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The Corruption stat in the Needs menu

Corruption Corruption is an Attribute and gameplay mechanic in The Soroboreans DLC and the Definitive Edition, as well as a part of the Lore of Outward.


A player standing in a Corrupted Zone, indicated by the green smoke effect and the Corruption icon at the bottom of the screen.

Corruption is both a positive and negative effect. The benefits are mainly focused at players who focus on Magic, especially Decay Decay spells.

Depending on the player's Corruption level {from 0 to 100%}, they will receive a different Effect.


Between 0% and 25% Corruption, players are Pure and have receive no effects.


Tainted is received when between 26% and 50% Corruption. It carries only negative effects.

Tainted The Soroboreans


Corrupted is received when between 51% and 75% Corruption, and brings some positive effects as well as increased negative effects.

Corrupted The SoroboreansPositive:Negative:


Defiled is received when between 76% and 99% Corruption. It has strong positive and negative effects.

Defiled The SoroboreansPositive:Negative:
  • Hunger rate +100%
  • Lightning Resistance -50%
  • Lightning Damage -50%
  • Attack Speed -10%
  • Physical Resistance -30%
  • Impact Resistance -30%
  • Chance for Corruption Spirit to spawn

100% Corruption

Reaching 100% Corruption will:

Gaining Corruption[]

Players can increase their Corruption level in a number of ways:

  • Standing in Corrupted zones, indicated by a green smoke effect rising from the bottom of your screen.
  • Being attacked by The Scourge, Wendigos, and other corrupted enemies
  • As well as:


Blood Leech The SoroboreansFlat3%On performing skill combination with Dagger Slash
Gift of Blood The SoroboreansFlat3%
Gift of Blood Ally The SoroboreansFlat6%On performing skill
Scourge Cocoon The SoroboreansFlat10%Sleeping in the tent raises corruption by 10%, regardless of time spent sleeping.


Boiled Crawlberry The SoroboreansFlat1%
Boiled Purpkin The SoroboreansFlat1%
Crawlberry The SoroboreansFlat2%
Crawlberry Jam The SoroboreansFlat5%
Crawlberry Tartine The SoroboreansFlat2.5%
Horror's Potion The SoroboreansFlat10%
Illuminating Potion The SoroboreansFlat10%
Nightmare Mushroom The SoroboreansFlat2%
Purpkin The SoroboreansFlat2%
Purpkin Pie The SoroboreansFlat2%


Blood Sigil The SoroboreansFlat5%
Blood Tendrils The SoroboreansFlat3%
Blood Turret The SoroboreansFlat6%


Accursed WendigoFlat0.5%
Blood Sorcerer The SoroboreansFlat0.3%
Elite Sublime Shell The SoroboreansFlat1%
Giant Horror The SoroboreansFlat1%
Greater GrotesqueFlat3%
Grotesque The SoroboreansFlat0.5%
Immaculate DreamerFlat0.6%
Immaculate Raider The SoroboreansFlat0.6%
Immaculate Warlock The SoroboreansFlat0.6%
Pure Illuminator The SoroboreansFlat0.7%
Sandrose HorrorFlat4%
Shell HorrorFlat0.8%
Sublime Shell The SoroboreansFlat0.7%
The Last AcolyteFlat1.5%
Vile IlluminatorFlat2.5%

Reducing Corruption[]


Corruption Recovery The SoroboreansRestore-0.1% per second5 minutes


Purity Potion The SoroboreansRestore-50%
Sanctifier Potion The SoroboreansRestore-20%


Cleanse The SoroboreansRestore-30%Requires 50% corruption to cast.

Corruption Resistance[]

Corrutpion Resistance is an effect gained from certain equipment and effects.


Corruption Resistance The SoroboreansFlat20% to 50%5 minutes


Metabolic Purge The SoroboreansFlat10%


Elatt's Sanctity The SoroboreansFlat10% to 20%
Filter The SoroboreansFlat5% to 10%
Spirit of Monsoon The SoroboreansFlat15%


