weather and storms icarus
Game: ICARUS
Content Type: Gaming Guides


Weather is one of the events in ICARUS that produces the “everything is going great until it doesn’t” situation. Here you are, mining rocks and minding your business, and then a weather event warning pops up.

A more experienced player will only need a glance at the icon that comes with the notification to immediately devise a plan of action. Light rain? Eh, I will eat some berries, fish, meat, and press on. Lightning? Ah, great, need to go repair my wooden base. A heatwave? Okay, need to quickly refill my water. … A heavy snowstorm? CAVE! CAVE! WHERE IS A CAVE?!

With the sheer variety of weather events occurring in different biomes of Icarus, you will develop this kind of intuition on your own over time. However, in this guide we will walk you through some basics and give you a few useful tips to start you on your journey.

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Weather on ICARUS comes in Mild, Moderate, Heavy, and Very Heavy varieties. You can judge them by the background color of the periods displayed on your weather tracker. The tracker will be empty until a weather event is announced. When that happens, direct your attention to the top-right corner of the screen to observe the current and upcoming storm intensity.

Exposure accumulation is slow during the Mild weather, it’s faster with Moderate periods, and is very fast during Very Heavy storms. Weather intensity differs between biomes: worse kinds of weather in the Forest are dangerous, but not quite as dangerous as those in the Desert and the Arctic. Same applies to the Storm Exposure debuffs you will acquire in these three biomes.

  • When the storm is mild, you can stick around and accumulate a little bit of Storm Exposure before seeking shelter.
  • In the Forest biome, moderate weather (Medium Showers, for example) isn’t too bad if you need to finish one last thing before heading in or you have some food and healing to power through.
    • It will start dealing some damage to your Thatch and Wood structures, so you might want to check on your base after a longer storm to make sure your items are safe.
    • In the Arctic and the Desert, the issue of compromised temperature resistance with Heavier Exposure becomes an issue. Storms here are generally less forgiving, so you should always seek shelter even with a moderate storm.
  • Heavy storms always warrant hiding inside a shelter. Very Heavy storms will fill your exposure meter in seconds, slowing you down to a crawl and starting to deal damage to your health.
    • Thatch and Wood structures are very susceptible to these kinds of weather. Thatch will quickly crumble, making it a poor construction material for higher levels.
    • Wood structures need frequent maintenance during and after heavier storms: you need a Repair Hammer to repair wind damage and a Fire Whacker to immediately put out fires caused by lightning strikes.
    • Stone construction is an excellent investment for future expeditions. If you have ways of dealing with Pneumonia, caves provide a good alternative.

Couple of additional tips:

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  • As of the end of Beta, the storm will ignore the jump in time when you sleep. This means that you will still have to wait after you wake up. To have more daylight to complete some work, we advise you to wait the storm over before sleeping.
  • The sky is a little brighter during some kinds of storm in the Forest. As of the end of Beta, storms also significantly increase the ambient light underwater, which makes them a great time to fish or search for underwater caves.

Aside from slowed movement and loss of experience gain, higher exposure in the Desert and the Arctic also comes with decreased Heat and Cold resistance, respectively. In addition to the slowed movement and damage from the exposure, you could get Overheating in the Desert and Frosty or Hypothermia in the Arctic.

The primary effect of these additional debuffs is decrease in Stamina or Stamina regen, with additional damage taken to health if the status effect progresses. Even if you can endure some of the storm exposure, be wary of accumulating temperature debuffs.

  • To help yourself reach the shelter during a Desert storm, it’s advised to take a sip of water from your Waterskin, Canteen, or Thermos. This will give you Cooling effect, slightly bringing down your temperature down in the Desert.
    • This is particularly important when dealing with Heatwaves.
    • Do not waste time running to a water source with any other weather event in the Desert, unless it’s directly on your path to the shelter.
    • Try not to consume water if you have Hypothermia in the Arctic, since it will further lower your body temperature.
  • During an Arctic storm, a Heat Bandage can cure a Frostbite and increase your body temperature. It’s a great idea to bring a stack of these bandages if you expect to spend some time in the region.

We hope you found the information in this guide useful. Have you developed some tricks to deal with the weather? We have a DIY Lightning Rod coming up for you guys, and would definitely appreciate any other observations or tips from you! Leave them along with any other suggestions in the comments below.

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