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Status effects are temporary buffs and debuffs that benefit or hurt enemies and the player in a variety of unique ways. They can be broken down into two main groups: Positive effects and Negative effects. Most positive effects are more often given to the player, while negative ones are usually only inflicted on enemies.

  • Positive status effects are effects that strengthen the damage, defensive, or even movement capabilities of the player or enemies in some way.
  • Negative status effects are effects that hurt or weaken enemies or the player in some way. Most either restrict enemy action, or deal damage-over-time. Oil does not directly affect enemies, and instead boosts the damage of fire in the form of burning oil. Other effects that increase incoming damage also do not actively harm enemies or the player.
    • Weapons and skills can have modifiers that increase damage dealt to an enemy suffering from a specific negative status effect. This only includes effects that hurt enemies or restrict their movement. Other negative effects do not have such a modifier.

Negative Effects[edit | edit source]

Negative effects are all grouped together because of their nature of harming their target in some way, whether that be the player, or enemies.

Stun, root, freeze, and slow all restrict enemy movement or attack in some way. Inflicting one of these effects multiple times on an enemy will simply refresh the duration of the effect.

Note that negative status effects, when inflicted on Bosses and Elites, expire 20% faster than normal. Additionally, elite enemies and bosses will grow a resistance to 'crowd control' effects, like freeze and root, if they repeatedly receive these effects in a short period of time, but their resistance will eventually return to normal. Certain bosses and enemies are also completely resistant to some effects and they cannot be inflicted at all on them.

Fire, poison, bleed and shock all deal damage-over-time. They can be stacked on top of one another as well as themselves to increase damage dealt. However, they each have unique mechanics involving how their effects are applied to enemies. Oil does not inherently damage enemies but instead boosts the damage and duration of fire.

Effects that increase damage taken are also listed here, though their exact mechanics often vary greatly depending on their source.

Stun Effect.gif Stun[edit | edit source]

Stun incapacitates a target briefly and continues regardless of damage taken. Stun also cancels most enemy attacks and attack combos.

  • Most weapons can briefly stun enemies after dealing enough damage, in the form of Breach, but there are a few items that will inherently inflict the stun effect.
  • The player can also be stunned by certain enemy attacks and from falling large distances.

Root Effect.png Root[edit | edit source]

Root prevents an enemy from moving, though the enemy may still perform actions and attacks. This effect also prevents most enemies from turning, making them inoffensive if you attack them from behind. Some enemies are able to root the player using certain attacks.

  • Root often comes with a secondary effect such as damage-over-time or increased damage on enemies inflicted with it.
  • Ice based items can freeze water sources, which will cause enemies that are in the affected water source to be rooted and slowed briefly until the water unfreezes.

Ice Effect.png Freeze[edit | edit source]

Freeze incapacitates a target for a few seconds but will be removed if the target is hit again. Enemies that have thawed will have slowed movement and attacks for a brief period.

  • Certain enemies have a chance to resist freeze, although they may still be slowed even if they resist the initial effect.
  • Fire will nullify the effect of freeze with each tick of damage.
    • Unlike the freeze effect, slow is not removed by fire based attacks.
  • If an enemy was already bleeding or poisoned when they became frozen, they will not immediately thaw but will still continue taking damage from those effects.

Ice Effect.png Slow[edit | edit source]

Slow reduces enemy movement and attack speed to around half of what it would normally be, making enemies easier to engage as they will not be able to attack as quickly.

  • Slow is most commonly inflicted after a frozen enemy thaws, meaning that all ice based items will always inflict slow. There are however a few mutations, items, and affixes which simply inflict slow itself.
    • The ranged weapon Ice Shards Icon.png Ice Shards is one of the only ice based item to inflict slow without first freezing the enemy.
  • Attacks from enemies that are slowed down will still give a yellow indicator relative to when the hit is about to land, making it easier to be able to parry or dodge attacks from slowed enemies without messing up the timing.
  • The Frostbite Mutation Icon.png Frostbite mutation will transform slow into a pseudo ‘damage-over-time’ effect, however the extra damage caused by this ability is often minimal as slow effects cannot stack.
  • Ice based items can freeze water sources, which will cause enemies that are in the affected water source to be rooted and slowed briefly until the water unfreezes.

