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Year of the Varg
Year of the Varg
Dates
2018: February 9th - March 16st
Developer(s)
Klei Entertainment

The Year of the Varg is an event in Don't Starve Together, lasting from February 9th until March 1st, 2018, and afterwards announced to extend it until March 16[1]. It is inspired by the Chinese Year of the Dog, which started from February 16th, 2018, and continues until February 4th, 2019. In the Chinese zodiac, each year is related to an animal in a 12-year cycle.

It is similar to the Year of the Gobbler event, which came in the year before, and shares mechanics with it, such as the Offerings crafting tab, and most craftable items from that event. However, there were several additions and differences implemented into the event, especially concerning the obtainment of Lucky Gold Nuggets.

During the Year of the Varg event, the Knitted Puppy Hat Skin is given to players upon opening the game.

Players can revisit this event by setting Events to Year of the Varg in the world creation menu. Event-only themed skins will be disabled when revisiting the event.

Varg Shrine.png Varg Shrine

Varg Shrine
Varg Shrine Build.png
"Make offerings to the earthen Varg."
Gold Nugget.png × 8Boards.png × 2
Icon Structures.png
Always available.
Perk
A Torch can be offered to gain access to the Offerings Tab.
"wargshrine"
Wilson Portrait.png
I need to put a torch in it.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
It's missing something. Like fire.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Shiny puppy is wanting to play fetch.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
We must light a fire to honor the hound.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
INSERT FLAMES HERE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Tribute by fire, hm?

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Gotta warm this doghouse up, eh?

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
It requires a torch.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
What döth thöu need?

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Let's put the torch in!

Webber

Winona Portrait.png
Needs a little something extra.

Winona

The Varg Shrine is a craftable Structure located in the Structures Tab, and requires 8 Gold Nuggets and 2 Boards to craft. It is always available to craft and does not require prototyping. Offering Torch to the Varg Shrine will grant players access to the Offerings Tab where they are able to acquire event-specific items using Lucky Gold Nuggets.

Varg Shrines will allow Clay Vargs (and its accompanying Clay Hounds) to spawn in the world in place of a Koalefant, Ewecus, or normal Varg. Sometimes, a Red Pouch will drop from these Clay Hounds and Vargs , with a 10% chance of doing so for Clay Hounds and a 100% chance for Clay Vargs. (Note that feeding Gobblers attracted to the Gobbler Shrine no longer works for acquiring Lucky Gold Nuggets).

If the Varg Shrine is destroyed by Hammering it, it will drop any Torch placed in it, along with half its resources. Varg Shrines are also flammable.

While a Torch is in the Shrine, its fuel usage rate is multiplied by 0.2 - so a Torch with 100% durability, which would usually last for 75 seconds, will last for 375 seconds (6.25 minutes) instead. Once the Torch runs out, the Varg Shrine will no longer be active.

Clay Varg

Clay Varg
Clay Varg
1800
50
3
Attack Range
5
5.5
Red Pouch.png×4-6 Hound's Tooth.png×1-3
Spawns from
Suspicious Dirt Pile.png
"claywarg"
Wilson Portrait.png
A terror cotta monster!

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
How'd you get your eyes to do that?!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Big clay puppy!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
To perish now would save me much sorrow.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
YOU WILL BE DESTROYED

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Ah, how charmingly fearsome.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Look at the size of you.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
This earthen beast's all fired up.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
Lö! What terrible beast!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
N-nice puppy!

Webber

Winona Portrait.png
You lookin' to scrap, big guy?

Winona

Clay Vargs spawn from Suspicious Dirt Piles like normal Vargs do if there is an activated Varg Shrine in the world.

Activated Varg Shrines will allow Clay Vargs (and its accompanying Clay Hounds) to spawn in the world in place of a normal Varg and the Hounds it summons. Sometimes, a Lucky Gold Nugget will drop after these Clay Hounds and Vargs, with a 20% chance of doing so for Clay Hounds and a 100% chance for Clay Vargs, dropping 4-6 each.[Need Clarification]

Unlike normal Vargs, Clay Vargs are unable to summon Hounds. They cannot be set on fire or put to sleep.

Clay Hound

Clay Hound
Clay Hound
150
20
2
Attack Range
3
8.5
-40/min
Red Pouch.png (20%)
Hound's Tooth.png (10%)
Spawns from
Suspicious Dirt Pile.png
"clayhound"
Wilson Portrait.png
It's been unleashed!

