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Power buff

Buff is a Super Power in Saints Row IV.

Add power to your every movement and set fire to everything in your way!
— Buff website description[1]

OverviewEdit

The Buff Super Power engulfs The Protagonist in an elemental aura which inflicts damage on nearby targets. It is the fourth and final offensive Power gained in the game.[2] Additional elements are unlocked through Side Quests for Ben King.

The active Buff applies to any melee or firearm attack, allowing weapons to take down the Warden's shield. It also extends to the Kneecappers on a vehicle, but not collisions.

With the Team Player Powers upgrade, Homies and nearby generic Saints gain buffs in addition to The Protagonist, and the Passive Aggressive Unlockable gives a chance to apply the currently selected Buff Power even when not activated.

ElementsEdit

Element Description Way to unlock
Fire
  • Causes nearby targets to catch on fire, which can cause them to panic while taking fire damage.
    • Homies become immune to fire attacks.
A Game of Clones
Lightning
  • Causes nearby targets to be electrocuted, causing electrical damage while being able to arc to other targets.
    • Homies have a chance of firing electrically charged ammunition.
"The Climax" Side Quest
Freeze
  • Causes nearby targets to be frozen in place and causes nearby vehicles to be disabled, both land and aircraft.
    • Homies have a chance of firing freeze ammunition.
"Ghost Writing" Side Quest
Explosion
  • Causes nearby targets to ignite and explode within a short period of time.
    • Homies have a chance of firing explosive ammunition.
Element of Destruction Pack
Bling
  • Causes nearby targets to turn into solid gold, which causes them to drop a higher amount of cache when killed, and attracts all dropped cache to The Protagonist, providing a valuable source of cache farming.
Bling Bling Pack
Life Steal
  • The Life Steal element is included in the game files, but is not available in-game.
N/A

UnlockablesEdit

Name Requirement Description
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Buff Progression
[when?]
You can now charge your body and weapons with energy!
Use {SUPER_QUICK_SHIELD_IMG} to quick-switch to Buff.
SRIV unlock reward super el fire Element - Fire [when?] Envelop yourself and your bullets in a lethal firewall!
The Fire Element envelops your body and your bullets in a lethal firewall!
Your homies can help you find more Buff Elements!
SRIV unlock reward super el freeze Element - Freeze [when?] Lower the temperature around you and your bullets to absolute zero to freeze your enemies and deal extra damage.
Double tap the Buff button to quick-switch between Buff Elements. Or switch Elements in the Powers menu.
SRIV unlock reward super el lightning Element - Lightning [when?] Charge your bullets and the air around you with electricity. Lightning arcs between enemies for additional damage!
Double tap Buff to quick-switch between Buff Elements. Or switch Elements in the Powers menu.
SRIV unlock reward super el life steal Element - Life Steal Challenges
[when?]
Create a vacuum around you and your bullets that drains the life force out of nearby enemies and adds it to your own!
Double tap Buff to quick-switch between Buff Elements. Or switch Elements in the Powers menu.
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Passive Aggressive Challenges
Super Powered Fight Club Gold Medals
Simply having Buff equipped gives a chance for the elemental damage to be applied to an attack.
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Recharge 4 [when?] Buff no longer uses Energy.
No Buff recharge

UpgradesEdit

Name Clusters Description
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Area 15 Increases the size of the area that Buff affects.
133% Buff_Radius
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Duration 15 Increases how long Buff remains active.
Buff_duration x1.5
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Recharge 10 Buff Energy recharges faster.
80% Buff_recharge
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Recharge 2 20 Buff Energy recharges even faster.
65% Buff_recharge
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Recharge 3 30 Buff Energy recharges very quickly.
55% Buff recharge
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Speed Demon 15 Increases walking speed while Buff is active.
200% Buff_walk_speed
SRIV unlock reward super up buff Team Player 15 BUFF_FIRE: Nearby homies become immune to fire while the buff is active.
BLAST_FREEZE: Nearby homies have a chance of firing freeze bullets.
BUFF_LIGHTNING: Nearby homies have a chance of firing lightning bullets.

TriviaEdit

  • The Life Steal Buff was included in the Executive Privilege Pack DLC by entering Give All Super Powers Cheat but using it crashed the game.[3]

GalleryEdit

  • Buff promo
  • Buff - Fire
  • Buff - Freeze
  • Buff - Lightning
  • Buff - Explosive
  • Buff - Explosive (bullets charged with explosive power)
  • Buff - Bling
  • Buff - Bling (Nearby targets turned to gold)
  • Buff - Bling (Gold targets destroyed release Cashe)
  • Buff activating passively in a vehicle when running over people
  • Recharge 4 unlock screen, only seen via modding
  • Life Steal unlock screen, only seen via modding

ReferencesEdit

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