While poking about on the Don't Starve Wiki, I've seen a number of items that will lower the maximum stats for things like health or sanity. (e.g. The Meat Effigy lowering maximum health)

Are there any items or companions that cause your maximum health/hunger/sanity to increase?

  • The game tells me I level up every time I die. Jan 21, 2014 at 22:04
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    That has more to do with unlocking characters than upping your in-game stats.
    – David M
    Jan 21, 2014 at 23:17
  • Addendum to the existing answers: except for WX-78 and his gears, there are no items you can wear/build that raise your maximum stats. A special case is the meat effigy, which lowers your max health 30 points each time you build one.
    – Konerak
    Jan 22, 2014 at 8:03
  • And another special case is Maxwell's shadow puppet, lowering your max sanity.
    – Konerak
    Jan 23, 2014 at 10:50

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There is only one character that can raise its maximum stats: WX-78, the robot. It can eat Gears, which upgrades its maximum health, hunger, and sanity with each Gear consumed. It can consume a maximum of 15 gears, to get 400 health, 200 hunger, and 300 sanity. (The bonus is 20 health, ~6.66 hunger, and ~13.33 sanity per gear, rounded up.)

WX-78 needs this pretty badly, because it starts with below-normal stats.

  • Also, WX is considered to be extremely OP when maxed out.
    – Konerak
    Jan 22, 2014 at 7:02
  • @Konerak sorry, I'm not familiar with the term OP. Can you clarify?
    – David M
    Jan 22, 2014 at 14:43
  • OP = overpowered. Jan 22, 2014 at 16:51

Booster shots!!! They increase your max health by 20. I believe it is 3 papyrus, 2 healing salve and a stinger, or at least that's what the wiki says.

  • Booster shoots are only avaible in the multiplayer version, i learn that the hard way, in front of the alchemy engine with lots of items to craft does shoots,,,,,,
    – user120706
    Aug 8, 2015 at 16:23

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