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Debuffs are temporary, negative status effects, as opposed to Buffs, which affect the player positively. Once a debuff has been inflicted, the debuff's icon will display to the upper left of the player's window Pc only.png, along with a count-down timer, showing how much longer the debuff will be in effect. The counter will begin at one minute/second less than its listed duration and show zero during the final minute/second.

Most debuffs can only be inflicted by enemies, however it is also possible for traps to inflict some debuffs on players.

Players can inflict the following debuffs on most enemies: Confused, Cursed Inferno, Ichor Debuff, Midas, Poisoned, Venom, On Fire!, Frostburn and Shadowflame.
Console only.pngMobile only.png Players can also inflict Bleeding on enemies via the console/mobile-exclusive Tizona. Mobile only.png3DS logo.svg Players can inflict the Stunned debuff via the mobile exclusive ammunition Heart Arrow.

In general, damaging debuffs will stack: If a player is both Poisoned and On Fire!, they will take damage from both debuffs. However, Poisoned and Venom do not stack, and Poisoned will take precedence over Venom. Death always cancels any active buffs or debuffs.

Unlike buffs, Debuffs cannot be cancelled by right-clicking their icons.
The Nurse can cancel debuffs at a cost of 7 Silver Coin 50 Copper Coin per active debuff.

From enemies[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Effect Tooltip Duration
Bleeding.png Bleeding  Prevents the player from regenerating life naturally. Cannot regenerate life 3-45 seconds / 6-90 seconds
Poisoned.png Poisoned  Players turn green, slowly lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life. Slowly losing life 3-10 seconds / 2-20 seconds
On Fire!.png On Fire!  Players are engulfed with flames, lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life. Slowly losing life 7-10 seconds / 14-20 seconds
Venom.png Venom  Players turn purple, lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life. Losing life 8 seconds / 16 seconds
Darkness.png Darkness  Lowers the brightness of light. Decreased light vision 15 seconds / 5-30 seconds
Blackout.png Blackout  Severely lowers the brightness of light, making it nearly impossible to see. Light vision severely reduced 3 seconds / 6 seconds
Silenced.png Silenced  Prevents the player from using anything that requires mana. Cannot use items that require mana 7 seconds / 2.5-14 seconds
Cursed.png Cursed  Prevents the player from using anything. Cannot use any items 4 seconds / 1.25-8 seconds
Confused.png Confused  and 's effects are switched, and and 's effects are switched. Movement is reversed 7 seconds / 2.5-14 seconds
Slow.png Slow  Slows down the player's speed. Movement speed is reduced 5-16 seconds / 0.5-32 seconds
Oozed.png Oozed Pc only.png Player can barely move during the duration of the debuff. Movement speed significantly reduced 14 seconds / 14 seconds
Weak.png Weak  Causes the player's Physical abilities to decrease. Werewolf buff negates this debuff. Physical abilities are decreased 1-5 minutes / 18.75 seconds-10 minutes
Broken Armor.png Broken Armor  Causes the player's defense to go down to half of its normal defense. Defense is cut in half 10 seconds-2 minutes / 16.25 seconds-4 minutes
Withered Armor.png Withered Armor Pc only.png Causes the player's defense to go down to half of its normal defense. Your armor is lowered 5 seconds / 10 seconds
Withered Weapon.png Withered Weapon Pc only.png Reduces all player-inflicted damage by 50%. Your attacks are weaker! 5 seconds-2 minutes
Horrified.png Horrified  Acts as a warning to prevent the player from attempting to escape the Underworld. If you try to escape (i.e using a Magic Mirror) you are killed upon returning to your spawn point. You have seen something nasty, there is no escape. While fighting Wall of Flesh
The Tongue.png The Tongue  Pulls the player, through tiles, directly in front of the Wall of Flesh You are being sucked into the mouth While in contact with The Tongue
Cursed Inferno.png Cursed Inferno  Ignites the player with cursed flames that deal damage over time. Cursed flames can not be extinguished by water. Losing life 7-8 seconds / 14-16 seconds
Ichor (debuff).png Ichor (debuff)  Causes the player to glow yellow along with the loss of 20 defense. Armor reduced by 20 15 seconds / 30 seconds
Chilled.png Chilled  Slows down the player's speed. Movement speed is reduced 10-45 seconds / 20 seconds-90 seconds
Frozen.png Frozen  Prevents the player from moving or using anything. You cannot move 1-1.5 second / 2-3 seconds
Wet.png Wet  Player drips water. You are dripping water 30 seconds
Webbed.png Webbed Pc only.png Causes the player to be stuck in the spot where they were hit. Players are still allowed to use items while this effect is ongoing. You are stuck 1 seconds
Stoned.png Stoned Pc only.png Prevents the player from moving or using anything and damages the player. You are completely petrified! 1-4 seconds
Distorted.png Distorted Pc only.png Causes the player to float upwards and downwards randomly. Gravity around you is distorted 6-12 seconds / 5-9 seconds
Obstructed.png Obstructed Pc only.png Darkens the screen almost completely, except for a small area around the player. You can't see! While attacked by a Brain Suckler
Electrified.png Electrified Pc only.png Causes the player to take significant damage when moving and a smaller amount of damage when not moving. You cannot move 4-8 seconds
Feral Bite.png Feral Bite Pc only.png Increases player damage but decreases health regeneration and applies other random debuffs. Increased damage, Decreased life regen, Causes status effects 3 seconds-90 seconds
Moon Bite.png Moon Bite Pc only.png Prevents the player from healing via Vampire Knives or Spectre Hood. You are unable to absorb any healing effects 14 seconds / 16 seconds

