What are the Seasons in DST and how do we survive them?
In Don’t Starve together the basic knowledge of seasons can increase your survival time by quite a bit. Whereas the lack of it means that you wont be able to withstand these seasons and what they have to throw to you.
The game has four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The difficulty level of these vary. While some are easy to breeze through, others challenge you to come up with unique ideas to survive them. Each of them have distinct behaviors and approach, so some basic guide and tips about these will help you quite nicely.
Don’t Starve Together | Season 1 : Autumn
The First season you will come across is Autumn in DST. Autumn is considered to be the easiest season out of all the seasons. These is not much to be alerted about in this season. You should breeze through it without much issues.
Autumn lasts 20 days. During the first few days of the season, the day is slightly long, while dusk is shorter, and night is the shortest, only being three bars long. However when it approaches closer to winter, the days will become slightly shorter, with dusk becoming slightly longer along with the night time. The temperature will also start dropping as the winter starts coming near.
Bearger is one of the 4 giants and it appears during this season. During the first Autumn, Bearger will not spawn, however, once your second Autumn comes, his spawn chances will increase. You will be able to figure out when he is coming since you can hear a faint roaring sound, which will increase as he gets closer.
Bearger will eat any food he can find, that includes foods in chests, ice boxes, bee boxes, berry bushes etc, with the exception of bundle wraps. If he spots you taking his share of food, he will attack you. He also retains aggro for longer should you be carrying food. Bearger has a simple attack pattern, he will swing once, pause, swing again, pause, then he will do a huge ground thump, then a quick swing following that. Both his swing and ground thump will destroy any breakable structures in the area such as Trees, Rocks etc.
- During Autumn, two birchnuts will spawn from tier 3 Birchnut Trees. Which is a great way to make Trail Mix.
- Bearger can be a great way to farm Treeguards, as the amount of trees that he can clear out will surely provide a higher chance of Treeguard spawns. This will not always work, but it will work most times.
- Once you hear Bearger roar, you should immediately leave your base and find a big area far enough from your base for him to spawn in.
Don’t Starve Together | Season 2 : Winter
Winter is the second season you will encounter and the 4th Season overall. Winter lasts about 16 days. Daytime is a lot shorter, dusk is longer as well as night. Which can be annoying as you will be colder during the night, and you may struggle without any torches or other sources of heat.
Season mechanics: Freezing
The main mechanism of winter is freezing. If you are not equipped with any heat generating items, your temperature will quickly plummet. Once your temperature reaches zero, you will begin taking damage from the freeze. This means that you will always need a heat source to carry with you at all times. Carrying something such as a campfire or a torch to light nearby trees/saplings/tufts, etc for warmth is ideal in this situation. Here is a list of headgear and body Armor that will keep from taking damage from the cold.
- Rabbit Earmuffs – provide 60 insulation
- Dapper Vest – provides 60 insulation
- Breezy Vest – provides 60 insulation
- Cat Cap – provides 60 insulation
- Winter Hat – provides 120 insulation
- Tam O’ Shanter – provides 120 insulation
- Beefalo Hat – provides 240 insulation
- Puffy Vest – provides 240 insulation
- Hibearnation Vest – provides 240 insulation
Wilson, Webber and Woodies beards will also provide heat to the player, so it is advised to keep them during winter. Woodie in werebeaver form as well as an Overcharged WX have complete immunity to freezing. It is also advised to craft a Thermal Stone, as they are the easiest source of consistent heat and can be crafted relatively easier as compared to other insulation items.
There are many changes to the environment during Winter. Redbird will be replaced by Snowbirds, which behave the same as Redbirds and have the same naughtiness rate, but are just different in appearance. The same goes for Rabbits and Koalefants. Here’s some of the major changes:
During the first two days or so, the ground will appear normal, however after a few days it will begin to snow and completely cover the ground. This makes it hard to navigate around the world without looking at the map. Once the snow sets in, it won’t disappear until either the last day of Winter or the first day of Spring.
Pengulls will spawn in a pack if the player approaches an edge of the world from the water and will set up a small camp surrounded by ice. They will lay eggs, and will attack anything in packs if they get attacked first. During the last days of winter before they die off, they will become aggressive towards anything that approaches them. Like Pigs they will also eat food off the ground. They usually drop Morsels, Drumsticks and Jet Feathers. Ice will begin to regrow overtime during winter.
