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Wilson Overheating

Wilson overheating

Overheating is a game mechanic found in the Reign of Giants and Shipwrecked DLC, functioning as the counterpart to Freezing in Winter. Overheating happens during Summer or Dry Season. When the player begins to take in too much heat (at 32°C), the edge of the screen will begin to turn orange and become a hazy ring while a warning sound plays (much like freezing leaves ice on the edges of the screen and crackles). Once the player begins to take continuous damage (at 35°C), the screen will gain a reddish ring within the orange haze. The only way to stop this is by cooling off, such as being near a sufficiently cold source.



Wilson overheating from his beard.

Overheating can be battled in two ways, by reducing the player's temperature, and by preventing player's temperature to raise rapidly. Surviving Summer or Dry Season will depend on a combination of these.

Cooling down

There are several ways to cool oneself down:

Cooling items
Item Cooling Duration
Endothermic FireEndothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitEndothermic Fire Pit level 170°Cvariable (affected by rain)
Endothermic FireEndothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitEndothermic Fire Pit level 2120°Cvariable (affected by rain)
Endothermic FireEndothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitEndothermic Fire Pit level 3180°Cvariable (affected by rain)
Endothermic FireEndothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitEndothermic Fire Pit level 4220°Cvariable (affected by rain)
Thermal Stone Stage 1 Thermal Stone stage 1 -20° - 0°variable
Chilled Amulet Chilled Amulet -20°Cvariable (+2 32px)
Ice CubeIce Cube 40°Cvariable (-10% speed, Wetness Meter up to 50)
Fashion MelonFashion Melon 55°Cvariable (-2 32px, Wetness Meter up to 33)

Delaying Overheating

There are several ways to delay overheating:

  • Following items, when equipped, provide various levels of resistance to overheating. Some of these items, like the Eyebrella or Floral Shirt, can prevent Overheating for the entire day on their own, if the player is fully cooled each night.
  • Retreating to the Caves will slow down the rate at which heat is gained.
  • Players can stay under a Tree to delay Overheating. Near the beginning and end of Summer this will be enough to prevent Overheating damage. However, during the middle of Summer, Trees alone won't provide enough protection to prevent Overheating.
Items that delay overheating
Item Overheating protection Slot
Straw Hat Straw Hat 60 Head
Fashion Melon Fashion Melon 120 Head
Pretty Parasol Pretty Parasol 120 Hand
Summer Frest Summer Frest 120 Chest
Umbrella Umbrella 120 Hand
Eyebrella Eyebrella 240 Head
Floral Shirt Floral Shirt 240 Chest
Ice Cube Ice Cube 240 Head
Tropical Parasol Tropical Parasol Shipwrecked icon 120 Hand
Dumbrella Dumbrella Shipwrecked icon 240 Head

Placeholder Trivia

  • Heat exhaustion is when the body collects more heat than it dissipates, symptoms include heavy breathing, sweating, and fast, weak pulses.
  • Additionally, heat exhaustion can lead to the more severe heat stroke, which can lead to disorientation and lack of sweating, and eventually, organ failure, unconsciousness and death can result.

Gameplay Mechanics
Activities CookingCraftingFarmingFightingFishingSleepingBeefalo Riding
(Boating Shipwrecked icon)
Environment Day-Night CycleMoon CycleNightmare CycleEarthquakeLightningRain
(Strong WindsFogWavesFloodingVolcanic Eruption Shipwrecked icon) (Fog Hamlet icon) (Sandstorm Don't Starve Together icon)
Seasons SummerWinter • (AutumnSpring Reign of Giants icon)
(Mild SeasonHurricane SeasonMonsoon SeasonDry Season Shipwrecked icon) (Temperate SeasonHumid SeasonLush Season Hamlet icon)
Mechanics BeardBiomeCharactersCharlieControlsDeathDurabilityExperienceFireFood SpoilageFreezingHealthHungerInventoryLightMapNaughtinessNon-renewable resourcesSanitySavingStructures
(Wetness Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Overheating Reign of Giants iconShipwrecked icon) (Poison Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon) (Hay FeverPeculiar ObjectsAporkalypsePig Fiesta Hamlet icon) (EnlightenmentEventsDiseaseGhostsWorld RegrowthSkins Don't Starve Together icon)
Mode Survival ModeAdventure ModeCavesRuinsVolcanoWorld Customization
Others Pig VillageRoad (Trail) • GraveyardOceanAbyssBridgeSet PieceThingsMorgue

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