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Nickname The Silent
Motto "..."
Perk Can't talk
Has trouble staying alive
Practices Balloonomancy
Health 113
Hunger 113
Sanity 150
Damage Modifier 0.75x
Hunger Modifier -1.25x
Special Item(s) Pile o' Balloons
Starting Item(s) Pile o' Balloons
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Wes is the seventh unlockable Character. He is a fragile French mime that uses pantomimes to communicate instead of speaking.

Wes was introduced to the game to provide a challenge to experienced players. He has a maximum of 113 Health, 113 Hunger, and 150 Sanity, which drains faster than most Characters. He also deals less damage in both melee and ranged combat. Wes is a Balloonomancer, and comes equipped with his Pile o' Balloons.

Lock Unlocking

Wes trapped

WX-78 in an effort to rescue Wes.

In the third chapter of Adventure Mode, a set piece may appear (if the map is not Two Worlds), which will have two chambers with a Maxwell Statue in each one, and a third one with Wes in the middle.

When players break one of the statues, it will release various non-damaged Clockwork Monsters. After breaking all the statues and defeating the Clockwork Monsters, go to the chamber where Wes is trapped. More Bishops, Knights and Rooks will spawn and the player will need to defeat them.

After all monsters are cleared, Wes will pass out, fall on the ground, and disappear. Wes will then be unlocked as a playable character.

Pile o' Balloons Special Power

Wes with balloons

Wes surrounded by his balloons.

Main article: Pile o' Balloons

Wes' special power is his Pile o' Balloons. It has unlimited uses, but it costs 5 Sanity to inflate each balloon.

When a balloon is attacked, it explodes, dealing 5 damage to anything nearby (Including Wes). Balloons can also trigger other balloons to explode, allowing massive chain reactions. Balloons can also be used as decoys or to distract Mobs.


Wes' hunger drains 25% faster than most Character and he deals 25% less damage. He also has low Health and Hunger.

Wes doesn't speak, so there are no actual words that show up on the screen, warning the player of incoming attacks or other pertinent information such as when night is approaching or low hunger levels. The player will only be able to rely on his audio cues in these situations.

No information will be given when Wes examines an object.

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In Don't Starve Together, Wes underwent some minor changes, mostly in regards to the the Pile o' Balloons. The item in question now has durability, meaning it can only be used a limited number of times before it degrades. Wes can no longer craft Balloons if he doesn't have the required amount of Sanity, and only 100 Balloons may be active at a time, regardless of Sanity or item durability.

Prototype Tips

  • Balloons can be used to lure mobs to traps or to other hostile mobs.
  • Weapons that deal indirect damage, such as the Fire Dart or Gunpowder, are not affected by Wes' low damage multiplier, making them excellent choices for him.
  • Belt of Hunger will nullify Wes' Hunger drain and also provides a boost to Sanity, although a Backpack can't be equipped while wearing it.
    • In the Reign of Giants DLC, the Hibearnation Vest also provides a Hunger drain reduction, as well as the highest insulation against Freezing and more than twice the Sanity regeneration of the Hunger Belt.

Placeholder Trivia

  • Wes was added in the Insanity! update.
  • Wes was made unlockable, through Adventure Mode, in the The End of the Beginning update.
  • Wes used to be the sixth unlockable character via experience points.
    • Wes is currently one of three characters that cannot be unlocked by gaining Experience, the others being Maxwell and Webber.
  • If Maxwell examines "locked" Wes, he states "He displeased me."
  • Pile o' Balloons was added in the Strange New Powers update.
  • Wes has higher maximum Sanity than Willow and Webber, and higher maximum Health than Maxwell.
  • When struck by Lightning in RoG, Wes is shown to have bones in his hair.
  • In RoG, the Pile o' Balloons can be given to a Catcoon to befriend them, but this is not advised as to get them back the Catcoon must die and similar results can be achieved with simple Twigs.

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