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EMPATHY MODULE NOT RESPONDING

WX-78

WX-78 is the fifth listed playable Character in Don't Starve unlockable via Experience, with 960 XP. They are also one of the playable Characters in Don't Starve Together (DST). They are a self-sustaining automaton that hates all living matter. They may craft circuits and use them to gain special quirks.

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After the wiring to their long-unused empathy module is repaired, WX-78 finds themselves suddenly reconnecting with memories they’d hoped to keep buried.

–From the official Youtube description for "Disconnected"

WX-78's backstory was revealed in an animated short titled Disconnected.

An official summary of the short was provided in DST's Compendium:

WX-78 was the result of an unorthodox experiment helmed by {[LoadEmpathyModLibraryExW()......ERROR_DATA_PATH_NOT_FOUND]} and Robert Wagstaff. The experiment turned out to be a [RESOUNDING SUCCESS], but Wagstaff was [A SHORT SIGHTED FOOL, AFRAID OF PROGRESS] and decided to put a stop to further tests. Adamant that the process that created them could still be perfected, WX refused to give up, continuing their experiments in secret. When Wagstaff discovered what they had been doing, there was a heated argument and01110100 01101111 01101111 00100000 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101111 01101111 00100000 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101111 01101111 00100000 01101100 01100001 01110100 01100101

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  • WX-78 acts like a Lightning Rod. If any event launches multiple lightning strikes, such as reading The End is Nigh, all strikes will usually target WX-78.
  • Equipping an Umbrella alongside a hat that offers at least 10% rain protection (such as the Straw Hat) will completely shield WX-78 from Rain, preventing any damage from being taken.
    • WX-78 players may want to avoid using items that offer Lightning immunity (such as the Umbrella or Eyebrella) if they require healing, though they will take a hit to their Sanity with each strike.
  • Using the Ice Cube or Fashion Melon as protection from Overheating is not advised, as the Wetness gained from those items will damage WX-78.
  • WX-78's gear consumption ability & light-providing circuits makes them one of the better equipped characters for traversing the Ruins.
  • Since they ignore spoilage and food loses all sanity restoration as soon as it turns stale, WX-78 players have at least double the time to utilize foods that grant high sanity but spoil quickly, giving them a distinct advantage over other characters in terms of sanity management.
  • In DST, WX-78's favorite food is Butter Muffin, meaning that they gain 15 bonus Hunger Meter.png when consuming the food.

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In-Game

  • WX-78 was added to Don't Starve in the Spoiled Rotten update on January 15, 2013.
  • WX-78's voice is played by what is explained as a "crazy processed synth".
  • WX-78 has a Skull in the game files. Also, when struck by Lightning, a skeleton can be seen.
  • WX-78 makes a unique creaking noise as they walk.
  • Although they take damage from Wetness, WX-78 can eat watery foods such as Pomegranates, Meaty Stew, or even Watermelons without being harmed.
  • WX-78 is one of the original four Characters that were available during the closed Beta of DST.
  • In DST, if the player communicates to others with the Y or U keys as WX-78, all messages will be sent in uppercase letters like their original dialogue.
  • Most of their audio files are labelled Woodrow, which may indicate they were originally meant for an unimplemented character who also has their own audio files in the code. That, or Woodrow was an early iteration of their character.
  • WX-78 is oddly inconsistent with their punctuation in quotes. For instance, they often leave the end of their sentences without a period.
  • When WX-78 examines a Slurper, they will say "IT VIOLATED MY SMELLING MODULE", but when they examine a Durian, they will say "GOOD THING I LACK A NOSE". This inconsistency may be intentional for comedic effect or just an error.
  • WX-78 was originally planned to speak in randomly generated binary.[1]
  • If WX-78 dies from Wetness or Rain, their death will be listed as "Short Circuit".
  • When WX-78 dies, they will not drop a Soul if Wortox is nearby.
  • The early concept for WX was "Are they a boy trapped in a robot body or are they a robot that thinks they are a boy trapped in a robot body?"[2]
  • The developers during the WX-78 Refresh wanted to change their stats to binary (101/111/110), but in the end it was too much to rebalance and play test with the remaining time in the beta. [3]

