Guide to Mining

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Clocking In

Miners preparing to go down to Lavaland at the start of their shift

At the beginning of your shift, you'll find you and your fellow miners in the Mining Dock. Make sure to grab your equipment and head onto the mining shuttle. If it's your first time mining, it's always a good idea to grab a buddy. Lavaland can be pretty unforgiving to the unexperienced!

Equipment

Stimpen.png Survival Medipen An emergency autoinjector for miners facing the harsh conditions of Lavaland. WARNING: Do not inject more than one in quick succession.
Miningsatchel.png Mining Satchel A satchel which will automatically collect ores if set on your belt slot, in one of your hands, or in a pocket.
Miningvoucher.png Mining Voucher A single use voucher, used to buy a starting item at the Mining Equipment Vendor.
Seclite.png Seclite This seclite is attachable to guns such as the Proto-Kinetic Accelerator.
Survivalknife.png Survival Knife Attaches to a Proto-Kinetic Accelerator to act as a bayonet. You can remove it again with a screwdriver.
Markerbeacon.png Marker Beacon You get 10 of these initially. Use them in your hand to set down a small light source where you're standing.

Items Available in the Lockers

Item Description
Sandbags
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You get 5 of these initially. Use them in your hand, and you can set them down as a climbable structure.
Shovel
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Used for digging up volcanic ash/Sandand dirt. Made fairly redundant by the compact pickaxe.
Compact Pickaxe
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A basic tool for mining ores. If you click on the ground with it, it will dig up volcanic ash/Sand. It can be set on your belt slot.
Seclite
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Another Seclite.
Plant Bag
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Used for carrying plant-life found in the ashen caverns.
Mining Satchel
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Another satchel for carrying ore.
Automatic Mining Scanner
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Turn it on to see what minerals are around you. It can be stored in your bag. Use it while wearing an Optical Meson Scanner for optimal results.
Proto-Kinetic Accelerator
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Your actual main tool for mining; allowing you to break rocks from a distance. Also used for fending off the local wildlife.
Optical Meson Scanner
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Wear it to see the layout of your surroundings through walls and rocks.
Bluespace Shelter Capsule
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Use it in your hand and then drop it to spawn a 5x5-tile shelter. Useful to hide in when an ash storm is going to happen. Make sure you have enough room when you activate it.

Proto Kinetic-Accelerator Kineticaccelerator.png

The Proto Kinetic-Accelerator is a prototype mining tool/weapon. It uses bursts of energy to create a kinetic blast at the location it is aimed at. However, in order for the kinetic blast to have any effect, it needs to be in a very low pressure environment. In lower pressure environments the blast can mine rock quickly, kill animals, and even break the bones of other people.

On it's own, the PKA is a formidable tool, however you can bolster it with upgrades.

Proto Kinetic-Accelerator Upgrades

Upgrade Description
KA Minebot Passthrough
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Allows your proto-kinetic accelerator shots to pass through minebots. Pretty much required if you utilize minebots.
White Tracer Rounds
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Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator bolts to have a white tracer trail.
Adjustable Tracer Rounds
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Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator bolts to have a colored tracer trail. You can customize the color if you use it in your hand before installing it.
Super Chassis
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Changes the proto-kinetic accelerator chassis to a yellow-orange color scheme. You can remove it with a crowbar.
Hyper Chassis
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Changes the proto-kinetic accelerator chassis to an orange-red color scheme. You can remove it with a crowbar.
Range Increase
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Increases the proto-kinetic accelerator's range by 1 tile. Occupies 24% of the KA's mod capacity.
Damage Increase
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Increases the proto-kinetic accelerator's damage by 10. Occupies 30% of the KA's mod capacity.
Cooldown Decrease
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Decreases the proto-kinetic accelerator's cooldown by 2 seconds. Occupies 30% of the KA's mod capacity.
AoE Damage
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Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator do AoE damage to mobs. Does not destroy multiple rocks at once. Occupies 30% of the KA's mod capacity.
Trigger Mod
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Allows mobs with abnormal hands(such as golems) to utilize the PKA

Kinetic Crusher Kineticcrusher.png

The Kinetic Crusher is a more manual means of mining and fighting. You can smash things with large amounts of kinetic force from short range. Additionally, you can mark mobs from a distance and then hit them close up to deal larger amounts of damage. Killing mobs in Lavaland with the crusher will allow you to unlock crusher trophies that can upgrade your kinetic crusher.

