Grounded guide: All the changelogs for patches, content updates, and more


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Grounded Landscape ImageSource: Windows Central

A game being in Early Access and Game Preview means it’s going to receive a lot of updates to fix known bugs and issues, and to add new content and features for early testers. This holds true for Grounded, the latest project from video game superpower Obsidian Entertainment. Because of these frequent updates and changes, it can be hard to keep track of everything the game adds and what to expect from every update. For this reason, we’re keeping an eye on it all and compiling every Grounded changelog into one handy place for our readers.

Grounded is an open-world survival game that shrinks players down to the size of insects and unleashes them in a hostile suburban backyard. With gorgeous visuals, unique environments, and incredibly fun co-op, Grounded has proven itself to be one of the best upcoming games. Grounded is currently available in early access on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC. It’s also available on Xbox Game Pass.

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Grounded has confidently secured its place as one of the best Xbox Game Pass games, and it goes without saying that it’s also one of the best survival games for Xbox.

Here are all the changelogs for patch updates and content updates in Grounded.

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Grounded

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Obsidian Entertainment makes its exclusive debut on Xbox One and PC with Grounded, a unique survival experience that literally makes all of your problems much, much bigger. Join your friends as you’re shrunk down to the size of an ant and are forced to survive in a dangerous backyard.

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April Content Update 0.9.0 (April 27, 2021)

Grounded 0.9.0 April Content Update Building Image

Source: Obsidian Entertainment | Twitter

The April Content Update for Grounded continued to evolve Grounded with a handful of nice-to-have features like an extended Photo Mode that now works in multiplayer servers, slick new curved building pieces and ladders, and a new creative game mode that lets you play with all of the insects when passive.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Buildings features

  • Ladders
    • Unlocked via the Hedge BURG.L Chip
  • Curved Walls, Floors, and Railings
    • 3 Curved Grass Walls
    • 2 Curved Grass Floors
    • 3 Curved Stem Walls
    • 2 Curved Stem Floors
    • 2 Curved Railings
    • Unlocked via the Pond BURG.L Chip

Creative with Bugs features

  • New Mode Added: Creative with Bugs
    • All the building and crafting perks of Creative mode but with all of the bugs spawned in the yard which are completely docile to you

Photo Mode features

  • Photo Mode Multiplayer Support:
    • All players enter and exit photo mode at the same time; the game pauses
    • Each player controls their character’s pose and visibility
    • Each player controls their own camera location and settings
  • Four new poses: Modish Max, Wallowing Willow, Heroic Hoops, and Perilous Pete

UI features

  • Recipes are now sorted by subcategories in the Construction radial and in the Crafting menu. Within subcategories, recipes are sorted by their tier
  • Added a take-all option for processing buildings like the Spinning Wheel

Music features

  • New combat music when fighting weaker bugs (Mites, Spiderlings, and Water Fleas)

Save games features

  • Save games are significantly smaller on disk
  • Playthroughs in the Save Game UI are grouped and collapsed together making for easier navigation of playthroughs with lots of saves across multiple playthroughs

Combat changes

  • Attacks can now be canceled into a block at any point during the animation
  • Attacks now consume stamina on startup rather than on the hit frame
  • Stinkbugs have a new attack

Interface changes

  • Attack interaction display has been updated to match the new interact UI changes from last patch for consistency

World changes

  • Increased the draw distance of bases for hosts on higher graphics quality
  • Signs can be placed on walls more reliably
  • Egg hatching now plays visual and sound effects

Buildings changes

  • Lure Traps and Spike Traps will now take damage as enemies use/interact with them

Crafting changes

  • “Beefy Smoothie?” can now be crafted at the Smoothie Station

Optimization changes

  • Improved render performance for games with lots of buildings
  • Improved CPU performance with games with lots of buildings
  • Improved rendering performance for the Xbox One and Xbox One S
  • Reduced the delay before opening the main UI window
  • Reduced the delay before opening the Building radial
  • Reduced the delay before navigating to the Data page

Top community fixes

  • Save games should now properly display the mode in the multiplayer lobby
  • Promised Chipsleuth quest science rewards will now be correctly shown to clients
  • Throwing grass blades or weed stems in third person no longer has most of them thrown to the side
  • Creatures no longer walk through walls when not looking at them
  • Crow Feathers despawn after a while if not harvested
  • Signs can be placed on walls more reliably

World fixes

  • Underwater-capable buildings can no longer be built on bubbles
  • Floors can no longer be built entirely under the ground
  • Structures placed on floors will be invalidly invalid less often
  • The player can no longer zip off a zipline when zipping up it
  • Wall-mounted buildings can no longer be attached to dropped items
  • Structures cannot be completed while a character or creature is inside of them
  • Buildings can now be placed in specific spots inside the Oak Tree where they previously couldn’t be
  • Foliage such as grass blades that is moved between patches will no longer duplicate itself

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Doors can now be built facing other doors
  • Weapon Wall Mounts and wall-mounted trophies no longer fall through the world when collapsed
  • Harvested flower petals will no longer spawn inside the flower
  • Spiral Stairs can no longer be placed underwater or inside blocking objects
  • Plank and Log Pallets will align to the terrain better during placement
  • Crow Feathers no longer respawn when harvesting them, walking away, and returning back
  • Stuffed Bee now properly swings after save/load
  • Wall-mounted buildings are easier to place on Stem Walls and Palisades

Creatures fixes

  • Ant Eggs will now hatch properly while inside inventories
  • All types of creatures will now correctly create ripples in water

Photo Mode fixes

  • Depth of Field now applies properly when entering Photo Mode
  • Photo Mode can now be exited even when the HUD is toggled off
  • Blocking, aiming, and charged attacks now release upon exiting Photo Mode without firing
  • Lighting in dark areas is now properly applied in Photo Mode
  • Axes and Splatburst no longer stick to the free cam when falling
  • Film grain and chromatic aberration settings in photo mode now work in Low Quality
  • Photo mode free camera movement now uses remappable keyboard bindings

UI fixes

  • The interaction UI no longer displays when on a zipline
  • The Crafting menu will not lag as much when switching between certain items
  • Building UI’s, such as the Container and Spinning Wheel interfaces, will be closed if the building is relocated too far away while they are open
  • Characters are less likely to appear headless when finishing a conversation with BURG.L or interacting with certain items

Xbox platforms fixes

  • Players with a ton of buildings crafted and who could no longer create new save games will be able to make new saves again

Patch Update 0.9.1 (May 7, 2021)

Grounded Pond Update Quarter

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • Patched a hole in the terrain that could cause players to fall out of the yard
  • Added Stuffed Creatures back to the crafting menu. (We are in the process of moving these over to buildings for the future)
  • Crash fix when loading saves from Version 0.3 or before
  • Crash fix dealing with opening Photo Mode
  • Crash fix when having the map open and players leave the game
  • Crash fix that could randomly happen when running around the yard
  • Crash fix when loading a game with collapsed buildings that hadn’t fully destroyed yet

World fixes

  • Players will properly stop reviving a player if they are knocked down themselves

Creatures fixes

  • Stinkbug leap attack no longer resets the stinkbug back to their leap starting point when complete
  • Stinkbug leap attack can now be blocked

UI fixes

  • The sub-headers “Upper Body” and “Lower Body” are now in the correct spot in the Armor crafting menu
  • The Known Smoothie recipes window can be accessed again in the Smoothie Station
  • Icon for Diving Bell Spider chunk displays again

Xbox One & Xbox One S fixes

  • Entering and exiting the Inventory screen will lag less

Microsoft Store fixes

  • Crash fix when converting old saves on the Main Menu from prior to the 0.5.0 update

Patch Update 0.9.2 (May 11, 2021)

Grounded May 2021 Developer Update

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • The actions “Craft Smoothie” and “Recipes Memorized” are properly assigned to two different buttons again for gamepad controls
  • SCA.B flavors no longer duplicate in the OSConfig UI each time you open the window which may have caused a crash for some players when selecting a duplicate flavor


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March Content Update 0.8.0 (March 30, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Baseball

