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Debuffs

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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 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version upper left / Old-gen console version3DS Version upper right of the player's window, along with a Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version count-down timer / Old-gen console version3DS Version icon shading, showing how much longer the debuff will be in effect. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 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, Betsy's Curse, Midas, Poisoned, Venom, On Fire!, Frostburn and Shadowflame.
Old-gen console version3DS Version Players can also inflict Bleeding on enemies via the TizonaOld-gen console version3DS Version. 3DS Version Players can inflict the Stunned debuff via the ammunition Heart Arrow3DS Version. 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 Silver Coin.png 50 Copper Coin.png 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]

Icon Name Effect Tooltip Duration
Bleeding Bleeding 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
Poisoned Poisoned Players turn green, slowly lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life. Slowly losing life 3-10 seconds / 2-20 seconds
On Fire! 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 Venom Players turn purple, lose life over time, and cannot regenerate life. Losing life 8 seconds / 16 seconds
Darkness Darkness Players turn blue, and light brightness is lowered. Decreased light vision 15 seconds / 5-30 seconds
Blackout Blackout Severely lowers the brightness of light, making it nearly impossible to see. Light vision severely reduced 3 seconds / 6 seconds
Silenced Silenced Prevents the player from using anything that requires mana. Cannot use items that require mana 7 seconds / 2.5-14 seconds
Cursed Cursed Prevents the player from using anything. Cannot use any items 4 seconds / 1.25-8 seconds
Confused Confused ◀ Left and ▶ Right's effects are switched, and ▲ Up and ▼ Down's effects are switched. Movement is reversed 7 seconds / 2.5-14 seconds
Slow Slow Slows down the player's speed. Movement speed is reduced 5-16 seconds / 0.5-32 seconds
Oozed OozedDesktop Version Player speed is severely reduced. Movement is significantly reduced 14 seconds / 14 seconds
Weak 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 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 Withered ArmorDesktop Version Causes the player's defense to go down to half of its normal defense. Your armor is lowered! 5 seconds / 10 seconds
Withered Weapon Withered WeaponDesktop Version Reduces all player-inflicted damage by 50%. Your attacks are weaker! 5 seconds-2 minutes
Horrified Horrified Acts as a warning to prevent the player from attempting to escape the Underworld whilst fighting the Wall of Flesh. 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 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 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) Ichor (debuff) Causes the player to glow yellow along with the loss of 20 defense. Reduced defense 15 seconds / 30 seconds
Chilled Chilled Slows down the player's speed. Your movement speed has been reduced 10-45 seconds / 20 seconds-90 seconds
Frozen Frozen Prevents the player from moving or using anything. You can't move! 1-1.5 second / 2-3 seconds
Wet WetDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Player drips water. (visual) You are dripping water 30 seconds
Webbed WebbedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 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 StonedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 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
Distorted DistortedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Causes the player to float upwards and downwards based on their position. Gravity around you is distorted 6-12 seconds / 5-9 seconds
Obstructed ObstructedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Darkens the screen almost completely, except for a small area around the player. You can't see! While attacked by a Brain Suckler
Electrified ElectrifiedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 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 Feral BiteDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 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 Moon BiteDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version 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]

Icon Name Effect Tooltip Duration
Mana Sickness Mana SicknessDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Magic damage is reduced by 25%, the amount of damage reduced is reduced by 5% every second. Magic damage reduced by 1-50% 5-10 seconds
Potion Sickness Potion Sickness Prevents the player from drinking healing potions and restoration potions. Cannot consume anymore healing items 60 seconds
Chaos State Chaos State Causes the player to lose 1/7th Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version / 1/6th Old-gen console version3DS Version 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
Suffocation Suffocation Players lose life over time while buried in Sand, Slush, or Silt. Losing life While in contact with fallen Silt/Sand/Slush
Burning Burning Players burn, losing life, life regeneration speed, and movement speed. Losing life and slowed movement While in contact with Meteorite, Hellstone, or Hellstone Brick
Tipsy Tipsy Increased melee abilities, lowered defense 2 minutes
Stinky Stinky Green fumes appear around you. (Visual effect) You smell terrible 30 seconds
Water Candle (debuff) Water Candle (debuff) Increases the spawn rate and max number of enemies on screen. Increased monster spawn rate When near a placed Water Candle
Mighty Wind Mighty WindDesktop VersionConsole Version Pushed based on wind direction. The wind moves you around! Infinite while in a Sandstorm
Creative Shock Creative ShockDesktop VersionConsole Version 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 Frostburn 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
Midas Midas Causes affected enemies to drop more coins than usual on death. Drop more money on death 15 minutes
Oiled OiledDesktop VersionConsole Version Fires are more effective. Taking more damage from being on fire 4-9 seconds
Stunned Stunned3DS Version Completely immobilizes affected enemies. Paralyzed by love 5-7 seconds
Slime (debuff) Slime (debuff)Desktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version Player drips blue goo and gains a blue tint. (visual) You are slimy and sticky 30 seconds
Shadowflame ShadowflameDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Deals 15 damage per second to the target. Losing life 5-8 seconds
Betsy's Curse Betsy's CurseDesktop Version Defense reduced by 40. Defense is lowered 5 seconds
Penetrated PenetratedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Causes affected enemies lasting damage for up to 15 seconds. Bleeding Out 15 seconds
Daybroken DaybrokenDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Causes affected enemies lasting damage for up to 15 seconds. Incenerated by solar rays [sic] 15 seconds
Celled CelledDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Causes affected enemies lasting damage. being eaten by cells 6-9 seconds
Dryad's Bane Dryad's BaneDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Causes affected enemies lasting damage. The power of nature compells you While in Dryad's leaf shield.