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
This dog is stone cold!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Ruff, ruff!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
My, what big teeth you have.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
>CMD [/SIT]

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
The earthenware has been magically animated.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Earth hounds!

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
I was wise to be suspicious.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
I shall fell yöu swiftly!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Sit! Stay?

Webber

Winona Portrait.png
I'll send you runnin', mutt!

Winona

Clay Hounds spawn from Suspicious Dirt Piles in two groups of six next to the Clay Varg. They cannot be set on fire or put to sleep.

Clay Hounds cannot be set on fire or put to sleep.

Red Pouch.png Lucky Gold Nugget

Lucky Gold Nugget
Lucky Gold Nugget.png
Stacks up to
20
"lucky_goldnugget"

Red Pouch
Red Pouch.png
Clay Varg.png (×4-6) Clay Hound.png (20%)
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"redpouch"

Wilson Portrait.png
What a lucky find!

Wilson, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Willow Portrait.png
I don't think I'm supposed to spend this.

Willow, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is money?

Wolfgang, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wendy Portrait.png
Luck has long since abandoned me...

Wendy, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

WX-78 Portrait.png
PRECIOUS, LUCKY METAL

WX-78, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Such a curious shape.

Wickerbottom, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Woodie Portrait.png
I could use a bit of luck.

Woodie, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Waxwell Portrait.png
Gold's gold as far as I'm concerned.

Maxwell, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Wigfrid Portrait.png
The unicörn smiles upön me this day!

Wigfrid, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Webber Portrait.png
So shiny!

Webber, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Winona Portrait.png
I could use a bit of prosperity.

Winona, when examining a Lucky Gold Nugget.

Lucky Gold Nuggets are used to acquire items from the Offerings Tab and can be obtained from Red Pouches dropped by Clay Vargs and Clay Hounds. Clay Vargs drop five Red Pouches each upon death, and Clay hounds can only one Red Pouch with a 10% chance.

Lucky Gold Nugget.png Offerings Tab

Glommer.png See also: Offerings Tab (Year of the Gobbler)

It wants to give us presents!

Webber

Tab Icon.

The following items can be obtained from the Offerings Tab when standing next to an activated Varg Shrine, each of them having a different function. Similar to the Ancient Tab and the Ancient Pseudoscience Station, these items cannot be prototyped and then made on the go in the future; in order to craft an item under this tab, the player must always be near a Varg Shrine.

Red Firecrackers

Red Firecrackers
Red Firecrackers.png
"Celebrate with a BANG!"
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 1
Icon Offerings.png
Gobbler Shrine.png Varg Shrine.png
Stacks up to
40
"firecrackers"
Wilson Portrait.png
Filled with explosion science!

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
Light'em up!

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Crackle bangs!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
It needs only a light.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
CHAOS IN STICK FORM

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A little too noisy for my liking.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Let's not set them off in the forest.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
Great for magic tricks.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
Tö strike fear intö the hearts öf mine enemies!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Don't worry Ms. Wicker, we'll be careful.

Webber

Winona Portrait.png
Lucky firecrackers!

Winona

Three Firecrackers can be acquired in exchange for 1 Lucky Gold Nugget at the Gobbler Shrine. They can be set on fire with a Torch or Lighter to produce sparkles, and will be destroyed in the process. When set off, nearby Mobs such as Hounds will be startled and cower in fear, giving the Firecrackers a use apart from the festivities.

Red Lantern

Red Lantern
Red Lantern.png
"A fortuitous lantern to light your way."
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 3
Icon Offerings.png
Gobbler Shrine.png Varg Shrine.png
12 Days
30/15s
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"redlantern"
Wilson Portrait.png
This lantern feels more special than the others.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
Anything with a fire in it is okay by me.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Wolfgang does not like the dark.

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
A light to guide me.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
A LUCKY GLOWBOX

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
What a colorful little lantern.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
This little light of mine.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
Not having a light would certainly be unlucky.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
A lucky ward tö guard against the night.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Our own personal night light!

Webber

Winona Portrait.png
Nothing luckier around here than a light.

Winona

Red Lanterns can be acquired in exchange for 3 Lucky Gold Nuggets at the Gobbler Shrine and can be equipped in the hand slot. They do not produce as much light as regular Lanterns, but have a higher durability.

Lucky Whistle

Lucky Whistle
Lucky Whistle.png
"Blow the whistle on wild hounds."
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 3
Icon Offerings.png
Varg Shrine.png
10 uses
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"houndwhistle"
Wilson Portrait.png
This'd stop a dog in its tracks.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
Heh heh. STAY.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Tiny whistle stick makes no noise!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
That I cannot hear it does not mean it is silent.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
ERROR: FREQUENCY OUT OF RANGE

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
It emits a frequency undetectable to the human ear.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
I usually do my own animal calls.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
Howl I ever find a use for this?

