I can’t deny that a big part of the reason I play Don’t Starve Together is for the novelty of the aesthetics and art direction. There’s the reality that many items aren’t that interesting and everyone loves those moments they open their 6th skirt in a row, but there are some elements to DST that are worth the wait.
You may have come along a cave with eyes peering out of it. Upon first glance, it’s understandable why players may fear to be around it, but nothing could be further than the truth!
The Rock Den, or Critter Cave, is the only area players will be able to access one of the many adorable sidekicks to join them on their adventures in The Constant.
WHAT ARE CRITTERS?
Critters are passive pets that are primarily aesthetic. While Critters may look like they are damaging enemy Mobs, depending on their Traits, Critters are never able to attack or assist players in battle.
Luckily, since Critters don’t provide any stat boost or major benefits to players, they are effectively immortal, requiring no protection or mechanics to keep alive.
There are currently a total of 7 Critters in Don’t Starve Together, each functioning in similar manners.
HOW DO I GET PETS OR CRITTERS IN DON’T STARVE TOGETHER?
Critters can be accessed only using the Critters Tab while players are present at the Rock Den. Each critter requires 2 items to summon, one being a food item and another being an item/resource that relates to the specific Critter.
CAN CRITTERS EVER DIE OR RUN AWAY?
As mentioned, no, Critters are pretty much immortal and the only way to get rid of one is to return to the Rock Den to trade for another one. Players can also simply abandon their Critter at the Rock Den if they do not wish to have a companion.
Players will retain their Critter upon death or upon changing characters in the Celestial Portal, so don’t get too stressed out if you’re ever in either situation.
IF CRITTERS CAN’T DIE, WHY DO THEY GET HUNGRY?
Lord knows why Critters get hungry, but when they do get ready for endless crying until you feed them again.
Critters can stay full for a maximum of 4.25 days, but not all foods will provide Critters will a completely full belly. Lesser foods will keep Critters full for about 2 days, while a Crockpot Recipe will keep the Critter full for longer.
WHAT CAN YOU FEED A CRITTER?
Players can feed Critters any resources that players can eat, including Rot and spoiled foods.
I would recommend feeding your Critter Glow Berries or Lesser Glow Berries as this will cause Critters to emit light for a short period of time.
Spoiled Food and Stale Food will give Critters less Hunger value. Spoiled Food only gives 50% and Stale Food only gives 10%.
CAN PLAYERS HAVE MULTIPLE CRITTERS?
No, a single player cannot have more than one Critter at a time. As mentioned, players want to change what Critter they have out they will have to abandon their current Critter. Multiple players can have the same type of Critter though.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRITTERS?
As mentioned there are 7 different Critters players can obtain when playing Don’t Starve Together. Some Critters are easier to get than others and some are even locked by the season certain resources can be obtained.
The following are all the Critters you can summon as well as everything you need to know about how to get them.
As someone who is hoping to soon become a Wurt main, I’m a huge fan of the Broodling. The Broodling is a baby version of the Summer boss, the Dragonfly. Broodlings are one of the more difficult Critters to obtain as they require you to interact with the Dragonfly and can take up to a year to obtain.
HOW TO GET THE BROODLING
To obtain the Broodling, players must turn in a Chilled Larvae and a Spicy Chili.
HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES FOR A BROODLING
To obtain a Chilled Larvae, players must first obtain a Larvae Egg from slaying the Dragonfly (33% chance) or a Loot Stash. A Larvae Egg must be kept near a fire for 2 days and if it becomes too cold it will change colours and with turn into Rocks.
If Larvae Eggs are kept near a fire for long enough they will hatch into an Extra-Adorable Larvae, which can be lead by a Larvae Tooth. Larvae have 250 health and must eat Ashes or Charcoal every 2 days or they will die.
If players drop the Larvae Tooth, the Extra-Adorable Larvae will stop following them, just like Chester and the Eye Bone.
A quick side fact about Extra-Adorable Larvae is that you can cook on them and you will be provided by heat and light at all times. Perfect for Winter you might say, eh?
Well, players are going to have to freeze these buggers with an Ice Staff or alternative method of freezing!
Players will also need to collect 1.5x Meat and 1.5 Vegetables to make Spicy Chili. Players must ensure that both amounts are exactly 1.5 for the recipe to become Spicy Chili.
Newer Don’t Starve players may not be aware of the Ewecus or the various Mobs they can discover after completing a trail of Suspicious Dirt Piles. Well, other than the Varg and Koalafant, players can run into a sheep-looking Mob the Ewecus. Well, the Ewelet is just the smaller, cuter version of the Ewecus!
HOW TO GET THE EWELET
To get your hands on an Ewelet, players will have to turn in 1 Steel Wool and Guacamole.
HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES FOR AN EWELET
As you may have guessed, players will have to kill the Ewelet’s mama if they hope to get the Ewelet as their companion.
While it’s always a good idea to follow as many Suspicious Dirt Piles as you can, as they are one of the most practical sources of Meat; players will want to grind out Suspicious Dirt Piles as early as possible if they hope to get themselves an adorable Ewelet companion.
