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.
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.
- 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.