# To beard or not to beard

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A beard is a beautiful thing in all worlds (both gaming and real life). It should be encouraged and cared for. In Don't Starve the hair from Wilson's beard is used for making a Meat Effigy wich on one occasion can save Wilson's life upon death. To get the beard hair you need to shave with a razor.

And this is how much hair you get when shaving.

In the beginning: No beard - Can't shave

After four nights: Short beard - One beard hair when shaving

After eight nights: Rough beard - Three beard hair when shaving

After sixteen nights: Epic beard - Nine beard hair when shaving

Currently the beard can not get any longer than epic, and can not give more than nine beard hairs. Also, the longer beard you have, the longer it takes to shave it off. In conclusion, you need four beard hair to make the effigy. So the fastest way to get it is to shave after eights nights and then again after four nights. For a total of twelve nights, instead of sixteen nights if you would wait for the epic beard. However, if you choose to wait, you will have enough beard hair to make two effigys.

(As a side note, don't shave. The longer you have had your epic beard, the higher rank you will have amongst you'r bearded friends.)

Edited by cptCalavera
Edited days to nights, due to the end of night beeing the trigger for beard growth.
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They should just call the game Don't shave. And nice article, I can fell the pain of having to do that.

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Hah, that can be the name of the sequal :POh, I also realised I miscalculated. Since the end of night is the trigger for beard growth, and day one really dont have a night preceding it. I was off by one day per growth period in my calculations. So I edited in the new numbers. (nights instead of days) And mathematicaly it was for the best, you get four beard hair in twelve nights, not fourteen days as I first stated

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Having beard should grant you a passive, like being more macho. +1 dmg, +1 collecting speed

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Having beard should grant you a passive, like being more macho. +1 dmg, +1 collecting speed

+1 to intimidation. The spiders are 50% less prone to provoking you out of the blue.
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I'm being the chick only to find out she doesn't shave

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"Hello spiders, did you see my BEARD!" *spins around*

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The reason the its not unbalanced to give intimation to men with beards? Because then they finally start catching up with WOMENXDWendy has creepinessWillow has PyromaniaA little beard is nothing boys...

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The beard will always be deadly handsome if nothing else

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*brushes and then braids said beard putting pink bows in it.*There we are!

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*Dances around swinging braided beard and singing "Gangnam Style!"*

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Oppa Wilson Style!

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Possible quip could be: "That's not a beard!" *Turns* "THIS! Is a beard!"Also, now I know of both Hat Simulator 2012, and now Beard Growth Simulator 2012.Simulator Sim,- Zero

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A thought occurs... It'd be nice to be able to keep your beard trimmed to a certain length rather than forced to just shave it all off. I personally like the second to the last beard length.

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Ooh yes, excellent idea! I demand the possibility to craft a trimmer (Or beard scissors)

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Wow beards can grow longer than 3? I think now i need to grow an epic beard as an achievement.

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*brushes and then braids said beard putting pink bows in it.*There we are!

It should be added that a few bits of grass can be used to tie the ends of a combed and braided beard!
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You know, beard hair provides something like 5-10 research points per piece. That's right -- Wilson's face produces science.

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Wilson's face produces science.

He wouldn't be a proper gentleman scientist if it didn't.Also, I agree that it would be nice if his beard could be kept at a certain length. While I like the clean-shaven look, I also like the look of the first beard stage.
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Could help with sanity too.

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Epic beard - insanity.Proper beard - sanity.So again, we need a trimmer.

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Talk to the beard bro. I also dislike shaving, the no beard face isnt half as cool and beard 1 and 2 are pretty awesome. The epic beard always seems too messy for my tastes. Its not cewl its more like look that hobo didnt shave for months :highly_amused:Also why is there no bearded smiley in here, the hairy ones are: and

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Shaving times already varies with the length of the beard. I'm thinking that instead of dropping all the beard at the end, each individual piece of beard should be dropped immediately after it gets cut.This way you can stop mid-shave, leaving you with, for eg. a stage 2 beard and a couple of beard hair for the effigy.

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That's a great idea i think. It should slowly cut through your beard 1 shaving at a time so you can properly maintain your beard. It's just not fair to lose the entire thing.Beards are important to survival, they collect food morsels when you're eating.