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Gnat Swarm
Gnat Swarm
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Special Ability
Cannot be killed normally
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Spawns from
Gnat Mound.png
"gnat"
Wilson Portrait.png
Better gnat go near those guys.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
Agh! They're too small to burn!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is too small for smashing!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
Like life, they wear you down little by little.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
FLYING NANOBOTS

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A swarm of Culicidae Drosophila.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Lotta those guys in the lumber camps.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
Horde horrible.

Maxwell

Wagstaff Portrait.png
Their capacity for aggravating behavior is truly astounding!

Wagstaff

Wigfrid Portrait.png
Infest nöt me, bugs!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Don't bite us, little guys.

Webber

Walani Portrait.png
Ick! Stay away!

Walani

Warly Portrait.png
The bugs are really bad around here.

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait.png
Flyin' minnows.

Woodlegs

Wilba Portrait.png
MUCH ADO ABOUT GNAT-ING

Wilba

Wormwood Portrait.png
Stay away, Bzzters!

Wormwood

Wheeler Portrait.png
Normally I like being around flyers, but I'll make an exception.

Wheeler

The Gnat Swarm is a Mob exclusive to the Don't Starve: Hamlet DLC, which spawns from Gnat Mounds.

Brain.png Behavior

It takes the form of a swarm of bugs that will chase and attach itself to the player character's head. While attached, it will decrease the player's Sanity and deal 1 HealthMeter.png damage every 10 seconds, starting 30 seconds after being attached[Verification Needed]. It will follow the player until it finds a non-fire light source to attach to, either at Dusk or Night (such as Thunderbirds, Town Houses, or Glowflies).

The swarm isn't a status effect, but is an actual entity that is flying around the player. When force attacking, the swarm can only be hit if there are no other targets around. Attacking them directly won't deal any damage, possibly because they are not a single entity but a swarm and therefore can dodge attacks quickly. However, they can be killed by other means:

  • Spraying a cloud of Bug B'Gone,
  • Freezing them with an Ice Staff, and then attacking them normally (this action does not decrease durability of the Staff but still drains sanity as usual),
  • Leading them into the Gas Rainforest biome

If a Gnat Mound is destroyed, the swarm which comes from it will spawn a new mound after some time, similar to Moleworms.

Prototype.pngTips

  • Overcharged WX-78 player should be cautious, as they shine brighter than the other light sources, and therefore the Gnat Swarm will never leave them on its own.
  • When playing as Wendy, Abigail will instantly attack Gnat Swarms and won't stop doing so, unless the player goes into a cave in which Abigail is going to follow the player. After that, she follows the player as normal.