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Critters, also known as Pets, are passive immortal Mobs in Don't Starve Together, introduced in A New Reign. They look like baby versions of some other Mobs in the game and can be obtained from the Critters Tab while standing next to the Rock Den. Each pet requires two Items to adopt, an item related to the mob and a specific food made with a Crock Pot.

Critters will make noise when hungry, but won't die if not fed. Critters can be fed anything edible, including Eternal Fruitcake, Rot, and Rotten Eggs. Any food given refreshes the critter's hunger time to its maximum. Critters have a hunger time of 2 days after which they will be considered starving. Because critter hunger is handled using the same system as food spoilage, the rate at which they become hungry is affected by weather the same way other perishable items are.

There is a "mini-game" around critters' maximum hunger time. Players can increase this time to up to 4.5 days (5.5 for "Plump" critters) in the increments of 0.5, by feeding the critter when it is between its 20% and 50% hunger time remaining. When it is fed when with less than 20% hunger time remaining, this maximum time will decrease. Feeding the critter when it has above 50% of its hunger time remaining has no effect on the maximum hunger time. A critter can be "pet" by clicking on it, triggering a small animation.

Woby counts as Walter's critter

Each player can only have one critter at any given time. To get a different critter, players must "Abandon" their current one by standing near a Rock Den and right-clicking that critter. Walter's companion Woby counts as pet, making Walter unable to adopt critters from the Rock Den. Kitcoons follow players in the same way as critters and can be Pet and Abandoned in the same way that critters can, but they do not count as critters themselves. As such, any number of Kitcoons can be recruited as followers in addition to the player's one critter.


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A Kittykit is a baby version of a Catcoon. Kittykits can be obtained in exchange for a Cat Tail and Fishsticks.

Kittykits should not be confused with Kitcoons, which were Catcoon-inspired followers that were introduced specifically during the Year of the Catcoon event.


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Pups love you no matter who you are.


A Vargling is a baby version of a Varg. Varglings can be obtained in exchange for 1 Hound's Teeth and 1 Monster Lasagna.


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Is walking fluff!


An Ewelet is a baby version of Ewecus. Ewelets can be obtained in exchange for Steel Wool and Guacamole.


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Don't start no forest fires now, buddy.


A Broodling is a juvenile version of Dragonfly. Broodlings can be obtained in exchange for Chilled Lavae and Spicy Chili.


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Its snuggles almost make me forget.


A Glomglom is a baby version of Glommer. Glomgloms can be obtained in exchange for Glommer's Goop and Taffy.


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You're so sweet, I could just gobble you up.


A Giblet is a juvenile version of a Gobbler. Giblets can be obtained in exchange for a Feather Hat and Trail Mix.


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Who wuvs their widdle specimen?


A Mothling is a juvenile version of a Moon Moth. Mothlings can be obtained in exchange for a Moon Moth and Flower Salad. Unlike other critters, which have no function, Mothlings can act as a light source. A Mothling will not give off light when hungry.

Friendly Peeper

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Tell me, what is it you see, little one?


A Friendly Peeper is a juvenile version of Eye of Terror. Friendly Peepers can be obtained in exchange for Milky Whites and Bacon and Eggs.


Critters can have traits which determine their behavior. Player actions add or subtract points from one of the Critter's traits, depending on the action, with the trait having the most points becoming the dominant trait and an adjective is shown in the Critter's name.

A Critter's first dominant trait is determined after 10 days of obtaining the Critter, and dominant traits are reassigned every 1.75 to 2.25 days.

Trait points decay at the rate of 0.7 point per day for playful and well-fed, 0.9 points per day for crafty and 1.35 per day for scrappy trait. The maximum amount of points a Critter's trait can have is 40, while the minimum is -6. Should all traits on a Critter have a negative point value, the Critter will revert to having no traits, and the next dominant trait is assigned after 3.75 to 4.25 days.

Performing an action that adds points to a trait that is already the dominant trait gives a 10% bonus to the points added to that trait.

The current dominant trait can be locked in permanently by feeding the critter any "goodie" food - this includes Taffy, Jellybeans, Mad Science Lab potions, and Winter's Feast candies. After that, the trait will never change until player abandons the critter.


The Scrappy trait is given to Critters when the player fights or kills Monsters. Killing small and passive Animals such as Rabbits doesn't count towards this trait.

The Combat trait adds the adjective "Scrappy" to the Critter's name and makes them perform aggressive animations towards monsters (but does not make them able to fight).


The Crafty trait is given to Critters when the player Crafts items and Structures excluding Walls.

The Crafty trait adds the adjective "Crafty" to the Critter's name and makes them perform a special animation when the character is doing work (chopping, mining, digging), or crafting.


The Playful trait is given to Critters when the player pets them and when they play (either by themselves or with other players' Critters). Bonus points are awarded when the player pets critter after it nuzzles.

