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The information presented here is for reference only.

Webber Portrait.png
Maybe it needs some chicken soup?

Webber, when examining a Diseased Berry Bush.

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Diseased Grass Tuft.png
Diseased Sapling.png
Wurt Portrait.png
Something wrong with it, florp.

Wurt, when examining a Diseasing Sapling.

Diseased Berry Bush.png
Wormwood Portrait.png
You sick, friend?

Wormwood, when examining a Diseasing Berry Bush.

Diseased Juicy Berry Bush.png
Twiggy tree
Winona Portrait.png
Doesn't look great.

Winona, when examining a Diseased Twiggy tree.

Diseased Grass Gekko.png
Diseased Stone Fruit Bush.png or Barrent Bush

Disease was a feature that affected replanted Plants in Don't Starve Together, introduced in A New Reign and removed in Reap What You Sow. Diseased plants had the appearance of being surrounded by flies and became darker in color before dying and disappearing. They did not drop their specific resources, but instead yielded Rot if picked or dug up by the player with a Shovel.

Gears.png Mechanics

After a plant had been replanted by the player, it had a timer set to 50 days. Once that timer was up, it had a 10% chance to become diseased. If the chance failed, the timer was reset to another value between 30-70 days and the process would repeat itself. If it was successful, the player's character would comment when harvesting the plants for 4-6 days to warn the player that the plant would become diseased. If it turned fully diseased, the plant's disease would begin to spread to other nearby replanted crops every 1.5-2.5 days without warning. The player could dig up the plant in its warning phase in order to manually reset the timer (or at the very least if the plant was already diseased, the player could dig it up to prevent the disease from spreading, but the diseased plant was destroyed in the process).

The following table illustrates the variants available for each type of resource, note that the sources on bold were invulnerable to Disease:

Resource Type Grass Twigs Berries Stone Fruit
Plant Variant Grass Gekko.png Grass Tuft.png Sapling.png Twiggy Tree.png Berry Bush.png Juicy Berry Bush.png Stone Fruit Bush Planted.png
Grass Gekko Grass Tuft Sapling Twiggy Tree Berry Bush Juicy Berry Bush Stone Fruit Bush
Specific Resource Cut Grass.png Twigs.png Berries.png Juicy Berries.png Stone Fruit.png
Cut Grass Twigs Berries Juicy Berries Stone Fruit

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Disease was added to the game far before A New Reign was announced, becoming part of the latter update after the Beta release with some tweaks. Before that, Grass Gekkos and Twiggy Trees were also able to become diseased.
  • There are unused sprites for Diseased Logs, Juicy Berries and the dug version of each plant in the game's files.
  • Disease could be toggled off and on the World Customization before creating a world.
  • Disease was removed after the Reap What You Sow update on December 15th 2020.


Disease was an unavoidable mechanic and there was no way to fight against it, but there were some strategies how to "counter" to it.

  1. The basic resources such as saplings and grass tufts can be replaced by spiky bush/Twiggy Tree and grass gekko.
  2. Wickerbottom is a very efficient character when it comes about farming resources, using her book: Applied Horticulture. It can instantly Ripen saplings, grass tufts, berry bush etc. making disease less of a scary threat.
  3. If the Bee Queen or Klaus has been killed for the Bundling Wrap blueprint and a couple of Meatbulbs, Wickerbottom can go to the Ruins where they find Cave Lichen. Place the Meatbulbs onto the lichen area and wait for eyeplant to spawn, repeatedly reading applied horticulture then killing the Meatbulb will grant a huge amount of Lichen. Make sure that you don't take your time doing this strategy and bundle them fast, as they spoil very quickly when digested by the Meatbulb.
  4. Bull Kelp which are not affected by disease and don't need to be fertilized, but are not renewable make up a great vegetable/filler food source.
  5. Stone Fruit Bush can possibly be a superior choice against Berry Bush, since Sprouting Stone Fruit can be mass farmed as Wickerbottom using Applied Horticulture which come from Stone Fruit and do not disease nor need to be fertilized at all.
  6. Spending a bit of time at the Desert to collect Tumbleweed is a great way to get grass and twigs. Making a base there is also beneficial.

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