Fire Effect.png Fire[edit | edit source]

Fire is a short lasting effect that damages enemies over the course of its duration. It is inflicted on enemies by fire based attacks as well as any patches of burning ground.

  • Fire based attacks cover the ground with fire, allowing for fire effects to stack repeatedly with single attacks.
  • Fire and any enemy inflicted by a burning attack is affected by water. The status is removed when entering water and will resist the effect entirely if standing in water. Any weapons or skills that leave fire will not do so over water, making burning weapons and skills significantly weaker against enemies in water.

Oil Effect.png Oil and Blue Fire Effect.png Burning Oil[edit | edit source]

Oil is an effect that increases the damage and duration of fire and turns it into a separate effect referred to as Burning Oil.

  • Enemies which are affected by oil take 12% more damage from each burn effect they have received. The player can tell an enemy is taking increased burn damage from oil (as of v1.9) as the fire icons above the enemy will be blue fire instead of the usual orange fire icon.
  • Oil based attacks can have slight environmental effects, as items and affixes that inflict oil will leave oil slicks on the ground. These slicks do not inherently have any negative impact on enemies, except inflicting the oil effect on them. Creating pools of fire on these oil slicks, or vice versa, causes the slicks to ignite, producing blue flames which still inflict the normal orange fire effect, but last for longer than normal red flames.
  • Enemies drenched in oil will normally keep the effect for a long period of time, but when they receive the burn effect the oil will be removed much more quickly.
  • The burning oil and normal burn effects cannot technically both be inflicted upon an enemy at the same time as any burning oil effects an enemy receives while drenched in oil are automatically turned back into normal burn effects when the oil is used up.
  • Spreading oil on enemies in water makes them susceptible to burn damage.
  • Oil explosions, whenever they occur, deal 16 base damage.

Poison Effect.png Poison[edit | edit source]

Poison causes enemies to take damage over an extended period of time. When an enemy is killed by poison while there are other enemies nearby, the enemy explodes into a toxic cloud that inflicts more poison, but with reduced damage and only for the remainder of the duration of the original instance of poison.

  • Poison is most often inflicted by poisonous gas clouds, which are usually created by poison-based abilities and weapons.
  • Poison is affected by water, enemies covered in water have a 0.21 second delay on getting poisoned.
  • The player may also be inflicted with poison, albeit rarely, from certain enemies, as well as toxic pools of sludge in the Toxic Sewers and Ancient Sewers.
  • Enemies will not spread poison if the killing blow was from a different damage source.

Bleed Effect.png Bleed[edit | edit source]

Bleed effects cause enemies to take small amounts of damage over the course of their duration. If 5 bleed effects are inflicted upon an enemy, all of the damage they would have inflicted over the course of their duration is dealt all at once.

  • Bleed is almost exclusively inflicted by direct hits from weapons that cause Bleeding, with few exceptions.
  • Bleed usually lasts for a shorter period of time than other effects and as such usually needs to be reapplied to enemies more often.

Shock Effect.png Shock[edit | edit source]

Shock is a special effect that will deal damage-over-time to the enemy that it was inflicted upon, as well as any enemies around it (with reduced damage), somewhat similarly to poison's propagation ability.

  • Shocked enemies can only be shocked once at a time, unlike other damage-over-time effects, which can stack multiple times on a single enemy. When a new shock effect is inflicted, it will simply replace the original one.
  • Shock is mainly inflicted directly by electricity based items, such as the Electric Whip Icon.png Electric Whip.
    • However, other effects can still be stacked alongside it, and it will simply be replaced by a new instance of shock if the enemy is shocked again.
  • Electricity based attacks will cause water to become electrified, dealing electric damage to enemies within the water.

Damage Up Effect.png Increased Damage Taken[edit | edit source]

Effects that Increase Damage Taken are a group of effects that all increase the amount of damage received from incoming attacks by enemies or the player. This is either in the form of an increased damage percentage, or a flat amount of extra damage added with each hit. These effects can last over a period of time or with a single hit, and some are indefinite.