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

The March Content Update was a little more reserved overall than previous content updates, but still brought two major features that the community has been seeking for ages. Online co-op games can now be password protected, and Grounded can be captured in all its glory using a brand-new Photo mode.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Major features

  • Photo Mode: Phase 1
  • Password protecting online games

Crafting content features

  • New building: Door Frame
  • New buildings: Triangular Stem Wall and Inverted Triangular Stem Wall

Additional features

  • When you are placing an invalid building, a short message will describe why it is invalid
  • When you are holding a Repair Tool, nearby damaged buildings will display an icon
  • Loose arrows can be collected by walking over them
  • Structures will now collapse much more dramatically when unsupported
  • The Armor Dummy UI now has a button that swaps your gear with the dummies. You can also do this without entering the UI by doing a “hold” interact action on the Armor Dummy
  • When you are connecting ziplines, the anchor that will be connected is highlighted
  • Player nameplates in multiplayer will show if a player is knocked out and how much time they have left to be helped
  • Player nameplates will show a “busy” state above it when said player is navigating a menu

Systems changes

  • Dirty water will now apply a status effect that shows your character is sick. The more dirty water you drink, the worse the effect gets. Resting will make you feel better.
  • Smoothie Station functionality has been reworked:
    • All smoothies now require a “Goop Base” and three “Flavor Ingredients”
    • Goop Base determines the effectiveness of the smoothie
    • Grub Goop creates a normal smoothie
    • Muscle Sprout creates a “beefy” smoothie that heals for twice the amount
    • Flavor ingredients can consist of any combination of other items and has same functionality as before

Mutations changes

  • Reduced the damage reduction of “Dare Devil”

Combat changes

  • More intense combat music will play when fighting spiders
  • Infected weevils now move slightly faster
  • Ladybugs have a new set of attacks to pick from
  • Improved the accuracy of aiming with a bow using the third-person camera

Interface changes

  • Player nameplates will transition into smaller character icons when not in the center of the screen
  • The Interact HUD has been revamped to support showing multiple interaction types at the same time

World changes

  • Big sap nodules now take longer to respawn than individual saps
  • “Base music” now plays during the daytime as well. A new track has been added specifically for night “base music”

Buildings changes

  • Structures will be less likely to be considered obstructed when placed underneath static props like leaves
  • Walls will now often pivot around corners they are snapped to when rotated
  • Added the facing helper arrow to the Acorn Storage
  • Dew Collector recipe and unlock changed: now unlocks with woven web and requires woven web to build

Crafting changes

  • Plus Smoothies have been replaced with “Beefy” smoothies
    • Double the healing power as normal smoothies
    • Same bonus status effect as normal smoothies
    • Require the same “flavor” ingredients as normal smoothies
    • Uses Muscle Sprout as a “base” instead of Grub Goop

Optimization changes

  • Improved performance of games with large bases
  • Improved performance of games that have a lot of Storage Baskets or Storage Chests with icons set
  • A handful of general CPU optimizations added

Creatures changes

  • Bees now drop pollen into the world in addition to collecting it on their legs when pollinating flowers

Top community fixes

  • Scaffolds will now reliably be considered anchored when they are built down to the ground from above
  • The amount of dew that spawns on grass each morning now matches the amount of dew that exists when you start a new game (doubled the current dew spawn amount)
  • Big pebbles should now respawn

World fixes

  • Building relocation will be canceled if another player places a building on the item being moved
  • Grid buildings can no longer be anchored to tables
  • Stairs are now easier to place on uneven terrain
  • Hitting “W” while typing in the lobby chat log no longer sends the message
  • Player nameplates are now positioned properly height-wise when playing as a client

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • The player cannot zip while swimming
  • Zipline Wall Anchor, Sap Dripper, and Stair Railings can no longer be built underwater
  • Zipline Wall Anchor, Sap Dripper, Stair Railings, Abomination Totem, Ant Head Totem, and Slime Mold Sconce can no longer be built inside other buildings
  • Reduced volumetric scatter intensity of Firefly Headlamp light beam
  • Embedded arrows no longer pop slightly above where they hit
  • Repair Tool works in “Mild” mode
  • Splatburst now sticks even to surfaces it impacts at an angle

Creatures fixes

  • Fireflies should no longer get stuck on the surface of the pond

Patch update 0.8.1 (April 5, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Bombardier

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • Bases built on certain objects will no longer be considered “Unsupported” on load, and will not collapse after being modified
  • Clients will no longer randomly fail to register melee and ranged attacks
  • Reduced lag/hitching when looking at buildings in large bases
  • Backpacks that fall through the world for clients will eventually resync back to the correct host position

Game fixes

  • The Trail Marker for the BURG.L Quest: “Weed Killer Peak” will now be in the correct location if it already existed in your world

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Stuffed insects can once again be placed on furniture

Creatures fixes

  • Bees aren’t as clumsy around flowers and thus will drop pollen less often

Photo Mode fixes

  • Hoop’s hair and other dangling pieces on chest armor should behave more appropriately in Photo Mode

UI fixes

  • Hammer build icons are now included in the “Toggle Trail Marker and Backpack Icons” action
  • The breath meter and the “Eat/Drink or Die” warning elements no longer get stuck on screen after respawning
  • The “(Type) Tool Required” warning no longer overlaps the harvest resource name on the HUD

Audio fixes

  • Reverted the new day base music changes back to the night music to continue work on this for a future update

Patch update 0.8.2 (April 7, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Bombardier

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • Trail Marker icons correctly restore upon loading a game
  • Combat music plays when fighting creatures other than spiders once again


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February Content Update 0.7.0 (February 25, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Combat Explosion

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

This content update was all about building, building, building. The February Content Update brought tons of new building types, as well as massive improvements to how players build in Grounded. A great update for anyone who loves to build fortresses and houses in games.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Crafting content features

  • Added Stair Railing: Sprig Railing, Acorn Railing
  • New Stairs Added: Acorn Spiral Stairs
  • New Scaffolding: Bracket Scaffold
  • New Floors Added: Grass Half-Floors and Weed Stem Floors
  • New Item: Firefly Hanging Lantern
  • New Item: Wall-mounted Zipline Anchor
  • New Item: Shinobi Sneeze, a smoke-screen escape item
  • Mounted Head Trophies can now be crafted for all of the flying creatures: Mosquitos, Fireflies, and Bees

Additional features

  • You can relocate any non-grid building you have made without destroying and rebuilding it (Lean-to, Storage, Workbench, etc.)
  • When you are crafting, any items in nearby storage will be available as crafting ingredients without requiring you to put them in your backpack
  • You can place hauling items (Grass Planks, Weed Stems) on Ziplines using the “Drop” action when pointing at the line
  • Player characters have new and improved stagger animations

Systems changes

  • Hunger and Thirst effects have been reworked:
    • Bonuses now activate at 80% or higher instead of 90% or higher
    • Hunger Bonus heals you over time
    • Thirst Bonus increases your stamina regen
  • Penalties now activate at 20% or lower instead of 0%:
    • Hunger Penalty caps your max stamina at 50%
    • Thirst Penalty reduces your stamina regen
  • Repair Recipes have been reworked:
    • Armor Glues have been removed
    • Armors now take ~20% of their initial ingredients to repair
    • Weapons now take 1 quartzite + a minimal amount of their initial ingredients to repair
  • Gas Masks now take durability damage in gas hazards

Combat changes

  • Bandages now heal much more HP, but over a much longer period of time
  • Mosquito Needle has the life-steal ability slightly decreased
  • Bees now have two additional attacks
  • When you are wielding both a shield and a canteen, the Block input will both drink from the canteen and block
  • Weevil shield durability doubled
  • Bratburst and Splatburst deal more damage
  • Pollen Shot now adds slightly more stun damage to bow attacks
    • Note: This is not a % chance to stun, this allows bows to deal stun damage in addition to normal damage