Crusher Trophies

Trophy Description
Legion Skull
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A dead and lifeless legion skull. Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator to recharge 0.3 seconds faster
Goliath Tentacle
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A sliced-off goliath tentacle. Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator to do more damage to marked tarkets. (2 damage for every 10 health you are missing)
Watcher Wing
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A wing ripped from a watcher. Marked mobs when attacked lose some of their abilities for 0.5 seconds.
Magma Wing
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A still-searing wing from a magmawing watcher. Attacks deal 5 more damage.
Ice Wing
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A carefully preserved frozen wing from an icewing watcher. Attacks deal 8 more damage.
Megafauna Trophies
Eye of the Blood Drunk Miner
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Its pupil is collapsed and turned to mush. Mark detonation to grant stun immunity and 90% damage reduction for 1 second
Ash Drake Spike
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A spike taken from an ash drake's tail. Mark detonation to deal 5 damage to nearby creatures and push them back.
Demon Claws
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A set of blood-drenched claws from a massive demon's hand. Slayer of Bubblegum. Melee hits to do 5 more damage and heal you for 1 with 5x effect on mark detonation
Blaster Tubes
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The blaster tubes from a colossus's arm. Mark detonation to make the next destabilizer shot deal 15 damage but move slower.

Resonator Resonator.png

A handheld device that creates small fields of energy that resonate until they detonate, crushing rock. It can also be activated without a target to create a field at the user's location, to act as a delayed time trap. It's more effective in a vaccuum.

This is another form of mining equipment that is commonly used by Free Golems. It is only aquirable from the golem shuttle or by purchasing it from the mining vendor. The default resonator is not a powerful device, instead the super resonator Superresonator.png should be used instead. It can unlimited fields going at once and mines quicker.

Miningequipmentvendor.png Mining Vendor

There is a mining vendor located in the Mining Dock as well as on the Mining Base. After dropping off your ore into the ORM, you can receive mining points. These mining points can be spent on a variety of items that are available in the mining vendor. They can range from comfort items such as space cash or even valuable items such as jetpacks.

