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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 allows the player to imbue themselves in an elemental aura which allows them inflict damage on nearby targets based on the element they equip. The ability also extends to the player's weapons and also the player to shoot targets and apply constant elemental damage, allowing the weapon to disable the shield and keep it down provided the Warden is constantly shoot. It is the forth and final offensive Power gained in the game.[2] 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. This is applied to any melee or firearm attack, and includes the Kneecappers on a vehicle, but not collisions.

Additional elements are unlocked through Side Quests for Ben King.

ElementsEdit

Element Description Way to unlock
Fire
  • The Fire element makes enemies in the area around The Protagonist to be set on fire, which can panic enemies on the spot while taking damage over time. This also makes The Protagonist's weapon fire incendiary ammunition.
    • Homies become immune to fire attacks.
A Game of Clones
Lightning
  • The Lightning element makes The Protagonist a mobile tesla coils, electrifying nearby enemies and vehicles which can spread to additional targets. This also makes The Protagonist's weapon fire electrical ammunition.
    • Homies have a chance of firing electric charged ammunition.
"The Climax" Side Quest
Freeze
  • The Freeze element makes enemies in the area around The Protagonist to be frozen in place and damage to them is greatly increased. Enemies killed while frozen shatters into pieces. Frozen vehicles lose control, even if they're flying, and are disabled when frozen. This also makes The Protagonist's weapon fire freeze ammunition.
    • Homies have a chance of firing freeze ammunition.
"Ghost Writing" Side Quest
Explosion
  • The Explosive element turns nearby enemies in the area around The Protagonist into time bombs, and makes The Protagonist's weapon fire explosive ammunition.
    • Homies have a chance of firing explosive ammunition.
Element of Destruction Pack
Bling
  • The Bling element turns nearby enemies in the area around The Protagonist into gold statues, which can be destroyed and turns into extremely large amounts of Cache. Cache is automatically pulled to The Protagonist while active and gold infused enemies can be quickly with headshots.
Bling Bling Pack
Life Steal
  • The Life Steal element was supposed to be added in the game but exists only in the game files.
None

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 types of buff elements that are unlocked may be a reference to inFAMOUS 2 in which Cole McGrath starts with electricity and later has to choose between fire or ice.
  • The explosion element may be a reference to the Bio-Bomb power in Prototype 2 where targets are turned into living bombs.
  • The Life Steal Buff exists in the game files but cannot be activated. Modding the game to make it purchasable doesn't add it to the Elements list either.
    • It was originally available for those who owned 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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