|Alternative Titles: Lavaland Scout, Prospector, Junior Miner, Major Miner|
Access: Mining Station, Mining Station EVA, Cargo Office, Mineral Storage
Additional Access: Maintenance, Cargo Bay, MULEbot access, Quartermaster's Office
Supervisors: Quartermaster and Head of Personnel
Duties: Mine ores and process them into useful materials. Kill hostile wildlife. Go on an adventure in mysterious ruins.
Guides: Lavaland, Guide to Mining
Minimum Age: 18
Quote: Ah. Nothing like the sssmell of fire and brimssstone to get me in the mood for ssshootin' sssome rocksss and monssstersss.
Welcome, Miner! You will break rocks, slay monsters, and die lost and alone in the depths of the caverns. Not on some sandy asteroid, but on what we call Lavaland!
Bare minimum requirements: Stay alive long enough to return your loot to the station.
Workin' In The Coal Mine
Being a miner can be somewhat tedious, but you serve a crucial role in the R&D food chain, and can accrue some decent personal rewards. Just follow a few guidelines to keep yourself from becoming dead in the mines.
Your workplace, Lavaland, has some hazards:
- Ash storms will cut right through your clothes, dealing constant burn damage if you are outside. A rain of dark particles outdoors indicate an ash storm. Some items of clothing can grant protection to ash storms.
- Lava - one step in and you'll be badly burned and on fire.
- Chasms - Anything that falls into one will disappear from this world.
The risk of these hazards can be reduced by watching your step and being aware of your surroundings. Don't walk into lava, chasms, or outside during an ash storm. You'll get a text warning not long before a ash storm is about to begin, so long as you stay near shelter (or have a bluespace shelter capsule with you) then you'll be fine.
If you run into rock with a pick or drill in your inactive hand, it will automatically start digging for you. ALSO, it is important to note that you are able to click more than ONE square of rock or sand at a time when mining or digging for sand! As long as it's accessible, you don't have to wait to finish digging before you start digging again, so you can have several dig jobs running in parallel. Just don't change hands or move until all dig jobs are done.
The minerals on Lavaland have two different levels of hardness. Level 1 minerals are light grey, and can be broken in 1 hit. Level 2 minerals are found on Hardened Basalt, a darker type of rock that needs 2 hits to be broken, and spawns more ores once broken. Granite is more likely to hold rarer minerals, as the brown rock takes three hits to break, and spawns even more ores once broken.
Working With Your Boss
Who is your boss? You answer to the Head of Personnel, much like the rest of Supply -- but usually, you'll just be talking to the Quartermaster or other Miners. The Quartermaster can watch cameras on lavaland and has full access to Mining, so keep that in mind.
You're here to mine, so get digging! Once you have a sufficient amount of ores to deposit, be sure to empty your orebox with the ORM and claim your points. With the points you've claimed, you can get some pretty robust gear from the Mining Rewards Vendor. After you've done this and gotten your upgrades and extra equipment, head back down there and get back to work!
How to Do This
- Gear up! From the mining equipment locker, you will need Meson Scanner goggles, a mining scanner, a bluespace shelter capsule (DON'T FORGET!) and your standard issue proto-kinetic accelerator. If you want, there is also a additional mining satchel, and a shovel.
- Use your voucher on a mining vending machine to select your choice of advanced mining tool, listed below.
- Go to the Lavaland Mining Station and get an explorer suit, explorer gas mask, and oxygen tank from Mining 'EVA'. On the western side of the base, there is a mini-Medbay where you can find first-aid kits. There is also a maintenance room adjacent to it where you can top off internals.
- Before you go, you'll want an Ore Box, which can hold a massive amount of minerals. The mining base and mining shuttle have multiple of these for you to use..
- Make sure you've packed a bluespace shelter capsule if you plan on a long distance expedition, it can shield you in the event of a nasty storm.
- Find dem minerals. Click the scanner in hand to activate it: every once in a while it sends out a pulse that lets you see deposits in the rock a few tiles away from you. Try to get a mixture of every type of mineral.
