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Simple Mind    13

Hi ... i'm just wondering what is the best strategy for the game ... because i really don't know ... i was playing this game so much before it became famous and before it released officially ... and i didn't play it for a long time ... so winter always kill me ... max day that i ever reached is 22 ... can you please help ?.

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J192    195

Log Suit = Dead Hounds

Dead Hounds = Teeth

Teeth = Tooth Traps

Tooth Traps = Dead Hounds

Dead Hounds = Teeth

 

The cycle repeats itself.

 

Also, for giants, lure them into a line of tooth traps, they will take heavy damage and around 50 tooth traps should be more than enough to kill them. Or, you could use the Ice Staff + Gunpowder trick.

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cptCalavera    616

If it is winter (freezing) that kills you. Make sure to craft a winter hat or beefalo hat. And hunt down a koalefant to make a vest of its trunk. All these items require beefalo whool so make sure to shave them :) Also if you play as wilson his beard provides a bit of warmth.

 

That should be more than plenty to get u through the cold, provided that u heat up from time to time.

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Abenlen    44

Having a couple of thermal stones is pretty darned useful as well.  I keep on by a fire, one with me, swap as needed.  If you are in an area with moleworms make sure your put your stones in a chest by the fire because they will be stolen.

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Awarelol    1

Always keep a stack of grass/flint/stone/wood/twigs in your inventory. Your first goal is to gather at least a half-stack of everything except flint. Your second goal is to find gold to get your science buildings started. And finally, find a location where several roads cross, as it is likely near the center of the map, and start your base.

 

Once your base is started, a good goal is to get your farming started to make life significantly easier. Using a shovel, dig up (30) twig trees, (30) grass tufts, and (10) berry bushes and plant them near your base. Pinecones/Birch Seeds can be planted near base to make your own forest as well. After that, go spider hunting for some silk so that you can make bug nets/tents. Catch some bees, make yourself a honey farm with 3+ bee huts (I forget what it's called atm).

 

In winter, your main goal is to make boomerangs and farm Azure Feathers from blue birds and save up ice to make the science machine that douses fires in your base. In Spring/Fall, a good goal is to farm enough Beefalo fur to make winter clothes. In summer, a good goal is to try to farm beard shavings from beardlings (rabbits while you are close to 0 sanity).

 

Good luck!

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Simple Mind    13

Always keep a stack of grass/flint/stone/wood/twigs in your inventory. Your first goal is to gather at least a half-stack of everything except flint. Your second goal is to find gold to get your science buildings started. And finally, find a location where several roads cross, as it is likely near the center of the map, and start your base.

 

Once your base is started, a good goal is to get your farming started to make life significantly easier. Using a shovel, dig up (30) twig trees, (30) grass tufts, and (10) berry bushes and plant them near your base. Pinecones/Birch Seeds can be planted near base to make your own forest as well. After that, go spider hunting for some silk so that you can make bug nets/tents. Catch some bees, make yourself a honey farm with 3+ bee huts (I forget what it's called atm).

 

In winter, your main goal is to make boomerangs and farm Azure Feathers from blue birds and save up ice to make the science machine that douses fires in your base. In Spring/Fall, a good goal is to farm enough Beefalo fur to make winter clothes. In summer, a good goal is to try to farm beard shavings from beardlings (rabbits while you are close to 0 sanity).

 

Good luck!

that's much Useful ... thank you so much ... i will apply that on my next game play ... thank you all.

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Direkappa    53

Day 1-5 (give or take)

I dedicate early game to wandering and exploring. Collect lots of grass(!) and sticks. Travel night by torch. Ultimately, I am trying to locate three critical things, with a bonus fourth if possible.
1. Rock field with gold. Gold is absolutely critical. I usually try to amass a stack (20) before establishing a camp.
2. Maxwell/Clockwork biome. Would really like a gear before winter. It's nice to know where this is. Graves can provide an alternative but gears are fairly rare and they damage your sanity. This is the most difficult to find.
3. Beefalo. For protection, clothes, and dung.
4. (bonus) Pig King

Also keep an eye out for spider nests, swamp land, Chester and touch pads (these are really nice).

Day 5-12

Establish a camp. I like to put it one biome away from the beefalo and as close to everything else as comfortably possible. Do not camp right next to frog ponds or spider forests. Build a science machine, a backpack, an alchemy engine, a spear, and a log suit. You could theoretically wander for quite a while but without establishing a camp you're not going to be able to build other things and I believe any day after day 5 the hounds are eligible to attack. So it's nice to have a spear and log suit ready.

I feel the next ideal goal at this stage is to establish food production. You'll initially want farms, drying racks, and a crock-pot. For these recipes you'll mostly require rocks, grass, dung, and quite a bit of charcoal. For charcoal you need to burn trees and chop them down. Generally before the first winter I like to establish 4-5 drying racks, 1 crock pot and around 6 farms (3 improved).

