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Wilson Portrait.png
Who knows what that tumbleweed has picked up.


Willow Portrait.png
It looks highly flammable.


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Come back little tumbling ball!


Wendy Portrait.png
Alone and rolling through life.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A dried collection of plant matter.


Woodie Portrait.png
I wish it was sturdier so I could chop it.


Waxwell Portrait.png
Tumble on, weed.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
Flee, böuncing cöward!


Webber Portrait.png
Who knows what that tumbleweed has picked up.


Walani Portrait.png
It's on a journey called "life".


Warly Portrait.png
What secrets do you hold?


Woodlegs Portrait.png
I like me weeds settin' still.


A Tumbleweed is a form of flora found in the Reign of Giants DLC. They spawn from an invisible spawner in the Desert biome and can be found tumbling around, often in groups; they may also tumble from a Desert into nearby biomes. Catcoons can also spit up Tumbleweeds. When the player is near a Tumbleweed, it will make a musical sound.

The player can harvest a Tumbleweed to get 3 random items generated on the ground. If the generated item is a non-passive Mob, it will attack the player character. Each item is generated independently, therefore it is possible to get more than one of an item from a single Tumbleweed. Possible items include Gems and other previously non-renewable items, making them renewable. Food items gathered from Tumbleweed have full freshness.

The following table lists the items that can be generated when a Tumbleweed has been harvested:

Drop Chance Items
40% Cut Grass.pngTwigs.png
2% Seeds.png
1% Petals.pngGord's Knot.pngBeefalo Wool.pngBerries.pngBlueprint.pngDark Petals.pngHardened Rubber Bung.pngHound's Tooth.pngStinger.pngGears.pngFoliage.pngSilk.pngButterfly Wings.pngRope.pngCut Reeds.png
0.5% Frazzled Wires.pngGnome.png
0.33% Crow Feather.pngCrimson Feather.pngAzure Feather.pngSaffron Feather.png
0.1% Rabbit.pngMoleworm.pngBee.pngFrog.pngSpider.pngBone Shards.pngMosquito.png
0.04% Blue Gem.png
0.02% Red Gem.pngBeard Hair.pngOrange Gem.pngGreen Gem.png
0.01% Yellow Gem.pngPurple Gem.png

Prototype.png Tips

  • It is recommended for players to have a weapon prepared when harvesting large amounts of Tumbleweeds as hostile Mobs can spawn on occasion.
  • Tumbleweeds can catch on fire if they touch unprotected fires, or spontaneously during Summer like other flammable objects. Burning Tumbleweeds will continue to roll with the same speed, and can ignite anything they come in contact with. Players should make sure their bases or structures are protected by not creating unprotected fires (like Campfires) where Tumbleweeds can spawn. Protected fires, such as a Firepit will not ignite nearby flammable objects.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Tumbleweeds used to be a possible source of Fireflies. #103865 revision patch removed this functionality.
  • The speed at which Tumbleweeds hop around is relative to the player's current movement speed. This can easily be seen if the player uses console commands to increase their speed.
  • Although Tumbleweeds appear to be blown by wind, two nearby Tumbleweeds will not always be blown in the same direction.
  • Musical sound made by the Tumbleweeds is reminiscent of piano tunes in Western movies.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • When running against a tumbleweed next to an edge of water the tumbleweed can be pushed off and start moving normally as if it was still on land.

Blueprint.png Gallery