- Pick up minerals by walking over them with a mining satchel on your person. If you're pulling an ore box, this will automatically pick them up with the ore box aswell.
- Go to the ore redeemer and get points. If R&D is proactive, the ore redeemer can be upgraded for extra mineral counts and point redemption.
- At the mining rewards vendor and the supply techfab, you can get upgrades that make mining a lot easier on yourself.
- Use your better gear to push deeper into Lavaland.
- If you feel robust enough, explore some Ruins and
die horriblyget amazing rewards.
- If you feel VERY robust, look for Megafauna with your GPS and try to kill it, for extremely
painful deathvaluable loot.
You start the shift with a complimentary mining voucher, worth one free item out of a selection of seven. These items, and their strengths, are:
- Explorer's Kit: The webbing (you put on your belt slot) allows you to carry even more mining equipment - having a second shelter capsule is nice too. The duffelbag contains 3 lesser mining charges.
- Resonator Kit: Comes with a resonator and mini extinguisher.
- Mining Drone: A little companion that helps in storing ore and hunting wildlife. Only useful once you install the sentience upgrade module. Comes with an industrial welding tool, a welding mask and a KA modkit that allows shots to pass through the drone.
- Extraction and Rescue Kit: Contains a fulton extraction pack and a beacon, which allows you to send back home minerals, items and dead miners without having to use the ferry. As a bonus, you get 30 marker beacons too.
- Crusher Kit: Contains a proto-kinetic crusher and a mini fire extinguisher. The crusher is two-handed and hard to use without getting hit, but has a chance to make fauna drop powerful trophies.
- Mining Conscription Kit: A dufflebag full of basic items for one conscript - pickaxe, kinetic accelerator, explorer's suit, mesons, mining scanner and satchel, gas mask, a supply radio key and a special card that adds mining access to IDs. Good for when you want to recruit metafriends fresh conscripts.
- Mini Plasma Cutter Kit: A weak plasma based mining tool.
For Great Profit!
Mining for the sake of it can only get you so far. By mining minerals and returning them to the station you'll accrue mining points, you can then use these points to buy better and more powerful equipment and supplies from a equipment vendor. You can then in turn use these items to push further into Lavaland to mine better minerals, fell stronger wildlife and find greater treasure. Consider it all an investment.
A Wormhole Jaunter can help you escape what would have been a death trap. Or saving up for a Legion Stabilizer can let you save their instant healing heart for later. Grabbing Survival Medipens is also a great investment as the robust healing mix provided can save you when you're in a pinch.
The following is a list of mining equipment:
|This comes with a inbuilt hood. It provides some protection against heat and cold, and works as decent armor. It is not spaceproof, but can hold a full-sized oxygen tank or other mining gear. You can also reinforce it with up to six goliath plates, with three going on the suit and three going on the hood.|
Explorer Gas Mask and Oxygen Tank
|So you can have oxygen when mining. Oxygen tanks are available from the tank storage unit, and can be worn on your suits storage slot. Running out of oxygen is unlikely with the full sized tank. You can also collapse your mask to eat if you are hungry.|
Meson Scanners and Automatic Mining Scanner
|Mesons allow you to see the layout around you, useful when hunting megafauna and used with a light source. Activating the mining scanner will briefly flash any ore on screen - it works even inside a box. Can be used to stop gibtonite from exploding by tapping it with the scanner.|
Global Positioning System (GPS)
|The crew monitoring console back on the station won't catch your suit sensor signal from all the way down on the planet. Having one of these on you will help others track down your body if you happen to develop a case of the dead. In addition it can be used to locate other miners (who bothered to take it) as well as "lost" signals, be wary. Be sure to set your name on the GPS.|
|Use it for butchering the wildlife (hit while on harm intent). It's as strong against mobs as a pickaxe, but you can't mine with it. You can store it in your boots or proto-kinetic accelerator to save space, but remember to alt-click the boots to draw the knife back out.|
Bluespace shelter capsule
|Activate this in your hand, and it'll near instantly produce a beautiful shelter. Ash storms do not hurt you inside, but wildlife can break through the walls. The shelter contains a cupboard which contains a guitar and some donk pockets. It also has a sleeper which requires another person to use. Never leave home without one. You're issued one for free in your the mining lockers on station.|
|For carrying ore without using a mining cart, holds 50 ore nuggets. Empty it into boxes by using the satchel on them. Put it in one of your pocket slots, then start dragging an ore box. Any ore you walk over will be transferred to the box.|
|A gun. The good part is that it packs a punch in a vacuum and has infinite shots. The bad part is that it tickles in pressurized environments, has a cooldown after each shot, and has a range of three steps. Each blast can clear a rock wall if you feel like digging using this, which it can do well. Standard issue equipment you can get from your mining locker. Modifications found in the vendor or from the protolathe if researched.|
Items that, while not critical to take, can be situationally useful.
