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Research Item

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Research Items are a collection of Medium objects. They come in a wide variety -- differing in shape, color, and locations where they can be found. They are used in Research to unlock several new schematics.

Learn more about the Research Mechanic.

Artificial Research Items[edit | edit source]

All crashed pods resemble fabricated modules. They are white and/or blue with a darker finish on the lining of the container.

This type of Research Item is commonly found near crashed parts of a satellite.

  • Rocky Research Items[edit | edit source]

    Most of these Research Items have a cuboid shape or have decorations of gems around a bumpy rock, and are commonly found on surfaces of a rocky patch. Barren provides most of this type of research items.

  • Organic Research Items[edit | edit source]

    Appear mostly ovoid or spherical, and most have plant-like protrusions on their surfaces which react to the wind like Flora. Found on or underneath most surface Flora. Terran and Exotic provide most of these type of research item.

  • Hostile Organic Research Items[edit | edit source]

    Unlike most organic items, these two can only be found under Hazardous Flora

  • Removed Research Items[edit | edit source]

    These are Research Items that are no longer collectible in the most recent version.

  • Research Item Location[edit | edit source]

    Giant Trees[edit | edit source]

    Exotic Floras[edit | edit source]

    Hazardous Floras[edit | edit source]

  • Underground Layer[edit | edit source]

  • Satellite wrecks[edit | edit source]

  • Trivia[edit | edit source]

    NOTE: Any artifacts that have been held/moved but not actually removed completely from a cave system will despawn if you leave the planet entirely via a shuttle. Take care to take your artifacts to the surface BEFORE leaving on your shuttle or they will be lost. Artifacts on the surface will remain unmoved (assuming that a storm has not moved them).

    Research Items have had many different names, changing often between stages and patches throughout the development. This causes a lot of confusion to many players, which is further exacerbated when each developer refers to them with distinctly different names.

    List of alternate names for research item

    • Artifacts
    • Nuts
    • Chests
    • Discoveries
    • Researchable
    • Treasure Pods
    • Seeds
    • Fruits
    • Boxes
    • Bulbs
    • Research Cubes
    • Avocados
    • Lemon Pals