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Early Access and Game Preview means players can try out a game sometimes months before its release. This is great for the developers to collect feedback and helps make the game as good as it can be, but it also means players are far more likely to run into issues and bugs during their playthrough. Grounded is certainly not immune to this, as it just launched in Early Access and Game Preview. We've collected all of the known issues and bugs we've been able to find, as well as possible workarounds for these issues, all in one place!

Related: Grounded beginner's guide

Keep in mind, this is not where you should go to report bugs or issues you've run into in Grounded. If you have feedback to leave the team, there are several places you can go! There's a great thread in Grounded's sub-Reddit, Obsidian's support page, as well as a handy Discord server for the entire community. Finally, there is an official forum on Obsidian's site that can also be a big help. That said, feel free to let us know if there are any significant issues we have missed; that way, we can add them to our Grounded guide.

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Grounded

It's a big(ger) world out there.

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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Patch 0.1.2 (August 12, 2020)

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Less than a week after the first patch, Grounded received its second patch, 0.1.2, which contained another handful of fixes for known issues and bugs that had been plaguing the game so far. Take a look and see if a particular issue that's been bugging you has been resolved with this update.

Major issues

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Patch 0.1.1 (August 6, 2020)

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Grounded's first major patch, 0.1.1 addresses a ton of the issues discussed in this guide, so if you've been suffering from any glitches or bugs, be sure to take a look below and see what was fixed! Grounded should be releasing updates monthly, so you'll never have long to wait before the next update.

Major issues

  • 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

  • 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 major 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

  • 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

List of all known bugs and issues in Grounded

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Below is a list of all the known bugs and issues we've been able to find, mostly pulled from official Obisidan Entertainment sources. We've also listed potential workarounds for issues if they exist, so you can try out different possible solutions if you're running into a specific problem. Again, if you are running into any of these issues, please let Obsidian know so they can keep track and prioritize the worst bugs!

Major issues

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Players are experiencing crashes while using AMD Radeon R series graphics cards

Players who use an AMD Radeon R series graphics card may experience repeated crashes while attempting to play Grounded, related to a Direct X 12 issue.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time, but this is an issue into which Obsidian is actively looking.

Grounded crashes while loading into the game

Players are reporting that Grounded will often crash just while loading into the game, so players are unable to play.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time, but this is an issue into which Obsidian is actively looking.

Your save file may be reset to Day 0 and act like a New Game

A particularly nasty issue sees players lose all of their progress and have their save file reset to Day 0, as if it's a New Game and not a resumed game.

Workarounds for this issue: Players have reported that they're able to go back through their save file list until they find a save file that works, and then delete remaining save files until they're at ten save files or less.

In-game time stops progressing, including day / night cycle

Players have found that the in-game time can stop progressing, including moving through day and night times, which consequently halts progression.

Workarounds for this issue: There is no known workaround for this issue at this time. As this issue halts game progression, players may need to start a new game entirely to continue progressing.

Accessibility issues

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Grounded has no translation options other than English

Players have reported that there are no other languages available in Grounded other than English, and there's no ability to change it.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no translation/language options for Grounded's Early Access or Game Preview at this moment. Obsidian Entertainment will add these options throughout the rest of the game's development.

Game settings don't save when re-entering the game

Players are reporting that their game settings are not saving whenever they leave and re-enter the game, causing players to re-enter their settings preferences.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time. Be sure to check your settings before playing the game, primarily if you use accessibility settings.

Voice controls in the game do not turn off

Players are reporting that the voice control option never turns off, no matter the settings.

Workarounds for this issue: It's been reported that setting voice control to "Always On" and then to "Never" fixes this issue.

