Research (Mechanic)

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Researching is an important mechanic in Astroneer, as the player is required to unlock new schematic in order to make progress. Repeated researches performed upon researched Research Item will result in a resource instead of new schematics. To compensate this, if the player has no new schematic to unlock, then the research item will not be expended so the player may continue their research progress after an update.

Consult Research Spoiler for direction on which item to research if you want a specific tech

Reward Category & Weighted Randomization[edit | edit source]

The new reward system, to say it in more simple terms:

  1. Schematics are unlocked by research item within a different category
  2. Specific type of research item includes: artificial, rock, organic, etc
  3. Different type of tech = different type of research item
  4. When you've unlocked a new tech (within a category), chances of unlocking a new one (within a category) reduced
  5. That means, you may receive resources in place of new tech even if you haven't researched that specific item
    • The more tech you've researched, the harder it is for you to research a newer tech

Researchable Tech (By Size)[edit | edit source]

Name Type Description
Tier 1
Wind Vane Power Generate small amount of power using wind
Small Generator Power Generate small amount of power using Organic
Oxygen Tank Storage Stores Oxygen for travel
Small Battery Storage Stores small amount of power
Filters Consumable Contains 4 Charges of Oxygen.
Power Cells Power Contains 4 Bars of Power.
Dynamite Misc Used to destory uneeded Modules, Vehicles, etc.
Wide Mod Augments Makes terraforming more broad
Narrow Mod Augments Makes terraforming more precise
Inhibitor Augments Disables object's function
Terrain Analyzer Augments Stores color of dug object, used for painting
Tier 2
Habitat Basic Can be used to start a new base.
Solar Panel Basic Generate fair amount of power using sunlight
Wind Turbine Power Generate fair amount of power using wind
Generator Power Generate fair amount of power using Coal
Winch Tools Can be attached to an object to drag it around.
Storage Storage Stores up to 8 Tier-1 Items
Battery Storage Stores 16 bars of power
Drill Head Vehicle Mod A Deform Tool for Vehicles but can drill through grey rock. Can be mounted on crane
Tier 3
Fuel Condenser Collector Uses 20 power to produce a Hydrazine.
Trade Platform Economy Trades resources.
Crane Vehicle Mod Built on Vehicles, can be used to mine resource if paired with the drill head
Large Storage Storage Expands 2, 2-slot connectors into 4, 2-slot connectors.
3-Seat Vehicle Mod Support up to 3 player to ride on a vehicle
Vehicles
Truck Land A Large Wheeled Land Vehicle
Shuttle Spacecraft A Spacecraft capable of interplanetary travel
Spaceship Spacecraft A Larger Spacecraft capable of interplanetary travel

Attainable Resources[edit | edit source]