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 / upper right of the player's window, along with a count-down timer / icon shading, 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.
Players can inflict the following debuffs on most enemies: Confused, Cursed Inferno, Ichor, Betsy's Curse, Midas, Poisoned, Venom, On Fire!, Frostburn and Shadowflame.
Players can also inflict Bleeding on enemies via the Tizona . Players can inflict the Stunned debuff via the ammunition Heart Arrow. See below for a list of weapons that inflict debuffs on enemies.
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 canceled by right-clicking their icons. The Nurse can cancel debuffs at a cost of
750*7 50 per active debuff. This does not apply to the Potion Sickness debuff, because when trying to cancel the Potion Sickness debuff, the Nurse will not charge for recovery of the debuff and the debuff will not be canceled, but the Potion Sickness icon will disappear.
From enemies[edit | edit source]
|Prevents the player from regenerating life naturally. Since enemies cannot regenerate life naturally, they will lose life instead when they have the debuff.||Cannot regenerate life||3-45 seconds / 6-90 seconds|
|Players turn green, slowly lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life.||Slowly losing life||3-10 seconds / 2-20 seconds|
|Players are engulfed with flames, lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life.||Slowly losing life||7-10 seconds / 14-20 seconds|
|Players turn purple, lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life.||Losing life||8 seconds / 16 seconds|
|Players turn blue, and light brightness is lowered.||Decreased light vision||15 seconds / 5-30 seconds|
|Severely lowers the brightness of light, making it nearly impossible to see.||Light vision severely reduced||3 seconds / 6 seconds|
|Prevents the player from using anything that requires mana.||Cannot use items that require mana||7 seconds / 2.5-14 seconds|
|Prevents the player from using anything.||Cannot use any items||4 seconds / 1.25-8 seconds|
|◀ Left and ▶ Right's effects are switched.||Movement is reversed||7 seconds / 2.5-14 seconds|
|Slows down the player's speed.||Movement speed is reduced||5-16 seconds / 0.5-32 seconds|
|Player speed is severely reduced.||Movement is significantly reduced||14 seconds / 14 seconds|
|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|
|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|
|Causes the player's defense to go down to half of its normal defense.||Your armor is lowered!||5 seconds / 10 seconds|
|Reduces all player-inflicted damage by 50%.||Your attacks are weaker!||5 seconds|
|Causes the player to die if they escape the Underworld.||You have seen something nasty, there is no escape.||While fighting Wall of Flesh|
|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|
|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|
|Causes the player to glow yellow along with the loss of 20 defense.||Reduced defense||15 seconds / 30 seconds|
|Slows down the player's speed.||Your movement speed has been reduced||10-45 seconds / 20 seconds-90 seconds|
|Prevents the player from moving or using anything.||You can't move!||1-1.5 second / 2-3 seconds|
|Player drips water. (visual)||You are dripping water||30 seconds|
|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|
|Prevents the player from moving horizontally or using anything. The player will take increased fall damage, which will not be negated by Wings or Lucky Horseshoe.||You are completely petrified!||1-4 seconds|
|Causes the player to float upwards and downwards based on their position.||Gravity around you is distorted||6-12 seconds / 5-9 seconds|
|Darkens the screen almost completely, except for a small area around the player.||You can't see!||While attacked by a Brain Suckler|
|Causes the player to take significant damage when moving and a smaller amount of damage when not moving.||You cannot move||4-8 seconds|
|Increases player damage but decreases health regeneration and applies other random debuffs.||Increased damage, Decreased life regen, Causes status effects||3 seconds-90 seconds|
|Prevents the player from healing via Vampire Knives or Spectre Hood.||You are unable to absorb healing effects||14 seconds / 16 seconds|
From items and environment[edit | edit source]
|Magic damage is reduced by 25%, the amount of damage reduced is reduced by 5% every second.||Magic damage reduced by||5-10 seconds|
|Prevents the player from drinking healing potions and restoration potions.||Cannot consume anymore healing items||60 seconds (45 with a Philosopher's Stone/Charm of Myths)|
|Causes the player to lose 1/7th / 1/6th of their maximum health if they use the Rod of Discord again while the debuff is active.||Using the Rod of Discord will take life||6 seconds|
|Players lose life over time while buried in Sand, Slush, or Silt.||Losing life||While in contact with fallen Silt/Sand/Slush|
|Players burn, losing life, life regeneration speed, and movement speed.||Losing life and slowed movement||While in contact with Meteorite, Hellstone, or Hellstone Brick|
|Increased melee abilities, lowered defense||2 minutes|
|Green fumes appear around you. (Visual effect)||You smell terrible||30 seconds|
|Increases the spawn rate and max number of enemies on screen.||Increased monster spawn rate||When near a placed Water Candle|
|Pushed based on wind direction.||The wind moves you around!||Infinite while in a Sandstorm|
|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]
|Affected players or enemies lose life over time and cannot regenerate life.||It's either really hot or really cold. Either way it REALLY hurts||1-8 seconds|
|Causes affected enemies to drop more coins than usual on death.||Drop more money on death||15 minutes|
|Fires are more effective.||Taking more damage from being on fire||4-9 seconds|
|Completely immobilizes affected enemies.||Paralyzed by love||5-7 seconds|
|Player drips blue goo and gains a blue tint. (visual)||You are slimy and sticky||30 seconds|
|Deals 15 damage per second to the target.||Losing life||5-8 seconds|
|Defense reduced by 40.||Defense is lowered||5 seconds|
|Causes affected enemies lasting damage for up to 15 seconds.||Bleeding Out||15 seconds|
|Causes affected enemies lasting damage for up to 15 seconds.||Incenerated by solar rays [sic]||15 seconds|
|Causes affected enemies lasting damage.||being eaten by cells||6-9 seconds|
|Causes affected enemies lasting damage.||The power of nature compells you||While in Dryad's leaf shield.|
Unobtainable Debuffs[edit | edit source]
|Move at one third speed horizontally. Reduced jump height.||Movement is greatly slowed||Unobtainable during normal gameplay|
|unknown||Unobtainable during normal gameplay|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Furthermore, players in Expert worlds are inflicted with the Chilled debuff when they enter water in a Snow biome. The Chilled debuff lasts for as long as the player is in the water and lasts for 5 seconds after getting out.
- The following weapons inflict debuffs on enemies:
See also[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
- Desktop 18.104.22.168: Fixed bug that caused Distorted to freeze players instead of changing their movement pattern.
- Desktop 22.214.171.124:
- Added Chaos State debuff.
- Fixed a bug that was causing monsters to only show one debuff on multiplayer.
- Monsters that transform now correctly keep their debuffs.
- Desktop 1.2: Burning, Blackout, Chilled, Frozen, Venom, Frostburn, Ichor Debuff and Suffocation debuffs introduced.
- Desktop 1.1: Bleeding, Broken Armor, Confused, Cursed Inferno, Horrified, Silenced, Slow, The Tongue, and Weak debuffs introduced.
- Desktop 1.0.6: Introduced.
- Console-Release: Introduced.
- Switch 1.0.711.6: Introduced with changes up to Desktop 126.96.36.199.
- Mobile 188.8.131.52: Damaging debuffs no longer deal percentage-based damage.
- Mobile-Release: Introduced.
- 3DS-Release: Introduced.