In Atlas, players will need to eat for more than just sustenance. While eating will refill your hunger, you’ll also need to worry about balancing four key items in order to keep your health at optimal heights. Of the various food items you can eat, each one is broken down into a specific category and will refill one of four Vitamin meters on your HUD. Balancing these vitamins can be tough, so here’s everything you need to know to keep things working properly.
How to Balance Your Vitamins
Balancing your vitamins can be extremely difficult, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. As I stated above, each food item that you can find throughout Atlas is broken down into one of four vitamin categories, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. Now, in order to keep things balanced and working optimally, you’re going to need to learn more about the food items present in each of these categories. Thankfully, we’ve done all of the leg work, so you won’t have to worry about it. Before we get started, though, let’s talk a little bit about the Vitamin Meter, which can be found on your HUD.
Understanding the Vitamin Meter
Located on the right-hand side of the screen, the Vitamin Meter is made up of a graph featuring four different colored lines. Overtime each of these bars will slowly deplete, requiring you to eat food items that provide those specific vitamins. If you don’t keep your vitamins balanced, then you’ll end up with Vitamin Deficiency, which can lead to various debuffs that make surviving in Atlas that much harder.
The first line, which is tinted a yellowish-green color, is Vitamin A. This line can be refilled by eating vegetables like Mint, Oregano, Wild Carrots and other similar food items found out in the wild.
The second line on the meter is Vitamin B. This purple line can be filled at anytime by eating Animal Meat or Prime Meat. Of course, you can refill it a tiny amount by eating the food raw, however you’ll take small amounts of damage for each piece that you eat. Instead, make sure to cook it on a fire before feasting.
The orange line on the meter is Vitamin C, and it can be filled by eating berries like Elderberries, Acai, Blackberries and Strawberries.
Finally, the last bar on the meter is Vitamin D. This line is shaded a light blue and can be refilled by eating Fish Meat. Of course, like Animal Meat, you can replenish a small amount of Vitamin D by eating raw Fish Meat, however cooking it over a fire is the best way to go about refilling this meter, as you won’t lose any health from eating cooked meat.
Balancing Your Vitamin Levels
While having too little of any vitamin is a bad thing, having too much of a vitamin is also detrimental to your health and will strike you with some very annoying debuffs. To avoid this, you’ll want to keep food from every vitamin type on you, as this will allow you to more accurately balance your vitamins out. Try to keep your vitamin bars as close to the center of the lines as possible, and keep them around the same level as often as you can.
One strategy that I’ve used a bit during my time in Atlas is to eat one piece of food from every vitamin group when you must eat. This will make it much easier to keep things balanced out, allowing you to reach peak vitamin efficiency. You’ll actually receive a small buff when you have all of your vitamins leveled out, which is denoted by an icon of four bills in the bottom right-hand section of the screen.
Now that you understand more about vitamins and the important part they play, make sure you know how to tame a bear. Bears are great for gathering large amounts of berries at one time and will make it easier to keep your hunger and vitamin levels squared away.
You can also return to our Atlas guide hub, where you’ll find an assortment of other helpful strategy content for the game.