Buffs

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Buffs are temporary boosts or drains on the player's stats and abilities. They can be achieved by consuming various foods and drinks, or from monster attacks.

Combining Buffs

In general, buffs do not stack, but instead replace any previous buffs. More specifically, buffs from exactly one food and one drink can be active at a given time.[1] Eating a food with buffs will wipe out any buffs from previously-eaten food (but not buffs from a previous drink); one drink's buffs will replace any previous drink's buffs, but have no effect on existing food buffs. Foods or drinks that have no buffs (but restore Health and Energy) can be safely consumed without any effect on active buffs.

Only two buffs, namely Speed and Max Energy, are available from both food and drink and can therefore be stacked:

Special-effect and negative buffs ("debuffs") are each handled individually, independently of standard food- and drink-derived buffs: only one instance of each of these buffs can be active, and they are unaffected by other types of buffs. The special-effect buffs are "Adrenaline Rush", "Oil of Garlic", "Warrior Energy", and "Yoba's Blessing"; the negative buffs are "Jinxed", "Slimed", and "Tipsy".

For example, drinking an alcoholic beverage makes the player "Tipsy". Drinking another alcoholic beverage replaces the first "Tipsy" effect with a new one (the magnitude remains -1 speed, but the duration is reset). Consuming any other drink or food (including ones with buffs) will not remove the "Tipsy" effect -- at best, +1 Speed buff (e.g., from Coffee) can be used to counteract the -1 Speed.

Buff Duration

Buff durations are specified on the wiki and in-game using real-time minutes and seconds.

Typically, 42 real-time seconds are equivalent to one game hour. (7 real-time minutes are 10 game hours.)

However, time in Skull Cavern runs more slowly: one game hour lasts 54 real-time seconds. (Except in multiplayer games and on Prehistoric Floors, which revert to 42-second hours). So one cup of Coffee, that normally would last for two hours, will only last for one and a half hours in Skull Cavern.

All buffs are cleared when you sleep.

Available Buffs

Image Name Effect Cause Duration
Jinxed.png Jinxed Defense.png Defense (-8) Being hit by a Shadow Shaman's fireball Time Icon.png 8s
Slimed.png Slimed Speed.png Speed (-4) Being hit by a Slime Time Icon.png 2.5-3s
Tipsy.png Tipsy Speed.png Speed (-1) Consuming alcohol (Beer, Mead, Pale Ale, or Wine) Time Icon.png 30s
Speed Buff.png Adrenaline Rush Speed.png Speed (+2) Killing an enemy while wearing a Savage Ring Time Icon.png 3s
Oil of Garlic Buff.png Oil of Garlic Your skin exudes a pungent aroma Consuming Oil of Garlic Time Icon.png 10m
Warrior Energy.png Warrior Energy Attack.png Attack (+10) Killing an enemy while wearing a Warrior Ring Time Icon.png 5s
Yoba's Blessing.png Yoba's Blessing Invincibility Being hit by an enemy while wearing a Ring of Yoba Time Icon.png 5s
Speed Buff.png Speed Buff Speed.png Speed (+1) Consuming various food or drink (Coffee or Espresso Varies
Mining Buff.png Mining Buff Alters pickaxe proficiency by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies
Fishing Buff.png Fishing Buff Alters fishing rod proficiency by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies
Farming Buff.png Farming Buff Alters hoe proficiency by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies
Foraging Buff.png Foraging Buff Alters axe proficiency by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies
Attack Buff.png Attack Buff Alters Attack.png Attack by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies
Defense Buff.png Defense Buff Alters Defense.png Defense by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies
Magnetism Buff.png Magnetic Radius Buff Alters Magnetism.png magnetic radius by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies
Max Energy Buff.png Max Energy Buff Increases the player's Max Energy.png Max Energy by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food or Green Tea Varies
Luck Buff.png Luck Buff Increases Luck.png Luck by an amount dependent on what was consumed Consuming various food Varies

Trivia

  • The terms "buff" and "debuff" do not appear anywhere in-game; they appear only in the underlying game code.

History

  • Sometime between v1.11 and v1.3, a bug was removed that caused the duration of buffs to decrease as the day progressed.

References

  1. BuffsDisplay::tryToAddFoodBuff and BuffsDisplay::tryToAddDrinkBuff