Performance and stability issues

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Xbox controllers have a noticeable delay when playing

Players who use an Xbox controller and are playing on the Xbox platform may see a noticeable lag or delay whenever they play, making smooth playing nearly impossible, and making it much more challenging to play in general.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Providing feedback through the game may cause Grounded to crash

Players who use the feedback system within Grounded are reporting complete game crashes when attempting to use the system. Freezes have also been reported.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Recycling certain items can cause the game to crash

Some players are reporting that recycling certain items like grass plank palettes, weed stem palettes, and dew collectors can cause the game to crash.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players have reported that breaking these items with a weapon instead of recycling avoids the crashing issue.

Interacting with the game while cooking can cause the game to crash

Clicking on an empty space or double-clicking on an item while cooking food can cause the entire game to crash.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Creating a custom trail marker and then viewing the trail marker on the map causes a crash

Players have reported that when they create a custom trail marker, open the map, and center the map on the new trail marker, the game will crash spontaneously.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Multiplayer and online issues

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PC players are experiencing high ping and latency issues

PC players who are playing online may experience abnormally high ping and overt latency issues, regardless of internet connection.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players on Steam are unable to see other multiplayer lobbies

A related issue to other multiplayer problems, players specifically playing with friends through the Steam platform are unable to see online friends upon logging in, making it impossible to join their multiplayer lobbies.

Workarounds for this issue: Some reports indicate that the issue may stem from computer clocks not being in sync with each other, even with automatic time turned on. All players setting their clock to be on the exact same minute can possibly fix this issue for now.

Players on Steam are getting error messages when hosting or joining a multiplayer lobby

If you're a player on Steam, you may get an error message when you attempt to host or join a multiplayer lobby, resulting in a failure.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players who left then rejoined a multiplayer lobby have missing items in inventory

If a player joins, leaves, then rejoined a multiplayer lobby with friends, some of the items they had with them may go missing.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players have reported that relogging the game has returned the missing items.

Construction may become desynced in multiplayer lobbies

If a player who isn't the host places down a blueprint for building, that blueprint may appear in a different location or not at all for other players in the lobby.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players may fall through the world when joining a multiplayer lobby

If a player joins a multiplayer lobby, it's possible they may begin repeatedly falling through the world, or clip through the ground and built structures.

Workarounds for this issue: This may be due to desyncing, and may be fixed by jumping around or having the other players kill the glitching player if they're able to.

Only the host can see berries

Whenever players are playing in a multiplayer lobby, only the host may be able to see berries.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Gameplay issues

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Players who die may see their backpack become stuck under the world

If you die, your backpack is supposed to be left at the location of your death so that you can retrieve all of your supplies. Players have been reporting that their backpack becomes permanently trapped under the world, so it cannot be recovered.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Spiders can spawn-camp players if they're inside the player's base

Players have reported that if a spider finds its way into their base and kills them, the spider can then repeatedly kill the player as they spawn, leading to a loop cycle.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Ants can still steal food from players and storage bins from a distance

Ants have been known to pilfer food from players and storage bins, but a known bug is causing ants to do so from decent distances away.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

The mushroom garden and roasting spit occasionally stop working

Players have reported that the mushroom garden and roasting spit utility items occasionally stop working, and will not grow mushrooms or cook any food.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Some insects can walk through walls and up building floors

Players have reported a terrifying bug in which insects can simply walk through walls and buildings, and even travel up floors and levels in buildings.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Respawning at a lean-to can trap players below the world

If you have set your respawn point at a lean-to, dying or respawning there can cause your character to become trapped underneath the world, with no way out.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players have reported that relogging the game can resolve this issue.

Placing blueprints can be difficult or impossible when building bases

Players are reporting that it can become extremely difficult or even impossible to set down blueprints while building their bases.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players with multiple controllers connected may not be able to interact with menus

If players have multiple controllers connected at once, they may be unable to interact with menus properly, and therefore unable to progress through the game.

Workarounds for this issue: Disconnecting additional controllers and resetting the game seems to resolve this issue temporarily.