Suspicious Dirt Piles aren’t the most fun to farm out in Winter unless you’re a character who stays extra warm like Wilson, Webber and Woodie. If you’re playing with a group of friends have one person follow the Suspicious Dirt Piles and then have everyone meet to kill the Koalafant for an easy slay!
There is a 25% chance that players will spawn an Ewecus from following a Suspicious Dirt Pile. If players slay the Ewecus they will receive 2 or 3 Steel Wool, making the Ewelet fairly easy to obtain.
As for Guacamole, players will need 1 Mole, 1 Cactus Flesh/Ripe Stone Fruit, and 2 Fillers (Twigs, Ice, Mushrooms, Carrots, Cactus Flesh or Eggs.) I would recommend using Cactus Flesh, Ice or Twigs for Filler since those are the easiest to obtain.
As much as I don’t care about Turkeys or the aesthetic, I have to admit the Giblet is pretty cute. The Giblet is another easy to adopt Critter but may require a bit more patience depending on the RNG that you receive.
The Giblet appears to be a baby version of a Gobbler, without the annoying attribute of stealing all your Berries from grown Berry Bushes!
HOW TO GET THE GIBLET
The Giblet can be adopted by trading in a Feather Hat and Trail Mix.
HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES FOR GIBLET
As mentioned, Giblet is fairly easy to get, as long as you know how to kill Tentacles. Since Giblet requires a Feather Hat, players must obtain 3 Jet Feathers, 2 Crimson Feathers and 2 Tentacle Spots.
Crimson Feathers are dropped by Tumble Weed and Redbirds and Jet Feathers are dropped by Crows, Pengulls, Tumbleweed and Vultures. Players should be able to collect any type of Feather year-round by opening Tumbleweed, but Crimson Feathers can only be collected in Autumn, Spring, and Summer because Redbirds only appear during these seasons. Alternatively, Snowbirds appear in Winter, having the chance to drop Azure Feathers for Blow Darts. Crows appear in all seasons, making Tentacle Spots the only difficult resource to farm, simply due to the toughness of the Tentacles.
I would recommend giving the job to Wendy, Wortox, Wigfrid or Wolfgang if you’re not used to fighting Tentacles yet. Each will have an easier time with fighting, due to their passive abilities.
As for making Trail Mix, grab at least 1 Roasted Birchnut and 2 Berries (or 1 Berry and 1 Pomegranate). I usually mix 2 Roasted Birchnuts and 2 Berries, since I usually have both resources on hand at all times. Trail Mix is great Health-giving food, so it’s going to be good to have some lying around.
Another adorable addition to the Critter Roster is the Glomglom. Glomglom is the baby version of Glommer, whom I have no real words to describe. Glommer and Glomglom are adorable puffy, blue balls that float around and look cute. They bring joy into The Constant and my partner just got Glomglom today and I’m damn jealous!
HOW TO GET GLOMGLOM
For players to be able to obtain Glomglom as their travel companion they will need to collect 1 Glommer’s Goop and 1 Taffy.
HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES FOR GLOMGLOM
To secure Glommer’s Gloop, players must either collect Glommer from the Glommer’s Statue during the Full Moon, by holding it’s Flower. Glommer, similar to Chester, will only follow you while holding Glommer’s Flower and will provide players with 6.25 Sanity per minute when standing close to Glommer.
Players can either murder Glommer, receiving two Glommer’s Goop or can wait between 2-4 days to receive one piece of Goop.
If players want to farm Glommer’s Goop, I would recommend putting Glommer’s Flower close to your base so you can just collect any Goop Glommer drops. You can also take Glommer on a walk, though be careful, since aggressive Mobs will kill Glommer.
Taffy, on the other hand, is one of the easiest foods to cook as it requires 3 Sweeteners and 1 Filler. I usually make Taffy with 4 pieces of Honey. Get to smashing some Beehives, but chances are you’ll want some Bee Boxes built for that sweet, sweet healing juice!
Kittykit is my favourite Critter, but that might just be because I’m such a huge cat person. Kittykit is the baby version of a Catcoon.
HOW TO GET KITTYKIT
Players will be required to exchange 1 Cat Tail and Fishsticks at the Rock Den to obtain Kittykit.
HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES FOR KITTYKIT
To obtain a Cat Tail, players must go Catcoon hunting. Catcoons only have a 33% chance to drop Cat Tails.
Catcoons can be found in Hollow Stumps which only appear in the Deciduous Forest Biome. Similar to single-player Don’t Starve Catcoons have 9 lives, though Hollow Stumps can regenerate in DST, making Cat Tails and Catcoons a renewable resource.
To cook up some Fishsticks, players will need 0.5 Fish, 1 Stick and any 2 other foods, minus the Moleworm.
Arguably the hardest Critter players can obtain is the Mothling, which is a baby Moon Moth. Mothlings need requires players to visit Lunar Island, which is usually a late-game part of Don’t Starve Together. Unlike all other Critters, the Mothling provides light without the help of Glow Berries or Lesser Glow Berries, making it the most helpful Critter to have.
