Wendy, by far, is the character I found the easiest to play with, especially in the early game.
While Wendy is a bit depressing to hang around, her sister Abigail makes killing early game mobs exceptionally easy. She can be used to provide your team with meat seemingly effortlessly.
Damage Modifier: 25% less than the default
Sanity Modifier: Drains -25% less than the default (in certain circumstances)
HOW TO UNLOCK WENDY
Wendy is unlocked with 640 experience in Don’t Starve and is a playable character in Don’t Starve Together.
WENDY IS LESS LIKELY TO BECOME INSANE
When you first start playing Don’t Starve, chances are you are going to try to avoid becoming insane, so playing as Wendy can be extremely beneficial.
While Wendy is not entirely unaffected by the Dark, she does lose less Sanity than other characters. Wendy will also lose less sanity when she is around mobs with insanity auras.
Note that Wendy will still receive the same amount of insanity from foods like monster meat, wetness from rain and modifiers from objects that give insanity.
If you are having difficulty dealing with Sanity, pick some flowers and craft a Pretty Parasol and a Garland as having these will make it so you do not lose any sanity at night. You can also, of course, just craft yourself a Top Hat.
IT’S ALL ABOUT ABIGAIL
Wendy is effectively Don’t Starve’s version of a Summoner.
Wendy does the majority of her damage from her sister Abigail who can be summoned as a ghost within 2-4 days.
To summon Abigail, the player must place Abigail’s Flower onto the ground and kill an enemy mob near it. It’s helpful to remember that you do not need to kill a specific mob to summon Abigail. I usually kill some Bees or a Spider for early access to Abigail.
The absolute easiest way to summon Abigail is to kill a Butterfly. Butterflies only take one hit to kill, but if you don’t get the timing down, right butterflies will lead you on a pointless chase.
Note: In Don’t Starve Together, you can summon Abigail by murdering a Rabbit. This is not possible in single player.
Wendy’s gameplay can feel relatively passive if you allow Abigail to do all of the damage. I strongly recommend helping Abigail out with the damage, unless an army of spiders or something is swarming you. In cases where you are being swarmed, let Abigail do her thing and stand onto the side. As soon as the enemies start thinning out, join Abigail again for some epic pounding.
Considering Wendy only deals 25% less damage than other characters in Don’t Starve, she’s not as weak as people make her out to be. Truthfully, you’re not going to notice it much, especially if you have Abigail out to help you.
ABIGAIL IS IMPORTANT FOR FARMING RESOURCES
We love things that save us time in Don’t Starve, especially when it comes to saving time farming resources.
While characters like Wickerbottom are great for farming resources like Berries and other crops, Wendy and Abigail conquer the meat farming department.
I strongly recommend making yourself a Spider farm close to your base. Walk onto the spider webs with Abigail summoned and started smacking. It shouldn’t matter whether you have an axe or a spear, Abigail will handle these little guys for you.
Just make sure that you are keeping track of Abigail’s health because once she dies, it will take you 2-4 days to summon her again.
Abigail also makes farming Bees and Beehives a breeze. Smack the beehive you want to break and watch Abigail take the aggro off you and slay the bees. Abigail’s impressive AOE will leave no bees behind, letting you get access to plenty of stingers (used for Booster Shots) and Honey for Crock Pot recipes.
Abigail is faster than Rabbits, so she will also be a great way to farm morsels of meat in the early game, though if you have the Crock Pot, this may not be necessary.
Note: Abigail can kill Crabbits and Jellyfish in Shipwrecked.
ABIGAIL HAS NO CHILL
Abigail can be a bit difficult to control since she tends to attack enemy mobs that are in the area.
Although Abigail’s behaviour isn’t usually a problem, it can be when she brings a hoard of spiders home.
Always try to keep an eye on Abigail to make sure that she’s not bringing strangers home; you’re going to thank me later!
ABIGAIL LOVES THE DARKNESS
Abigail is stronger as the days darken, making her stronger during the winter, or in Shipwrecked (SW), during Hurricane Season.
To get the maximum effect of Abigail at all times, make sure that you are doing the majority of your fighting during dusk and right before bedtime, and you’ll be seeing a fairly consistent 40-Damage per hit.
The day and night mechanic is a bit confusing when it comes to caves, so be careful if you are relying on Abigail to deal with her highest possible damage. Note that only the single-player Don’t Starve games have day and night cycles in the caves, and if you are playing Don’t Starve Together (DST), caves are always experiencing night.
Ruins will always be part of the night cycle.
Abigail deals ten damage during the day, 20 damage at dusk and 40 damage at night.
REMEMBER ABIGAIL IS NOT OVERPOWERED
Although Abigail is going be very helpful in the early game, Abigail does start falling off when you are battling enemies with high HP or heavy damage.
Don’t expect Abigail to help much once the Giants come out in Don’t Starve (DST & RoG) and don’t use Abigail to try to help you kill Beefalo. Chances are you’re just going to let Abigail die to a Beefalo, so make sure you’re the primary focus on big mobs, so Abigail ends up helping you versus the other way around.
Remember, Abigail cannot kite, and a dead DPS is no DPS.
If Abigail dies you can pick up her flower and wait for her to be ready to make another appearance, however, if you do not see Abigail’s Flower you can recraft it. You can craft Abigail’s Flower in the Magic Tab for 6 Petals in Don’t Starve Together.
HELP STUN FOR ABIGAIL
As you progress through Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together, you will begin getting access to weapons and spells that can stun enemies.
Using weapons like the Ice Staff and the Fire Staff can be extremely beneficial while trying to kill more difficult mobs like Krampus, Deerclops or Moosegoose.
Keeping Abigail alive is going to be important if you want to survive!
ABIGAIL CAN’T GET POISONED
If you are playing Shipwrecked and are dealing with enemies that deal poison, whip out your buddy Abigail and have her tank pretty much nulling the effects.
Abigail also comes in handy for killing mobs while sailing and will help protect you when aquatic mobs are attacking you.
IS IT WORTH FIGHTING WITHOUT ABIGAIL?
The quick answer is, not really. If you’re attacking things with a team, sure go for it, but often things aren’t worth farming if you don’t have Abigail around.
The real reason is that it takes you an extra hit to kill small mobs, so even though your first hit reduces them to 2HP, they still require the second hit actually to be KO-d.
The goal is to make sure you never bite more than you can chew and keep Abigail alive as much as possible.
DOES WENDY’S DAMAGE DEBUFF AFFECT INDIRECT DAMAGE?
No, if Wendy deals damage from a weapon like a Fire Dart, the Fire Dart will still cause the default amount of damage over time.
WHAT ARE THE BEST WEAPONS FOR WENDY?
Don’t Starve: Ham Bat (1 Pig Skin, 2 Twigs, and 2 Meat) or a Dart
Don’t Starve Together: Ham Bat (1 Pig Skin, 2 Twigs, and 2 Meat) or a Dart
Shipwrecked: Obsidian Spear (1 Spear, 3 Obsidian, and 1 Dragoon Heart)
By far, I find Wendy to be the easiest character to settle into when you are starting in Don’t Starve & Don’t Starve Together.
The fact that Wendy can grind Bees, Spiders, Rabbits, and other small mobs make Wendy very helpful for new players.
So I’m curious, what are your thoughts on Wendy? Do you find Abigail hard to control? Let me know in the comments below!