The Playful trait adds the adjective "Peppy" to the Critter, increases the range at which they play with other Critters, and makes them play more often (effectively decreasing the rate of point decay, since playing adds points to this trait).


The Well-fed trait is given to Critters when the player feeds them. All Crock Pot dishes give 4 points, while other edible items give 1 point. The Critter's favorite food is the food item used in order to adopt it, and feeding a Critter its favorite food gives 5 points to this trait. The points added to the trait are affected by the Food's freshness and its type and if it's the Critter's favorite food. Fresh food gives the full value, Stale food gives half (50%) of the value, and Spoiled food gives only a tenth (10%) of the value.

The Well-fed trait adds the adjective "Plump" to the Critter's name and increases the spoilage time to 3.25 days. This spoilage time can be increased to up to 5.5 days. No matter at which phase of "Plump" critter's freshness it is fed, its spoilage time will never go below 3.25 days.

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  • The Elegant Polar Broodling skin is only obtainable during the offical Winter's Feast event.
  • The Heirloom Elegant Vampire Batling skin was only obtainable during offical Hallowed Nights events until 2020.

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Costume Collection
Vampire Batling

You'd have to be blind not to appreciate this bat's horrifying adorableness.

Winter Collection
Polar Broodling

This Broodling renounced its fiery ways... Now it's a lovely shade of blue!


This pet's doofy lil dragon face inspires both fear and wuv.


  • The Elegant Snowflake Ewelet skin is only obtainable during the offical Winter's Feast event.
  • The Woven - Elegant The Lamb skin was introduced in the Cult of the Lamb Crossover update in 2023, as a crossover collaboration with Cult of the Lamb. Collection: Flock's Collection

Winter Collection
Snowflake Ewelet

Winter doesn't seem quite as cold when you have a fleecy Ewelet by your side.

Flock's Collection
The Lamb

This adorable little lamb is sure to attract a following.


  • The Elegant Penglet skin is only obtainable during the offical Winter's Feast event.
  • The Elegant Rooslet skin is only obtainable during the offical Year of the Gobbler event.
  • The Loyal Parrotlet skin is available in the Klei Rewards shop for 1,200 Klei points.

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Seaside Collection

Have you always wanted to have a seabird companion? Well now you peli-can!

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Seaside Collection

Travel the seas with your own puffin pal.

Winter Collection

This plump little fellow is sure to brighten even the bitterest of winter nights!

Lunar New Year Collection

If you wanted a bouncy rooster companion by your side, then you're in cluck!


This parrot pirate is prepared for plenty of pilfering!


  • The Woven - Elegant Black Kittykit skin was introduced during the official Hallowed Nights event in 2018.
  • The Elegant Snowkit skin is only obtainable during the offical Winter's Feast event.

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Hallowed Nights Collection
Black Kittykit

Bad luck. Good luck. Either way it's still adorable.

Winter Collection

Did this Kittykit just get cuter? (How's that even possible?!)


  • The Elegant Arctic Vargling skin is only obtainable during the offical Winter's Feast event.
  • The Woven - Elegant Pedigree Vargling and Purebred Vargling skins were introduced during the official Year of the Varg event in 2018.

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Year of the Varg Collection
Pedigree Vargling

This lil puppy can't see where it's going without its hair tied up. Adorable!

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Year of the Varg Collection
Purebred Vargling

This puppy has a chubby face you can't help but smush. So cute!

Winter Collection
Arctic Vargling

Looks like this adorable little lump grew his winter coat in. Good boy, Vargling!


Bearded Dragon

A pet as noble as he is huggable.

Winter Collection
Snowy Glomglom

What a precious little snowball you are, Glomglom!


Seems familiar, and yet... otherworldly.

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  • The original Critters were added in the Cute Fuzzy Animals update, Giblet during the Year of the Gobbler event, and Mothling in the Turn of Tides update.
  • The Kittykit's name seems to be a mash up of the name for baby cats and baby raccoons, "kitten" and "kit", as well as a play on the term "kitty cat".
    • It used to be called the Kittycoon.[citation needed]
  • Despite their name, the Vargling's appearance is more similar to the Hound. Furthermore, Wigfrid refers to it as a hound and they are made using Hound's Teeth.
    • Wickerbottom refers to the Vargling as Canis lupus, which is the scientific species name of both the Eurasian gray wolf (Canis lupus lupus) and the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). This suggests that the Vargling, and to an extent the Hounds and Varg, are related to wolves and dogs.
  • The two skins added for the Vargling during the Chinese New Year event Year of the Varg allude to the Chow Chow and the Shih Tzu, two dog breeds that supposedly originated in China.
  • There is an extra function in the Critters' code called "IsSuperCute", which does nothing except return "true".
  • Strangely, feeding a critter Rot or Rotten Eggs stops its hunger cries, despite them making players lose hunger points.

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