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Nightmare Fuel
Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel
Crafting Dark Petals ×4
Tab Icon Refine
Tier Prestihatitator
Perk An evil residue used by the foolish and the crazy.
Dropped by Beardling(40%) Splumonkey(50%)
Damaged Knight, Damaged bishop, Damaged Clockwork,
Crawling Horror, Terrorbeak (×1.5)
Pig Head, Merm Head Hammer (Reign of Giants icon during Full Moons), Grave32(Shovel), Ornate Chest
Stacks up to 40
DebugSpawn "nightmarefuel"


All of my fears in liquid form.

–Woodie

Nightmare Fuel is a Refined Magic Item in Don't Starve. It requires a Prestihatitator to prototype, and costs 4 Dark Petals to craft. It can also be obtained as a drop from various mobs and objects.

Mobs that drop Nightmare Fuel include:

Objects that drop Nightmare Fuel include:

Nightmare Fuel is used to craft Magic items. It is also used to fuel Night Lights and Maxwell's Codex Umbra (to summon Shadow Puppets). Chester can transform into Shadow Chester by placing Nightmare Fuel in each of his nine inventory slots on a Full Moon.

Gathering Edit

See also: Guides/Nightmare Fuel Farming

If a character's Sanity decreases below 40% of their maximum (80 for most characters, 60 for Wes, and varies for WX-78 based on the upgrade level), all Rabbits change into Beardlings and can be killed to gather Nightmare Fuel (along with Monster Meat and Beard Hair). An easy way to do this is by trapping a large number of Rabbits and then lowering Sanity to below 40%, after which they can all be murdered all at once while in inventory. However, be careful, as this is liable to trigger the Krampus by advancing the player's naughtiness level beyond the threshold.

Alternatively, Nightmare Fuel can be acquired by killing Crawling Horrors and Terrorbeaks. Crawling Horrors are easier to deal with than Terrorbeaks; the latter don't appear until Sanity is very, very low, so it's possible to kill Crawling Horrors one at a time.

A safer and simpler way to get Nightmare Fuel is to capture Bees with a Bug Net and then release them at an Evil Flower patch, which can be found where the Things and Maxwell's Door are. This will eventually cause more Evil Flowers to spawn, and their petals can be crafted into Nightmare Fuel.

The most dangerous way is to venture into a Ruins or Cave and find a location with Nightmare Lights and Nightmare Fissures. When the Nightmare Cycle ends, all of the Shadow Creatures that spawned from the Lights and Fissures will die and drop Nightmare Fuel.

Icon Tools Usage Edit

Inventory slot backgroundTwigs

×(1)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(4)

Inventory slot backgroundGears

×(1)

Alchemy EngineInventory slot backgroundDivining Rod

Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(7)

Inventory slot background Living Log

×(3)

Inventory slot backgroundPurple Gem

×(1)

PrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundShadow Manipulator
Inventory slot backgroundGold Nugget

×(2)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(4)

Inventory slot backgroundPig Skin

×(2)

PrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundOne-man Band
Inventory slot backgroundGold Nugget

×(8)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(2)

Inventory slot backgroundRed Gem

×(1)

PrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundNight Light
Inventory slot backgroundGold Nugget

×(3)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(2)

Inventory slot backgroundRed Gem

×(1)

PrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundLife Giving Amulet
Inventory slot backgroundPapyrus

×(2)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(2)

PrestihatitatorInventory slot backgroundSleepytime StoriesWickerbottom portrait

Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(5)

Inventory slot background Papyrus

×(3)

Shadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundNight Armour
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(5)

Inventory slot background Living Log

×(1)

Shadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundDark Sword
Inventory slot backgroundGold Nugget

×(6)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(4)

Inventory slot backgroundPurple Gem

×(2)

Shadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundNightmare Amulet
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(2)

Inventory slot background Spear

×(1)

Inventory slot backgroundRed Gem

×(1)

Shadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundFire Staff
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(4)

Inventory slot background Living Log

×(2)

Inventory slot backgroundPurple Gem

×(2)

Shadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundTelelocator Staff
Inventory slot backgroundSlurper Pelt

×(6)

Inventory slot background Rope

×(2)

Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(2)

Shadow ManipulatorInventory slot backgroundBelt of Hunger

Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×(2)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(2)

Broken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Medallion
Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×(2)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(3)

Inventory slot backgroundYellow Gem

×(1)

Broken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundMagiluminescence
Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×(2)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(3)

Inventory slot backgroundGreen Gem

×(1)

Broken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundConstruction Amulet
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(4)

Inventory slot background Living Log

×(2)

Inventory slot backgroundYellow Gem

×(2)

Broken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundStar Caller's Staff
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(4)

Inventory slot background Living Log

×(2)

Inventory slot backgroundGreen Gem

×(2)

