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Special Ability
Follows the player when picked at dusk/night
Spawns from

Mandrake / Cooked Mandrake
Mandrake.png Fire Pit.png Cooked Mandrake.png
60 100
75 150
0 0
Does Not Spoil Does Not Spoil
Stacks up to
40 40
"mandrake"   "cookedmandrake"
Mandrake Mob.png
Loot Stash.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png

Special Ability
Follows the player when picked at dusk/night

Wilson Portrait.png
I've heard strange things about those plants.

Wilson, examining a planted Mandrake

Willow Portrait.png
That's not a normal plant

Willow, examining a planted Mandrake

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is strange plant.

Wolfgang, examining a planted Mandrake

Wendy Portrait.png
The mighty mandrake. I should pick it at night.

Wendy, examining a planted Mandrake

WX-78 Portrait.png

WX-78, examining a planted Mandrake

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Mandragora officinarum.

Wickerbottom, examining a planted Mandrake

Woodie Portrait.png
It's looking at me.

Woodie, examining a planted Mandrake

Waxwell Portrait.png
Oh shut UP, will you?

Maxwell, examining a planted Mandrake

Wigfrid Portrait.png
A rutabaga!

Wigfrid, examining a planted Mandrake

Webber Portrait.png
That's a funny looking plant.

Webber, examining a planted Mandrake

Walani Portrait.png
A mystical plant.

Walani, examining a planted Mandrake

Warly Portrait.png
Have I discovered a new root vegetable?!

Warly, examining a planted Mandrake

Woodlegs Portrait.png
A plant o'legend.

Woodlegs, examining a planted Mandrake

Winona Portrait.png
That's a weird shrub.

Winona, examining a planted Mandrake

A Mandrake is a very rare, passive Mob found in Grasslands and Caves. They are very useful, and on average only 2-5 Mandrake will spawn per world. They often spawn together in the same area, so finding one will usually result in finding them all. Mandrakes can be used to make the Pan Flute. They can also be used to make Mandrake Soup in a Crock Pot.

Wilson Portrait.png
Stop following me!

Wilson, examining a picked Mandrake

Willow Portrait.png
Now that's just creepy!

Willow, examining a picked Mandrake

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Little plant man friend!

Wolfgang, examining a picked Mandrake

Wendy Portrait.png
Onward, my vegetable minion!

Wendy, examining a picked Mandrake

WX-78 Portrait.png

WX-78, examining a picked Mandrake

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Mandragora officinarum. But with a face.

Wickerbottom, examining a picked Mandrake

Woodie Portrait.png
What have I done?

Woodie, examining a picked Mandrake

Waxwell Portrait.png
What a disturbing root.

Maxwell, examining a picked Mandrake

Wigfrid Portrait.png
She just wants tö gö ön a rutabaga saga.

Wigfrid, examining a picked Mandrake

Webber Portrait.png
You're a bad friend!

Webber, examining a picked Mandrake

Walani Portrait.png
You're messing up my chill vibes, dude.

Walani, examining a picked Mandrake

Warly Portrait.png
Do not pick! Do not pick!

Warly, examining a picked Mandrake

Woodlegs Portrait.png
Quit yer squawkin'!

Woodlegs, examining a picked Mandrake

Winona Portrait.png
This is exactly what having a little sister's like.

Winona, examining a picked Mandrake

When picked at dusk or night (or when underground), it will turn into a living Mandrake, following the player around and constantly making noise until morning, after which it will replant itself on the spot. When picked during the day, it will die instantly and can be obtained as an item. Mandrakes cannot be grown and therefore there is a limited number of them in the world.

With normal damage modifiers, it takes one hit from a Spear to kill a Mandrake (any version of an Axe or Pickaxe will do the same).


Wilson Portrait.png
Mandrake roots have strange properties.

Wilson, examining a dead mandrake

Willow Portrait.png
Why did this plant have a face?

Willow, examining a dead mandrake

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Little plant man is died!

Wolfgang, examining a dead mandrake

Wendy Portrait.png
Alas, poor mandrake!

Wendy, examining a dead mandrake

WX-78 Portrait.png

WX-78, examining a dead mandrake

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Mandragora officinarum. Deceased.

Wickerbottom, examining a dead mandrake

Woodie Portrait.png
Sorry, little guy.

Woodie, examining a dead mandrake

Waxwell Portrait.png
My ears are still ringing.

Maxwell, examining a dead mandrake

Wigfrid Portrait.png
The cörpse öf the rutabaga still retains its magic.

Wigfrid, examining a dead mandrake

Webber Portrait.png
The skin is all seared.

Webber, examining a dead mandrake

Walani Portrait.png
I was rooting for it.

Walani, examining a dead mandrake

Warly Portrait.png
I should like to get to the root of this mystery...

Warly, examining a dead mandrake

Woodlegs Portrait.png
Twas a noisy little beast.

