For folks who like to smack around the cuties in The Constant, you may (or may not) be happy to know that there is a hidden mechanic to help discipline your mean asses.
Krampus, who oddly enough has a plural form of “Krampii” is a neutral mob that is summoned if players kill enough passive or kind mobs (think Rabbit!)
Let it be known that Krampus exists in all versions of Don’t Starve including Hamlet (HAM), Shipwrecked (SW), Reign of Giants (RoG) and the beloved Don’t Starve Together (DST).
HOW KRAMPUS IS SUMMONED
As mentioned, Krampus will spawn into The Constant based on how much naughtiness the player generates when killing certain mobs (which are listed below) or by murdering them in your inventory.
Naughtiness can be gauged on a scale from 0 to 50 and Krampus will be summoned once players reach between 31 and 50 naughtiness.
Upon Krampus being summoned, a player’s naughtiness level will reset back to 0, though a player’s naughtiness level will also reduce by 1 naughtiness per minute (equal to one-eighth of an in-game day.
A player will know they have summoned Krampus if they hear a hissing noise, though there is a Mod you can activate that will let you know.
It should be noted that if a Shipwrecked (SW) or Don’t Starve Together (DST) player tries to summon Krampus while on a Boat, Krampus will spawn immediately once the player kills the next creature on land.
It should also be noted that Krampus can enter shops and the player’s home in Hamlet (HAM), so players should be extra cautious with their goodies.
WHAT LOOT DOES KRAMPUS DROP?
Krampus is an interesting mob as he doesn’t really drop that many items, being limited to 1 Monster Meat, 2 Charcoal and any of the items he steals (as long as he is killed before he disappears.)
Krampus does have a 1% chance to drop a Krampus Sack which is by far one of the most beneficial items in the game, though players will have to do a lot of Krampus grinding if they hope to get one.
A Krampus Sack has a total of 14 inventory slots and cannot be placed in a player’s inventory or chest, though the biggest benefit to using a Krampus Sack is the fact that it cannot be set on fire, making it the ultimate storage compartment for bases.
While players may think that 14 inventory slots aren’t a big deal, especially since the Piggyback has 12 inventory slots, the Krampus Sack does not slow down players while walking, further proving how overpowered this item really is.
Back to the fact that Krampus Sacks are not flammable though… Since Krampus Sacks are really the only important item players can receive for securing a takedown, players can essentially use magic weapons like Fire Staffs or Fire Darts in order to safely and easily kill Krampus, without the fear of important items being set ablaze as truthfully… there aren’t any important items that can be set ablaze!
The only other way to get a Krampus Sack is by defeating Klaus and acquiring it from a Loot Stash (DST), which only has a 10% chance.
CREATURES THAT RAISE A PLAYER’S NAUGHTINESS METER
As Krampus can be summoned as early as collecting 31 naughtiness, players will want to be a bit more cautious of which mobs they kill, especially in rapid succession.
The following are all the mobs that provide players with any amount of naughtiness.
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 50 NAUGHTINESS
When players are playing Reign of Giants (RoG) or Don’t Starve Together (DST) they will be able to collect 50 naughtiness points by slaying Glommer, who is only available on a Full Moon. Upon slaying Glommer, players will instantaneously spawn in Krampus, who will begin rampaging the location in which the player is in.
I have to be honest, there have been a few times I’ve given Glommer a wacking by mistake, simply because the bugger was standing too close to me and I was holding down the attack key. Quickly drop an “F” in chat and get to protecting your stuff, cause Krampus is out to get ya!
Although not as frail as Glommer, players can secure a takedown on Sealnado in Shipwrecked (SW) in order to instantly summon Krampus by collecting 50 naughtiness points. I do warn you, although Krampus looks extra festive in SW, as he is sporting a Floral Shirt, he will continue to hit players like a truck, effectively being able to takedown players if they are low enough on health.
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 1-50 NAUGHTINESS
Another odd addition, and truthfully an addition that is fairly unique to Shipwrecked (SW) is the fact that players receive increased levels of naughtiness when killing Doydoys as the less Doydoys there are in the world, the more naughtiness they are worth.
