Reanimated Skeleton

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The Reanimated Skeleton is a Boss Monster exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in A New Reign.

There are 3 variants: Forest, Caves & Ancient Fuelweaver.

Waxwell Portrait.png
There is no limit to the power of shadows.

Maxwell, when examining a Reanimated Skeleton.

The "forest" type is spawned by using a Shadow Atrium on a fully completed Odd Skeleton on the Surface during Night. When spawned it does not attack and instantly reduces the player's Sanity by 40. It can be attracted by the Shadow Thurible. When killed, it drops a Shadow Atrium and 8 Fossils. It will die at the beginning of the Day.

Brain.png Behavior

The Reanimated Skeleton walks around aimlessly, destroying any structures it walks through, and leaves a trail of Lesser Glow Berries, Light Flowers, and Ferns. The plants will disappear after a few seconds. When idle, its arm will fall off and it will heal itself with its other arm. After dropping its arm twice it will grab its head and shake it furiously due to the long distance it has from the Ruins.


The "caves" type is spawned by using a Shadow Atrium on a fully completed Odd Skeleton in the Caves. When spawned it is aggressive to the player and instantly reduces the player's Sanity by 40. It can be attracted by the Shadow Thurible. When killed, it drops a Shadow Atrium, 8 Fossils, and 2-4 Nightmare Fuel.

Brain.png Behavior

The Reanimated Skeleton attacks by ripping off its head and swiping at an enemy; this does not have any AoE but will hit anything in the direction it is attacking. After its health has been decreased significantly, it will slam the ground trapping multiple players and other creatures in a fence of sharp bones. The bones will turn to dust after a few seconds.

Gramophone.png Quotes

Battle With Mobs

  • Huurgh...
  • ...(growl)...
  • ...gruuuugh...
  • Hrrgh...
  • ...grraaugh...
  • ...(rumble)...
  • ...gruh...

Battle With Players

  • Huurgh...
  • ...gruuuugh...
  • ...grraaugh...
  • ...(gurgle)...
  • ...(crunch)...
  • ...Y-yy...
  • ...W-wwh...

Ancient Fuelweaver

Wortox Portrait.png
Shall we dance, dearest demon?

Wortox, when examining the Ancient Fuelweaver.

The "Ancient Fuelweaver" type is spawned using a Shadow Atrium on a fully completed Odd Skeleton in the Atrium near when the Ancient Key is in the Ancient Gateway and will instantly reduce the player's Sanity by 40. Its quotes imply that it was a being from the Ancient Civilization. When killed, the boss will drop 8 Fossils, 2-4 Nightmare Fuel, the Shadow Thurible, the Bone Helm, the Bone Armor, and a Rose.

Following its defeat, the Ancient Gateway will start to destabilize, consuming the Ancient Key and killing all nearby Shadow Creatures. After 4 minutes, the ruins regenerate.

The gate will have a recharge time of 20 days before being able to insert another Ancient Key. If the player leaves the fight, then it will decay, leaving behind 8 Fossils, 2-4 Nightmare Fuel, and a Shadow Atrium.

Brain.png Behavior

The Ancient Fuelweaver will immediately start chasing and attacking the player, it will confine the player in a bone cage if the player is too far away. In different stages, it will spawn multiple Woven Shadows that it will eat to regain health.

The Ancient Fuelweaver has two stages:

Stage 1 (Health 16000-10000)

The Ancient Fuelweaver can snare its target like the Caves Reanimated Skeleton does.

The Ancient Fuelweaver can spawn Fossil Spikes to attack enemies.

Stage 2 (Health 10000-0)

The Ancient Fuelweaver has all skills from Stage 1 and the following skills:

Dozens of Woven Shadows will be spawned from the Ancient Floor with only 1 health. Woven Shadows will walk to the Ancient Fuelweaver. A Woven Shadow will heal the Ancient Fuelweaver for 400 health when the Ancient Fuelweaver eats it. Woven Shadows are immune to Fire and are also immune to being Frozen. Woven Shadows can be destroyed quickly by things like Abigail, the Weather Pain, or earthquakes.

