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Overview[edit | edit source]
Oxygen is a measure of how long you can hold your breath while underwater. It also affects how fast you can move in the water. Submerging yourself in water will drain your Oxygen over time. If you run out of Oxygen, you will begin to Suffocate and your Health will be drained until you either surface or die.
Increasing[edit | edit source]
Putting a point into Oxygen will increase your maximum Oxygen by 20.
Breathing Time[edit | edit source]
A survivor starting off with the minimum Oxygen value (100 Oxygen) can stay underwater for roughly 33 seconds before drowning takes place. Each point put into Oxygen increases the time you can stay underwater by roughly 7 seconds. Each second underwater costs roughly 3 Oxygen. For an estimate of how long your survivor can stay underwater, use this formula: Oxygen / 3 = time in seconds. For example, 320 Oxygen will provide approximately 107 seconds of underwater time: 320 / 3 = 106 + 2/3.
Swimming Speed[edit | edit source]
Points spent in Oxygen also improve your swimming speed by roughly 1.2%. All swimming speed bonuses (from Oxygen and Movement Speed) are multiplied by the 2.5x swim speed effect of SCUBA Flippers. Patch v256 lowered the swim speed gain by 80%. To configure the gain on a private server you can change OxygenSwimSpeedStatMultiplier in the Server Configuration.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Eating Lazarus Chowder will significantly decrease the rate at which you consume oxygen for 10 minutes.
- Swimming on the surface of the water will slow you down slightly.
- Swimming also consumes Stamina. If you run out of Stamina, you will swim much slower. When diving, this could cause you to run out of oxygen when trying to surface, and drown in the process.
- Dizzy Spores in Aberration will eventually suffocate you before its debuff expires unless you have a high oxygen stat.
- SCUBA Armor is not available in Primitive Plus. It is therefore recommended to consider spending points in oxygen when playing this DLC, as you are unable to benefit from the oxygen provided by the SCUBA tank or the swimming speed bonus of the flippers. Another excellent alternative is to tame a suitable water mount, such as the Sarco, which has close to infinite stamina and insane swimming speed (level movement speed only). Provide yourself with some Lazarus Chowder and you can scout the entire ocean in a matter of minutes.