Buffs are positive status effects granted to a player upon consuming, equipping, or otherwise activating various items. Active buffs are shown as icons below the hotbar, along with their remaining duration. Buffs are almost universally positive or at least benign effects, in contrast with Debuffs, over which the player has much less control.
Buffs can be easily activated with the buff hotkey ( default B), which activates all the buff-granting consumables in the player's inventory (starting from the top-left) that are not currently activated. A player is limited to 22 ( 10) active buffs and debuffs at any one point, and the leftmost buff in the bar will be deactivated if another is applied after this limit is reached. Most buffs can be deactivated prematurely by right-clicking the icon ( ), by selecting the icon and canceling it in the equipment menu ( ), by double-tapping the buff icon (), or by canceling the buff from the buffs screen (). However, buffs that are granted by proximity to an entity will only deactivate when the player is no longer in range (see Environmental below).
Activated buffs are bound to a character, and persist as that character moves from server to server and from world to world. Buffs are always deactivated on the player's death, with the exception of those granted by flasks.
|Ammo Reservation||Ammo Reservation Potion||Reduces the chance of consuming any ammunition by 20%.||20% chance to not consume ammo||8 minutes|
|Archery||Archery Potion||Increases arrow damage and firing speed by 20%.||20% increased arrow damage and speed||8 minutes|
|Battle||Battle Potion||Increases the spawn rate of enemies and critters by 50%.||Increased enemy spawn rate||7 minutes|
|Builder||Builder Potion||Increases placement speed by 25% and extends placement range by one tile.||Increased placement speed and range||45 minutes|
|Calm||Calming Potion||Reduces enemy spawn rate by 17%.||Decreased enemy spawn rate||8 minutes|
|Crate||Crate Potion||Doubles the chance of catching a crate.||Greater chance of fishing up a crate||3 minutes|
|Dangersense||Dangersense Potion||Highlights hazardous blocks and objects like traps.||You can see nearby hazards||10 minutes|
|Endurance||Endurance Potion||Reduces all damage taken by 10%.||10% reduced damage||4 minutes|
|Exquisitely Stuffed||Numerous food items||Grants several major improvements of base stats, e.g. damage, defense. etc.||Major improvements to all stats
Major improvements to all stats and increased life regeneration
|4–48 minutes |
(depending on the food item)
|Featherfall||Featherfall Potion||Grants control over the player's falling speed and negates fall damage.||Press UP or DOWN to control speed of descent||10 minutes|
|Fishing||Fishing Potion||Increases Fishing Power.||Increased fishing power||8 minutes|
|Flipper||Flipper Potion||Liquids do not impede movement speed.||Move like normal in water||8 minutes|
|Gills||Gills Potion||Allows the player to breathe underwater, preventing drowning.||Breathe water instead of air||4 minutes |
|Gravitation||Gravitation Potion||Allows the player to invert gravity with ▲ Up.||Press UP to reverse gravity||3 minutes|
|Heartreach||Heartreach Potion||Increases heart pickup range.||Increased heart pickup range||8 minutes|
|Hunter||Hunter Potion||Highlights all enemies on-screen.||Shows the location of enemies||8 minutes|
|Drunk||Wiesnbräu||Halves all damage taken and dealt.||Numbs the user from damage taken but also reduces damage inflicted||30 seconds|
|Inferno||Inferno Potion||Casts a damaging ring of fire around the player.||Nearby enemies are ignited||4 minutes|
|Invisibility||Invisibility Potion||Turns the player invisible.||Grants invisibility||3 minutes|
|Ironskin||Ironskin Potion||Increases defense by 8.||Increase defense by 8||8 minutes|