  • When one of these effects are inflicted on the player it’s usually as a tradeoff for some other ability, whereas for enemies it’s only used to simply kill them more quickly.
  • Some increased damage effects do not use the Damage Up Effect.png icon, however they still fall under this category of effects.
  • There is an affix for turrets that boosts the damage the player deals when they are near the affixed turret, which uses the Damage Up Effect.png icon. This is slightly contradictory as the effect increases outgoing damage instead of incoming damage, while the effect icon is normally used to indicate the afflicted individual will take increased damage, not the other way around.
  • Percentage-based effects are additive, meaning if you have more than one active, the total amount of increased damage taken will be added up from each effect. For example, if the player takes 30% more damage because of Corrupted Power, and a Double Damage Effect.png double damage affix on one of their weapons, they will take 130% more damage from enemy attacks.

Hokuto Effect.png Hokuto's Mark[edit | edit source]

Hokuto's Mark is a unique effect applied by the Hokuto's Bow Icon.png Hokuto's Bow. It causes enemies to take extra damage from your attacks. Unlike other similar effects, this effect causes enemies that are killed while marked to spread the effect to other nearby enemies.

  • The extra damage applied to each hit can only be added at most every 0.3 seconds.

Positive Effects[edit | edit source]

These are effects that directly benefit the player or enemies, by increasing their defensive or offensive capabilities in some way, such as by reducing incoming damage, invincibility, or some other similar effects.

Most of these effects are used primarily by the player, and enemies are rarely ever able to receive most of them.

Damage Reduction Effect.png Damage Resistance[edit | edit source]

Damage Resistance reduces the damage of incoming hits by a percentage. It is most commonly used by the player, as multiple skills, affixes, and mutations will grant this buff to the player.

  • Currently the only ways for enemies to receive this buff is when they are nearby legendary altars, which will grant them this buff until they move far enough away, and Defenders, which will receive it when shielding another enemy.
  • This effect cannot be stacked multiple times from the same source, as the effect will simply be refreshed. However, if there are multiple sources that are providing the effect, the damage reduction effects will stack.
  • The affix that gives the player damage reduction when nearby a turret uses a slightly different Damage Reduction Traps Effect.png golden icon. The exact reasons for this are unknown, however the effect that is given works exactly the same as the normal damage reduction effect.

DPS Buff Effect Gif.gif Damage Buffs[edit | edit source]

Damage Buffs are a group of effects that temporarily increase the amount of damage the player deals. They are mostly only given by Mutations. They can work as a percent increase or just a flat amount of added damage, and can last for a single hit, over a period of time, or even only while certain conditions are met.

  • The number of active damage buffs the player currently has is represented using a counter, which takes the form of a number next to a sword icon. When there is no active buffs the icon disappears.
    • Some damage buffs, such as the Spite Mutation Icon.png Spite mutation, do not add to the counter, as they are always active, or are only applied to enemies who are under certain conditions, as it is with the Ripper Mutation Icon.png Ripper mutation. The counter only takes into account abilities that increase the players total damage to all enemies, and don’t last indefinitely.
    • The turret affix that increases your damage when near a turret does not add to the counter but instead uses a different yellow Damage Up Effect.png icon. However, it is mechanically identical to the buff provided by the Support Mutation Icon.png Support mutation as well as the one given by the Heavy Turret Icon.png Heavy Turret, which both add to the damage buff counter, so this distinction is odd.
    • The Corrupted Power Icon.png Corrupted Power skill does not increase the counter, even though it would make sense for it to do so. Instead, it makes the players head glow purple to indicate that it is active.
  • Percent based damage increases are additive, so having multiple will simply add to the total increased damage percentage.

Force Field[edit | edit source]

Force Fields are an effect that provides total invincibility for the player or enemies.

  • There are a number of items, affixes, and mutations that will create force fields for the player.
  • Certain enemies will generate force fields for other nearby enemies.
  • Having any shield equipped will grant a force field for 0.5 seconds after taking damage.
  • Bosses will often use force fields during phase changes to prevent them from being interrupted during the change.
  • Force fields always appear as pink-ish, see-through domes that encapsulate the target of the effect.
  • Active force fields reduce the health recovery when dealing damage from the recovery mechanic by 65%.

Invisibility[edit | edit source]

Invisibility is an effect that makes the player undetectable by enemies while it is active.

  • Some enemies can also have invisibility, making them much harder for the player to see.
  • If the player takes damage while invisible, the effect is removed. This is a good thing to keep in mind as enemies can still hit you while invisible if you gained the effect when an enemy was attacking you.
  • Maskers can make large amounts of enemies invisible with the use of thick fog, making areas much more dangerous to traverse due to the risk of a surprise attack at any moment.
  • Bosses ignore this effect entirely and will attack the player regardless of whether it is active or not.