The Mothling will not glow when it is hungry, so make sure you’re feeding this little guy whenever it’s hungry to ensure that you’re always safe from Charlie.
Unlike many other Critters, the Mothling also requires that players wait until Summer to obtain. Unfortunately, the Mothling isn’t a new player friendly kind of Critter, so chances are you’re going to want to avoid this sucker until you’re more comfortable with the game.
HOW TO GET MOTHLING
To obtain the Mothling, players will have to turn in a Moon Moth and a Flower Salad.
HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES FOR MOTHLING
Moon Moths are located on Lunar Island and spawn from Lunar Trees. Moon Moths appear to be very similar to Butterflies and can be replanted to produce Lune Tree Saplings.
Players must sail to the edges of the Constant in order to find the Lunar Island, which unfortunately is the biggest bother when it comes to collecting Moon Moths required to make the Mothling. Players will have to make a Boat, 4 Boards, which will need various other kits attached to it such as Masts, Steering Wheel Kit, and Anchor Kit. Players will also need an Oar or Malbatross Bill to sail the Boat, making the Mothling a fairly expensive Critter to get.
Lunar Island also has a series of mechanic changes, such as Englightenment, which works the opposite of Sanity. Again, the Mothling is not for the weak of heart! Haha!
Flower Salad, though, is extremely easy to farm since all you need is 1 Cactus Flower and 3 Vegetables. The easiest recipe, in my opinion, is 1 Cactus Flower, 2 Cactus Flesh and 1 Ice. The only issue is, Cactuses only bloom in Summer. Boo.
How much for that puppy in the window? The Vargling is the baby version of the Varg, which is a boss that is located using Suspicious Dirt Piles. Although it doesn’t fully fit into the Don’t Starve lore, it seems like the Vargling looks more like a baby Hound, which is not considered to be a baby Varg.
It doesn’t matter who the daddy is, Varglings are adorable and they definitely fill a player’s canine needs!
HOW TO GET A VARGLING
Varglings are arguably the easiest Critters players can adopt, since players will get attacked by hounds every few days, collecting themselves a great deal of Hounds Teeth.
Players will need 4 Hounds Teeth and 1 Monster Lasagna.
HOW TO GET THE RESOURCES FOR THE VARGLING
Monster Lasagna can be cooked with at least 2 Monster Meat and 2 other foods, not including Twigs. I personally use 4 Monster Meat, since I have loads of Monster Meat in my base at all times, but you can substitute Berries or Ice if you don’t have that much Monster Meat.
As for Hounds Teeth, players will be attacked by Hounds regularly, making Hounds Teeth a fairly expendable resource. Especially if you already have some Sewing Kits made and have multiple players on a server.
Critters develop traits based on the actions the player takes. Every action will put points into one of the 4 categories and rerolled every 1.75 to 2.25 days.
While players may take part in actions from different categories, the Critter will become aligned with the trait that they have the most points in.
Critters will receive their first dominant trait after 10 days, but past that they will change every 1.75 to 2.25 days.
The maximum points players can put into a trait is 40 and trait points will decay at the rate of 1 point per day. The minimum points that can be in a trait are -12 and if a critter has negative points in all traits it will take 3.75 to 4.25 days for the next dominant trait to be assigned.
If a Critter has a dominant trait, every time you do an action that adds points to that trait, Critters will get a 10% bonus.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what dominant trait Critters have since it is purely aesthetic, though the following are the ways you can get the traits.
To collect points into the Crafty trait, players will have to spend time Crafting items or Structures, though Walls do not count towards this trait.
When Critters have a dominant Crafty Trait, their name will appear with Crafty next to it and the critter will perform animations when the player chops, digs, mines or crafts. Oddly enough, although Critters will do an animation when players chop, mine or dig, doing any of these actions will not help collect points into the Crafty trait.
Characters like Winona should have no difficulty keeping the “Crafty” trait going on their Critter.
The playful trait is the easiest trait Critters can get as all players have to do is pet the Critter, allow the Critter to play or allow the Critter to play with another players’ Critter. I can’t deny how cute it is to see Critters play with each other.
Playful Critters will receive the attribute Peppy, which allows the Critter to play with other Critters from a further distance and making it even easier to sustain this trait.
Wigfrid, Wolfgang and WX-78 players commonly get their Critters to become “Scrappy” simply due to the fact that the trait requires players to kill Mobs/Monsters.
When Critters are Scrappy, Critters will pretend to attack while players attack enemy Mobs. Again, while it may appear like your Critter is attacking the enemy Monster, the Critter cannot do any damage to enemy Mobs.
To receive the Well-fed trait, Critters must be fed enough food. Similar to many other Mobs, players can feed a Critter any raw foods for 1 point, or Crockpot dishes for 4 points. Critters will receive 5 points if players feed them their favourite food, which is the food used to adopt the Critter.
When Critters are Well-fed they will receive the attribute Plump to their name and will become hungry less often. The Well-fed attribute is the most useful on the Mothling.
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