In winter, crops will stop growing, which means Grass Tufts, Saplings, Berry Bushes, flowers, Cacti and Farms will stop growing, however if you have already grown crops in your farms you can still collect them. Deciduous Trees will also stop producing Birchnuts, and cutting one also stops Poison Birchnuts from spawning. Mushrooms will also die out once winter begins, so it’s advised to collect your mushrooms before it begins. To counter this out, food will spoil a lot slower due to it being much colder.
KLAUS AND NO EYED DEER
During Winter, the Klaus Sack will spawn after a few days have passed, roughly 2 days. It will spawn in either the Deciduous biome or the Mosaic biome. The No-Eyed Deer will also spawn in either of these areas and can be found wandering around aimlessly. During winter they will have horns that will break if they run into an obstacle like a tree. These are required to open the Klaus Sack. Once opened, the Klaus fight will begin. Klaus will attack using his ice/fire deer aswell as summoning Krampi. He also has a second phase where he performs a new, faster attack.
NORMAL AND BLUE HOUNDS
During Winter and Spring, sometimes instead of a normal hound you will encounter a Blue Hound. These hounds have less health, but deal more damage. In addition, once killed, they will give the player a blue tint. If another blue hound attacks you during this, you will be frozen solid for about 5 seconds.
Lureplants will stop producing eyeplants during winter. Also if you’re on your second winter and Bearger is still alive, he will sleep. If approached he will yawn, which causes anything nearby including you to fall asleep, Bearger uses this opportunity to attack, so it’s advised to stay away from Bearger. Bees and Butterflies will also stop spawning, Bees will also stop producing honey in bee boxes. Also due to the ponds being frozen over, Frogs and Mosquitoes will not spawn at all.
McTUSK AND HIS SON
During winter, the walrus camps will emerge as igloos which spawns a Mctusk, a Wee Mctusk and two Ice Hounds. If you are near them, they will follow you around the map but will lose interest when you are far enough. If you get too close, Mctusk will make a slit throat gesture and will begin shooting Darts at you, dealing 33 damage if you have no Armor. Once he slits his throat, the Ice Hounds will also begin chase. Mctusk can be stunlocked if the player holds F. He has a chance of dropping a Tusk or a Tam/Both, however he will always drop a piece of meat and a Blowdart. It’s worth noting that Wee Mctusk is basically harmless and will not attack you, as he will just run away when approached. He drops one meat when killed so it’s not recommended to chase him.
Deerclops enemy of Winter. He will spawn during Winter randomly. However during the first Winter he will ALWAYS spawn at either the night on day 30 or in the morning during day 31. You will be given a warning in the form of a moaning sound coming from Deerclops, this will grow louder the closer he is to spawning. Once spawned, if there are any structures nearby, he will go after them. If there is not, he will wander around until he either finds a structure or aggros onto animals or the player. He will also drain massive amounts of sanity when you are near him. He has one attack that will deal 75 damage unless you’re wearing Armor. This attack will also freeze you.
- Like Bearger, you should leave base once you hear Deerclops’ moaning. Deerclops will destroy nearby structures so make sure to run far from base.
- Make sure to place Bearger to sleep somewhere far away and out of the way so once he falls asleep he won’t be an issue.
- Mushrooms from mushroom planters will vanish once winter begins, so make sure to harvest before winter begins.
Don’t Starve Together | Season 3 : Spring
It is the third season you will come across in DST. Spring may seem easy to survive, but it is potentially one of the hardest to survive.
Spring lasts 20 days. During the first few days of Spring the day, dusk and night are almost equal in duration, being 6 bars long for a day and 5 bars for dusk and night. However when it grows closer to summer, the days will become much longer, with dusks becoming much shorter as well as night. The temperature will also start off very low, as you just emerged from winter, but towards the end of spring it will become much higher, leading into summer.
During Spring, there will a lot of rain fall. This can be problematic for some players as rain will drain sanity quicker when over 25%. Once you start nearing 75%, tools or weapons that you are currently using have a chance of dropping out of your inventory. Constant rain also brings more chances of lightning strikes which can be dangerous (unless you’re WX-78). You also have the risk of freezing due to items in your inventory getting wet. It can also jam up caves so farm resources from caves carefully!
CROPS OR FLOWERS
During Spring, Grass Tufts/Saplings/Berry Bushes and Farms will begin to grow twice as fast as any other season. In addition flowers will also spawn more frequently.
BEES AND BEEFALO
During Spring, Bees will be naturally aggressive, however this does not make them killer bees. You can still catch them and they will classify as normal bees. Beefalo will also be naturally aggressive towards you due to being in heat, however you can negate this by wearing a Beefalo Hat.
