A lesser-known aspect of Don’t Starve Together is the Trade Inn.
Run by the Curio Collector, The Trade Inn is an exclusive feature in Don’t Starve Together which allows players to trade multiple common skins in hopes of obtaining rarer ones.
Although not considered the main features of the Trade Inn, players will have access to three Curio Collector Games:
Ravin’ Wrapper Raiders
A Feastin’ Pair of Birds
An Eggy Tally
HOW DO YOU ACCESS THE TRADE INN?
Players can access the Trade Inn by first clicking Item Collection on the home screen menu and then clicking Trade Inn in the second menu.
Upon clicking Trade Inn, players will notice a machine with 9 empty slots and almost all of the player’s collected skins to the left of the machine.
Players will also take note of three different types of birds including a Redbird, Snowbird and Crow.
HOW DOES THE TRADE INN WORK?
Players must trade 9 Common, Classy, or Spiffy curio items in order to be able to activate the Trade Inn.
It should be noted that players will not be able to trade in Distinguished, Elegant, Loyal, Timeless, Event, Woven or Heirloom skins as rarer skins are not accepted into the Trade Inn machine and thus will not even appear in the selection screen to the left.
Players must always fill the Trade Inn with 9 skins and it is recommended that players only trade items of the same tier.
Players are guaranteed a single skin that is at least a tier higher in rarity, though there is a chance that players will collect a skin that is up to four tiers higher up to the “Elegant Rank.”
IS THE TRADE INN WORTH IT?
As is with most games that rely on probability, the Trade Inn can easily feel like a waste of a player’s skins and can often feel like it is not worth using. I don’t blame you on this one.
Although many items in Don’t Starve Together are only worth 5 spools or so, players technically have a better chance of getting the skins that they want by unravelling low-tier skin items and weaving together the skins that they do actually want.
In my opinion, the only time I would use the Trade Inn is if I have a number of duplicates of the same low-tier option and I want to take a chance at getting an item that is a number of tiers higher. Higher-tier trades just seem unfathomable for me, to be honest.
It’s not completely unheard of for Lady Luck to spit out some lovely trades, though I would strongly recommend unravelling your skins and waiting for the skin you want to become weavable. Reason being? The Trade Inn is a bit archaic.
The Trade Inn was established long before Klei set up the spool system, explaining why the Trade Inn used to be more commonly used than it is currently.
If players are not trying to collect spools, but instead are hoping to sell their skins on the Steam Marketplace, they may have better luck using the Trade Inn as the most common tier of skins are easily a couple of cents, while skins that are even a couple of tiers higher tend to be more costly (even if it’s by 10 or so cents.)
Players still run the risk of being given a skin that is cheaper or “less worth it,” so be advised and make sure that your expectations are kept in check as you’re probably not going to be getting some $50 skin out of nowhere!
RAVIN’ WRAPPER RAIDERS
Players can access the Ravin’ Wrapper Raiders game by clicking on the black Crow on the bottom-left of the Trade Inn machine.
Upon selecting the Crow, the Trade Inn will reconfigure itself into an 8×5 grid that features an assortment of candy wrappers, similar to those found during Hallowed Nights, and Crows.
Players must begin selecting groups of 2 or more of the same candy wrappers in order to cause the wrappers to explode, effectively scaring the Crows away, causing more candy wrappers and Crows to fall into the machine.
Players also have access to 5 bonus tools being a Cane, Shovel, Gunpowder, Spear and Seeds.
The Cane allows players to destroy all candy wrappers that are the same type. Note that this will not scare any Crows away.
The Shovel allows players to destroy a row (horizontal) of items. Note that players will only scare Crows away that are in the same row as the one affected by the Shovel, however, any above or below will not scare off.
The Gunpowder will explode in a 3 x 3 square around the affected area. Similar to the Shovel, only birds in the affected grid boxes will scare off and not those in the close proximity.
The Spear will destroy a single candy wrapper, allowing players to destroy single wrappers in hopes of connecting more than one together.
The Seeds will attack all the crows on the grid towards the selected block in hopes of quickly removing them.
If players manage to clear 10 or more squares in one go, players will receive an extra tool to use, making scaring off Crows or collecting Crows together one of the best methods of prolonging the game.
The Ravin’ Wrapper Raiders game will end if the player is unable to make any moves, so make sure that you are always using your tools to your advantage and keeping an eye out on moves that can potentially trigger more Crows to fly.
If players collect enough points during the Ravin’ Wrapper Raiders game, they will unlock the Curio Collector Profile Icon.
The Curio Collector Profile Icon is considered a Loyal icon and cannot be traded or sold to other players.
A FEASTIN’ PAIR OF BIRDS
Players can access the A Feastin’ Pair of Birds game by clicking on the blue Snowbird on the top-left of the Trade Inn machine.
Upon selecting the Snowbird, the Trade Inn will reconfigure into a 3×2 grid that will display a series of icons including a Snowbird, Turkey Leg, Pumpkin Pie, and Caviar.
Each screen will display at least one match, which players must memorize and relocate in order to progress to the next stage.
Upon reaching the next stage, players will given two new icons that they must match with the icons that were leftover from the previous round.
Players initially have a total of 3 guesses, though if they are successful in matching two Snowbird icons they will receive an extra guess.
If players are successful in getting 10 points or more they will be rewarded with the Snowbird Profile Icon.
The Snowbird Profile Icon is considered a Loyal icon and cannot be traded or sold to other players.
AN EGGY TALLY
Players can access An Eggy Tally by clicking on the Redbird on the bottom right of The Trade Inn machine.
Upon selecting the Redbird, the Trade Inn will reconfigure into an empty 5×5 grid. Unlike other Trade Inn games, players will have to initiate An Eggy Tally by clicking the start button on the bottom right of the Trade Inn machine.
Upon initiating the game, the 5×5 grid will populate with a series of numbers.
Players must click on two numbers that are either above or beside each other in order to combine them in hopes of making them reach 100 points. Note that players cannot combine numbers horizontally.
If players successfully create a batch of 100 points they will acquire an egg.
Now, this is where things get tricky…
To the left of the screen is an Egg Timer. Players must race against the clock in hopes of getting the 100 points before it runs out in order to produce a Fresh Egg. If players acquire 100 points beyond that timer, they will receive a Rotten Egg instead of a Fresh Egg.
Why does it matter? Well, players need 12 or more Fresh Eggs on the board in order to win this game.
It is recommended that players avoid combining too many eggs on the board, especially if they are rotten as the more spaces that are filled out by Eggs the more difficult the game will become.
Note that players cannot cause squares to go beyond 100 points in value and the game will end if there are no possible number combinations left on the board.
As mentioned, if players acquire 12 Fresh Eggs or more, they will receive a Redbird Profile Icon.
The Redbird Profile Icon is considered a Loyal icon and cannot be traded or sold to other players.