One of my favourite things about Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together is the ability to mod both games. While I will admit, some mods are built for each specific game that I wish were compatible for both, there are hundreds of other mods that can fill in the gaps.
Using mods is going to be based on personal preference and based on how much you want to alter gameplay. So, the following list will cover some of the essential mods you will need when playing Don’t Starve Together, some that simply make gameplay more straightforward, some that make gameplay overpowered and some that simply help the social aspect of Don’t Starve Together.
MODS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST)
GLOBAL POSITIONS by rezecib
While I understand why Klei chose to make it so you can’t see teammates on the map in Don’t Starve Together, I think it’s idiotic.
Global Positions will allow you to see an icon for each of your allies in real-time and will also let you to see the parts of their maps that they have revealed. I know, I know, cheating!! But, I at least recommend using Global Positions the first time you play through Don’t Starve Together with your friends.
While players can use the in-game Cartographer’s Desk to share the parts of the map that they have explored, the Cartographer’s Table just seems like an unnecessary barrier. Get to cheatin’ folks!
MINIMAP HUD by squeek
I hate games that don’t have Minimaps, and I especially hate that Don’t Starve Together don’t have a built-in minimap since the game requires you to be pretty much always moving.
I’ll admit that the Minimap HUD isn’t the most fantastic Minimap, and it doesn’t allow you to interact with the Minimap as smoothly as a game like FFXIV, but it’s still better than no Minimap.
I use the Minimap most when I’m trying to figure out how close I am or far away from an area. The Minimap HUD isn’t designed for players to do a lot of exploration on. Instead, players should look at their main Map using “M” and revert to their Minimap once they are already en-route to the destination.
Although the Minimap HUD allows players to scroll through the whole map, there is no trigger to re-center the map, making you lose your placement often. Although losing your placement on the Minimap isn’t the absolute worst thing a player can do, it does get annoying if you’re trying to be as efficient as possible.
GEOMETRIC PLACEMENT by rezecib
Alright, alright, Geometric Placement isn’t absolutely necessary for Don’t Starve, but it does make planting so much easier in the game, especially if you are trying to align everything.
The cool thing about Geometric Placing is that players can hyper customize their settings, which can be altered to make planting particular objects even easier.
Players will be able to choose what shape grid they can plant on, how far the grid expands, the colour of the grid, and whether or not they want to see a ghost of the item before it is placed.
Geometric Placement is the only way you’re going to make sure your world is beautiful!
ICE FLINGOMATIC RANGE CHECK by Black Mirror
Honestly, Ice Flingomatics confuse me. I don’t understand why Klei didn’t make it so you can an Ice Flingomatic’s range at all times. Well, I guess not being able to see the Ice Flingomatic’s range at all times makes it more challenging to ensure that your bushes and resources are safe, but is that really much of a problem?
The Ice Flingomatic Range Check allows players to make the Ice Flingomatic show its range for as little as 10 seconds, but can also leave the range on indefinitely. Again, I’m not sure why this wasn’t the case, to begin with. So get to downloading and enjoy your Spring/Summer!
DISPLAY FOOD VALUES by 潇666
There are tons of mods that help give players information about food and resources, but I feel like the Display Food Values mod does a great job of making it pretty and also share all the information I personally want.
Display Food Values shows players the amount of Hunger, Sanity and Health a food will give players. Players can also click Alt on their keyboard to see how long until food rots. If players want a more specific
MODS THAT MAKE GAMEPLAY IN DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST) EASIER OR SMOOTHER
SHOW ME (ORIGIN) by star
Although not completely necessary, the Show Me (Origin) mod is a mod that gives players a ton of helpful information about mobs and resources they will be interacting with.
Show Me will give players information about a mob’s HP when hovering over, how many uses an item has, spoilage rates, Insulation value and more.
The Show Me (Origin) mod is not absolutely necessary, mainly because other mods can fill its place, though it’s going to depend on what your personal preference for display is.
COMBINED STATUS by rezecib
The Combined Status mod is the first mod I ever installed while playing Don’t Starve Together (DST), and I have to tell you sometimes I forget that the Combined Status hud isn’t the original HUD in DST.
