In the world of Patapon there are many different ailments that can either help or hinder you. Note that in Patapon 3, Rarepon immunities from the previous games and resistances do not apply for classes (e.g Cannogabang, even at level 40, isn't immune to Burn and Jamsch level 40 won't be immune to Sleep or Poison).
The Status Effects are: Critical, Knockback, Stagger, Burn, Sleep, Freeze, Poison, and Tumble.
Burn/IgniteWhen your Patapons or enemy tribe are set on fire they will run around wildly and say something, like Patapons screaming "Hot! Hot!" and Karmens making a unique high pitched scream, and Bonedeths saying "Bo-bone! Bo-bone!". This also leaves them susceptible to further attacks. Some bosses can be resistant against this and others very susceptible, but when burnt they will not flinch. In Patapon 3 there is a Set Skill called Big Bonfire that amplifies the effects of burn, this is very useful against Treants and enemy forts.
FreezeWhen frozen, you or an enemy tribe will be unable to move, but you will still be able to take damage. Certain Rarepons are very weak against ice and should not be used to fight against enemies with Ice attributes, equipment or on a level that has a blizzard. On the other hand, certain Rarepon species are very resilient against Freeze and Ice damage. When frozen, bosses are rendered immobile and will only be able to use certain attacks while others will be unable to do anything.
SleepWhen put to sleep, your Patapons or your enemies won't be able to do anything until they get attacked by something else. Zaknel and Dokaknel are weak against this status effect, so using Mashu species Patapons (or Jamsch) will be especially effective against them. This should be used to your advantage. Toripons are also weak against this and should avoid being put to sleep at any cost. If you listen carefully on a sleeping Patapon, you can actually hear them snore "Mi-mi-mi".
PoisonThis Status Effect is similar to being burnt, but you will take much more damage at a slower rate and you will be otherwise unphased. A Patapon affected by this Effect will also suffer a significantly slower movement speed, making dodging enemy attacks harder. You'll be notified of Poison by the purple bubbles above the victim's head. This is very useful against enemies, especially bosses as they lose large amounts of health as the status effect continues, depending on your Poison Rate. Also, the higher the rate, the more damage the victim will suffer. This ailment only appears in Patapon 3.
Jamsch is by far the best class to deal this Status Effect.
StaggerStagger is used to make enemies fall to their knees, preventing them from attacking or fleeing. In Patapon 1 and Patapon 2, when you are staggered, your Patapon only wobble once. While in Patapon 3, your Patapon can wobble many times depending on Stagger rate. Using Stagger can give you an edge in battle that makes your enemies helpless. This is also the main component used to make a Stagger-inducing army to fight bosses as they become more helpless once their health falls to a certain level, as they won't be able to attack, and Staggering may also get a Patapon 3 boss out of Rage Mode.
In Patapon 2, the short term for stagger is Cnc, which is short for 'Concussion', a synonym for stagger. Staggering a boss will also cause it to drop items in Patapon 1 and 2.
KnockbackKnockback is just as it sounds. It is the power that a Patapon or an enemy has to push or knock their opponent back. This is used when you are fighting an army or fighting a boss, you can use it to move your enemies so that your army can advance to the finish.
In Patapon 1, bosses were immune to knockback. In Patapon 2 some of the bosses could be temporarily knocked down for few seconds. In Patapon 3 it was changed, so that knockback literally sends bosses flying like small enemies.
CriticalEvery weapon has a critical rate. A critical hit is a hit with increased attack power, and is bolded in Patapon 3. The higher is a critical rate, the greater is the critical damage inflicted and the more frequently it happens. Buildings, machines and structures are not affected by this. However, Cannogabang and Covet-hiss can't deal Critical with Cannons equipped.
TumbleTumble may be the strangest status effect in that there is no way to measure it. When tumbled, the Patapon will fall over, getting back up shortly after. It can only be activated through earthquakes which can be caused by Natural Disaster, charged attacks done by Dekapons and Tondenga, and Cannassault's Hero Mode. It is also inflicted upon Pingrek if his Healing Chateau is destroyed, Myamsar's Hero Mode, Yamagami and Super Yamagami Summons, Zaknel's earthquake attack and Dodonga's roar. It causes enemies to fall to the ground as if they tripped and only affects grounded units. During the DON CHAKA song, tumble is not effective against you. It does not affect larger enemies like the Cyclops, but makes them jump a short height. Only these abilities and unit(s) are immune to this status effect:
- Myamsar's Class Skill Doppelganger
- Slogturtle's Hero Mode Anti Magic
- Cannassault´s Set Skill Peerless Deer
Countering Status Ailments
There are many ways to help boost your resistance against status ailment or curing them. The DonChaka song will cure any status ailment. Before leaving out on a mission or quest, you can equip your Patapons with equipment that boosts their resistance or grant immunity against specific status afflictions. The Lordly Hairpiece in Patapon 2 grants immunity to all status effects (acquired in demo). One other solution would be changing your Rarepon to give them an immunity or better resistance to an ailment. (For example, you may want to bring an insomniac Babassa and/or a Mashuriro when fighting against Shookle who releases sleep spores.) Masks were introduced in Patapon 2 that only the hero could wear that granted him many different abilities and resistances.
In Patapon 3, the following DLC equipment grants immunities:
- Bald Cap (immunity to burn)
- Malevolent Uranus Helm (immunity to sleep)
- Clown Helm (immunity to freeze)
- Karib Rampage Helm (immunity to poison)
In Patapon 3, there are also Class Skills that have the same effect. Some equipments (mostly Armors) will grant a class certain immunities when that class is equipped with the equipment that grants immunity (e.g; Crono Riggers (Shoulderguards) grants immunity to Criticals, Fireblessed Shield (Shield) grants immunity to Burn, Bacteon Greatshield (Greatshield) grants immunity to Poison.
- If Pingrek's Healing Chateau is destroyed, he recieves a longer version of the tumble effect.
- In Patapon 3, if one of your Patapons are immune to a certain Status Effect and they get hit by it, the Status Effect's Icon will appear above them for a brief second.