Although the math will depend on how many Doydoys you have in your SW world, it’s important to note that killing the last two Doydoys will guarantee a Krampus spawn each.
I’m personally not a fan of killing the last two Doydoys in hopes of spawning a Krampus each, just because I’m paranoid no more Doydoys will spawn after (as at least 2 Doydoys need to be in a SW world in order for them to spawn a baby Doydoy.)
The naughtiness gauge works as such for Doydoys:
If there are 11-20 Doydoys, each will provide players with 1 Naughtiness.
If there are 5-10 Doydoys, each will provide players with 4 Naughtiness.
If there are 3-4 Doydoys, each will provide players with 10 Naughtiness.
If there are 1-2 Doydoys, each will provide players with 50 Naughtiness.
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 7 NAUGHTINESS
Blue Whales (SW)
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 6 NAUGHTINESS
Parrot Pirates (SW)
White Whale (SW)
All Pig Traders (HAM)
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 5 NAUGHTINESS
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 4 NAUGHTINESS
Water Beefalo (SW)
No-Eyed Deer (DST)
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 3 NAUGHTINESS
Dung Beetle (HAM)
Elder Mandrake (HAM)
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 2 NAUGHTINESS
Bottlenosed Ballphin (SW)
Prime Ape (SW)
Orange Piko (HAM)
Poison Dartfrog (HAM)
MOBS THAT GIVE PLAYERS 1 NAUGHTINESS
Rainbow Jellyfish (SW)
Moon Moth (DST)
While Krampus is a fairly frail mob, coming in at 200 Health in Don’t Starve, he’s a bit heartier in Don’t Starve Together bulking up to 300 Health.
Krampus is a quick mob, attacking every 1.2 seconds and deals 50 damage per hit.
KRAMPUS IS A THIEF
Now, you might be saying that Krampus doesn’t sound like such a big problem, especially because he doesn’t deal a whole lot of damage compared to other mobs.
Well, the biggest issue when it comes to Krampus is the fact that he has sticky hands, picking up any items the player leaves on the ground or stored items in chests or Backpacks.
Krampus will continue to steal items until there are no more items he can pick up on the screen, disappearing into his sack once he’s done.
While Krampus is relentless, there are a few items he will not pick up unless they are sitting inside of a Backpack.
Items Krampus will not pick up include:
Krampus isn’t someone to take lightly as he can steal stacks of resources, especially if they are all located in the same area.
It is recommended that players spread out chests and do not place Backpacks too closely together, especially if they are about to go on a murdering spree.
It is also recommended that players try not to kill any of the mobs mentioned above in their base and instead choose to kill them out in the wild where they can remain safe.
KRAMPUS DOESN’T WANT YOU TOO CLOSE
Yes, yes, Krampus is annoying because he steals all of your things, but I can’t lie that one of the most annoying factors of Krampus is the fact that he always runs away from players, similar to how a Gobbler would or MackTusk.
Players have a few options when dealing with Krampus such as bursting him down quickly using Blow Darts. While expensive, players can easily prepare Blow Darts prior to summoning Krampus, making it a braindead takedown.
If players are hoping to fight Krampus up close and personal, I would recommend grabbing yourself some quickly obtainable items such as Cut Grass, Rocks, Twigs, Pine Cones or even Seeds for all I care! Objects on the floor should occupy a Krampus for enough time for the player to smack Krampus, dealing progressive damage until he is taken down.
If players are having difficulty dealing with Krampus, they can train a few Spiders, Pigs or Bunnymen in hopes of securing the takedown against Krampus as friendly mobs can latch onto Krampus to help secure a kill. Hell, maybe even get the Beefalo in if you can!
The most common strategy players use is to lure Krampus into a Pig Village or Bunnymen Village as both will aggro Krampus since he is a monster, making takedowns super simple.
Note: Krampus can be frozen with 3 hits of an Ice Staff or put to sleep using 1 Sleep Dart.
