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"Icarus" Status Effects Guide

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Status Effects in Icarus

Status effects are positive or negative buffs to your character as a result of things happening in the world. They are applied by common things such as eating food, bleeding after getting bitten by a wolf, or exposure to storms. Understanding the various effects allow you to better optimize your survival in the game. You can learn to avoid high risk threats or capitalize on stacking buffs to take on those threats such as increasing your health and stamina with various food types.

You'll notice active status effects have a green or red icon showing above your stats on the bottom left part of your screen. To actually understand specifically what they do, you'll need to open your inventory and go to your character screen where you can highlight the effect icon to read its description.

Character Inventory

You can view your active status effects by going to the character section of your inventory and looking at the status effects section. Highlight them to read their details.

You can view your active status effects by going to the character section of your inventory and looking at the status effects section. Highlight them to read their details.

Positive/Neutral Effects

Positive status effects often come from things the player can control and are a key way to survive more difficult challenges in the game.

Food Buffs

Triggered by eating food, these buffs are critical to improving your character's survival. It appears that you can have three buffs at one time, so stacking multiple types of food is a critical strategy to bolster your stats.

Cooked Meat

  • Consumes 1 space in Stomach
  • +75 Maximum Stamina
  • +100 Maximum Health
  • +10 Health Regeneration per minute

Berry

  • Consumes 1 space in Stomach
  • +50 Maximum Stamina
  • +75 Maximum Health

Bread

  • Consumes 1 space in Stomach
  • +125 Maximum Stamina
  • +100 Maximum Health
  • +10% Experience Gained

Shelter Buffs

Here are buffs a shelter can give you.

Well Rested

Triggered by laying down in a bed, this is a simple but very meaningful buff.

  • +10% Maximum Health
  • +10% Health Regeneration
  • +5% Maximum Stamina
  • +5% Stamina Regeneration
  • -5% Food Consumption
  • -5% Water Consumption

Environment Effects

Here are some status effects the environment can give you.

Swimming

When underwater, you receive an effect that's good if you're too hot or on fire, but dangerous in a cold area.

  • +10 Rate of Cooling per Minute
  • +10% Heat Resistance
  • -4% Cold Resistance

Wet

Similar to above, good if you've stepped in your own campfire, but bad in the snow.

  • -20% Cold Resistance

Cooling

Often triggered by drinking water, similar to the above 2.

  • +10 Rate of Cooling per Minute
  • +10% Heat Resistance
  • -4% Cold Resistance

Negative Effects

Negative effects often come from the environment as a result of harsh conditions or threats in the world.

Weather Effects

Here are status effects you can get from the weather.

Light Exposure

Being out in a storm briefly will trigger light exposure, but staying out for more time will trigger harsher exposure levels.

  • -20% Movement Speed

Medium Exposure

As your exposure bar begins to fill more, you will eventually enter the medium exposure point. Shelter should be a top priority if you get here.

  • -40% Movement Speed
  • -10% Experience Gained

Heavy Exposure

Staying out in a storm for too long and entirely filling your exposure bar will lead to a very harsh debuff. Additionally, you will also start taking repeated damage. At this point, if you aren't near shelter, you are in trouble.

  • -60% Movement Speed
  • -25% Experience Gained

Combat Effects

Here are status effects you can get from combat.

Wound

When you are hurt in combat such as when fighting a wolf, you may become wounded and start to bleed. You need to use a Bandage to heal it.

  • -80% Health Regeneration

Deep Wound

When you suffer a severe wound, you may incur this debuff. This debuff even lasts after death and requires a Suture Kit to fix.

  • -25% Maximum health
  • -25% Maximum Stamina
  • -95% Health Regeneration

Poisoned

Some threats will inflict poison damage, such as dangerous fish in the water. In addition to the debuff, it will also slowly deal damage to you. Furthermore, this particular debuff can stack. Those little fish bites don't seem like much, but if you rack up enough poison stacks you'll be hurting.

  • -10% Movement Speed

Environment Effects

Here are status effects you can get from the environment.

Chilled

When you get a little too cold, you trigger the Chilled effect.

  • +25% Food Consumption

Freezing

Getting more cold than Chilled will put you into the freezing state. Be careful not to get frostbitten!

  • +50% Food Consumption

Frostbite

Staying too long in the cold can give you frostbite, requiring a heat bandage to fix. Fortunately heat bandages can be crafted without a workbench using just some fiber, charcoal, and Oxite.

  • +50% Food Consumption
  • -25% Movement Speed
  • -25% Maximum Stamina

Underground

When underground, such as when mining in caves, you receive a debuff and have a chance to get pneumonia.

  • -50% Health Regeneration
  • -25% Water Consumption
  • -33% Maximum Stamina

Pneumonia

Inflicted randomly while underground, this debuff is harsh. Fortunately it doesn't happen too often.

  • -50% Health Regeneration
  • -50% Maximum Stamina
  • -10% Experience Gained

Player Effects

Here of some status effects to watch out for.

Food Contamination

Eat raw food and you may find yourself in a bad spot. This debuff is meaningfully harsh you may just want to wait it out before adventuring outside a safe area.

  • -50% Maximum Health
  • -50% Maximum Stamina
  • -25% Movement Speed

Dysentery

Drinking contaminated water may trigger this debuff. It appears to occur fairly infrequently if you drink from a lake or stream.

  • -50% Nutrition from Food

Heavy

Load up too much weight into your inventory and you will become over encumbered.

  • -70% Movement Speed

Heavy Storm Exposure

If you see this and you aren't right next to shelter, you are in trouble!

If you see this and you aren't right next to shelter, you are in trouble!

Final Thoughts

While the status effects initially are fairly confusing in the game, they are fairly intuitive and can get accustomed to with a bit of time. That being said, it's also essential to understand them as they have significant impacts on how you play. Being unaware of an effect and how to use or respond to it can easily be the difference between life or death in many situations.

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