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

March Content Update 0.8.0 (March 30, 2021)

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Source: Obsidian Entertainment (Image credit: 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 (Image credit: 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 (Image credit: 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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