Chester is one of the few faithful companions players can find in Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together. A cute little fact about Chester is that his full name is Otto von Chesterfield, Esquire and players are going to want to make sure that they are acquainted with him in every game!
Chester is a portable storage unit that can hold up to 9 items like a standard chest; however, Chester can be transformed every full moon into an alternate version that gives players different perks.
Alternatively, players can use Packim Baggims in Shipwrecked.
In Don’t Starve Together, players will not be able to take Chester into the Caves and instead must find “Chester’s Cave version,” Hutch.
The following guide will take you through everything you need to know about Chester, Packim Baggims and Hutch in Don’t Starve (DS, RoG, & SW) and Don’t Starve Together (DST).
CHESTER – DON’T STARVE (DS), DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST) & REIGN OF GIANTS (RoG)
HOW DO I FIND CHESTER?
Chester can be found by picking up the Eye Bone. The Eye Bone is an item that can be picked up and can be identified relatively quickly, just by looks.
If you are uncertain of what the Eye Bone looks like, it is in the image above on the bottom right of Wigfrid. The best way I can describe it is it has a rod made of a bone with an eye with horns right on top.
WHY ISN’T CHESTER FOLLOWING ME?
Chester will only follow players when they are holding the Eye Bone. If the Eye Bone is never picked up, players will never see Chester spawn. If players drop the Eye Bone on the floor, Chester will stop following them, though Chester will begin following again whenever players pick the Eye Bone back up.
The Eye Bone can be placed on the floor safely with no fear of Moleworms picking it up or other Mobs stealing it away. If players are worried that they will lose the Eye Bone, they can place it inside of Chester for safekeeping or inside of any storage container like a Chest.
In my opinion, players should never store the Eye Bone in a container or inside of Chester as leaving the Eye Bone out will allow players to see it’s location on the map.
Depending on how you choose to use Chester, chances are you’re simply going to leave the Eye Bone by your primary base’s Fire Pit.
CAN CHESTER BE KILLED?
Chester has 450 Health and can be targetted by hostile Mobs. Although Chester doesn’t have the most impressive Health pool, he can heal himself by 22.5 HP every 3 seconds.
Players are encouraged to regain aggro from aggressive Mobs to keep Chester alive; however, if Chester dies he will drop any items he was carrying, and the Eye Bone will shut its eye. Chester will respawn the next day in his default form (even if he has been transformed).
Chester can be set on fire, and if he dies while holding flammable items, the items will turn into Ashes.
Players can leave the Eye Bone in a Backpack, so Chester stops following them whenever they put on amour. Switching a Backpack with the Eye Bone out for Armour can help make sure that Chester does not continually follow the player while in battle.
CHESTER CAN BE USED AS A LURE
As mentioned, due to the fact that Chester can be targetted by hostile Mobs, so take this opportunity to spank Mobs until they are completely gone.
Be aware that Spiders can be extra vicious to Chester, especially because they can pile on quickly.
Chester can be used as a Spider lure for Webber players as Spiders will not come out of their den for Webber. Spiders that are made loyal to Webber will not attack Chester.
CHESTER CAN TRANSFORM
One of the most interesting facts about Chester is the fact that he can transform into two alternative forms during the Full Moon. Players are not required to transform Chester into either of his forms; however, depending on your playstyle, Chester’s transformations may come in very handy for you.
Players can begin the process of transformation during the Full Moon as Chester will only transform once the Full Moon is complete. Sometimes the game will glitch, and Chester will not transform even if the player has completed the steps required for transformation. If players experience this glitch, they are encouraged to pick up the Eye Bone and drop it again, forcing the transformation.
If picking up and dropping the Eye Bone doesn’t fix the glitch, players will have to wait until the next Full Moon to transform Chester.
Transformations of Chester cannot transform into other forms, meaning that Chester has to be killed if players want the opposite transformation.
I find Shadow Chester is the most useful transformation that Chester can take. Shadow Chester gains three more inventory slots, raising his maximum inventory space to 12 slots.
To transform Chester into Shadow Chester players will have to place 9 pieces of Nightmare Fuel in his inventory. Players must ensure that at least 1 piece of Nightmare Fuel is in each of Chester’s inventory slots before the end of the Full Moon.
Players can put multiple pieces of Nightmare Fuel into each slot; however, this would just be a waste of Nightmare Fuel as players will not get back excess Nightmare Fuel they place in Chester.
If players have 9 pieces of Nightmare Fuel in Chester, but there is not at least one piece of Nightmare Fuel in each slot, Chester will not transform.
While Shadow Chester can hold any item in his inventory, he does cause perishable items to spoil at the same rate as they do while sitting on the ground. Players should use Shadow Chester as a way to get a faster Rot without the worry of Pigs, Gobblers or other Mobs eating the resources used.
Rot is especially useful for Wormwood players as he requires a regular supply of Rot if players want to craft Compost Wraps. Rot is also very helpful for Wurt Players, who need to craft Marsh Turf.
Massive amounts of Rot can also help build Booster Shot and Mushroom Planters. Players can also use Rot to fertilize farms and other plants.
Snow Chester tends to be the more useful form of Chester, though he comes at a much higher cost than Shadow Chester. Players will have to surrender 9 Blue Gems to transform Chester and must follow the same rules as Shadow Chester.
If players place a single (or more) Blue Gems in each of Chester’s inventory slots, Chester will transform into a portable Ice Box.
Unlike Shadow Chester, Snow Chester will not gain any inventory slots, and while he will cause food to rot at a slower rate, he will not be able to prevent Ice Cubes or Ice from melting in Reign of Giants (RoG); however, Snow Chester will prevent Ice from melting in Don’t Starve Together (DST).
