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The Corruption stat in the Needs menu

Corruption Corruption is a gameplay mechanic in The Soroboreans DLC, 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:

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

Gaining Corruption[]

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

Reducing Corruption[]

Resisting Corruption[]


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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