From week 2 of the starfall of Silence till the end of week 4 of the starfall of Diamond, you will have to be careful about staying warm. The cold also prevents any crops from growing. Which makes it important to prepare well for winter.
At the onset of winter, you can usually keep working outside, kept warm by a campfire. Nights can become very cold very quickly however, and you'll need to find proper shelter to stay warm and out of the elements.
Caves are very insulated and will do in a pinch. Lighting a campfire in a cave and fuelling it with a log will allow you to warm up nicely. Long term cave dwellers might find it handy to light a coal pile. For houses, you'll need a completed house with a real roof at the very top to be protected from the elements. Your forge, fireplace, smelter, kiln, oven, or even a still, will provide plenty of heath to warm up. Fireplaces won't magically light up at night, you'll have to light and fuel them yourself. Remember to regularly add fuel to your heat sources to keep them at their maximum temperature.
Besides shelter, clothing is also important. Certain clothing lets you warm up faster and keeps you warm longer. Wool and -in slightly lesser extend- cotton will offer the most protection against the cold temperatures. If you have to go outside, leather based armours might be more useful, specially during the day, because they offer more protection against wind and rain. Metal based armours don't offer very much protection at all.
Due to the cold it's not advised to make long trips by boat or on horseback. Should you have the need to do, be prepared by having fuel handy, and plan your stops in advance. If you need to warm up quickly at a campfire, try heating up some food. While water will cool you down a little, a hot meal will do the opposite.
If your body is getting too cold, you'll get inspired to find shelter and warmth. Should you ignore these warnings, your body will suffer cold burns after a few minutes.
As if the cold alone wasn't enough to cope with, it will also cause hungry beasts to find their way to your deed. Be very careful. Out of desperation they can find their way into locked pens. Because of this it's very wise to brand all of your domesticated animals.
- I am new, how am I supposed to survive winter?
If you created a character when winter is already active, make sure to relog to have your newbie buffs become active. They'll protect you from the cold for 24h playing hours.
For a more in-depth guide and tactics for newcomers in winter, please read the next post
- How do I check the weather and my body temperature?
To check the weather, type '/weather'. This command works year round.
For checking your body temperature you can use '/mytemp' during winter.
- Can I create a keybind to check the weather or my body temperature?
Yes. Open the console (standard key is F1). In there type:
- bind <key choice> "say /weather", for the weather.
- bind <key choice> "say /mytemp", for your temperature.
- "inspired to find shelter"? What do you mean?
When your body temperature drops to "very cold", you'll see a message on your screen saying: "You are very cold, you should find warmth".
At that point you have a few (2-3) minutes before you'll start taking cold damage. Get to a fire or source of heat as soon as possible.
- I'm near a fire but /mytemp says I'm getting colder.
This can be caused by a few things. If you're outside, consider getting shelter in a house or cave. If you are in a house, make sure you're in a house with completed walls, and on a tile with a slanted roof on its very top.
If these requirements are met, make sure your heat source is fully fuelled.
- What am I supposed to do during winter?
What you do during winter is entirely up to you. Most people use this time to work on improving their skills or equipment, others fill the time by preparing materials for future projects. Examples of this are, making planks and shafts, boat building materials, stone cutting. Helped with a campfire or coal pile it's very feasible to work on a boat or even a guard tower outside.
- So what do the armours do specifically?
- Leather based armour have a bonus against wind and rain, with a moderate protection against cold.
- Cloth has more cold mitigation than leather but no protection from wind or rain.
- Wool has the best cold mitigation, small bonus against rain, best item to swim in, no bonus against wind.
- Chain and Plate has a very small bonus to cold mitigation only.
- Leather Adventurers hat helps against rain.
- Brown Bear Hat counts as a Wool item.
- Do lamps, candelabras, lava spiders, ... give off heat?
They don't. Only the items listed in the text above will provide enough heat for you to notice.
- Will my farm animals freeze or starve?
The way you handle your animals isn't any different from any other season. They won't freeze, but make sure they have plenty to eat. If the cold prevents you from replanting pens, drop some mixed grass near them instead.