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Ms. Wickerbottom
Nickname The Librarian
Motto "Shhhh! No talking!"
Perk Knows many things
Self publishes books
Can't sleep, hates food spoilage
Sanity 250
Health 150
Hunger 150
Special Item Birds of the WorldApplied HorticultureSleepytime StoriesOn TentaclesThe End is Nigh
Starting Items Papyrus x2
Knowledge is power!


Wickerbottom is the fifth available Character, unlocked at 1280 Experience. She is a librarian and an author (and apparently a publisher too), and she can identify many different types of fauna and flora by their scientific names.

Special Power

Wickerbottom Lightning

Wickerbottom reading the "The End Is Nigh" book

Wickerbottom's Special Power is a crafting tab called Books, as well as starting with 2 Papyrus in her inventory.


This new tab allows Wickerbottom to create different types of magical books with Papyrus and other different ingredients. Depending on what ingredients were added, different books with different effects will result.

Buffs and debuffs

Wickerbottom has a maximum sanity of 250, the highest of all characters (excluding a fully upgraded WX-78). However, she suffers from insomnia (she can't sleep), therefore requiring alternative forms of sanity regeneration. It is a struggle to keep her sane during Winter.

Wickerbottom can make all Science Machine recipes without having to build the Science Machine, but does not gain the 15 sanity per prototype for those since she already knows them at the start of the game. The rest of the recipes can be prototyped with a research machine one tier lower than the one usually required. For example, Science Machines can make Alchemy Engine recipes. Although, this does not apply to Magic research machines. Therefore, only a Science Machine is needed to unlock all science recipes for prototyping. As of the Strange New Powers update, she requires a Shadow Manipulator in order to prototype the "On Tentacles" book.

Wickerbottom lacks the ability to sleep in a Tent, Bed Roll, or Fur Roll due to her being an insomniac. She also receives less benefit and a larger sanity loss when consuming Spoiled foods.  

Making a Top Hat and eating Cooked Green Mushrooms is highly recommended during the early stages, as well as going after the Tam o' Shanter in Winter for later stages. 

She also hates spoiled and/or raw food, causing her sanity to suffer greatly.

Stage Effect
Green (Fresh) Restores the full amount of Hunger, HealthMeter and Sanity for a given food
Yellow (Stale) Restores 1/3 (normally 2/3) of Hunger, 1/4 (normally 1/3) of HealthMeter for a given food and doesn't restore any Sanity
Red (Spoiled) Restores 1/6 (normally 1/2) of Hunger for a given food, doesn't restore any HealthMeter and decreases Sanity by 10

Placeholder Trivia

  • Wickerbottom is sounded by an oboe.
  • It is confirmed that "Wickerbottom" is her last name. Her first name remains unknown, however.
  • Wickerbottom's eyes are shut by default, but open sometimes, like when she exits a Worm Hole or is low on Sanity.
  • She is the most literate of the Don't Starve Characters and always refers to animals by their scientific names. The only exceptions to this are the creatures that are completely unknown to her. This can provide information as to what animals/creatures in the Don't Starve universe exist in her homeworld.
  • Wickerbottom is still able to be knocked out by cooking a Mandrake or consuming a Cooked Mandrake.
  • Wickerbottom has a skull.
  • Wickerbottom's previous perk, before the Strange New Powers update, was to be able to prototype one tier higher than the other players.
  • Wickerbottom's favorite food is Fishsticks, judging by her examination quotes.
  • When struck by Lightning in the Reign of Giants DLC, Wickerbottom, like most other characters, is shown to have bones in her hair. In addition to this, she also has bones in her skirt and shoes too.

Gold Nugget 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 ⋅ clothesUnimplemented

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  • Spelling error (Wickerbottom)

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    • Jorppu wrote:Well is mostly took offense to him calling me illiterate. I can guarentee you he didn't mean to offend you, just, no offense, ...
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  • Fussy eater

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    • Stale food Spoiled food Hunger 33% (обычно 66%) 16% (обычно 50%) Health 25% (обычно 33%) 0% (обычно 0) In game files
    • Yes the above is what's SUPPOSED to happen, but since they put her penalties in the wrong sections of the code, they're currently not appl...

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