Miner Body Camera
|A wearable camera, capable of streaming a live feed. Provides a live feed to anyone viewing the linked camera network. Very useful for locating you if your GPS is turned off or lost.|
|Somewhat antiquated thanks to the prevalence of the proto-kinetic accelerator and resonator. Nevertheless it can be used to dig wide tunnels, robust certain monsters in melee combat and as a backup if you lose your resonator. It can also fit inside a belt chest webbing.|
|Gathering sand. You can stick this in your backpack.|
|Used for carrying huge amounts of ore. While a satchel can only hold 50 nuggets, this can hold an unlimited sum. You cannot carry it but you can drag or push it with you. Use your satchel on the box to empty it into the box.|
|Just in case when coming back from the mines there is a blackout. Spawns in your backpack.|
|A cocktail of powerful healing chemicals. Contains Salbutamol, Leporazine, Tricordrazine, Epinephrine, lavaland extract and Omnizine.|
|Found in your backpack, exchange this at the mining equipment vendor for one of several items.|
|A beefed up flashlight. Put this on your KA to free up inventory space.|
The following are mining items available from vending machines, protolathes or necropolis chests.
Mining Vendor Equipment
Golem Vendor Equipment
Necropolis Chest Loot
The following is a list of items that can be acquired from necropolis chests, obtainable by defeating necropolis tendrils. For the bosses' loot, see Megafauna.
||A pair of bags with a linked storage: anything that is put in one can be pulled out of the other and vice versa.|
||A soulstone much like the kind used by a Blood Cult or by the chaplain on MetaStation. When used on an unconscious person or on a corpse it disintegrates it, and traps the soul inside the gem. The soul can then be released as a weak ghost bound to the will of the soulstone's owner, or it can be put into a construct shell, if you somehow own one.|
||A bottle containing 5 units of flight potion. Ingesting flight potion will turn the drinker into an angel: a human with wings. Wings allow jetpack-like movement wherever there's air when activated, also giving increased speed and free movement over tables and chasms.|
It only works when drinking at least 5 units, so do not dilute or split the content.