|Lifeforce||Lifeforce Potion||Increases max health by 20%.||20% increased max life||8 minutes|
|Lucky||Lesser Luck Potion
Greater Luck Potion
|Increases luck.||You are feeling pretty lucky||3 minutes |
|Magic Power||Magic Power Potion||Increases Magic damage by 20%.||20% increased magic damage||4 minutes|
|Mana Regeneration||Mana Regeneration Potion||Increases mana regeneration.||Increased mana regeneration||8 minutes |
|Mining||Mining Potion||Increases mining speed.||25% increased mining speed||10 minutes|
|Night Owl||Night Owl Potion||Improves the player's night vision and increases the radius of any available light source.||Increased night vision||10 minutes|
|Obsidian Skin||Obsidian Skin Potion||Grants invulnerability to damage from lava.||Immune to lava||6 minutes|
|Plenty Satisfied||Numerous food items||Grants several medium improvements of base stats, e.g. damage, defense. etc.||Medium improvements to all stats
Medium improvements to all stats and increased life regeneration
|5–20 minutes |
(depending on the food item)
|Rage||Rage Potion||Increases critical strike chance by 10%.||10% increased critical chance||4 minutes|
|Regeneration||Regeneration Potion||Increases life regeneration by 2 health per second.||Provides life regeneration||8 minutes|
|Shine||Shine Potion||Causes the player to glow brightly.||Emitting light||10 minutes|
|Sonar||Sonar Potion||Reveals the name of the catch while fishing.||You can see what's biting your hook||8 minutes|
|Spelunker||Spelunker Potion||Highlights ore, chests, and other treasure.||Shows the location of treasure and ore||5 minutes|
|Summoning||Summoning Potion||Increases number of maximum minions by 1.||Increased max number of minions||8 minutes|
|Swiftness||Swiftness Potion||Increases movement speed by 25%.||25% increased movement speed||8 minutes|
|Thorns||Thorns Potion||Melee attackers take a small amount of damage upon harming the player.||Attackers also take damage||8 minutes|
|Titan||Titan Potion||Increases knockback of all weapons.||Increased knockback||8 minutes|
|Warmth||Warmth Potion||Reduces damage from cold-themed enemies.||Reduced damage from cold sources||15 minutes|
|Water Walking||Water Walking Potion||Allows the player to walk on liquids.||Press DOWN to enter water||10 minutes|
|Wrath||Wrath Potion||Increases damage dealt with weapons by 10%.||10% increased damage||4 minutes|
|Well Fed||Numerous food items||Grants several minor improvements of base stats, e.g. damage, defense. etc.||Minor improvements to all stats
Minor improvements to all stats and increased life regeneration
(depending on the food item)
|Weapon Imbue: Confetti||Flask of Party||Melee attacks cause bursts of confetti.||Melee attacks cause confetti to appear||20 minutes|
|Weapon Imbue: Cursed Flames||Flask of Cursed Flames||Melee attacks inflict the Cursed Inferno debuff on enemies.||Melee attacks inflict enemies with cursed flames||20 minutes|
|Weapon Imbue: Fire||Flask of Fire||Melee attacks inflict the On Fire! debuff on enemies.||Melee attacks set enemies on fire||20 minutes|
|Weapon Imbue: Gold||Flask of Gold||Melee attacks inflict the Midas debuff on enemies.||Melee attacks make enemies drop more gold||20 minutes|
|Weapon Imbue: Ichor||Flask of Ichor||Melee attacks inflict the Ichor debuff on enemies.||Melee attacks decrease enemies defense||20 minutes|
|Weapon Imbue: Nanites||Flask of Nanites||Melee attacks inflict the Confused debuff on enemies.||Melee attacks confuse enemies||20 minutes|
|Weapon Imbue: Poison||Flask of Poison||Melee attacks inflict the Poisoned debuff on enemies.||Melee attacks poison enemies||20 minutes|
|Weapon Imbue: Venom||Flask of Venom||Melee attacks inflict the Venom debuff on enemies.||Melee attacks inflict acid venom on your targets||20 minutes|
These buffs are provided naturally by equipment, either permanently or under certain circumstances.