Interface changes

  • Lasting (applied by gear or mutations) and temporary status effects appear in the Status UI
  • Added “Any Weapon” HotPouch slot type and changed the defaults of the first four slots to be “Any Weapon” instead of “Any Melee Weapon”
  • Save games that are older than five update versions will be marked with an “Ancient Save” warning
  • The block meter is slightly smaller and scooted to the right
  • Equipped shield durability is shown in the HUD
  • Equipment rating gauges have been converted visually from a regular bar to a nugget-based bar
  • More icons are described in the Icon Legend in the OS tab
  • The ‘day’ count in the OS tab has been embiggened
  • More of the map screen is unlocked by default now
  • Brown and Yellow added to the icon customizer color array
  • A few additional icons added to the storage and trail marker icon customizers
  • Adjusted the storage interface for reasons
  • Adding ‘analyzed’ status to storage interface
  • Contrast adjustments to the Ghostmint SCA.B flavor
  • High Contrast SCA.B flavor applies a dark backing to the HUD SCA.B
  • Bringing your teen back from the hunger or thirst danger zones will cause SCA.B to play a happy sound

World changes

  • Interacting with a dropped backpack will now instantly do a loot-all action. If any items are still leftover because your inventory is full, then the dropped back UI will open
  • Removed the pre-placed zipline anchors from the paint can and the oak tree lamp
  • Thistle plants have been reworked:
    • Thorns are now harvested directly instead of requiring a hit with an axe
    • Each thistle plant no longer provides an infinite amount of thorns
    • Thorns respawn on the thistle plant after a set amount of time

Buildings changes

  • Building placement is no longer allowed while gliding, zipping, or in combat
  • Pebblet Foundations now require more pebblets than clay to build
  • Sap Dripper has been overhauled:
    • A final mesh has been created
    • The recipe has been changed to match the new mesh
    • Sap Dripper is now properly considered a wall-mounted building for placement purposes
    • Placement should be a lot more lenient, allowing easier and more consistent placing
    • Item will now spawn 1 sap every 5 hours and can hold up to 5 sap in total (previously spawned 1 sap every 24 hours)

Crafting changes

  • Berry Chunks can now be dried into berry leather on the Jerky Rack

Creatures changes

  • Larva will now explore a larger area of the backyard
  • Larva can now burrow
  • Creatures now take much longer to fully regen when out of combat
  • Gnats should be less interested in spamming the player with boops

Top community fixes

  • Fixed Fireflies not flying down to the yard correctly after loading a game
  • The game will no longer lag when placing or removing buildings on saves with huge numbers of buildings
  • Grid buildings can no longer be placed entirely under the terrain
  • Fixed save game screenshots sometimes looking corrupt
  • Fixed “Toggle Crouch” option sometimes not saving and taking effect

Game fixes

  • Land-only buildings can no longer be placed on water in certain situations
  • Buildings such as Fences and Ramps will no longer snap strangely to subsequent buildings
  • The underside of a Buoyant Foundation can no longer support other structures
  • Palisades will no longer be invalid when placed on some rock surfaces
  • Diagonal walls at 90-degree angles will now support each other
  • Walls will no longer randomly lose crenellations when loading a save
  • Fixed a few cases where snapped structures might be incorrectly detected as invalid
  • BURG.L Quest UI will load correctly for clients when they are the first player to access it
  • CPU / Networking performance improvements by the flooded sprinkler area
  • Multiple overlapping gas hazards no longer stack their damage
  • Removing the ‘O’ binding from the inventory screen that opened the deprecated inspection popup

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Feathers and Hedge Berries will no longer occasionally disappear when loading a save
  • Ziplines will no longer block flying creatures
  • Sap Catchers can no longer be placed on Buoyant Foundations
  • Fixed consumed items not showing up on your character model in the inventory screen
  • Fin Flops+ now behave properly when dropped from the player’s inventory

Creatures fixes

  • Fixed several cases where mosquitos would sleep in incorrect locations
  • Flying creatures are now much less shy about flying through the grass
  • Creatures will now wake up when damaged by hazards
  • Creatures properly fade out at far distances for clients now
  • TAYZ.T’s in the pond lab will be more aware of their surroundings
  • Fixed sleeping creatures teleporting on clients after they’ve been woken up (most visible if you wake up a Wolf Spider from sleeping)
  • Reduced the annoyingness of gnats

UI fixes

  • The camera will no longer start in first-person when loading a save in which the player was gliding or zipping
  • “Inventory Full” will no longer be misleadingly displayed when trying to haul an item while swimming
  • Fixed some scrolling and display issues in the “Recipes Used In” section on the Crafting screen

Audio fixes

  • ‘Theft in progress’ SFX played upon opening the UI while in combat has been replaced with new SFX
  • SCA.B crying about hunger and thirst will play a specific sound for each instead of a single sound for both

Xbox fixes

  • Fixed audio issues after suspend / resume

Steam fixes

  • Logging into an Xbox Live account that was previously logged into with a different Steam account will no longer fail the login step
  • Removed HDR tab from the Options screen

Microsoft Store fixes

  • When there is a new update available, the game will properly tell you when trying to access Multiplayer instead of presenting a generic “Multiplayer Error” message
  • Removed HDR tab from the Options screen

Patch update 0.7.1 (March 1, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Combat Haze

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • Fixed a host crash that can happen when clients quickly harvest mushrooms
  • Potential crash fix related to BURG.L Quests for clients
  • Fixed an issue where you could not repair items using resources from nearby storage containers
  • Potential fix for zipline angles being incorrect for clients

Game fixes

  • Optimized CPU performance when lots of Lean-tos, Beds, or Armor Dummies have been built
  • Reduced framerate hitching upon loading into the backyard

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Fixed the Healbasa not consistently working
  • Adjustment to the look of Weed Stem floors
  • Fixed Pollen Shot status effect from the Bee armor not working correctly

UI fixes

  • Fixed the durability bar not showing up in the Repair window
  • Fixed some texture popping on dirty lab doors

Audio fixes

  • Water droplets will now properly play their sound effects and visual effects when falling from a grass blade

Patch update 0.7.2 (March 5, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Emote

Source: Microsoft

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central

Top community fixes

  • Buildings can now be placed with a controller while looking at interactables
  • Clients can now correctly place base building blueprints on top of other base buildings
  • Fixed a crash related to rotating buildings while relocating as a client
  • Fixed a crash related to hovering over unbuilt ziplines
  • Fixed a crash related to beginning zipline creation
  • Fixed a crash when the host exits the game with the map open

Game fixes

  • Fixed a rare crash when a loot bag is dropped from a character who is leaving the game
  • The Repair Item window will no longer assume you have enough ingredients when you do not
  • Dropping items by dragging them onto your character in Inventory will no longer prevent Tab from closing the screen


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January Content Update 0.6.0 (January 28, 2021)

Grounded 0.6.0 January Content Update

Source: Obsidian Entertainment | YouTube

The January Content Update for Grounded added long-awaited flying insects to join the gnat, including fuzzy bees for players to find in the world. Alongside the flying critters, the January Content Update also brought new crafting recipes with weapons, armor, and more.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Creatures features

  • Mosquitos
  • Fireflies
  • Bees!

Crafting content features

  • Bee Armor Set (Face Mask, Shoulder Pads, Shin Guards)
  • Firefly Head Lamp
  • Stinger Spear
  • Mosquito Needle
  • Weevil Shield
  • New consumable: Healbasa
  • Two new stuffed friends: Stuffed Bee and Stuffed Firefly

Perk features

  • Barbarian Perk: Club damage increased

Platform changes

  • Equipped items no longer take up Backpack space
  • Equipped items will stay on the player after death. Each piece of equipment will take a small amount of durability damage after you die

Networking changes

  • Container inventory contents are no longer replicated to clients until needed (an optimization)
  • More reliable networking calls from clients to the server
  • Reduced the amount of network data sent between various systems

Other changes

  • BURG.L Chips now award science when returned regardless of whether the corresponding BURG.L quest is active
  • Mint Mallet has been renamed “Mint Mace”
  • Rotten bee equipment can now be analyzed to unlock the un-rotten recipes

Combat changes

  • Bone weapons have slightly less durability
  • Most unblockable creature attacks are now blockable with shields (still unblockable with weapons)
  • Pollen can now be thrown
  • Previously-equipped off-hand items that were displaced by a two-handed weapon are restored when re-equipping a one-handed weapon
  • The arrow you have nocked on your bow reflects the arrow ammo type you have selected

