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Wilson Portrait.png
Need... ice... or... shade!


Willow Portrait.png
The heat is too intense!


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Hah, is sticky and hot!


Wendy Portrait.png
I am miserably hot.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
The ambient temperature is high.


Woodie Portrait.png
It's so hot out here!


Waxwell Portrait.png
My heart can't stand the heat!


Wigfrid Portrait.png
The höt sun tires me.


Webber Portrait.png
Hot as heck!


Walani Portrait.png
This heat is unbearable.


Warly Portrait.png
I'm baking like a souffle here...


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Needs me a... ice chip er two...


Wilson overheating

Overheating is a game mechanic found in the Reign of Giants and Shipwrecked DLCs, functioning as the counterpart to Freezing in Winter. Overheating happens during Summer or Dry Season. Overheating can also occur while the player is standing close to a fire source at maximum fuel, for a long period of time. When the player begins to take in too much heat (at 65°), the edge of the screen will begin to turn orange and become a hazy ring while a warning sound plays (much like freezing leaves ice on the edges of the screen and crackles). At 70° an orange haze will appear around the player's screen, and a sizzling sound will play, much like the crackling sound when Freezing occurs. The character will make a quote (eg. "Hot as heck!") and the screen will gain a reddish ring within the orange haze. The player will then begin to take damage. The only way to stop this is by cooling off, such as being near a sufficiently cold source.


Wilson overheating from his beard.

Overheating can be battled in two ways, by reducing the player's temperature, and by preventing player's temperature from rising rapidly. Surviving Summer or Dry Season will depend on a combination of these.

Cooling Down

There are several ways to cool oneself down:

Cooling Sources
Cool Source Temperature Duration Note
Endothermic Fire.pngEndothermic Fire (level 1)
Endothermic Fire Pit.pngEndothermic Fire Pit (level 1)
-10° variable (affected by rain)
Endothermic Fire.pngEndothermic Fire (level 1)
Endothermic Fire Pit.pngEndothermic Fire Pit (level 2)
-20° variable (affected by Rain)
Endothermic Fire.pngEndothermic Fire (level 1)
Endothermic Fire Pit.pngEndothermic Fire Pit (level 3)
-30° variable (affected by Rain)
Endothermic Fire.pngEndothermic Fire (level 1)
Endothermic Fire Pit.pngEndothermic Fire Pit (level 4)
-40° variable (affected by Rain)
Moon Caller's Staff.png Polar Light Don't Starve Together icon.png -100° 3.5 days +25 Sanity.png/minute
Thermal Stone Stage 1.png Thermal Stone (stage 1) -10° 8 uses when Thermal Stone is 30° lower than environment
Thermal Stone.png Thermal Stone (stage 2) 10° 8 uses when Thermal Stone is 10° lower than environment
Chilled Amulet.png Chilled Amulet -20° 6 minutes +2 Sanity.png/minute
Ice Cube.pngIce Cube 40° 8 days -10% speed,
increase 1Wetness Meter.png/second (up to 50).
Fashion Melon.pngFashion Melon 55° 3 days -2 Sanity.png/minute,
increase 0.5Wetness Meter.png/second (up to 33).
Whirly Fan.pngWhirly Fan Don't Starve Together icon.png 55° 90 seconds only works while the player is running
Luxury Fan.pngLuxury Fan -50° per use (up to 2.5°) 15 uses put out fires
Lucky Fan.pngLucky Fan Don't Starve Together icon.png -50° per use (up to 2.5°) 3 uses spawn tornado

Delaying Overheating

There are several ways to delay overheating:

  • Retreating to the Caves will slow down the rate at which heat is gained.
  • Players can stay under a Tree to delay overheating. Near the beginning and end of Summer this will be enough to prevent overheating damage. However, during the middle of Summer, Trees alone won't provide enough protection to prevent overheating.
  • The following items, when equipped, provide various levels of resistance to overheating. Some of these items, like the Eyebrella or Floral Shirt, can prevent Overheating for the entire day on their own, if the player is fully cooled each night.
Items that delay overheating
Item Insulation Slot
Straw Hat.png Straw Hat 60 Head
Fashion Melon.png Fashion Melon 120 Head
Pretty Parasol.png Pretty Parasol 120 Hand
Summer Frest.png Summer Frest 120 Chest
Umbrella.png Umbrella 120 Hand
Eyebrella.png Eyebrella 240 Head
Floral Shirt.png Floral Shirt 240 Chest
Ice Cube.png Ice Cube 240 Head
Whirly Fan.png Whirly Fan Don't Starve Together icon.png 60 Hand
Werebeaver.png Werebeaver 240 Face
Blue Funcap.png Blue Funcap Don't Starve Together icon.png 60 Head
Green Funcap.png Green Funcap Don't Starve Together icon.png 60 Head
Red Funcap.png Red Funcap Don't Starve Together icon.png 60 Head
Tropical Parasol.png Tropical Parasol Shipwrecked icon.png 120 Hand
Dumbrella.png Dumbrella Shipwrecked icon.png 240 Head

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Heat exhaustion is when the body collects more heat than it dissipates, symptoms include heavy breathing, sweating, and fast, weak pulses.
    • Additionally, heat exhaustion can lead to the more severe heat stroke, which can lead to disorientation and lack of sweating, and, eventually, can result in organ failure, unconsciousness and death.