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Buffs are status boosts granted to a player upon consuming, equipping, or otherwise activating various items. Active buffs are shown as icons below the hotbar, along with their remaining duration. Buffs are almost universally positive or at least benign effects, in contrast with Debuffs, over which the player has much less control.

Buffs can be easily activated with the buff hotkey (default on PC), which activates all the buff-granting consumables in the player's inventory (starting from the top-left) that are not currently activated. A player is limited to 22 (10 on mobile) active buffs at any one point, and the leftmost in the bar will be deactivated if another is applied after this limit is reached. Most Buffs can be deactivated prematurely by right-clicking their icon, though those that are granted by proximity to an item will only deactivate when the player is no longer in range (see Environmental below).

Activated buffs are bound to a character, and persist as that character moves from server to server and from world to world. With the exception of those granted by Flasks, buffs are always deactivated on the player's death, though even Flasks are terminated along with the player in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and 3DS version 3DS version.

Consumables[edit | edit source]

These buffs are provided from sources and consumed upon use, such as potions, flasks, and food.

Icon Name From Effect Tooltip Duration
Ammo Reservation Ammo Reservation Ammo Reservation Potion and Ammo Box Gives the player 20% chance to not consume ammo. Gives 20% chance to not consume ammo 10 minutes
Archery Archery Archery Potion Arrow speed and damage from bows and repeaters is increased by 20%. 20% increased arrow damage and speed 4 minutes
Battle Battle Battle Potion Enemy NPC spawn rate increases. Increased enemy spawn rate 7 minutes
Builder (Buff) Builder Builder Potion Increases block and wall placement speed and range (+1 range) Increases block and wall placement speed and range 15 minutes
Calm Calm Calming Potion Enemy NPC spawn rate decreases. Reduced enemy aggression 5 minutes
Crate Potion Crate Crate Potion Higher chance to fish up a crate Increases chance to get a crate 3 minutes
Dangersense Potion Dangersense Dangersense Potion Highlights traps You can see nearby hazards 10 minutes
Endurance Potion Endurance Endurance Potion Every source of damage is reduced 10% reduced damage 4 minutes
Featherfall Featherfall Featherfall Potion Slows the players falling speed. DOWN key lets the player fall normally. UP key lets the player fall more slowly. Provides immunity to fall damage and Stoned debuff. Press UP or DOWN to control speed of descent 5 minutes
Fishing Potion Fishing Fishing Potion Fishing power increased Increased fishing level 8 minutes
Flipper Potion Flipper Flipper Potion Movement speed won't be affected by liquids Move like normal in water 8 minutes
Gills Gills Gills Potion Allows the player to breathe underwater. Breathe water instead of air 2 minutes
Gravitation Gravitation Gravitation Potion Players gravity can be reversed by pressing the UP key and DOWN to normal. Press UP or DOWN to reverse gravity 3 minutes
Heartreach Potion Heartreach Heartreach Potion Improved heart pickup range Increased heart pickup range 8 minutes
Hunter Hunter Hunter Potion Allows the player to find enemy NPCs easily. Shows the location of enemies 5 minutes
Wiesnbräu Immune WiesnbräuMobile Version3DS version Player takes reduced damage, but also reduces the damage dealt. Numbs the user from damage taken but also reduces damage inflicted 30 seconds
Inferno Potion Inferno Inferno Potion Summons a fire barrier around the player Nearby enemies are ignited 4 minutes
Invisibility Invisibility Invisibility Potion Make the player invisible. Grants invisibility 2 minutes
