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How do I stop being scared of going into caves?

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cropo    181

When I first started the game in Singleplayer Don't Starve, I made a run where I played as Willow and her infinite Lighter. I ran around the caves, not caring if I died, exploring them with Willows infinite light source and honestly that really opened my eyes to what was down there and how to actually play in them.  I played for years without ever going into the caves before, and now I can't imagine runs where I don't ever go into the caves at all.

 

I would probably suggest playing as Woodie, make a bunch of idols for whatever creature you are most comfortable playing as and just rush into the caves after getting a bunch of monster meat and just...running around. Try to find the ruins maybe, don't fight anything and just explore really.

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SinancoTheBest    2340

A good light source really helps, you have to see what's ahead of you in order not to be afraid. In most cases caves themselves are more benign than the surface. Just make sure you go there with a miner's hat or make a lantern when you get there - tip: you can make an alchemy engine and mini base to the cave enterence of your choosing

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Well-met    3854

Why would you be afraid of the caves? It's just the same as night, sure but there's light bulbs everywhere and mushroom trees.

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Viktor234    4943
1 minute ago, SadeceAtakan said:

That's a reasonable fear

Especially for Wilsons since they start to realize that their beard grows way too slow compared to those monkeys.

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sinisterrkid    1509

Instead of hound waves, you get depth worms waves when you're in the caves, which can be scary. Most of the times you can just out run them and they stop following you. Sometimes, however, they stay hanging out in those narrow passages, where in my experience they are the most dangerous, since I end up forgetting they are there and get bit trying to go through. 

Other than that caves are not as scary as they look, and can be pretty cozy. 

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gaymime    3591

hi, i was super scared of caves too and played the game for months without ever opening a single sinkhole

 

i would reccommend starting a new world where you turn off all of the mobs(including nightmare fissures) and max the lightbulbs and mushtrees. that way you can get accustomed to the sounds and darkness without having to worry about being attacked and you have many 'safe' spots where there is plenty of light(in mush biomes the light is perpetual)

as you get more comfortable you can make new worlds with (some) mobs turned on 'less' and reduce the lights/mushtrees OR just keep them like they are. since you arent playing in caves as-is then it isn't a concern you are not getting the loot since you weren't getting it anyway

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AutumnsBeast    514

You don't.

Ok no.

I had the same problem, but still I got the chills in that biome with the big blue mushrooms. I tend to go with my friends or try to have the best weapons and equipment... or use Wortox with some souls in case that you are in troubles and need to leave a bad situation with monkeys. Also trying to befriend bunnyman or rock lobsters to help you with anything that hide in that place. A little advice: If those worms are following you, do not try to go to the surface, when I used that entrance again, they were there waiting for my, and I obviously died... I don't know if that feature was removed. Try to go down in the way that you feel more comfortable, you can even turn on the godmode to explore the caves until you feel comfortable. I think that Klei did a pretty good job with the caves for the fact that they capture the terrifying essence of that place pretty well.

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Well-met    3854
1 minute ago, AutumnsBeast said:

Wortox with some souls

The underground spooks you but you're perfectly fine with enslaving and devouring literal souls?

that is something.

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AutumnsBeast    514
24 minutes ago, Well-met said:

The underground spooks you but you're perfectly fine with enslaving and devouring literal souls?

that is something.

Nah, I save them for the occasion. Like 10-15 souls just for teleporting.

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CameoAppearance    2573

Learn to love rock lobsters. Most of my depth worm problems have been solved by bringing along some rock lobsters, although I don't know if they can help as much with the splumonkeys. 

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Notecja    886

For first visit in caves convinced me the first summer in game - we didn't had any Flingomatic, and my friend told me is a way to keep base safe. Ok, we went to the caves, it was almost fine.

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ArubaroBeefalo    4860
1 hour ago, CameoAppearance said:

Learn to love rock lobsters. Most of my depth worm problems have been solved by bringing along some rock lobsters, although I don't know if they can help as much with the splumonkeys. 

They are not bad since you can relocate them to live in the monkey village but dont expect a lot of help xD. For that is better to repair clockworks and make a huge cleaning

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hkhm    385

As @ShadowDuelist said above: just open a sinkhole and make a small base. there are always some light bulbs and natural light to make your life easier. place farms, plant flowers (in light) add a few bee boxes, maybe transplant some birch trees. make the place feel pretty and comfortable. then start exploring your surroundings a little. hopefully you won't be too far from a bunny village and can let the bunnies deal with any depth worms early on if you find them overwhelming.

The caves are wonderful, I actually prefer living there to living above ground. well, I mean, I live in the ruins mostly but you get the idea.

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Lbphero    2602

Surf the wiki's content on Caves and learn to manipulate the environment around you! You won't be as scared of something that you know how to use. 

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DarkPulse91    1009

Practice. Turn on God mode and free crafting, give yourself some moggles, and just explore around. It's a lot less scary if you can see like it's day time

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6 hours ago, sinisterrkid said:

Instead of hound waves, you get depth worms waves when you're in the caves, which can be scary. Most of the times you can just out run them and they stop following you. Sometimes, however, they stay hanging out in those narrow passages, where in my experience they are the most dangerous, since I end up forgetting they are there and get bit trying to go through. 

Other than that caves are not as scary as they look, and can be pretty cozy. 

My biggest concern are depth worms. I'm past day 100 in my world and not sure how I'll handle them when I'm just starting to explore the caves. I read toothtraps are ineffective and bee mines help. Also running will probably be what I'd do in most cases.

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