Nightmare Fuel

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Nightmare Fuel
Nightmare Fuel.png
"Evil residue used by the foolish and crazy."
Dark Petals.png × 4
Icon Refine.png
Prestihatitator.png
Perk
Used for dark and ancient magic
Beardling.png (40%)

Splumonkey.png (50%) Shadow Splumonkey.png (50%)
Damaged Knight.png Damaged bishop.png Damaged Clockwork.png Crawling Horror.png Terrorbeak.png
Ancient.png (Pickaxe.png)
Grave32.png (Shovel.png)
Ornate Chest.png Touch Stone.png (After use)
Pig Head.pngMerm Head.png(Full Moons)Reign of Giants icon.png(Hammer.png)
Crab (insanity).png (40%) Shipwrecked icon.png
Wildbore Head.png(Full Moons)Shipwrecked icon.png(Hammer.png)
Reanimated Skeleton Forest.pngReanimated Skeleton Caves.pngReanimated Skeleton Atrium.png Don't Starve Together icon.png

Stacks up to
40
"nightmarefuel"
Wilson Portrait.png
This stuff is crazy!

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
Eww, it's still warm!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Scary stuff.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
With the sleep of dreams comes this stuff.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
DEBUGGING RESIDUE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Ectoplasmic residue.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
All of my fears in liquid form, eh?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
Ahhh. Refreshing.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
The fuel öf darkness!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
It's cold and slippery.

Webber

Walani Portrait.png
The stuff of nightmares.

Walani

Warly Portrait.png
Who in their right mind would want to fuel MORE nightmares?

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait.png
I've seen thet dark magic asea...

Woodlegs

Nightmare Fuel is a Refined Magic Item in Don't Starve. It requires a Prestihatitator to prototype and costs 4 Dark Petals to craft. It can also be obtained as a drop from various mobs and objects.

Mobs that drop Nightmare Fuel includes:

Objects that drop Nightmare Fuel include:

Nightmare Fuel is used to craft Magic items. It is also used to fuel Night Lights and Maxwell's Codex Umbra (to summon Shadow Puppets). Chester can transform into Shadow Chester by placing Nightmare Fuel in each of his nine inventory slots on a Full Moon.


Gathering[edit | edit source]

Glommer.png See also: Guides/Nightmare Fuel Farming

If a character's Sanity decreases below 40% of their maximum (80 for most characters, 60 for Wes, 48 for Willow, and varies for WX-78 based on the upgrade level), all Rabbits change into Beardlings and can be killed to gather Nightmare Fuel (along with Monster Meat and Beard Hair). An easy way to do this is by trapping a large number of Rabbits and then lowering Sanity to below 40%, after which they can all be murdered all at once while in inventory. However, be careful, as this is liable to trigger the Krampus by advancing the player's naughtiness level beyond the threshold.

Alternatively, Nightmare Fuel can be acquired by killing Crawling Horrors and Terrorbeaks. Crawling Horrors are easier to deal with than Terrorbeaks; the latter don't appear until Sanity is very, very low, so it's possible to kill Crawling Horrors one at a time.

A safer and simpler way to get Nightmare Fuel is to capture Bees with a Bug Net and then release them at an Evil Flower patch, which can be found where the Things and Maxwell's Door are. This will eventually cause more Evil Flowers to spawn, and their petals can be crafted into Nightmare Fuel.

The most dangerous yet rewarding way is to venture into a Ruins or Cave and find a location with Nightmare Lights and Nightmare Fissures. When the Nightmare Cycle ends, all of the Shadow Creatures that spawned from the Lights and Fissures will die and drop Nightmare Fuel, which can yield what is probably the most Nightmare Fuel at one time.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content[edit | edit source]

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Nightmare Fuel can be obtained by hammering Pig Heads and Merm Heads during a Full Moon.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Nightmare Fuel can also be acquired by gambling at the Slot Machine, by hammering Wildbore Heads during a Full Moon, or by killing Crabbit Beardlings while insane.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together[edit | edit source]

In Don't Starve Together, all variants of the Reanimated Skeleton drop 2-4 Nightmare Fuel when killed.

Icon Tools.png Usage[edit | edit source]

Inventory slot background.pngTwigs.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Inventory slot background.pngGears.pngAlchemy Engine.pngInventory slot background.pngDivining Rod.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.png

×7

Inventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.pngPurple Gem.pngPrestihatitator.pngInventory slot background.pngShadow Manipulator.png
Inventory slot background.pngGold Nugget.pngInventory slot background.pngGold Nugget.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Inventory slot background.pngPig Skin.pngInventory slot background.pngPig Skin.pngPrestihatitator.pngInventory slot background.pngOne-man Band.png
Inventory slot background.pngGold Nugget.png