Item Cost Description
Advanced Scanner
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800 Scanner that scans stuff really well
Explorer's Webbing
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500 Used to hold shelter capsules, medipens, and marker beacons.
Fulton Beacon
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400 When placed down, can be targeted by a Fulton Extraction Pack.
Mining Conscription Kit
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1500 Everything in the Mining Conscription kit availalbe for only 1500 mining points
Jetpack Upgrade
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2000 Use this on a mining hardsuit to install it with a jetpack; allowing you to control your flight if you end up in the void of space. It needs a full tank in the hardsuit's suit storage in order to function.
Jump Boots
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2500 Allows you to dash forward 5 tiles; meaning you can clear a 4-tile gap. Presumably helpful for jumping over chasms.
Lazarus Capsule
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800 Use it on creatures revived by a lazarus injector to capture them and register them as yours. You can then release them, and they will fight hostile mobs for you.
Lazarus Capsule Belt
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200 Stores lazarus capsules. You can hold six.
Mining Hardsuit
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2000 Necessary to survive in the hazardous Lavaland wastes. Better than the basic explorer suit due to its padded armor and ability to install a jetpack.
Tracking Implant Kit
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600 Contains 3 tracking implants; an implanter; an implant modifier, and an implant locator.
Item Cost Description
10 Marker Beacons
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100 Prism-brand path illumination device. Used by miners to mark paths and warn of danger.
Brute First-Aid Kit
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600 Contains 1 brute automender, 1 healing patch, 1 autoinjector and a health analyzer.
Fulton Pack
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1000 Use it in your hand to link it to a placed Fulton Beacon, then use it on any unbolted object or person to extract them to that point.
Jaunter
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750 Wear it on your belt slot to save yourself from death if you happen to fall into a chasm.
Lazarus Injector
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1000 Revives small animals and Lavaland monsters, making them docile. The Head of Personnel will usually ask for this if somebody kills Ian.
Point Transfer Card
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500 A card preloaded with 500 mining points. Swipe your ID over it to claim it.
Shelter Capsule
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400 Use it in your hand and then drop it to spawn a 5x5-tile shelter.
Stabilizing Serum
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400 Stabilizes regenerative cores, allowing them to be used at a later time.
Survival Medipen
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500 An emergency autoinjector for miners facing the harsh conditions of Lavaland. WARNING: Do not inject more than one in quick succession.
Item Cost Description
Proto-Kinetic Accelerator
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750 A miner's favorite. Allows rocks to be broken from a distance, and works well as an offensive weapon in a low-pressure environment.
KA Adjustable Tracer Rounds
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150 Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator bolts to have a colored tracer trail. You can customize the color if you use it in your hand before installing it.
KA AoE Damage
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2000 Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator do AoE damage to mobs. Does not destroy multiple rocks at once. Occupies 30% of the KA's mod capacity.
KA Cooldown Decrease
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1000 Decreases the proto-kinetic accelerator's cooldown by 2 seconds. Occupies 30% of the KA's mod capacity.
KA Damage Increase
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1000 Increases the proto-kinetic accelerator's damage by 10. Occupies 30% of the KA's mod capacity.
KA Hyper Chassis
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300 Changes the proto-kinetic accelerator chassis to an orange-red color scheme. You can remove it with a crowbar.
KA Minebot Passthrough
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100 Allows your proto-kinetic accelerator shots to pass through minebots. Pretty much required if you utilize minebots.
KA Range Increase
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1000 Increases the proto-kinetic accelerator's range by 1 tile. Occupies 24% of the KA's mod capacity.
KA Super Chassis
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250 Changes the proto-kinetic accelerator chassis to a yellow-orange color scheme. You can remove it with a crowbar.
KA White Tracer Rounds
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100 Causes the proto-kinetic accelerator bolts to have a white tracer trail.
Item Cost Description
Diamond Pickaxe
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2000 Stronger than the silver pickaxe.
Proto-Kinetic Accelerator
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750 A miner's favorite. Allows rocks to be broken from a distance, and works well as an offensive weapon in a low-pressure environment.
Kinetic Crusher
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750 Melee weapon. Mark a mob with the destabilizing force, then hit them in melee to activate it for extra damage. Extra damage for backstab.
Resonator
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800 A device creating small fields of energy that eventually detonate. Works better in a low-pressure environment.
Silver Pickaxe
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1000 Stronger than the regular pickaxe.
Super Resonator
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2500 The same as the normal resonator, but this one can have 5 fields active.
Item Cost Description
Nanotrasen Minebot
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800 A little drone to help you with mining.
Minebot AI Upgrade
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1000 Offers the mining drone sentience. Save points to buy one of these for Science, as it boosts their research levels.
Minebot Armor Upgrade
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400 Increases the mining drone's health by 45.
Minebot Cooldown Upgrade
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600 Decreases the mining drone's shooting cooldown by 20.
Minebot Melee Upgrade
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400 Increases the mining drone's melee damage by 7.
Item Cost Description
Absinthe
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100 Almost potent enough to make you forget the ash in your lungs.
Alien Toy
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300 A facehugger toy.
Cigar
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150 A premium cigar for a premium price.
GAR Mesons
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500 Same as any other Optical Meson Scanner, but more fashionable.
Laser Pointer
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300 To make presentations more interesting. Or to shine it in someone's eyes.
Luxury Shelter Capsule
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3000 Spawns a needlessly luxurious shelter. Requires a 7x7 clearing.
Soap
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200 A cheap bar of soap.
Space Cash
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2000 A stack of 1000 credits. Can be placed into an ATM to transfer it to your bank account.
Whiskey
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100 The true reward for your endeavors.
Kit Contents
Minebot Kit
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  • 1x Mining Drone Cube
  • 1x Upgraded Welding Tool
  • 1x Welding Helmet
Survival Capsule and Explorer's Webbing
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  • Explorer's Webbing
  • 1x Bluespace Shelter Capsule
Resonator Kit
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  • 1x Resonator
  • 1x Pocket Fire Extinguisher
Extraction and Rescue Kit
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  • 1x Fulton Extraction Pack
  • 1x Extraction Beacon Signaller
  • 30x Marker Beacons
Crusher Kit
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  • 1x Proto-Kinetic Crusher
  • 1x Pocket Fire Extinguisher
Mining Conscription Kit
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  • 1x Survival Medipen
  • 1x Mining Satchel
  • 1x Mining Voucher
  • 1x Seclite
  • 1x Survival Knife
  • 10x Marker Beacon

