Water Beefalo

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Water Beefalo, also known as Ox, are the Shipwrecked version of Beefalo. They have the same characteristics as Beefalo, with the only differences being that the Water Beefalo do not drop Beefalo Wool if killed, they run faster than regular Beefalo, and they drop Horns instead of Beefalo Horns. They are native to the Mangrove biome and are usually found with a small herd. While they spend most of their time in water, they can also walk on land.

Similar to Beefalo, Water Beefalo will periodically drop Manure. When one of them is attacked, the entire herd will rush to their defense. They will huddle together at Dusk and sleep through the Night. Water Beefalo also go through a mating season. During this time, the Water Beefalo will remain neutral on water but be hostile on land.

Spear.png Fighting Strategy

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Water Beefalo when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Number of Hits
Item Water Beefalo.png
Old Bell.png Reign of Giants icon.png 1 0 0
Obsidian Coconade.png Shipwrecked icon.png 2 0 0
Coconade.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png 2 0 0
Spear Gun Obsidian.png Shipwrecked icon.png 3 - 4 Charged.png 0 - 0 Charged.png 0 - 0 Charged.png
Harpoon.png Shipwrecked icon.png
Blunderbuss.png Hamlet icon.png
3 0 0
Bee Mine.png ≥4 ≥0 ≥0
Spear Gun Battle.png Shipwrecked icon.png 4 as Wigfrid Portrait.png 0 as Wigfrid Portrait.png 0 as Wigfrid Portrait.png
Spear Gun Spear.png Spear Gun Poison.png Shipwrecked icon.png 5 0 0
Obsidian Spear.png Shipwrecked icon.png 5 - 10 0 - 0 0 - 0
Blow Dart.png 5 0 0
Electric Dart.png Don't Starve Together icon.png 6 (4 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png)
Dark Sword.png
Glass Cutter.png Don't Starve Together icon.png
8 0 0
Cutlass Supreme.png Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png 8 0 0
Tooth Trap.png 9 0 0
Pew-matic Horn.png Hamlet icon.png 15, 12 or 9 0, 0 or 0 0, 0 or 0
Thulecite Club.png 9 0 0
Ham Bat.png 9 - 17 0 - 0 0 - 0
Obsidian Axe.png Shipwrecked icon.png 10 - 19 - Charged.png 0 - 0 - Charged.png 0 - 0 - Charged.png
Tentacle Spike.png

Cork Bat.png Hamlet icon.png
Cursed Rounds.png Marbles.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png

10 0 0
Slurtle Slime.png 10 0 0
Halberd.png Hamlet icon.png 12 0 0
Morning Star.png Reign of Giants icon.png 12 (7 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage.png)
Bat Bat.png
Battle Spear.png Reign of Giants icon.png
12 0 0
Bramble Trap.png Hamlet icon.png Don't Starve Together icon.png 13 0 0

Poison Spear.png Peg Leg.pngShipwrecked icon.png
Moon Glass Axe.png Gold Rounds.png Don't Starve Together icon.png

15 0 0
Trident.png Shipwrecked icon.png 15 (5 Toy Boat.png) 0 (0 Toy Boat.png) 0 (0 Toy Boat.png)
PickSlashAxe.png 17 0 0
Machete.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png 17 0 0
Boomerang.png Axe.png Pickaxe.png Brush.png

Tail o' Three Cats.png Malbatross Bill.png Bull Kelp Stalk.png Don't Starve Together icon.png
Gold Pan.png Hamlet icon.png

19 0 0
Stalking Stick.png Hamlet icon.png 25 0 0
Eyeshot.png Shipwrecked icon.png 25 0 0
Saddlehorn.png Hammer.png Pitchfork.png Shovel.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png Torch.png

Telebrella.png Don't Starve icon.png
Shears.png Executive Hammer.pngHamlet icon.png
Cactus Spike.png Shipwrecked icon.png Whirly Fan.png Driftwood Oar.png Oar.png Slow-Down Rounds.png Pebbles.png Don't Starve Together icon.png

30 0 0
Lucy the Axe.png 37 0 0
Bug Net.png Fishing Rod.png

Magnifying Glass.png Hamlet icon.png

118 0 0

It takes 3 blasts to freeze a Water Beefalo with an Ice Staff. It takes 3 Sleep Darts to put Water Beefalo to sleep.

Baby Water Beefalo

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He will grow very strong! Or is she?


It take 3-5 ingame days for a baby beefalo to move to next phase of its growth. Killing one raises Naughtiness by 6 points.

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  • Leading the Sealnado to a large herd of Water Beefalo and fighting on the water is an effective tactic. The vortex AoE does not affect the Beefalo and they can withstand up to 7 melee strikes, allowing plenty of time for them to deal significant damage. Unfortunately, the Tiger Shark’s AoE dive attacks can lead to many Beefalo dying and massive spawns of Crocodogs and Sea Hounds so this tactic is less effective.
  • An entire herd of Water Beefalo can easily be killed by attacking with a Boat Cannon while they huddle together during the Night. It should be noted that any meat dropped will be cooked and Horns will be burnt to ash. Using a Volcano Staff instead will not burn them if used in the water.
  • Water Beefalo run faster than regular Beefalo and can reliably hit the player even while poisoned, so caution is advised when trying to kite them. It is especially dangerous to kite them with melee weapons while on a boat even with speed boosts from Coffee and an Iron Wind.
  • Water Beefalo cannot enter the shallow waters outside their Mangrove Biome. By staying out of reach and attacking with ranged weapons, players can reliably farm them from a boat. It is wise to also have Bottlenose Ballphin allies to help with the resulting Crocodogs and Sea Hounds that are likely to spawn due to all the dropped meat.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Water Beefalo cannot be shaved with a Razor, meaning there is no Water Beefalo Wool or similar to obtain. This feature might have been planned at some time during development, as in the game files textures for the "shaved" Water Beefalo can be found.
  • The previous name for the Water Beefalo was Ox, they were renamed in the Hang Ten update.
  • The Home Sea Home update poster has a Baby Water Beefalo. In game, however, this was not added until the Don't Starve Mega Update update.

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