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Fertilizer and Fuel
30/15 sec
Most perishable items (x1)
Merm Head.png (Hammer.png)
(Diseased Grass Tuft.pngDiseased Sapling.pngDiseased Berry Bush.pngDiseased Juicy Berry Bush.png
Mushroom Planter Build.png (In Winter) Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Stacks up to
Wilson Portrait.png
It's a furry ball of rotten food.


Willow Portrait.png
At least it's still flammable.


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is ball of yuck!


Wendy Portrait.png
Everything turns to waste, eventually.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
It is heavy with bacteria.


Woodie Portrait.png
Aw, it's Diefenbakered.


Waxwell Portrait.png
That used to be food until I wasted it.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
Age has önly made this fööd gröss, nöt wise.


Webber Portrait.png


Walani Portrait.png
What a waste.


Warly Portrait.png
It is a sin to waste food...


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Bin eaten worse.


Rot is produced when Food items (excluding Eggs) spoil. Rot can be used as Fertilizer for Farming (e.g. for Basic Farms, Improved Farms, Grass Tufts, and Berry Bushes) or it can be used as a source of Fuel.

Some Mobs, such as Pigs or Smallish Tallbirds, will eat Rot left on the ground, but they cannot be given Rot directly. Since Rot doesn't restore any Health or Hunger to Mobs, they are able to consume an infinite amount of Rot left on the ground.

Bees in the player's inventory can be fed with Rot.

Rot may appear along with items (such as Rope and Bird Traps) in a Set Piece, near a Chest and/or Backpack. Opening either container will cause the player's perishable items to turn to Rot, though this can be avoided by dropping the items a distance away first.

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

In Don't Starve Together, Rot can be used to craft Booster Shots and Mushroom Planters. Diseased Berry Bushes, Grass Tufts and Saplings will drop Rot when harvested. Additionally, Mushroom Planters will drop Rot when harvested in Winter.

Icon Tools.png Usage

Inventory slot background.pngRot.png


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Inventory slot background.pngRot.png


Inventory slot background.png Manure.png


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Prototype.png Tips

  • A quick way to obtain Rot is to leave Roasted Berries or Fish in a chest as they spoil very quickly. If there are no Mobs that can eat them nearby, they may be left on the ground, as food spoils faster on the ground.
    • In Don't Starve Together, Juicy Berries can be used instead of Roasted Berries, as they spoil faster even when raw.
  • WX-78 can eat spoiled food, but will still be damaged by eating Rot.
  • A Tallbird Nest near a Rabbit Hole (or other areas where weak mobs spawn) is a good source of Rot.
  • The player cannot heal Diseased plants via Rot.
  • A way to obtain a large amount of Rot early on is to pick many Flowers and let them go stale.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Fertilizer properties: 4 Rot = 1 Manure; 5 Rot = 1 Guano.
  • Rot originally looked like a blue ball. Though the texture is now a misshapen blob, multiple characters still refer to it as a "ball".
  • Hunger level reduction caused by eating Rot may hint that the characters are throwing up after eating rotten food. However, there is no observable evidence of this in game.
  • The food with the shortest perish time is Lichen, turning to Rot after just 2 days. The food with the longest perish time is the Powdercake, which turns to Rot after 18,750 days.

Blueprint.png Gallery