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
It casts a spell upön the dögged beasts.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Our head buzzes when we blow it.

Webber

Winona Portrait.png
This oughta give them paws pause.

Winona

Lucky Whistles can be acquired in exchange for 3 Lucky Gold Nuggets at the Varg Shrine. Blowing the whistle will tame nearby Hounds (including Clay Hounds) for 40 seconds. Tamed Hounds will follow the player around, but will not attack them. However, they will still attack other Mobs as they normally would. A player can only have five Hounds tamed at a time. The Lucky Whistle can be used ten times.

Figure Sketches

Clay Hound Figure Sketch
Hound Sketch.png
"A sculpture sketch of the Clay Hound."
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 8
Icon Offerings.png
Varg Shrine.png
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"chesspiece_clayhound_sketch"

Clay Varg Figure Sketch
Varg Sketch.png
"A sculpture sketch of the Clay Varg."
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 16
Icon Offerings.png
Varg Shrine.png
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"chesspiece_claywarg_sketch"

Wilson Portrait.png
A picture of a sculpture. We'll need somewhere to make it.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
Trading diagrams is for dorks.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Picture will help Wolfgang carve nice rocks!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
I think we could make what's drawn here...

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
USELESS PAPER FOR MAKING USELESS SCULPTURES

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Detailed diagrams of a stone sculpture.

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Some plans for a fancy stone carving.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
I'll need somewhere to sculpt it.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
The muses' knöwledge, inscribed upön an ancient scröll!

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
We need somewhere to make it!

Webber

Winona Portrait.png
What a nice drawing.

Winona

Clay Hound Figure Sketches and Clay Varg Figure Sketches can be acquired at the Varg Shrine in exchange for 8 Lucky Gold Nuggets and 16 Lucky Gold Nuggets, respectively. They can then be given to a Potter's Wheel to be able to sculpt Hound Figures and Varg Figures.

Lucky Beast

Lucky Beast Head
Lucky Beast Head.png
"The front end of a beast costume."
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 8
Icon Offerings.png
Gobbler Shrine.png Varg Shrine.png
1 Day
Perk
Restores sanity over time when worn and dancing.
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"dragonheadhat"

Lucky Beast Body
Lucky Beast Body.png
"The middle bit of a beast costume."
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 8
Icon Offerings.png
Gobbler Shrine.png Varg Shrine.png
1 Day
Perk
Restores sanity over time when worn and dancing.
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"dragonbodyhat"

Lucky Beast Tail
Lucky Beast Tail.png
"The caboose of a beast costume."
Lucky Gold Nugget.png × 8
Icon Offerings.png
Gobbler Shrine.png Varg Shrine.png
1 Day
Perk
Restores sanity over time when worn and dancing.
Stacks up to
Does not stack.
"dragontailhat"

Wilson Portrait.png
So who gets to be the head?

Wilson, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Willow Portrait.png
Sooo ferocious!

Willow, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Wolfgang will be mighty beast!

Wolfgang, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wendy Portrait.png
What big eyes you have.

Wendy, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

WX-78 Portrait.png
I AM THE HEAD. YOU WILL FOLLOW ME

WX-78, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
This is the head to the dragon costume.

Wickerbottom, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Woodie Portrait.png
That's a sight, eh?

Woodie, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Waxwell Portrait.png
Quite formidable looking.

Maxwell, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Wigfrid Portrait.png
The head öf a great and merciful beast!

Wigfrid, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Webber Portrait.png
The front part's sort of scary.

Webber, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

Winona Portrait.png
Front and center!

Winona, when examining a Lucky Beast Head.

The three costume pieces of the Lucky Beast are hats and can be obtained in exchange for 8 Lucky Gold Nuggets each at the Varg Shrine.

While they are worn as hats, the "/dance" emote will be replaced with a different dancing animation. If the player simultaneously wears a costume piece and dances, a Sanity bonus equal to that of the Tam o' Shanter (+6.7 Sanity.png per minute) will be applied to the character. This bonus is increased if there are more players participating in the vicinity (wearing a costume piece and dancing). This bonus can stack up to a max of 3 times (+20 Sanity.png per minute), for three players dancing.[Verification Needed]

Durability only decreases when the character is dancing while wearing a costume. Durability lasts for a day, and a Sewing Kit will repair 100% of its durability.

