In the early days of DayZ Standalone, sickness was a big part of survival. Zombies had a small chance to inflict sickness on your character each time you took a hit, and many players were having trouble keeping themselves healthy. As zombies were much glitchier back then, many players were complaining as their characters were taking damage through walls and through floors, and they were becoming sick as a result. Antibiotics were pretty rare too – so the whole thing was quite harsh. The developers decided to remove the sickness feature all together, and it stayed that way for many months.
DayZ has come a long way in the last year, to the point where the developers have decided to re-introduce the sickness feature as of the last Stable patch 0.50, although it is now a little different. While zombies will no longer inflict the Sickness on a character, you can now become sick from using a sewing kit (regular sewing kit or regular sewing kit) to heal your wounds.
Sewing up your wounds has around a 17.5% chance of making you sick (wound infection). Sickness has 4 stages, the first being quite minor, the next two stages are more severe and the final stage is a recovery stage. Your character will progress through all 4 stages over time and eventually you will become healed, if you manage to survive. The four stages are as follows:
Stage 1 – My wounds are itchy / I have itchy wounds
This stage of Sickness will last up to 10 minutes, and you will lose a very modest 0.05 water per second. If you do not cure your sickness while in this stage, you will progress to Stage 2.
Stage 2 – My wounds are infected / I have infected wounds
This stage of sickness will last up to 20 minutes, and you will lose 3 water per second, 0.3% blood per second and 0.1% health per second. If you do not cure your sickness while in this stage, you will progress to Stage 3.
Stage 3 – My wounds are seriously infected / I have seriously infected wounds
This stage of sickness will last up to 40 minutes, and while infected you will lose 5 water per second, 0.1% blood per second and 0.3% health per second. If you do not cure your sickness while in this stage, you will progress to Stage 4.
Stage 4 (Recovery Stage) – My wounds hurt less / My wounds look cleaner
This stage of sickness will last up to 30 minutes, and while infected you will lose 3 water per second. Once this stage passes, your Sickness will be cured.
How To Cure The Sickness in DayZ
You can cure Sickness simply by taking some antibiotics or cleaning your wounds with an alcohol tincture. Taking antibiotics or cleaning your wounds with an alcohol tincture during any stage of Sickness will skip you straight to Stage 4, and once Stage 4 passes you will be completely healed. It’s important to keep yourself topped up with plenty of food and drink during Sickness in order to survive – if you find yourself with little or no food and drink during Sickness, and you don’t have any antibiotics or alcohol, you probably won’t make it to the recovery stage and you will die. Finding a pond or well can be a life saver during sickness as you can stay nearby, and keep your character fully quenched while you loot nearby houses for food and / or medical supplies and the all-important, antibiotics / alcohol.
And that’s it, if you’re struggling with Sickness, or you have some tipe that we’ve not covered here, please let us know in the comments below!