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Attack Range
Special Ability
Can summon Hound.png Red Hound.png Blue Hound.png
Hound's Tooth.png×1-3 Monster Meat.png×4-6
Spawns from
Suspicious Dirt Pile.png

Attack Range
Special Ability
Can summon Hound.png Red Hound.png Blue Hound.png
Hound's Tooth.png×1-3 Monster Meat.png×4-6
Spawns from
Suspicious Dirt Pile.png

Wilson Portrait.png
You might be something to reckon with, big dog.


Willow Portrait.png
You're a big mean jerk!


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Big puppy!


Wendy Portrait.png
A true bastion of evil.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
That Canis will never be domesticated.


Woodie Portrait.png
That thing could pull a sled by its lonesome.


Waxwell Portrait.png
The alpha!


Wigfrid Portrait.png
Be that yöu, Fenrir?


Webber Portrait.png
I don't think that puppy is very happy.


Walani Portrait.png
What's your deal, man?


Warly Portrait.png
Leader of the pack.


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Yer a big dawg on th'land, but ye'd be fish food at sea.


The Varg, also known as the Warg, is an aggressive mob in the Reign of Giants DLC. When tracking Suspicious Dirt Piles there is a chance for the Varg to be found instead of a Koalefant. This chance starts at 5% on day one, and gradually increases to 33% chance on day 100 (In Don't Starve Together, this chance is halved by Ewecus). When killed, the Varg drops around 4-6 Monster Meat and 1-3 Hound's Tooth.

The Varg takes 3 hits with the Ice Staff to be frozen, and 1 Sleep Dart to be put to sleep.

Attack Pattern

The Varg will howl, calling forth two Hounds to the battle. Vargs are able to summon both normal and special Hounds (based on the season), which is decided at random. It should be noted that Blue Hounds can appear in Winter and Spring while Red Hounds can appear in Summer and Autumn.

At close range it attacks by biting, with a two-hit delay. It moves slowly, but attacks quickly and has a large range for its jaws.

If engaged for long enough, the Varg will howl again to summon more Hounds.

TabTools.png Uses

The Varg can effectively be used as a way to spawn Hounds if there are no nearby Hound Mounds (or all the Hound Mounds in the current world are destroyed).

One way to do this is by leading the Varg into a pen with a large gap in the side. The player should run into the pen and put the Varg to sleep once it follows inside. The player must then exit the pen and close the gap. The Varg will still summon Hounds if the player wanders too close, but it will not attack any of the walls that confine it.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Varg when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png Lucy the Axe.png Shovel.png Pitchfork.png

Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png

Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png

Axe.png Pickaxe.png

Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png


PickSlashAxe.png Spear.png Bat Bat.png Ham Bat.png Morning Star.png Slurtle Slime.pngTentacle Spike.png

Battle Spear.png

Thulecite Club.png Tooth Trap.png Dark Sword.png Blow Dart.pngFire Dart.png

Fire Staff.png

Gunpowder.png Old Bell.png
No. of hits for
142 45 36 23 20 18 15 11-21 9 or 14 12 11 10 9 6 3 1

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The Warg is a wolf-like creature from Norse mythology. The term was used to refer to Fenrir and his offspring.
  • Wickerbottom refers to it as Canis, which is the genus of the wolves, jackals, coyotes, and dogs.
  • In the time since the Norsemen, "Varg" has come to mean "wolf" in Swedish.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien popularized wargs in his fantasy novels set in Middle Earth, like "The Hobbit" and "The Lord Of The Rings". They are also popular in Dungeon and Dragons where they are known as a "worg" or "Dire Wolf".
  • The Varg will always howl to summon Hounds when it can do so. It is even able to do so for a brief moment after it has died after its death animation.
  • A Varg has a limit of 6-8 Hound followers, after which it will stop summoning them. If any of its spawn dies, or moves too far away from the Varg, it will attempt to summon more.
  • Sleeping Vargs may be woken up by the barking of any nearby Hounds. They may also awaken if the player stands too close to them for too long, similar to Beefalo in heat.
  • A Varg's Hounds are bound to it, and will immediately aggro on whatever the Varg itself was targeting when it summoned them. Summoned Hounds will also return to their Varg if they lose interest in their current target.
  • Vargs were added to Don't Starve Together before the rest of Reign of Giants in the "Stuck in the Middle with Ewe" update.[1]
  • Out of all the creatures that drop Monster Meat, the Varg can drop the highest number, with a maximum of 6.

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