Potter's Wheel.png Figures

Varg Figure
Varg Figure Marble Build.png
"Sculpt a fearsome Clay Varg."
Marble.png × Placed on the Potter's Wheel
Rocks.png × 2Hound's Tooth.png × 2
Icon Sculpt.png
Sketch.png
Perk
Mobile.
"chesspiece_claywarg"
Hound Figure
Hound Figure Marble Build.png
"It ain't nothing but a clay hound dog."
Marble.png × Placed on the Potter's Wheel
Rocks.png × 2Hound's Tooth.png × 1
Icon Sculpt.png
Sketch.png
Perk
Mobile.
"chesspiece_clayhound"

Varg Figure
Varg Figure Stone Build.png
"Sculpt a fearsome Clay Varg."
Cut Stone.png × Placed on the Potter's Wheel
Rocks.png × 2Hound's Tooth.png × 2
Icon Sculpt.png
Sketch.png
Perk
Mobile.
"chesspiece_claywarg"
Hound Figure
Hound Figure Stone Build.png
"It ain't nothing but a clay hound dog."
Cut Stone.png × Placed on the Potter's Wheel
Rocks.png × 2Hound's Tooth.png × 1
Icon Sculpt.png
Sketch.png
Perk
Mobile.
"chesspiece_clayhound"

Wilson Portrait.png
That thing's the leashed of my worries.

Wilson, when examining a Varg Figure.

Willow Portrait.png
It doesn't look so tough now.

Willow, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wolfgang Portrait.png
It looks like scary monster!

Wolfgang, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wendy Portrait.png
It knows only fury.

Wendy, when examining a Varg Figure.

WX-78 Portrait.png
THIS IS A TROPHY TO CELEBRATE MY GREATNESS

WX-78, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
The sculptor clearly studied the creature closely.

Wickerbottom, when examining a Varg Figure.

Woodie Portrait.png
Not a wood sculpture, but it'll do.

Woodie, when examining a Varg Figure.

Waxwell Portrait.png
What a gruesome maw.

Maxwell, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wigfrid Portrait.png
A testament tö a wörthy föe.

Wigfrid, when examining a Varg Figure.

Webber Portrait.png
That's a big, bad dog.

Webber, when examining a Varg Figure.

Winona Portrait.png
It's a sculpture of that mean mutt.

Winona, when examining a Varg Figure.

Wilson Portrait.png
And I didn't even get eaten!

Wilson, when examining a Hound Figure.

Willow Portrait.png
It almost looks friendly.

Willow, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is nice little doggy.

Wolfgang, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wendy Portrait.png
Happiness is a warm puppy... but this one is cold.

Wendy, when examining a Hound Figure.

WX-78 Portrait.png
A GOOD ORGANIC SPECIES. IT OBEYS ITS MASTER

WX-78, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A replica of Canis lupis.

Wickerbottom, when examining a Hound Figure.

Woodie Portrait.png
All the dog, none of the smell.

Woodie, when examining a Hound Figure.

Waxwell Portrait.png
It's quite fetching.

Maxwell, when examining a Hound Figure.

Wigfrid Portrait.png
A höund öf the hunt!

Wigfrid, when examining a Hound Figure.

Webber Portrait.png
Puppy!

Webber, when examining a Hound Figure.

Winona Portrait.png
A good boy if ever I saw one.

Winona, when examining a Hound Figure.

Varg Figures and Hound Figures can be crafted from the Sculpt Tab after acquiring their respective Sketches from the Varg Shrine and giving them to a Potter's Wheel. Depending on whether the player chooses to place 1 Marble or 1 Cut Stone on the wheel before sculpting, the resulting Figure will either be white or black. Varg Figures additionally require 2 Rocks and 2 Hound's Teeth to craft, while the Hound Figures require 2 Rocks and 1 Hound's Tooth.

Similar to Chess Pieces, Varg and Hound Figures can be carried around on the players' backs and can be used for decorational purposes.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The Verdant Skin Collection was added alongside the event.
  • During the time of the event, the theme in the main menu of the game is slightly different by being mixed with Chinese instruments.
  • The Hound Figure's crafting description ("It ain't nothing but a clay hound dog.") is a reference to the Elvis Presley song "Hound Dog".
  • The two Vargling skins introduced with the Year of the Varg event (the Purebred and Pedigree Varglings) resemble two dog breeds believed to originate from China (the Chow Chow and Shih Tzu, respectively).

Blueprint.png Gallery

Map Scroll.png References