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Two Different Temperatures
The primary temperature, or outside temperature is measured in degrees and is displayed in the Map Menu under map stats. This temperature fluctuates between biomes, during different times of the day, and changes within varying altitudes. Wind speed, which is also shown in the map screen, can also impact the outside temperature.
For more information about the weather system, see also: Weather.
In addition to the outside temperature measurement, there is a modified temperature measurement that takes into account all temperature modifiers. The modified temperature is indicated in the Character Menu as "Feels like: x°," where "x" is the modified temperature. The modified temperature determines which de-buffs are applied to the character.
The outside temperature is determined by the biome, elevation, and the weather system. The "Feels Like' or modified temperature is determined by the outside temperature plus or minus any modifiers specific to the character, such as clothing, armor, food and beverages consumed, etc. Modifiers are all compounded to derive the final, modified temperature.
The following is a list of some ways the outside temperature can be modified:
- Clothing items have an insulation property, which indicates the item's impact on temperature. A positive insulation value has a warming effect and a negative insulation value has a cooling effect.
- Character wetness has a negative effect on temperature. Precipitation and bodies of water can contribute to a character's wetness, though certain clothing items resist wetness and can, therefore counter some of the effects of character wetness.
- Activities that use Stamina, such as running or swinging a pickaxe, will increase the temperature.
- Standing near a campfire or forge that is burning will increase the temperature.
- Going indoors will help normalize the temperature by lowering high temps and raising low temps.
- Exposure to direct sunlight will warm, and shade will cool the character.
- Some food and drink items have temporary warming or cooling properties.
- Wind can also cool the character.
The modified temperature is displayed in the Character Menu, in the character stats section and is displayed as "Feels Like:". Safe temperatures are between 31°F (0°C) and 99°F (37°C). Beyond those temperature limits, the character begins to experience a cascading system of negative status effects, which when applied, will be indicated in the Character Menu as well as the main screen.
As the modified temperature moves further away from the normal range and de-buffs are applied, warning messages and de-buff icons appear and the character's sounds may change as well, all to indicate a situation that needs attention.
Extreme Temperature Effects
If left unchecked, extreme, modified temperatures will affect a character's ability to survive. Negative Status Effect, or debuffs are applied to the character in a progressive fashion until the underlying cause is corrected or the character dies.
Hot temperatures can produce the following debuff cascade:
Modified temperature: 90°F (32°C) to 99°F (37°C)
Thermometer icon appears on screen. The character will make "whew!" sounds to indicate that it is hot but there is no penalty. A modified temp below 100°F has no negative effects.
Modified temperature: 100°F (38°C) to 109°F (42°C)
Sad sun icon appears on screen. The character continues to make sounds related to being hot. Hydration is negatively affected (decreased).
Heat Stroke, Stage 1
Modified temperature: 110°F (43°C) to 119°F (48°C)
Buff: Heat Stroke - Stage 1
Sad sun icon appears on screen. The character continues to make sounds related to being hot. Speed, hydration, and stamina levels are negatively affected.
Heat Stroke, Stage 2
Modified temperature:120°F (49°C) or more
Buff: Heat Stroke - Stage 2
Sad sun icon appears on screen. The character continues to make sounds related to being hot. Speed, hydration, stamina, and health levels are all negatively affected. If left unchecked, Heat2 is fatal.
Cold temperatures can produce the following debuff cascade:
Modified temperature: 40°F (4°C) to 31°F (0°C)
Thermometer icon appears on screen. The character will make shivering sounds to show that it is cold but there is no penalty. A modified temp above 30°F has no negative effects.
Modified temperature: 30°F (-1°C) to 21°F (-6°C)
The Snowflake icon appears on screen. The character continues to make sounds related to being cold. Hunger is negatively affected (increased).
Hypothermia, Stage 1
Modified temperature: 20°F (-7°C) to 11°F (-11°C)
The Snowflake icon appears on screen. The character continues to make sounds related to being cold. Hunger, speed, and stamina are all negatively affected.
Hypothermia, Stage 2
Modified temperature: 10°F (-12°C) or less
The Snowflake icon appears on screen. The character continues to make sounds related to being cold. Hunger, speed, stamina, and health are all negatively affected. If left unchecked, hypo2 is fatal.