Interface changes

  • Point of interest notification has been altered to be more responsive and look better
  • Notifications now will display what’s in the queue to improve feedback with this system
  • Save game screenshots now work with Logout saves
  • Rest / Set Respawn UI adjustments
  • A “New Resource” queue will display on the HUD if you pick up new items faster than the HUD can handle displaying the notifications for them
  • Layout revision to the OS Config menu to make viewing status effect icon/details better
  • Weapons and arrows that are embedded in creatures will not display their floating icon until the weapon/arrow becomes dislodged. This cleans up some icon spam when using a bow
  • Items dropped in the world that uses the temp loot bag model (armors, etc.) will have their item icon displayed on top of them

World changes

  • Nectar now spawns on top of flowers instead of below them
  • Creatures will fade out / fade in when approaching their despawn distance to prevent visual popping (currently only works on host)
  • Bratburst visual effects better match the ingredients that were used to craft it
  • Added “Recover Backpacks” in the Game Preview debug menu to help recover backpacks that have gotten stuck
  • Busted Acorns can drop more shells

Buildings changes

  • Buildings will be invalid less often when placing them inside structures
  • Incomplete buildings are more visually apparent
  • Buoyant Markers can now be built in the lower pond

Creatures changes

  • Creature Perception: Player noise now has a linear falloff as opposed to all heard player noise having the same value regardless of distance
  • Increased hearing range of Wolf Spiders from 2500 to 5000 to account for the above change

Top community fixes

  • Foundations will no longer be invalid when snapping to other foundations that stick out of the ground too much
  • Clients can now dump canteens
  • Autosaves no longer cause performance hitching
  • Fixed issue with clients failing to spawn in games that have huge player bases built

Game fixes

  • Fixed crash with clients joining a saved game where their loot bag was collected by another player
  • Incomplete doors will no longer have collision after loading
  • The player can no longer eat or drink items while gliding or zipping
  • The player will now drop all hauled items when starting zipping
  • The player can no longer attack while gliding
  • Air bubbles will no longer spawn in large clumps when first approaching their source
  • Door frames now have collision applied to them
  • Fixed issue where “Craft and Equip” could cause a random inventory item to get equipped
  • Characters will no longer fall when loading a save in which they were zipping (not retroactive)
  • Dew drinking while hauling is disabled to prevent issues where dew disappears without giving you any hydration
  • Structures that were anchored to certain objects, such as the baseball or flagstones, will no longer be considered unsupported
  • Fixed issue where kicked players end up having their inventory lost in the save data (does not retroactively restore inventory for players that have been kicked prior to 0.6.0)
  • Fixed issue with depositing items into a full container with a controller
  • Hauled items will correctly be dropped when knocked down in multiplayer
  • The dropped web will properly display on clients

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Muscle Sprouts will now respawn
  • Dirty droplets no longer act like clean ones when drinking them
  • Buoyant Foundations can no longer be built underneath the water in some situations
  • Buoyant Marker can no longer be placed on land
  • Objects without physics will no longer cause the bounce pad to bounce
  • The previous weapon, for the Equip Previous hotkey, now persists across saves
  • Shovel+ now has a proper faster animation
  • Fixed some interaction issues with FrankenLine
  • Soda droplets will more consistently respawn
  • Punch-O Juice drops properly despawn after 72 hours so new dew can drip out
  • Items floating on the water will now despawn when appropriate
  • Bratbursts now visually work correctly for clients

World fixes

  • Gnats will get happy after boops more consistently
  • Aphids will now face the correct direction when descending grass blades
  • Clovers will now save and restore properly
  • Grubs can no longer be dug up by the Repair Tool or the Mint Mace
  • Fixed issue where sometimes sleeping creatures were displaying as awake on clients
  • Mites no longer sometimes animate like they are walking while not moving

UI fixes

  • The field of view will no longer sometimes oscillate when sprinting sideways
  • Fixed issue with the “low O2” black vignette not working on clients
  • Fixed issue with the 3rd person camera being in odd tilts after respawning
  • No longer showing the “Health Bar” for creatures that cannot be killed (BURG.L, Koi Fish, etc.)
  • Fixed issue with pixelated lighting artifacts showing up on weapons when held up to the sunlight
  • Fixed some rendering issues with player eyes around lights

Audio fixes

  • Fixed submerged audio getting stuck on clients after death if they died underwater

Patch update 0.6.1 (February 1, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Aphid

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Audio features

  • Added additional audio for the new flying creatures

Top community fixes

  • Included a fix for saves that are in a broken quest state for the Pond Quest
  • Fixed a crash issue that dealt with inventory improperly syncing for storage containers on clients
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused players to crash when looking at buildings that were still under construction
  • Added a fix for an occasional crash that could happen when a creature spawns inside of a trap

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Crow Feathers and Hedge Berries occasionally failed to save correctly

Patch update 0.6.2 (February 4, 2021)

Grounded Screenshot Friends

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • Applied a fix for a random client crash dealing with joining / respawning
  • Fixed random client crash that can occur when doing hold button interacts
  • Included a fix for random client crashes when dealing with Plank Pallet and Stem Pallet replications
  • A fix was found to prevent random crashes when interacting with the map screen
  • Fixed a crash that occurred on clients when destroying buildings
  • Found a fix for clients not being able to unset their Respawn Point
  • Fixed an issue with buildings sometimes being placed on the floor above the current floor you are on in your base

Game fixes

  • Buildings that are damaged will not display as full health when clients load in
  • Thrown items should no longer be occasionally thrown in directions you aren’t facing
  • Improved building placement functionality to help prevent issues with placing the Palisade Wall

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • You can now drink from a canteen while holding a shield

World fixes

  • Ants are no longer endlessly intrigued by you. They will eventually get bored of you and move on with their lives
  • Ants will no longer aggro when you harvest Crow Feathers
  • Added staggers onto flying creatures for when you hit them
  • Fireflies should stick to a better schedule and be more reliable during nighttime when returning to the yard

Audio fixes


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December Content Update 0.5.0 (December 15, 2020)

Grounded Pond Update Bubble

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

The December Content Update understandably dialed it down from the massive update the month before, and instead focused on further iterating on what already existed in Grounded. This mean new features for the pond with additional areas to explore and resources to collect.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Pond revamp features

  • The Pond and Pond Lab have been revamped with additional puzzles, gameplay, and secrets to discover
  • New underwater caves to find and explore
  • New Pond Lab outposts
  • New Resources: Algae, Muscle Sprouts
  • New SCA.Bs to collect

Crafting content features

  • Fin Flops+
  • Diving Lantern+
  • All smoothies now have a + version to unlock

Language translations features

  • Russian, Polish, Korean, Chinese, and Brazilian Portuguese localization added

Save system revamp features

  • The save system for Xbox and Windows Store platforms has been refactored to be more robust and lightweight
  • New saves going forward should be more reliable when it comes to saving player data and properly uploading it to the cloud
  • The game will no longer need to do long cloud sync each time you boot it
  • Syncing between consoles should be more reliable
  • This will require a one-time save conversion step after logging in to convert any older saves to use the new system

Movement changes

  • The player can jump out of the water at any location instead of just the edges

Combat changes

  • Spear weapons can now be thrown in water
  • The Koi Fish can eat creatures (and you!)
  • 2 handed weapons now deal slightly more damage
  • Water Boatmen now flee at a slower speed and have less HP
  • Tadpoles flee at a slower speed
  • Adjusting Dazzling Riposte; now reduces enemy defense after perfect block instead of reducing enemy attack
  • Timing in between creature attacks is now random instead of it always being the same fixed amount of time
  • Stamina regen is now reduced while you’re actively holding block
  • The blocked damage percentage is now based on weapon type instead of always being 75%

Interface changes

  • There is now a game option to display the distance over player nameplates to see how far they are

World changes

  • New caves to explore in the pond
  • The Koi can now push pond foliage out of its way
  • Juice Droplets despawn after 3 days, allowing new ones to drop out of the straws in case a spawned drop somehow got lost
  • Eelgrass now respawns over time
  • Holiday lights added to the house
  • Improved lighting in the Pond / Pond lab
  • Additional pond and pond lab set dressing

