Weather

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Weather is a planetary attribute determined solely by the planet's primary Biome. Its effects include various conditions related to that planet, including wind, rain and even meteor showers.

All weather events have 10 seconds of warm-up time and 10 seconds of cool-down time.


Passive Weather
Clear.png Blizzard.png Drizzle.png Duststorm.png Ash.png Glowingrain.png
Clear Blizzards Drizzle Dust Storms Light Ashfall Luminous Rain
Rain1.png Snow1.png Thunder.png Sandstorm1.png Windstorm.png
Rain Snow Storms Sandstorms Windstorms
Dangerous Weather
Acidrain.png Ember.png Meteorstorm.png Smallmeteorstorm.png
Acid Rain Cinder Showers Large Meteorites Small Meteorites
Removed Weather
Acidthunder.png Fog.png Groundmist.png Hail.png Heavyacidrain.png Icestorm.png Spacedust.png Spacejunk.png
Acid Thunder Fog Ground Mist Hail Heavy Acid Rain Icestorm Spacedust Space Junk


Wind

Wind is an attribute that affects all weather. Depending on the current weather event, the wind can have its maximum speed limited. For weather events like rainfall, wind affects both the speed and direction of the weather effect.

Passive Weather

Passive weather cannot directly injure the player. It may still have other effects depending on the weather type.

Clear.png Clear

Clear is the default weather state and simply means there are no active weather effects. Special locations, such as the Outpost or mission areas, will always only have clear weather. Barren planets and Asteroid Fields are always clear.

Each clear weather event has a duration ranging from 40 to 100 seconds (40 seconds to 1 minute, 40 seconds). There is no maximum wind speed during clear weather.

Drizzle.png Drizzle

Found on planet types: Garden, Forest

Drizzle is light rainfall. The light rain isn't enough to pool and form puddles, but it will still water your crops for you.

Each drizzle event has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds. The maximum wind speed during drizzle is 4.5 tiles per second.

Rain1.png Rain

Found on planet types: Garden, Forest, Ocean, Savannah, Jungle

Heavier rainfall than drizzle. The water that falls can pool into puddles in confined areas. This may cause lighting, furniture and crops to be broken and dropped as an item. Rain that falls onto tilled earth will water crops for you. Rain inflicts the Wet debuff on entities that have not taken shelter.

Each rain event has a duration ranging from 40 to 100 seconds (40 seconds to 1 minute, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during rain is 15 tiles per second.

Thunder.png Storms

Found on planet types: Garden, Forest, Ocean, Jungle

Even heavier rainfall than Rain. During a storm, lightning flashes in the background. A storm can result in a large amount of water pooling in confined areas. Storms can water crops and inflict the Wet debuff on entities caught within the downpour.

Each storm has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during a storm is 60 tiles per second.

Glowingrain.png Luminous Rain

Found on planet types: Moons, Garden, Mutated, Magma

Luminous rain is like drizzle, except the rain will glow. This provides a small amount of illumination to the surrounding area. Luminous rain does not cause the Wet debuff, does not water crops and cannot pool as normal types of rainfall can.

Each luminous rain event has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during luminous rain is 10 tiles per second.

Sandstorm1.png Sandstorm

Found on planet types: Desert, Decayed

Sandstorms cause large amounts of sand to blow in the same direction as the wind. Sandstorms inflict the Slow debuff on any entity exposed to the sandstorm. A hoverbike can be used to bypass the slow effect. Sandstorms also cause small piles of Loose Silt to accumulate along cliffs and walls.

The sandstorm weather event has a duration ranging from 50 to 240 seconds (50 seconds to 4 minutes), and the maximum wind speed during a sandstorm is 42 tiles per second.

Snow1.png Snow

Found on planet types: Forest, Snow, Arctic, Tundra

Snow is characterised by snowflakes gently falling from the heavens. Exposed surface blocks will receive a layer of snow, replacing any grass. This effect is only visual. Snow doesn't accumulate or water crops as rain does.