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IconNameResistancesImpact.pngProtectionDamage Bonus%HotWeather.pngCold WeatherStamina CostMana CostCorruptionMovementDurabilityWeightEffects
Candle Plate Armor.pngCandle Plate Armor28% Physical
30% Lightning
30% Fire
23% Impact.pngProtection-12 HotWeather.pngCold Weather6% Stamina Cost10% Corruption-6% Movement53018.0
Candle Plate Boots.pngCandle Plate Boots20% Physical
15% Lightning
15% Fire
13% Impact.pngProtectionCold Weather4% Stamina Cost5% Corruption-4% Movement53012.0
Candle Plate Helm.pngCandle Plate Helm20% Physical
15% Lightning
15% Fire
13% Impact.pngProtectionCold Weather4% Stamina Cost15% Mana Cost5% Corruption-4% Movement5308.0
Horror Armor.pngHorror Armor The Soroboreans28% Physical
-5% Lightning
23% Impact.pngProtection20% Decay
6% Stamina Cost-5% Corruption-6% Movement42518.0
Horror Greaves.pngHorror Greaves The Soroboreans20% Physical
-5% Lightning
13% Impact.pngProtection10% Decay
4% Stamina Cost-5% Corruption-4% Movement42512.0
Horror Helm.pngHorror Helm The Soroboreans20% Physical
-5% Lightning
13% Impact.pngProtection10% Decay
4% Stamina Cost30% Mana Cost-5% Corruption-4% Movement4258.0
Novice Hat.pngNovice Hat3% Physical
25% Decay
25% Frost
25% Fire
3% Impact.png-5% Mana Cost10% Corruption1651.0
Novice Robe.pngNovice Robe6% Physical
25% Decay
25% Frost
25% Fire
4% Impact.png-5% Mana Cost15% Corruption1654.0
Tenebrous Armor.pngTenebrous Armor17% Physical
15% Lightning
15% Frost
15% Fire
10% Impact.png10% Ethereal
5% Decay
10 Cold Weather-10% Mana Cost8% Corruption2607.0
Tenebrous Boots.pngTenebrous Boots9% Physical
7% Lightning
7% Frost
7% Fire
7% Impact.png5% Ethereal
10% Decay
Cold Weather-10% Mana Cost3% Corruption2603.0
Tenebrous Helm.pngTenebrous Helm9% Physical
7% Lightning
7% Frost
7% Fire
7% Impact.png5% Ethereal
10% Decay
Cold Weather-10% Mana Cost4% Corruption2602.0
White Priest Hood.pngWhite Priest Hood8% Physical
20% Decay
20% Frost
20% Fire
3% Impact.png-10% Mana Cost15% Corruption2601.0
Wolf Mage Helmet.pngWolf Mage Helmet The Soroboreans4% Physical
11% Impact.pngProtection-10% Mana Cost10% Corruption2251.0
Wolf Medic Armor.pngWolf Medic Armor The Soroboreans20% Physical
14% Impact.pngProtection10 Cold Weather3% Stamina Cost-5% Mana Cost16% Corruption-3% Movement30012.0Recover +0.1 Health Health per second
Wolf Medic Boots.pngWolf Medic Boots The Soroboreans13% Physical
9% Impact.pngProtectionCold Weather2% Stamina Cost-5% Mana Cost7% Corruption-2% Movement3008.0Recover +0.05 Health Health per second
Wolf Medic Helmet.pngWolf Medic Helmet The Soroboreans13% Physical
9% Impact.pngProtectionCold Weather2% Stamina Cost-5% Mana Cost7% Corruption-2% Movement3005.0Recover +0.05 Health Health per second
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IconNameCorruptionCapacityDurabilityWeightEffectsInventory Protection
Boozu Hide Backpack.pngBoozu Hide Backpack The Soroboreans10% Corruption752.0No dodge interference2


Corruption is a prominent part of the Lore of Outward.

A form of decaying negative life energy that is often released when something passes from one life to the next. The more negative emotion contained in the being's soul when it passes, the more the corruption will cling to the area where it is released, and the longer it will take to vanish.

In some cases, too large of a glut of Corruption can take on a life of its own and grow rather than decay.
~ Aegix Drakan (Writer, Nine Dots)


The only relieving news is that the Corruption here runs deep enough that the ghosts are able to feed off it. They do not appear to be compelled to hunt for fresh life to siphon, so the Chersonese region should remain safe from ghostly hunting parties.
~ Soeran, in a letter to Cardinal Bourlamaque
Alright alright! There was a lot of blood spilled in the old fort. The victims jus' couldn't go to the afterlife. It caused a lot of Corruption to spill out, you know? I gave those victims a home here, where they can live the lives that were stolen from them. There's an ancestral altar they can tether their memories too, so they can remember who they were when they were alive.

Then, those living people out there started stringing up dying people as tribute and my ghost pals stopped feedin' on the Corruption, preferring fresh tasty dying life.
But using Corruption as food is like milking a deer. If you don't milk it often enough, it'll just build up until you have a major problem. The Corruption has burst all over the Altar now, and it's destroying the memories we've stored within.

If it's not dealt with, those ghosts will lose what little humanity they have left! Then they'll just devour everything around, including the living who've been feeding them so nicely.
~ Myriade (during A Myriad of Bones)


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