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"Capture small creatures."
Cut Grass.png × 6Twigs.png × 2
Icon Survival.png
Always available
8 uses
captures Rabbits, Frogs, Spiders, and Crabbits
can be baited
Stacks up to
Does not stack
Wilson Portrait.png
I wove it real tight.


Willow Portrait.png
It's a bit passive aggressive, but it'll work.


Wolfgang Portrait.png
No trap can hold me!


Wendy Portrait.png
Simple grass has become deadly.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A simple stick-and-basket trap.


Woodie Portrait.png
Work smarter, eh?


Waxwell Portrait.png
Only the dumbest animals will fall for this.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
A well cönstructed trap. I will have my meal.


Webber Portrait.png
Now we can catch some food!


Walani Portrait.png
Catch me a beach breakfast!


Warly Portrait.png
I do not wish to be so tricky, but the dinner bell calls me.


Woodlegs Portrait.png
I prefer ta meet me foes head-on.


A Trap is a Survival item used to catch small animals such as Rabbits, Frogs, and Spiders. It can be crafted at the beginning of the game with 6 Cut Grass and 2 Twigs.

Once set, Traps can be baited with Food items attractive to said animals. Baited or not, a Trap will trigger once a small creature moves close enough to it.


Icon Tools.png Usage

Glommer.png See also: Rabbit Trapping Guide

Traps are set by placing them on the ground and can be picked up again at any time. To bait a Trap once set, simply place a food item in it. Bait will be consumed upon a successful catch. Once a Trap has caught something, it will shake and "jump" around with the animal inside.

Traps do not need bait in order to catch creatures; if a creature touches the Trap for any reason, it will fall and possibly catch it. This means if a Trap is placed directly on top of a Rabbit Hole, it will catch the Rabbit when it leaves home or comes back.

When a Trap is picked up from the ground still set to catch an animal, no durability is lost, allowing it to be moved around freely. When a Trap is picked up after catching an animal (or failing), it will lose durability.

Frogs and Spiders die when the Traps that caught them are picked up, leaving their respective drops in the player's inventory. Rabbits and Beardlings are left alive.

Traps can also be used to mark notable areas on the map, as Trap icons appear wherever they are left.

Spear.png Hunting

A hostile creature can be lured into a Trap if it is chasing the player character; Spiders for example will always try to travel in a straight line and make no effort to avoid traps or other obstacles. Traps can be used in this way to form a barrier when destroying Spider Dens, or as a great method to farm Silk.

Traps are particularly useful during Winter, as they can be spread around a large area and placed atop Rabbit Holes for instant capture. In vanilla Don't Starve, Chests can be built nearby Rabbit Holes and filled with Rabbits to create a food stockpile.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Moleworms tunneling underground will trigger Traps. Even though Flint and Rocks can be used as bait, Moleworms cannot be caught.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Crabbits can be caught using Traps. Placing a Trap on a Crabbit that buried itself will easily catch it.

In either DLC, the creatures caught under a trap will struggle for a few days before starving to death and dropping their loot on the ground. For example, a Rabbit will starve under a trap in two days, the same time it does in the inventory. If the loot (such as a Morsel) can spoil, it will do so as normal while on the ground. The loot will also be open for any creatures to eat or steal as their normal rules. After the creature has starved to death, the trap will remain in its sprung state.

Prototype.png Tips

  • Creatures that cannot be caught in the Trap can still eat food used as a bait in the Trap. Traps with baits should be placed away from Pigs (omnivore) and Gobblers (herbivore) in order for them to be more effective.
  • Birds will fly down to Traps baited with Seeds, but they will not be caught. Bird Trap can be used to catch Birds.
  • Traps can be used to kill Spiders and Frogs without aggroing any others in close proximity. This can turn events such as Frog Rain into a way to easily obtain food without the risk of getting mobbed.

Mosquito.png Bugs

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  • Traps found near Skeletons as part of Set Pieces have a random amount of durability. Sometimes, a Trap may be at 0%; they can be used to trap animals infinitely and will never break, presumably because their durability cannot go down.
  • While a Rabbit is in the middle of springing a Trap, it is possible to kill the Rabbit, receiving a Morsel and still obtaining a live Rabbit (although this is fairly hard to time correctly).
  • When a Trap catches an animal and is picked up before it completely falls down, the prey will disappear and the Trap will lose durability as normal.

Blueprint.png Gallery