||One of the richest and rarest minerals on lavaland.|
|KA Resonator Blast Mod
||A tech disk that allows you to create a mod that uses the kenetic accelerator to fire shots that leave and detonate Resonator blasts.|
|KA Rapid Repeater Mod
||Allows you to create a modkit that greatly reduces the KA's cooldown on striking a living target or rock, but greatly increases its base cooldown. Don't miss!|
|Rod of Asclepius
||A rod that can be used to make yourself start swearing an oath. If you finish the oath, the staff will bind to your hand, giving you a healing aura and pacifism. When released, the snake bite injects godblood. Dying with the rod will transfer your mind to the snake.|
||A cursed heart. When used, it grants fast regeneration, but it must be pumped manually at least once every 6 seconds, or you'll start suffocating due to lack of blood circulation.|
|Ship in a Bottle
||When used, spawns a Mysterious Boat, which can travel over lava without need for oars.|
||A ladder that extends all the way to a different Z-level.|
||A sword possessed by a talking ghost. Exactly the same as the chaplain's Null Rod variant.|
||A god-blessed armblade. Picking it up will make it undroppable, and it's weaker than a real armblade, although still fairly strong and sharp. Exactly the same as the chaplain's Null Rod variant.|
|AoE Hybrid Mod
||A disk that allows you to make a Kinetic Accelerator Modkit that allows it to both mine and deal damage in a 3x3 AoE. Secondary targets receive 25% of the original target's damage, up from the 20% of the normal AoE damage modkit.|
|KA Death Syphon/Bounty Mod
||Allows you to make a modkit that when killing or assisting in killing a creature permanently increases your damage against that type of creature.|
||A pair of cubes. When one is used, it teleports the user to the location of the other cube, with no cooldown.|
||A bundle of flowers with a sweet firey aroma that makes animals friendly after 1.5 seconds of touching them with it. Squeeze the bouqet to summon tamed creatures. Megafauna cannot be summoned. Megafauna need to be exposed 35 times to become friendly.|
||A voodoo doll. To link it to someone, grab a small item they have touched and insert it into the doll; using the doll will allow you to choose a target based on the fingerprints on the inserted item. After being used, the doll has a chance of revealing its general direction or, more rarely, the room it's in, to the target. If it's set on fire, it has a 100% chance of revealing the room. To remove the linking item from a doll, use it while you're targeting the chest.|
|X-01 Power Armor
||An X-01 Power Armor suit. It's initially not well armored, but can be upgraded with Weaver Chitin. It has no slowdown, and is immune to fire, lava, and acid.|
|Book of Babel
||A one time use book that instantly teaches you all languages.|
|KA Lifesteal Crystal Mod and Cult Bedsheet
||A mod kit that, like the name suggests, steals life from enemies you attack. Comes with a free cult blankie!|
||A necklace that links you once worn, preventing you from dying. If removed, you will die.|
||A curved sword smelted from an unknown metal.|
|Bowl of Blood
||A bowl containing a disease that buffs your brute and burn armor by 40% but halves your speed. Give this to a robust viro for additional benefits like tendrils and fireproof skin.|
||When implanted, heals the user every so often.|
|Incredibly Fashionable Outfit & Fashionable Shoes||An incredibly fashionable outfit, which is immune to lava, fire, and acid, while providing the wearer a mood increase and some armor. The shoes also provide a mood increase, armor, a speed increase, as well as a storage space, and protection from slipping.|
|Concussive Gauntlets||Gauntlets that provide the user the ability to mine through rock with their bare hands at high speed while defusing gibtonite, and provide armor to the user's arms. They are immune to fire, acid, and lava.|
|DNA injector (Dwarfism) & 3 Mega Mining Charges||When used, gives the user the dwarf mutation. Mega mining charges are the most powerful mining charge.|
The Wildlife - Non-Sentient
Lavaland is filled with a variety of bloodthirsty alien lifeforms populating the caverns, walking just fine over the ponds and puddles of lava. Fortunately, you can fight them whilst taking minimal damage, if you have the know-how.
Useful items can be harvested from these creatures' corpses should you triumph; butcher them with a knife by attacking the corpse on Harm intent and the goods will spill out!
The legion itself cannot harm you directly. It will retreat from you constantly: maintaining a distance while attacking.
The legion attacks are as follows:
- Unleashes legion skulls which seek out a target. Each of these skulls die with a single hit and deal light damage to the target.
- If a skull attacks an unconscious being, it kills it instantly and transforms it into a legion.
When a legion dies, its original form is revealed. Legions do not drop any crafting materials, but they are valuable sources of healing to both miners and ash walkers, as they drop valuable legion cores which heal you greatly. The body they spawn once dead can be very useful to ashwalker reproduction.
It leaves behind the following:
1. The original body of itself. Usually these will be dead ashwalker bodies, but there may be a miner or something special that appears occassionally too!
