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A well deserved rest, no doubt.


Saving is an option available to the player and an integral mechanic of Don't Starve. The player can save and quit during any part of the game, and it will also automatically save at random intervals, usually once a game day. If the player dies and has a resurrection item, the game will also automatically save before the player is revived.

When the player dies with no resurrection items, unless they're playing in Adventure Mode, the save file will be deleted. Otherwise the progress made in Adventure Mode will be lost and the player will respawn with no penalty in front of Maxwell's Door. The player can also delete save files from the slot selection menu. Deleting a save file will not earn any of the Experience the player would've earned, which means that it's better to commit suicide if all characters are not unlocked.

There are four save files available in Don't Starve (Five with the Reign of Giants DLC). When players pick an empty slot, they can first choose a character and customize the world before delving in. For world customization details, please go here. Each occupied slot shows an image of the character being played, the world number, and the world type (Sandbox ModeAdventure ModeCaves or Ruins), then the number of days survived in that world connected by a dash, unless the player is underground.

Each death will also be registered in the Morgue, whether or not it's permanent.

The save file can be found under:

Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\{unique ID}\{219740}\remote\
Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/userdata/{unique ID}/219740/remote/
Linux: ~/.steam/steam/userdata/{unique ID}/219740/
SteamOS: /home/steam/.local/share/Steam/userdata/{unique ID}/219740/

If Steam Cloud is disabled (or release without Steam), players can find their save files under 

 Windows: My Documents\Klei\DoNotStarve\save\
Mac OS X: ~/Documents/Klei/DoNotStarve/save/
Linux: ~/.klei/DoNotStarve/

Here is a list of files in the game save file:

  • profile: files that record a player's experience and characters unlocked.
  • survival_(number): a player's save in Sandbox Mode.
  • adventure_(number): a player's save in Adventure Mode.
  • cave_(number): a player's save in a Cave or Ruin.
  • saveindex: description for all save slots in "Choose A Slot" menu.
  • morgue: a record of all the player's deaths.
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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