A Shadow Shield will be spawned by 6 Unseen Hands around the Ancient Gateway to protect the Ancient Fuelweaver, which blocks 100% of incoming damage. The Shadow Shield will be broken when all Unseen Hands are destroyed. The Unseen Hands have 1 health and are only attackable by Insane players.

The Ancient Fuelweaver can Mind Control insane players for 3.5 seconds. This can be avoided by restoring Sanity quickly once the Shadow Creatures appear.

If a player telepoofs out of the Atrium's arena or gets killed, the Fuelweaver will pull the key out of the Ancient Gateway and disassemble into the normal skeleton drops, while saying "Please".


When defeated, the Ancient Fuelweaver leaves behind 8 Fossils, 2-4 Nightmare Fuel, the Shadow Thurible, the Bone Helm and Bone Armor, as well as a single planted Rose.

In addition to his defeat, the Ruins will begin to regenerate, and after 4 minutes players are able to collect once exhausted resources and defeat Ancient Guardian in the ruins again.

As the Ruins begin to regenerate, a Beckoning Hand, visually identical to a Night Hand, will appear in the Fuelweaver arena until the regeneration is complete. Giving 5 Dreadstone to this hand will begin the Shadow Rift Cycle in the Caves.

Gramophone.png Quotes


  • A pity.
  • You will not suffer.
  • It must be this way.
  • My world... threadbare.
  • My city... in tatters...
  • This will be quick.
  • How we've fallen.

Player Battlecry

  • You will fall as we did.
  • This is for the best.
  • You will be unraveled.
  • They are coming. It cannot be stopped.
  • This world's fabric is frayed and torn.
  • They are unfathomable.
  • I will save you.

Summoning Woven Shadows

  • Be woven.
  • How long have I slumbered?
  • Let the fuel take shape.
  • I will not be defeated so easily.
  • I will make you understand.
  • Let us end it.
  • You will rip apart at the seams.

Summoning Unseen Hands

  • I will stop this.
  • You cannot win.
  • Lend me your power, one last time.
  • You cannot hurt me.
  • Protect me.
  • You have been betrayed.

Turning off the Ancient Gateway

  • I will save us.
  • Curse Their name!
  • It cannot end like this.
  • I was wrong.
  • Return them to me!
  • Why?
  • Metheus...
  • I must do this, for your sake.

Decaycry (from leaving the battle or spawning the skeleton via console)

  • Please...


  • Fools!
  • Who are you?
  • Release me, shade!
  • You are not Them...
  • Are you so easily deceived? Ha...
  • You deserve this.
  • You've made your choice.

Battlecry (If Ancient Gateway Fixed)

  • This world is unraveling.
  • It's all happening again...
  • I tried to stop it... it seems I learned nothing...

Player Battlecry (If Ancient Gateway Fixed)

  • You fools! What have you done?
  • You've doomed yourselves.
  • You have brought about your own end.
  • Please. Let me save you from what is coming.
  • I recognize your arrogance. I possessed it myself.

Turning off the Ancient Gateway (If Ancient Gateway Fixed)

  • Not again... not again...
  • They are coming.

Deathcry (If Ancient Gateway Fixed)

  • They will not show mercy as I have.
  • You will understand. But it's already too late.
  • I couldn't stop it...
  • History will repeat itself...
  • It will all come to pass again...
  • You've made your choice.

Prototype.png Tips

The difficulty of the Ancient Fuelweaver fight, as with most bosses, exponentially lowers with player count, and typically 4-5+ players will make the fight substantially easier. The tips below assume a player count of 1-3 players of around average skill, and as a result some suggested preparations may be overkill with more players or depending on individual player skill.

