Brown water still not fxed

Game mode: Single-player
Type of issue: Bug
Server type: N/A private single player
Region: europe
Mods?: No
Edition: Steam

Bug Description:

All river water is brown .

Expected Behavior:

River water expected to be blue, like it has been for the last 3 years.

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Start game.
  2. Go to any river.
  3. be mindblown by the water shader optimizations (cos visuals don’t matter, only performance counts?)

If you are able to test on Testlive, there are several fixes to water in 2.5.


Don’t eat yellow snow


Don’t drink brown water

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will this ever get fixed? or are all the other new bugs more important?



Looks ok, water is transparent and when it’s not very deep you can see the ground…


Yeah, this doesn’t seem like a bug so much as just…how shallow streams look.


Shallow waters in the desert, especially slow flowing ones should look opaque and dirty brown.

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I get it people don’t like the look on water anymore.

I think the base colour is just transparent and was blue before.
But after last visual update with light enhanced the colours got lost (water no longer have this blue filter). The water reflection takes care of the colours.

I think the water look more realistic though, but that said it doesn’t mean it looks better.

Water usually reflect the sky and the surrounding area, if its very shallow it just shows the bottom ground, or dirt/sand like rolee9309 mentioned.

Here are some samples:

Clear day (you see the water is blue like the sky and green with the forest)

Cloudy day (you see the water reflect the grey clouds, its doesn’t reflect the environment that much since a lot of the sunlight is blocked by the clouds, you need light to reflect)

Shallow desert water (its murky and dirty since its very shallow sand is mixed with water)


I doubt the art direction of Conan Exiles is going towards “more realistic”.
all the rest is too “cartoony” for that.
This seems more like a shader bug (one of the forum mods even admitted that in some thread, months and months ago iirc.)
this here is the old look:
you still want “brown water” instead of the old one?

I personally like colours, would prefer the more blue colour over realism.

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Hi @Hesterbest

We have a few improvements for the waters present in these lands on the 2.5 Testlive version.
You can read more here: Testlive Update 2.5 (24.06.2021) - The QoL and Bugfixing update! - #2 by Ignasis


Halk you are to much .I want it to.

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The deeper water is, the bluer it gets. That’s why puddles and glasses of water aren’t neon blue. A deep river versus a shallow stream puddle is going to look different

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Is it really necessary to post this twice?





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The look of the water being clear instead of blue doesn’t bother me. But this water bug does.

Streams Southwest of Telith’s Island. Been like this for as long as I can remember.

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They say when the waves break four ways you should run.