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Don’t Starve Together: Best Use For Every Character

Don’t Starve Together features numerous playable characters that players can choose from.




Don’t Starve Together is a standalone multiplayer expansion for Don’t Starve, the brutal outdoor survival game. It now includes Reign of Giants, which introduces new characters, seasons, creatures, biomes, and Giant new challenges.

It might become overwhelming to choose a character. Fortunately, you have this guide to help you decide by showing which characters are best for specific situations.

Best Use For Every Character in Don’t Starve Together

Each character has their own set of advantages and disadvantages, as well as their peculiar personalities. However, in Don’t Starve Together, some characters are far simpler to use than others.

But of course, your choice will entirely depend on what suits your playstyle best and your preferred aesthetics. So, which characters are best to use in certain situations?

Characters Pros and Cons

There are currently 18 playable characters that you can choose from. They are the following:

Wilson – considered the “baseline” for everyone and the first character you will unlock.

  • Pros:
    • grows a beard in the winter, which provides up to 135 insulation against Freezing, while shaving the beard will make a Meat Effigy and restore 10 Sanity.
  • Cons: none

Willow – a “pyromaniac” character and can be unlocked when you reach 160 XP.

  • Pros:
    • starts with her lighter, which is basically like a torch
    • immune to fire damage
    • gains sanity around fire
    • resistant to overheating in summer
    • can summon Bernie that turns into big monstrous teddy bear once Willow goes insane
  • Cons:
    • becomes frozen easier as clothing insulation doesn’t work that well on her

Wolfgang – a Strongman who is beyond proud of his might and is unlocked when you reach 320 XP.

  • Pros:
    • his favorite food is cooked potato which is fairly easy to mass-produce.
    • when he reaches 220-300 Hunger, the following buffs are given:
    • 1.0x – 1.25x speed
    • 1.25x – 2.0x damage
    • 1.5x – 3.0x hunger drain
    • 200 – 300 max HP
  • Cons:
    • suffers 10% higher sanity drain
    • high-maintenance food intake
    • damage decreases the bigger team you have
    • when he has 0-105 Hunger, he will be nerfed to having:
      • 0.9 – 1.0x speed
      • 1.0x – 1.5x hunger drain
      • 150 – 200 max HP

Wendy – little girl with a dead twin sister who has a gloomy and morbid personality, often relating everything to death and how depressing life is; she is unlocked when you reach 640 XP

  • Pros:
  • has massive crowd control when utilizing Abigail, her twin sister
  • can’t be stunlocked with her shield activated
  • vexes enemies when attacking
  • deals 1.4x more damage against vexed enemies
  • Cons:
  • significantly less damage without Abigail
  • Abigail dies easily with bosses if not used strategically

WX-78 – a self-sustaining automaton that despises all living matter that is unlocked with 960 XP

  • Pros
    • can eat gears to restore a lot of stats, also increases max stats
    • can be overcharged by lightning; once overcharged, the following buffs are gained:
    • 1.5x movement speed
    • continuously emits a small radius of light
    • immune to Freezing
    • ignores food penalties when eating stale or spoiled food
  • Cons
    • when the character dies, max stats are reset
    • takes damage when wet or hit by rain
    • needs Wickerbottom’s help to be constantly overcharged

Wickerbottom – an old but highly intelligent librarian that you can unlock once you reach 1280 XP

  • Pros:
    • she can craft books with powerful effects
    • one of the only two characters that can read the books
    • can make recipes without their specific machines
    • can continuously overcharge WX-78
  • Cons:
    • takes less nutrition from stale and spoiled food
    • cannot sleep or use the tent

Woodie – a Canadian Lumberjack who loves chopping trees; he is unlocked with 1600 XP

  • Pros:
    • beard provides winter insulation
    • starts with infinite axe durability
    • chops faster and more efficiently than other characters
    • has a higher chance of spawning Treeguards
    • can transform into three other forms:
      • Weregoose
      • Weremoose
      • Werebeaver
  • Cons:
    • full moon transforms him randomly
    • not the best at anything he does