|Beetle Endurance||Wearing full Beetle armor with Beetle Shell||Reduces all damage taken by 15%/30%/45%.||Damage taken reduced by 15%
Damage taken reduced by 30%
Damage taken reduced by 45%
|While not receiving damage|
|Beetle Might||Damaging an enemy while wearing Beetle armor with Beetle Scale Mail||10%/20%/30% increased melee damage and speed.||Melee damage and speed increase by 10%
Melee damage and speed increase by 20%
Melee damage and speed increase by 30%
|While in combat|
|Damage Nebula||Striking an enemy while wearing full Nebula armor||Increases damage by 15%/30%/45%.||15% increased damage
30% increased damage
45% increased damage
|Durendal's Blessing||Striking an enemy with Durendal||Increases melee speed by 35%.||Melee speed is increased||3 seconds|
|Harvest Time||Striking an enemy with Dark Harvest||Increases melee speed by 50%.||Melee speed is increased||3 seconds|
|Holy Protection||Striking an enemy while wearing full Hallowed armor||Allows the player to dodge the next attack dealt by an enemy.||You will dodge the next attack||30 seconds (or until striking a target)|
|Ice Barrier||Frozen Turtle Shell||Grants 25% damage reduction / 30 defense .||Damage taken is reduced by 25%||While below 50% / 25% health|
|Jungle's Fury||Striking an enemy with the Snapthorn||Increases melee speed by 20%.||Melee speed is increased||3 seconds|
|Leaf Crystal||Wearing full Chlorophyte armor||Summons a leaf crystal above the player that shoots at enemies.||Shoots crystal leaves at nearby enemies||Infinite|
|Life Drain||Life Drain||Increases life regeneration.||Increased life regeneration||While attacking an enemy that is not immune to its debuff|
|Life Nebula||Striking an enemy while wearing full Nebula armor||Increases health regeneration by 5/10/15 per second.||Increased life regeneration||8 seconds|
|Mana Nebula||Striking an enemy while wearing full Nebula armor||Increases mana regeneration.||Increased mana regeneration||8 seconds|
|Merfolk||Neptune's Shell / Moon Shell / Celestial Shell||Turns the player into a merfolk upon entering water, allowing infinite breathing and improved swimming.||Can breathe and move easily underwater||While underwater|
|Panic!||When hit while having Panic Necklace / Sweetheart Necklace equipped.||Increases movement speed by 50%.||Movement speed is increased||5 seconds|
|Rapid Healing||After striking an enemy while wearing full Palladium armor||Heals 15 health over time.||Life regeneration is greatly increased||5 seconds|
|Titanium Barrier||After striking an enemy while wearing full Titanium armor.||Titanium shards spawn and rotate around the player, dealing damage to enemies that come into contact with them.||Defensive shards surround you||10 seconds|
|Solar Blaze||Not taking damage while wearing full Solar Flare armor, up to 3 "charges"||Reduces all damage taken by 30%. Grants the ability to dash for consuming a charge. Taking damage depletes one charge.||Damage taken reduced by 30%, repel enemies when taking damage||Infinite, until damaged 3 times|
|Stardust Guardian||Wearing full Stardust armor||Causes a unique Stardust Guardian minion to follow the player.||The stardust guardian will protect you||Infinite|
|Striking Moment||Using Brand of the Inferno with a shield or using Sergeant United Shield||Damage multiplied by 5 for next melee attack landed.||400% increased damage for next melee strike||5 seconds (or until melee strike hits target)|
|Werewolf||Moon Charm / Moon Shell / Celestial Shell||Gives improvements to physical abilities, as well as giving the player a cosmetic werewolf skin.||Physical abilities are increased||During the night|
These buffs are provided upon right-clicking particular placed furniture.
|Ammo Box||Ammo Box||Grants a 20% chance not to consume ammo.||20% chance to not consume ammo||10 minutes|
|Bewitched||Bewitching Table||Increases number of maximum minions by 1.||Increased max number of minions||10 minutes|
|Clairvoyance||Crystal Ball||Grants the following magic boosts: +20 maximum mana, +5% magic damage, +2% magic critical strike chance, -2% mana usage.||Magic powers are increased||10 minutes|
|Sharpened||Sharpening Station||Increases melee weapons armor penetration by 12.||Melee weapons have armor penetration||10 minutes|
|Sugar Rush||Slice of Cake||Increases the player's movement and mining speed by 20%.||20% increased movement and mining speed||2 minutes|
These buffs are provided by being in range of particular placed furniture, blocks, or NPCs. Banners, as well as static effects from objects like Peace Candle and Happy!, affect all players within a rectangular area of 170×125 () / 100×84 ( ) tiles centered on the object. Since they cannot be canceled by right-clicking them, the only way to remove the buff is to leave the area (with the exception of honey).
