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Oh, we're going to have some fun!


Wortox is a Character exclusive to Don't Starve Together, who was released on March 28, 2019.[1] Like Wormwood and Wurt, he needs to be unlocked, either by purchasing the Wortox Chest or Wortox Deluxe Chest, or by weaving him with 2700 Spools.

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A playful imp with a colourful past, Wortox was once a gentle (if rascally) forest creature without a care in the world -- until the day he inherited a terrible curse, and lost a close friend. Unlike the other Survivors, he does not appear to be trapped in the Constant. Perhaps he views this as some sort of game?

–Official description for Possessions


Wortox's backstory is revealed in the animated short Possessions, the details of which are summarized in his biography from the Compendium:

Wortox learned the hard way that one should always be mindful of the company they keep. Once a playful imp without a care in the world, Wortox spent his days helping a Krampus make mischief throughout the Constant. While the pair of rascals revelled in their roguery for a time, Wortox slowly began to see a darkness in the Krampus' heart, and the malice in his pranks. Not wishing for any real harm to come to anyone, the little imp finally put his cloven foot down, but in trying to stop his fiendish friend he unwittingly awakened a terrible power in himself...

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  • Wortox could be found in the game files for Don't Starve since at least December 2012.[3][4]
    • His portrait once appeared if the player reached the XP cap.
    • Wortox's appearance changed between updates, starting with a more human-like appearance and turning into the current goat-like appearance.
  • Wortox was originally teased as a DLC character in the Don't Starve Together 2019 roadmap post on the forums where a silhouette resembling him appeared in a promotional image for upcoming characters.[5]
  • Wortox's voice is a violin.
    • Elaine Chen about Wortox's voice:"I just found out the poor violin screeching I recorded for Dany couple weeks ago was for #Wortox's voice. #dst"[6]
  • Gameplay of Wortox was leaked on March 27th, 2019 (one day before his release) by sponsored Twitch streamer RTGameCrowd. [7] It was later confirmed by Klei that they did not intend for this streamer to reveal Wortox so early, nor would he be the only streamer to get access to Wortox. [8]
  • Wortox is one of three characters to have more than one ghost transformation, with the others being Woodie and Wormwood. He is also one of two characters to have different ghost designs for each of his skins.
  • Wortox is the second DST-exclusive character, the first being Winona.
  • Wortox is the second DST character to receive a special idle animation after Wormwood.[9] In his idle animation, Wortox smiles and dances.
  • The horn of an old Wortox was found in Wilson's file from the Hamlet DLC menu beta and SW DLC menu.
  • The Uncorrupted Wortox has a similar design to the version before he was cursed in his short.


  • Wortox is described by Klei as "a fun, mischievous fellow with a big, kind heart… minus the fact that he eats souls for sustenance."
  • Unlike the other survivors, Wortox wasn't trapped in the Constant. He arrived through the Ancient Gateway, according to his examination quote for the structure when deactivated. His place of origin is unknown.
  • Wortox may know who the Ancient Statue depicts, judging by his quote. ("Hyuyu, did you lose a game?")
  • Wortox has a mother, according to his quote for the Lavae Tooth. ("My mom still has mine somewhere.")
  • Wortox's quotes reveal parts of his nature as an imp.
    • He might not have blood. (Held Mosquito- "I have no blood for you, sweet thing.")
    • The act of eating and preparing physical food is unpleasant and foreign. (Flower Salad- "I don't really like eating."/Froggle Bunwich- "Mortals are weird.")
    • He also can't digest food properly, and it might upset his stomach. (Pumpkin Cookies- "Real food is a bit hard on my stomach."/Spicy Chili- "I don't "digest" well."/ Hot Pumpkin- "Slightly easier on my impish tum.")
    • He is sensitive to the sound of the Lucky Whistle. ("Ooo, ouch! My ears!").
    • His curse manifests through his hands, and many of his lines suggest that he cannot touch others without risking the theft of their soul. (Failure to craft- "My hands are truly cursed."/Holding a Crow- "Careful, don't touch my hands.")
    • He dislikes Garlic and Salt, hissing at the items, and is glad when Salt Formations are destroyed. Despite this, he is able to consume both with no negative effects apart from the usual reduced stat gains.
    • He is unable to cry. (Onion- "You'll see no tears from my eye. I cannot cry!")
    • He might have regularly eaten physical food at some point in the past. (Fancy Spiralled Tubers- "I think I remember when I used to eat food. Maybe.")
    • He may have hatched from an egg, judging by his quote for the Lavae Tooth ("My mom still has mine somewhere."), and the fact that the Lavae Tooth is the egg tooth of the Extra-Adorable Lavae.
  • Wortox's birthday is listed as March 28 in the Compendium. March 28, 2019 was the day Wortox was added to DST.
  • To the forum question "there's art with 2 separate characters eating cup noodles, where did the cup noodles come from?" developer nome replied: "Wortox gave it to the Survivors because he thought it was cups of worms and would be a fun prank. He was very disappointed to find out it is, in fact, food. Nobody knows where he got them from."[10]

Cultural References

  • Imps are mythological creatures. In German folklore they were considered lesser beings known for their prankish nature, but were later Christianized into being attendants of the devil himself.
  • Wortox is also the name of a Swedish Death Metal band. [11]
  • Wortox being voiced by a violin may be a reference to the cultural association of the violin (and music in general) with the devil.[12]
  • His old design resembled Hellboy.
  • Within the An Eye for an Eye trailer, a pixelated Wortox appears out of thin air and reverts to his normal appearance, holding the Terrarium. This suggests it was he who first brought it into the Constant, and is reinforced by his quote for a normal Terrarium ("A souvenir of sorts, hyuyu!") and Maxwell's for an empty one. ("I'd bet it was that insufferable imp who brought it here.")
  • The fact that Wortox's favorite food is Pomegranate may be a reference to the myth of Hades and Persephone, where Persephone is partially confined to the underworld after eating part of a Pomegranate.
  • The Victorian Wortox is a reference to the Gargouille. His description over it is ironic "Traditionally, grotesques were made to ward off mischievous spirits... Wortox never got the memo."
  • The quote and description of The Minotaur Wortox refers to the legends of the minotaur and his labyrinth.