Broken Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundDeconstruction Staff

Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×(2)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(3)

Inventory slot backgroundOrange Gem

×(1)

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThe Lazy Forager
Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(2)

Inventory slot background Walking Cane

×(1)

Inventory slot backgroundOrange Gem

×(2)

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThe Lazy Explorer
Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×(4)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(4)

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Crown
Inventory slot backgroundThulecite

×(6)

Inventory slot background Nightmare Fuel

×(4)

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Suit
Inventory slot backgroundLiving Log

×(3)

Inventory slot background Thulecite

×(4)

Inventory slot backgroundNightmare Fuel

×(4)

Ancient Pseudoscience StationInventory slot backgroundThulecite Club

Placeholder Trivia Edit

  • The term "nightmare fuel" is a common phrase on the Internet used to describe works of fiction, or scenes therein, that are extremely likely to disturb and/or frighten the audience.
  • When dropped on the ground, Nightmare Fuel appears as pulsing goo.
  • Although Beardlings will drop this, Beardlords will not.
  • Maxwell, upon examining the Ancient Guardian, says "My my, the fuel has changed you." This implies that prolonged exposure to Nightmare Fuel can alter creatures in some significant way.

Gold Nugget Gallery Edit

Items dropped by Mobs
Loot AshesAzure FeatherBatilisk WingBeard HairBeefalo HornBlow DartBlue GemBunny PuffButterButterfly WingsCharcoalCrimson FeatherDeerclops EyeballDrumstickFleshy BulbFlintFrog LegsGearsGuardian's HornGlow BerryHoneyHound's ToothJet FeatherKrampus SackLight BulbLiving LogMandrakeMeatMonster MeatMorselMosquito SackNightmare FuelOrnate ChestPig SkinPurple GemRed GemRocksSilkSlurtle SlimeSlurper PeltSpider EggsSpider GlandShelmetSnurtle Shell ArmourSpiderhatStingerTam o' ShanterTentacle SpikeTentacle SpotsThulecite FragmentsWalrus Tusk
Indirect BeeBeefalo WoolButterflyCrowFirefliesGold NuggetGuanoManureRedbirdSeedsSnowbirdRabbitMosquito
Craftable Items
Tools Axe (Luxury Axe) • Pickaxe (Opulent Pickaxe) • Shovel (Regal Shovel) • PitchforkHammerRazor
Light CampfireFire PitTorchMiner HatPumpkin LanternLantern (Endothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitMoggles Reign of Giants icon)
Survival Bird TrapTrapCompassBackpackPiggybackThermal StoneHealing SalveHoney PoulticeStraw RollFur RollTentUmbrellaBug NetFishing Rod (Pretty ParasolLuxury Fan Insulated PackSiesta Lean-to Reign of Giants icon)
Food Basic FarmImproved FarmBee BoxDrying RackCrock PotIce Box (Bucket-o-poop Reign of Giants icon)
Science Science MachineAlchemy EngineDivining RodThermal MeasurerRainometerGunpowderLightning Rod (Ice FlingomaticElectrical Doodad Reign of Giants icon)
Fight SpearHam BatGrass SuitLog SuitMarble SuitFootball HelmetSleep DartFire DartBlow DartBoomerangBee MineTooth Trap (Battle HelmBattle SpearMorning StarWeather PainScalemail Reign of Giants icon)
Structures ChestSignHay WallWood WallStone WallPig HouseRabbit HutchBirdcageFlooring (CobblestonesWooden FlooringCheckerboard FlooringCarpeted Flooring) • Potted Fern (Scaled Chest Reign of Giants icon)
Refine RopeBoardsCut StonePapyrusNightmare FuelPurple Gem
Magic Meat EffigyPrestihatitatorShadow ManipulatorPan FluteOne-man BandNight LightNight ArmourDark SwordBat BatLife Giving AmuletChilled AmuletNightmare AmuletFire StaffIce StaffTelelocator StaffTelelocator FocusBelt of Hunger (Old Bell Reign of Giants icon)
Dress Sewing KitGarlandRabbit EarmuffStraw HatBeefalo HatBeekeeper HatFeather HatBush HatWinter HatTop HatWalking CaneDapper VestBreezy VestPuffy Vest (Fashion MelonIce CubeSummer FrestFloral ShirtCat CapRain CoatHibearnation VestRain HatEyebrella Reign of Giants icon)
Books Birds of the WorldApplied HorticultureSleepytime StoriesThe End is NighOn Tentacles
Ancient ThuleciteThulecite WallThulecite MedallionThe Lazy ForagerMagiluminescenceConstruction AmuletThe Lazy ExplorerStar Caller's StaffDeconstruction StaffPick/AxeThulecite CrownThulecite SuitThulecite ClubHoundius Shootius

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