Status Effects

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Status effects are special conditions that alter your hobo's performance for a period of time.

Mechanics

What a status effect does is quite inherent in its name; it affects your hobo's status. How it actually affects it varies from status effect to status effect. Most status effects temporarily increase your hobo's combat stats by a certain amount or percentage. Other status effects provide your hobo with special bonuses, such as better gains, heightened dodging capabilities, various styles of protection, and so forth. A few status effects can even have a negative impact on your hobo's performance, so watch out for those!

It should also be noted that status effects don't last forever. Whenever a status effect is bestowed onto your hobo, its duration starts decreasing. Once the status effect's duration is up, it disappears. Exactly how long a status effect lasts depends upon the source of the status effect and when the status effect was bestowed onto your hobo.

Status effects have many sources. The primary sources of status effects are certain food items and Mixed Drinks. Other things, such as the candy found in the Chocolate Room and the Dark Chocolate Room, can also bestow status effects onto your hobo. Some status effects have more than one source, with the only difference between the different sources being the duration.

If for some reason you want to get rid of a status effect, there a couple of ways to go about doing so. The first way to get rid of a status effect is to just wait until its duration is up. The second way is to get another status effect bestowed onto your hobo, overwriting your current status effect. (You can only have one status effect active at a time.) The final way to get rid of a status effect is to take a dip in the chocolate river in the Chocolate Room for 1T. Doing so removes the status effect immediately with no consequences.

One important thing about using status effects in battles against other hobos should be noted. A weapon called the Coffee-Soaked Mop has the ability to temporarily negate the status effect of the hobo it is used against in a fight. Upon being "mopped" in a fight, your hobo's status effect does not take effect and loses 10 minutes of its remaining duration. Additionally, the Mop Head and Time Displacement status effects have the ability to negate status effects. The Mop Head status effect negates the status effect an opponent in battle and knocks 10 minutes off of its remaining duration, and the Time Displacement status effect has a 33⅓% chance of negating everyone's status effects in battle.

Cron Intervals

Status effect duration is set up to last until a certain cron interval is reached. In the case of the Sorrowful status effect, it is 3 cron intervals.

In HoboWars, the cron interval is 5 minutes, meaning that, starting from XX:00, every 5 minutes a cron job is run.

The way a status effects duration is calculated is this:

Lets say you obtained the Sorrowful status effect at XX:03:00. Since the previous cron interval was XX:00:00, the next cron interval 3 intervals away from that interval is XX:15:00 (XX:05:00 is one interval way, XX:10:00 is two intervals away, and XX:15:00 is three intervals away). So, the duration of your Sorrowful status effect is 15 - 3 = 12 minutes (XX:15:00 - XX:03:00).

So, if you obtain the Sorrowful status effect at XX:04:55, since the cron interval that is 3 intervals away from the [XX:00:00~XX:04:59] interval is the [XX:15:00~XX:19:59] interval, the duration of your status effect is 10 minutes and 5 seconds, since your status effect will disappear at the XX:15:00 cron interval.

Therefore, in order to get the most duration out of a status effect, obtain it as soon as a 5-minute cron interval has passed (e.g. at 10:05:02).

List of cron intervals (12 every hour):
[XX:00:00 ~ XX:04:59] (at XX:00:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:05:00 ~ XX:09:59] (at XX:05:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:10:00 ~ XX:14:59] (at XX:10:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:15:00 ~ XX:19:59] (at XX:15:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:20:00 ~ XX:24:59] (at XX:20:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:25:00 ~ XX:29:59] (at XX:25:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:30:00 ~ XX:34:59] (at XX:30:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:35:00 ~ XX:39:59] (at XX:35:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:40:00 ~ XX:44:59] (at XX:40:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:45:00 ~ XX:49:59] (at XX:45:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:50:00 ~ XX:54:59] (at XX:50:00 the cron job is run)
[XX:55:00 ~ XX:59:59] (at XX:55:00 the cron job is run)

List of Status Effects

There is a plethora of status effects present in the game.

The following is a list of all them, as well as information pertaining to what they affect, how long their duration is, what their source is, and other important information.

Please note that a few status effects are slightly different over on Facebook HoboWars and HoboArena.

Status effects that can be obtained from licking a Ring Pop are marked with a pink background.

Status effects that are only present in Facebook HoboWars and HoboArena are marked with a dark gray background.