Woodlegs, examining a dead mandrake

Winona Portrait.png
Dead as a doornail.

Winona, examining a dead mandrake

Raw or Cooked Mandrakes do not spoil. Raw Mandrake heals 60 Health and 75 Hunger when eaten, and puts all nearby Mobs to sleep (until the next cycle of the day; from dusk until night, from night until daytime, from daytime until dusk).

Cooking a Mandrake will also put the player to sleep (until the next cycle of the day), as well as putting all nearby Mobs to sleep. Eating a Cooked Mandrake restores 100 Health and 150 Hunger, as well as putting the player and all nearby Mobs to sleep (for exactly one day). Eating Mandrake Soup restores 100 Health, 150 Hunger, and 5 Sanity, but does not put the player to sleep.

Pigs, Gobblers, and Pengulls will eat Cooked Mandrakes left on the ground, putting themselves and all nearby Mobs to sleep until the start of the next day (no matter what time it is). Raw Mandrakes will not put the player to sleep. Pigs will also produce Manure (as they would with other Vegetable) if a Mandrake is eaten. Gobblers and Pengulls will eat Mandrakes that are still planted in the ground, putting all nearby Mobs to sleep (except the player).

Brain.png Behavior

When picked during dusk or night, rooted Mandrakes will follow the player (through Wormholes as well), hopping around and making a lot of noise. Like most followers, they will back away when the player gets too close. If the Mandrake is attacked, they will run away from the player indefinitely. Once it becomes daytime, the mandrake will root itself back into the ground where the player can then pick the mandrake and add it to their inventory.

Icon Tools.png Usage

Inventory slot background.pngMandrake.pngFire Pit.pngInventory slot background.pngCooked Mandrake.pngWill put the player to sleep.
Inventory slot background.pngMandrake.pngInventory slot background.png Filler.pngInventory slot background.pngFiller.pngInventory slot background.pngFiller.pngCrock Pot.pngInventory slot background.pngMandrake Soup.png
Inventory slot background.pngCut Reeds.png


Inventory slot background.png Rope.pngInventory slot background.pngMandrake.pngPrestihatitator.pngInventory slot background.pngPan Flute.png
Inventory slot background.pngCooked Mandrake.pngPig Icon.pngInventory slot background.pngManure.pngWill put all nearby Mobs to sleep. Cannot be given directly.

Shipwrecked icon.png Shipwrecked

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Mandrakes can also be found in the Meadow biome.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together

If eaten in Don't Starve Together, Mandrakes will put all players in the nearby area to sleep. The Loot Stash has a chance to yield a dead Mandrake, thus making them renewable, since the Loot Stash respawns every Winter.

Prototype.png Tips

  • Since Mandrakes are extremely fast creatures and will keep their distance from the player even if they follow them, it is recommended to only pick these during the day if it is the item the player wants. If you pick one at dusk with no weapons such as when you started the game recently, don't be tempted to hit it with your fist, as it will run away and decrease the chances of you catching it.
  • Live Mandrakes can be eaten by Pengulls and Werepigs, which will still trigger the sleep effects.
  • Changing settings so that mandrakes are set to lots allows you to obtain many mandrakes. Because cooking and eating them each set you forward one day, you can use this to unlock all the characters early on.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The Mandrake (raw and cooked) is one of the few foods in the game that do not Spoil, along with raw and hatching Tallbird Eggs, the Guardian's Horn, and Deerclops Eyeball. However, Mandrake Soup will spoil.
  • Ghosts will often float above Mandrakes.
  • There is a page on the Klei website that is dedicated to jumping Mandrakes (mob), for some reason.
  • The Mandrake, Mandragora officinarum as per Wickerbottom's identification, is a real-life plant that has roots in European folklore. Its roots can bear a vaguely human shape and were said to scream when uprooted. The sleep effect caused by cooking and eating Mandrakes is based on the myth that those who hear the scream of a mandrake dies, which itself is based around the fact that the real plant can cause unconsciousness when eaten in sufficient quantities.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • Even though Mandrakes are flammable, they will not turn to Ashes when killed with a Fire Dart.
  • (PC) When the player picks up a Mandrake using the Spacebar, the Mandrake can be planted again, but if the player tries to pick the Mandrake when it has been replanted, the character will start to shake out of control upon attempting and will be unable to interact with the Mandrake again.
  • (PC) Mandrakes spawned into the player's inventory can be replanted when 'dropped' on the ground. Stacks of Mandrakes will be replanted as if there is only one, and when picked at dusk or night, only one Mandrake will actually follow the player. If killed, a stack of however many Mandrakes there were originally will be how many the player can retrieve.
  • In Shipwrecked DLC, sometimes a Mandrake can follow the player into the Ocean, essentially walking on water. At daybreak, it will plant itself on the water.
  • Mandrakes in the player's inventory can sometimes be lost when using Seaworthy to cross over to Shipwrecked DLC.

Blueprint.png Gallery