Combined Status is a client mod that allows players to customize the size of the HUD and whether their HUD displays the following information:
ENABLED BY DEFAULT:
🎮 Show what season the player is in
🎮 The current moon cycle
🎮 A prediction of the future Full Moon
🎮 The player’s exact body temperature
🎮 Shows players Hunger, Sanity and Health stats without the need to hover over
🎮 Shows players Hunger, Sanity and Health maximum when hovered over
🎮 Reveals what day the player is on and how many days until the next season
DISABLED BY DEFAULT:
🎮 The world’s exact temperature
Although I have to admit that the Combined Status mod isn’t a requirement to play on Don’t Starve Together, it does make gameplay a lot easier, especially when you’re just starting out and learning mechanics. Combined Status is most helpful for the temperature information it provides, although players can also use their Thermal Stone as an indicator for body heat.
Combined Status is especially useful for those who are playing on a more static server where players hop in and out as they desire. Using Combined Status will always ensure that players who jump into the server know what season is currently in progress and whether or not one of the seasonal Giants is on the way.
Players will also be able to make the most use of Full Moons and will always make sure that they are appropriately dressed for Winter, Spring and Summer.
I’m sure anyone who plays Wickerbottom will appreciate Combined Status as players will always know whether or not they have to spam Applied Horticulture before the Winter.
BACKPACK SLOT by Jacubowy
The Backpack Slot mod is by far one of the most controversial mods we use while playing Don’t Starve Together. If you’re a purist and refuse to give yourself extra inventory, then don’t use the Backpack mod. However, if you’re like me and you hate taking off equipment and moving it around, then the Backpack Slot is a great mod that doesn’t make players too overpowered.
In reality, the Backpack Slot will give you one extra inventory slot and will make it so you don’t have to drop your backpack whenever battling mobs.
SMART CROCK POT + PORTABLE by Isogash
I’m such a big fan of the Smart Cock Pot mod, but the Smart Crock Pot + Portable is updated to include Warly’s recipes as well.
The Smart Crock Pot + Portable allows players to receive a prediction for what their meal will be after placing 4 Ingredients into the Crock Pot. It goes without saying that the Smart Crock Pot mod is beneficial for players who are unfamiliar with Crock Pot recipes and want to make sure that they are correctly using their ingredients.
Players are also able to change out ingredients after the Smart Crock Pot has predicted a recipe. Changing out ingredients can help make sure you don’t end up with the wrong meal, or may also help you test out other recipes.
It’s important to remember that Smart Crock Pot does not do the work for you. Players will have to already know the basics of creating a Crock Pot meal before using the mod.
WORMHOLE ICONS by Ryuu
I have a terrible memory and always have difficulty remember where Wormholes lead to. Well, that’s not completely honest. I usually remember where Wormholes lead when I’m playing single-player Don’t Starve, but if I’m playing Don’t Starve Together once a week or less, expect me to lose lots of Sanity trying to figure out where Wormholes lead.
Wormhole Icons is a client mod that changes the colours of Wormholes on the map. Wormhole Icons will not appear for all players, however, can be useful for those forgetful players… like me!
OVER POWERED MODS IN DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST)
DST WHERE’S MY BEEFALO by Afro1967
By far, one of the most powerful mods you can get in Don’t Starve Together is the DST Where’s My Beefalo mod which initially only added Beefalo icons to the Map. Still, the mod has expanded to show the following resources and mobs on the map:
🎮 Animal Track
🎮 Bishop Nightmare
🎮 Blue Mushrooms
🎮 Chester’s EyeBone
🎮 Dirt Pile
🎮 Fire Hound
🎮 Green Mushrooms
🎮 Ice Hound
🎮 Knight Nightmare
🎮 Leif Sparse
🎮 Molehill Burrows
🎮 Moose Egg
🎮 Pig Head
🎮 Rabbit Holes
🎮 Red Mushrooms
🎮 Rocky the Rock Lobsters
🎮 Rook Nightmare
🎮 Spider Dropper
🎮 Spider Hider
🎮 Spider Queen
🎮 Summer Koalefants
🎮 Tentacle Pillar
🎮 Volt Goats
🎮 Winter Koalefants
In reality, I think that the DST Where’s My Beefalo mod is unnecessary since, in reality, players will not need to know where the majority of the resources and mobs mentioned in the list above are. I will say, having DST Where’s My Beefalo with the Map Revealer Mod, makes gameplay ridiculously easy. I’ll also admit that I’ve done that a few times when I first started playing Don’t Starve so that I could have an easier time surviving.