Image Name Effect Source Maximum
Duration
Other Information
Amish.gif Amish Replaces your equipped armor with a 2000 defense Amish Hat, disables your equipped weapon. Amish Highball 15 Minutes Your equipped weapon & armor return to normal when the effect ends.
Angry.gif Angry Increases your power by 20%. Angry Mother 15 Minutes
Apple-Breath.gif Apple Breath Increases your begging income by $1000 and your begging experience by 40%. Apple Flavored Gum 150 Minutes Beg income is only increased by $100 on Facebook HoboWars & HoboArena
Bacon-Breath.gif Bacon Breath Increases your begging income by 20% and your begging experience by 15%. Bacon Blast Jelly Beans
Beggar's Brunch
100 Minutes
50 Minutes

Bawling-like-a-baby.gif Bawling like a baby Increases your begging experience by 50%, but decreases your begging income by 50%. Bawling Baby 15 Minutes
Blind.gif Blind Increases your begging income by 10% and your begging experience by 35%, but decreases your accuracy. Eye Gouger 15 Minutes
Blue-Tongue.gif Blue Tongue Increases your speed by an amount varying between 50 and 300. Rainbow Drop 30 Minutes 1/4 chance of obtaining this status effect from a Rainbow Drop.
Blueberry-Breath.gif Blueberry Breath Increases your begging income by 10% and your begging experience by 15%. Blueberry Blast Jelly Beans
Chocolate Room
100 Minutes
30 Minutes

Brainy.gif Brainy Increases your intelligence by 200. Brains
Smarty Pants
60 Minutes
Variable††

Burning-Belly.gif Burning Belly Increases your power by 15%. Dark Chocolate Room 30 Minutes
Calcium-Rich.gif Calcium Rich Increases your strength by 15%. Dark Chocolate Room 30 Minutes
Caulimorphous.gif Caulimorphous Increases your strength by 25%. Caulipop 100 Minutes
Chocorat.gif Chocorat Increases your rat's stats by 15% in battle. Kit Rat Bar 60 Minutes
Cinnamon-Breath.gif Cinnamon Breath Increases your begging income by $1500 and your begging experience by 40%. Cinnamon Flavored Gum 150 Minutes Beg income is only increased by $150 on Facebook HoboWars & HoboArena
Classy-as-Hell.gif Classy as Hell Increases your respect gains by 25%. Jolly Gentleman 15 Minutes
Clever-Beggar.gif Clever Beggar Increases your begging experience by 55%, but decreases your begging income by 25%. Also allows you to raise your begging stat to 1200. The Art of War Begging 30 Minutes
Cream-Whipped.gif Cream Whipped Increases either your speed, power, or strength by 750. Faberge Cream Egg
Can of Whipped Cream
500 Minutes
30 Minutes

Curious-Strength.gif Curious Strength Increases your strength by 300. Altoids
Junior Mints
Chocolate Room
50 Minutes
250 Minutes
30 Minutes

Dalimorphous.gif Dalimorphous Increases your speed by 25%. Dalipop 100 Minutes
Death-Perception.gif Death Perception Increases your speed, power and strength by 1,000. Haunted House 10 Minutes Only obtainable by using Yoink.
Double-Gorilla-Strength.gif Double
Gorilla Strength
Increases your strength by 1000. Double Gorillas 60 Minutes
Double-Falcon-Speed.gif Double
Falcon Speed
Increases your speed by 1000. Double Falcons 60 Minutes
Double-Raptor-Power.gif Double
Raptor Power
Increases your power by 1000. Double Raptors 60 Minutes
Emasculated.gif Emasculated Decreases your strength by 15%. Claw-o-Matic 50 Minutes Cannot be self-inflicted.
Enraged.gif Enraged Increases your strength by 20% and your power by 25%, but decreases your speed by 10%. Erupting Volcano 15 Minutes
Falcon-Speed.gif Falcon Speed Increases your speed by 500. Gummi Peregrine Falcon 100 Minutes
Fizzy-Floatiness.gif Fizzy Floatiness Increases your speed by 100 and gives you a 20% chance of dodging attacks. Fizzy Lifting Soda 30 Minutes
Flame-tipped-Spiked-Hair.gif Flame-tipped
Spiked Hair
Causes your opponent to occasionally experience great recoil damage upon contact. Flaming Hedgehog 15 Minutes
Gingerbread-Breath.gif Gingerbread Breath Increases your begging income by 25% and your begging experience by 40%. Gingerbread Bum 50 Minutes
Glampire.gif Glampire Increases speed by 15%, and gives a 10% chance to drain life on hit. Transylvania Slammer 15 Minutes
Gorilla-Strength.gif Gorilla Strength Increases your strength by 500. Gummi Gorilla 100 Minutes
Green-Noser.gif Green Noser Causes you to find more money than usual while exploring the City. Filthy Leprechaun 15 Minutes
Green-Tongue.gif Green Tongue Increases your strength by an amount varying between 50 and 300. Rainbow Drop 30 Minutes 1/4 chance of obtaining this status effect from a Rainbow Drop.
Hobola.gif Hobola You're infected. Reduces your Intel to 1, removes your attack range, gives access to the Dark Pit, and more. Death By Chocolate
Losing to infected players.
24 Hours Your Intel returns to normal when the effect ends. You can spread the Hobola by attacking & defeating other players.
Hobowarrior.gif Hobowarrior Increases your power by 2000 and your speed by 10%. Hobowarheads 60 Minutes
Indigo-Tongue.gif Indigo Tongue Increases your speed, power, and strength, each by an amount varying between 50 and 300. Rainbow Drop
Chocolate Room
30 Minutes 1/4 chance of obtaining this status effect from a Rainbow Drop.
Interdimensionality.gif Gives you a 50% chance of dodging attacks. Quantum Candy 100 Minutes Causes your name to blink on the Message Boards and in HoboMails.
Jittery.gif Jittery Increases your speed by 200. Wonka-stripe Candy Cane
Chocolate Room
100 Minutes
30 Minutes

