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Vital statistics
Size 1 x 1
Skill(s) RequiredSpecific needed skills.<br>The default skills every hearthling starts off with, Oral Tradition, Primitive Tools & Wilderness Survival), are ignored. Farming
Object(s) Required Poppy Grist
Produced By Cauldron
Required By (1) Opium Dragon
Go to Objects

Opium can be placed in a Pipe and smoked in order to receive Chasing the Dragon Buff.


Please be advised that smoking Opium can kill your character. Proceed carefully to find a suitable dosage!

How to Acquire

  • Boil poppy grist in a cauldron to obtain Opium. The boil time is relative to the volume of grist, and it takes 1:40 hours in real time to fully reduce a full stack of poppy grist to Opium.

Jorb himself comments on the process; "You, indeed, get a ratio of 1:10 grist to Opium. If you boil less than 0.1 grist, you simply get the corresponding random chance to get Opium out of the deal. So 0.01 grist will give you 0.01 Opium 10% of the time."


  • While you are actively smoking Opium, sometimes Opium Dragons will spawn; when you reach 100% of the Chasing the Dragon buff, they can spawn as many as three at a time. They tend to immediately dart away from you, not like other flying bugs, so it is easiest to catch them while riding a horse in a large, flat area like a field. Dragons can go through walls so it is not recommended to smoke inside a house if you want to catch them.
  • Smoking Opium will make the game world look purple and wobbly.
  • To get 'crazy high' on Opium, you need 0.06 kg of Opium while using a Bull Pipe.
  • To use Opium for medicinal purposes, keep track of a small point counter in the corner of the 'Chasing the Dragon' buff. This point counter is how many possible points of wounds that you could remove. Every now and then (typically a few mintues), a point will be deducted from the counter and used to reduce a point from a wound that can be treated with Opium. This will happen so long as you retain the Chasing the Dragon buff. Be wary, as any remaining points on your counter that you still have when the buff disappears will become Dragon Bite wounds.
  • Therefore, it is advised to plan the smoking session in way that you can extend the amount of time Chasing the Dragon buff lasts; smoke some amount to get the buff and counter going, then switch to only periodically taking puffs out of the pipe to maintain the buff while counter ticks down and heals/transforms your wounds.
  • As long as you don't let the counter get too high, opium should be relatively safe. However even one point of "Dragon's Bite will give you hefty -10 constitution penalty which can easily kill less developed characters (freshly spawned character would die from constitution reduced to zero) or severely wounded moderately developed character.

Game Development

  • Opium Nomad (2017-08-30) >"Added Opium. Poppies now have a new growth stage, beyond the last flower stage, which has no graphical distinction (i.e. you won't know when you've hit it until you harvest), and which is fairly random in terms of when it is actually reached. If you harvest a poppy plant in this secret stage, you receive a poppy pod instead of a poppy flower. Poppy pods can be eaten as are, but can also be dried on a herbalist table to dried poppy pods. Dried poppy pods can be ground to poppy grist, which can be boiled in a cauldron and thus reduced to opium. Opium can be smoked to good effect:"