Buildings changes

  • Some structures such as Foundations, Scaffolds, and Walls, now align to the ground from their corners instead of their center
  • Some other buildings such as the Jerky Rack, Zipline Anchor, and Dew Catcher, now sit on their legs instead of on their center point only
  • Tweaked the order of some buildings in the radial
  • The Squared Roof Corner will now block wall crenellations below it

Crafting changes

  • The recipe for decoy bait has been adjusted

Audio changes

  • Audio improvements for drowning

Top community fixes

  • Grid-snapping non-structural buildings on top of existing structures now work correctly
  • Underground blueprints can now be canceled, either by looking at them or with Cancel Nearby Blueprints in the Game Preview Debug menu
  • Fixed issue where dying in the depths would place your backpack at the starting spawn ravine
  • Clients will no longer experience twitchy movement when moving on large structures
  • Instances of “lame” were replaced or removed

Game fixes

  • Buildings can no longer be briefly placed on canceled buildings
  • Buildings can’t be built on stuffed insects
  • Buildings can’t be built on other players’ unplaced buildings
  • Floating structures will stop bobbing if connected to solid ground
  • The player can no longer jump while gliding

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Spike Strips can now be placed next to each other when snapped to a grid
  • Hedge berries will now float correctly inside the pond lab, should you somehow manage to get one there
  • Signs no longer flicker when they are being placed on walls
  • Signs can now be optionally snapped to the grid
  • Buoyant markers now float properly on the water’s surface
  • Decoy Bait now properly behaves as a lure for both swimming and non-swimming creatures
  • Diving Bell Spider Chunks are now properly marked as a tier 2 material
  • Decoy Bait no longer causes non-swimming creatures to float in wacky ways
  • Fixed random crashes with Grass Plank Storage and Weed Log Storage buildings
  • Chair interaction not working for building or recycling has been fixed

World fixes

Pond bubbles should pop before poking out of the surface
Koi collision better matches its animations to prevent the player from clipping into the model as much


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November Content Update 0.4.0 (November 10, 2020)

Grounded Pond Update Koi

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

The biggest content update for Grounded up until this point, the November Content Update (also known as the Pond Update) added a colossal and mind-boggling amount of new features and additions for players. The pond biome was completely revamped, and filled with all kinds of life. From this also came new crafting recipes, building types, areas to explore, and a whole lot more.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

New features

  • The Pond has been revamped with new content
  • New Threat: Koi Fish
  • New Hostile Creature: Diving Bell Spider
  • New Passive Creature: Tadpole
  • New Passive Creature: Water Boatman
  • New Armor: Koi Armor
  • New Building: Buoyant Foundation
  • New Building: Buoyant Marker
  • New Material: Koi Fish Scale
  • New Material: Fish Bone
  • New Material: Tadpole Meat
  • New Material: Water Boatman Fin
  • New Material: Lilypad Wax
  • New Material: Eelgrass Strand
  • New Recipe: Gill Tube
  • New Recipe: Bubble Helmet
  • New Recipe: Fin Flops
  • New Recipe: Pebblet Dagger
  • New Recipe: Bone Dagger
  • New Recipe: Decoy Bait
  • New Recipe: Bone Trident
  • New Recipe: Slime Lantern
  • New Food Recipe: Cooked Tadpole Meat
  • New Smoothie: Fluid Flippers
  • Three New Mutations to Discover
  • Three new SCA.Bs to find

Platform changes

  • HUD Markers can be visually toggled off on your HUD on an individual basis in the Map screen
  • HDR support added with additional HDR options menu
  • Xbox and Steam game invites now supported. Added an in-game invite screen that works with cross-play
  • Added a “Fix Creature Locations” button in the Options screen so you can reset creatures in the yard back to their starting spawn point in the case too many creatures are under the level or are in weird locations

Xbox changes

  • Mouse / Keyboard support added for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles
  • Screenshots now display on the Save / Load screen for Xbox for manual and auto-saves

Movement changes

  • The player will now sit at the surface of water more easily when swimming
  • The player will no longer automatically jump out of water when at the edge; instead, they must press the jump control
  • The player now breathes through their face
  • Increased how much time the player can last underwater without air before dying
  • Running out of air underwater will now instantly kill you as opposed to slowly reducing your health

Mutations changes

  • Doubling the bonus damage for all weapon-based “class” mutations
  • Doubling the effectiveness of the Juicy mutation
  • Doubling the effectiveness of the Meat Shield mutation
  • Doubling the effectiveness of the Buff Lungs mutation

Combat changes

  • Explosive damage can no longer be blocked
  • Reducing the rate at which Bombardier hazards deal damage
  • Bombardier shotgun spray attack now has double the windup time
  • Bows now deal a little bit more damage
  • Water Fleas will now attempt to attack
  • Poison effects now deal 50% more damage (to creatures and the player)
  • Players can only attack with daggers, spears, and shovels while underwater
  • Bombardiers now have a new set of attacks to pick from
  • Fixed issue with Larva attacks so they miss less often

Interface changes

  • HUD Marker Icons now fade out a bit as they approach the edge of the screen to reduce noise when there are lots of Trail Markers built
  • Increased the number of key items slots shown in the Data screen so if more than 30 are collected, you can view them all
  • Added “Unset Respawn Point” to the Rest / Respawn Point screen

World changes

  • Items floating on water will eventually drift to the edge
  • Reducing the cost of all tech chip science purchases by up to 40%
  • Fixed zipline lines disappearing for clients while they are riding it or when get far enough away
  • Shovels are easier to harvest underwater

Buildings changes

  • Placing grid buildings that are snapped to other grid buildings should be much smoother for clients, especially at higher pings
  • Other buildings can be placed on top of tables
  • Signs can now be placed on the ground in addition to walls
  • Buildings can be placed on lily pads

Crafting changes

  • Liquid Gills smoothie now grants additional underwater breath time instead of granting water breathing
  • Liquid Gills recipe has changed
  • Significantly reduced a large hitch when completing buildings in games that have a bunch of buildings already built
  • Improved render thread performance with games that have a lot of buildings built that emit fire
  • Improved CPU performance with games that have a lot of trail markers built
  • The game will no longer lag when in an interactive range of a building piece that’s part of a large structure
  • Additional general improved rendering performance

UI changes

  • Drowning now has a fade to black effect as you run out of air

Audio changes

  • New music added to the Upper and Lower Pond

Top community fixes

  • Harvestable objects in or near bodies of water can now respawn correctly (ex. Husky weeds)
  • Clients can now successfully join games with large amounts of removed foliage
  • Fixed a random crash when loading into the yard
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when kicking players from a game
  • Fixed some issues with Cloud Saves not always properly redownloading when updating/reinstalling the game
  • Fixed a random crash that could happen when loading into the yard
  • Fixed issue where clients that save or disconnect while dead are not loading back into the game correctly on join
  • Cloud saves should properly delete when you delete a save game from the Save / Load interface

Game fixes

  • ‘Craft’ BURG.L quests for recipes can also be completed by crafting the upgraded version of the recipe, if available
  • Clients can no longer cause hauled items to float in the air by constructing buildings while hauling certain stacks of items
  • Fixed issue where conversations would stop working in-game (including the BURG.L conversation UI showing nothing when interacting with him)
  • Fixed issue where the keyboard hotkeys on the Map screen stopped working after dragging your mouse
  • Fixed a handful of low frequency crashes for clients dealing with item replication
  • Science spawn points that were patched into the game and haven’t yet been collected will now spawn correctly
  • Fixed issue where Raw Science spawns that were added in patches were not showing up for people who were loading a save from a prior patch
  • Client movement will no longer be blocked by dead bodies that were killed before the client joined

Items, equipment, & resources changes

  • Analyzing Silk Rope now actually unlocks recipes instead of just displaying that it does
  • Floors can no longer be placed on top of foundations, clipping into them
  • Items and harvestables will no longer respawn while the player can see them

World fixes

  • Orb Weaver Jr’s now have proper death messages
  • Fixed issues with water creatures being able to get out of the water

UI fixes

  • The Motion Blur setting will now be properly reapplied when restarting the game
  • Fixed the O2 meter overlapping the Mutation Unlocked notification

