Mobs are entities that move and drop items when killed. Mob spawns depend on the type of biome. There are nine mobs in starve.io: rabbit, wolf, spider, arctic fox, polar bear, dragon, GMO piranha, crab and kraken. All mobs are aggressive to the player, except for the rabbit and crab (when calm).
Rabbits are the only peaceful mob in the game. They provide no harm (except when they obstruct the Be Peaceful chrono quest).
When you click on Rabbit Fur, there's a message: "That rabbit was so cute..."
It runs away from the player upon sight. It is faster than the player, so it is recommended to corner it into an object to kill it. The range of spears is good for counteracting their speed. It is also recommended to hunt at day unless you have Earmuffs or a Chapka as they will often run away from your campfire.
The most common of the aggressive mobs, and is the easiest mob to kill. It runs towards the player upon sight and will not stop until line of sight is broken or the player is far away. Slower than the player and easy to outrun.
The wolf deals damage when on top of the player. It is recommended to run and hit it. With decent gear, the wolf is an easy mob to kill. Upon its death, the player will receive two pieces of raw meat and one wolf fur. The wolf does a lot of damage, around 1/5 of the players health bar. Player should have at least 2 inventory slots as the raw meat will be prioritized over the fur.
When you click on Wolf Fur, there's a message: "Puppy? But where's Puppy?"
When a wolf kills you, there are 2 death messages: 1. They aren't dogs. Wolves don't like being pet. 2. The wolf won't starve after eating you.
Avoid getting in trouble with a spider and a wolf at the same time, if the spider traps you, the wolf and the spider can hit you for 2 seconds at least, and you will probably die without a good protection and technique.
One of the most annoying mobs; the spider runs and attacks the player at a much quicker pace (pauses a lot - take advantage of that!), almost always requiring an obstacle to get away. The spider can ruin the life quest without a spear.
Its special ability is to trap players for 2-3 seconds allowing the spider to catch up and deal massive damage. Make sure when fighting a spider to have at least stone gear or a wooden spear. Fighting spiders can be deadly if there are other hostile mobs nearby.
The spider gives 2 thread, which is used to make bandages, earmuffs, coat, and many other useful items. The spider doesn't do as much damage as the wolf, but is much faster, and with its trapping ability, more dangerous.
When a spider kills you, there's a message: "A spider killed you. At least it wasn't a rabbit."
An emergency way to escape a spider is to put an obstacle between you, forcing the A.I. to de-aggro and leave. This tactic also lets you hit a spider with a spear behind a wall without taking damage (if you stay there it continues to aggro).
Try to avoid getting in trouble with a spider and a wolf at the same time, otherwise hit the spider and pause every 1-2 hits so you can avoid getting trapped by the spider's web.
The Arctic Fox resides in the snow biome. Of the two animals currently there (the Arctic fox and the Polar Bear), it is weaker but faster. Some players prefer hunting them for the cap and scarf over the polar bears, since bears have a lot more health and deal more damage.
Since the arctic fox is difficult to fight, it's recommended to avoid them altogether, or circle around a fire to and attack them once every lap without getting hit (this can be dangerous without proper technique). Also use a gold spear.
It is advised that you hit the fox once every time you go around your fire
One easy way to farm polar bears is to take advantage of their slow speed, and kite them while running in circles around a fire. It is recommended to use a sword while doing this, for extra damage. Make sure not to keep hitting the fire as after about 15-20 hits you will "kill" the fire.
The dragon deals a considerable amount of damage very quickly, therefore it is recommended to trap them with walls first before attacking.
Trapping the kraken with walls can drastically make easier to kill it, a good spear is highly recommended. You can also lead it to an island or to the winter or forest borders and hit it with a spear. However, you will most likely need a diving mask to survive.
Crab is a mob that spawns along the beach, the border between the forest and the ocean biome. It is unique in being the only mob that is neutral. Crabs will wander around peacefully until they are attacked by a player, in which case they will fight back and give chase to the player, and they can attack another player even if they didn't hurt them. Crabs are able to move into the winter, forest and the dragon cave while agressive.
Upon death, the Crab drops 1 crab claw, and 1 crab stick. Crab claws can be used to craft the Crab Spear and Crab Helmet, which can be used to heal crabs and make crabs follow the player, respectively.
- When being chased by a hostile mob, remember that they chase you in short bursts of movement (although apparently not the wolf). So if you run around a small object, like a wall, small tree or berry bush, you will most likely lose their aggro.
- Rabbits will run away when approached, and are much faster than you. Try using a spear to hunt them, as the extra range will give you the advantage, or try driving them into obstacles, or the border of the map.
- Keep in mind you can run faster than a wolf or a polar bear, and spiders are a bit faster than those two (actually easy to outrun) arctic foxes are faster than you when you equip a sword while hitting. A wolf is easy to kite and is surprisingly easy to kill with even the most primitive weapons. However, if you only have a wooden or stone pickaxe, it is recommended to avoid hostile mobs and crabs, as the reach and damage provided by the pickaxe are very small. If you are inexperienced or want to play safe, wait until you get a sword or spear before engaging a wolf or spider. While it is possible to kill a wolf by punching it to death, it is not recommended as your fists do not do a lot of damage and it may take up the better part of the day.
- The common animals of the snow biome, the polar bear and arctic fox, are EXTREMELY dangerous! The arctic fox has the same stats of a wolf and they are quite dangerous! The polar bear has a large amount of health, and the arctic foxes do as much damage as a wolf, are pretty quick (but you're still faster even when you equip a sword), and the freezing temperatures don't help. Make sure to bring along plenty of campfires, as well as a chapka to fight the cold. When hunting for winter fur, run away from the mob in a straight line or continuously walk around a fire and attack them sparsely or if your close to the border go to the border and fight them at the end of border where they cant get you. Holding any weapon slows you down, so make sure to unequip or stop hitting as soon as possible to gain distance before hitting again. Another approach is to not use a weapon at all, and fight with a pickaxe instead.
- Dragons have HUGE amounts of health, deal heavy damage and move faster than you, so trying to kill them conventionally is suicidal. When going into the dragon cave for amethyst, it is recommended to wear an explorer's hat or block them with structures (walls, doors or spikes). However, they can destroy structures fast so it's recommended to use at least stone walls and a wrench. If you want to acquire a valuable dragon heart, wait for one to move or lure one to the border where you should move up and down as you hit them with a sword.