Insects are spawning in walls and the ground

Some insects may spawn and therefore become trapped in entities like walls, the ground, rocks, and more.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Insects aren't affected by water

Insects who become trapped underwater or go into the water seem to be unaffected, and will not drown regardless of the time spent underwater.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Grubs will spawn anywhere

Grubs seem to be able to spawn underneath any surface, including leaves and other places, rather than just under dirt.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Deleting blueprints may delete other blueprints or built pieces

Players are reporting that if they delete a single blueprint in a building project, that other sections of the blueprint may be deleted as well, and even parts of the already-built base.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players sometimes get "Can't Mix Liquids" message when drinking

When drinking from a canteen or water container, players may get the "Can't Mix Liquids" error message and are not able to drink.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players have reported that drinking with an empty hand fixes this issue.

Item / equipment / resource issues

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Smoothie stations may use entire stacks of items

Instead of just using one item in a stack, as intended, smoothie stations may instead consume the entire stack of items without prompting first.'

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Ant eggs cannot be found in the game

There is a possibility that ant eggs will simply not spawn into the game, and players are unable to find them for crafting.

Workarounds for this issue: Slaying ants can prompt remaining ants to begin laying eggs again.

Arrows may duplicate when fired

Sometimes when an arrow is fired, Grounded may duplicate the arrow directly in front of the player.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Arrows may occasionally appear very large

Sometimes when an arrow is fired, Grounded may show the arrow as extremely oversized.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Items sometimes disappear on the armor dummy

If items are placed on an armor dummy, they may disappear entirely, and not be recoverable.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

The repair tool may stop working

Players have reported that their repair tool completely stops being functional.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Sap collectors are unable to be placed

There have been instances where sap collectors cannot be placed properly, and therefore do not function.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Items may come out of containers

Items can occasionally appear outside of containers, and will not stay inside of the container.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Tier II weeds will not respawn

Many players have noticed that Tier II weeds will not respawn under any circumstances, leading to a shortage of advanced resources.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Sign-in and account issues

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The Steam client will not close down properly once the game is quit

An issue that may appear after Grounded has been shut down is that the Steam client will not close down properly. This should only affect players who are playing Grounded through Steam.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players are experiencing crashes or freezes on the login screen

Whenever players are attempting to login to their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live account, Grounded can crash or freeze completely. This isn't an issue on Xbox, which signs you in automatically.

Workarounds for this issue: There's no definitive workaround at the moment, but players have reported that the issue may be related to anti-virus software. Make sure your anti-virus is fully up to date, and if you're still experiencing this problem, give the game permissions (i.e., whitelist) in the anti-virus software. Steam players should also be able to play single-player if they put Steam in Offline Mode.

Steam players who incorrectly enter their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live credentials cannot try again

Some Steam players who incorrectly enter the credentials for their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live account are not given the option to re-enter them, leading the game to freeze and not able to played.

Workarounds for this issue: Some players reported that after logging out, uninstalling the game, then turning Steam Cloud off, then back on before reinstalling the game, they were able to re-enter their credentials.

The login prompt for the Microsoft Account / Xbox Live never appears

It's being reported that some players simply never get a prompt to log in to their Microsoft Account / Xbox Live account, meaning the game freezes and cannot be played.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Players playing through Steam on Windows 7 cannot log in

There has been an ongoing issue where players still on Windows 7 trying to play Grounded through Steam have been unable to login to the game, and therefore unable to play.

Workarounds for this issue: An update should be rolling out right now that hopefully resolves this issue. If you still have this issue after the update, make sure to submit feedback to Obsidian Entertainment.

UI / interface issues

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Save files show a different difficulty

Players have noticed that save files may report a different difficulty level than the one originally selected for their game.

Workarounds for this issue: This is apparently a visual bug and does not actually affect the game's difficulty level.

Acorn masks may show different design

Players have noticed that whenever the don an acorn mask, it can sometimes show a different design than what the acorn mask looks like.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

(Partially fixed—0.1.2) A screen shimmer effect appears on Xbox One consoles

Players playing with an Xbox One console like the One S or One X may notice a screen shimmering effect along the outsides of their screen.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time, although this issue should've been reduced in a recent patch.