Patch update 0.4.1 (November 13, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Hedge Dusk

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused blueprints to rotate when attempting to be placed
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when accepting an invite for a game that has ended

Game fixes

  • Fixed a progression blocker on the pond quest if you saved and loaded during some of the terminal unlock phases
  • More informative error messages when failing to join a game (game is full, game no longer exists, etc.)
  • Fixed performance issue with bases built on floating foundations
  • Fixed issue where clients were not getting access to the SCA.B Scanners that were purchased via BURG.L’s Tech Chip Swap Shop
  • Fixing issue with status effects getting stuck when saving/loading with set bonuses active
  • Fixed an issue with eating, drinking, and equipping item animations not working properly while underwater. Animations play only on the right hand now

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Items will now remain powered on (such as torches) when loading into a game
  • Random crash fix for clients regarding Grass Plank storage and Weed Log storage buildings

World fixes

  • Removed poison effect from Diving Bell Spiders
  • Aphids will no longer disappear occasionally when fleeing from threats

Audio fixes

  • Fixed player eating sounds being heard by all players at full volume regardless of distance

Patch update 0.4.2 (November 13, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Ladybug

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Platform fixes

  • Fixed the large frame drops that could happen when approaching the pond
  • Opening the save / load screen when you have a lot of saves will no longer take multiple seconds to open
  • Fixed issue where clients that join the game or respawn on top of a base building structure or on a base floor could fall through the world
  • Fixed issue where sometimes trying to jump onto a lily pad could cause you to fall through the pond as if the water wasn’t there

Xbox One & Xbox One S fixes

  • Fixed the out of video memory crash that happens when approaching the pond or oak tree area.
  • Fixed issue where creating a manual save in the Save / Load screen could cause an out of memory crash on the Xbox One and Xbox One S

Xbox & Microsoft Store fixes

  • Fixed some issues with manual saves and client player data not syncing from the cloud correctly

Patch update 0.4.3 (November 18, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Nightmare

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Platform fixes

  • Made changes to fix the creatures who were sometimes spawning into the game oddly or not navigating around the yard after loading in

Xbox & Windows fixes

  • Fix applied to the issue regarding character data reverting to an older save file for hosts or people playing single player


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September Content Update 0.3.0 (September 30, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Hedge Dusk

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

The September Content Update for Grounded revamped the entire Hedge biome area, began to experiment with seasonal decorations and changes, and added a whole bunch of awesome building types for players to test, including the fun zip-line.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

New features

  • The Hedge has been revamped with new content
  • New Building: Zip-lines
  • New Building: Spinning Wheel
  • New Building: Signs
  • New World Landmark: Frankenline
  • Halloween Additions: Jack-o-Lantern landmark, Candy Corn food item
  • Localization for French, German, Spanish, and Italian (more to come at a later date)
  • New spider webs that stick to unsuspecting players and critters

Engine changes

Combat changes

  • Ant Soldiers have a set of new attacks
  • Ant Soldiers now deal more damage with their attacks
  • TAYZ.Ts now deal much more damage with their attacks
  • Most armors now block more damage
  • All weapons have had their damage, stamina cost, and durability adjusted to fit a stricter Tier-based curve
  • Bombardier Beetle burning hazards and Stink Bug gas hazards are now much deadlier
  • Bombardier Beetle attacks deal less initial damage (end result should be about the same combined with hazard damage change)
  • Fresh Defense perk now blocks twice as much gas and burning damage
  • Reliable Friend perk now boosts revive speed by roughly double the amount
  • Trying out new combat AI to reduce the effectiveness of circle-strafing

Interface changes

  • Processing buildings such as the Campfire now show the progress of each item in the interface, and allow items to be canceled
  • The Recycle Building interface now shows how many structures will collapse if the target building is Recycled
  • Contextual slurping text informs you what liquid you’re going to taste
  • Additional icon art
  • The Interact UI will no longer briefly appear enabled when looking at a disabled interaction
  • Clearer labeling of game modes / type in save / load UIs
  • Game no longer asks to overwrite a save if you are not able to currently save the game

World changes

  • New perks to discover and unlock
  • New SCA.B color themes to discover and unlock
  • Stumps left behind no longer prevent foliage from respawning
  • Grass will not respawn if the stump is removed
  • Ants now have a desire to take back their stolen eggs
  • Ant eggs can now hatch even after being moved by the player (but not while in an inventory)
  • Ant eggs no longer stack in the inventory
  • Larva wander range is now much smaller during the day
  • Mushrooms in the world now take much longer to grow back
  • Meats now take much longer to spoil
  • SCA.Bs that have been moved since prior patches will reflect those moves in older saves
  • Mint chunks in the Mint container should no longer spawn on top of the container
  • Juice boxes stop spawning juice if a droplet spawned by them is still sitting in the world
  • Removed the Broodmother from the hedge (for now…)
  • Added Harvest VFX to Hedgeberry

Buildings changes

  • Structural buildings are now fully allowed to overlap with any static environment object
  • Blueprint buildings in the air cannot be completed unless a supporting building has been completed. This prevents situations where large structures would collapse because they were technically unsupported
  • Buildings can no longer be built inside of tables
  • Buildings can be placed more easily on the pond flagstones now
  • Mushroom Garden spawn timer will now start when the building is built instead of when it is placed
  • Smoke from torches, wall sconces, and campfires should now rarely penetrate floors/ceilings
  • Plank/Log Storage deposit sound effects now play on clients
  • The player will no longer play canteen animations when building a Water Container with a canteen in hand
  • Clay foundation now has double the health
  • Pebblet foundation now has less health, but still more than clay

Crafting changes

  • Most recipes that require spiderweb have been refactored to use a processed spider web obtainable via the new Spinning Wheel instead

Performance changes

  • Improved CPU performance of large bases and structures

Other changes

  • Additional water caustic effects
  • Bird feathers now float in water
  • Weed stems now float in water
  • The “Drop” control can now be rebound
  • The “Swim Up” and “Swim Down” control bindings are allowed to overlap with other controls that cannot be used while swimming

Top community fixes

  • Free buildings attached to player-built structures will no longer become out-of-position for clients
  • The game will no longer crash in some specific cases when demolishing a plank or log storage building
  • Ants will no longer spawn in excessively large quantities

Game fixes

  • Alchemist BURG.L Quests will complete when accepted if the player has already analyzed the target item
  • Kill based perks now only track kills on enemies
  • Fixed issue with encounters not respawning creatures if they fell through the world in a prior save
  • Hiding Interact prompt “E” or “X” when looking at a Locked / Stuck door

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Berry Chunks will no longer inflate themselves when subjected to a strong impact while lying on the ground
  • Traps can no longer be triggered for a few seconds after destruction
  • Traps can no longer be triggered by the 3rd-person camera
  • Tropicop juice droplets should now correctly spawn from the straw of the juice box instead of from the base
  • Bombardier Head Trophy should now be much easier to place

World fixes

  • Building ingredients will no longer remaining floating in the air when large structures collapse while no player is nearby
  • Got rid of a small bump in collision while walking up and down player-built stairs
  • Bombardier Beetle now plays a sleep animation while sleeping instead of playing the stunned animation

UI fixes

  • Various camera animation adjustments were made to reduce the camera clipping into objects and the player’s body
  • Hiding Interact prompt “E” or “X” when looking at a Locked / Stuck door

Audio fixes

  • Buildings no longer create noise events immediately after loading a saved game
  • Chatter audio is now attached to the player character and should sound better when moving

Patch update 0.3.1 (October 6, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Roses

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Major fixes

  • Fixed crash when placing grid-based buildings (Walls, Foundations, etc.)
  • Improved reliability of friend search in the server browser

Game fixes

  • Fixed issue with conversations not triggering properly
  • Hedge area art polish
  • Added impact VFX for Ice Cap mints and webbed door
  • Web sacs wiggle when hit
  • Made sticky webs easier to hit while webbed
  • The teens will sometimes verbally express their excitement when using a zipline
  • Fixed durability not randomizing between which armor piece gets deducted from when hit

Wildlife fixes

  • Fixed soldier ants red eyes not appearing when angry
  • Removing “venom” from Orb Weaver loot