Mining

When you're geared up and ready to go, head to the airlocks to your west. Buckle up, then use the Mining Shuttle Console and send the shuttle to the lavaland mine.

If you head down and west from where you dock, there is a break room should your character get hungry. There is also a small medical bay in case you get injured, and then a storage room with five more lockers and an equipment vendor for additional miners.

Once the shuttle docks, head straight east. You'll immediately see the EVA equipment room.

  • Explorersuit.png Equip an explorer suit and an explorer breath mask from the Suitstorage.png suit storage units.
  • Oxygentank.png Dispense an Oxygen Tank from the Tank Storage Unit.png Tank Storage Unit.
  • GPS.png (Optional) Take a GPS from below the blue mechanical toolbox. It can come handy should any kind of accident happen to you. If you click on it while it is in your hands, you can set your own tag.
  • Orebox.png Grab an Ore Box from anywhere on the station and pull it after you (with control-click). You'll be emptying your Miningsatchel.png mining satchel into it frequently, as the satchel itself can't hold much.

Working in the Mines

To mine a rock, click it with your Proto-Kinetic Accelerator or with a pickaxe in your hands. You can mine multiple tiles at once with the pickaxe. If you use the pickaxe on the ground, you will mine volcanic ash/Sand, which is needed to make glass. Keep this in mind, as Robotics and R&D use a boatload of it over time, and they will very likely start screaming at you to get some if they need it.

Keep the satchel in your pocket and walk over the ores to collect them. If the satchel is full, empty it into the ore box you are dragging with you.


ORM.png The Ore Redemption Machine (ORM)

The ORM is what turns your ores into sheets, making them usable by Engineers, Roboticists, Scientists, and whoever else gets access to it.

Whenever you are done with mining, return to the Cargo Office. The ORM is in the northeast room. Place the ore box right above it, right click the ore box and empty it. Then insert your ID card and claim your points. These are the points you can use at the #Mining Equipment Vendor.

Surviving The Wastes

Lavaland will kill you if you do not tread carefully. Your PKA or Crusher will be your best friend in keeping you alive for the most part. The general rule of thumb is to keep distance and avoid getting hit by fauna. If you do not think you can take a mob on, it is best to leave it alone and go find somewhere else to mine.

Make sure to utilize your emergency injector and possibly invest in a brute medkit/fulton extraction kit for when you inevitably take serious brute damage. Always keep an active GPS on your body incase you die and want hope of being found.

If you encounter an ash storm(which you will), it's imperative that you throw down a bluespace shelter or find a place to shelter under before the storm comes. Chances are if you don't, you will not survive for very long.

If you want to learn more about the horrors that await you in lavaland, see the Guide to Lavaland.

You and R&D

Ripley Mech

One of your biggest partners in your and stations success is Research and Development. They require all the ores you can mine on lavaland and can use said materials to produce awesome items. They will rely on you to provide materials so make sure to atleast take up 1-2 loads of ore before messing around and dying.

R&D can provide your KPA with upgrades for free and also give you upgraded mining satchels and equipment. Robotics may even be able to supply you with a Ripley APLU mech that is impervious to ash storms and lava and can instantly mine out 1x3 areas of rock.