Lore

  • WX-78 is officially stated to be non-binary[4], and is listed as the robot gender in the game's code. They are the only official character referred to with singular they pronouns. Notably, in DST, Maxwell uses the English gender-neutral title Mx. exclusively in certain interactions with a WX-78 player.
  • WX-78 has mechanical parts that are analogous to the parts of human beings, such as their Chemical Engine acting as a stomach, Optical Sensors acting as their eyes, a CPU functioning as their brain, a Smelling Module as a nose, a Masticating Protocol for chewing, and a Processing Unit described as being their head. When they sleep, they activate Sleep Mode.
  • WX-78 refers to many of the mechanical Structures and Items with familial terms, suggesting they are related to them or that they mistake them for family.
  • WX-78 is described as "hating all living matter". However, they seem to have a soft spot for Bees and Lureplants, stating "A MINDLESS DRONE. I LIKE HIM." and "AWW, IT IS JUST AS EVIL AS I AM.", respectively.
  • WX-78 seems to have an affinity for the Moon, describing it as "INORGANIC AND GOOD". They are very excited when they repair the Moon Stone ("MOONBASE. AAAAA. MOONBASE!"). While examining the Lunar Essence Extractor they say "THAT MOON POWER SHOULD BE MINE".
  • Their least favorite foods seem to be Eggs ("I HATE YOU, EGG") and Sweet Potatoes ("GROSS").
  • When examining a Camp Fire or Fire Pit, WX-78 says that it reminds them of something. It is currently unknown what this "something" is.
    • The animated short Disconnected shows a memory of Robert Wagstaff burning what can be assumed to be their old scientific work, so it's possible that's what the quote is referring to.
  • In the animated short Next of Kin, a drawing of a robot similar to WX-78 can be seen pinned on a board made by Winona that connects various people, places and events to Charlie's disappearance.
  • In the compendium entry for Disconnected, it is stated that WX-78 is a collaborative experiment by themself and Robert Wagstaff. This is referenced in their quotes.
    • When Wagstaff examines WX-78 on the Nightmare Throne he seems to recognize them. ("Is that...? But it couldn't be!")
    • WX-78's examination quotes for the Grainy Transmission ("YOU"), Wagstaff's tools ("WHY WOULD I HELP HIM"), and the Lunar Siphonator ("DON'T TRUST HIM, SISTER. DON'T EVER TRUST HIM") show that they still recognize Wagstaff, and that they heavily dislike and distrust him.
    • Wagstaff's quote for the Floaty Boaty Knight is "Amazing! I ran into many difficulties waterproofing my automaton." This appears to be a reference to WX-78's weakness to water.
    • Both Wagstaff and WX-78 have significantly similar examination quotes for the Pine Cone. (Wagstaff: "My favorite portable Fibonacci sequence." and WX-78: "A PORTABLE FIBONACCI SEQUENCER"), implying Wagstaff mentioned the fact so much that WX-78 picked it up from him.
    • WX-78 and Wagstaff are also the only two characters who identify the missing component of the Broken AAC Device, a DR356X001. (Wagstaff: "Ah. It needs a DR356X001." and WX-78: "OF COURSE IT'S BROKEN, IT'S MISSING A DR356X001")
  • WX-78's name has a similar naming convention to several other inventions by Wagstaff, namely the PR-76 radio and the ML-77 gramaphone.
  • WX-78's "buildday" is listed as November 28 in the Compendium.
  • When translated to text, the binary in their Compendium entry says 'too late too late too late'.

Cultural References

  • WX-78's name may be a reference to the RX-78 series of mobile suits in the Universal Century Gundam series. The most notable being the RX-78-2, the main mobile suit from Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Their Ghost Form in DST may be a reference to the robot R2-D2 from the Star Wars series.
  • WX-78's Roseate skin may be a reference to the robot from Studio Ghibli's Castle in the Sky.
  • Their Gladiator skin has a similar faceplate to Optimus Prime from the Transformers franchise.
  • Their Merrymaker skin is a reference to The Nutcracker.
  • Their Snowfallen skin is a reference to the Batman villain Mr. Freeze.
  • Their Experiment skin is a reference to the design of Robby the Robot, aka "the hardest working robot in Hollywood", first appearing in the 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, and later in numerous other sci-fi films and tv-series between 1957 and 2017.
  • Their Moonbound skin is most likely a reference to the Cybermen from Doctor Who.
  • Their Victorian skin is a reference to Standard diving dress.
  • Their Magmatic skin's description is a reference to Javascript.
  • Their Midori Roboto skin could be a reference to the ROBO-ONE competition.
  • In 2023 Klei Developers mades Don't Starve holiday card wich shows WX-78 with Merrymaker skin, and wich was based on old victorian card "Who's afraid?".

References

  1. Kevin Forbes on the Forums: "I had originally planned to have WX speak in randomly generated binary, but I realized that nobody would like that." Posted on January 16, 2013.
  2. Joew's post
  3. ScottHansen's response to the WX-78 stats change idea
  4. Joe W on the forums: "To some players, WX represents not fitting in and not conforming with what other people might expect of them. Not just players that don't conform to traditional gender or social expectations but also players on the spectrum and even some people who said that they feel like they "don't fit in." Regardless of the exact reason, they all appreciated a character that they felt in some way, even if just a little bit, represented an aspect of themselves. So that's who WX-78 is, the WX that we try to preserve and just some of the reasons people can be protective of that aspect of the character." Posted on February 2, 2022.