Each character is "voiced" by a different instrument (except Wes, the speechless mime) 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 abilities and requirements to unlock each character. (DLC characters have an icon by their name.)
|Grows a magnificent beard.||Immune to Fire damage; Has a Sweet Lighter; Lights Fires When Nervous.||Gets stronger with a full belly, is afraid of the dark and monsters.|
|'Haunted' by her twin sister. Comfortable with darkness. Doesn't hit very hard.||Not a picky eater. Charged by lightning, damaged by rain. Can upgrade with Gears.|
|Has a nice axe and a terrible secret.||Can't talk, Has trouble staying alive, practices balloonomancy.||Is dapper but frail. Can fragment his mind. Brings his own sword.|
|Excels in Battle; Gains Power from fallen foes; Only eats Meat||Is a monster; Can befriend spiders; Grows a silky smooth beard.|
|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)|
|Woodie||1600 exp (80 days)|
|Wigfrid||1920 exp (96 days in a "Reign of Giants" save slot)|
|Wes||Find and rescue Locked Wes in Adventure Mode|
|Maxwell||Finish Adventure Mode|
|Webber||Find Webber's skull and bury it inside an opened Grave when playing in a "Reign of Giants" save slot.|
There are several additional characters planned for Don't Starve. 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.
- Main article: Experience
New charactersare 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, XP is capped at 1600 in the base game and 1920 in the "Reign of Giants" DLC.
Non-player charactersMaxwell (Antagonist)
- 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
- All playable characters' names start with W apart from Maxwell's . Within the game's code, Maxwell's name is written "Waxwell," in line with the other characters and not to confuse playable Maxwell with NPC Maxwell. The trailer puzzles though, confirmed that Maxwell's real name is William.
- Having all character's names start with W was unintentional at first, but Klei decided to go with it.
- Wolfgang was previously unlocked after Wendy.
|Wilson quotes ⋅ clothes • Willow quotes ⋅ clothes • Wolfgang quotes ⋅ clothes • Wendy quotes ⋅ clothes • WX-78 quotes ⋅ clothes • Wickerbottom quotes ⋅ clothes • Woodie quotes ⋅ clothes • Wes quotes ⋅ clothes • Maxwell quotes ⋅ clothes • Wigfrid quotes ⋅ clothes • Webber quotes ⋅ clothes • Unimplemented|
|Activities||Cooking • Crafting • Farming • Fishing • Sleeping|
|Environment||Day-Night Cycle • Moon Cycle • Nightmare Cycle • Earthquake • Lightning • Rain|
|Seasons||Summer • Winter • ( Autumn • Spring )|
|Mechanics||Beard • Characters • Controls • Death • Durability • Experience • Fire • Food Spoilage • Freezing ( Overheating ) • Health • Hunger • Light • Map • Naughtiness • Non-renewable resources • Sanity • Saving • Wetness|
|Mode||Adventure Mode • Sandbox Mode • Caves • Ruins|
|Others||Pig Village • Road (Trail) • Set Piece • Things|