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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. Petra takes the discs and researches them before sending a new Handbook 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 quest specific blueprints. Quest research does not interfere with normal research progress and can be done in parallel to baseline research and all other quest research, should any happen at the same time.

This information is accurate to PC version 2.0.134712.

Blueprint Source Cost Duration
Civil FurnaceCivil Furnace

Civil Furnace
Social research Baseline research I 5 Data Disc 2 days
Cooking SetCooking Set

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

Blender
Social research Baseline research I 5 Data Disc 2 days
Fish DisplayFish Display

Fish Display
Social research Baseline research I 5 Data Disc 4 days
Industrial FurnaceIndustrial Furnace

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

Industrial Cutter
Social research Baseline research II 10 Data Disc 4 days
Fire Powered GeneratorFire Powered Generator

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

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

Forge
Social research Baseline research II 10 Data Disc 4 days
Recycle MachineRecycle Machine

Recycle Machine
Social research Baseline research III 20 Data Disc 3 days
Electric FurnaceElectric Furnace

Electric Furnace
Social research Baseline research III 20 Data Disc 6 days
Comprehensive GrinderComprehensive Grinder

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

Comprehensive Cutter
Social research Baseline research III 20 Data Disc 6 days
Dee-Dee StopDee-Dee Stop

Dee-Dee Stop
Social missionMission: Diagram for Dee-Dee Stop
Diagram for Dee-Dee Stop
1 Data Disc 1 day
LoudspeakerLoudspeaker

Loudspeaker
Social missionMission: Panbat Infestation
Panbat Infestation
3 Data Disc 1 day
BoomboxBoombox

Boombox
Social missionMission: Panbat Infestation
Panbat Infestation
5 Data Disc 1 day
Water EngineWater Engine

Water Engine
Social missionMission: Saving the Tree Farm
Saving the Tree Farm
2 Data Disc 1 day
Water StorageWater Storage

Water Storage
Social missionMission: Saving the Tree Farm
Saving the Tree Farm
2 Data Disc 1 day
Printing PressPrinting Press

Printing Press
Social missionMission: Read All About It!
Read All About It!
5 Data Disc 1 day
Water WheelWater Wheel

Water Wheel
Social missionMission: Saving the Tree Farm
Saving the Tree Farm
2 Data Disc 1 day
Construction CraneConstruction Crane

Construction Crane
Social missionMission: Construction Crane
Construction Crane
6 Data Disc 1 day
Water WellWater Well

Water Well
Social missionMission: Emily's Well
Emily's Well
5 Data Disc 1 day
Wind TurbineWind Turbine

Wind Turbine
Social missionMission: The Desert Wind
The Desert Wind
5 Data Disc 1 day
Hot Air BalloonHot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon
Social missionMission: Balloon Bonanza
Balloon Bonanza
5 Data Disc 1 day
Balloon PlatformBalloon Platform

Balloon Platform
Social missionMission: Balloon Bonanza
Balloon Bonanza
5 Data Disc 1 day
Navigation LightNavigation Light

Navigation Light
Social missionMission: To Light the Way
To Light the Way
5 Data Disc 1 day
Harbor CraneHarbor Crane

Harbor Crane
Social missionMission: The Harbor Crane
The Harbor Crane
5 Data Disc 1 day
Paddle BoatPaddle Boat

Paddle Boat
Social missionMission: A Boat to Starlight
A Boat to Starlight
5 Data Disc 1 day
Industrial Sewing MachineIndustrial Sewing Machine

Industrial Sewing Machine
Social missionMission: Carol's Sewing Machine
Carol's Sewing Machine
5 Data Disc 1 day
Long-Haul BusLong-Haul Bus

Long-Haul Bus
Social missionMission: Long-Haul Bus
Long-Haul Bus
5 Data Disc 1 day
Boiler TankBoiler Tank

Boiler Tank
Social missionMission: Hot Spring Villa
Hot Spring Villa
5 Data Disc 1 day
Auto PumpAuto Pump

Auto Pump
Social missionMission: Hot Spring Villa
Hot Spring Villa
5 Data Disc 1 day
Landing GearLanding Gear

Landing Gear
Social missionMission: The Landing Gear
The Landing Gear
5 Data Disc 1 day
High Voltage Power SupplyHigh Voltage Power Supply

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

This information may or may not be accurate to console versions, and was obtained from this old version of the Research Center page. This table only includes the baseline research diagrams, and does not include main mission diagrams. For main mission diagrams, console players can refer to the Source column of the PC version's table.

