hamlet earlier today, can someone add them better than i can thanks ~toxin

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