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Objects falling during an earthquake; one broke, and one's shadow is visible on the ground.

Wilson Portrait.png
That doesn't sound good.


Willow Portrait.png
That sound probably doesn't mean good things.


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Ground is shake. Wolfgang hate shaking ground.


Wendy Portrait.png
The ground shakes. Will it swallow me whole?


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A tremor! At least magnitude seven on the Richter scale.


Woodie Portrait.png
The ground is heaving!


Waxwell Portrait.png
That rumbling can't be good.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
The wörld shudders!


Webber Portrait.png
I don't think that was our tummy.


Walani Portrait.png
The ground is shaking.


Warly Portrait.png
That is not a comforting sound...


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Th'world be belchin'.


An Earthquake is a naturally occurring event in Caves and the Ruins. Earthquakes occur regularly and can even be induced by igniting Gunpowders, Slurtle Slimes, Slurtle Mounds, Snurtles, and Slurtles; using a Telelocator Staff and an Old Bell and attacking a Big Tentacle. Earthquakes cause mineral items to fall from ceiling (making some items renewable), though many are destroyed from shattering when they hit the ground. The items that can fall are:

  • Common (75%) Rocks.png, Flint.png
  • Rare (20%) Gold Nugget.png, Nitre.png
  • Very Rare (5%) Red Gem.png, Blue Gem.png, Marble.png

Falling objects caused by earthquakes can damage the player, Mobs, and Walls. When an earthquake begins, the camera will shake and the character will give a warning before items start to fall. Each object creates a round shadow on the ground, indicating where it will land. A falling object will cause damage until it has shattered or stopped bouncing. These items can destroy walls and other structures over time.

Splumonkeys will return to their Splumonkey Pods as an earthquake begins. Slurtles and Snurtles will spawn from Slurtle Mounds after an earthquake, to eat any minerals that have fallen.

Wearing armor will reduce the amount of damage taken from falling debris.

Reign of Giants icon.pngReign of Giants

In the Reign of Giants DLC, live Rabbits and Moleworms may fall during Earthquakes in their stunned form. If left uncollected, they will become active as usual, this means Moleworms will create a burrow and pick up other items the earthquake has dropped.

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  • Earthquakes were added in the Underground update.
  • The addition of earthquakes has made all the items listed in the article renewable, besides Gold, Blue Gems, and Red Gems. Those were already renewable, although they're more readily available.
  • In the older versions of Don't StarveBirds in cagesChester, and presumably Pigs stayed asleep underground even during earthquakes.

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