I can’t deny that Wigfrid is my absolute favourite character in Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together.
As much as I love the ever so useful and versatile Wickerbottom, Wigfrid, who is also a stage performer, was the first character who got me out of my comfort zone and into battle. Though I will admit, Wigfrid in Don’t Starve Together (DST) is much more fun and useful than Wigfrid in single-player Don’t Starve (DS, SW & HAM).
Wigfrid is the 7th character that can be unlocked in single-player Don’t Starve and is part of the Reign of Giants (RoG) DLC. As you can guess, Wigfrid is immediately playable in Don’t Starve Together (DST).
Wigfrid spawns in with a Battle Spear, Battle Helm and 4 Meat in all forms of Don’t Starve (DS, RoG, DST, SW & HAM). Players may find it weird to spawn in with food, but because Wigfrid is a strict carnivore and will not eat any non-meat foods, players would otherwise have to engage in battle the first night.
Wigfrid has some stats that are just below average though her Special Powers make up for it. Wigfrid’s Hunger and Sanity are both 120, while Wigfrid’s Health sits at a high 200 Health.
Although Wigfrid’s Hunger and Sanity are lower than the default, Wigfrid does not have any other Modifiers that negatively affect either.
WIGFRID HAS “LIFE-STEAL”
Wigfrid is the only character in Don’t Starve (DS, RoG, SW & HAM), and Don’t Starve Together (DST) who has a form of “life-steal” on their kit. The only other character that has healing on their kit is Wortox.
In single-player Don’t Starve, Wigfrid will receive Health and Sanity back whenever she kills an enemy. Receiving some extra health while in battle can help extend battle and will come in especially useful when against swarms of mobs like Spiders. Although Wigfrid isn’t as good at farming Spiders as Wendy & Abigail are, she does hold her ground better than most characters.
Wigfrid’s “life-steal” is much more powerful in Don’t Starve Together as Wigfrid will receive Health and Sanity back from every hit against a mob. Receiving Health and Sanity per hit makes Wigfrid especially powerful against seasonal bosses, which have more Health in DST.
Wigfrid’s “life-steal” in Don’t Starve Together is especially useful for new players who are still trying to learn the kiting mechanics while fighting against tough mobs. My biggest piece of advice? Don’t get reliant on Wigfrid’s “life-steal” because chances are you will end up dead. Learn to kite as soon as you can and extend your life even more!
I will say though, having a “life-steal” mechanic on Wigfrid is especially useful when you run out of food and have to eat Monster Meat. While you lose Health and Sanity, you gain Hunger, and you can quickly get the lost Health and Sanity by battling again! Thanks, Klei!
WIGFRID DOES MORE AND TAKES LESS DAMAGE
Although Wigfrid doesn’t have the highest Damage Modifier, as Wolfgang has the highest at 2x, her Damage Modifier is pretty significant. Wigfrid has a base Damage Modifier of 1.25x and does not require Wigfrid players to do anything to access. The 25% Damage boost that Wigfrid receives applies to both Melee and Ranged attacks.
Wigfrid will also receive 25% less damage than the default, making her a bit tankier than other characters. Pair this up with Wigfrid’s self-heal, and you may get to be as tanky as WX-78 but in a different way.
WIGFRID HAS A VERY STRONG EARLY-GAME
By far, Wigfrid has some of the strongest early-game, mainly due to her coming with a whole new Battle Helm. Wigfrid’s Battle Helm, which only requires 2 Gold Nugget & 2 Rocks to craft, gives players 80% Damage Reduction and has 750 HP in Don’t Starve (DS, SW & HAM) and 525 HP in Don’t Starve Together (DST).
The Battle Helm is arguably better and more efficient than the Football Helmet, which gives the same protection, though it costs 1 Pigskin and 1 Rope (3 Cut Grass). The Football Helmet can be difficult to construct as Pig Skin only has a 25% chance to drop unless a Wildbore/Pig House or Wildbore/Pig Head is Hammered. Players can also kill a Werepig for a 100% drop chance, though this will require some battle skill and knowledge of Pig mechanics. Either way, it’s not worth it because Football Helmets only have 450 HP in Don’t Starve (DS, SW & HAM) and 315 HP in Don’t Starve Together (DST).
The Battle Helm can be traded out as soon as players have the resources to craft better armour.
The same thing can be said about the Battle Spear, which does 42.5 Damage. I usually trade out my Battle Spear for a Tentacle Spike as soon as I can and later for a Ham Bat, though I would set up a Pig farm first so you have a neverending supply of Meat and Pig Skin.
GOLD IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Gold Nuggets are going to be the most valuable resource you have to farm when playing Wigfrid in Don’t Starve. Wigfrid’s Battle Helm and Battle Spear need 2 Gold Nuggets to craft, though I would still recommend ditching the Battle Spear early.
Crafting Battle Helms for your team is going to be game-changing in Don’t Starve Together. On our server, not everyone likes to fight, but the Battle Helm still comes in handy for those players because in Don’t Starve, you never know when something might come after you.
While Gold Nuggets seem finite, there are a few easy ways you can get the Gold Nuggets you need. The easiest way to get Gold Nuggets is by exchanging resources like Morsels, Drumsticks, Eggs, or “Gravedigger Items” to the Pig King. When you get to the mid-game, a lot of the items you can exchange with the Pig King are easily accessible, so it might be a wise choice to camp by him.