KRAMPUS LIKES TO NAP DURING NIGHTTIME
One of my favourite tactics for defeating Krampus is to summon him during the night as Krampus will sleep while you give him a quick beating.
The most awesome part of Krampus taking a quick nap during the night is the fact that he will even fall asleep during a Full Moon, making it especially useful to kill Glommer immediately during a Full Moon.
SET UP TRAPS TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE
One of my favourite ways to deal with Krampus is to set up Tooth Traps (1 Log, 1 Rope and 1 Hound’s Tooth) or Wormwood’s Bramble Traps (1 Living Log & 1 Stinger) in locations where you want to regularly farm Krampii out.
Players have also recommended setting up your own types of “Krampus traps” which entail of chests filled with decoy items that deal damage or are just filled with trash.
USE THE FROG RAIN IF YOU REALLY WANT!
Every Spring has a chance to spawn the cursed Frog Rain, which will continuously spawn Frogs into your Don’t Starve world for up to a few days. If players manage to successfully spawn in a Krampus or multiple Krampii, Frog Rain can help make sure that they get killed quickly and effectively.
Similar to the way a Frog would interact with players, Frogs will cause Krampii to drop stolen items as they attack with their tongues.
Players are encouraged to use Frogs from Ponds in hopes of distracting Krampii as they are a pretty safe method of lowering a Krampii’s health.
HOW TO SUMMON KRAMPUS MORE OFTEN
As there is only a 1% chance that players can receive a Krampus Sack, which is pretty much the best Backpack in all of Don’t Starve (DS, SW, HAM & RoG) and Don’t Starve Together (DST), players will regularly want to spawn in Krampus in hopes of increasing their chances.
It can be difficult collecting naughtiness points rapidly, especially if you don’t have any farms set up, but I promise there are some easy ways to ensure you collect enough naughtiness points.
Players can lay some Traps (6 Cut Grass and 2 Twigs) in hopes of trapping Rabbits in the Savanna, feeding the Rabbits berries if they begin starving in hopes of murdering them in even quicker succession.
Players can also craft themselves a Feather Hat (3 Jet Black Feathers, 2 Crimson Feathers and 2 Tentacle Spots), which will attract Birds to them in hopes of quickly killing them with Boomerangs, Bird Traps or character-specific perks such as Wendy’s sister Abigail or Walter’s Trusty Boomerang.
Players are advised to summon Krampus every Full Moon, unless they are using Glommer for something else, such as getting the Glomglom critter.
THE ULTIMATE BEST WAY TO KILL KRAMPUS IN SHIPWRECKED (SW)
I wish that there was a way to use this method in all versions of Don’t Starve, however, Shipwrecked (SW) has an exclusive item called the Coconade (1 Coconut, 1 Gunpowder & 1 Rope) which can easily be crafted to deal 250 damage to nearby enemies.
The coolest thing about the Coconade is the fact that Krampus is actually programmed to try to steal it, ultimately leading himself to his own death. Dope, right?
Krampus will only need a single Coconade to die, but the best part of the Coconade is the fact that Krampus can still explode if he picks up the Coconade and puts it in his inventory.
Say hello to the ultimate way of killing Krampus.
HOW TO AVOID SUMMONING KRAMPUS
If players are looking to avoid summoning Krampus, especially if they are sick and tired of him stealing all of their belongings, it is recommended that players use one of the following to kill friendly mobs:
Fire Staff (if fire damage causes the final blow)
The premise is if one of the peaceful mobs is not killed by direct damage from the player, the player’s naughtiness meter will remain unaffected as the player “did not kill” the mob.
Note: Cooking a live animal in a Campfire or Fire Pit is still considered to be direct damage, thus increasing a player’s naughtiness meter.
DO ALL DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST) PLAYERS SHARE A NAUGHTINESS METER?
No, the lucky aspect of playing Don’t Starve Together (DST) is the fact that each player has their own naughtiness meter, though all players in the vicinity of the naughty player will also hear the warning hisses.
If players are trying to defeat Klaus, they will be engaged by 2 Krampii per player, making understanding how to defeat Krampii even more detrimental to a player.