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All Patch Notes for Grounded Fully Yoked Update

What monstrous queen is hiding in that ant hill?

Time to get Yoked! Grounded’s finally hitting console and with it comes the big update we’ve all been waiting for. Here are the full patch notes for Grounded’s Fully Yoked Update.

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Full Patch Notes for Grounded: Fully Yoked Update  

The backyard’s busting with brand new content. We’ve got new weapons, new queens, even an entirely New Game+! There are dozens of hours’ worth of content in this new update, so let’s dive right in to all those nitty gritty details.

ANT QUEENS in Grounded: Fully Yoked Update

Each of the three ant colonies now has a royal leader residing deep within their respective hills. These new Ant Queens are not fightable bosses. They instead offer you a choice: either befriend or betray with a tasty offering. Which you choose affects the rewards you receive and how the colony reacts. Some choices have cascading effects that aren’t immediately apparent…


Next up, we’ve remixed your backyard! Introducing the New Game+ mode: a complete overhaul that adds layers of complexity and challenge. Instead of finishing the game, you will have the option to enter an alternate dimension via the new REMIX.R device. Each playthrough in this mode remixes the yard in a host of ways that will give you new challenges and rewards.

Accessing New Game+ requires defeating the Broodmother, Mantis, Wasp Queen, and completing the Javamatic fight. When entering this mode, all of your existing bases, items, recipes unlocks, etc. will carry over with you.

NEW GAME+ FEATURES in Grounded: Fully Yoked Update


In Remixed backyards, creatures can be infused with the power of Raw Science. Not only do they have more health, do more damage, and attack faster, but they also have unique properties that make them extra challenging.


The good news is that infused creatures can drop special trinkets that are also infused with Raw Science. These new trinkets also have special randomized properties. Ominent Badges can be collected again, and have new properties, and every BURG.L Chip awards a new BURG.L Chip Trinket, they too will have randomized properties to give you more options on how to build your character.


The Yoking Station, available at the ASL in a remixed yard, allows you to upgrade your weapons to even more powerful levels. To upgrade your weapons, you will need to find new materials and resources only found in remixed yards.


Molars can be gathered once more, and you will need to continue to collect them to stay as swole as the creatures of the yard. In a remixed yard, the molars are now in new, randomized locations.


There are a large number of new additions to the Science Shop. Check out the ASL for a new sign set, the Yoking Station, new weapons, equipment, and more, that can only be purchased in a remixed yard. To help with purchasing the new items there are new Raw Science spawn locations, and MIX.Rs have increased rewards.


There are other changes that are made to the yard in a remixed world, including more loot chests, different candy, and some other surprises.


The game can now be played additional platforms, including the newly added PlayStation 4|5 and Nintendo Switch. Players across all platforms can experience this Grounded: Fully Yoked edition of the final game, together, with crossplay!

ADDITIONAL NEW FEATURES in Grounded: Fully Yoked Update


  • By default, natural enemies will fight each other if they are near each other, and neutral creatures will fight each other if struck accidentally. This can now be turned off (useful in Playgrounds when designing encounter rooms for the player).


  • Links now have 5 color options for distinguishing them while editing.

QUALITY OF LIFE FEATURES in Grounded: Fully Yoked Update


  • You can now load a save while in the middle of a multiplayer session. All connected clients will load into the new world once the load is complete.


  • A new Game Repair button has been added to recover any pets that are not currently following you.
  • Pets allocated to a pet house will also teleport to their house, in case they are outside of the terrain.


  • An object capacity meter can be found on the pause menu that tells you how many objects, either in a Playground or a standard game, you have in your level. This is useful to know if you are sharing worlds with lower end machines to make sure the game can be played reliably on all hardware.
  • If you have no intention of having your yard be as crossplay compatible as possible, this capacity limit can be changed in the Game Settings menu to match your platform’s suggested limit or have no limit at all.
  • There are now buttons available to copy and paste the configuration of a Link in a Playground.


  • Community Playgrounds can be filtered by keywords, player count and genre while browsing.


  • Community Playgrounds can be reported by players if they violate rules.



  • 12 Ant Queen-related buildings
    • Chaise Lounges
    • Chandeliers
    • Stuffed Queens
    • Head Mount
  • Yoking Station
  • New Floor Rugs
  • Termite King Pipe Organ


  • 3 new Baby Ant Pets to befriend.


  • Over 20 new items and equipment.
  • Over 20 new trinkets.

A lot of these will be found only in New Game+


  • Antbassador – Become one with the ants of the yard.


  • A new sign-set that can only be purchased in New Game+


  • 2 for the base game
  • 2 for New Game+


  • The game now has full Japanese voice over, including voices for the teens, BURG.L, cutscenes, and audio logs. Select Japanese Voice Over from the Game Options menu to enable this feature.