Gold Nuggets can also be farmed when players are ready to adventure into the Caves, which can be accessed through a (Plugged) Sinkhole. Players can mine down or wait for Earthquakes; however, Gold Nuggets aren’t only found on the surface!
WIGFRID’S MEAT “PROBLEM”
Since Wigfrid can only eat Meat, players can quickly find themselves in some problems.
Start by picking/digging Berry Bushes as any other character would, but try to find Pigs or Spiders on the map as soon as possible. Farm as many Monster Meat or Meat as you can so that when you base, you have loads of food choices.
Planting Berry Bushes in your base will give you a surprising amount of Meat. Gobblers have a 10% chance to spawn when a Berry Bush is picked and will always drop 2 Drumsticks.
I strongly encourage basing next to Pigs as Wigfrid, as Meat can be cooked on fire without the use of a Crock Pot. Pigs are also harder to move around on the map, in comparison to Spiders who can be moved anytime their nest becomes Tier-3, which is timed anyways.
Even if you don’t end up camping next to the Pigs by the Pig King, there are tons of areas that have Pigs for you to kill, making getting food for Wigfrid plain and straightforward.
BUT, I can’t stress how important it is to have a Crock Pot with Wigfrid. Since Wigfrid can eat meals that are partially meat, she can enjoy meals like Meatballs with her fellow castmates. Wigfrid’s top foods would be Meatballs for Hunger and Honey Ham for Health. Since Wigfrid can’t eat foods like Taffy, Trail Mix, and Cooked Cactus Flesh, she will heavily rely on Honey when it comes to healing foods.
Wigfrid doesn’t have the luxury of snacking as other players do. Wigfrid players can craft themselves a Drying Rack to make Jerky which gives players 25 Hunger, 15 Sanity and 20 Health. Jerky also takes 20 Days to rot, making it a lot more long-lasting than Cooked Meat. The only issue with munching on Jerky is that it takes 2 Days for Meat to dry, so get yourself loads of Drying Racks. Jerky is the only food that gives Wigfrid a steady supply of all stats, so get to drying in the Autumn so you can use them come the Winter.
WIGFRID’S BASING CHECKLIST
Lots of Pigs Nearby (Preferably in Your Base)
Always Have Spiders Nearby in Case. Transplant as Necessary
Make Sure to Set-Up Bee Boxes Before the End of Autumn
Collect Berry Bushes all Autumn and Use Berry Fillers in Winter
Build Farms During Winter to Use in Spring
Smack as Much Shit as You Can to Stay Healthy & Sane All Year Round.
WINTERS WITH WIGFRID
I would recommend making the Winter Koalefant a priority kill in your Winters with Wigfrid. Since Wigfrid can essentially pump out Battle Helms like nobody’s business, Wigfrid should rely on chest armour for insulation.
Players can craft themselves a Puffy Vest with the Winter Koalefant Trunk, which provides the best Insulation in Don’t Starve (RoG & DST). The Puffy Vest can also be repaired using a Sewing Kit, making it extra appealing.
BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU WHIP OUT YOUR MEAT
Remember how I told you to head down into the caves so you could get yourself some extra gold? Well, while you’re down there, make sure that you aren’t carrying any meat on you, especially by the Bunnymen.
Bunnymen, much like Pigs, spawn from homes called a Rabbit Hutch. Bunnymen are incredibly useful to farm; however, they can also be befriended when given a Carrot. The only downfall to Bunnymen is that they attack players who are carrying any foods with Meat in them. It doesn’t matter if the food is Pierogies; these Bunnymen are out to get you!
Players can avoid being attacked by Bunnymen if they store their Meat in Chester, Making Snow Chester quite appealing.
HELPFUL PAIRINGS IN DON’T STARVE TOGETHER (DST)
As you may have guessed, Wickerbottom is going to be a useful pairing to Wigfrid. Wickerbottom will make sure that Wigfrid has enough fillers to make Meatballs, Honey Ham, and Honey Nuggets. While Wigfrid can do reasonably well on her own with Berry Bushes and Improved Farms, nothing beats a Wickerbottom.
Although not necessary, Wigfrid can also pair up with Wendy, because of how quickly she can take down and set up Bee Boxes.
An alternative choice can be pairing Wigfrid up with either Wolfgang or WX-78 for extra Damage and Tankiness when against bosses and mobs with lots of Health. Wigfrid players can swap in and out with either Wolfgang or WX-78 to take aggro if the teammate needs time to heal, as neither has a “life-steal” like WIgfrid.
MY LAST THOUGHTS ON WIGFRID
Love her. Need her. I think Wigfrid is one of the most underrated characters for beginners. The only downfall I see to Wigfrid is her need for Meat in her food, and really the issue isn’t farming the Meats, the problem is knowing the recipes.
Often in multiplayer settings, such as Don’t Starve Together (DST), a player will learn the recipes which are the most useful to all team-members, sometimes not realizing that Wigfrid may require something else. So, if you are going to choose Wigfrid, make sure you know your own diet, ’cause you’re not hopping onto the vegan/vegetarian trend.
So, I’m curious, are you as into Wigfrid as I am? Do you also wish that Wigfrid had some better Skins in DST? Just me? Let me know in the comments below!