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.
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.
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.
On the Mobile version, most gradual damage debuffs apply health percentage damage instead, making the DPS vary on enemies of different max HPs, capped at 4/5/6 damage per second on players. This can cause debuffs affecting high HP enemies and bosses to cause extreme damage compared to most conventional means of attacking, causing more than 400 damage per second on high HP bosses such as Golem and Duke Fishron.
Unlike buffs, Debuffs cannot be cancelled by right-clicking their icons. The Nurse can cancel debuffs at a cost of
750*7 50 per active debuff. This doesn't apply for 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, and ▲ Up and ▼ Down'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 speed 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-2 minutes|
|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|
|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.||Armor reduced by 20||15 seconds / 30 seconds|
|Slows down the player's speed.||Movement speed is reduced||10-45 seconds / 20 seconds-90 seconds|
|Prevents the player from moving or using anything.||You cannot 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 any 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 is reduced by 1-50%||5-10 seconds|
|Prevents the player from drinking healing potions and restoration potions.||Cannot consume anymore healing items||60 seconds|
|Takes life whenever a player uses the Rod of Discord too frequently.||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 slow movement||While in contact with Meteorite, Hellstone, or Hellstone Brick|
|Player's melee abilities are improved along with lowered defense.||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 enemy 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, but 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 dripping slime||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 ||15 seconds|
|Causes affected enemies lasting damage.||Being eaten by cells||6-9 seconds|
|Causes affected enemies lasting damage.||The power of nature compels you||While in Dryad's leaf shield.|
- 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.
Unobtainable Debuffs[edit | edit source]
|Move at one third speed horizontally. Reduced jump height.||Movement is greatly slowed||Unobtainable during normal gameplay|
|unknown||N/A||Unobtainable during normal gameplay|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Enemies that die from the Daybroken debuff inflict the debuff on other nearby enemies.
- In Expert mode , the following debuffs have their duration doubled: Poisoned, Darkness, Cursed, On Fire!, Bleeding, Confused, Slow, Weak, Silenced, Broken Armor, Cursed Inferno, Frostburn, Chilled, Frozen, Ichor, Venom, and Blackout.
- 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.
- Although water and ice technically extinguish fire, the only way to do so in-game is to jump into a water pool.
- The following weapons inflict debuffs on enemies:
|Weapons inflicting debuffs|
See also[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
- Desktop 126.96.36.199: Fixed bug that caused Distorted to freeze players instead of changing their movement pattern.
- Desktop 188.8.131.52:
- 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.
- Mobile-Release: Introduced.
- 3DS-Release: Introduced.