2. A legion core. Hit yourself with the soul and it will instantly heal 25 brute and burn damage, and remove slowdown from damage for a minute. Don't think you can store these for later, though -- they will spoil after a few minutes, making them completely useless until you use a stabilizer from the vending machine. However, legion core can be inserted in one's chest through surgery as an organ to provide a hands-free full heal. Using a legion core while not on Lavaland will take 4 seconds to apply to yourself, or 2 seconds to someone else. In addition, the damage slowdown removal is instead a reduction.
There is one other version of the legion that is possible to come across, this has a 5% chance of appearing and a 100% chance of appearing in the Cafe of Broken Dreams Lava land ruin.
On the rare occasion that a human with dwarfism falls to a legion, they can become infested like any other. Dwarf legions have 20 less health but move slightly faster. It's still rather harmless. 2 KA shots kill it, a couple of pickax swings will knock it out. It has the same loot as a normal legion.
Speed: Very Slow
Despite the slowdown they give to a target once hit, watchers can be kited. They will not attack unless you get close to them. They are very weak to explosions.
The watcher attacks are as follows:
- Fires freezing beams at a target, cooling their body temperature and causing them to become slower.
- Hits a target in melee range, dealing mild brute damage.
Watchers leave behind a body to butcher.
There are two other versions of the watcher that are possible to come across, these have a 1% chance of appearing.
The most common variant, when raised very close to lava some watchers adapt to the extreme heat and change coloration. Such watchers are known as magmawings and use intense heat as their tool for hunting and defense. The magmawing watcher shoots scorching blasts instead of freezing blasts, which heats you up and sets you on fire. Unlike normal watchers, a shot from this watcher will set you on fire and trying to roll it out will only result in the watcher getting more free shots on you, which means that you're pretty much forced to man up, pop a survival medi-pen, and melee it to death while you lose half of your HP to fire. It has normal watcher loot when butchered and has a small chance to drop a valuable calcified auric.
The least common variant, some watchers will eke out an existence far from heat sources. In the absence of warmth, their wings will become papery and turn to an icy blue; these watchers are fragile but much quicker to fire their trademark freezing blasts. The icewing watcher has 50% less health and fire shots 33% more often. Getting hit by a blast from an icewing watcher freezes you in a block of ice for a very short amount of time. Their loot is similar to the normal watcher when butchered: 5 diamond ore but no sinew, there is also a small chance they drop a valuable frost diamond.
The bane of many careless miners. These monsters carry a hefty health pool, a mean wallop, and a deceptively dangerous ranged attack. They are inherently resistant to lasers, so using a KA is the best option regarding dealing with these.
Goliaths will chase you down slowly, stopping every couple seconds to attack. Fighting them is simple: Shoot, step back, shoot, avoid tentacles. Repeat this process until it stops moving. Goliaths are much more lethal in groups, as you'll need to dodge tentacles more often and even two goliaths can stunlock you to death if one hits.
The goliath attacks are as follows:
- Burrows several tentacles that emerge from the ground in random tiles around the target, trapping anything caught on targeted tiles for a long duration.
- Slams itself into the target, dealing medium brute damage.
Goliaths leave behind a body to butcher. Goliath plates can be used to reinforce explorer suits, mining hardsuits and mechs. The meat can be cooked in lava.
There is one other version of the goliath that is possible to come across, this has a 1% chance of appearing.
This one is clearly ancient, and its tentacles constantly churn the earth around it. Tentacles constantly extrude from the ground around it, even when it is not aggroed to any particular object. When killed, they drop their goliath hide directly, more can be obtained through butchering.
Quite rare, these creatures swallow up any loose, valuable ore they can find and flee when approached by a human, smashing through even solid rock on their path of escape before burrowing into the ground. A tactic toward killing one is to throw an ore towards it, and quickly charging in to kill it while it's busy eating, but note that kinetic accelerator shots do nothing against these. Their skin is reflective, requiring a pickaxe melee smackdown to ensure a kill.
Speed: Very Fast
The goldgrub has no attacks.
