Hunger and Thirst are the primary mechanics that drive the survival of players in Obsidian Entertainment’s Grounded, with Clean Water being the most reliable source to relieve at least one aspect of the tension that persists through each moment of gameplay. The now fully released Grounded packs fun within miniature settings that see players survive the wilderness of the backyard by building bases and fighting dangerous creatures that live within the grass. Dehydration spells doom for any would-be explorer of the vast nature, making Clean Water a consistent necessity throughout the many adventures players embark upon.
Dirty Water holds a distinction from Clean Water in Grounded, a far more common resource that technically does benefit players somewhat. Stagnant pools of water on the ground restore the deficiencies to the Thirst meter, but unfortunately, impact the related Hunger bar negatively. Players are able to slurp this “Nasty Water” should they be truly desperate to temporarily stave off dehydration. The Grounded Koi Pond update included a new region full of water as its main aesthetic, and although the area makes for an adequate base, the water itself does not classify as Clean.
Much of the Clean Water that can be found in the multiple biomes of Grounded sits out of reach during the beginning of the game due to how small the player actually is. The most accessible sources of Clean Water sit higher than characters are able to reach without the proper tools. As the game progresses, players have more equipment to preserve their Clean Water, and even process it automatically. Predators of all kinds, such as the Antlions in Grounded, are very likely nearby sources of Clean Water as well, making every venture to find this precious resource a challenge within itself.
Locating Clean Water
The easiest way to find Clean Water in Grounded involves looking straight upward at the peaks of taller grass, where water droplets hang near the top. Attacking the grass in any way for long enough causes the Water to fall to the ground, where players may Slurp it without any negative side effects. These spots of dew are few and far between, so players should stay aware as they travel in case certain blades of grass hold Clean Water.
Certain areas such as Grounded‘s Juice Box and Soda Can also provide players with Clean Water periodically. On top of fueling the Thirst meter, the Juice Box and Soda Can also have a chance to give survivors Soda and Juice Drops, each of which restores a slight amount of Hunger as well. Although pure Water drops are by far the most regenerative resource for Thirst alone, the dual purpose of the additional types available makes both locations worth traveling to.
Collecting Clean Water
Whereas Clean Water found from the dew on grass serves as serviceable gems to temporarily stave off Thirst, other sources are collectible to take back to a player’s base location in Grounded. Aphids are passive insects that leave behind the occasional Aphid Honeydew resource, which restores a player’s Thirst gauge by 10%, the Hunger meter by 10%, and Health by 5%. This natural resource comes in handy during long travels, as the Clean Water within Honeydew may be kept before consumption.
A riskier item that fulfills the same role as Clean Water is Nectar, which replenishes Thirst and Hunger by 10% upon use. Larger flowers are dependable origins of Nectar, located near the Oak Tree, Rose Garden, and across the length of the Pond. Particularly ambitious players might challenge the multitude of Grounded‘s flying bee enemies to collect absurd amounts of Nectar from their difficult-to-reach hive from atop the Oak Tree.
Preserving Clean Water
The end goal of players that collect a good amount of Clean Water should be finding ways of preserving it. As survivors acquire more tools to explore, the biomes available become numerous and further away from the comfort of a central base. Canteens and Dew Collectors function as storage items for vast amounts of Clean Water that diminish the worry players might feel before embarking on a quest to a new region of the backyard.
Crafting a Canteen demands players analyze a Crude Rope first to unlock the proper recipe. Two Crude Ropes are needed in addition to three of Grounded‘s Grub Hides to construct a Canteen, which is capable of storing two scoops of Clean Water. Acorn Shells, found from broken Acorns, provide a recipe for a Water Containers once analyzed, an item that takes Crude Rope and a Clover Leaf to complete. Finally, a Dew Collector produces Clean Water for players after being built from 5 Crude Rope, 6 Weed Stems, 8 Pebblets, and 5 Silk Rope. No longer forced to find Clean Water, instead making it all on its own, the Dew Collector creates 4 droplets for storage to give players the ultimate self-sustained method of survival in Grounded.