From items and environment[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Effect Tooltip Duration
Mana Sickness.png 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.png Potion Sickness  Prevents the player from drinking healing potions and restoration potions. Cannot consume anymore healing items 60 seconds
Chaos State.png 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.png Suffocation  Players lose life over time while buried in Sand, Slush, or Silt. Losing life While in contact with fallen Silt/Sand/Slush
Burning.png 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
Tipsy.png Tipsy  Player's melee abilities are improved along with lowered defense after drinking ale. Increased melee abilities, lowered defense 2 minutes
Stinky.png Stinky  Green fumes appear around you (cosmetic) You smell terrible 30 seconds
Water Candle (debuff).png 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
Mighty Wind.png Mighty Wind Pc only.png Pushed by 1 pixel every ~.5 seconds The wind moves you around! Infinite while in a Sandstorm
Creative Shock.png Creative Shock Pc only.png Cannot build or break blocks You have lost the power of creation! Infinite during the Old One's Army event

Other Debuffs[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Effect Tooltip Duration
Frostburn.png Frostburn  Affected players or enemies lose life over time and cannot regenerate life. It's either really hot, or really cold, but it REALLY hurts 1-8 seconds
Midas.png Midas  Causes affected enemies to drop more coins than usual on death. Drop more money on death 15 minutes
Oiled.png Oiled Pc only.png Fires are more effective. Taking more damage from being on fire 4-9 seconds
Stunned.png Stunned Mobile only.png3DS logo.svg Completely immobilizes affected enemies. N/A 5-7 seconds
Slime (debuff).png Slime (debuff)  Player drips blue goo and gains a blue tint. You are dripping slime 30 seconds
Shadowflame.png Shadowflame Pc only.png Deals 5 damage per second to the target. Losing life 5-8 seconds
Betsy's Curse.png Betsy's Curse Pc only.png Defense reduced by 40. Defense is lowered 5 seconds
Penetrated.png Penetrated Pc only.png Causes affected enemies lasting damage for up to 15 seconds. Bleeding Out 15 seconds
Daybroken.png Daybroken Pc only.png Causes affected enemies lasting damage for up to 15 seconds. Incenerated [sic] by solar rays 15 seconds
Celled.png Celled Pc only.png Causes affected enemies lasting damage. being eaten by cells 6-9 seconds
Dryad's Bane.png Dryad's Bane Pc only.png Causes affected enemies lasting damage. The power of nature compels you While in Dryad's leaf shield.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The spelling for the Daybroken Tooltip is incorrect in-game. As such, it is not to be corrected on this wiki until otherwise corrected in-game.
  • Enemies that die from the Daybroken debuff inflict the debuff on other nearby enemies.
  • The damage of damage-dealing debuffs, such as On Fire!, Frostburn, and Cursed Inferno will be multiplied to a boss based on the boss' strength. For example, Eye of Cthulhu will take 12 damage per hit from Cursed Inferno, whereas Plantera will take 35.
  • Expert Mode: The following debuffs have their duration doubled in expert mode: Poisoned, Darkness, Cursed, On Fire!, Bleeding, Confused, Slow, Weak, Silenced, Broken Armor, Cursed Inferno, Frostburn, Chilled, Frozen, Ichor Debuff, Venom, Blackout.
  • Expert Mode: In expert mode, the player is inflicted with Chilled when they enter water in a Snow biome.
  • Although water and ice technically extinguish fire, the only way to do so in-game is to jump into a water pool.

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