ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Don't Starve walkthrough: Beefalo

Updated on April 27, 2013
Don't Starve is copyright Klei Entertainment Inc. Images used for educational purposes only.
Don't Starve is copyright Klei Entertainment Inc. Images used for educational purposes only.

Ahh, the inspired Beefalo. Epic in size, incomparable in strength and majesty, wise beyond all reckoning… or maybe not… at any rate, Beefalos are a staple of every game of Don’t Starve. You don’t have to interact with Beefalos, but they’ll make your life a whole lot easier if you do.


Beefalo are large herbivores found in the Savannahs of Don’t Starve. They amble about in medium- to large-sized herds, grazing slowly and paying little attention to Wilson. On a typical day, Beefalos will only become aggressive if you’re dumb enough to attack one of them, in which case they’ll happily mob you and chase you out of their territory. Fortunately, Beefalo do not hold a grudge and will become passive again as soon as you’re out of their range. During the night Beefalo will cluster together and sleep.


Beefalo have more uses than your typical creature, and interacting with them can require some experimentation.

  • Beefalos regularly drop Manure as they wander around. Gross though it may be, Manure is essential for setting up a field of Berry Bushes or any kind of farming operation. Manure is also a handy substitute for Logs as a fuel for fire.
  • When killed, Beefalos drop Meat, Beefalo Wool and, occasionally, Beefalo Horns. The latter can be used to prompt Beefalo into following Wilson around until it’s time to sleep.
  • While Beefalos are snoozing they can be shaved using a Razor for more Beefalo Wool.


Unlike most other creatures, Beefalos reproduce every dozen or so days by giving birth to Baby Beefalos. During the early stages of mating and parenthood, Beefalos enter Heat. While in Heat (indicated by a red patch on their rump and an increase in posturing and aggressive braying) Beefalos will attack Wilson if he remains in the area for too long. Beefalos will also awaken if shaved during the night while in Heat. It’s not difficult to escape Beefalos in Heat, but show extra caution when collecting Manure or Beefalo Wool.

Beefalo Hat

The only safe way to approach Beefalo is to have a Beefalo Hat, made of eight Beefalo Wools and a Beefalo Horn. This hat will cause Beefalo to tolerate your presence in the herd regardless of the time of year. It will also draw Baby Beefalo that have lost their parents to your banner, though they’ll abandon you once they grow up.

Beefalo Strategies

  • When starting a new game it’s not a bad idea to create a base near a Savannah with Beefalo. The abundance of Manure they produce will help you get Basic and Improved Farms up and running, as well as a sizable Berry Bush garden, within two or three days.
  • That said, it’s not necessarily wise to set up camp right beside a field of Beefalo. Though they stick close to the Savannah Beefalo will sometimes wander into adjoining territory – which means they might wander into your camp. This is fine most of the time, but during mating season you might get forced out of your base. If you do hunker down beside a herd of Beefalo, consider building a wall to keep them out…
  • … or to keep them in. Using the Beefalo Horn and Walls you can pen in Beefalo and prevent them from wandering. This pen will be a fantastic resource for collecting Manure and Beefalo Wool.
  • Beefalo can be used to defend against aggressive monsters, such as Hounds or Spiders. Anything fearsome can be lured to a Beefalo herd for easy disposal. You can also lure Beefalo around with a Beefalo Horn for this purpose, though the going will be slow and they’re not quite as easy to goad into a fight as Pigs. Manage to lure a herd of Beefalo to Chess territory and you shouldn’t have much trouble reaching the Wooden Thing.
  • A sustained attack a Beefalo in its field is typically suicidal, as the whole herd will immediately gang up on you and smack you around until you’re done moving. Attack a Beefalo once and lure it away from the herd, though, and every other Beefalo will quickly lose interest and leave you alone. Fighting a solo Beefalo is much easier than five or six at once.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)