Wes – a fragile French mime that communicates using pantomimes

  • Pros:
    • can craft balloons that have different uses depending on which one you need while in combat
  • Cons:
    • overheats and freezes easier
    • no audible warnings
    • takes longer to mine, chop, hammer, etc.
    • hounds will chase Wes more than other characters

Maxwell – the antagonist of the game whose playstyle revolves around his sanity

  • Pros:
    • regenerates 6.75 sanity per minute
    • has the ability to craft shadow puppets that can do respective tasks
    • shadow puppets last forever unless damaged by NPCs
    • one of the best wood gatherers
  • Cons:
    • Low max HP

Wigfrid – a performance artist acting out a role of a Valkyrie who can be unlocked when reaching 1920 XP

  • Pros:
    • restores Sanity and Health while fighting
    • can craft battle spears
    • Gains inspiration while g
  • Cons:
    • only eats meat
    • teaches bad habits
    • allows you to tank with no repercussions
    • not recommended for beginners

Webber – a child that lives inside a spider who failed to eat him a long time ago

  • Pros:
    • can befriend spiders
    • gives the ability of spider gadgets
    • can eat monster foods without normal negative effects
    • grows a beard that can be shaved for silk
  • Cons:
    • bunnyman, pigs, catcoons are more aggressive towards Webber
    • can’t befriend the mobs mentioned above

Winona – factory worker who doesn’t like laziness and things from higher society

  • Pros:
    • crafts faster when consuming hunger
    • can dodge 1st hit of Charlie
    • can craft the following gadgets:
    • Catapult: AoE ranged turret
    • Spotlight: small light radius
    • Generator: fuels gadgets and uses nitre as fuel
    • G.E.M.erator: fuels gadgets and uses any gem as fuel
  • Cons:
    • crafts slower than normal if less than 50 hunger

Warly – a Culinarian that cooks exclusive recipes and can be obtained when you reach 2560 XP

  • Pros:
    • his crockpots make cooking 20% faster
    • certain foods are unique to Warly
    • can make spices that can be added to food
  • Cons:
    • cannot eat non-crockpot foods
    • gains less nutrition from eating the same food within 2 days
    • 1.2x hunger drain

Wortox – a playful Imp that was once a forest creature without a care in the world until he gained a terrible curse

  • Pros:
    • gains a soul when a mob dies near him
    • can eat souls for 18.75 hunger
    • dropping a soul for AoE healing between 13-20
    • utilize souls to teleport anywhere on the screen
    • can hold mobs in inventory
  • Cons:
    • food is less than half effective with Wortox
    • bunnymen, pigs, and catcoons are aggressive towards him
    • can only hold 20 souls

Wormwood – a friendly animated plant who has a green thumb

  • Pros:
    • has a crafting tab
    • Immune to hostile weeds in farm plots
    • can farm living logs easily
    • can plant seeds outside of farming turf
    • can use fertilizers that will grant the following:
      • 1.2x speed modifier
      • 1.2x hunger drain
      • automatically tend planted crops
  • Cons:
    • cannot heal from food
    • can only heal through items and effects

Wurt – a young Merm girl who vows to bring Mermfolk back to glory

  • Pros:
    • can eat goodies
    • easily befriend Merms
    • walks 30% faster on marsh turf
    • gains 3.3 sanity per min when keeping a fish in her inventory
    • fish held survive 4x longer
    • can read Wickerbottom’s books for sanity gain or loss
    • can build the following Merm structures:
      • Merm Flortifications: spawns a royal Merm guard
      • Merm House: spawns a normal Merm
      • Royal Tapestry: spawns Merm King
  • Cons:
    • Cannot eat meat or meat dishes
    • pigs are aggressive towards Wurt
    • cannot trade with pigking
    • loses 4.4 sanity per minute when holding dead fish

Walter – a cheerful but odd boy who is only afraid of one thing: getting hurt.

  • Pros:
    • has a slingshot weapon
    • has an unkillable pet dog with 9 inventory slots
    • can craft a camper’s tent
    • loses no sanity from any sanity auras
    • gains sanity if there are more than 5 trees nearby
  • Cons
    • takes extra 10 damage from bees
    • loses sanity when taking damage (-1 health = -2 sanity)
    • does not gain sanity from equipment but can lose sanity when using certain equipment
    • slingshot fire rate

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