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Health 2750
Damage 75 Swipe and 37.5 x3 (112.5) Ring of Fire(to player)
150 Swipe and 75 x3 (225) Ring of Fire (to mobs)
Fire damage when enraged
Attack Period 2.5
Attack Range 4
Walking Speed 4 (2 when recently unfrozen)
Insanity aura -400/min
Special Ability Spits lava. Engulfs itself in fire when attacked, sets anything near it on fire and deals constant fire damage to anything nearby.
Loot Meat x8
DebugSpawn "dragonfly"
That's one fly dragon!


The Dragonfly is a giant from the Reign of Giants DLC. It appears in Summer. One of its abilities is to spit lava on various objects while it is in its calm state to produce Ash, which the Dragonfly eats. Once the Dragonfly has consumed 20 piles of Ash, it will fall asleep.

If attacked or if the player stays too close to it for too long, it enters an "enraged mode", where it will light everything in its path on fire. During rain, this mode doesn't last as long, and if frozen, the Dragonfly will immediately return to its calm state when it thaws.

When killed, the Dragonfly drops Scales and 8 Meat.

Attack PatternEdit

In close range, the Dragonfly will do a large area of effect attack after squeaking. If the player wants to hit it without getting hit, there is a 2-hit space between its attacks. After being left alone for a while, the Dragonfly will calm down and revert to its green form. When attacked in the green form, it can chain the swipe and fire ring attacks together in a short span. Attacking with any ranged attack seems to provoke it into using its area attack, making it easier to get away. However, its swipe attack is very hard to dodge due to its movement.


The dragonfly will stay neutral to you as long as you don't attack it. Once you do, it will move at most characters' base movement speed, making escaping almost impossible. When it gets in range of the player while enraged, it does a swipe attack while moving towards you (making it very hard to dodge, if at all). After attacking the Dragonfly, or allowing it to attack, it slams on the ground three times, creating three successive rings of fire. This attack usually sets the player and other items on fire, causing large amounts of damage. It's recommended to defeat the Dragonfly as soon as possible, so using a Tentacle Spike or Dark Sword is recommended over a Spear. Along with this, it's recommended that the player has two sets of 100% Football Helmets and Log Suits to take some of the damage burden off, as the three hit fire ring attack can deal enough damage to instantly kill some player characters. Once you start attacking the Dragonfly in a certain rhythm (allowing at most two strikes from the player), you can cause it to only attack using the fire slam, allowing for the attacks to be dodged more easily. Due to the Dragonfly's fiery nature, it is wise to fight it while holding a very cold Thermal Stone to avoid overheating.

One of the easiest ways to deal with any boss in Don't Starve is a Sleep Dart/Pan Flute and Old Bell/14 Gunpowder combination. Not only does the 14 Gunpowder instantly bring the Dragonfly down, but since it is immune to fire damage, it will not destroy its loot.

Another effective way to deal with the Dragonfly is by “feeding” it 20 Ashes(Actually just put the pile of Ashes onto the ground, one cannot directly give the Ashes to the Dragonfly). Afterwhich it will start flying toward the pile and then inhale those ashes. Before long it will stumble into deepsleep, one can then use 14 Gunpowder listed above to finish it off.

28 Blow Darts can make short work of the Dragonfly. Using either a Blow Dart attack or Ice Staff will coax it into stomping giving you time to get away after swinging at it with melee weapons.

The Old Bell can be used twice to weaken it, leaving it with 750 health points. Placing three or four piles of ash on the ground and ringing the Old Bell as the Dragonfly comes for them is a very effective way to get it to stay put as Bigfoot approaches.

Treeguards or any type of monster with large amounts of health seem to be able to fight the Dragonfly and deal noticeable damage.

Refrain from luring it to areas with Beefalo or Pigs, as tempting as it may be, as it will simply kill them all in 1-2 attacks.

If you start in Spring or even Summer and don´t have the resources for the aforementioned strategies, try to bring it to a swamp by either going to a swamp when you hear its growl or by luring it there. Use the hostile tentacles and/or the Merm there. Ideally, you want to put down some ash close to tentacles, this will make it come there. Every time it kills any hostile monster, it will be reset to a calm state. Rinse and repeat the process until it simply drops dead.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill the Dragonfly when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fire DartFire Staff

Tooth Trap

Fishing RodBug Net Lucy the Axe Shovel Pitchfork

Hammer Torch Umbrella

Walking Cane Willow's Lighter

Axe Pickaxe

Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe


PickSlashAxe Spear Bat Bat Ham Bat Morning Star Slurtle Slime Tentacle Spike Battle Spear Thulecite Club Dark Sword Blow Dart Gunpowder Old Bell
No. of hits for
Immune 648 203 167 102 90 81 66 47-94 64 or 39 55 54 53 47 41 28 14 3

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • The name Dragonfly is a portmanteau of the words "Dragon" and "Fly" and also a tongue-in-cheek portmanteau of the words "Dragon" and "Dragonfly".
  • The Dragonfly is attracted to flammable objects, but instead of eating them directly, it will spit lava on them and eat the leftover Ashes. This is similar to how real flies spit out digestive juices onto their food before sucking it up.
  • The Dragonfly is the Mob with the highest DPS in the game.
  • If you quit your world while the Dragonfly is aggroed, rejoining will make the Dragonfly slam the ground three times.

Mosquito BugsEdit

  • Sometimes, if you kite the Dragonfly's swipe right after he has finished his slam and run straight towards him, you will be immune to his flaming aura until the next swipe.
  • Sometimes, the Dragonfly will die from two hits from the Old Bell instead of three.

Gold Nugget GalleryEdit

Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork BishopClockwork RookClockwork KnightDangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk • (Poison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard • (BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey • (BuzzardCatcoonVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird • (GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King

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