Research (Mechanic)

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Researching is an important mechanic in Astroneer, as the player is required to unlock new schematics in order to make progress. Repeated researches performed upon research items will usually result in a resource instead of new schematics. The game does try to compensate for this by weighing the research in favor of schematics the player has yet to unlock, but if they have unlocked everything, research will always result in a resource.

Consult Research Spoiler for direction on which item to research if you want a specific schematics.Source?

Research Categories & Weighted Randomization[edit | edit source]

  1. Schematics are unlocked by research items within different categories
  2. Specific types of research items include: 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) are reduced
  5. This 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 new tech

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

Name Type Description
Small Tier
Wind Vane Power Generates small amount of power using wind
Small Battery Storage Stores small amount of Power
Oxygen Tank Storage Stores Oxygen for travel
Power Cells Power Contains 4 Bars of Power
Filters Consumable Contains 4 Charges of Oxygen
Dynamite Misc Used to destroy unwanted Modules, Vehicles, etc.
Wide Mod Augments Increases the radius of the terrain tool's brush
Narrow Mod Augments Decreases the radius of the terrain tool's brush
Alignment Mod Augments Create flat planes parallel or perpendicular to the horizon, depending on the camera's angle
Inhibitor Augments Disables an object's primary function
Terrain Analyzer Augments Stores color of excavated terrain; used for coloring sediment
Medium Tier
Habitat Basic Can be used to start a new base
Solar Panel Basic Generates a fair amount of power using sunlight
Wind Turbine Power Generates a fair amount of power using wind
Generator Power Generates a fair amount of power using Coal
Winch Tools Can be attached to an object to drag it around
Storage Storage Stores up to 8 small Items
Battery Storage Stores 16 bars of Power
Drill Head Vehicle Mod A Terrain Tool for Vehicles that can drill through the hard sediment around rare resources; can be mounted on a Crane
Large Tier
Fuel Condenser Collector Uses a lot of power and one canister to produce a canister of 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 two 2-slot connectors into four 2-slot connectors
3-Seat Vehicle Mod Supports up to 3 players riding on a vehicle
Large Rover Land A large land vehicle, with four 2-slot connections
Shuttle Spacecraft A spacecraft capable of interplanetary travel
Spaceship Spacecraft A larger spacecraft capable of interplanetary travel

Obtainable Resources[edit | edit source]