When it comes to any game I play I get fairly obsessive about getting cosmetics and skins. As most of my Twitch viewers know my mantra is “the end game is always collecting glams” and while that usually has to do with FFXIV for me, the same is actually pretty true for Don’t Starve Together.
While Don’t Starve Together is nothing similar to FFXIV, being that DST is a smaller scaled survival game that only allows for 6 players on a computer based server; the biggest similarity between the two games is that between updates many players will not have much to do other than repeat the same content and regrind all of the bosses such as the Deerclops, Bearger, Moose/Goose, and the Antlion, or even the Crab King, Ancient Fuelweaver or non-Seasonal Bosses.
Realistically as much as I love Don’t Starve Together, I have to say that I typically rush content as it is released and while I’m fine with repeating content, especially to farm out resources, I do need ways to keep content fresh for me as I’ve dumped more than 1,500 hours into this game.
Honestly, midway through every session of DST play, I either have to switch my character or I have to change my skin because I ultimately have a short attention span. While changing skins doesn’t necessarily add new gameplay to Don’t Starve Together, there are some skins that add cool elements into the game such as particle effects or some skins are just simply too cute to pass up on… I’m looking at you Wurt and Wormwood!
Now, most players are aware that they will be able to collect Skins passively for playing the game, but what of Spools, how do you collect those?
The following guide will take you through everything you need to know about collecting Spools and what you can use them on in Don’t Starve Together.
WHAT ARE SPOOLS & WHAT CAN YOU USE SPOOLS ON?
Spools are an in-game currency that are either claimed by Codes or from unweaving Skins. Typically Spools are useful for collecting other Skins you have not gotten or Skins that you want to avoid purchasing.
In my first few years of playing Don’t Starve Together I was a completely free-to-play player who felt like purchasing skins was a waste of money, though I recently made the switch to sometimes spending money on Skins whenever there are packs that provide discounts from 75% off and higher.
In the year that I’ve started spending money on Skins I realized just how many Skins there are that players will not be able to Weave, typically being a bit nicer than those which players can Weave, though this will completely be up to a player’s preferences when it comes to cosmetics.
HOW TO UNLOCK NEW CHARACTERS IN DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST)
The most common use for Spools is to unlock new characters, including Wurt, Wanda, Wortox and Wormwood. While Wurt and Wormwood are given to players who have bought the single-player DLCs Shipwrecked and Hamlet, Wortox and Wanda will need to be purchased in a chest or players will have to spend 2,700 Spools in order to craft them.
If players do not have the single-player DLCs players can also purchase Wurt and Wormwood in the same way.
Characters tend to be a player’s main priority when it comes to spending Spools as they will directly affect gameplay and will allow players to have special skills and items they would not have access to otherwise. In my experience playing DST, it’s an important element to change characters based on the tasks that you are trying to complete as some will drastically change how easy it is to complete a task.
It will take players quite some time to be able to grind out these Spools and the following are all the ways you can help speed up that process.
MAKE SURE TO LOG IN DAILY
Every day that a player logs into DST they will receive a free skin. These typically are Common Skins, though they are still worth it as they will add up on the long run.
I will typically log into DST every night before bed to make sure I get my free Skin for the day.
I will also say, I have gotten a number of Face Skins this way, which are typically rare and help encourage a player to try out a new character.
Luckily for players, they will be able to unlock duplicates of Skins and will also be able to unlock Skins for characters that they do not own.
LEAVE YOUR GAME IN AN AFK FARM WEEKLY
Unfortunately we all know that not everyone has time to play DST every day or even weekly. For those of you who are in this boat, take solace in knowing that there are a bunch of AFK farms set up specifically for that.
Players will want to head into the Browse Menu of the game and type AFK into the search. Admittedly, many of these are not in English, though this will not matter. As long as you select anything that shows up when you type AFK you should be fine, even if something is not in the language that you use.
In these farms players will be able to automatically receive a Skin every hour for up to 8 hours. Though if you’re someone who has enough time to play DST for 8 hours weekly, you should be able to simply do this during your adventures.
I know many players will think of this as “cheating” but when push comes to shove, you have to do what you have to do, especially if it means unlocking a new character sooner.
TRY YOUR HAND AT THE TRADE INN
I’m truthfully not a fan of the Trade Inn, however, many players have been luckier than I have been. Essentially here players can trade in 9 Skins in hopes of collecting rarer Skins. Players are guaranteed a single Skin that is a tier higher than the tier they have turned in, though they can unlock Skins up to 4 tiers higher.
If you’re someone who is fine with RNG, I strongly recommend doing these trades as they can be great, but if you’re someone who gets defeatist or upset when they get a Skin they don’t want or are upset about not getting a much higher rarity, it may not be for you.
I personally just save up Spools and craft the specific Skins I want.
As there’s already a space which is so frequently updated for codes, I’m simply going to link you to the Steam Community post. The author of this page has remained consistent for the many years I’ve been playing this game and I don’t see them letting up any time soon.
Spool Codes are typically released in Patch Notes, so if you don’t want to bookmark that page, I would strongly recommend following the Klei Threads on their Forum or having them sent to you via e-mail. Typically, I enjoy getting the Klei patch notes, even if I’m not currently playing the game as there are sometimes enticing events that take place and it let’s me grab a code immediately.
Most codes don’t expire quickly and last at least a month, though many last more than 3 months. If you’re someone who regularly watches streamers on Twitch, I would strongly recommend following a Klei Ambassador as they will typically have a command that links all the Spool Codes that are currently available.
HOW MANY SPOOLS DOES IT COST TO GET A SKIN?
Skins will vary in prices depending on the rarity of the Skin. When players are in their Curio Cabinet looking in the filter that reveals all Skins that they don’t have, they will be able to see the exact price of the Skin they want, though the following is the breakdown:
Common Skins cost 15 Spools.
Classy Skins cost 45 Spools.
Spiffy Skins cost 150 Spools.
Distinguished cost 450 Spools.
Elegant cost 1350 Spools.
HOW MANY SPOOLS CAN I GET FOR UNRAVELING A SKIN?
When players are in their Curio Cabinet or a Wardrobe they will be able to see what skins they have duplicates for. I strongly recommend unweaving your duplicates and saving anything you have one of, unless you know for a fact you would never use it.
The following are the amount of Spools players can receive from Unraveling items.
Common Skins will unravel for 5 Spools.
Classy Skins will unravel for 15 Spools.
Spiffy Skins will unravel for 50 Spools.
Distinguished Skins will unravel for 150 Spools.
Elegant Skins will unravel for 450 Spools.