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Resource Deposits are one of the various planetary Point of Interest locations.


Resource Deposits are one of the various planetary Point of Interest locations and are the player's primary source of metals. Resource deposits require a Terrain Manipulator or an Autonomous Mining Unit to mine.

Resource Deposits can be located using the Analysis Visor where they are marked by a diamond-symbol with four intersected sides. The Analysis Visor will indicate how far away the player is from a Resource Deposit and they can track the distance of one by by tagging a Resource Deposit.

They may also appear if using the Scanner in space if close to a planet while aboard their starship. Resource Deposits may rarely generate as much larger deposits embedded into geological buttes.

Resource Deposits can vary in size and shape, from being the most common spherical Resource Deposit embedded in the ground to other various sizes and shapes. As noted, the amount of mineral obtained from one can vary from barely a quarter of a full stack to 250 or more. The size of the Terrain Manipulator does not change the amount of resources that are gathered per terrain manipulation. In order to maximise the amount of minerals per deposit, the smallest size of the Terrain Manipulator should be used.

Resource Deposits can also appear to be elevated bumps in the ground that stick out or small Resource Deposits that instead are streaks of mineral across the ground instead.


Resource Deposits will respawn under the following circumstances:

Original Harvester New Harvester Original and New together
On a base Never Never Never
Outside a base Roughly 3 days No delay No delay

Note: If the base is removed, the deposit will respawn.



The game will select one of these resources apparently at random:



A planet will always have one of the following types of Resource Deposits based on the colour of star it orbits: