Deconstruction Staff/DST

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It appears to rewind time on an object.


Turns crafted items and structures into their ingredient parts based on their remaining durability.

Gem ingredients are not returned.

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The Deconstruction Staff is a craftable Item found in the Ancient Tab. It requires at least a Broken Pseudoscience Station to craft, and costs 4 Nightmare Fuel, 2 Living Logs, and 2 Green Gems to craft. It also can randomly drop from an Ancient Pseudoscience Station when the latter is damaged with a Hammer, Gunpowder etc. Like all items from the Ancient Tab, Deconstruction Staves cannot be prototyped and can only be crafted within range of an Ancient Pseudoscience Station.

When used on a craftable Structure, the Deconstruction Staff returns 100% of the ingredients needed to craft it. However, when used on an Item, the Staff will return a percentage of the materials equal to the remaining durability, rounded up. If Gems were used in the crafting process, they will not be returned and will always "shatter" instead. With each use of the Staff, Characters will lose 20 Sanity Meter.png and the Staff will lose 20% of its Durability.

Using it on a Pig House, Rabbit Hutch, Bird Cage, or Bird Trap will get rid of any inhabitants still inside it. When used on a Meat Effigy, it will not restore the 40 Health Meter.png until the user dies or saves and quits.

Green Gems are renewable via among other things killing Fuelweaver and Dragonfly, making the Deconstruction Staff a renewable item.

Deconstructing Craftables

Craftables Created with a Construction Amulet

Any craftable object can be deconstructed, but most are not worth the cost (thulecite is rare, green gems are rarer). The following table lists some commonly deconstructed items. It assumes the item was crafted with a Construction Amulet and shows net cost of the construction and deconstruction and net gain. Items produced without a construction amulet are covered in separate tables below.

Item Construction Cost using Construction Amulet.png Deconstruction Yield Net Cost Net Gain
Thulecite Suit Green Gem.png×0.2 Thulecite.png×3.4 Nightmare Fuel.png×2.6 Thulecite.png×6 Nightmare Fuel.png×4 Green Gem.png×0.44 Living Log.png×0.2 Thulecite.png×2.52 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.88
Thulecite Club Green Gem.png×0.2 Thulecite.png×2.4 Living Log.png×2 Nightmare Fuel.png×2.6 Thulecite.png×4 Living Log.png×3 Nightmare Fuel.png×4 Green Gem.png×0.44 Thulecite.png×1.52 Living Log.png×0.8 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.88
Glossamer Saddle Green Gem.png×0.2 Thulecite.png×0.4 Living Log.png×1 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.6 Silk.png×2 Butterfly Wings.png×34 Living Log.png×2 Silk.png×4 Butterfly Wings.png×68 Green Gem.png×0.44 Thulecite.png×0.48 Nightmare Fuel.png×1.12 Living Log.png×0.8 Silk.png×2 + Butterfly Wings.png×34
War Saddle Steel Wool.png×2 Green Gem.png×0.2 Thulecite.png×0.4 Rabbit.png×2 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.6 Log.png×5 Steel Wool.png×4 Rabbit.png×4 Log.png×10 Green Gem.png×0.44 Thulecite.png×0.48 Living Log.png×0.2 Nightmare Fuel.png×1.12 Steel Wool.png×2 Rabbit.png×2 Log.png×5
Telelocator Focus Green Gem.png×0.2 Thulecite.png×0.4 Living Log.png×2.2 Nightmare Fuel.png×2.6 Gold Nugget.png×4 Living Log.png×4 Nightmare Fuel.png×4 Gold Nugget.png×8 Green Gem.png×0.44 Thulecite.png×0.48 Living Log.png×1.6 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.88 Gold Nugget.png×4


Assuming the construction amulet was used to craft the staff, the effective cost of the staff is Green Gem.png×1.2 Thulecite.png×0.4 Living Log.png×1 Nightmare Fuel.png×2.6. The staff can be used 5 times, so dividing the cost by 5 yields the cost per use: Green Gem.png×0.24 Thulecite.png×0.08 Living Log.png×0.2 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.52

The best candidates for construction/deconstruction are items that use (even) multiples of a rare ingredient and no gems (except the Iridescent Gem - all other gems are destroyed during deconstruction).

Items Made From Living Mobs

When deconstructing items produced with living mobs, you may wish to be prepared to catch those animals again once they are freed. This is particularly problematic with mobs like multiple bees or rabbits that require tools and hunting/trapping to catch.

Craftables Created without a Construction Amulet

Hammering Thulecite Walls is the best way to convert Thulecite to fragments. Thulecite Wall deconstruction is a waste compared with deconstructing Thulecite Suits.

Scaled Flooring is worth deconstructing even when produced without the construction amulet (scales are probably rarer than green gems).

Item Construction Cost Deconstruction Yield Net Cost Net Gain
Scaled Flooring Scales.png×0.25 Cut Stone.png×0.25 Scales.png×1 Cut Stone.png×1 Green Gem.png×0.24 Thulecite.png×0.08 Living Log.png×0.2 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.52 Scales.png×0.75 Cut Stone.png×0.75
Thulecite Wall Thulecite.png×0.167 Thulecite.png×1 Green Gem.png×0.24 Living Log.png×0.2 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.52 Thulecite.png×0.753

Other Turfs (whether crafted or dug up) might be deconstructed to yield interesting ingredients.

Deconstruction to renew durability

When using deconstruction to renew durability, the profit is the extended use of the item and/or components, not (only) a resource that can be used to create other items. A player could deconstruct a heavily used Pick/Axe, to yield a brand new Opulent Pickaxe, Luxury Axe, and 1 thulecite, which can then be used down to 3% durability before constructing a new Pick/Axe with them.

Similarly, if you're going to want more Scalemail, deconstructing it directly is more efficient than the 0.75 scales created when deconstructing Scaled Floring, but deconstructing flooring produces multiplies scales that can then be used for any purpose.

Item Construction Cost Deconstruction Yield Net Cost Net Gain
Pick/Axe Thulecite.png×2 Opulent Pickaxe.png×1 Luxury Axe.png×1 Thulecite.png×1 Opulent Pickaxe.png×1 Luxury Axe.png×1 Green Gem.png×0.24 Living Log.png×0.2 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.52 Thulecite.png×0.92 Opulent Pickaxe.png×1 Luxury Axe.png×1 Use of item and components
Scalemail Scales.png×1 Log Suit.png×1 Pig Skin.png×3 Scales.png×1 Log Suit.png×1 Pig Skin.png×1 Green Gem.png×0.24 Thulecite.png×0.08 Living Log.png×0.2 Nightmare Fuel.png×0.52 Pig Skin.png×2 Scales.png×1 Log Suit.png×1 Pig Skin.png×1 Use of item and components

Deconstructing Non-craftables

The following non-craftable items can be deconstructed to yield:

Item Drops
Bee Queen Crown.png Honeycomb.png×4 Royal Jelly.png×2 Honey.png×3 Bee.png×4
Moon Caller's Staff.png Iridescent Gem.png×1 Nightmare Fuel.png×4 Living Log.png×2
Enlightened Crown.png Enlightened Crown Shard.png×5
Bone Helm.png Nightmare Fuel.png×4 Bone Shards.png×10
Bone Armor.png Nightmare Fuel.png×6 Bone Shards.png×10
Shadow Thurible.png Nightmare Fuel.png×6 Cut Stone.png×2 Ashes.png×1
Spiderhat.png Silk.png×4 Spider Gland.png×2 Monster Meat.png×1
Eye Mask.png Milky Whites.png×3 Monster Meat.png×2
Shield of Terror.png Gears.png×2 Nightmare Fuel.png×3
Tackle Box.png Cookie Cutter Shell.png×2 Rope.png×1
Spectackler Box.png Cookie Cutter Shell.png×3 Rope.png×2
Fish Food.png Rot.png×2
Battle Paddle.png Log.png×1 Palmcone Scale.png×1
Pig Head.png Pig Skin.png×4 Twigs.png×4
Merm Head.png Rot.png×4 Twigs.png×4 Freshwater Fish.png
Sunken Chest.png Broken Shell (DST).png×5
Potato Sack.png Rocks.pngx3 Cut Grass.pngx2

Higgsbury Red T-Shirt Icon.png Skins

Glommer's Flower.png Main article: Belongings#Deconstruction_Staff

In Don't Starve Together, Skins can be applied to certain items to change their appearance. Information on how to obtain specific skins can be found on the Belongings page.

  • The Woven - Elegant Clockwork Deconstruction Staff skin was introduced during the official Year of the Carrat event in 2020.

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  • Since Green Gems are so rare, the best use for Deconstruction Staffs is on Items or Structures that require very rare or non-renewable materials (e.g. items from the Ancient or Magic Tab).
  • Some items that are created using a single non-renewable ingredient (e.g. Pan Flute) can be deconstructed and crafted again to extend their usage, since the Staff will always return at least one of the non-gem materials used.
  • The Deconstruction Staff cannot be used on Walls or a Houndius Shootius that have been placed.
  • In the Reign of Giants DLC, using the Deconstruction Staff on burnt Structures will still return 100% of their materials.
  • Using the Deconstruction Staff on a single item from a recipe that gives multiple copies of said item (e.g. Turfs or Walls) will return the main item + part of the recipe. For example, deconstructing 1 Scaled Flooring will return 1 Scales and 1 Cut Stone.

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