Black ooze

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black ooze
When on/in other objects/liquids:
oozing liquid
oozing object
ooze-stained object
Vaporizes at

150°, into miasma

Base temperature


Cooking Effect

self-diseasing effects

Value per dram


Weight per dram






Prompt to wade through?


Prompt to drink?



OozePuddle, OozePool

Liquid ID


Black ooze is a liquid that is found inside Golgotha, or anywhere else black jells may be found, and causes stiff legs or sore throats if consumed. The player character will more often than not be consuming black ooze forcefully due to other creatures. It will never be a component liquid required for a Corpus Choliys cure.


At 150° black ooze will evaporate into miasma. If inhaled, it will inflict either glotrot or ironshank.

Forcefully Ingesting Black Ooze

sewage eels will attempt to make the player character prone by tripping them when they appear. Slog of the Cloaca will also spew goo, sludge, and black ooze to force the player character prone. If the agility save fails and the player character becomes prone in a puddle of black ooze, some will get into their mouth:

Putrid ooze splashes into your mouth. You gag at the awful taste.

The player character must make a toughness save of difficulty 13. If this fails, the player character will be inflicted with either ironshank onset or glotrot onset. The disease type is decided by the Z-level, or elevation, of where the disease was caught, so the same zone will only apply one disease. The surface is a Z-level of 0. If on an even Z-level, ironshank will be applied. If on an odd Z-level, glotrot will be applied instead. Because of this, catching a disease in the Cloaca of Golgotha will always result in glotrot (due to a Z-level of 5).[1]

black jells also can grant a disease on a melee hit with their \oozing pseudopod, but whether or not the black ooze enters the mouth this way is not specified.

Sources of Black Ooze

  • Pools of black ooze can be found on the floor in Golgotha
  • black jells will explode into a 3x3 square of black ooze on death
  • Can be sold by ichor merchants, one of which will always spawn in the Stiltgrounds.
  • The alchemist is guaranteed to have one dram of black ooze for sale.

Uses of Black Ooze

Consuming Black Ooze

Drinking black ooze returns the following message:

It's repulsive!

Doing so does not influence hydration in any way.

Afterwards, it returns the message:

You feel sick!

It then will inflict the imbiber with glotrot onset (for odd Z-levels) or ironshank onset (for even Z-levels) with no save.

black ooze is described as adding self-diseasing based effects to cooking. Cooking with black ooze has only one possible effect: it will apply a sore throat regardless of Z-level and with no save.[2]

Causes your tongue to rot away.


This information is reliable as of patch
  1. XRL.Liquids.LiquidOoze
  2. XRL.World.Parts.Effects.CookingDomainSelfHarm_UnitSelfGlotrot