Grounded - Mutations full list and how to get mutations

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Grounded: Mutations Full List and How to Get Mutations
October 18, 2022 - We have update this list to stay up-to-date with all the latest updates

If you're looking for a Grounded full mutations list, this is everything you need to know. Being an important way of getting nice buffs as you go along, you should learn what mutations are and how they work. Luckily, we have you covered with our list.


In this, we'll go over every mutation in the game right now, as well as the amount of phases it has and what it does. As well as all of this, we go over what mutations are and what you should do to unlock them. Grounded can be a pretty challenging game - you should take all the help you can possibly get.

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Mutations Full List in Grounded

There’s numerous Mutations to find in Grounded, the full list of which we’ve laid out below, including how to get them and what they do. However, some of them also have phases, starting weak and growing in power as you complete certain tasks. We’ll show those phases too, and how to achieve them


All Mutations

Mutation Effect Phases Unlock/Phase Conditions
Ant-nihilatorIncreases damage to Ants. At Phase 3, decreases damage taken from Ants.3Kill 50/100/150 Ants.
Apex PredatorChance to deal stronger poison with Club of the Mother Demon Increased weapon attack speed with Scythe of Blossoms1Kill the Mantis
AssassinIncreases damage dealt with Daggers.3Kill 50/100/200 creatures with Daggers.
BarbarianIncreases damage dealt with Clubs.3Kill 50/100/200 creatures with Clubs.
BlademasterSword attacks have a chance to reduce the stamina cost of the next combo of attacks3Kill 40/100/200 creatures with a sword
Buff LungsIncreases Stamina.1Buy from BURG.L for 5000 Science.
Cardio FanIncreases Stamina Regen speed.3Be exhausted 100/250/500 times.
ChopperIncreases damage dealt with Axes.3Kill 50/100/200 creatures with Axes.
Corporate KickbackBlocked attacks have a chance to trigger an effect that will cause the next melee attack to regenerate some life.1Kill Director Schmector
Coup de GrassMakes every attack have a chance to land as a Critical Hit.1Find the Four-Leaf Clover landmark (see below).
DaredevilReduces fall damage.1Buy from BURG.L for 5000 Science.
Fresh DefenseDecreases damage taken from gas attacks from Stinkbugs, Bombadier beetles and the Haze.1Add a Mint Chunk to your inventory.
Grass MasterIncreases speed of chopping grass.3Chop down 50/200/500 Grass Blades.
Guard DogExtra attack damage during Factional Raids or MIX.Rs.3Complete a MIX.R/4 MIX.Rs/6 MIX.Rs
JavelineerIncreases damage dealt with Spears.3Kill 50/100/200 creatures with Spears.
JuicyThirst and Hunger depletes slower.1Find all 5 Juice Boxes.
Lil' FistDamage with unarmed attacks is doubled.1Kill 50 creatures with unarmed attacks.
Mantsterious StrangerHas a chance to spawn a friendly Mant to fight for you for a short time1Kill the Mant
Meat ShieldMax health is increased by 20%.1Buy from BURG.L for 5000 Science.
MerteenIncreases swim speed and Oxygen by 10%.1Find 3 Underwater Landmarks.
MithridatismPlayer is immune to venom and poison.1Survive 5 poisonings with Venom.
Mom GenesSpawns Spiderlings that assist the player in combat.1Kill the Hedge Broodmother boss.
Natural ExplorerIncreases Sprint speed.3Find 5/20/50 Landmarks.
Parry MasterRefunds stamina on a perfect block, amount increasing with each phase.3Perfect block 20/60/100 times
Reliable FriendIncreases Revival Speed.3Revive Friends 5/15/30 times.
Rock CrackerIncreases Rock Bust speed.3Bust 25/75/100 Rocks/Harvesting Nodes.
SharpshooterIncreases damage dealt with Bows.3Kill 50/100/200 creatures with Bows.
Shocking DismissalBlocked attacks have a chance to trigger an effect that will turn the next melee attack into an electric AOE shock.1Kill the Assistant Manager
SmasherIncreases damage dealt with Hammers.3Kill 50/100/200 creatures with Hammers.
Spicy SafetyReduces damage taken from smashing and stabbing attacks. This also includes explosive damage.2Eat a spicy shard/4 spice shards
Trapper PEEP.RIncreases damage dealt when inflicting a Critical Hit3Obtain 1/3/5 golden card(s)
Truffle TussleUnarmed attacks have a chance to create a fungal explosion, damaging anything in its radius. This only occurs when striking a creature.1Kill Infected Ladybug in the Haze Lab
Whittle WizardMinty attacks have a chance to slow targets. Sour attacks have a chance to do more stun to targets. Spicy attacks have a chance to burn targets.3Kill 40/100/200 creatures with a candy stave

How to Equip Mutations

Any Mutations you’ve unlocked can be equipped in the Mutations Tab of the main menu. However, you can only ever have three equipped at once. This isn’t much of a problem when you don’t have many, however, when you unlock more, you should learn to swap between them to better suit whatever challenge you’re up against.

Koi Fish attacks player in Grounded

Best Mutations

The best mutations will vary according to your situation and what phase of them you’ve unlocked. However, you want to prioritise those you’ll simply get the most use out of, or that are most drastic in terms of change. Mithridatism, Mom Genes, Coup de Grass, Natural Explorer, Cardio Fan and Juicy are all great for general exploration, so if you see the chance to get those, grab them! They might be what makes the difference.

As you might expect, there's a lot to play around with here. You should experiment with as many mutations as you possibly can, until you figure out what works for you. This may take you a little while but here's where the fun of this system comes in.

We can expect new Grounded mutations to arrive as the game continues to see big updates. We have recently been hit with the 1.0 update, signifying a full release. This means that content plans moving forward will be about future DLCs, as opposed to fixes. The team are working on something different.


There was a lot added to Grounded as part of the Doom and Shroom update last year, some of which you may want to figure out. Find out about the horror of the Hedge Broodmother or how to craft yourself an Oven here!