Debuffs are temporary, negative status effects. Unlike Buffs, they cannot be cancelled by right-clicking their icons.
Most debuffs can only be inflicted by enemies, on players. Players can inflict the following debuffs on enemies: Poisoned, Confused, Cursed Inferno, Venom, Frostburn and On Fire!. Players can also inflict Bleeding on enemies via the console/mobile-exclusive Tizona.
In general, damaging debuffs will stack: If you are both Poisoned and On Fire!, you will take damage from both of them. However, Poisoned and Venom do not stack, and Poisoned will take precedence over Venom. Death always cancels any active buffs or debuffs.
The Nurse can cancel debuffs at a cost of 7 50 per active debuff.
List of debuffs
|Mana Sickness||Magic damage is reduced by 25%, the amount of damage reduced is reduced by 5% every second.||Magic damage is reduced by 1-50%||5-10 seconds|
|Potion Sickness||Prevents the player from drinking healing potions and restoration potions.||Cannot consume anymore healing items||60 seconds|
|Bleeding||Prevents the player from regenerating life naturally.||Cannot regenerate life||45 seconds|
|Poisoned||Players turn green and slowly lose life over time. Also restricts their life regeneration.||Slowly losing life||7-10 seconds|
|On Fire!||Players are engulfed with flames and lose life over time. Also restricts their life regeneration.||Slowly losing life||3-7 seconds|
|Frostburn||Players are engulfed with Frostburn flames and lose life over time. Also restricts their life regeneration.||It's either really hot, or really cold, but it REALLY hurts||1-8 seconds|
|Venom||Players turn purple and slowly lose life over time. Also restricts their life regeneration.||Losing Life||8 seconds|
|Darkness||Lowers the brightness of light.||Decreased light vision||15 seconds|
|Cursed||Prevents the player from using anything.||Cannot use any items||4 seconds|
|Tipsy||Player's melee abilities are improved along with lowered defense after drinking ale.||Increased melee abilities, lowered defense||2 minutes|
|Confused||LEFT key makes the player move right and the RIGHT key makes the player move left.||Movement is reversed||7 seconds|
|Slow||Slows down the player's speed.||Movement speed is reduced||15 seconds|
|Weak||Causes the player's Physical abilities to decrease. Werewolf buff negates this debuff.||Physical abilities are decreased||5 minutes|
|Silenced||Prevents the player from using anything that requires mana.||Cannot use items that require mana||7 seconds|
|Broken Armor||Causes the player's defense to go down to half of its normal defense.||Defense is cut in half||5 minutes|
|Horrified||Acts as a warning to prevent the player from going too far from the Wall of Flesh or attempting to escape the Underworld.||You have seen something nasty, there is no escape.||While fighting Wall of Flesh|
|The Tongue||Causes the player to get tangled by the Wall of Flesh's tongue and be pulled into its mouth.||You are being sucked into the mouth||While in contact with The Tongue|
|Cursed Inferno||Ignites the player with cursed flames that deal damage over time. Cursed flames can not be extinguished by water.||Losing life||7 seconds|
|Blackout||Player's light vision is heavily reduced making it near impossible to see most light.||Light vision severely reduced||4 seconds|
|Chilled||Slows down the player's speed.||Movement speed is reduced||20 seconds|
|Ichor (debuff)||Causes the player to glow yellow along with the loss of 20 defense.||Armor reduced by 20||15 seconds|
|Frozen||Prevents the player from moving or using anything.||You cannot move||1 second|
|Chaos State||Takes life whenever a player uses the Rod of Discord too frequently.||Using the Rod of Discord will take life||6 seconds|
|Suffocation||Players lose life over time while buried in Sand, Slush, or Silt.||Losing life||While in contact with fallen Silt/Sand/Slush|
|Burning||Players burn, losing life, life regeneration speed, and movement speed. Inflicted by Meteorite or Hellstone. Obsidian Skull or similar protects against it.||Losing life and slow movement||While in contact with hot blocks|
|Water Candle (debuff)||Whenever a player stands near a Water Candle that is placed (not in hand).||Increased enemy spawn rate||When near a placed Water Candle|
|Stinky||Green fumes appear around you||You smell terrible||30 seconds|
- 184.108.40.206: Mana Sickness introduced.
- 220.127.116.11: Fixed a bug that was causing monsters to only show one debuff on multiplayer. Monsters that transform now correctly keep their debuffs.
- 18.104.22.168: Chaos State and Water Candle introduced.
- 1.2: Burning, Blackout, Chilled, Frozen, Venom, Frostburn, Ichor Debuff and Suffocation debuffs introduced.
- 1.1: Bleeding, Broken Armor, Confused, Cursed Inferno, Horrified, Silenced, Slow, The Tongue, and Weak debuffs introduced.
- 1.0.6: Introduced.
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