In Empires & Puzzles, status effects can be grouped into 2 categories: beneficial effects, called buffs, and hindering effects, called status ailments. Status effects can modify nearly every aspect of a battle (e.g. attack, defense, incoming damage and usage of Special Skills). A wise use of them can turn the tide of a battle. Status effects typically last from 2 to 6 turns.

Most of the status effects can stack with each other, but some may overwrite the current status (most notably opposite status like increased attack and decreased attack). DaveCozy has made a list of which status can or can't be overwritten. Click here to check it out.


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Beneficial modifiers applied by Buffers to allies. Can be dispelled by Dispellers, unless they are marked as Undispellable. You can check below which heroes and items can apply them.

Current available buffs:
  • Status attack up.png Increased attack.
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  • Status berserk.png Increased attack with a further increase every time the hero is hit.
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  • Status gamble.png Increased attack with decreased accuracy.
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  • Status attack blind enemy health.png Increased attack and decreased accuracy that only applies when the target has more health than the target.
  • Status damage boost.png Increased Normal attack (tile/slash).
  • Status attack up enemy health.png Increased Normal attack that only applies when the target has more health than the target.
  • Status parry.png Increased chance to drop any received damage to 1.
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  • Status defense up.png Increased defense.
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  • Paladin icon.png Increased defense. (Stacks with other defense modifiers.)
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  • Status barrier blue.png Increased defense against Ice.
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  • Status barrier green.png Increased defense against Nature.
  • Status barrier purple.png Increased defense against Dark.
  • Status barrier red.png Increased defense against Fire.
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  • Status barrier yellow.png Increased defense against Holy.
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  • Status recycle defense.png New status ailments affecting defense will be replaced by increased defense.
  • Status mage armor.png Increased defense against Special Skills.
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  • Status hide.png Can't be targeted by enemies.
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  • Status taunt.png Taunt prevents enemies from using Special Skills on the caster's allies.
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  • Status heal more.png Increased healing for any healing received.
  • Status health regen.png Recover HP over turns.
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  • Status lifesteal.png Heal part of dealt normal damage.
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  • Status soul connection.png Share received damage with other team members.
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  • Status critical.png Increased critical chance.
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  • Status mana regen.png Increased mana generation.
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  • Status mana recover.png Recover mana over turns.
  • Status mana resist.png Immune to negative mana effects.
  • Status silence resist.png Immune to effects that block usage of Special Skills.
  • Status damage deflection.png Counterattack with part of the damage received.
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  • Status damage deflection double.png All status effects and part of the damage is reflected back to the attacker.
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  • Status damage deflection mana.png A moderate amount mana received for every counterattack. The effect gets diminished for consecutive activations during the same turn.
  • Status fire mirror.png Reflect all status effects and part of the damage from Ice Special Skills back to the attacker.
  • Status dark mirror.png Reflect all status effects and part of the damage from Holy Special Skills back to the attacker.
  • Status dodge mana.png Increased chance to dodge Special Skills that do damage. The higher the damage from the special is, the higher the chance to dodge it. Receive mana on dodge.
  • Status dodge summon minion.png Increased chance to dodge Special Skills. Each dodge summons a Sakura Fox Minion.
  • Status ghost.png Increased attack. Immune to normal attacks, Special Skill attacks and status effects. Can't gain mana.
  • Status resurrect upon death.png The hero is resurrected with some health when they die.
  • Status zombie blessing.png When the character dies, they will be reborn as a Zombie.
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  • Status bruiser bros.png The hero is reborn in Chameleon Mode with some health, increased attack, and decreased defense when they die.
  • Status chameleon mode.png Chameleon Mode: increased attack, decreased defense.
  • Status dance of spirits.png Dance of Spirits: increased attack, increased damage reduction on all received damage. If the caster dies, receive some damage and mana is decreased by -100%. Immune to status effects.
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  • Status debuff shield.png Immune to status ailments.
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  • Status link purple.png Increased attack and defense.
  • Status link blue.png Increased attack and defense.
  • Status link red.png Increased attack and defense.
  • Status link green.png Increased attack and defense.
  • Status link yellow.png Increased attack and defense.
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  • Status linkheal purple.png Recover some health per turn.
  • Status linkheal blue.png Recover some health per turn.
  • Status linkheal red.png Recover some health per turn.
  • Status linkheal green.png Recover some health per turn.
  • Status linkheal yellow.png Recover some health per turn.
  • Status linkdefense purple.png Increased defense against Holy.
  • Status linkdefense blue.png Increased defense against Nature.
  • Status linkdefense red.png Increased defense against Ice.
  • Status linkdefense green.png Increased defense against Fire.
  • Status linkdefense dark.png Increased defense against Dark.
  • Status linkmana purple.png Increased mana generation.
  • Status linkmana blue.png Increased mana generation.
  • Status linkmana red.png Increased mana generation.
  • Status linkmana green.png Increased mana generation.
  • Status linkmana yellow.png Increased mana generation.
  • Status linkcrit purple.png Increased critical chance.
  • Status linkcrit blue.png Increased critical chance.
  • Status linkcrit red.png Increased critical chance.
  • Status linkcrit green.png Increased critical chance.
  • Status linkcrit yellow.png Increased critical chance.
  • Status linkspecial defense purple.png Increased defense against Special Skills
  • Status linkspecial defense blue.png Increased defense against Special Skills