Snow Chester can still hold non-food items making him extremely powerful in Summer. Show Chester can cool down multiple Thermal Stones, making players exceptionally mobile and minimalizing the need for Endothermic Fires or Ice Boxes.
DO NOT USE CHESTER FOR LIVE CREATURES
It can be tempting to use Chester to hold live creatures like Bees, Rabbits, or Mosquitoes, but as tempting as it is keeping live creatures in Chester can be dangerous.
Since Chester drops everything when he dies, players may lose live resources that were stored in him. Chester’s death can be problematic, especially when storing Mosquitoes or Killer Bees as they may attack players upon Chester’s death.
CHESTER CAN BE USED TO HEAL PLAYERS
If players have trouble healing themselves, they can construct a Bat Bat (5 Batilisk Wings, 2 Living Logs and 1 Purple Gem) and rough Chester up a bit. Smacking Chester around with a Bat Bat can be more useful than hitting a Mob, as you will not be losing extra health for being against an aggressive Mob.
Players should be mindful of Chester’s health as they can leave him to his self to heal, though killing Chester isn’t the worst thing that can happen.
KEEP THE EYE BONE AWAY FROM KRAMPUS!
Krampus can be quite an annoying Mob to deal with, especially if you have Backpacks lying around. Since Krampus can steal Backpacks, leaving an Eye Bone in a Backpack can cause Krampus to steal the Eye Bone, permanently despawning the Eye Bone.
Krampus is the only way the Eye Bone can be transformed or destroyed as the Eye Bone is also immune to fire.
CHESTER CAN BE TAKEN INTO SHIPWRECKED (SW)
Although not always worth the time, players can try to spawn Chester into Shipwrecked by clicking on a dropped Eye Bone while they are trying to teleport using the Seaworthy.
If done properly, a new Chester will spawn in the SW world and will not have any items in his inventory.
HOW DO I FIND HUTCH?
As mentioned, in Don’t Starve Together (DST), players will not be able to take Chester into the caves and instead will leave the Eye Bone in the Over World while teleporting to the Caves.
Instead, players can find Hutch with the Eye Bone’s counterpart, the Star-Sky, which unlike its name, looks nothing like its name. The Star-Sky appears to be a red-bellied piranha in a fishbowl.
Hutch works very similarly to Chester, regaining 22.5 Health every 3 seconds and having two transformations through Hutch never commits fully to his transformation. The easiest way to put it is that Hutch never consumes the materials required to transform.
The first transformation Hutch can take is Fugu Hutch. Hutch will require a LightBulb or a GlowBerry in his inventory as well as a Spear or Battle Spear.
Fugu Hutch will continue to follow the player and will be able to damage Mobs who are attacking him. Fugu Hutch deals 30 damage and will remain in this form until the Spear, Light Bulb or Glow Berry loses all durability.
MUSIC BOX HUTCH
The second transformation which Hutch can make is the Music Box Hutch. Similarly to the Fugu Hutch, players will need either a Light Bulb or Glow Berry, but they will also require a One-man Band (4 Nightmare Fuel, 2 Pig Skin and 2 Gold Nuggets).
In my opinion, Music Box Hutch is more of a novelty than anything else, though it does provide players with 40 Sanity per minute.
HUTCH CAN ACT AS PORTABLE LIGHT
The most useful aspect of Hutch is the fact that he glows in all forms. Hutch’s brightness depends on how many Light Bulbs or Glow Berries are inside of his inventory.
Light Bulbs and Glow Berries will spoil at their normal rate, and once they have spoiled, Hutch will no longer glow.
PACKIM BAGGIMS – SHIPWRECKED (SW)
Unless players cheat Chester into Shipwrecked players will have to rely on Packim Baggims for their dirty work. Just like Hutch and Chester, Packim Baggims will regenerate 22.5 Health every 3 seconds; however, he has the most significant mechanic changes.
HOW DO I FIND PACKIM BAGGIMS?
Packim Baggims can be found by picking up the Fishbone, which can be found on any island.
FAT PACKIM BAGGIMS
The biggest mechanic change Packim Baggims brings to the table is being able to expand his inventory by eating Fish. If Packim Baggims is fed enough to keep his Hunger over 120, he will transform into Fat Packim Baggims, who has a total of 12 inventory slots.
Packim Baggims has a maximum Hunger level of 150, and he loses 48 Hunger per day (0.1/second). If Packim Baggims is poisoned, he will lose 20% less Hunger. If Packim Baggims is poisoned, the food inside him will spoil at double the speed.
Unlike players, Packim Baggims will not lose any Health when his Hunger is at 0, although if his Hunger drops below 120, he will lose his extra three inventory slots, and the items in them will drop on the floor.
FIRE PACKIM BAGGIMS
The other form Packim Baggims can transform into is the Fire Packim Baggims. Players will have to place at least one Obsidian into each of Packim Baggim’s inventory slots. Unlike Chester, Packim Baggims will not require the Full Moon to transform.
While in the Fire Packim Baggims transformation, he will be immune to Fire damage and will attack any Mobs or Monsters that are in range. Unfortunately for Webber players, Fire Packim Baggims will start fighting you!
Fire Packim Baggims works as a portable food cooking station, cooking any raw materials and burning any flammable items, turning them into Ash.
If Packim Baggims is originally in the Fat Packim Baggims state, he will require 12 obsidian to transform into Fire Packim Baggims.
FOOD PACKIM BAGGIMS CAN EAT
Players can feed Packim Baggims the majority of fish products; however, if Packim Baggims is fed Dogfish or Swordfish as he will spit out Spoiled Fish.
Players can feed Packim the following fish products for the following Hunger:
|Cooked Fish Morsel||12.5|
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