Day 13-22 Preparing for Winter

Make a Football Helmet
This is most easily done by finding a resurrecting touchpad and destroying the pig heads with a hammer. This awards plenty of pig skins which is the only ingredient you lack. Football helmets are absolutely amazing. They provide the same protection as log armor and you can still wear your backpack. Doesn't hurt to do this early as possible. While on the topic of touchpads: a while after discovering it, when you are supplied and able to do so, build a chest and put some survival items inside. A heatstone, logs, sticks, grass, flint. This will save your life. Nothing is worse than dying in the winter and dying two more consecutive times from freezing to death before you can reach base and/or build a torch to light the forest on fire.

Make an Icebox
These slow the rate at which food spoils. They are so wonderfully important for surviving winter. Finding gears is a real pain in the butt. But do your very best! Combining this with drying racks slows food spoilage considerably. Clockwork enemies hurt, I would not recommend battle with them without both a Football helmet and a log suit and stay away from the locomotive guys (or lead them into a forest for quick deforestation and wood gathering, they will destroy anything you kite them in to).

Get a Bird! + Farming 101
Birds are awesome and I will tell you why. Make a bird cage, you need gold and papyrus (made from swamp reeds). Make a bird trap (need some silk) and bait it with a seed to catch the bird for imprisonment. What you want to aim for in your farms is dragonfruit, so basically you're just going to keep planting stuff in them and harvesting it until you get them. Once you get one, you can escalate the process by harvesting them and feeding them to your bird. It will spit out 1-2 dragonfruit seeds that you can replant. Ideally you want to have all your farms with a grown dragonfruit by the time winter hits. All vegetation aside from trees ceases to grow in winter. One dragonfruit combined with 3 sticks in the crockpot is one of the best meals in the game. So if you have like 8 farms with dragonfruit ready to harvest, that is essentially a weeks worth of survival. ALSO! you can feed birds cooked monster meat and they will produce eggs. You can then use the eggs for food, or give them to the Pig King for 1 gold each.

Spider Hunting 101
Spider nests have 4 levels. You can tell the level by how many bumps the nest has. Level one is just a nest. Level two is a nest with one bump. Level 3 has two bumps. Then queen. It is best to hunt spiders during the bright part of the day. Bring number of traps equivalent to level. Drop all the traps then step on the web to aggro. A number of spiders equivalent to the level of nest will come out. You will trap at least all but one 99% of the time, sometimes traps get knocked over. The other is easily stun-locked with the spear until death. Repeat until spiders stop coming out of the nest. At this point you can destroy the nest for extra silk.
Note!: If it is a level 3 nest, you will get a spider egg to plant your own nest wherever you want. For this reason, assuming the spider population is in control, waiting until level 3 can be a good strategy.
Spiders provide silk, glands and monster meat which are all very important.

Koalephant Hunting 101
You'll occasionally run across a pile of dirt which, when you uncover, shows a track. If you go in the direction the track points you will find another track, and so on. After quite a few (generally 7+), if the track doesn't go cold, you'll find a Koalephant! They will run away so you'll want to herd them into a corner. Once you attack they will become aggressive. Wait until they attack then turn around and attack 4 times, run, wait until they attack, repeat. They hurt a lot, so wear some kind of armor in case you make a mistake. This yields a trunk and 8 good meat (not morsels). The trunk can be used for winter vest or a meal that restores insane amounts of hunger and health when cooked. Koalephant meat should immediately go on your drying racks and should be the determining factor on how many drying racks you need.

Bee Farming 101
Once you've amassed some silk you can start bee farming. You'll need to first make a beekeeper's hat and at least two bug nets. For bee farms you need honeycomb and bees. Honeycomb can only be obtained by destroying a bees nest. First I would focus on catching bees with the net. If you catch one near a hive killer bees will come out and attack. This makes it a very run-happy process. You want 8 bees. Then destroy 2 nests. Simply attack it, run the bees out for a considerable distance, then run back and destroy it before they catch up to you. The beekeeper hat will negate almost all of the damage you take even if you get swarmed. Once you've accomplished this, use the rest of your nets to capture butterflies. Ideally you want like 8 bees and 12 butterflies from your 2 nets. Then plant the two bee farms right outside your camp (they won't ever attack you) and plant the 12 butterflies directly around the nests, as flowers, to harvest honey from. When you see the farms fill up with honey, put on your bee hat and harvest them then run out of range.

Cooking 101
Hopefully you have a few drying racks, your bees nests, a birdcage, and a crockpot at this point. Here are the key recipes you need to know for survival:
Meatballs: One monster meat and 3 of pretty much anything else (carrot, berry, eggs). This refills over half your hunger and considering they can be made purely from monster meat (3 monster meat -> 3 eggs with bird + 1 monster meat) that is pretty amazing.
Honey Ham: 2 honey, 1 meat (jerky from koalephant), 1 monster meat. Even better than meatballs, and uses all the ingredients that you will have absolutely plenty of. Also seems to last longer.
Dragonfruit Pie: 1 Dragonfruit, 3 sticks. I've actually never made this but I have 20 dragonfruit ready to harvest in my current game if I ever get desperate for food. It is probably nearly equivalent to Honey Ham.
Taffy: I don't usually use this but other seem to like it. 3 honey + fruit/vegetable. Restores a small amount of sanity.