Status Ailments

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Harmful modifiers applied by Debuffers and damage over time. Typically applied to enemies, but in some cases it can be applied to the caster itself. Can be dispelled by Cleansers and Antidotes, unless they are marked as Undispellable. You can check below which heroes and items can apply them.

Current available status ailments:
  • Status blind.png Decreased accuracy.
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  • Status stun.png Decreased attack.
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  • Status attack down double.png Decreased attack with a further decrease every time the character is hit.
  • Status attack down refresh on heal.png Decreased attack. The effect duration resets if the character is healed.
  • Status defense down.png Decreased defense.
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  • Status defense down double.png Decreased defense with a further decrease every time the character is hit. (*Valkyrie's Bane: further decrease each turn.)
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  • Status defense down refresh on heal.png Decreased defense. The effect duration resets if the character is healed.
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  • Status mark blue.png Decreased defense against Ice.
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  • Status mark green.png Decreased defense against Nature.
  • Status mark purple.png Decreased defense against Dark.
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  • Status mark red.png Decreased defense against Fire.
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  • Status mark yellow.png Decreased defense against Holy.
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  • Status elemental magic.png Element is changed.
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  • Status deep wound.png Decreased healing for any healing received.
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  • Status curse of hex.png Decreased healing for any healing received.
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  • Status healsteal.png Part of applied healing is stolen.
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  • Status dizzy.png Decreased mana generation.
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  • Status mana steal.png Part of received mana is stolen.
  • Status mana freeze.png Can't gain mana.
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  • Status silence.png Can't use Special Skill.
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  • Status spell slay.png Receive some damage and reduce mana when mana is full.
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  • Status chaos.png Automatically cast Mindless Attack on a random ally when mana is full.
  • Status fire.png Receive some Burn damage per turn.
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  • Status poison.png Receive some Poison damage per turn.
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  • Status underwater fake.png Receive some Water damage per turn.
  • Status sand curse.png Receive some damage per turn.
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  • Status blood poisoning.png Receive some damage per turn.
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  • Status bleed.png Receive some Bleed damage per turn.
  • Status curse of doom.png Receive damage over turns. Damage increase every turn.
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  • Status pact.png The caster drains some HP per turn.
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Special Buffs

This category of buffs are always active once their conditions are met and are not applied by heroes. They are available during some special rules of Wars and Raid Tournaments.

  • Status attack up.png Increased attack from Attack Boost. (10% times Stack Count)
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    (During Attack Boost - stacks with other attack modifiers.)
  • Status attack up double.png Increased attack from Buff Booster. (20% times Buffs active)
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    (During Buff Booster - active when character has any other buffs.)
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  • Elements icon.gif Elemental status effects stack with their regular status effect counterparts if applied to the same hero
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