Max (maximum) health is a character's complete health bar. While the current health level may be depleted by damage and refilled by healing, up to the amount of the max health stat.
Various sources can increase a character's max health stat, over the course of game progression. This guide explains all the ways to do this and shows off the highest character health currently possible after a fresh start.
New characters all start at 100 maximum health.
Permanent max health foods
There are several hard to find food items that permanently raise a character's base max health stat. Although they may be consumed multiple times, each one can only apply its unique permanent health buff once per character. The permanent max health foods may be cooked, but their buff does not scale up with dish rarity modifiers.
|Giant Mushroom||• MushroomsArea Scene in Dirt Biome or The Clay Caves.
• Shrooman (0.22% drop chance).
|Amber Larva||• Amber Boulder Scene in The Forgotten Ruins.
|Starlight Nautilus||Lava fishing loot (Molten Quarry sub-biome).||+100|
|Golden Chocolate||Luxury Winter Present (1.67% drop chance). Christmas Seasonal Event.||+28|
|Combined Total||One of each permanent health food buff||+203|
Old Giant Mushrooms and Amber Larva can still be applied an unlimited number of times. But they became impossible to acquire in worlds made since update 0.4.7.
Vitality skill experience, from killing enemies, adds one max health for each level in this skill, up to a maximum of +100 max health.
Additionally, the Maxed out! talent, at the top of the vitality skill tree, increases a player's maximum health by 6, 12, 18, 24 or 30 percent of the character's total number of levels across all skills. At most, with 5 points in Maxed out! and all 9 skill trees at the maximum 100 levels, that adds up to an additional +270 max health.
New characters have a +5% increased max health buff from being well fed. That is if their food bar is at 85% or higher.
|Miner's Protective Helm||Loot from Smoldering Chest found in Molten Quarry||+40 (+46)|
|Ivy's Thorn Harness||Dropped by Ivy the Poisonous Mass||+70 (+80)|
|Ivy's Pants||Dropped by Ivy the Poisonous Mass||+65 (+75)|
|Oceanheart Necklace||Loot from the Beached Caveling Ship Scene in The Sunken Sea||+42|
|Nomad Ring||• Random loot from unlocking Galaxite Chest
• Loot from destructible objects in The Desert of Beginnings
|+46 x 2|
|Oracle Deck||Crafted using Thread of Fate from The Desert of Beginnings||+48|
|Rune Song ||Crafted using Rune Parchment, etc||+62|
|Combined Total||Equipping all the above items with the highest Max Health stats||+419 (+445)|
- Rune Song must be held (in currently selected hot-bar slot).
Temporary max health foods
Consuming the following foods gives an increase to maximum health that ends after a number of minutes, when the buff runs out.
Note: Long-lasting food can increase the duration of these temporary food buffs by up to 30%. From 5 minutes (at base) increased up to 6 minutes and 30 seconds (with 5 points in the skill tree talent).
The buff from this uncookable food does not stack with the same buff type from cooked food. The last consumed currently overwrites any previously consumed, even if they were stronger and longer duration.
|Glazed Heart Berry||+65 max health for 5 min||Purchased from a Vending Machine|
See the cooking ingredients list to see all food's buffs for each food.
|Sprite||Name||Max health buff when cooked||First|
|Heart Berry||+25 for 5 min||+31 for 5 min||+37.5 for 5 min||Dirt Biome|
|Giant Mushroom ||+24 for 5 min||+30 for 5 min||+36 for 5 min||Dirt Biome|
|Emerald Feather Fish||+29 for 5 min||+36 for 5 min||+43.5 for 5 min||Azeos' Wilderness|
|Amber Larva ||+52 for 5 min||+65 for 5 min||+78 for 5 min||The Clay Caves or The Forgotten Ruins|
|Golden Heart Berry||+50 for 5 min||+62.5 for 5 min||+75 for 5 min||Expert gardener|
|Sandy Spikeback||+78 for 5 min<||+97.5 for 5 min||+117 for 5 min||Fishing The Desert of Beginnings|
- Permanent max health foods also give temporary max health.
The current highest temporary max health buff is +117 health. This if from combining Sandy Spikeback with a golden veg (or Starlight Nautilus), for increased rarity, and also getting a lucky Master chef talent proc on an bonus dish, when removing cooked food from a pot. Which elevates it again to epic (+50% increase to stats).
Highest max health
Adding up all the buffs from above, to find the highest character health currently achievable with a new character in a new world in Core Keeper 0.5.2.1:
|Source||Max health added|
|Base character starting health||100|
|Permanent max health foods - One of each consumed||+203|
|Vitality - 1 hp per vitality level||+100|
|Maxed out! - talent (with 5 points allocated) adding 30% of all skill levels||+270|
|Gear - All the best equipment (reinforced) and holding best weapon||+445|
|Temporary max health food - Epic cooked Sandy Spikeback||+117|
|Well Fed - Multiplier of 10%||x 1.1|
|Total (rounded down)||1358|
• 0.5.2.1 - Guide created