How To Feed And Recruit Animals In Disney Dreamlight Valley

Disney Dreamlight Valley plays host to a wide variety of critters, many of which can be fed, petted, and even recruited to accompany you on your travels. Interacting with such critters can also earn you more Dreamlight, which can be used to unlock biomes, castle realms and items in Scrooge’s shop.


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Once you’ve fed a critter you will begin the process of enabling it to be selectable as a companion, alongside Pua who comes from a quest, and several other companions from events. While companions provide no tangible benefits, they will follow you around and look adorable.

Updated November 23, 2023, by Sean Murray: Everyone wants to be a Disney princess, and that means having an animal companion. We’ve updated this Dreamlight Valley companion guide to have improved formatting and more breakout tips to make obtaining your animal companion easier than ever. We’ve also given this guide more links to other helpful Disney Dreamlight Valley topics.


How To Approach A Critter

Disney dreamlight valley purple turtle companion on the beach

When you see a critter, it will respond in one of four ways and how it acts will depend on when you can feed it. Here’s what to look for and how to respond.

Red/Green Light

Critters with this behaviour will have a ‘danger’ position and a ‘safe’ position. You need to approach them slowly when it is safe.

Crocodiles are safe to approach when their heads are down, but stop when they are up. Feed them once they are led down. For Raccoons, approach when they sit down, stop when they are standing. Feed them once they visibly relax.

Chase

These critters like you to chase them once you’ve spotted them. Run after them until they stop again.

Foxes and Rabbits both like to play tag.

Wait

These critter types will scope you out before they’ll let you feed them.

Ravens will circle your head. Allow them to finish flying around. Sea Turtles will stay in their shells. Sit close by and wait for them to appear.

No Games

Some critters have no time for games and will allow you to simply approach and feed them straight away.

Squirrels will expect food immediately so be ready! All five types of Sunbird will also take food from you on sight.

How To Feed A CritterA Fox enjoying a fish in Disney Dreamlight Valley

To feed a critter simply approach one slowly (after following the responses above) and interact with it by pressing A on Xbox or Switch, X on PlayStation, or E/Left Click on PC.

By interacting with an animal, you will have the option to feed it one of the food items in your Inventory. Every animal variant has its own favourite type of food, though you do not need to know it in order to recruit it to your Companions.

All animals can be fed any available food, but there are benefits to choosing their favourites.

If you spot a Purple Friendship Star when handing over a food item, then you can rest assured that you’ve discovered their favourite food. By successfully handing it over you will complete additional Dreamlight Duties, which will, in turn, net you more Dreamlight to spend around the Valley.

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Each Critter’s Favourite Foods

Squirrel jumping for joy at an apple in Disney Dreamlight Valley

All critter types have favourite foods and liked foods. These don’t change between colour variants, except in the case of Sunbirds. Here’s what to look for:

Critter Type

Variant

Liked Foods

Favourite Food

Crocodile

  • Classic
  • White
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Golden

Fox

  • Classic
  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Blue

Rabbit

  • Classic
  • Black
  • White
  • Brown
  • Calico

Raccoon

  • Classic
  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Blue

Raven

  • Classic
  • White
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Blue

Sea Turtle

  • Classic
  • Black
  • White
  • Brown
  • Purple

Squirrel

  • Classic
  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Grey

Sunbird

Emerald

Sunbird

Golden

Sunbird

Orchid

Sunbird

Red

Sunbird

Turquoise

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How To Recruit A Critter As A Companion

Dreamlight VAlley Sea Turtle waiting for food

If you’d like to recruit a critter to keep you company while carrying out your Dreamlight Duties, then you will need to feed it two to three times.

As you can only feed each type of animal once per day, you will need to revisit your chosen friend a second time after a period of 24 real life hours has passed.

If you try and feed the same type of animal a second time in the same day, the food will simply vanish.

You must feed each critter again to increase your friendship until you can add it as a companion. Critters also have a chance to drop items if fed their favourite foods.

How To Check If A Critter Is Now A Companion

Dreamlight Valley Critter menu with companions highlighted

To see if a critter has become a companion yet go to Main Menu > Collection > Critters. All the critters in game are shown here and as you recruit them they will be highlighted on this menu.

You can also click any companion in this menu to find out which biome it is located in, as well as if it is around on the current day. Remember that your game will always sync with your device clock.

How To Equip And Switch Companions

Dreamlight Valley companion selected

To access the companion menu go to Inventory > Wardrobe > Companions. Here you will see any companions you have from quests or events, alongside any recruited critters.

All you need to do to equip them is simply select them by clicking the picture. Now you can exit the menu and your new companion will follow you around.

To switch, go back to the same menu and select a different option or click the companion again to deselect it.

Your companion will stay with you all throughout Dreamlight Valley, until they are dismissed. If you enter the main castle your companion will vanish until you return to the valley.

Companions are not summonable in other realms.

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