Juggernutalicious.gif Juggernutalicious Replaces your equipped weapon and armor with a 4000 defense Juggernaut Helmet, +10% to power and explore turns can go to -50 Jugger-Nut 30 Minutes Your equipped weapon and armor return to normal when the effect ends.
Kablooie.gif Kablooie If you are knocked below 10% of your life without dying you will explode, damaging your opponent and reducing your life to 1. Blow-Up Pop 60 Minutes
Kitten-Pox.gif Kitten Pox Increases your speed by 300. Purring Kitty 15 Minutes
Laid-Back.gif Laid Back Causes you to not lose any money whenever you lose a fight against another player. Gin & Juice
Special Brownie
15 Minutes
60 Minutes

Lead-Heavy.gif Lead Heavy Increases your power by 40%, but decreases your speed by 10%. Fizzy Falling Soda 30 Minutes
Lightningy.gif Lightningy Increases your speed by 15%. Dark Chocolate Room 30 Minutes
Like-A-Rock.gif Like A Rock Steadily ramps up the damage you do during a fight as the fight progresses. Rock Candy 60 Minutes
Longer-Lasting-Energization.gif Longer-Lasting Energization Increases your speed, power, and strength by 500. Longer-Lasting Gobstopper 60 Minutes
Lubed-Up.gif Lubed Up Decreases your power by 15%. Claw-o-Matic 50 Minutes Cannot be self-inflicted.
Magnetism.gif Magnetism Gives you a small chance of deflecting or collecting any cans fired at you in battle. ICPeanut Butter Cup 60 Minutes
Meleeria.gif Meleeria Increases your experience gains from fights by 20%. Fighters Lunch*
Prison Hooch
60 Minutes
15 Minutes

Minty-Beef-Breath.gif Minty Beef Breath Increases your begging income by 15%, your begging experience by 20%, and your chance of receiving a begging reward by 2%. Peppermint Burger Patties 60 Minutes
Mop-Head.gif Mop Head Negates an opponent's status effect for the duration of the battle. Mop Rocks 60 Minutes
Mummified.gif Mummified Increases your power by 100%, decreases your speed by 50% and makes you weak to fire. Egyptini 15 Minutes
Noodly-Awesomeness.gif Noodly Awesomeness Increases your speed, power, and strength by 400. Gummi Spaghetti Monster 100 Minutes
On-Fire.gif On Fire Increases your power and strength by 300 and causes your opponent to occasionally experience great recoil damage upon contact. Redder Hots
Self Immolation
150 Minutes
15 Minutes

Pearly-Whites.gif Pearly Whites Increases your begging income by $3000 and your begging experience by 50%. Sugarfree Gum 60 Minutes Beg income is only increased by $300 on Facebook HoboWars & HoboArena
Patriotic.gif Patriotic +25% to all battle stats while holding a Flag. Freedom Fries 200 Minutes
Polymorphous.gif Polymorphous Increases your speed, power, and strength by 15%. Polypop 100 Minutes
Puppy-Power.gif Puppy Power Increases your power by 300. Happy Puppy
Chocolate Room
15 Minutes
30 Minutes