Social research From Research
Data Disc Blueprint Materials
Data DiscData Disc

3 Data Disc
Dee-dee Stop
Dee-dee Stop
Hardwood Plank
5 Hardwood Plank
Bronze Pipe
2 Bronze Pipe
Bronze Plate
Bronze Plate
Fiber Cloth
10 Fiber Cloth
Loudspeaker
Loudspeaker
Copper Plate
9 Copper Plate
Simple Circuits
2 Simple Circuits
Copper Coil
2 Copper Coil
Hardwood Plank
4 Hardwood Plank
Data DiscData Disc

5 Data Disc
Cooking Set
Cooking Set
Stone Brick
6 Stone Brick
Iron Pan
1 Iron Pan
Marble Plank
3 Marble Plank
Boombox
Boombox
Bronze Plate
8 Bronze Plate
Cassette Box
1 Cassette Box
Leather Horn
2 Leather Horn
Copper Coil
2 Copper Coil
Small Silicon Chip
2 Small Silicon Chip
Fish Display
Fish Display
Marble
2 Marble
Glass
4 Glass
Hardwood Plank
4 Hardwood Plank
Blender
Blender
Copper Bar
6 Copper Bar
Simple Circuits
2 Simple Circuits
Grinding Blade
2 Grinding Blade
Data DiscData Disc

6 Data Disc
Civil Furnace
Civil Furnace
Marble Plank
3 Marble Plank
Bronze Plate
2 Bronze Plate
Stone Stool
2 Stone Stool
Water Engine
Water Engine
Old Parts
5 Old Parts
Bearing
2 Bearing
Small Engine
2 Small Engine
Steel Plate
4 Steel Plate
Water Storage
Water Storage
Ironwood
15 Ironwood
Copper Pipe
8 Copper Pipe
Iron Bar
15 Iron Bar
Water Wheel
Water Wheel
Hardwood
50 Hardwood
Large Iron Bucket
12 Large Iron Bucket
Carbon Steel Bar
30 Carbon Steel Bar
Old Parts
20 Old Parts
Data DiscData Disc

10 Data Disc
Industrial FurnaceIndustrial Furnace

Industrial Furnace
Marble PlankMarble Plank

5 Marble Plank
Steel PlateSteel Plate

5 Steel Plate
Industrial CoreIndustrial Core

2 Industrial Core
Industrial CutterIndustrial Cutter

Industrial Cutter
Simple CircuitsSimple Circuits

4 Simple Circuits
Carbon Steel BarCarbon Steel Bar

10 Carbon Steel Bar
Grinding SawGrinding Saw

2 Grinding Saw
Advanced SkiverAdvanced Skiver

Advanced Skiver
Steel PlateSteel Plate

4 Steel Plate
Simple CircuitsSimple Circuits

3 Simple Circuits
Bronze PipeBronze Pipe

2 Bronze Pipe
Comprehensive GrinderComprehensive Grinder

Comprehensive Grinder
Industrial FurnaceIndustrial Furnace

1 Industrial Furnace
GrinderGrinder

1 Grinder
Steel ShellSteel Shell

2 Steel Shell
Steel PlateSteel Plate

4 Steel Plate
Comprehensive CutterComprehensive Cutter

Comprehensive Cutter
Industrial FurnaceIndustrial Furnace

1 Industrial Furnace
Industrial CutterIndustrial Cutter

1 Industrial Cutter
Steel ShellSteel Shell

2 Steel Shell
Steel PlateSteel Plate

4 Steel Plate
Research NotesResearch Notes

Research Notes
- - -
Data DiscData Disc

20 Data Disc
Fire Powered GeneratorFire Powered Generator

Fire Powered Generator
Civil FurnaceCivil Furnace

1 Civil Furnace
Industrial EngineIndustrial Engine

1 Industrial Engine
Steel PlateSteel Plate

10 Steel Plate
Copper CoilCopper Coil

5 Copper Coil
Electric FurnaceElectric Furnace

Electric Furnace
CharcoalCharcoal

8 Charcoal
Steel PlateSteel Plate

3 Steel Plate
Industrial CoreIndustrial Core

2 Industrial Core
Hardened ClayHardened Clay

4 Hardened Clay
Steel ShellSteel Shell

3 Steel Shell

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