Unobtainable Debuffs[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Effect Tooltip Duration
Dazed DazedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version Move at one third speed horizontally. Reduced jump height. Movement is greatly slowed Unobtainable during normal gameplay
Sugar Rush Sugar RushDesktop VersionConsole Version unknown n/a Unobtainable during normal gameplay

Notes[edit | edit source]

 Weapons inflicting debuffs 
Weapon Debuff
Betsy's WrathBetsy's WrathDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3870
Betsy's CurseBetsy's CurseDesktop VersionConsole Version
TizonaTizonaOld-gen console version3DS Version
Internal Item ID: 5010
BleedingBleeding
Bee KeeperBee Keeper
Internal Item ID: 1123
ConfusedConfused
Dao of PowDao of Pow
Internal Item ID: 389
ConfusedConfused
Cursed FlamesCursed Flames
Internal Item ID: 519
Cursed InfernoCursed Inferno
DaybreakDaybreakDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3543
DaybrokenDaybrokenDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Solar EruptionSolar EruptionDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3473
DaybrokenDaybrokenDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
AmarokAmarokDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3289
FrostburnFrostburn
Flower of FrostFlower of Frost
Internal Item ID: 1264
FrostburnFrostburn
BladetongueBladetongueDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3211
IchorIchor
Golden ShowerGolden Shower
Internal Item ID: 1336
IchorIchor
CascadeCascadeDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3282
On Fire!On Fire!
Elf MelterElf Melter
Internal Item ID: 1910
On Fire!On Fire!
Fiery GreatswordFiery Greatsword
Internal Item ID: 121
On Fire!On Fire!
FlamarangFlamarang
Internal Item ID: 119
On Fire!On Fire!
Flameburst CaneFlameburst CaneDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3819
On Fire!On Fire!
Flameburst RodFlameburst RodDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3818
On Fire!On Fire!
Flameburst StaffFlameburst StaffDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3820
On Fire!On Fire!
FlamelashFlamelash
Internal Item ID: 218
On Fire!On Fire!
FlamethrowerFlamethrower
Internal Item ID: 506
On Fire!On Fire!
Flower of FireFlower of Fire
Internal Item ID: 112
On Fire!On Fire!
Hel-FireHel-FireDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3290
On Fire!On Fire!
Inferno ForkInferno Fork
Internal Item ID: 1445
On Fire!On Fire!
Molotov CocktailMolotov CocktailDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 2590
On Fire!On Fire!
Phantom PhoenixPhantom PhoenixDesktop VersionConsole Version
Internal Item ID: 3854
On Fire!On Fire!
SunfurySunfury
Internal Item ID: 220
On Fire!On Fire!
Wand of SparkingWand of SparkingDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3069
On Fire!On Fire!
Bone JavelinBone JavelinDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3378
PenetratedPenetratedDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Blade of GrassBlade of Grass
Internal Item ID: 190
PoisonedPoisoned
Poison StaffPoison Staff
Internal Item ID: 1308
PoisonedPoisoned
Poisoned KnifePoisoned Knife
Internal Item ID: 287
PoisonedPoisoned
Thorn ChakramThorn Chakram
Internal Item ID: 191
PoisonedPoisoned
TonbogiriTonbogiriOld-gen console version3DS Version
Internal Item ID: 5011
PoisonedPoisoned
ToxikarpToxikarpDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3210
PoisonedPoisoned
Shadowflame Hex DollShadowflame Hex DollDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3053
ShadowflameShadowflameDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Shadowflame KnifeShadowflame KnifeDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3054
ShadowflameShadowflameDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Stardust Cell StaffStardust Cell StaffDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 3474
Stardust CellStardust CellDesktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version
Venom StaffVenom StaffDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Internal Item ID: 2188
VenomVenom

See also[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2.1.2:
    • 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.
  • Mobile 1.3.0.7: Damaging debuffs no longer deal percentage-based damage.