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Character Selection

Character selection page before the world generates.

There are currently fifteen playable Characters in Don't Starve (including DLC characters). The first accessible character is Wilson, considered the protagonist and the focus of the game's story. Most of the other Characters can be unlocked when sufficient Experience has been accrued, gained at Death or when escaping to a new world. There are currently five exception characters that are not gained by conventional experience, but through game feats.

If the player has not unlocked a Character, it will appear as their respective silhouettes. Upon selecting a silhouette, the Poster on the left will be a coffin shut with chains and a lock, and the description will simply say "The Unknown".

Each character is "voiced" by a different instrument (except Wes, the speechless mime) and speaks differently when examining items and objects (Wes pantomimes instead). 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.)

Wilson Portrait Willow Portrait Wolfgang Portrait
Wilson Willow Wolfgang
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.
Wendy Portrait WX-78 Portrait Wickerbottom Portrait
Wendy WX-78


'Haunted' by her twin sister. Comfortable with darkness. Doesn't hit very hard. Not a picky eater. Charged by lightning, damaged by water. Can upgrade with Gears.

Knows many things. Self-publishes books. Can't sleep, hates food spoilage.

Woodie Portrait Wes Portrait Waxwell Portrait
Woodie Wes Maxwell
Has a lovely axe. Has a terrible secret.
(Don't Starve Together iconCelebrates Thanksgiving too early.)
Can't talk. Has trouble staying alive. Practices balloonomancy. Is dapper but frail. Can fragment his mind. Brings his own sword.
Wigfrid Portrait Webber Portrait Walani Portrait
Reign of Giants iconWigfrid Reign of Giants iconWebber Shipwrecked iconWalani
Excels in battle. Gains power from fallen foes. Only eats meat. Is a monster. Can befriend spiders. Grows a silky smooth beard. Loves surfing. Dries off quickly.
Is a pretty chill gal.
Warly Portrait Wilbur Portrait Woodlegs Portrait
Shipwrecked iconWarly Shipwrecked iconWilbur Shipwrecked iconWoodlegs
Has distinguished tastes. Cooks in custom cookware. Has a stylish chef pouch. Can't talk. Can run. Is a monkey. Can sniff out treasures. Captain of the "Sea Legs". Pirate.
Character Requirements Sanity Health Hunger
Wilson Available initially 200 150 150
Willow 160 exp (8 days) 120 150 150
Wolfgang 320 exp (16 days) 200 150-300 300
Wendy 640 exp (32 days) 200 150 150
WX-78 960 exp (48 days) 100-300 100-400 100-200
Wickerbottom 1280 exp (64 days) 250 150 150
Woodie 1600 exp (80 days) 200 150 150
Wigfrid 1920 exp (96 days in a Reign of Giants save slot) 120 200 120
Walani 2240 exp (112 days in a Shipwrecked save slot) 200 120 200
Warly 2560 exp (128 days in a Shipwrecked save slot) 200 150 250
Wes Find and rescue Locked Wes in Adventure Mode 150 113 113
Maxwell Finish Adventure Mode 200 75 150
Webber Find Webber's skull and bury it inside an opened Grave when playing in a Reign of Giants save slot 100 175 175
Wilbur Find the Tarnished Crown and return it to Wilbur when playing in a Shipwrecked save 150 125 175
Woodlegs Find Woodleg's Cage in the Volcano and then unlock it with the Iron, Bone and Gold Keys while playing in a Shipwrecked save 120 150 150

Unfinished Characters

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.

Character Mods

Glommer See also: Mods

On the PC version of Don't Starve, Characters created by users can be published on the Steam Workshop or the Klei Forums using the Don't Starve Mod Tools. Once downloaded, the character can be set up in its directory. When you start up the game, click the Mods button and enable the character. They will now be available for use after restarting.

Unlocking Characters


Summary screen

Main article: Experience

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, XP is capped at 1600 in the base game, 1920 in the Reign of Giants DLC and 2560 in the Shipwrecked DLC.

In Don't Starve Together all Characters are unlocked from the start.

Non-player characters

Maxwell (Antagonist)
Maxwell ingame
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.

As seen in the Forbidden Knowledge video, Maxwell gives Wilson the knowledge necessary to build an impressive machine which captures him upon activation.

Maxwell will not appear when playing as himself, instead he will say, "Freedom, at last!"

Abigail build


Main article: Abigail

Abigail is Wendy's twin sister, and as Wendy's perk, she can be summoned with Abigail's Flower.

Placeholder Trivia

  • 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 confirmed that Maxwell's real name is William, though.
    • 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.
  • All characters are ambidextrous thanks to their sprite work.

Blueprint Gallery

Player Characters
Wilson quotes ⋅ clothesWillow quotes ⋅ clothesWolfgang quotes ⋅ clothesWendy quotes ⋅ clothesWX-78 quotes ⋅ clothesWickerbottom quotes ⋅ clothesWoodie quotes ⋅ clothesWes quotes ⋅ clothesMaxwell quotes ⋅ clothesWigfrid quotes ⋅ clothesWebber quotes ⋅ clothesWalani quotes ⋅ clothesWarly quotes ⋅ clothesWilbur quotes ⋅ clothesWoodlegs quotes ⋅ clothesUnimplemented
Gameplay Mechanics
Activities CookingCraftingFarmingFishingSleeping
Environment Day-Night CycleMoon CycleNightmare CycleEarthquakeLightningRain
(Strong WindsFogWavesFloodingVolcanic Eruption Shipwrecked icon)
Seasons SummerWinter • (AutumnSpring Reign of Giants icon)
(Mild SeasonHurricane SeasonMonsoon SeasonDry Season Shipwrecked icon)
Mechanics BeardBiomeCharactersCharlieControlsDeathDurabilityExperienceFireFood SpoilageFreezingHealthHungerLightMapNaughtinessNon-renewable resourcesSanitySavingStructures
(WetnessOverheating Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked icon) (Disease Don't Starve Together icon) (Poison Shipwrecked icon)
Mode Adventure ModeSandbox ModeCavesRuinsVolcanoDon't Starve Together
Others Pig VillageRoad (Trail) • GraveyardOceanAbyssBridgeSet PieceThingsMorgue

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