Returnal Silphium Resin [Guide]

Running low on health? Collect these resins to double your health bar in Returnal.

Returnal offers a plethora of methods to increase your maximum health and using resins is one such method. You will come across various types of resins in the game as you explore the various biomes. However, not every resin you pick up will buff Selene’s health bar; there are some damage or debuff-causing resins in the game as well.

Key Takeaways
  • Silphium Resins are used to increase the total overall health of Selene in the game.
  • Players will need to collect three resins in order to get a single health upgrade.
  • There is also a Large Silphium Resin as well that fills two slots instead of one towards increasing total health.
  • The other variants of the resin include Spoiled and Malignant Silphium Resins.
  • Spoiled Resin has a chance of causing damage instead of increasing total health.
  • Malignant Resin has a chance of causing a malfunction instead of increasing total health.
  • You can use Ether to purify and cleanse Malignant Resin in the game so that it causes no debuffs upon use.
  • Some Artifacts can be used to further increase the effects of using resins in the game.
Important: It should be noted that dying resets the upgrades that you receive by picking up resins in the game.

All Silphium Resins In Returnal

Normal Siplhium is used by Selene to heal her health. However, Silphium Resins perform a completely different function. They do not heal health, rather they increase the total health or health bar of Selene. The flat amount of total health that these resins increase is actually about 5%.

Additionally, you cannot increase health by just collecting a single resin. Players will need to collect at least three resins in order to get one health upgrade in the game. Lastly, there are three different versions of resins that Selene can collect while exploring Atropos;

  • Normal Silphium Resin
  • Spoiled Silphium Resin
  • Malignant Silphium Resin

Lastly, you should know that if u die after upgrading your total health bar using the resins, then the upgrade will not make it to the next cycle. Basically, Selene will start at base health every time she dies so you’ll have to upgrade the health bar over and over again.

Normal Silphium Resin

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Silphium Resin Databank Entry (Image Captured by eXputer)

According to the in-game item description of the normal silphium resin, it is basically a form of healing item that increases the total health of Selene, as we’ve mentioned before.

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Silphium Resin In-Game (Image by eXputer)

This is what silphium resin looks like in the world of the game. The shape and color are almost like the silphium that heals Selene’s health but the resin is actually smaller in size. You’ll come across various resins when going through the biomes in the game.

Players are required to collect three resins in order to get that health or integrity upgrade. There is another version of the Silphium Resin known as the Large Silphium Resin in the game and the only thing different that it does is that it fills two slots instead of one required to increase total health. Basically, the large resin is equal to the two normal ones in the game.

Spoiled Silphium Resin

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Spoiled Silphium Resin Databank Entry (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

There is another type of silphium resin in the game and it is known as Spoiled Resin. According to the in-game description, this resin has become infected with a mold-like disease and that is why it can actually damage the players instead of increasing their health.

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Spoiled Silphium Resin In-Game (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

This is what the spoiled silphium resin looks like in the game. It is almost similar to the normal resin except that it has a purple tint to it instead of a green color. Here’s another catch though. Picking this resin up will not always cause damage, there is a chance of that happening.

The spoiled resin will either add a point towards increasing your total health or it will cause damage instead. Everything is based on RNG and in our experience, there is a 70% chance that the spoiled resin will end up increasing your health. However, if you are already at full health, there is no reason to pick it up in the first place.

Malignant Silphium Resin

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Malignant Silphium Resin Databank Entry (Image Captured by Us)

The last type of resin in the game is the Malignant Silphium Resin. It is another contaminated form of the normal resin according to its in-game description. In simpler words, this resin also has the chance to negatively impact the player instead of increasing their health. 

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Malignant Silphium Resin In-Game (Image credit: eXputer)

Malignant Resin also looks similar to spoiled resin but it has a bigger risk factor tied to it. Instead of causing damage, there is a chance that the malignant resin will cause a malfunction to Selene which basically translates to getting a debuff.

You can see a malfunction in the top-left section of the image shown above. They can cause any form of debuff to Selene and you’ll have to complete the tasks specified in order to complete them. This is why it is never advised to pick up a malignant resin in the game.

However, unlike the spoiled resin, the malignant resin can be cleansed using Ether and the amount of ether required is three. Basically, what that does is removes the malignancy from the resin and makes it pure. You can then safely pick it up to increase your health. Ether is a valuable resource in the game, so only cleanse malignant resins only if absolutely necessary. 

Tips And Tricks For Using Resins

There are certain Artifacts that you can find in the game and these artifacts increase the effects of using resins. These artifacts include the Resinous Shield and Resin Enhancer.

  • Resin Enhancer makes it so that you’ll only need two resins instead of three in order to increase your total health.
  • Resinous Shield makes Selene invulnerable to the next hit after she picks up a resin in the game. Using this artifact will grant an additional buff of shield to Selene whenever she picks up the resin.

You should definitely use both of these artifacts if you find them, as they enhance the effects of resins in the game. According to this subreddit, if your health is full then the healing silphium will also act like a resin and fill a slot toward increasing your maximum health.


Returnal is an extremely fun shooter with a roguelike game design. Everything in this game is butter smooth including all of the animations. The game probably has the best implementation of the DualSense controller as well. The PC port includes all of the DLC content as well and that contains Tower Of Sisyphus additionally. There are also six different biomes that you can visit including the Fractured Wastes.

This concludes our guide on all the different types of Resins that you come across in Returnal. We have entailed every little detail about each and every type of resin in the game. Some additional tips and tricks regarding resins have also been shared. We hope that the guide was helpful in increasing your total health. Let us know what you think about Returnal in the comments below.


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Muhammad Haris Umer

Haris Umer is a Guides Writer on eXputer who can be seen torturing himself by playing FromSoftware’s offering of Souls games. He speaks about games with overwhelming passion, which readers can spot in his guides. Elden Ring is his all-time favorite soulslike game.  Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Masters In Computer Science || Previously Worked as a Freelance Writer || Published 150+ Guides 

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