|Increases life regeneration by 0.5 HP/s, and multiplies current healing rate by 1.1.||Life regen is slightly increased||Infinite while in the vicinity of a Campfire or Fireplace|
|Dryad's Blessing||Dryad||Increases the player's defense by 8 and increases life regeneration by 3 HP/s.||The power of nature protects you||Infinite while inside the Dryad's leaf barrier|
|Happy!||Sunflower||Increases movement speed by 10% and reduces enemy spawns by 17%.||Movement speed increased and monster spawns reduced||Infinite while in the vicinity of a Sunflower|
|Heart Lamp||Heart Lantern||Increases life regeneration by 1 HP/s.||Life regen is increased||Infinite while in the vicinity of a Heart Lantern|
|Honey||Honey||Increases life regeneration by 1 HP/s and multiplies natural regeneration by 3.||Life regeneration is increased||Infinite while in honey, 30 seconds after stepping out of the honey|
|Peace Candle||Peace Candle||Decreases enemy spawn rate by 23%, and maximum enemies on-screen by 30%.||Decreased monster spawn rate||Infinite while in the vicinity of a Peace Candle|
|Star in a Bottle||Star in a Bottle||Increases mana regeneration by about 2 MP/s.||Increased mana regeneration||Infinite while in the vicinity of a Star in a Bottle|
|The Bast Defense||Bast Statue||Defense is increased by 5.||Defense is increased by 5||Infinite while in the vicinity of a Bast Statue|
Aside from the normal buffs, some buffs provide the player with a minion. Unlike other buffs, they last until the player dies, cancels the buff, or leaves the current world.
|Icon||Name||Source||Item tooltip||Buff tooltip||Duration|
|Baby Slime||Slime Staff||Summons a baby slime to fight for you||The baby slime will fight for you||Infinite|
|Baby Finch||Finch Staff||Summons a baby finch to fight for you||The baby finch will fight for you||Infinite|
|Hornet||Hornet Staff||Summons a hornet to fight for you||The hornet will fight for you||Infinite|
|Imp||Imp Staff||Summons an imp to fight for you||The imp will fight for you||Infinite|
|Spider||Spider Staff||Summons spiders to fight for you||The spider will fight for you||Infinite|
|Twins||Optic Staff||Summons twins to fight for you||The twins will fight for you||Infinite|
|Pirate||Pirate Staff||Summons pirates to fight for you||The pirate will fight for you||Infinite|
|Pygmies||Pygmy Staff||Summons a Pygmy to fight for you||The pygmies will fight for you||Infinite|
|UFO||Xeno Staff||Summons a UFO to fight for you||The UFO will fight for you||Infinite|
|Ravens||Raven Staff||Summons a raven to fight for you||The ravens will attack your enemies||Infinite|
|Sharknado||Tempest Staff||Summons sharknados to fight for you||The sharknado will fight for you||Infinite|
|Terraprisma||Terraprisma||Summons an Enchanted Sword to fight for you||The Blades of the Empress will fight for you||Infinite|
|Deadly Sphere||Deadly Sphere Staff||Summons a deadly sphere to fight for you||The Deadly Sphere will fight for you||Infinite|
|Stardust Dragon||Stardust Dragon Staff||Summons a stardust dragon to fight for you
'Who needs a horde of minions when you have a giant dragon?'
|The stardust dragon will protect you||Infinite|
|Stardust Cell||Stardust Cell Staff||Summons a stardust cell to fight for you
'Cultivate the most beautiful cellular infection'
|The stardust cell will fight for you||Infinite|
|Icon||Name||Source||Item tooltip||Buff tooltip||Duration|
|Slime Mount||Slimy Saddle||Summons a rideable Slime mount||BOOOIIINNNG!||Infinite|
|Bee Mount||Honeyed Goggles||Summons a rideable Bee mount||BzzzBzzBZZZZBzzz||Infinite|
|Turtle Mount||Hardy Saddle||Summons a rideable Turtle mount||Slow if by land, zoom if by sea||Infinite|
|Bunny Mount||Fuzzy Carrot||Summons a rideable Bunny mount||You are craving carrots||Infinite|
|Pogo Stick Mount||Pogo Stick||Summons a rideable pogo stick mount
Press Jump again in mid-air to do tricks!