Quadra-Jitters.gif Quadra Jitters Increases your speed by 1600 and gives you a 25% chance of dodging attacks. Wonka Quadra Candy Cane 60 Minutes
Rainbow-Pox.gif Rainbow Pox Increases your speed, power, and strength, each by an amount varying between 300 and 900. Rainbow Balls 60 Minutes
Raptor-Power.gif Raptor Power Increases your power by 500. Gummi Raptor 100 Minutes
Raspberry-Strength.gif Raspberry Strength Increases your strength by 300. Chocolate Room 30 Minutes
Real-Ultimate-Power.gif Real Ultimate Power Increases your speed, power, and strength by 2000. Flying Dutchman
Chocolate Room
60 Minutes
30 Minutes
An extremely rare and powerful status effect.
Red-Tongue.gif Red Tongue Increases your power by an amount varying between 50 and 300. Rainbow Drop
Red Hots
Gas Soaked Red Hots
30 Minutes
150 Minutes
150 Minutes
1/4 chance of obtaining this status effect from a Rainbow Drop.
Roast-Beef-Fortification.gif Roast Beef Fortification Increases your strength by 600, your begging income by $500, and your begging experience by 50%. Roast Beef Flavored Gum 100 Minutes Beg income is only increased by $50 on Facebook HoboWars & HoboArena
SARS.gif SARS Inflicts gradual damage on you in battle. SARS Bar 60 Minutes A highly contagious status effect.
Semi-Transparency.gif Semi-Transparency Gives you a 30% chance of dodging attacks. Crystal Pepsi 100 Minutes
Semi-Lasting-Energization.gif Semi-Lasting Energization Increases your speed, power and strength by 250. Semi-Lasting Gobstopper 200 Minutes
Shoegazer.gif Shoegazer Causes you to find one more extra can whenever you find cans while exploring the City. The Long Walk 15 Minutes
Sorrowful.gif XxxX Sorrowful XxxX Causes you to automatically win battles whenever other players attack you and win. Sorrowful Penguin 15 Minutes Each Sorrowful win reduces the status effect's duration by 5 minutes.
Changes the appearance of your name and default profile picture.
Spiked-Hair.gif Spiked Hair Causes your opponent to occasionally experience recoil damage upon contact. Hedgehog 15 Minutes
Stickier-Colder-Hands.gif Stickier Colder Hands Increases your equipped weapon's attack by 1200. Triple Dipps 60 Minutes
Sticky-Cold-Hands.gif Sticky Cold Hands Increases your equipped weapon's attack by 250. Dippin Dots
Freeze-Packed Dippin Dots**
100 Minutes
Sweetness.gif Sweetness Increases your speed, power, and strength by 500. Sweet Bomb 200 Minutes
Time-Displacement.gif Time Displacement Sends everyone in the battle back into an era where either rats, status effects, or skills did not exist. Time Traveler 15 Minutes
Tranquilized.gif Tranquilized Decreases your speed by 15%. Claw-o-Matic 50 Minutes Cannot be self-inflicted.
Under-the-Bridge.gif Under the Bridge Gain respect from begging and from training at the University. Red Hot Chili Pepper 60 Minutes Gains decrease with repeated use. Effect kills you when it expires.
Uranium-Enriched.gif Uranium Enriched Causes your opponents to experience increasing recoil damage upon damaging you. Centrifuge 15 Minutes The recoil damage limit is 5000.
Volleymorphous.gif Volleymorphous Increases your power by 25%. Volleypop 100 Minutes
Warwolf.gif Warwolf Increases your power and strength by 30%, but disables your weapon & armor. Full Moon 15 Minutes Your equipped weapon & armor return to normal when the effect ends.
Wonka-Spirit.gif Wonka Spirit Causes your Balltop Cane's stats to become greatly improved. Wonka's Peppermint Spirits 150 Minutes When this status effect is active, music plays at the Candy Store.
Zombified.gif Zombified Gives you the ability to do things like exploring and begging while dead, without any negative consequences. Dead Man Walking
Death Mints
15 Minutes
60 Minutes
Even with this effect, you cannot fight while dead; any battles will result in an automatic loss.

On Facebook HoboWars, the maximum duration of all status effects is 60 minutes.
††The maximum duration of the Brainy status effect obtained from the Smarty Pants is 40 minutes times the amount of absorbed intelligence points.
*You can only obtain the Meleeria status effect from a Fighters Lunch on HoboArena.
**You can only obtain the Sticky Cold Hands status effect from a Freeze-Packed Dippin Dots if you feed one to Archangel Slugworth.