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The Pirate Captain
"Don't ye mind th'scurvy. Yarr-harr-harr!"
Can sniff out treasures
Captain of the "Sea Legs"
Sanity Modifier
0 or -4.8/min
Special Item(s)
Lucky Hat.png, The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png
Starting Item(s)
Lucky Hat.png, Spyglass.png, Boat Cannon.png,
Boards.png x4, Dubloons.png x4
Me pirate sense be tinglin'.


Woodlegs is one of the four playable Characters exclusive to the Shipwrecked DLC. He is one of the two of them that can't be unlocked via Experience. He's a stereotypical pirate captain with two peg legs, that hates staying too long on land and loves treasure.

Woodlegs is the captain of a slow but powerful pirate boat, which he can craft from the start. He has his own exclusive hat that lets him find hidden treasure. He is accustomed to living a life at sea, and loses sanity at a rate of -4.8/min whenever he is on land. Furthermore, he has a lower than default maximum Sanity, making his sanity very difficult to manage when going for a traditional permanent camp playstyle. Woodlegs lends himself much more to a nomadic playstyle, having no sanity loss at sea, infinite use of his ship's cannon to kill fish, and the ability to find many useful items in treasures all over the map. Overall, Woodlegs is a powerful character in the Shipwrecked world, but has no benefits when playing a normal or Reign of Giants game.

Lock.png Unlocking

Woodlegs trapped inside a cage.

Wilson Portrait.png
That seems like an excessive amount of locks.

Wilson, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Willow Portrait.png
I guess he was bad to the bone.

Willow, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is locked.

Wolfgang, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wendy Portrait.png
At least his soul escaped.

Wendy, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

WX-78 Portrait.png

WX-78, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
How did you get in there, scruffy sir?

Wickerbottom, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Woodie Portrait.png
Are you OK in there, buddy?

Woodie, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Waxwell Portrait.png
We are all trapped, in one way or another.

Maxwell, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wagstaff Portrait.png
I would very much like to know how he got in there.

Wagstaff, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wigfrid Portrait.png
A löcked cage!

Wigfrid, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Webber Portrait.png
Someone free him!

Webber, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Walani Portrait.png
Whoever invented cages had a cruel heart.

Walani, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Warly Portrait.png
Bonjour garcon, can you tell me... oh... I see...

Warly, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Woodlegs Portrait.png
'Tis a wretched thing.

Woodlegs, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wilba Portrait.png

Wilba, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wormwood Portrait.png
Very locked

Wormwood, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Wheeler Portrait.png
Someone needs rescuing!

Wheeler, when examining Woodlegs's Cage

Woodlegs is locked in a cage that is found in the Volcano. To unlock the cage, players must find three Keys:

Each Key can be inserted in its hole even if players don't have all of them. After all the Keys are inserted, the cage will break down in smoke. Woodlegs will stand up and will do a jump while tapping his peg legs in the air (same animation as when Anti Venom is quaffed), then he will disappear in a puff of smoke. The broken cage will drop 2 Boards, 2 Logs, and 1 Rocks.

The 'Sea Legs' Icon.png Special Power

Woodlegs sailing on The 'Sea Legs'.

Woodlegs spawns with 1/4th of the closest X Marks the Spots revealed on the Map, a Lucky Hat, Spyglass, a Boat Cannon, 4 Boards and 4 Dubloons. The last three let him create a special Boat only he can make - The 'Sea Legs'. The 'Sea Legs' has the same durability and speed as an Armoured Boat, and an infinite Boat Cannon that deals 50 damage.

His Lucky Hat lets Woodlegs 'sniff out' treasures.That means that as long as it is equipped, new X Marks the Spot treasures (maximum of 6 per hat) will spawn in the current or nearby islands. That makes the treasures renewable when playing as him. The Hat lasts 10 Days and can be made in the Nautical Tab with 3 Cloth, 4 Bone Shard and 10 Dubloons. Both the Lucky Hat and The 'Sea Legs' can be created from the start without any Research Stations.


Woodlegs loses 4.8 Sanity.png per minute when on land, and also when hugging the coast with a Boat. This coupled with the 120 maximum Sanity makes it very easy to go insane in the early days.

The 'Sea Legs' has no equippable slots and its acceleration is 50% slower. In addition to this, it has a stun immunity of only 1 second compared to the Armoured Boat's 2, but still higher than other Boats.

Prototype.png Tips

  • In the early days, the easiest way to restore the Sanity lost from land exploration is to collect Flowers and Seashells while exploring.
  • It is possible to find a Walking Cane or Thulecite Club in X Marks the Spot Chests early on, making the speed of The 'Sea Legs' more bearable without sails.
  • The Coconade fired from The 'Sea Legs' Cannon can be used to uncover X Marks the Spot Chests without the need of a Shovel, as long as the treasure is inside the firing range of the Cannon.
    • Same thing applies to most objects that Tools can be used on, e.g. Trees, Boulders, Bamboo Patches etc. Flammable objects will not be set on fire from the explosion that destroys them, nor will their drops, with the exception of Trees.
  • The 'Sea Legs' Cannon can be used to easily kill Birds, Crabbits, Dogfishes and Jellyfishes.
    • Since it does not aggro enemies hit with it, it is a very easy tool to effortlessly kill Whales. Hitting freshly killed Whale with it, will result in them going in the second stage of bloating.
      • The Cannon can also be used instead of the Machete to harvest fully bloated Whales.
  • Whenever it lands on water the Coconade of the Cannon will create Big Waves that will travel outward from the point of impact. Their direction is coded in a way that one will always target Woodleg's position on the time the Cannon was fired, so it is not advised to stay in one place while using the Cannon.
  • The perk of the Lucky Hat will still trigger when worn by a Prime Ape or Wildbore, albeit only 66% of the time. This can be exploited by giving multiple Hats to a lot of them and have a lot of X Marks the Spots spawn at the same time.
  • Fighting the Quacken early on can be very beneficial, as the Booty Bag it drops can passively provide many Dubloons for Woodlegs' special items in the long run. This is particularly useful in Hurricane Season, as Pirate Parrots do not spawn.
  • It is useful to base on the sea with many items on land bases being on sea because of Woodlegs constant sanity drain on land

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Woodlegs was added in the "Release the Quacken" update.
  • His old motto was "Yarrr".
  • Woodlegs was the first character to be revealed for Shipwrecked, but was the last to be added, possibly due to his abilities and the difficulty of implementing them.
  • When examining some things, he mentions a prior crew apparently of a parrot, and one of the members called Wildeye Weston.
  • Woodlegs used to have an additional perk: When sinking, he would not drown, but would instead be spawned on the closest island and provided with materials needed to craft a Log Raft. However, this ability was removed in the Seas the day update.
  • Woodlegs' voice is played by a concertina, an instrument commonly associated with pirates.
  • When walking, Woodlegs makes a cranking noise thanks to his peglegs.
  • He can "bend" his legs, as if he had knees, though this may be unintentional, since the legs do not bend in the animated trailers.
  • When struck by Lightning, it can be seen that Woodlegs has bones in his peg legs.
  • He is one of five characters that can't be unlocked via experience, alongside Wes, Maxwell, Webber, and Wilbur.
  • When examined after freeing him, he is named MISSINGNAME.

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