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".
Don't Starve Together
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.
|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|
|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|
|Wheeler||3200 exp (160 days in a Hamlet/Hamlet compatible save slot)||200||100||150|
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.
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.
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.
Maxwell will not appear when playing as himself, instead he will say, "Freedom, at last!"
Abigail is Wendy's twin sister, and as Wendy's perk, she can be summoned with Abigail's Flower.
- 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