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Health is a measurement of overall physical well-being. Unlike Hunger (and in many situations Sanity), Health does not drain over time. Health is lost instantly when a character is hit by an enemy attack, eats poisonous food such as Monster Meat, eats Rot, or harvests from thorny plants like the Spiky Bush. In Reign of Giants, Health is lost instantly when harvesting from Cacti. Health is lost continually while the character is burning, starving, or freezing. In Reign of Giants, characters also lose Health while overheating and in Shipwrecked, while poisoned. Losing all Health results in death (although not necessarily the loss of the game). Health can be seen on the heart-shaped gauge in the upper-right corner of the screen, which shrivels and empties as the character's Health is depleted. Note that having a Meat Effigy lowers max Health.

Character Health
Maxwell 75
Wilson 150
Willow 150
Wendy 150
Wickerbottom 150
Woodie 150
Wes 113
Wolfgang* 200
WX-78** 100
Reign of Giants Characters
Wigfrid 200
Webber 175
Shipwrecked Characters
Walani 120
Warly 150
Wilbur 125
Woodlegs 150

*Wolfgang has 200 health by default (his health limit rises to 300 with a full belly and drops to 150 when starving).

**WX-78 begins with 100 Health and is capable of increasing its Health Cap up to 400 by eating Gears.

Getting damaged depletes Health.


Health can be restored in a few ways. The most basic way to regain health is by eating Food, most of which typically provides 1-3 health when consumed. Cooking the food often increases the Health 1 or 2 points. There are also a few items whose sole purpose is to heal.

Certain food and items provide a greater health boost and are thus very valuable:

  • Crock Pot : Several crock pot recipes provide substantial healing. Fishsticks [+40 HealthMeter.png] are an easy recipe to make. Pierogi [+40 HealthMeter.png] is also a good recipe. Dragonpie [+40 HealthMeter.png] is excellent if the player manages to create a Dragon Fruit farm. In Shipwrecked DLC, Bisque [+60 HealthMeter.png] is food that can be easily produced, and is one of the most healing items in the game. However, regarding Crock Pot recipes in general, the player must make sure that the individual components (raw or cooked) won't heal more if eaten on their own. 
  • Jerky/Small Jerky : Jerky and Small Jerky restore 20 HealthMeter.png and 8 HealthMeter.png respectively, and last for a very long time.  If primary concern is health, and only food source is Meats, they should be made into jerky. Jerky can be used in Crock Pot as normal meat, if needed.
  • Spider Gland/Mosquito Sack : Spiders drop Spider Glands that can be used immediately for restoring 8 HealthMeter.png. In a similar way, Mosquitoes drop their sacks which heals the same amount of health as Spider Glands. Neither item spoils, however, this isn't practical to stockpile them due to the relatively small amount of health restored when using them.
  • Healing Salve : Spider Glands can also be made into Healing Salve to restore 20 HealthMeter.png. Healing Salves do not spoil.
  • Bee Boxes : Bee Boxes produce Honey which by itself restores 3 HealthMeter.png. If the player has access to Reeds Honey can be used to create Honey Poultices, which restore 30 HealthMeter.png when used. Honey also is used in a number of Crock Pot dishes which restore varying amounts of health. Honey Poultices do not spoil, despite Honey spoiling in game.  
  • Butterflies:Butterflies drop Butterfly Wings, which restore 8 HealthMeter.png. Also, Butterflies have a 2% chance to drop Butter, which restore 40 HealthMeter.png on its own. Additionally, the wings can be easily used to craft a Butter Muffin, which restore 20 HealthMeter.png, while also filling some hunger. The Butter can be used to cook Waffles, which restore 60 HealthMeter.png, and is one of the items that provide most healing in the game. Butterfly farms can be created easily and synergize well with Bee Boxes.
  • Blue Mushroom:Eating a raw Blue Mushroom restore 20 HealthMeter.png, although at the cost of -15 SanityMeter.png. Blue mushrooms can only be picked at night and can't be relocated, so large scale farming is usually impractical. Still, they provide a nice boost for players who build their base near them, or when the player is exploring away from their base.
  • Life Giving Amulet:Wearing a Life Giving Amulet will automatically heal the player by +5 HealthMeter.png in exchange for 5 HungerMeter.png and 5% of its durability. If worn at point of death event, it will also automatically resurrect the player with 50 of HealthMeter.png, however when used this way, it will be immediately destroyed.

Maximum health

Health lowered from +120 to +90 by Meat Effigies

Aside from the current health, the character's maximum health can also change under specific conditions. When the maximum health is decreased, it will be shown as a black bar on the health meter.

  • Meat Effigy:If the player builds a Meat Effigy, then their maximum health is decreased by 30. This health is impossible to regain unless the Meat Effigy is destroyed or used.
  • Florid PosternDon't Starve Together icon.png: Resurrecting via Florid Postern in Don't Starve Together will reduce the maximum health by 30.
  • Booster ShotDon't Starve Together icon.png:Booster shot is only available in Don't Starve Together, and when used, restores 25% of the lost maximum health.

Some characters have special abilities that change their maximum health. When the maximum health is changed due to these abilities, the black bars won't be shown.

  • Special ability of Wolfgang:Wolfgang's max health value changes according to his hunger
  • Special ability of WX-78: He can consume Gears to raise cap of 3 stats, including Health

Touch Stone

If the player comes across a Touch Stone in the world, and activates it, they may respawn there as well. To identify one, there are 4 Pig Heads around it and Wooden Flooring underneath.

There may be more than one Touch Stone in the world, but the player will respawn at the one closest to their death point. Touch Stones may only be used once and drop Marble, Rocks, and Nightmare Fuel upon doing so.

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  • The player can have 0 points of Health and not die. However, they will still take damage, and can die, as this is just less than 1, but in decimals, making any received damage fatal.