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Tool Required Razor
Sanity Boost 10 (on shave)
Resources Beard Hair or Silk
Renewable? Yes
DebugSpawn None
I made them with my face.


Beard is facial hair that Wilson and Webber grow. Shaving Wilson's Beard with a Razor creates Beard Hair, which are used in the making of a Meat Effigy, while shaving Webber's Beard will produce Silk. If the characters die and resurrect, the Beard growth resets.

Wilson is the only character capable of producing Beard Hair from shaving. Harvesting Tumbleweed and killing Beardlings, Beardlords, and Shadow Splumonkeys are the only method of acquiring Beard Hair when the player is playing any character besides Wilson. 

Growth and Shaving Edit

The four stages of Wilson's Beard growth
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Days until growth Length Shaving Yield

Shaving Efficiency

4 Days

Short Beard 1 Beard Hair .2 per day
7 Days Long Beard 3 Beard Hair .375 per day
15 Days Magnificent Beard 9 Beard Hair .5625 per day
Beard Hair
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As the Beard doesn't grow longer after 16 days and the player loses it on resurrection or by changing characters, it is most efficient to shave after every sixteenth night. Upon shaving, Wilson's Sanity increases by 10. In terms of gaining sanity, however, shaving every 5 days would yield the best results. Having a beard does not drain Sanity. Similar to WX-78's upgrade powers, Wilson keeps his Beard when he uses a Wooden Thing.

Beard Insulation Edit

Wilson's and Webber's Beards also provides protection from freezing during Winter depending on the size of the Beard.

Beard Length Insulation Time
No Beard 0 seconds
Short Beard 15 seconds
Long Beard 45 seconds
Magnificent Beard 135 seconds

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • Even though Wolfgang has a moustache, he doesn't grow a beard, saying his skin is too strong for hair.
  • Woodie has a beard, but says (when examining a Razor): "A true lumberjack never shaves". Therefore, he will not provide Beard Hair.


  • A good tip is to not shave your beard until the first winter is over, as the Beard provides non-durability warmth during the winter.
  • Shave your Beard after every winter so that it can grow back for the next winter, also providing you with a small sanity boost and quite a bit of Beard Hair (as Wilson) or Silk (as Webber).
  • If you shave right after a season ends, your Beard can be a good indication of how long the following season is.
Gameplay Mechanics
Activities CookingCraftingFarmingFishingSleeping
Environment Day-Night CycleMoon CycleNightmare CycleEarthquakeLightningRain
Seasons SummerWinter • ( AutumnSpring )
Mechanics BeardCharactersControlsDeathDurabilityExperienceFireFood SpoilageFreezing ( Overheating ) • HealthHungerLightMapNaughtinessNon-renewable resourcesSanitySavingWetness
Mode Adventure ModeSandbox ModeCavesRuins
Others Pig VillageRoad (Trail) • Set PieceThings

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