Each snow event has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds). There is no maximum wind speed during snowy weather.

Blizzard.png Blizzards

Found on planet types: Snow, Arctic, Tundra

A blizzard is a very heavy snowstorm. The decreased visibility can make fighting difficult. Despite the visual effects, blizzards do not cause any debuffs or deal any damage.

A blizzard has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during a blizzard is 42 tiles per second.

Windstorm.png Windstorms

Found on planet types: Savannah

Windstorms are a purely visual effect that shows gusts of wind blowing through open spaces. Windstorms do not have any effects on exposed entities or blocks.

Each wind storm event has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds, and the maximum wind speed during a wind storm is 35 tiles per second.

Duststorm.png Dust Storms

Found on planet types: Midnight

Dust Storms are extreme weather events that greatly reduce visibility. Fighting can be quite difficult due to the clouds of dust obscuring the view. Fortunately, dust storms do not cause any other negative effects.

Each duststorm has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during a duststorm is 35 tiles per second.

Ash.png Light Ashfall

Found on planet types: Volcanic

Light ashfall is another type of wind storm, featuring exclusively on Volcanic planets. Fighting can be difficult due to clouds of ash obscuring vision. Like with snow, exposed blocks will receive a coating of ash.

Light ashfall events have a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds). There is no maximum wind speed during light ashfall.

Dangerous Weather

Dangerous weather is weather that presents a risk to players, NPCs and buildings alike. Building a permanent structure on a planet prone to dangerous weather is not recommended due to the risks involved.

Acidrain.png Acid Rain

Found on planet types: Toxic

The pollutants of toxic planets seeps into the clouds, making even the rain itself a hazard. During acid rain, raindrops are coloured green. Entities that are exposed to acid rain are poisoned unless they are somehow immune to poison (e.g. via consuming an Antidote). Taking shelter after being exposed to acid rain will cause the poison to eventually wear off as normal.

The acid rain weather event has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (from 50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and maximum wind speed during acid rain is 15 tiles per second.

Ember.png Cinder Showers

Found on planet types: Volcanic

Cinder Showers are in effect when small sparks and flames begin to blow through the background. Not long after, small flames will fall from the sky. Once they hit a solid block, they'll begin to burn, periodically spreading and throwing out more flames. These flames cannot cause injury. But they have a far more insidious threat: the flames will eventually destroy the block they've ignited.

While it would be expected that only flammable materials (e.g. wood) could be burnt by cinder showers, they can affect more unusual blocks such as roofing tiles or ash. Trees are not affected by cinder showers. Furniture impacted by cinder showers will be broken and dropped as an item. This may count as theft, so a player should be wary about being in a city during a cinder shower.

Each cinder shower has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds). The maximum wind speed during this weather event is 5 tiles per second.

Smallmeteorstorm.pngSmall Meteorites

Found on planet types: Moons, Volcanic, Magma

During a meteor storm, the meteorites fall from the sky and explode when they come into contact with any solid block. Small meteorites have a smaller range of impact. Block resistance to destruction from meteors is the same as when using a Matter Manipulator: more durable blocks are less likely to be destroyed and can regenerate between subsequent hits. Any furniture that is affected by a meteor impact is broken and dropped as an item. For generated cities, this may count as a theft by the player, so a player should be wary about being in a city during a meteor storm.

Meteors deal 1000 damage each on impact, so only Brains and Dead Core Blocks will survive a direct meteor impact. The damage will almost certainly be fatal to any player or NPC that suffers a direct hit.

Meteor showers have a duration ranging from 30 to 60 seconds. In addition, the maximum wind speed during a meteor shower is 15 tiles per second.

Meteorstorm.png Large Meteorites

Found on planet types: Volcanic, Magma

A meteor storm of large meteorites is an exceptionally dangerous - and destructive - event. The speed and size of a large meteorite can make them difficult to avoid. If a player is aware of a large meteorite storm, they should tunnel underground until the meteor storm has passed. Large meteorites impact a much bigger area than small meteorites and can quickly reduce cities and structures to rubble.