Storage containers won't show all items

Some players have noticed that storage containers won't show all the items in the container, or show empty slots when they're actually full.

Workarounds for this issue: Removing everything from or destroying the container should resolve this issue.

Audio issues

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Game audio, including for characters, can distort

Players can find their game audio, including voices for characters, may have static or be distorted.

Game audio can mix between players

If players are in a multiplayer lobby, they may hear game sounds from other players in the lobby, even if that player is far away inside the game.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Fixed issues

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(Fixed—0.1.1) Players on Xbox are not able to progress past the welcome screen on the main menu

Players who first start-up Grounded are presented with a welcome screen (followed by a prompt for the game's Arachnophobia Safe Mode). On Xbox, some players have reported that they're not able to progress past this welcome screen, as the game attempts to interact with the main menu behind it.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no workarounds for this issue at this time, and players will have to wait for Obsidian to resolve it, or for a workaround to be found.

(Fixed—0.1.1) BURG.L may disappear from the game, or become locked in the Oak Tree Lab

Players who speak to BURG.L and then leave the Oak Tree Lab are reporting that the lab doors are locking behind them, with no way back into the lab. Some players are also reporting that BURG.L is disappearing from their game entirely.

Workarounds for this issue: There is no known workaround for this issue at this time. As this issue halts game progression, players may need to start a new game entirely to continue progressing.

(Fixed—0.1.1) Players are loading into their save game with a missing inventory

Players have been loading into their save games to find their entire inventory completely missing, leading to a loss of progression and other issues.

Workarounds for this issue: Relogging the game could possibly fix this issue.

(Possibly fixed—0.1.1) Players are unable to start or join multiplayer lobbies

Many players have reported issues starting or joining multiplayer lobbies, especially between platforms (Xbox One, Windows, and Steam). This prevents online play with other players, which is a large part of Grounded's appeal.

Workarounds for this issue: Obisidian is actively working on this issue, so it could already be resolved! If you're still running into this, some players have reported that making multiple repeated attempts to start or join a multiplayer lobby has led to success. Worst-case scenario, single-player is always an option in Grounded until this issue is laid to rest.

(Possibly fixed—0.1.1) Players are unable to see other multiplayer lobbies

Related to the above issue, but definitely separate, this issue has players unable to see the multiplayer lobbies of other players, and therefore unable to even attempt to join.

Workarounds for this issue: Make sure you're using the Xbox app, which can be downloaded on Windows, Android, or iOS (and is built into the Xbox system), to friend the player with which you're wanting to play. If you're already friends through Xbox Live and continue to run into this problem, it's likely a sync issue, according to Obsidian. Players have found that adjusting your system time to match that of the player you want to join can temporarily fix this issue, while Obsidian searches for a permanent solution.

(Fixed—0.1.1) Players are becoming permanently stuck in webs that have been harvested

Players who harvest webs while stuck to them may be permanently stuck to them, with no way to get out (as the web has already been harvested).

Workarounds for this issue: To escape, you'll need to respawn. This either means having your character die (either from a friend or hostile bug), using the "Give Up" option in the menu, or relogging the entire game. Once your character respawns, you'll be free.

(Fixed—0.1.1 / Fixed—0.1.2) Large amounts of larva can flood the game later on

Players have reported influxes of larva later on in the game, leading to an abnormally large amount of insects in the area.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time. Obsidian is investigating the game's respawn rates.

(Possibly fixed—0.1.1) Trail markers will occasionally turn themselves off

Players have reported that trail markers can turn themselves off at random, forcing players to find the trail markers and manually turn them back on.

Workarounds for this issue: There are no known workarounds for this issue at this time.

Microscopic survival

Grounded

It's a big(ger) world out there.

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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