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Research Center

Location on map (blue marker)

The Research Center is the local research facility where the scientists Merlin and Petra work to develop technologies using relics from the past. The building is located just north of the Central Plaza, on the East side of town. You can typically find Merlin and Petra here during the day. Hours are 09:00 - 18:00.

Relic recovery Edit

The Research Center has its own Recovery Machine in-house, used for assembling relic pieces into complete relics. The machine is located inside the Research Center.

To use the Recovery Machine the player needs to obtain all of the pieces of a given relic by quarrying in one of the Abandoned Ruins. (Note: All pieces for a given relic will be found in the same ruin.) Once the player has all of the pieces, they can bring the pieces and some Data Discs to the Research Center and use the Recovery Machine to combine those materials into one restored relic. Most relics can then be donated to the Museum, sold, used as furniture, or given as gifts.

The player can obtain a Recovery Machine of their own after donating a certain amount of items to the Museum.

Research Center Exchange Edit

Main article: Research Center Exchange

Research Center Exchange is a shop located inside Research center where the player can exchange Data Discs for a number of useful items, including Research Notes for increasing the Factory output, data chips for upgrading Ack, and several assembly diagrams.

The Exchange can be accessed during the Center's working hours by interacting with the cash register in the middle of the Research Center.

Disc recovery Edit

Social research

Research icon

When talking with Petra, the player can select Research to turn in Data Discs for new Handbook diagrams. Petra takes the discs and analyzes the data before sending a new diagram to the player in the mail. The time required to research each diagram varies; see the table below.

The blueprints researched depend on the number of Data Discs handed in; each unique blueprint requires a specific number of discs (i.e. handing in 10 Data Discs will research a 10-disc blueprint, and handing in 5 discs will research a 5-disc blueprint; see the table below).

Handing in more Data Discs or certain components related to the current research will speed up the research process and allow the player receive the results faster.

Several quests will send the player to the Research Center for mission-specific blueprints. Mission research does not interfere with normal research progress, and can be done in parallel to both baseline research and all other mission research, should any research happen at the same time.


This table is accurate to PC version 2.0.137299.

Blueprint Source Cost Duration

Civil Furnace
Social research Baseline research I 5 Data Disc 2 days

Cooking Set
Social research Baseline research I 5 Data Disc 2 days

Blender
Social research Baseline research I 5 Data Disc 2 days

Fish Display
Social research Baseline research I 5 Data Disc 4 days

Industrial Furnace
Social research Baseline research II 10 Data Disc 4 days

Industrial Cutter
Social research Baseline research II 10 Data Disc 4 days

Fire Powered Generator
Social research Baseline research II 10 Data Disc 7 days

Advanced Skiver
Social research Baseline research II 10 Data Disc 7 days

Forge
(Currently on PC only)
Social research Baseline research II 10 Data Disc 4 days

Recycle Machine
Social research Baseline research III 20 Data Disc 3 days

Electric Furnace
Social research Baseline research III 20 Data Disc 6 days

Comprehensive Grinder
Social research Baseline research III 20 Data Disc 6 days

Comprehensive Cutter
Social research Baseline research III 20 Data Disc 6 days

Dee-Dee Stop
Diagram for Dee-Dee Stop 3 Data Disc 1 day

Loudspeaker
Panbat Infestation 3 Data Disc 1 day

Boombox
Panbat Infestation 5 Data Disc 1 day

Water Engine
Saving the Tree Farm 2 Data Disc 1 day

Water Storage
Saving the Tree Farm 2 Data Disc 1 day

Printing Press
Read All About It! 5 Data Disc 1 day

Water Wheel
Saving the Tree Farm 2 Data Disc 1 day

Construction Crane
Construction Crane 6 Data Disc 1 day

Water Well
Emily's Well 5 Data Disc 1 day

Wind Turbine
The Desert Wind 5 Data Disc 1 day

Hot Air Balloon
Balloon Bonanza 5 Data Disc 1 day

Balloon Platform
Balloon Bonanza 5 Data Disc 1 day

Navigation Light
To Light the Way 5 Data Disc 1 day

Harbor Crane
The Harbor Crane 5 Data Disc 1 day

Paddle Boat
A Boat to Starlight 5 Data Disc 1 day

Industrial Sewing Machine
Carol's Sewing Machine 5 Data Disc 1 day

Long-Haul Bus
Long-Haul Bus 5 Data Disc 1 day

Boiler Tank
Hot Spring Villa 5 Data Disc 1 day

Auto Pump
Hot Spring Villa 5 Data Disc 1 day

Landing Gear
The Landing Gear 5 Data Disc 1 day

High Voltage Power Supply
Power for All Source 5 Data Disc 1 day


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