You can experiment for more, but those first two are really the most important by a long-shot.

Hounds Attacks 101
For the first 2-3 which it should not exceed prior to winter, you should be fine just equipping a log suit + football helmet and blindly swinging away while taking the hits. However, if you live near beefalo it is a lot easier to just lure them into the pack until they aggro them. This is not recommended if the beefalo are in heat and you don't have a beefalo hat. Later in the game, as you amass some hounds teeth, I would recommend building a fire a small jaunt away from camp and surrounding it with (lots of) tooth traps. I would definitely recommend this away from camp as in later summers they hounds will explode and I have rendered berry bushes on my world extinct by fighting them too close to camp.

Make a Tent
Probably the best way to combat sanity, however, have a food surplus as it will drain your hunger heavily. The tent can be used multiple times as well and adds flavor to your camp.

I'm sure you can think of other things to do to fill your time before winter. If you accomplish all of this it is probably safe to say you are doing well. It doesn't hurt to have as many as 8 drying racks and 10 farms (or even more) but if you've got that many you should have meat drying on them as well. I like to try and down 2-3 Koalephants before winter hits and hopefully harvest honey a couple times, but it doesn't always work out for the best. Try to clear out the spider nests that are threateningly close to your camp.

Winter

Not much to say here. I really only have two objectives for the first winter, and the first is to survive / not starve. You want to craft a winter hat and heat stone and never leave camp without them, as well as wood, grass and sticks. Do not get caught away from camp, freezing, without the capacity to build fire. Also don't leave without a day's supply of food. And it's always best to make your long journeys after the hounds attack. Also, Koalephants are replaced with Winter Koalephants so it's not like food is cut-off, its just a little more dangerous to hunt. The Winter variants' trunk can be crafted into an even better winter vest. I tend to ignore winter vests in favor of backpacks though.

McTusk The second objective is McTusk who spawns from the walrus camp which you hopefully ran across in the summer. Let me preface this by saying he was a lot easier for me to kill on the PC version. The strategy I favored there was to make 3 boomerangs (do not run out of boomerangs!) and go at him with as much armor as possible. If there are pigs nearby you can feed to assist you, that is a bonus. Once you get near range he will approach with his son and two dogs. First objective is to take out the dogs with the spear. McTusk will be plinking away at your armor with his blow dart. Once the dogs are dead you can focus on McTusk with the boomerang. You may want to practice with the boomerang prior to engaging him. The trick is to hold spacebar when its on the return. Probably like 6-8 boomerang hits to kill him.

On the console I just couldn't make it work. You can't click the mouse on your target so 75% of my boomerang throws went to his son or !@%!@# Chester. It was pretty much the most frustrating thing ever. I gave up after nearly dying three times in the first winter. The following summer I set up tooth and bee traps around the Walrus Camp spawn. First day of the following winter I went up there and the dogs were already dead. Had to kite McTusk through a couple traps and he died as well. This is now my preferred method.

Why kill McTusk? First, he drops his tusk which can be used to craft a walking stick which is pretty much one of the best items in the game. Super fast walking. Second, he sometimes drops his Tam O'Shanter hat, which boosts sanity ridiculously and provides winter warmth.

 

 

Props to /u/stansteamer on reddit

http://www.reddit.com/r/dontstarve/comments/1wxgdv/dont_starve_101/

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serpent    30

Honestly, 6 tooth traps before a walrus camp works fine to me, i get usually a few tams and alot more tusks every winter

 

and the teeth from the ice hounds gives you a lot of quick resources to make it even more easier, since a few tooth traps will not kill every mob of his team

 

9-12 tooth traps is enough to kill the hounds, mctusk and weetusk

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RobinSAC    2

The best competitive start is:
Week 1: Gather 1/2x flint, build one Axe, gather 20 woods, 40 grasses, 40 twigs, then explore till you find 1 gold mine OR 1 golddigger, get science machine, RUSH BACKPACK, and then get 20x gold, 40 stones, and 40 flints at least, all the while grabbing stuff of importance in your journey.
--> Find then 4x rabbit holes close to each other, in the same biome than beefalo herds (at least 4/5 beefaloes). Do a firepit in front of these 4. Put rabbit traps on the hole.

Start of Week 2 if you didn't find it before!
Rush for 1x gear as soon as possible to build a fridge box. It's a VITAL item.

If you can get all of these in 7-10 days, you have an optimal start.
The backpack rush is the strongest start in this game, abuse it each time.
 

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have many bases, build your first in a pig village, stay active, with a torch at night, go to the caves very rarily, build supplies before you go out. those are most important for me, doing this, i survived 113 days.

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Duplo    8

Aside from avoiding starvation, by getting a quick crock pot going, If you're ever having real difficulties surviving the early days, you can set up beside beefalo, because they'll be beefa-bros and fight hounds if they get too fresh with them.

 

Gotta get a stable amount of rocks and logs as well, for simple and advanced constructions.   Get some farms up and running, plant some seeds, have a good time.  Also when the harsh seasons roll around, it helps if you are prepped a bit in advance- thermal stones, winter hats, summer gear, etc.

 

Hope that helped ye out, mate.

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