When killed, they spit up multiple pieces of ore, based on what they ate. Feed them many different types of ore before killing them, and they'll spit out more of each type than you gave it! They also drop gold grub guts when butchered, which can be ground up for a potent medicinal reagent and rarely will also drop a valuable ruperium crystal. Use caution when consuming the gold grub guts however, it can cause severe liver damage if too much is ingested!
A threatening spider that is harmless at a range, but can inject toxin and heal from eating the guts of corpses. Not too big of a threat, but the toxin damage is tricky to heal on the go.
The marrow weaver attacks are as follows:
- Hits a target in melee range, dealing mild brute damage and injecting 4 units of spore toxin. If enraged (at or below 33% health), instead injects 8 units of venom.
Weavers leave behind a body to butcher.
The gutlunch has no attacks.
For details on megafauna, click here.
For details on lavaland elites, click here.
Huge spikes of organic matter, from the base of which crawl out countless monsters. Each Tendril only spawns one kind of monster, between legions, goliaths and watchers, every once in a while, up to a maximum of three living monsters per tendril. The tendrils themselves are fairly fragile and will die in a few well-placed shots, if you can fight through the other mobs. Once killed, it will drop its loot, shake the earth around it for a while, and then spawn a huge chasm around it, destroying anything that did not get out of the way in time. Chasms are deadly even after formation and should be avoided.
Difficulty: Medium to Very High
The tendril itself has no attacks. Instead it spawns other mobs at a fast rate, the attacks of which are listed previously above.
When killed, they spawn necropolis chests which can contain a variety of useful artifacts.
When killing certain enemies with the Kinetic Crusher there's a chance for them to drop trophies, powerful mods that can be attached to the Crusher.
|Broodmother Tongue||Has a 10% chance to summon a patch of goliath tentacles at the target's location on detonation.||Broodmother|
|Goliath Tentacle||Does 2 more damage for every 10 health you are missing on detonation.||Goliath|
|Watcher Wing||Prevents ranged creatures from shooting for 0.5 seconds on detonation.||Watcher|
|Magmawing Watcher Wing||Makes the next destabilizer shot deal 5 damage.||Magmawing Watcher|
|Icewing Watcher Wing||Prevents ranged creatures from shooting for 0.8 seconds on detonation.||Icewing Watcher|
|Legion Skull||Kinetic Crusher recharges 0.3 second/s faster.||Legion|
|Eye of a Blood-Drunk Hunter||Grants stun immunity and 90% damage reduction for 1 second on detonation.||Blood-Drunk Hunter|
|Tail Spike||Does 5 damage to nearby creatures and pushes them back on detonation.||Ash Drake|
|Demon Claws||Melee hits do 2 more damage and heals you for 1, with 5x effect on mark detonation.||Bubblegum|
|Blaster Tubes||Mark detonation makes the next destabilizer shot deal 15 damage but move slower.||Colossus|
|Vortex Talisman||Creates a barrier you can pass on mark detonation.||Hierophant|
|Malformed Bone||On detonation, has a 40% chance to mark nearby creatures.||Megafauna Legion|
Gems are very valuable items dropped by megafaunas, other rare faunas and gem ores. These can be scanned with a mining scanner for a sizeable amount of points and shipped to centcom for a large sum of money, those are also possible bounties which will bring even more money. You can obtain large amounts of raw materials from some of those gems by either deconstructing them with a destructive analyzer (make sure it is upgraded for maximum yield) or by welding them to obtain sheets of raw materials.
