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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

Research Center Exchange

The Research Center Exchange is a shop located inside the 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 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
(Currently on PC only)
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 mission Diagram for Dee-Dee Stop 3 Data Disc 1 day
LoudspeakerLoudspeaker
Loudspeaker
Social mission Panbat Infestation 3 Data Disc 1 day
BoomboxBoombox
Boombox
Social mission Panbat Infestation 5 Data Disc 1 day
Water EngineWater Engine
Water Engine
Social mission Saving the Tree Farm 2 Data Disc 1 day
Water StorageWater Storage
Water Storage
Social mission Saving the Tree Farm 2 Data Disc 1 day
Printing PressPrinting Press
Printing Press
Social mission Read All About It! 5 Data Disc 1 day
Water WheelWater Wheel
Water Wheel
Social mission Saving the Tree Farm 2 Data Disc 1 day
Construction CraneConstruction Crane
Construction Crane
Social mission Construction Crane 6 Data Disc 1 day
Water WellWater Well
Water Well
Social mission Emily's Well 5 Data Disc 1 day
Wind TurbineWind Turbine
Wind Turbine
Social mission The Desert Wind 5 Data Disc 1 day
Hot Air BalloonHot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon
Social mission Balloon Bonanza 5 Data Disc 1 day
Balloon PlatformBalloon Platform
Balloon Platform
Social mission Balloon Bonanza 5 Data Disc 1 day
Navigation LightNavigation Light
Navigation Light
Social mission To Light the Way 5 Data Disc 1 day
Harbor CraneHarbor Crane
Harbor Crane
Social mission The Harbor Crane 5 Data Disc 1 day
Paddle BoatPaddle Boat
Paddle Boat
Social mission A Boat to Starlight 5 Data Disc 1 day
Industrial Sewing MachineIndustrial Sewing Machine
Industrial Sewing Machine
Social mission Carol's Sewing Machine 5 Data Disc 1 day
Long-Haul BusLong-Haul Bus
Long-Haul Bus
Social mission Long-Haul Bus 5 Data Disc 1 day
Boiler TankBoiler Tank
Boiler Tank
Social mission Hot Spring Villa 5 Data Disc 1 day
Auto PumpAuto Pump
Auto Pump
Social mission Hot Spring Villa 5 Data Disc 1 day
Landing GearLanding Gear
Landing Gear
Social mission The Landing Gear 5 Data Disc 1 day
High Voltage Power SupplyHigh Voltage Power Supply
High Voltage Power Supply
Social mission Power for All Source 5 Data Disc 1 day


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