Health Regen Effect.png Health Regeneration[edit | edit source]

Health Regeneration is an effect that restores a percentage of the players health bar over a short period of time, which is usually within the span of a second or less.

  • This effect can be can be obtained through eating food, drinking a health potion, certain rare affixes, or activating the effects of some healing Mutations. Currently enemies have no way of receiving health regeneration (except for one particular foe in a certain Spoiler Boss Fight).
    • There is however, an unused enemy in the games files which could heal other enemies.

Damage Health Regen Effect.png Health Leech[edit | edit source]

Health Leech is given to the player by the Frenzy Mutation Icon.png Frenzy and Adrenalin Mutation Icon.png Adrenalin mutations. It causes you to restore a certain amount of health when damaging enemies with melee attacks.

  • The amount of health restored is determined by the base damage of the weapon you used.
  • There are a few affixes that provide a similar ability, however they restore a flat 1% of your health bar with each hit and are not restricted to melee attacks. They also don’t use any icon as they are constantly active while the weapon they are affixed to is equipped.

Bonus Health[edit | edit source]

Bonus Health is an effect that is given by the Tonic Icon.png Tonic. It gives the player a temporary amount of extra health based on the current health remaining in their health bar. It is represented by a separate, blue chunk of health taking up the health bar.

  • Take note that bonus health does not protect from curses, or stop the player's killstreak from resetting.
  • If the player is at maximum health capacity, they cannot receive more bonus health.

Speed Boost Effect.png Speed Boost[edit | edit source]

Speed Boost increases the players movement speed after killing multiple enemies over a small period of time.

  • By killing 5 enemies in a short amount of time, your movement speed is buffed by 20% for 10 seconds. Killing 10 enemies increases your speed even more, boosting running speed by 40%, rolling speed by 12%, and climbing speed by 50%.
    • Killing more enemies resets its duration.
    • This effect lasts for 30 seconds instead of 10 with the Velocity Mutation Icon.png Velocity mutation.
  • When the effect is about to end, its icon will rapidly blink red to indicate this to the player.
  • Certain skills and affixes also provide increased movement speed, such as the Tonic.

Unused Effects[edit | edit source]

These effects are unused in the current build of the game and are not available in normal gameplay.

Max Infection[edit | edit source]

This was a status effect applied to the player when their Malaise infection level was full. It lowered the player's health to 10% and prevented them from healing past that cap until their infection level was reduced.

  • This effect was removed due to the complete rework of the Malaise in v2.1.

Malaise Resistance Effect.png Malaise Immunity[edit | edit source]

Malaise Immunity was an effect that makes the player immune to receiving Malaise from enemies until the effect ends. As of v2.1, all abilities that granted this status effect have had that functionality removed, and as such, it is no longer available.

  • Enemies could not get this effect as the Malaise was not something that affected them.
  • Certain mutations can make affected enemies incapable of inflicting the malaise, however the player still isn’t immune, as unaffected enemies could still potentially inflict Malaise.
  • The Malaise immunity effect was mostly only used by a few mutations, but was also used by one singular skill, that being the Tonic Icon.png Tonic.

Slowed Time Effect.png Slowed Time[edit | edit source]

Slowed Time was inflicted by the unused skill Temporal Distortion Icon.png Temporal Distortion. It would greatly slow down the movement of enemies, far more than the current slow effect given by ice items, and even slowed their falling speed.

  • This effect could also uniquely be given to projectiles, which would receive similar reduced speed effects.
  • As this effect was only inflicted by Temporal Distortion, which is no longer available in the current build of the game, this effect is not obtainable.
  • This effect could not be inflicted on the player because Temporal Distortion only affected enemies.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Status effects, in this case, mostly refer to any temporary effect that shows an icon above an enemy or the player. There are exceptions to this, such as with force fields, invisibility, or freeze.
    • Some icons, such as the one used by the Flawless when you aren’t able to deal critical damage, are not used for status effects, but instead indicators to represent something else. Other examples include the star icon used by enemies that are carrying Scrolls, and the icon used by elite enemies.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Other mechanics that are similar to status effects.


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