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Return of Them is a free Don't Starve Together expansion. It was distributed as an "Update Chain", meant to add game-changing features in the same vein as A New Reign. Similar to its predecessor, Return of Them started as a beta.

Return of Them Updates
Update Beta Release Date Release Date
Turn of Tides May 16, 2019.[1] August 15, 2019.[2][3]
Salty Dog September 12, 2019[4] October 3, 2019.[5]
Hook, Line and Inker November 11, 2019[6][7] December 12, 2019.[8][9]
She Sell Sea Shells April 16, 2020[10][11] April 23, 2020.[12]
Troubled Waters July 2, 2020[13][14] July 16, 2020.[15]
Forgotten Knowledge October 15, 2020[16][17] October 22, 2020.[18][19]
Reap What You Sow November 26, 2020[20] December 15, 2020[21][22]
Eye of the Storm April 15, 2021.[23] May 5, 2021.[24][25]

Return of Them was followed by a similar series of updates called From Beyond starting in 2023.

Official Description

Charlie’s machinations have come to a head as she turns her attention towards the skies - and the mysterious entity that awaits there. Our Survivors will be forced to contend with terrifying monstrosities beyond their comprehension, and yet, there may be a silver lining: their minds and horizons will be expanded under the sublime light of an ancient moon.

Turn of Tides

Something ancient stirs in the night sky, and the world below will never be the same. A strange new island teeming with life has appeared, and with it, a whole new slew of challenges for our Survivors to face.

Keep a wary eye out. They’re almost here.

Salty Dog

Welcome to the brine shoals. Filled with the new salt rock resource, survivors looking to stretch the life of their food with this new spice will need to brave the dreaded Cookie Cutters. And watch out for the Malbatross. Getting on it's bad side will be a weight around anyone's neck.

Facing these new dangers and coming home with the goods will make you a real salty dog!

Hook, Line and Inker

A nice day of fishing sounded like just the thing to soothe the nerves of our weary Survivors, but it looks like fish aren’t the only things that are biting. Luckily there’s something to distract them from their soggy seafaring sorrows - the return of Winter’s Feast! And this year it seems that the Constant has provided its own assortment of holiday gifts… could it be that a certain someone is feeling particularly jolly this year?

She Sells Sea Shells

Far out past the familiar shores of the mainland, something is waiting for our Survivors. What would you do for the thing you treasure most?

Troubled Waters

The seas seem to grow more dangerous with every passing day. Is this the work of Charlie, or is the strange, mutating influence of the moon growing stronger? Let’s hope our Survivors can stay afloat long enough to find out.

Forgotten Knowledge

It seems that the chunk of moon that crashed into the ocean did more than create a new island, but broke through to the caves below as well, revealing previously sealed passageways that had sat undiscovered by our Survivors. What ancient secrets might be kept within?

Reap What You Sow

The days have been filled with tilling and toil,

Gathering seeds and nourishing soil,

In hopes that the crops will produce at their best,

(Just make sure that you keep a sharp eye out for pests!)

Eye of the Storm

With the three lunar altars now complete, the truth at the center of this ancient mystery will finally come to light...

They've been here all along.

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Eye of the Storm is now available for all players. With this conclusion of the Return of them Story Arc, worlds collide as old threats and familiar faces make themselves known.

As this chapter comes to an end, we are left to wonder to what end will Charlie's machinations bring our survivors. And what does she still have planned?


In Return of Them, the Ocean was completely reworked to create a new area accessible by multiplayer boats, and both types of Farms were removed and replaced with a new system of cultivation. The other features of this expansion include:




Boss Monsters



Tweaks/Changes to existing content

Version History

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  • The official Chinese translation of Return of Them is 旧神归来, which means "return of the Elder God(s)." This could imply that They are a reference to the Elder Gods from the Cthulhu Mythos.[26]
  • In Rhymes With Play # 278, they revealed concept art of an unused mob design. This creature could move in water and on land, but it would spawn only in the sea. It would require being fed, and would float away if you hit it.
  • The first update, Turn of Tides was originally intended to be released on June 20, 2019.[27]
  • DST developers have repeatedly stated in various places that the Reap What You Sow update is not a Return of Them update, (despite using the Return of Them bug tracker and forums)[28][29] but it was later included under Return of Them upon its release.

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  1. Upcoming Content Beta and Roadmap Update Posted on May 16, 2019.
  2. Forums Update: Return of Them - Turn of Tides is coming next week! Posted on August 9, 2019.
  3. Return of them - Turn of Tides now available on Steam! Posted on August 15, 2019.
  4. Woodie Character Update Next Week + News! Posted on September 6, 2019.
  5. Game Update - 371739 Posted on October 3, 2019.
  6. Hallowed Nights and Wurt available October 24th! (And more!) Posted on October 18, 2019.
  7. Game Update - 379886 Posted on November 14, 2019.
  8. Winter's Feast + Hook, Line & Inker coming Dec. 12th! (And more!) Posted on December 5, 2019.
  9. Return of Them - Hook, Line and Inker + Winter's Feast now available Posted on December 12, 2019.
  10. Wendy's Character Refresh is Now Available! Posted on March 19, 2020.
  11. Return of Them Beta: She Sells Sea Shells Posted on April 16, 2020.
  12. Return of Them: She Sells Sea Shells is live Posted on April 23, 2020.
  13. Walter & Woby Now Available!. Posted on June 15, 2020.
  14. Beta Update: Troubled Waters. Posted on July 2, 2020.
  15. DST Return of Them: Troubled Waters Now Available!. Posted on July 16, 2020.
  16. Wigfrid's Character Refresh is Now Available! Posted on September 24, 2020.
  17. [Game Update] - 435008 Posted on October 15, 2020.
  18. Forgotten Knowledge And Hallowed Nights Coming Soon! Posted on October 20, 2020.
  19. Return of Them: Forgotten Knowledge and Hallowed Nights Available Now! Posted on October 22, 2020.
  20. Now in testing - Reap what you Sow Posted on November 26, 2020.
  21. Reap What You Sow is Coming Next Week! Posted on December 10, 2020.
  22. "Reap What You Sow" Update Now Available! Posted on December 15, 2020.
  23. Return of Them Beta: Eye of the Storm Update
  24. Return of Them - The Eye of the Storm is coming next week! Posted on April 29, 2021.
  25. Don't Starve Together - Return of Them: Eye of The Storm Now Available! Posted on May 5, 2021.
  26. The Chinese Return of Them Update post by Klei-Weibo account. Posted on Aug 16, 2019.
  27. Return of Them Status Update Posted on June 14, 2019.
  28. Game Update - 442403 Scott Hansen: "Although this is not a Return of Them update we will be using the Don't Starve Together: Return of Them bug tracker and forums for this beta." Posted on November 26, 2020.
  29. Zarklord's explanation: "No, Reap What You Sow is not a Return of Them update." Posted on May 4, 2021.