Why do I keep dying?

I know this question may be too broad, but I really don’t find a way to state my problem in a more concise way.

I recently began playing Don’t Starve Together with my girlfriend, but it has not been a very enjoyable experience for either of us so far. We just keep dying, over and over and over, and we can’t really identify a reason for it.

I’ll give some examples:

  • We just finished exploring the map (took ~6 days) and started to build a camp of sorts. Suddenly a band of around six or seven wolves came and killed us. We even had spears, but we had no chance.
  • After the wolf encounter, our sanity was pretty low. We had already picked the flowers from the surrounding area, so the only way we had to regain some sanity was to kill spiders to get silk to make a top hat. Again, the spiders killed us both.
  • So our sanity was near zero again, and the monsters continuously chased us around. We couldn’t fight them, and they wouldn’t disappear. We died again, and stopped playing.

After that, I tried to look at several guides on how to begin playing Don’t Starve Together. At first I looked at this “beginner guide”, which I did not find very beginner-friendly. He used a lot of terms that seem obvious to him, but which mean nothing to an actual beginner.

I also had a look at this guide from the Don’t Starve Together Wiki, but it contradicted the previous guide in some points (e.g. “Don’t make the Garland, it’s useless” vs. “You should make a Gardland, it’ll help you”). It mentioned the wolves (or hounds, rather) briefly, stating:

Hounds are monsters that attack in waves, approximately every 3–12 days. They are extremely dangerous without adequate preparation. Hounds cannot be outrun unless they are being distracted. If the player passes by other mobs, the hounds will usually turn to attack the other mobs.

Hounds might be a big problem sometimes, especially when spawned at night when the player has to run away from the campfire / fire pit.

For such cases, you should prepare a torch when you hear them coming,

Beefalos can kill Hounds quickly, although some of them will die if the wave is too large.

So if I understood this right, when the hounds spawn, I will die?

What am I doing wrong? Why do I keep dying? Or is death just an integral part of the game and I am expected to die over and over?


Why do you keep dying? There are two aspects that affect your survivability: health and sanity. If you waste them, you die.

Wasting Health

You waste health if you:

  • Fight without armor. Log suit protects you from 80% of incoming damage.
  • Attack a spider on webbing near a 2 tier nest or that nest itself it it has spiders – jumping spiders will emerge and attack you. There is no reason to do this.
  • Do not kill hounds ASAP – in packs, they are harder to kill, but they appear one after another – exploit it. Also they can be stunlocked, so if you fight them 1×1, you will take less damage.
  • Tank a Treeguard. Don’t do this. Land three hits, dodge its attack and repeat. You both should fight him because he has more health in DST. Or plant pine cones.
  • Eat monster meat or red shrooms.
  • Tank a big wave of spiders. Kite them with 2 hits, kill with traps or escape.
  • Directly attack a frog during frog rain. Use traps instead.

Wasting Sanity

You waste sanity if you:

  • Are exposed to rain. If spring is your starting season, make a Straw hat and a Pretty Parasol ASAP. Trees also provide some protection.
  • Are close to monsters for a long time. Almost every monster has an insanity aura, and hounds are not an exception. It’s recommended either kill them quickly or escape battle if possible.
  • Eat raw green shrooms. They decrease sanity, cooked ones increase.
  • Eat raw meat or monster meat.


Health is recovered in small amounts when you eat food, but don’t eat monster meat and red shrooms. Also you can recover health by using spider glands and eating raw blue mushrooms that can be harvested at night.

Sanity is easily recovered by eating cooked green mushrooms. Also, sanity is restored when you invent something (craft a thing the first time).

Build a crock pot and drying racks. Crock pot foods and jerky are more effective for restoring health and sanity.

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