Ironskin Ironskin Ironskin Potion Causes the defense of the player to increase by 8. Increase defense by 8 5 minutes
Lifeforce Potion Lifeforce Lifeforce Potion Increased max health 20% increased max life 5 minutes
Love Potion Lovestruck Love Potion Floating hearts appear around you You are in love! 30 seconds
Magic Power Magic Power Magic Power Potion Magic damage is increased by 20%. 20% increased magic damage 2 minutes
Mana Regeneration Mana Regeneration Mana Regeneration Potion Mana regenerates quicker. Increased mana regeneration 2 minutes
Mining Potion Mining Mining Potion Increases mining speed 25% increased mining speed 8 minutes
Night Owl Night Owl Night Owl Potion Allows to see light better. Increased night vision 4 minutes
Obsidian Skin Obsidian Skin Obsidian Skin Potion Causes the player to become invulnerable to lava. Immune to lava 4 minutes
Rage Rage Rage Potion Increases critical strike chance by 10%. 10% increased critical strike chance. 4 minutes
Regeneration Regeneration Regeneration Potion Player's life regeneration speed is increased. Provides life regeneration 5 minutes
Shine Shine Shine Potion Makes the player shine to see properly. Emitting light 5 minutes
Sonar Potion Sonar Sonar Potion See the name of your catch while fishing You can see what's biting your hook 4 minutes
Spelunker Spelunker Spelunker Potion Allows the player to see ores and chests more clearly. Shows the location of treasure and ore 5 minutes
Summoning Potion Summoning Summoning Potion +1 Minion capacity Increased max number of minions 6 minutes
Swiftness Swiftness Swiftness Potion Increases the players speed by 25%. 25% increased movement speed 4 minutes
Thorns Thorns Thorns Potion Melee attackers take a small amount of damage upon harming the player. Attackers also take damage 2 minutes
Tipsy Tipsy1 Ale or Sake Inflicts -4 defense, grants +2% critical hit on melee attacks, +10% melee attack speed and damage. Increased melee abilities, lowered defense 2 / 4 minutes
Titan Potion Titan Titan Potion Increases knockback of all weapons Increased knockback 4 minutes
Warmth Potion Warmth Warmth Potion Reduces damage from cold themed enemies. Reduced damage from cold sources 25 minutes
Water Walking Water Walking Water Walking Potion Allows the player to walk on water, honey and lava. DOWN key allows the player to fall in liquids. Press DOWN to enter water 5 minutes
Wrath Wrath Wrath Potion Increases weapon damage by 10%. 10% increased damage. 4 minutes
Well Fed Well Fed Numerous Food Items. Consuming food items gives the player a few improvements such as damage, defense, swing rate, etc. Minor improvements to all stats 10-45 minutes depending on what food is used
Weapon Imbue: Confetti Weapon Imbue: Confetti Flask of Party Melee attacks cause bursts of confetti Melee attacks causes confetti to appear 20 minutes
Weapon Imbue: Cursed Flames Weapon Imbue: Cursed Flames Flask of Cursed Flames Melee attacks inflict Cursed Inferno debuff on enemies Melee attacks inflict enemies with cursed flames 20 minutes
Weapon Imbue: Fire Weapon Imbue: Fire Flask of Fire Melee attacks inflict On Fire! debuff on enemies Melee attacks set enemies on fire 20 minutes
Weapon Imbue: Gold Weapon Imbue: Gold Flask of Gold Melee attacks inflict Midas debuff on enemies Melee attacks make enemies drop more gold 20 minutes
Weapon Imbue: Ichor Weapon Imbue: Ichor Flask of Ichor Melee attacks inflict Ichor debuff on enemies Melee attacks decrease enemies defense 20 minutes
Weapon Imbue: Nanites Weapon Imbue: Nanites Flask of Nanites Melee attacks inflict Confused on enemies Melee attacks confuse enemies 20 minutes
Weapon Imbue: Poison Weapon Imbue: Poison Flask of Poison Melee attacks inflict Poisoned on enemies Melee attacks poison enemies 20 minutes
Weapon Imbue: Venom Weapon Imbue: Venom Flask of Venom Melee attacks inflict Venom debuff on enemies Melee attacks inflict Venom on enemies 20 minutes