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Fixed issue with Dew Drops on Dew Collectors spawning on the floor
  • Reverting the change, for now, to lock containers to one player at a time since it was causing containers to stay permanently locked occasionally

UI fixes

  • Potential fix for duplicate arrows being displayed on bows for clients
  • Disabling web screen effect that gets applied when players are caught in sticky webs
  • Fix for screen effects getting stuck or not appearing for clients

Patch update 0.3.2 (October 9, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Spider Explosion

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Major fixes

  • Fixed client crash when ziplines exist in the yard across very large distances
  • Fixed random crashes when traversing the yard
  • Fixed crash related to Frankenline when loading a saved game
  • Fixed crash for clients when joining a game near a Spinning Wheel / Roasting Spit / Jerky Rack that currently has processing items on it
  • Fixed random crashes when syncing cloud saves
  • Slight improvement on Friends Search reliability

Game fixes

  • Fixed issue with Inventory and Crafting screens having low FPS on Xbox and Windows 10 Store builds
  • Fixed issue where saving the game was not allowed if there was no internet connection
  • Fixed clients not having access to the Daredevil Mutation when rejoining a game where that was purchased already

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Fixed Spinning Wheel occasionally showing the wrong timer when looking at it
  • Fixed Web Fiber items in the world not showing up for clients

Patch update 0.3.3 (October 19, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Spiral

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Major fixes

  • Fixed random client crash when pickup up items
  • Fixed crash with destroying Plank Pallet or Stem Pallet building
  • Fixed crashes dealing with Cloud Save syncing on the Main Menu
  • Fixed issues with saves not properly uploading or downloading from the Xbox Cloud causing corrupted or missing saved game


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August Content Update 0.2.0 (August 26, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Bombardier

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

The first major content update for Grounded, this release added the terrifying and omnipresent bird, and full-fledged perk system to power-up your character, new quests to complete, and a ton of new building items. This was a great start to Grounded’s promised content update schedule.

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original reports from Windows Central for bug fixes and feature additions.

New features

  • Bird! — Includes new crafting materials and recipes from bird feathers
  • Perk system with 13 unique perks to discover!
  • New BURG.L Quest types: Artificer (crafting quests) and Chipsleuth (quests asking you to locate BURG.L chips)
  • Added Fence buildings (Sprig and Acorn)
  • Added Table buildings (Grass and Clover)
  • Added Water Flea ambient insect to flooded biome

Combat changes

  • Buffed damage on the Spider Fang Dagger so it’s on the higher end of tier 2 weapons
  • Buffed damage on Spike Traps significantly
  • Spiders learned a new set of attacks to choose from instead of just their basic bite
  • Added a brief forced delay between block start events, preventing the player from perfect-blocking by mashing the block button
  • Slightly reduced the bonus damage given by the Eyepatch
  • Adjusting larva blade poison proc so it’s consistent
  • Reducing the stun ratings of two-handed weapons
  • Slightly reducing amount of damage the mint mallet deals so it’s in line with tier progression
  • Tier 2 insects now have a cooldown after being stunned before they can be stunned again
  • Perfect Blocking no longer reduces armor durability

Interface changes

  • Updated Raw Science UI icons to be more consistent across the game
  • Adding shortcut for dropping items in the inventory screen (Drop Stack is in the context menu)
  • Adding “Deposit / Receive Stack” button on storage UIs
  • Shift + clicking item stacks in the storage UIs will transfer the full stack clicked
  • Dragging an item stack onto the paper doll in the inventory screen will drop the item stack in the world
  • Crafting an item with a full inventory will now notify that the item was dropped in the world
  • Storage and Flag marker icons have been revised, regrouped, and their colors have shifted (Requires a one-time tour of the yard to set everything back / new trail markers will be blank by default)
  • Slight revisions to a few SCA.B flavor schemes
  • Canteen slurps available are displayed in the equipped item HUD element
  • Additional icon art
  • Added a highlight effect that appears on interactable objects when the player looks at them. This feature is controlled by the “Highlight Objects” Accessibility setting

World changes

  • Revised clover cave layout and lighting, and moved entrance slightly
  • Revised flooded area layout in southeast corner of yard
  • Updated house electrical socket with final, non-blockout art
  • Items left in the world (not in a container, etc.) for 48-72 in-game hours will eventually despawn once out of range of all players. Items loaded from a saved game from version 0.1.x, will have all item timers start at zero to give players a chance to react to this change
  • Players and critters now create ripples in the water while moving
  • Kids are starting to throw Archer Cookies over the fence, along with their Billy Hogs and Apples
  • Added a few footprints throughout the yard

Building changes

  • Base buildings will now be more reliably anchored when built on top of objects such as the Baseball
  • Palisades will no longer immediately collapse when an attached building is removed
  • Water Containers can collect falling droplets
  • The player can now drink from Water Containers while holding weapons
  • Stairs may now be embedded in the ground like scaffolds and ramps
  • Walls that are sandwiched above by two floors will have their crenellations suppressed
  • The camera will slide to the correct position when interacting with a Weapon Wall Mount
  • Tweaked the placed position of the Weapon Wall Mount to be more centered

Performance changes

  • Better Windowed-Fullscreen performance in Windows versions of the game
  • Better UI/Inventory GPU performance
  • Significant load game time improvement for games with large bases
  • Better GPU performance during nighttime

Other changes

  • The Voice Chat Activation setting is now properly reapplied when entering a game
  • SCA.B flavor scheme collectibles now have a pulsing light and are slightly bigger to make them more noticeable
  • Hedge Berries now float in water
  • Prevented very large numbers of ants from being assigned the same task, such as killing a weevil
  • Reduced the camera near clip plane fixing the camera clipping into the player when using high a high field of view
  • Polished up spear movement and aiming animations for 1st person
  • You should now see grass extend to the furthest reaches of the yard
  • Ants now find and store lost Ice Caps
  • Soldier ants can now properly drop ant heads as loot
  • Tall woody weeds are now displayed as “Husky Weed.” Dandelions and husky weed both still supply weed stems. Husky weed now respawns
  • Ants will not be happy if you take their eggs
  • The Resource Analyzer now animates when analyzing
  • A couple of new smoothies can be whipped up at the smoothie station

Top community fixes

  • Incapacitated players are now saved instead of ignored when a save game is made or they exit the game. With this, players that reload an incapacitated character will have their backpack spawned where they died instead of them just spawning without their inventory in the world. Not retroactive
  • Items and insects will spawn under the world less. Cleaning up items / insects that have fallen through the level upon load. (This should help with insect population / egg spawning)
  • Insects should no longer spawn inside of the large Pond rocks. Any insect currently in the rocks upon load should be snapped out. (This should help with insect population / egg spawning)
  • Grass planks will no longer fall through the ground
  • Fixed Hedge Berries appearing in incorrect positions for clients, making them very difficult to harvest
  • Fixed torch sound effects
  • Insects should no longer “walk through walls” when not looking at them or when they are at your far away base
  • Fixed giant arrows sometimes spawning when shot into a large insect

Major fixes

  • Multiplayer clients will no longer crash when despawning droplets containing items

Game fixes

  • Optimized building collapsing so the game will no longer lock up when collapsing huge structures
  • The game will no longer crash when collapsing very long structures
  • Fixed issues where walls could get built in-between a wall snap spot messing up your wall grid
  • Gnats will now need a little more delta-V than a Bounce Web can provide if they want to go to space
  • Fixed a problem where insects would not become appropriately hungry and sleepy after the players slept

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Standalone buildings that are attached to walls and floors will collapse as well if the floor or wall they are on collapses
  • Large Rake Rock now has proper collision
  • Soda pop can now be dumped from a canteen
  • Fixed water droplets near sprinkler and oak tree that respawned immediately when you approached
  • Fixed gas arrows not being one-time use
  • Rotten Bee Armor can no longer be repaired for free
  • Workbench light will no longer be disabled after loading a save