In my opinion, there’s no shame in spoiling some things for yourself to start off with. In Don’t Starve, there’s enough to do for you always to be surprised with. Not only that, once you get bored of the base game, some mods add new characters or creatures into the game, making replayability virtually endless.
MAP REVEALER FOR DST by Kuloslav
Can you say overpowered? The Map Revealer for DST is exactly as it sounds and takes out all surprises from playing Don’t Starve Together.
While exploring and discovering is a big part of why Don’t Starve Together is such fun, sometimes when you’re playing with others, it’s a lot better to have the whole map revealed, especially if you want to relax while you play.
Players will be able to reveal the map on command and can choose to rehide the map if they would like, though I don’t see why you’d want to waste time revealing it just to hide it again.
I’d say use this mod sparingly, but it can really enhance gameplay for new group players.
RESTART by Skull
Have you ever wanted to change characters and couldn’t figure out how? Well, I’ll cover the legit way to change characters in Don’t Starve Together on a later day. Until I write a guide for how to legitimately change characters in DST, enjoy your time changing characters using Restart.
Players can type in #restart in their chat window, and after a few seconds of charging, players will be transported back to the character selection. Players will lose all the items in their inventory and will return back to the Florid Postern.
Warning: Don’t change character in the Winter unless you are going to be able to get back to your base with minimal resources or have a friend to come pick you up. Restart isn’t as streamlined as you wish it were, but if you really think about it, all Restart does is force the character change/player kick command.
MISCELLANEOUS/EASE OF ACCESS MODS TO HAVE IN DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST)
GESTURE WHEEL by rezecib
The Gesture Wheel is by far not a mod that anyone needs while playing Don’t Starve Together; however, it is an excellent way for players to begin learning the different emotes they can use while playing Don’t Starve Together.
Since the Gesture Wheel is a client mod, it will not affect other players; however, when players press “G” with it installed a wheel of emotes will show up.
Players will be able to hover over the emote they would like to express and will also see the command necessary to use the emote under it. Once the emote has been selected, the character will immediately begin expressing the emote.
FIX FOR TOO MANY ITEMS by TheMightyPikachu
Do you want absolutely every single item in the game, access to god mod, access to 1-Shot mechanics, creative mode and more? Well, look no further than Fix for Too Many Items.
Fix for Too Many Items is mostly helpful for those who want to AFK farm and will remove the majority of the fun in the game. So, I would recommend not using it when you’re playing Don’t Starve “for reals.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MODS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CLIENT MOD AND A SERVER MOD?
Client mods are mods that only affect the player’s client who downloads and enables it. Client Mods most commonly change HUD visuals, alter graphics, and can allow easy access to console commands.
Client mods cannot customize character or mob gameplay, so it’s best to think of these as the mods that can strictly change visuals without altering gameplay.
Server mods, on the other hand, are anything and everything in between, including new characters, new mechanics and changes to the way that the game mode ultimately functions.
While server mods can affect the way things are displayed when it comes to mobs, there doesn’t seem to be a server mod that alters the actual HUD.
CAN I RUN A NEW MOD ON AN ALREADY ESTABLISHED SERVER?
Yes, players may run new mods on already established servers; however, mods may crash if they are incompatible. I would recommend making a copy of your DST savefile. The best guide I found on how to do this is here.
CAN I STOP RUNNING A MOD ON A SERVER?
Similar to running a new mod on an already established server, players run the risk of the game crashing when mods are deactivated. If you’re not experiencing any issues with lag, or the mod isn’t causing any noticeable harm to gameplay don’t disable it. Though, there’s no risk with testing it on a copy of the server.