1While the effects of "Tipsy" are mostly beneficial, it is classified as a debuff, and therefore cannot be removed by right-clicking the icon. It is included in this list because it seems to satisfy the role of both a debuff and a buff.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

These buffs are provided naturally by equipment, either permanently or under certain circumstances.

Icon Name From Effect Tooltip Duration
Beetle Endurance 15.pngBeetle Endurance 30.pngBeetle Endurance 45.png Beetle Endurance From wearing Beetle armor with Beetle Shell 15% reduced damage taken for each beetle (up to 45%). Each hit received removes a beetle. Damage taken reduced by 15%/30%/45% While not receiving damage
Beetle Might 10.pngBeetle Might 20.pngBeetle Might 30.png Beetle Might Damaging an enemy while wearing Beetle armor with Beetle Scale Mail 10% increased melee damage and speed for each beetle (up to 30%) Melee damage and speed increase by 10%/20%/30% While in combat
Damage Nebula Damage Nebula Striking an enemy while wearing Nebula armor 15% increased damage for 8 seconds +15% damage for 8 seconds 8 seconds
Ice Barrier Ice Barrier1 Frozen Turtle Shell Grants 25% damage reduction Desktop VersionConsole Version / 30 Defense Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version Damage taken is reduced by 25% While under 50% health (Desktop Version) / 25% health (Old-gen console versionMobile Version)
Life Drain Life DrainDesktop Version Life Drain (weapon) Gives improved life regeneration Increased life regeneration While attacking
Life Nebula Life Nebula Striking an enemy while wearing Nebula armor Increased health regeneration by 4 per second for 8 seconds Increased health regeneration by 4 per second for 8 seconds 8 seconds
Mana Nebula Mana Nebula Striking an enemy while wearing Nebula armor Increased mana regeneration for 8 seconds Increased mana regeneration for 8 seconds 8 seconds
Merfolk Merfolk1 Neptune's Shell/Moon Shell/Celestial Shell Turns the player into a merfolk when the player enters water, allowing infinite breathing and better swimming. Can breathe and move easily underwater While underwater
Panic! Panic! When hit with the Panic Necklace / Sweetheart Necklace Causes the player to move more quickly after taking damage. Movement speed is increased 5 seconds
Rapid Healing Rapid Healing After striking an enemy while wearing Palladium armor Gives improved life regeneration Life regeneration is greatly increased 5 seconds
Shadow Dodge Shadow Dodge After striking an enemy while wearing Titanium armor. The effect will not trigger within 30 seconds of last RECEIVING (not triggering) the buff. The player will not be affected by the next attack, and becomes invulnerable for two seconds afterwards. Two clones of the player will appear, mimicking the player's movements while active (this is purely visual). You will dodge the next attack 30 seconds until damaged
Solar Blaze Solar BlazeDesktop Version The player avoids damage from wearing Solar Flare armor, up to 3 "charges" Solar shields generate over time protecting you, consume the shield power to dash, damaging enemies Damage taken reduced by 30%, repel enemies when taking damage Anytime, until damaged 3 times
Stardust Guardian Stardust GuardianDesktop Version From wearing Stardust armor Summons a stardust guardian to fight for you The stardust guardian will protect you infinite
Striking Moment Striking MomentDesktop Version From using Brand of the Inferno with a shield Melee damage increased after blocking an enemy's attack 500% increased damage for next melee strike Next melee attack
Werewolf Werewolf1 Moon Charm/Moon Shell/Celestial Shell Gives improvements to physical abilities, as well as giving the player a cosmetic werewolf skin. Physical abilities are increased During the night

1 These buffs are automatically applied by an equipped accessory under specific conditions. They cannot be cancelled by right-click, but by removing the accessory.

Activated Furniture[edit | edit source]

These buffs are provided for 10 minutes upon right-clicking particular placed furniture.

Icon Name From Effect Tooltip Duration
Ammo Box Ammo Box Ammo Box Right clicking on a placed Ammo Box gives the player a 20% chance not to consume ammo. 20% not to consume ammo 10 minutes
Bewitched (Buff) Bewitched Bewitching Table Right clicking on a placed Bewitching Table increases number of maximum minions by +1 Increased max number of minions 10 minutes
Clairvoyance Clairvoyance Crystal Ball Right clicking on a placed Crystal Ball increases the player's magic power. Magic powers are increased 10 minutes
Sharpened Sharpened Sharpening StationDesktop VersionConsole Version Right clicking on a placed Sharpening Station increases melee weapons armor penetration by 4 Melee weapons have armor penetration 10 minutes

Environmental[edit | edit source]

These buffs are provided by being in range of particular placed furniture, blocks, or NPCs. Static effects from objects like Peace Candle and Happy! have range of 50 blocks (100*100 square).

Icon Name From Effect Tooltip Duration
Cozy Fire.png Cozy Fire Campfire or Fireplace Gives improved life regeneration to nearby players. Life regeneration is slightly increased When standing in range of a campfire.
Dryad's Blessing (Buff) Dryad's BlessingDesktop VersionConsole Version Dryad Increases your defense by 8 The power of nature protects you When standing inside the Dryad's leaf barrier.
Happy! (Buff) Happy! Sunflower Movement speed increased(18%) and enemy spawns reduced Movement speed increased(18%) and enemy spawns reduced When standing in range of a sunflower.
Heart Lamp Heart Lamp Heart Lantern Gives improved life regeneration to nearby players. Life regeneration is increased When standing in range of a heart lantern.
Honey Honey Honey Player's life regenerates while standing in honey and for 30 seconds after exiting it Life regeneration is increased 30 seconds
Peace Candle Peace CandleDesktop VersionConsole Version Peace Candle Enemy NPC spawn rate decreases. Decreases enemy spawn rate When standing in range of a peace candle.
Star in a Bottle Star in a BottleDesktop VersionConsole Version Star in a Bottle Gives improved mana regeneration to nearby players. Increased mana regeneration When standing in range of a star in a bottle.