World fixes

  • Fixed wall crenellations appearing inconsistently on clients and the host
  • Fixed wall crenellations appearing incorrectly after loading a saved game
  • Fixed fingers moving on weapon hand during one handed movement animations
  • Restructured 3rd person body aiming for unarmed punching
  • Unfinished buildings no longer block the third person camera
  • Swapping armor after having collected Raw Science no longer displays the material of the previously equipped armor
  • Fixed issue with seeing fogless voids in the world after having emerged from a large body of water
  • Puddle drinking animation and camera improved to address clipping issues

UI fixes

  • Fixed SCA.B Bugged scheme not appearing in list correctly
  • The resting UI updates properly upon bedtime
  • SCA.B won’t flash thirst and hunger danger if levels are good
  • Defrag button in Inventory can now be navigated using the Gamepad
  • Less explosive results when using the Drop Stack action
  • Fixed Clover Hood and Poncho description being the same as the Leggings

Windows 10 Store fixes

  • Fixed issues with 4k fullscreen resolution failing to work properly
  • Fixed issues with Alt-Tab crashing the game

Xbox One issues

  • Reduced screen edge artifacts / flashing

Patch update 0.2.1 (September 4, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Base

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Top community fixes

  • The chat log will now show your own messages in the lobby and in the game
  • Ants will no longer be able to steal items from containers out of reach from them
  • You can now overwrite saved games
  • Save Games are grouped by playthrough in the Save / Load menu
  • Fixed an issue where the camera would go inside the player while in the 3rd-person camera when near specific building structures
  • Grub audio has been adjusted

Performance fixes

  • Better render performance when dealing with dynamic shadow culling

Major fixes

  • Added a message that will notify PC players when their system clock does not match the server clock. This issue prevented these players from hosting or joining games
  • Save Games now show an icon indicating if that save was made while playing single-player or multiplayer. Affects only new saves going forward
  • More accurate handling of cloud save upload / deletion for Xbox and Win 10 Store versions of the game
  • Save Game max storage on Xbox / Windows 10 has been increased from 256 MB to 1GB (takes effect on reinstall)
  • Fixed issue with saves triggered while having an unplaced building blueprint could cause the save not to be able to load

General fixes

  • Included gas damage effect that was missing from the Fresh Defense mutation
  • Fixed items that are moving around with physics at the time of save not being saved into save games
  • Fixed clients not being able to see other players aim their bodies when they look up and down
  • Added Acorn Shovel+ recipe and Pebblet Foundation recipes that will become available at BURG.L’s Tech Chip Swap Shop when completing the Chipslueth Cold Blooded BURG.L quest by turning in the Stained BURG.L Chip
  • Enlarged mint container and resized the mints to make them slightly smaller so players can get into the Ice Cap container more easily
  • Collectible SCA.Bs properly disappear on clients when picked up
  • Included a fix for the missing leaves throughout the world
  • Slime Mold Stalk patches properly disappear on clients when the entire stalk is collected

Wildlife fixes

  • Water Fleas no longer leave the water to fly around the backyard

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Added a unique icon to the Simple Bed
  • Gas Arrows can now be picked up as regular arrows after being shot
  • Gas Arrows now deal twice as much damage
  • Gas Arrow recipe now produces 2 arrows instead of 1
  • Feather Arrow recipe now produces 2 arrows instead of 1
  • Fixed an issue where players would respawn inside the Simple Bed instead of next to it
  • Weapons now do the proper damage type when thrown
  • Fixed Tropicop juice box not spawning juice drops from the straw

UI fixes

  • Adjusted the interactable highlight to be less intrusive
  • Fixed a certain key item showing an audio log model instead of a sheet of paper model

Patch update 0.2.2 (September 10, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Armor

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Save fixes

  • Fixed an issue introduced in 0.2.1 that caused some saves to fail to load for some players


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Grounded 0.1.0 Release (July 28, 2020)

Grounded Hero Tree

Source: Windows Central | Zackery Cuevas

This is Grounded’s initial 0.1.0 release, which released on July 28, 2020, in Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access.

Patch update 0.1.1 (August 6, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Combat Hedge

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Major fixes

  • Made changes to make finding, joining, and hosting games with friends more reliable
  • We adjusted the handling of joining game failure
  • Added a way to allow players to resolve the issue of the game logging the player into the wrong Xbox Live account on PC
  • Fixed issues with Windows 7 and Windows 8 users crashing when attempting to login. Those users should be able to load into the game after updating
  • Fixed crash when saving or loading, and the “Autosave Count” number in the options is set to 0
  • We have implemented a fix for players who were getting stuck on the welcome popup screen and unable to move past it
  • Fixed characters not being saved occasionally in save games. Unfortunately, we are not able to bring back lost items, but hopefully, this fix will prevent this from occurring in the future

Game fixes

  • Players will no longer be permanently stuck in spider webs after destroying them
  • Fixed BURG.L disappearing in some games if you attacked him and saved and loaded. BURG.L will appear in the games he disappeared from, allowing players to interact with him again
  • Restoring save games that have lost progression state (ex. Oak Tree Lab doors no longer opening for players, Mysterious Machine not allowing players to hit buttons to finish the quest, time being frozen, etc.) After updating the game, players should be able to load into their game and continue to progress. Should this issue happen again, logging out of the save and then loading back in should resolve the issue and allow you to continue playing
  • Fixed issue with endless larva spawning over time. Larva were also spawning each time a spike trap was built. Players who experienced this issue are asked to start a new game to avoid the problems that may arise from the increased larva spawn rates
  • Fixed issue where all item durability in your inventory incorrectly shows “full” when loading back into a game as a client
  • We implemented a fix for an issue where games that were saved before Raw Science started spawning prevented Raw Science from appearing later. It also included an update for a problem with Raw Science spawning after analyzing and having additional players collecting it on join. Due to this, players may notice that the starting Raw Science they previously collected has respawned
  • Fixed crashes when loading a saved game dealing with ant colonies
  • Removed “Kill Mosquito” BURG.L quest.
    • Not retroactive: Players will need to speak with BURG.L to abandon this quest. Then, during the next in-game day, you will be able to talk to BURG.L again to accept a new quest
  • Found the cause behind the issue where attempting to cook/dry an item slot with no item in it would crash the game
  • Found a fix for the occasional crash caused by dew drops that have items stuck in them. It also included a fix for dewdrops exploding and causing a significant FPS drops on clients
  • Fixed issue where clients dragging items from one slot in a storage basket to another would not reflect on the host causing item desync
  • Disabled storage baskets and smoothie stations from being able to be interacted with by multiple players at the same time until other desync issues we are working on are resolved
  • Block Tutorial now only plays once
  • Tuned Wolf Spider hearing and investigation AI to creep on the player less frequently

Interface fixes

  • UI changes made to the SCA.B OS screen
  • Fixed trail markers not showing up on the map, and an additional fix added to prevent the game crashing if you tried to navigate them in the legend
  • Reduced screen edge shimmer on Xbox One and Xbox One S under load

Patch update 0.1.2 (August 12, 2020)

Grounded Screenshot Fort

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Official changelog from Obsidian Entertainment. Original report from Windows Central.

Major fixes

  • Better handling of dismissing profile selection at the Main Menu on Xbox One and Windows 10 Store versions which will help prevent saved games from going missing for players on the Xbox console and Windows 10 store
  • Fixed an issue where if you had the “Kill Mosquito” quest before the patch 0.1.1 release where it wasn’t removed properly and would crash if you killed a creature while that quest was active
  • Fixed crash with approaching a base with traps that have an insect being damaged by one when the player arrives
  • Resolved an issue that would cause random crashes with juice drop combining when approaching them

Game fixes

  • We cleared out excess larva from games that still had large numbers of larva in their game from the infinite larva respawn issue before patch 0.1.1
  • Fixed the “Drop All” function not properly splitting items

Items, equipment, & resources fixes

  • Resolved an issue with Mushroom Gardens, Dew Collectors, Acorns, and other resources not respawning after their initial spawns
  • Reverting the change, for now, to lock containers to one player at a time since it was causing containers to stay permanently locked occasionally
  • Fixed an issue with Slime Mold Sconces not turning back on after loading back into a game

UI fixes

  • Removed “Customize Marker” from the Loot Backpack UI that was causing crashes if used (was not supposed to be available on that screen)

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