As is the old-school JRPG tradition, the battle system in Octopath Traveler includes a number of powerful buffs and debilitating status effects that can either bolster or drastically hinder the party's overall efficacy in combat. Mastering the battle system in Octopath Traveler involves understanding each of these status effects and buffs, including what effect they'll have on heroes as well as the different icons that represent each status effect. Keep reading to learn about all the different buffs and status effects in Octopath Traveler.
Status Effects and Buffs in Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler features several different status effects and attribute buffs, all of which are outlined in the table below. For convenience, we've also included images of each buff and status effect's in-game icon so that players can identify which skills and spells are affecting their heroes and foes in battle.
|Blindness||Accuracy of physical attacks decreased|
|Confusion||Actions decided at random until hit by an attack|
|Poison||Suffer damage after performing an action|
|Silence||Unable to use skills|
|Sleep||Cannot perform any actions until hit by an attack|
|Terror||Unable to boost|
|Unconsciousness||Unable to perform any actions|
|Increase/decrease to Physical Attack|
|Increase/decrease to Physical Defense|
|Increase/decrease to Elemental Attack|
|Increase/decrease to Elemental Defense|
|Accuracy||Increase/decrease to Accuracy|
|Critical||Increase/decrease to Critical|
|Evasion||Increase/decrease to Evasion|
|Speed||Increase/decrease to Speed|
|Reflective Veil||Reflect one elemental attack|
|HP Regeneration||Regenerates a small amount of HP each turn|
|Rehabilitate||Grants immunity to all status effects|
|Augmented Elements||Increases damage dealt by elemental attacks|
|Moon's Reflection||?||Grants a single ally the ability to counter physical damage one time|
|BP Boost||?||Allow a single ally to gain 2 BP per turn for 2 turns|
|Divine Aura||?||Grants a 25% chance to nullify any incoming damage|
|Physical Prowess||?||Augments Physical Attack and Physical Defense during battle|
Players should note that using Boost Points to boost status effect- and buff-inflicting skills and spells will not increase the potency of the status effect or buff; instead, it will simply extend its duration by a number of turns based on the number of Boost Points used. However, this does not apply to status effects or buffs applied from using Bewildering Grace, as boosting that particular skill instead increases the number of times Bewildering Grace is played.
We're still discovering more status effects and buffs in Octopath Traveler, so be sure to keep checking back as new information becomes available.
There's a lot more to Octopath Traveler's combat system, and players who want to make the most out of their parties would do well to check out our other great coverage, including shrine locations, boss strategies, and core as well as advanced job skills and descriptions, all featured over on our Octopath Traveler strategy and guide hub.