  • The bone cage attack is arguably the most powerful attack in Ancient Fuelweaver's arsenal, as it denies ensnared players from dealing with other important factors in the fight. As such, making preparations to counter it can mean the difference between winning and losing the fight.
    • The Lazy Explorer/Wanda's Backstep Watch/Wortox’s Soul Hop can free the player from the cage. This can be crucial in preventing the player from taking too much damage from Fuelweaver while trapped or lets them more easily kill Woven Shadows before they are consumed.
      • If the player is using Lazy Explorers, they should decide on whether it is better to use it or to wait until the bone cage expires. Using it every single time they become trapped will quickly exhaust it all of its charges. The sanity drain from using it should also be put into consideration.
    • It is possible to dodge the bone cage attack by standing just inside the range where the Fuelweaver can begin the cast animation, then quickly stepping out of the ensnare range before it completes. This can be made much easier with speed boosts.
  • If allowed to reach Ancient Fuelweaver, Woven Shadows can completely reset any progress the players have made in mere seconds due to the extreme amount of HP they can provide the Fuelweaver.
    • As they only have 1 HP, they can be easily killed with a Walking Cane/The Lazy Explorer, saving the durability of other weapons.
    • Using a Weather Pain on Fuelweaver does not do much damage to him by itself, but will easily shred through any nearby Woven Shadows. This can save an otherwise dire situation where the number of woven shadows has become hard to control or players are trapped in bone cages.
      • Fuelweaver can still be targeted by the Weather Pain when protected by his Unseen Hands.
      • Due to its very limited amount of charges, bringing more than one Weather Pain (2-4) is suggested, as well as reserving them for aforementioned dire situations.
    • Abigail is incredibly efficient at dealing with Woven Shadows.
  • As Unseen Hands can only be attacked when sufficiently insane, this can be problematic when combined with the usual Shadow Creature attacks and the Fuelweaver's Mind Control ability when at low sanity.
    • A Nightmare Amulet or two is recommended for this reason. Players still need to be mindful of taking it off before any undesired effects take place as well as to conserve durability, as it may be easy to forget to do so in the midst of the fight.
  • Fuelweaver's -400 per min insanity aura only takes effect when a player stands very close to it, though it's still possible to hit him from a slightly further distance. This distance incurs a much lower sanity penalty (about -60 per min), making it much easier to fight it without as many sanity items.
    • Conversely, when wearing a Bee Queen Crown, the player has to stand very close to the Fuelweaver to gain full sanity benefit.
  • As always, mountains of sanity and healing items is recommended. Examples include Pierogis, Healing Salves, Bee Queen Crowns, Green/Blue Caps (both raw and cooked), Banana Shakes, and more.
  • Bundling Wrap can be used to stockpile perishables and other items in bulk for the fight without needing to worry as much about spoilage or inventory space.

After defeating the Fuelweaver, the player gets access to a few new abilities:

  • The Bone Helm can be used to farm Shadow Creatures as well as stay insane for prolonged periods of time without fear of attack.
  • The forest Reanimated Skeleton can be used to quickly destroy and farm Trees and Marble Trees by luring it through forests with the Shadow Thurible.
  • The Shadow Thurible can also be used in future Fuelweaver fights to prevent him from using the bone cage attack at all, by dropping it on the floor and keeping it fueled with Nightmare Fuel, making the fight considerably easier.

Placeholder.png Trivia


  • The Reanimated Skeleton is the first boss that actually "talks" in red text, like Lucy the Axe, but it just makes sounds.
  • It can also scare Pigs and Bunnymen.


  • The distance the Reanimated Skeleton has from the Ruins makes it the most unintelligent and passive out of the three reanimated skeletons.
    • According to Rhymes with Play #128, it has the weakest mind of the three.
  • There seems to be moss growing on the skeleton, yet no moss is seen on its original odd skeleton.
  • The Ferns, Light Bulbs, and Lesser Glow Berries that pop out of the ground stay around for 3 seconds, before shriveling up and returning down into the ground.

Ancient Fuelweaver

  • The quote 'Metheus' is used to find the Metheus Puzzles.
  • The Ancient Fuelweaver has two boss themes, the original and one when Woven Shadows are being summoned.
  • The Ancient Fuelweaver is confirmed to be male, both from a Rhymes With Play livestream and the description for A New Reign.[1]

Blueprint.png Gallery

Gramophone.png Sounds

The voice of a Reanimated Skeleton.
The Ancient Fuelweaver's battle theme.
The Ancient Fuelweaver's battle theme when the Woven Shadows appear.


  1. A New Reign update on the forums: "New Ruins Content: Who is the Ancient Fuelweaver, and what does Charlie have in store for him?"