Summons[edit | edit source]

Aside from the normal buffs there are also buffs that provide you with a minion. Unlike other buffs, they last until the player dies, cancels the buff, or leaves the current world.

Icon Name From Item Tooltip Buff Tooltip Duration
Baby Slime (buff).png Baby Slime Slime Staff Summons a baby slime to fight for you. The baby slime will fight for you infinite
Hornet (buff).png Hornet Hornet Staff Summons a hornet to fight for you The hornet will fight for you infinite
Imp.png Imp Imp Staff Summons an imp to fight for you The Imp will fight for you infinite
Spider (buff).png Spider Spider Staff Summons an spider to fight for you The spider will fight for you infinite
Twins (buff).png Twins Optic Staff Summons twins to fight for you The twins will fight for you infinite
Pirate (buff).png Pirate Pirate Staff Summons pirates to fight for you The pirates will fight for you infinite
Pygmy Staff Pygmies Pygmy Staff Summons a pygmy to fight for you The pygmies will fight for you infinite
Xeno_Staff UFO Xeno StaffDesktop Version Summons a UFO to fight for you The UFO will fight for you infinite
Ravens.png Ravens Raven Staff Summons a raven to fight for you The ravens will attack your enemies infinite
Sharknado.png Sharknado Tempest Staff Summons sharknados to fight for you The sharknado will fight for you infinite
Deadly_Sphere_Staff Deadly Sphere Deadly Sphere StaffDesktop Version Summons a Deadly Sphere to fight for you The Deadly Sphere will fight for you infinite
Stardust Dragon.png Stardust Dragon Stardust Dragon StaffDesktop Version Summons a Stardust Dragon to fight for you The Stardust Dragon will protect you infinite
Stardust_Cell_Staff Stardust Cell Stardust Cell StaffDesktop Version Summons a stardust cell to fight for you 'Cultivate the most beautiful cellular infection' The stardust cell will fight for you infinite

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Be Prepared.png Be Prepared • "You are ready for battle!"
Have 5 buffs active at once. Old-gen console version

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop Fixed bug where upon loading the player might sometimes have empty spaces between their buffs.
Status Effects: Buffs • Debuffs
Regeneration Cozy Fire.pngCozy Fire • Heart Lamp (buff).pngHeart Lamp • Honey (buff).pngHoney • Mana Regeneration.pngMana Regeneration • Rapid Healing.pngRapid Healing • Regeneration.pngRegeneration
Attack Ammo Box (buff).pngAmmo Box • Ammo Reservation.pngAmmo Reservation • Archery.pngArchery • Ballista Panic!.pngBallista Panic!Desktop Version • Banner (buff).pngBannerDesktop VersionConsole Version • Battle.pngBattle • Beetle Might 10.pngBeetle Might 20.pngBeetle Might 30.pngBeetle Might • Clairvoyance.pngClairvoyance • Leaf Crystal.pngLeaf Crystal • Magic Power.pngMagic Power • Rage.pngRage • Striking Moment.pngStriking MomentDesktop Version • Summoning (buff).pngSummoning • Thorns.pngThorns • Titan.pngTitan • Well Fed.pngWell Fed • Wrath.pngWrath • Werewolf (buff).pngWerewolf
Defense Beetle Endurance 15.pngBeetle Endurance 30.pngBeetle Endurance 45.pngBeetle Endurance • Calm.pngCalm • Endurance.pngEndurance • Heartreach.pngHeartreach • Ice Barrier.pngIce Barrier • Inferno.pngInferno • Invisibility.pngInvisibility • Ironskin.pngIronskin • Lifeforce.pngLifeforce • Paladin's Shield (buff).pngPaladin's Shield • Shadow Dodge.pngShadow Dodge • Warmth.pngWarmth
Exploration and Movement Dangersense.pngDangersense • Featherfall.pngFeatherfall • Flipper (buff).pngFlipper • Gills.pngGills • Gravitation.pngGravitation • Hunter.pngHunter • Merfolk (buff).pngMerfolk • Night Owl.pngNight Owl • Obsidian Skin.pngObsidian Skin • Panic!.pngPanic! • Shine.pngShine • Spelunker.pngSpelunker • Swiftness.pngSwiftness • Water Walking.pngWater Walking
Flasks Weapon Imbue Confetti.pngConfetti • Weapon Imbue Cursed Flames.pngCursed Flames • Weapon Imbue Fire.pngFire • Weapon Imbue Gold.pngGold • Weapon Imbue Ichor.pngIchor • Weapon Imbue Nanites.pngNanites • Weapon Imbue Poison.pngPoison • Weapon Imbue Venom.pngVenom
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