|Kss-shik! Kss-shik! Kss-shik!||Infinite|
|Golf Cart||Golf Cart Keys||Summons a rideable Golf Cart mount||A fair way to cross the fairway||Infinite|
|Flamingo||Mollusk Whistle||Summons a rideable flamingo mount||Flamingogogo||Infinite|
|Painted Horse Mount||Dusty Rawhide Saddle||Summons a rideable painted horse mount||Riding a Painted Horse||Infinite|
|Majestic Horse Mount||Royal Gilded Saddle||Summons a rideable white horse mount||Riding a Majestic Horse||Infinite|
|Dark Horse Mount||Black Studded Saddle||Summons a rideable dark horse mount||Riding a Dark Horse||Infinite|
|Book Mount||Dark Mage's Tome||Summons a magic tome mount
'A book said to be at its holder's behest.'
|The Book is now helping in your guidance||Infinite|
|Lava Shark Mount||Superheated Blood||Summons a rideable lava shark mount
|Surfing the molten seas!||Infinite|
|Goat Mount||Goat Skull||Summons a rideable death goat mount
|This ride is totally metal!||Infinite|
|Basilisk Mount||Ancient Horn||Summons a rideable basilisk mount||Crash into anyone... and EVERYONE!||Infinite|
|Unicorn Mount||Blessed Apple||Summons a rideable unicorn mount||Charge ahead... fabulously!||Infinite|
|Pigron Mount||Scaly Truffle||Summons a rideable Pigron mount||Now you see me...||Infinite|
|Pirate Ship Mount||The Black Spot||Summons the Black Spot mount
'Arrr! This be mutiny!'
|You're the captain now||Infinite|
|Winged Slime Mount||Gelatinous Pillion||Summons a rideable Winged Slime mount||BOING FLAP BOING!||Infinite|
|Tree Mount||Hexxed Branch||Summons a rideable tree mount
'A wand crafted from the branch of a cursed tree.'
|Run, forest, run!||Infinite|
|Santank Mount||Toy Tank||Summons a rideable Santank mount
'For the REALLY naughty ones.'
|Crossing off the naughty list...||Infinite|
|Rudolph||Reindeer Bells||Summons a rideable reindeer||Riding the red nosed reindeer||Infinite|
|Scutlix Mount||Brain Scrambler (item)||Summons a rideable Scutlix mount||Pew Pew||Infinite|
|UFO Mount||Cosmic Car Key||Summons a rideable UFO mount||It's a good thing you had a MAC||Infinite|
|Witch's Broom||Witch's Broom||'Grants a witching spark of inspiration!'||It flies! WITCHCRAFT!||Infinite|
|Cute Fishron Mount||Shrimpy Truffle||Attracts a legendary creature which flourishes in water & combat||Just don't make it crawl.||Infinite|
|Drill Mount||Drill Containment Unit||Summons a rideable Drill mount||Riding in a flying drill||Infinite|
- The counter that displays the remaining duration of a buff will begin at one minute/second less than its listed duration and show zero during the final minute/second.
- Desktop 220.127.116.11:
- Buff effects should now properly follow enemies affected by NPC smoothing.
- Fixed a bug where buff order was not recalculated properly under certain circumstances, leaving empty spaces.
- Fixed some buff icons having white space on them instead of transparency.
- Desktop 18.104.22.168:
- Desktop 22.214.171.124: Fixed bug where upon loading the player might sometimes have empty spaces between their buffs.
- Desktop 1.2:
- Desktop 1.0.6:
- Desktop 1.0.5: Introduced. 18 buffs added.
- Console-Release: Introduced including Pet Slime, Pet Guinea Pig, Pet Bat, Pet Zombie, Pet Tiphia, and Pet Werewolf buffs.
- Switch 1.0.711.6: Introduced.
- Mobile 126.96.36.199: Maximum active buffs increased from 10 to 22.
- Mobile-Release: Introduced including Pet Slime, Pet Guinea Pig, Pet Bat, Pet Zombie, Pet Tiphia, and Pet Werewolf buffs.
- 3DS-Release: Introduced including Pet Slime, Pet Guinea Pig, Pet Bat, Pet Zombie, Pet Tiphia, and Pet Werewolf buffs.