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Warbucks was a Character exclusive to the Hamlet DLC. Warbucks was the tenth character to be unlocked via Experience, requiring 2880 XP to become available. He was a stereotypical late 19th to early 20th century British explorer.

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In the February 7th, 2019 update of Hamlet's Early Access, Warbucks was removed from the game, making him unplayable for any new Hamlet-enabled world. His files were kept in the game as a "Retired" character, and pre-existing saves with him would not change. This was also done with the intention of allowing players to use Warbucks with the help of mods or with console commands.[1]

In the update post on the forums, Klei Entertainment gave their reasoning for removing him:

"We weren't very happy with how Warbucks was working out. While trying to find ways to make him work, we decided that he just wasn't as interesting as we would like, and so we've made the decision to start from scratch with a new character."[2]

The reason for his removal was later clarified:

"Ultimately we felt Warbucks was both culturally problematic and not also very interesting to play so we decided to start over. We understand some people may like aspects of him, and perhaps we will bring some of those aspects back one day. In the meantime, we've decided to move on."[1]

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  • In the Hamlet beta, Warbucks could be "unlocked" by selecting a new game slot and clicking on either the Shipwrecked option or the Reign of Giants option. Warbucks could be selected from the character selection screen. The player would hit apply for Warbucks, then go back and click on the Hamlet option. Warbucks would remain applied and the player can start a Hamlet world as Warbucks.
  • Warbucks' voice was played by a bugle.[3]
  • When Warbucks entered combat, his voice played to a tune similar to the finale of the 1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. He was the only playable character with a unique battle cry.
  • In the Hamlet beta, Warbucks had a base sanity of 300. This was changed to 200 in the early access release, likely for it to be more manageable.
  • His title in the Hamlet beta was "The Gentleman Hunter". It was changed to "The Affluent Explorer" in the Early Access for Hamlet.
  • In a developer stream by Klei, it was said that some inspirations for his character included Van Pelt from Jumanji and Professor Archimedes Q. Porter from Disney's Tarzan.
  • In Art Stream #46, an unimplemented alternate design of Warbucks' character portrait was seen being used as a reference. A Shovel replaced the Blunderbuss, and he wore a smile.
  • Warbucks can be unlocked by typing the following command in the console in main menu: RETIRED_CHARACTERLIST = {} Note that when the game is closed, Warbucks will become hidden again and in order to create a new world with him, the command must be used again.


  • When he examines the Alchemy Engine, he says: "I've dabbled in a bit of alchemy from time to time." This could mean that he was once an alchemist.
  • Warbucks says: "Reminds me of my regimental band." when he examines One-man Band. He also says: "I prefer a robust military march." when Maxwell's Phonograph is examined. This may indicate that he participated in the regimental band.