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How to Cool Down and Stop Overheating in Ark

How to Cool Down and Stop Overheating in Ark

Ark is challenging when it comes to anything out in the world, especially its environmental hazards. When you first start a world and create a character, you will wake up to the sun glaring in your face and you will need to figure out what to do on your own. You are naked and depending on where you wake up, it can be a pretty dangerous place.

There are 4 really easy ways to recover from becoming too overheated. You need to wear less clothing, take a swim in some water, stay in the shade, or avoid desert areas when you can. Obviously, these are really the best ways to stop from being too hot, but there are other late-game methods that are really difficult to do.

There are many ways to get overheated, but there are also many ways to stop yourself from becoming overheated. We will go into more detail about how you can get overheated and how to either avoid or stop becoming overheated. Obviously, the hotter your character becomes, the more often you will need to drink water.

How do you recover from being overheated?

Hot Temperatures will cause a Status Effect that increases the rate at which a player’s Water stat will decrease. This will dramatically worsen in extreme heat, potentially causing player Dehydration. Commonly seen at lower elevations, such as the coast, and during mid-day. There are actually a bunch of ways you can stop or avoid being overheated.

Here are 4 easy ways you can recover or avoid becoming overheated:

1. Wear less clothing

Any Clothing or Armor that a player equips has the potential to improve or worsen their Temperature under the right conditions. Really, the only thing you can do if your character gets too hot is to just take your clothes off. It is the most basic thing you can do early on, but it does work.

If you can, try to get some clothes that work better in hotter conditions so you don’t need to take them off every five seconds. Each clothing set has different insulation levels and it would help if you get clothes that best fit the location you are currently in.

2. Swim in water for a bit

All you need to do to cool down is to take a nice swim in a near body of water. Just keep in mind that the water might have some dangerous creatures lurking inside. Don’t go into the ocean because that is by far the worst place you could be swimming in. Try to find a nice pond or lake with no enemies nearby. Careful that the water doesn’t make you too cold as well.

3. Stay in the shade

This is by far the most important one because you are constantly on the move, especially if you travel far distances. Try your best to stay under the trees and forests, but watch out for the creatures hiding inside. If you stay in the shade, you should have no problem with overheating at all. Just be careful around fires or beaches.

4. Avoid desert areas

Desert areas are by far the worst areas, especially if you are playing on Scorched Earth. Try your best to avoid them because it is even worse than having the warm debuff. It will drain stamina and water at an insane rate, so make sure you keep enough water on you to last a while if you are going through one. There are usually some pretty nasty creatures there as well.

When do you overheat?

There are a lot of reasons you might be overheating, and we showed you the most common ways to not overheat. Try to follow all the ways so you have an easier time getting around without using up all your consumables quickly.

Here are all the main ways the game makes you overheat:

By any fire source

Pretty much any fire source in the game can make you overheat. If you do start dehydrating from a campfire, the most simple way to stop it is to walk away from it. The only time you are really by a campfire is during the night, and the night is pretty cold. Just walk away for a bit and you should be fine.

Here are all the main fire sources you can overheat near if you get close:

  • Torch
  • Standing Torch
  • Campfire
  • Cooking Pot
  • Refining Forge
  • Industrial Grill
  • Stone Fireplace
  • Industrial Forge

In Minor/Major Heatwave Events

These events only really happen on certain maps you play on. The hardest map when it comes to overheating is the Scorched Earth map, which is just a massive desert. It is a very hard map for new players and most people recommend not starting on it.

These only happen once and a while, but these events are really bad if you aren’t prepared for them. Always keep a ton of water on you and make sure you have clothing with low insulation so you don’t die of dehydration.

When you wear too much clothing

As we said before, wearing too much clothing is probably the most common reason for overheating. It is actually quite annoying because you want to be protected, but you are giving up a slower water intake for it. Just try to wear less clothing unless you are going to fight a creature or another clan so you don’t get too overheated.

Towards the beginning of your playthrough, having cloth outfits on is probably a good and bad idea, but only have a few pieces on for the sake of not having to find too much water. If you don’t want to take clothes off, try to stick to the shade so you don’t suffer from dehydration.

If you are playing on certain maps

Certain maps have desert areas and even lava areas. There is one map with a volcano, so the best thing to do in those situations is to use an Air Conditioner. You won’t be able to get it for a while, but it helps keep an area either hot or cold, depending on what you need it for. If you are in a Volcano, make sure to take advantage of this so you don’t burn to death.