PLAYGROUNDS NEW CONTENT in Grounded: Fully Yoked Update

There are a number of new props that are now available to be placed in Playgrounds. This includes the Jack o Lantern, Ice Caps Box, Big TazT, Big Dice, Wendell Chair, Big SCA.B Mesh, Stump Bark and Pulp, Rash, Yoked Girth and Yogi Swole, Quarter, Garden Light, Milk Molar Bottle and Lid, Gnome, Baseball Bat, Trash Bag, Pink Slip, Anarchis, Lab Dome, Pink Flower Petals, Cattails, Honeycomb, Lilypad, Shovel, Cacti, Charcoal Bag, Moldorc’s Castle, the Bird Bath, and more.

OTHER CHANGES / TUNING in Grounded: Fully Yoked Update


  • Attack speed slow effects no longer stack.


  • Stagger animations for all ants and stinkbugs now physically displace them.


  • Increasing scythe attack speed by 15%.
  • Lowering attack speed bonus granted by battle axe combo finishers by 5%.
  • The Mighty upgrade path now applies an additional status effect to weapons, much like the Sleek upgrade path for armor.


  • Trinket items that previously appeared as brown bags now have a new shared trinket model.
  • Gold cards are not required for 100% on the Report Card.


  • Quest objectives on the map show the quest name now when hovered over.
  • Trailer Marker names are shown on the map when hovering over a Trail Marker icon if a name is set.
  • Improved image quality of item icons on lower end hardware.


  • New audio track added for New Game+


  • Ziplines created in Playground edit mode cannot be recycled or renamed in Play mode.


  • Significantly reduced the CPU load of the game.
  • Significantly reduced the CPU load during defense events.
  • Reduced memory usage across the game.
  • Saving the game is now faster.

BUG FIXES in Grounded: Fully Yoked Update


  • Audio logs that were collected but not showing up in the Data tab will properly show up now.
    • This was affecting some people from getting 100%.
  • Animations and audio work correctly for clients when someone else uses a dandelion tuft.
  • Some buildings placed in very specific locations will no longer be unsupported upon loading the save.
  • Fixed a problem where certain stacks of ladders could cause a saved game to never finish loading.
  • Non-grid buildings attached to grid buildings will now appear and disappear correctly on clients.
  • Bugs will interact with the world around them more often (Lady Bugs chasing Aphids, Aphids dropping Honeydew, etc.)


  • You can steal from aphids while wearing sleek aphid slippers.
  • “Read To Me” will now read building customization sliders correctly.
  • Buildings cannot be placed inside stem pallets.
  • Digging up Koi fish bones and scales as a client no longer has them float up quickly and teleport back.
  • Weapon upgrade icons on the HotPouch no longer disappear after hitting something.
  • Black Ants properly navigate from outside the Trash area back to their ant hill.


  • The building distance axis will now be properly conveyed to clients in Playground Design Mode.
  • Preplaced grid buildings placed in the air can no longer be induced to collapse in Play Mode, unless Building Damage is enabled.
  • Non-building actors placed on slopes will no longer change rotation slightly when relocated.
  • Placed objects with simulated physics now correctly simulate physics in play mode and not in edit mode.
  • If an object is rescaled while being relocated, clients will now see the correct scale.
  • Pre-existing scene objects will no longer disappear when loading the game after trashing them and then undoing the trash.
  • In edit mode, destroying a building with other buildings attached to it will now reliably destroy the dependent buildings as well.
  • The Toggle Grid Snap radial menu option now works even outside of placement mode.
  • Slime Mold Grass will no longer become uninteractable after being relocated.
  • Double-clicking a building supporting Place Many in the Playgrounds build menu will no longer immediately place a copy.
  • Buildings placed on scaled buildings will no longer sometimes appear at the wrong height.
  • Mushrooms will no longer lose their stems when relocated.
  • Undo operations cannot be redone if another player makes conflicting changes to the same actors.
  • The Lab Control Panel now faces the correct way when placed on walls.
  • Dandelion D can now be placed and trashed in Playgrounds.
  • Cacti can now be copied and relocated.
  • Dice can now be copied and relocated.
  • Mushroom Curved Doors will no longer rotate and break after cancelling connection from them.
  • ASL Terminal and Resource Surveyor screens will appear correctly after undoing destruction.
  • ASL Terminal and Resource Surveyor will actually reappear when destruction is undone.
  • Players can no longer become stuck on the Frankenline when transitioning between Play and Design mode.
  • Strange Spore is easier to place.
  • Table B can now be stacked.

If you enjoy cooperative survival games like Grounded and it’s Fully Yoked update, check out Palworld, where you can fight raid bosses and breed super powerful pals.

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Daphne Fama
A Staff Writer at The Escapist, Daphne Fama has been in the industry since 2022. She spends an inordinate amount playing games and has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s a published author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but has since recovered.