Types of Afflictions
There are two types of Afflictions:
- Injuries are gained from risky activities, like falling from a great height.
- Infections are gained from damage taken by creatures and biological hazards.
In the expansive universe of Starfield, hazardous environments and hostile adversaries can lead to a variety of health detriments, commonly known as "afflictions." These afflictions can result in drawbacks like heightened oxygen use. Timely resolution of these issues is crucial as untreated afflictions can evolve into more dire conditions with severe consequences.
If you find yourself grappling with health setbacks, known as "Afflictions," here’s how you can assess your condition. Access the menu by pressing 'Y' on your Xbox controller or 'B' on your PC, which will take you to your Status menu. Though this menu primarily displays statistical information, the "Status Effects" section is the essential area where your Afflictions are detailed.
The first aspect to focus on is your 'prognosis,' which is an indicator of how likely the Affliction is to resolve itself. Prognosis levels can range from:
A rating from "Poor" to "Excellent" describes the chance for your body to heal and remove an Affliction without treatment. The better the prognosis, the greater the chance an Affliction will heal without needing Aid.
Afflictions have no chance to heal on their own until they reach "Stable" or better prognosis. A "Poor" prognosis comes with no chance for healing, but your prognosis will improve over time, from "Poor" to "Stable", "Stable" to "Good," and from "Good" to "Excellent," increasing the chance of your Affliction healing itself with each step.
Below the prognosis area, you'll find how the Affliction impacts your gameplay. Symptoms could include increased oxygen consumption from fever or a decrease in melee attack effectiveness due to blisters.
Each Affliction comes with a unique icon that appears on your in-game watch located at the bottom left corner of your screen. For instance, a purple pill symbolizes infections, a red bandage indicates lacerations or puncture wounds, and orange droplets represent burns and frostbite.
Ways to Treat Afflictions
- For example, if you are suffering from Burns, you will have an orange flame icon on your watch. Heal Gel, an aid item that treats Burns, displays this same orange flame icon when viewed in your Inventory. This means that this item will cure your Burn Affliction.
Locating Treatment Items
Go to your Inventory and navigate to the "Aid" section. Browse through the various food and health items available. Some will indicate their efficacy against certain afflictions in their descriptions. These helpful items are often dropped by defeated foes or found on shelves throughout your journey.
If you're out of suitable treatment items, consider visiting merchant stalls or automated kiosks in bustling city centers. One such hub for early players is found in the Alpha Centauri System, on the Planet Jemison. Upon landing at New Atlantis, proceed straight and look for the "Jemison Mercantile" located near the train station. Have a conversation with the shopkeeper inside.
Crafting Pharmaceutical Solutions
If you'd rather craft your own remedies, Pharmaceutical Labs offer this capability. A notable lab is situated in the basement of The Lodge, the main base for The Constellation faction on Jemison. After entering The Lodge, descend the right staircase to find an array of crafting stations. Ingredients needed for crafting pharmaceuticals can be purchased from merchants. They are typically listed under the Resources category.
- Aid items for Afflictions/Status Effects tend to be all the same weight. If you sort by WT, you can identify them easier. In this example, *the Aid item, Boosted Injector, has a weight. of 0.10. If you don't have the item to treat your affliction, there are doctors located throughout the Settled Systems that can remove all your Afflictions for a cost.