The large meteorite weather event lasts for 10 seconds. The maximum wind speed during this weather type is 15 tiles per second.

Meteor Shower + Large meteor impact video [1]

Removed Weather

These weather effects were available in earlier versions of Starbound, but are no longer present.

Ash Storm

Ash falls from the sky, accompanied by lightning. Ash Blocks slowly accumulate on the ground. Formerly found in Magma Biome and Volcanic Biome, this no longer occurs as of Version 1.2.0; instead, volcanic planets have light ashfall.

Ash storm events have a duration ranging from 40 to 100 seconds (40 seconds to 1 minute, 40 seconds), and no wind occurs during an ash storm.

Crystal Rain

Crystals rain from the sky, each one dealing 3 damage to the player and blocks on contact.

Crystal rain events have a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during crystal rain is 15 tiles per second.

Fog.png Fog

One of the weather effects no longer used as of Version 1.2.0, though it still exists in the assets.

Fog events have a duration ranging from 40 to 100 seconds (40 seconds to 1 minute, 40 seconds), and no wind occurs during fog.

Groundmist.png Ground Mist

Formerly found in Forest Biome, Grassland Biome, Savannah Biome, and Jungle Biome, this weather effect no longer occurs on any planet as of Version 1.2.0, though it still exists in the assets.

Each ground mist has a duration ranging from 40 to 100 seconds (40 seconds to 1 minute, 40 seconds), and no wind occurs during ground mist.

Hail.png Hail

Once found on frozen planets. Hail was a damaging weather effect that would damage blocks, players and NPCs if they were struck by them. Each piece of hail has a power of 1.

Hail weather events have a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during hail is 15 tiles per second.

Icestorm.png Ice Storm

Ice Storms were blizzards which also fling chunks of ice dealing 10 damage to blocks and the player on contact.

Ice storm weather events have a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and there is no maximum wind speed during an ice storm.

Junkstorm

A windstorm which takes pieces of junk with it. This weather event was the primary weather type for Decayed (Scorched) planets. Although Decayed planets now only have Sandstorms, pieces of rubbish and debris can still be observed blowing around.

Each junkstorm event has a duration ranging from 50 to 300 seconds (50 seconds to 5 minutes), and the maximum wind speed during a junkstorm is 15 tiles per second.

Small Meteor Showers

A short burst of smaller meteors that fall, all at once, in a half-circle formation. They destroy blocks and leave meteorite rock. Supposedly added in v. Enraged Koala, but no longer occurs in game as of Version 1.2.0.

Spacedust

Formerly found in Arid Biome, Magma Biome, Savannah Biome, and Volcanic Biome, this weather effect now only occurs in Asteroid Fields as of Version 1.2.0.

Each spacedust event has a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during spacedust is 15 tiles per second.

Spacejunk.png Space Junk

Found in Forest Biome, Grassland Biome, Savannah Biome, Moon Biome, and Jungle Biome. Pieces of space junk fall from the sky, dealing 1 damage to blocks and players on contact.

Space Junk weather events have a duration ranging from 50 to 400 seconds (50 seconds to 6 minutes, 40 seconds), and the maximum wind speed during space junk rain is 15 tiles per second.


History

Version 1.2.0

  • Acid Rain applies poison instead of direct damage
  • Large meteors are no longer accompanied by smaller meteors
  • Cinder Showers now only occur on Volcanic planets
  • Removed Ash Storms, Fog, Ground Mist and Small Meteor Showers

Enraged Koala

  • Update 9: Added Ember Shower (now known as Cinder Shower)
  • Update 7/8: Added Windstorms and Ground Mist
  • Update 4/5: Added Ash Storms, Sandstorm, Snowstorm (now known as Blizzard) and Spacedust

Glad Giraffe

  • Added Duststorms