×8

Inventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngRed Gem.pngPrestihatitator.pngInventory slot background.pngNight Light.png
Inventory slot background.pngGold Nugget.pngInventory slot background.pngGold Nugget.pngInventory slot background.pngGold Nugget.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngRed Gem.pngPrestihatitator.pngInventory slot background.pngLife Giving Amulet.png
Inventory slot background.pngPapyrus.pngInventory slot background.pngPapyrus.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngPrestihatitator.pngInventory slot background.pngSleepytime Stories.pngWickerbottom Portrait.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.png

×5

Inventory slot background.png Papyrus.pngInventory slot background.png Papyrus.pngInventory slot background.png Papyrus.pngShadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngNight Armour.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.png

×5

Inventory slot background.png Living Log.pngShadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngDark Sword.png
Inventory slot background.pngGold Nugget.png

×6

Inventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Inventory slot background.pngPurple Gem.pngInventory slot background.pngPurple Gem.pngShadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Amulet.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Spear.pngInventory slot background.pngRed Gem.pngShadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngFire Staff.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.png

×4

Inventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.pngPurple Gem.pngInventory slot background.pngPurple Gem.pngShadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngTelelocator Staff.png
Inventory slot background.pngSlurper Pelt.png

×6

Inventory slot background.png Rope.pngInventory slot background.png Rope.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngShadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngBelt of Hunger.png
Inventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngBroken Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite Medallion.png
Inventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngYellow Gem.pngBroken Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngMagiluminescence.png
Inventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngGreen Gem.pngBroken Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngConstruction Amulet.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.png

×4

Inventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.pngYellow Gem.pngInventory slot background.pngYellow Gem.pngBroken Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngStar Caller's Staff.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.png

×4

Inventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.png Living Log.pngInventory slot background.pngGreen Gem.pngInventory slot background.pngGreen Gem.pngBroken Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngDeconstruction Staff.png
Inventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngOrange Gem.pngAncient Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngThe Lazy Forager.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Walking Cane.pngInventory slot background.pngOrange Gem.pngInventory slot background.pngOrange Gem.pngAncient Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngThe Lazy Explorer.png
Inventory slot background.pngThulecite.png

×4

Inventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Ancient Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite Crown.png
Inventory slot background.pngThulecite.png

×6

Inventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Ancient Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite Suit.png
Inventory slot background.pngLiving Log.pngInventory slot background.pngLiving Log.pngInventory slot background.pngLiving Log.pngInventory slot background.png Thulecite.png

×4

Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.png

×4

Ancient Pseudoscience Station.pngInventory slot background.pngThulecite Club.png
Inventory slot background.pngHorn.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngRope.pngShadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngDripple Pipes.pngShipwrecked icon.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Obsidian.pngInventory slot background.png Obsidian.pngInventory slot background.pngMagic Seal.pngObsidian Workbench.pngInventory slot background.pngSail Stick.pngShipwrecked icon.png
Inventory slot background.pngSea Worther.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.png

×4

Inventory slot background.pngLiving Log.png

×4

Shadow Manipulator.pngInventory slot background.pngSeaworthy.pngOnly available in a Vanilla or Reign of Giants world linked with a Shipwrecked world.
Inventory slot background.pngPetals.png

×6

Inventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInterface arrow right.pngInventory slot background.pngAbigail's Flower.pngDon't Starve Together icon.pngWendy Portrait.png
Inventory slot background.pngPapyrus.pngInventory slot background.pngPapyrus.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Nightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngHealth Decrease.png

×50

Interface arrow right.pngInventory slot background.pngCodex Umbra.pngDon't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Axe.pngCodex Umbra.pngInventory slot background.pngShadow Logger.pngDon't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Pickaxe.pngCodex Umbra.pngInventory slot background.pngShadow Miner.pngDon't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Shovel.pngCodex Umbra.pngInventory slot background.pngShadow Digger.pngDon't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png
Inventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.pngNightmare Fuel.pngInventory slot background.png Spear.pngCodex Umbra.pngInventory slot background.pngShadow Duelist.pngDon't Starve Together icon.pngWaxwell Portrait.png

Placeholder.png Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The term "nightmare fuel" is a common phrase on the Internet used to describe works of fiction, or scenes therein, that are extremely likely to disturb and/or frighten the audience.
  • When dropped on the ground, Nightmare Fuel appears as pulsing goo.
  • Although Beardlings will drop this, Beardlords will not.
  • Maxwell, upon examining the Ancient Guardian, says "My my, the fuel has changed you." This implies that prolonged exposure to Nightmare Fuel can alter creatures in some significant way. This is also proven by the ability to turn Chester into it's shadow form via Nightmare Fuel.
  • According to Webber, Nightmare Fuel feels cold. However, according to Willow, Nightmare Fuel feels warm. This may indicate it has different properties to different people, most likely relating to what the person finds scary.

Blueprint.png Gallery[edit | edit source]