There are currently eight playable characters in Don't Starve. The first accessable character is Wilson, considered the protagonist and the focus of the game's story. Other characters can be unlocked when sufficient experience has been accrued, usually gained at death or when escaping to a new world.
Each character is "voiced" by a different instrument and speaks differently when examining items and objects (Wes usually pantomimes instead, but will still announce, "I can't do that." under certain circumstances). In addition, each character has at least one unique perk or ability.
Below are the currently playable characters in Don't Starve:
|Grows a magnificent beard.||Starts fires in the dark and is immune to fire damage.||Has a nightly visitor.||Higher health, bigger stomach and hits harder.|
|Can eat spoiling food without penalty.||Starts with a free tech level.||
Doesn't talk and has trouble staying alive.
Is dapper, frail and brings his own sword.
There are several additional characters being planned for Don't Starve, although Klei Entertainment has announced there will be no new characters until after release. These other characters only exist in the form of portraits, sound, and other bits found mainly in the game files. For a list of these unimplemented characters, please refer to the Unimplemented Characters page.
New characters are unlocked by earning Experience (exp). Exp is given when the character dies or escapes using the wooden thing. The summary screen (right) appears at the end of each world and shows how long (in days) the character survived for. One day survived equals 20 experience points. The longer a character survives, the more exp they will earn. Currently exp is capped at 1280.
Below are the requirements to unlock each character:
|Willow||160 exp (8 days)|
|Wolfgang||320 exp (16 days)|
|Wendy||640 exp (32 days)|
|WX-78||960 exp (48 days)|
|Wickerbottom||1280 exp (64 days)|
|Wes||Hammer Locked Wes|
- Main Article:Maxwell (NPC)
Maxwell appears before the start of every game, saying, "Say pal, you don't look so good. You better find something to eat before night comes!" He disappears before the player assumes control of his or her character.
- Main Article: Abigail
Abigail follows Wendy and does damage to any mob that comes too close to Abigail, even Wendy herself, Abigail does try to keep her distance from the player. She will attack any enemy Wendy attacks.
- All playable characters names start with W apart from Maxwell, which effectively starts with an upside-down 'W'.
- Within the game's code Maxwell's name is written "Waxwell," in line with the other characters
- Maxwell's name is possibly a reference to the scientific thought problem "Maxwell's demon".
- Having all character's names start with W was unintentional at first, but Klei has decided to go with it.
- If you examine while moving the specified sound will not play.
|Wilson quotes ⋅ clothes • Willow quotes ⋅ clothes • Wendy quotes ⋅ clothes • Wolfgang quotes ⋅ clothes • WX-78 quotes ⋅ clothes • Wickerbottom quotes ⋅ clothes • Wes quotes ⋅ clothes • Maxwell quotes ⋅ clothes • Unimplemented|
|Activities||Cooking • Crafting • Farming • Fishing • Sleeping|
|Environment||Day-Night Cycle • Moon Cycle • Rain • Summer • Winter|
|Mechanics||Beard • Characters • Controls • Death • Durability • Experience • Fire • Freezing • Health • Hunger • Light • Map • Naughtiness • Non-renewable resources • Sanity • Saving • Spoilage|
|Mode||Adventure Mode • Sandbox Mode • Caves|
|Others||Pig Village • Road • Set Piece • Things • Trail|