|Name||Icon||Points||Export Price||Material||Dropped By||Notes|
|Ruperium Crystal||300||3300||20000 Uranium
(10 sheets on welding)
|Goldgrub (10% chance)|
|Calcified Auric||450||4500||50000 Gold
(25 sheets on welding)
|Magmawing Watcher (10% chance)||Glows faintly|
|Frost Diamond||750||4500||30000 Diamond
(15 sheets on welding)
|Icewing Watcher (10% chance)|
|Stabilized Baroxuldium||1200||7500||80000 Plasma||Blood Drunk Miner||Glows|
|Densified Dilithium||1600||9600||64000 Dilithium||Hierophant||Glows faintly|
Emits a "Harmonic Signal" that can be tracked by GPS devices
|Draconic Ember||1600||9600||None||Ash Drake||Glows|
|Null Crystal||1800||10000||None||Colossus||Glows faintly|
Small enough to fit in pockets
|Dark Salt Lick||3000||20000||None||King of Goats||Glows brigther than all other gems|
The Wildlife - Sentient
You're not always the only sentient being on the planet. Aside from the lovecraftian horrors living down there you may also find several groups or factions of beings on the planet. Some hostile, some friendly.
For more information on these, click here.
A small group of podmen were observed living inside a sealed vault. They appear minimally armed and seem to avoid leaving their home.
Threat Level: Minimal
An unidentified flying object was seen crashing by Recon Team Charlie during expedition #8. Alpha team on expedition #9 located a group of golems, the golems appeared utterly uninterested in their surroundings all things considered.
Threat Level: Minimal
It appears a group of Basiliscus Lizretus, also known as Lizardmen, live on the planet, they are hostile to all intruders. These 'ashwalkers' only started to appear when mining operations started, they are agile but lightly armed, wielding primitively forged armor and spears. They seem to follow a being of greater strength than the others, described as the Chieftain. They also appear to also have a hostile relationship with the wildlife, having been observed killing and dragging wildlife corpses away, as to why they need these corpses the recon team is unable to ascertain.
Threat Level: Medium
A bluespace anomaly ripped these poor souls from their home planet, and threw them into this hell hole. You can call it bad luck or maybe you can call it fate. They don't seem very prone to Nanotrasen rule however, as their highest ranking officer abides to his or her own rules. It'd be risky to try to strike a deal with them, but overall they seem non hostile.
Threat Level: Minimal
Multiple facilities have been spotted by recon officers, but they are usually boarded up and appear to be abandoned. No expense was taken to collect information given that they were hidden behind large gaps of lava. Any attempt made must be recorded, and reported back to Nanotrasen. We don't know what could be behind those walls. Rumors have spread that there are scientists behind those walls, and others opened up that the Syndicate is targeting Nanotrasen again.
Threat Level: High
These are what you should be looking out for, generally try and get a good mix of the more exotic ore types. Mine gibtonite by hitting the ore with a mining tool then hitting it with your scanner. Don't wait too long or it will explode!
|Name||Wall||Raw Ore||Point Value||Processed Ore||Frequency|
Some ores can be smelted to produce alloys.
Obtain by: Smelting plasma and iron.
Who Needs What
- Scientists at least a bit of every ore. In exchange they may upgrade your protolathe, allowing for you to get more advanced mining items.
- Roboticists need diamond, uranium, silver and gold for building mech parts. Give them enough and you've indirectly helped out most of the departments on the station if the Roboticists are competent enough to build helpful stompy mechs for everybody! Too bad the Ripley is the only
goodmech for mining.
- The Quartermaster may want mineral sheets to trade them in for bonus supply credits. Plasma in particular is both common and valuable.
- Everybody could always use more iron, glass and plasteel, but especially Roboticists and Station Engineers.
- The Chemist and Xenobiologist will all appreciate having extra plasma.
- A competent Virologist can use several sheets of uranium to create incredibly powerful healing viruses.
- A Clown with Bananium is a grateful and dangerous ally.
- The Bartender can use a few sheets of uranium or iron to craft some of his rarest cocktails.
- The Atmospheric Technician, though only a select few, can use dilithium crystals to incredible effect in their fusion reactions. If an atmos tech asks you to supply a few, you might want to pay attention.
The Wonders of Plasma Magmite
Plasma Magmite is a rare ore that spawns exclusively in Hardened Basalt and Granite. It can only be dropped if destroyed by an explosion (gibtonite, mining charge, etc).
