This week’s experimental patch notes sees the introduction of a new advanced body temperature system in DayZ Standalone – Hypothermia and Hyperthermia. Hypothermia is a condition in which the body’s core temperature drops too low. Hyperthermia is the opposite – it’s when the body’s core temperature raises too high.
Within DayZ Standalone, this new temperature system will sit along side the current hunger, thirst and health system. It gives us one more semi-realistic, life-and-death character mechanic to constantly keep an eye on – further increasing the immersion of DayZ and the attachments we feel to our characters. This new mechanic is relatively simple, we’ll go over the basics below. These details are subject to change in upcoming patches and this guide will be updated to reflect those changes.
Body Temperature in DayZ is affected by 5 core game-play elements in DayZ.
- Clothing – Clothing is the main factor in determining your body temperature in DayZ. Every clothing item you wear has a ‘heat value’and they are all combined to give you your total ‘heat value’ for your character. Smaller, lighter and thinner items have a relatively low ‘heat value’. Larger, thicker and heavier clothing items have a higher ‘heat value’.
- Wind – Windy conditions mean lower temperatures.
- Rain – Rain means wet clothes, which means lower temperatures.
- Sun – Clear and Sunny days mean higher temperatures.
- Altitude – Higher altitudes means lower temperatures.
These five things combined will determine your characters temperature. Once the temperature is calculated, your temperature will start to slowly increase or decrease until it reaches that value. You can tell if your temperature is increasing or decreasing by checking your character status message in the chat-area of the screen. ‘It’s chilly out there’ means your temperature is currently decreasing. ‘I am sweating’ means your current temperature is currently increasing.
Hypothermia (too cold)
Hypothermia occurs in DayZ when your core body temperature drops below 35 Celsius. There are three stages of Hypothermia, stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3. You will receive various status messages in-game to alert you to your hypothermic state including: I am way too cold, I am hypothermic and I am lethally hypothermic.
Stage 1 – I am way too cold
There are no negative effects of stage 1 hypothermia. This is simply a warning.
Stage 2 – I am hypothermic
Again, there are no negative effects of stage 2 hypothermia. Your final warning before slipping into the final and highly deadly stage 3 hypothermia.
Stage 3 – I am lethally hypothermic
Lethal hypothermia will drain -10 health and -5 blood from you per second. This will continue until you pass out and eventually die unless you can reverse the effects by combating the cold as outlined below.
If you are suffering from Hypothermia you need to quickly increase your core body temperature. There are various ways you can make sure your body temperature will increase:
- Wear extra clothing items
- Use a ‘Heatpack’ in your inventory
- Make sure your clothing items are dry
- Expose yourself to sunshine or sit beside a fire
- Descend to lower altitudes
Hyperthermia (too hot)
Hyperthermia occurs in DayZ when your core body temperature raises above 37 Celsius. There are three stages of Hyperthermia, stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3. You will receive various status messages in-game to alert you to your hyperthermic state including: I feel hot, I feel i might pass out from overheating, The heat is unbearable and I am hyperthermic.
Stage 1 – I feel hot or I am sweating
Stage 1 hyperthermia will drain -5 water from you per second.
Stage 2 – I feel hot or I am sweating
Stage 2 hyperthermia will drain -10 water from you per second.
Stage 3 – I am hyperthermic
Stage 3 hyperthermia will drain -20 water from you per second. As the effects of hyperthermia only drain water, it is considerably easier to combat than hypothermia (which drains health and blood). Drinking plenty of fluids and following the below steps will help cure your hyperthermia.
If you are suffering from Hyperthermia you need to quickly decrease your core body temperature. There are various ways you can make sure your body temperature will decrease:
- Remove clothing items
- Take a dip in the sea, a lake or a pond. This makes your clothing items ‘wet’ or ‘soaked’. Be careful not to drown!
- Expose yourself to rain
- Climb to higher altitudes
If you have any tips for us regarding the new body temperature system, please let us know in the comments below! This guide will be kept updated as new patches tweak any of the body temperature details.