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Defense is a statistic that affects how much damage the player takes. Defense can be increased by food and equipment, or decreased by debuffs.

Each point of total Defense reduces damage taken by 1 point, to a minimum of 1 damage per hit. For example, a Green Slime normally deals between 4 and 6 damage. If Sneakers are equipped, providing 1 Defense, it deals between 3 and 5 damage instead. On the other hand, if Space Boots is equipped, providing 4 Defense, a Green Slime deals 1 damage 66% of the time and 2 damage 33% of the time. Negative Defense increases damage taken. For example, the Shadow Shaman Jinxed effect causes damage from each hit to be increased by 8.


The following foods temporarily increase Defense.

Image Name Description Ingredients Restores Buff(s) Buff Duration Recipe Source(s) Sell Price
Magic Rock Candy.png
Magic Rock Candy A rare and powerful candy infused with the essence of the prismatic shard. N/A Energy.png500Health.png225 Mining.png Mining (+2)Luck.png Luck (+5)Speed.png Speed (+1)Defense.png Defense (+5)Attack.png Attack (+5) Time Icon.png 8m 24s N/A - Must be purchased, earned, or may be dropped by Haunted Skulls Gold.png5,000g
Autumn's Bounty.png
Autumn's Bounty A taste of the season. Yam.png Yam (1)Pumpkin.png Pumpkin (1) Energy.png 220
Health.png 99
Foraging.png Foraging (+2)Defense.png Defense (+2) Time Icon.png 7m 41s

Demetrius Icon.png Demetrius (Mail - 7+ HeartIconLarge.png)

Crab Cakes.png
Crab Cakes Crab, bread crumbs, and egg formed into patties then fried to a golden brown. Crab.png Crab (1)Wheat Flour.png Wheat Flour (1)Egg.png Egg (1)Oil.png Oil (1) Energy.png 225
Health.png 101
Speed.png Speed (+1)Defense.png Defense (+1) Time Icon.png 16m 47s

Cooking Channel.png The Queen of Sauce
21 Fall, Year 2

Eggplant Parmesan.png
Eggplant Parmesan Tangy, cheesy, and wonderful. Eggplant.png Eggplant (1)Tomato.png Tomato (1) Energy.png 175
Health.png 78
Mining.png Mining (+1)Defense.png Defense (+3) Time Icon.png 4m 39s

Lewis Icon.png Lewis (Mail - 7+ HeartIconLarge.png)

Pumpkin Soup.png
Pumpkin Soup A seasonal favorite. Pumpkin.png Pumpkin (1)Milk.png Milk (1) Energy.png 200
Health.png 90
Defense.png Defense (+2)Luck.png Luck (+2) Time Icon.png 7m 41s

Robin Icon.png Robin (Mail - 7+ HeartIconLarge.png)

Stuffing Ahh... the smell of warm bread and sage. Bread.png Bread (1)Cranberries.png Cranberries (1)Hazelnut.png Hazelnut (1) Energy.png 170
Health.png 76
Defense.png Defense (+2) Time Icon.png 5m 35s

Pam Icon.png Pam (Mail - 7+ HeartIconLarge.png)



These events give Buffs that affect Defense.

Image Buff Name Effect Event Buff Duration
Jinxed.png Jinxed Defense.png Defense (−8) Being hit by a Shadow Shaman's fireball. Time Icon.png 8s
Yoba's Blessing.png Yoba's Blessing Invincibility Being hit by an enemy while wearing a Ring of Yoba.png Ring of Yoba. Time Icon.png 5s


The following equipment affects Defense. See bug note below


Image Name Effect
Forest Sword.png Forest Sword Defense.png Defense (+1)
Silver Saber.png Silver Saber Defense.png Defense (+1)
Templar's Blade.png Templar's Blade Defense.png Defense (+1)
Iron Edge.png Iron Edge Speed w.png Speed (−2)Defense.png Defense (+1)Weight.png Weight (+3)
Claymore.png Claymore Speed w.png Speed (−4)Defense.png Defense (+2)
Neptune's Glaive.png Neptune's Glaive Speed w.png Speed (−1)Defense.png Defense (+2)Weight.png Weight (+4)
Tempered Broadsword.png Tempered Broadsword Speed w.png Speed (−3)Defense.png Defense (+3)Weight.png Weight (+3)
Lava Katana.png Lava Katana Defense.png Defense (+3)Crit. Power.png Crit. Power (+25)
Yeti Tooth.png Yeti Tooth Defense.png Defense (+4)Crit. Power.png Crit. Power (+10)


Image Name Effect
Crabshell Ring.png Crabshell Ring Defense.png Defense (+5)


Image Name Effect
Sneakers.png Sneakers Defense.png Defense (+1)
Leather Boots.png Leather Boots Defense.png Defense (+1)Immunity.png Immunity (+1)
Thermal Boots.png Thermal Boots Defense.png Defense (+1)Immunity.png Immunity (+2)
Genie Shoes.png Genie Shoes Defense.png Defense (+1)Immunity.png Immunity (+6)
Work Boots.png Work Boots Defense.png Defense (+2)
Leprechaun Shoes.png Leprechaun Shoes Defense.png Defense (+2)Immunity.png Immunity (+1)
Tundra Boots.png Tundra Boots Defense.png Defense (+2)Immunity.png Immunity (+1)
Cowboy Boots.png Cowboy Boots Defense.png Defense (+2)Immunity.png Immunity (+2)
Combat Boots.png Combat Boots Defense.png Defense (+3)
Firewalker Boots.png Firewalker Boots Defense.png Defense (+3)Immunity.png Immunity (+3)
Dark Boots.png Dark Boots Defense.png Defense (+4)Immunity.png Immunity (+2)
Emily's Magic Boots.png Emily's Magic Boots Defense.png Defense (+4)Immunity.png Immunity (+4)
Space Boots.png Space Boots Defense.png Defense (+4)Immunity.png Immunity (+4)


Weapon defense has no effect in version 1.4 of the game.