During spring, rabbit holes will close up and rabbits will no longer spawn. The only way to kill a rabbit is to dig up the hole, however this means no other rabbits will spawn. This isn’t really a problem as there are better food options, even as a Wigfrid during Spring.
Lureplants don’t spawn just in Spring, however it might feel that way due to how much more frequently they can spawn in Spring. They can be annoying if they decide to spawn in your base, so make sure to take them out if you can before eyeplants spawn. They have a digestion time of 20 seconds, so make sure to kill the Lureplant before that time limit ends. Eyeplants can be completely negated by surrounding a Lureplant with certain Turf, such as Desert Turf, Cave Turf and Rocky Turf. However they do have some uses, such as being a good bin for unwanted items, aswell as a grass, twig and reed farm (if you have a reed trap set piece).
MEESE/GEESE AND GOSLINGS
Mooses will nest near their designated nesting grounds. These grounds are recognisable by a circle made of decor twigs on the ground and will lay an egg there. Once it has hatched, the Goose is likely to leave it’s children alone until they get attacked by another mob, which will make the Moose return. Once slain, her babies will turn aggressive and gang up on you by turning into mini tornadoes which can summon lightning, so be careful, they will begin getting dizzy which is your chance to attack them, so just rinse and repeat and you should be fine. Unlike in Singleplayer, in DST there are several Gooses spawning per spring, which means you can potentially get way more down feathers. Taking out multiple Mooses can prove challenging though, as their health has been increased in DST.
Frog Rain occasionally happens during Spring in which Frogs will begin to rain from the sky. This can be problematic as they can overrun your base. Once a frog rain starts it’s advised to leave your base until you know it has stopped. You’ll know once you don’t see any frogs falling down from your screen. Just be aware that frog rains can in fact happen more than once, so you might think it’s over and then another one immediately happens. So be aware. It’s advised to take them to a Moose/Goose as she can make quick work of frogs. If that isn’t an option, the next viable option would be a Beefalo herd as they all gang up and attack together. Don’t get too close though.
- You can completely negate rain by equipping an Umbrella and a Helmet-type headgear such as Miner Hats, Battle Helms, Football helms. So make sure you have Pig Skin prepared for Spring.
- The Eyeball obtained from Deerclops is very handy for this season as it can be used to craft the Eyebrella, which completely negates rain and lighting, and can also be easily fixed with a sewing kit if necessary.
- Rain Coats also provide the same stats as the Eyebrella but also provides some insulation against the cold which may be handy to newer players. However I wouldn’t recommend it as it costs a bit, plus it takes up an Armor slot which could be better used for Backpacks. Also the Rain Hat provides 70% protection against the rain, however I think it is better to just equip an umbrella and a helmet.
- WX-78 mains should be cautious this season, as the rain is constant. Make sure that you are prepared with the equipment necessary. Especially an Eyebrella.
- Moslings emit lightning strikes at times, which a WX can use to their advantage as it is basically a free overcharge. Voltgoats that have been struck with lightning will deal lightning strikes whenever they are attacked, so WX mains, use this to your advantage!
- You should be using Spring to collect as much of the resources you couldn’t collect during Winter. This includes Grass,Twigs, Berries, Farm crops and even flowers if you want a Sanity Station.
- Wetness can be a great thing if you own a Morning Star as it does more damage to wet enemies which can be handy against bosses like Moose/Goose and Toadstool!
Don’t Starve Together | Season 4 : Summer
It is the final season you will encounter before going back to Autumn and starting the process again. Summer is considered one of the hardest seasons out of the four.
Summer lasts about 16 days. A majority of the time in Summer will be day, whilst dusk is really short, only being one bar on your clock, and night being about two-three bars. However when approaching Autumn, the days will get slightly shorter, with dusk becoming a lot longer.
Heatstroke and wildfire
Your main obstacle during Summer will of course be Overheating/heatstroke. During Summer the temperature is extremely high and will cause you to overheat quickly unless you have some form of cooldown, such as a thermal stone, similar to Winter. It is advised at this time to prototype two new campfires, the Endothermic Campfire and Endothermic Firepit. These fires are different due to the fact that they keep you cool instead of warm, and should be your main way of keeping cold.
Another major obstacle in Summer is Wildfires. During Summer, anything flammable, such as Crock Pots, Trees, Chests, etc will randomly start to smolder during the entirety of Summer and eventually catch fire, and spread to anything else that is flammable in your base. This is where the Flingomatic comes into play. If anything starts catching fire or begins to become wilted and/or hot in it’s radius, the Flingomatic will hurl snowballs at it to stop it from catching fire or just to cool it down, and to stop wilting.
During Summer, Saplings, Grass Tufts, Berry Bushes, Flowers, and any Fruits/Veggies on Farms will begin to wither away. This means they can’t produce their crop, unless they are fertilised or, like the wildfires, with a Flingomatic. It’s worth noting that every crop can continue reproducing when the withering stops, except for fruits and veggies on the farms. They will stay withered forever and once picked will just turn into cut grass.
First introduced in Summer are a new and annoying type of Hound, the Fire Hound. The Fire Hound behaves similarly to the Ice Hounds in that they have less health, but do more damage. The fire Hound, once killed, will burst into a pile of fire, which can burn down any nearby flammable structures. Making hound attacks a problem if they appear in your base. It is advised to you to either run to a safe area away from base, or to have some sort of tooth trap nearby so that the fire doesn’t burn down your base. These hounds also have a chance of dropping a red gem on death. They will also spawn in Hound waves during Autumn.
In Summer, any cacti will begin to bloom cactus flowers. They produce one flower when a cactus is picked, and heal 8 health each. These can also be used to make a Flower Salad using a Cactus Flower, Any vegetable and some filler. This does not include Meat, Fruit or Honey/Twigs. Flower Salad heals 40 health, gives 12.5 hunger and 5 sanity and only takes 10 seconds to cook. The downside to this is that cactus flowers usually spoil pretty quickly.
Within about three days of Summer, a sandstorm will begin to kick in at the Oasis Desert. During this time, walking through the sandstorm limits your vision and decreases your walking speed by 60%. The only place the sandstorm doesn’t affect you is the Oasis Pool. During summer will now be filled up with water. This Pool is used to fish for the various blueprints, trinkets and fish. Two Blueprints are needed here, the Fashion Goggles blueprint and the Desert Goggles blueprint. These are used to create the desert goggles, a headgear item which negates the sandstorms effects completely. Meaning you can see better, and can walk at your usual speed.
The fashion goggles can be crafted with one gold and one pig skin. While the desert goggles require fashion goggles and a pig skin to craft. There’s also a rare chance of obtaining a Sand Castle Bucket trinket. When given to a certain boss It will give you the Lazy Deserter blueprint. This blueprint is used to create the Lazy Deserter, a teleportation device made from a Desert Stone, Three Cut stone, and an Orange Moonlens. This items blueprint is obtained from antilion.
Antlion is a Summer-only boss who spawns in the Oasis desert during a sandstorm. Unlike Pig King however, Antlion will attack you if not given trinkets after a certain amount of time. Antlion will spawn large craters which will hurt you as well as destroy structures. These can be avoided by watching the ground shake as well as your character saying something. If you happen to be in the caves you will instead get attacked by a cave in, but instead of normal minerals you will be attacked by boulders, which can be moved like marble heads, and can also be mined for more rocks! You can feed Antlion the Bucket trinket to get a lazy deserter blueprint. He also sometimes drops a bucket on death, so next Summer you can get another blueprint if you’re playing multiplayer!
Can be fought by giving him a level 1, 4 or 5 thermal stone. He will summon you in a ring of sand and will begin creating sand spikes to attack you. On death he will drop a few desert stones, some meat and a chance at the Bucket Trinket. Killing Antlion will not stop the sandstorm.
- Willow players will have a better time during summer, as they take less damage from overheating. Also they are completely immune to fire, which makes fighting fire hounds pretty easy.
- A Wilson or Webber player with a beard are advised to shave ASAP, as they will warm you up a lot faster.
- The Eyebrella and Straw Hat are easy ways to keep somewhat cool, so if you have any, use them with your thermal stone for some extra cooling effect.
- Antlions Boulders in the Caves are a renewable source of rocks, but can also be used as a wall, use it to block enemies like Depth Worms!
- You cannot overheat naturally in the caves, so if you’re tired of carrying your stone, or don’t own any flingomatics, it’s better to base in the caves. Just make sure to bring the supplies you need.
- The first and last days of Summer are great as there are no wildfires. Meaning you don’t have to turn on your flingos till the second day, also make sure to turn them off on the last day.
- Meat on a drying rack dries much quicker in Summer, making Summer the perfect season for farming Jerky!
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