Take it to the World Anvil located in a guaranteed spawn ruin emitting a tempered signal letting you use your GPS to find it. The World Anvil must be heated first by using Gibtonite. Once heated, placing a piece of Plasma Magmite on it will forge it into Plasma Magmite Upgrade Parts that when used on a Proto-Kinetic Accelerator, Advanced Plasma Cutter or Plasma Cutter Shotgun it will upgrade them to their mega version. If the upgrade parts remain unused for 10 minutes they will become inert and need to be reheated at the World Anvil. The mega weapons are:
- The Mega Proto-Kinetic Accelerator: This functions the same as the normal PKA but has 120% mod capacity (up from 100%)
- The Mega Advanced Plasma Cutter: This functions the same as an Advanced Plasma Cutter but goes 7 tiles with a bonus range of 7 tiles (up from 5/5)
- The Mega Plasma Cutter Shotgun: This functions the same as a Plasma Cutter Shotgun but goes 7 tiles with a bonus range of 3 tiles (up from 5/2), it will also automatically defuse Gibtonite without needing an additional upgrade.
Secrets of Lavaland
While on the planet, you may come upon artificial structures. They can have items ranging from magical artifacts, to other lifeforms, to alien facehuggers. If you are at all unsure, always let your mining buddies know using :u before going in, as some ruins can be very dangerous.
- Going in pairs or in groups while mining decreases your likelihood of dying from fauna. This increases your lifespan while mining, but decreases the amount of ore mined generally.
- Alternatively, go completely solo to lower the chance of friendly fire, increase your mining speed, and so you can keep the mining treasures for yourself.
- If you aggro a megafauna, run AWAY from the mining outpost. Most megafauna can be easily outpaced but have a much higher aggro range while and shortly after chasing someone, and it becomes incredibly difficult to leave the planet when an ash drake is lounging around in the mining shuttle.
- Your mining satchel will automatically pick up ores as long as it is on your immediate person (in pockets, on belt, in hands, etc.) If you are dragging an ore box, ores will automatically be dumped into that instead.
- Minebots are great at distracting monsters. Just walk near and bash the distracted target with your drill. They can take quite a beating, though goliaths can take them down pretty quickly if you're not quick enough. Plus they collect all the crap gibtonite left.
- The Proto-kinetic Accelerator can destroy electrified grilles without needing a pair of insulated gloves.
- The Proto-kinetic Accelerator will obliterate a space carp in one hit while in space.
- The Kinetic Crusher is a robust melee weapon even on station.
- If you're expecting trouble on the station, consider taking out a window on the mining shuttle and bringing an RCD before you return to make a quick getaway so you're not trapped like a rat in a cage.
- The mining drone can be repaired with a welding tool, but not in the middle of a fight. A goliath will always win in a one on one fight with a mining drone.
- Life improving things:
- Explorer suit upgrade : Goliath plates can be added to both an explorer suit, aswell as the hood that goes with said suit. Each part of the suit can hold 3 plates, stacking to 30% on each plate added. The plates will stack until they reach 60%, which may help you live in case a goliath grabs you.
- Security Jumpsuit : This gives a +10% melee resist to everywhere but your head. Nag the QM or HoP to give you one.
- Augmentations : Augs are useful for miners, as healing with a welder is ultimately easier. Plus they work differently than armor when it comes to protection, instead reducing all brute damage taken by an augmented body part by 5 (4 for burn). Downsides : EMP vulnerability and inability to heal augmented body parts normally.
- Getting your hands on a Mining Satchel of Holding is a game changer. You're able to hold an infinite amount of ores with just a small satchel, which allows for ore gathering at much higher speeds.
- Kinetic accelerators can be used as infinite tools to navigate space, since every time you fire, it'll throw you in the opposite direction.
- Dual Kinetic Accelerators allow you to do much more immediate damage, at the cost of slower recharge speed. Doing dual Kinetic Accelerators is advisable for new miners fighting megafauna, because it allows one to focus on dodging longer.
- The Hierophant can be manipulated and brought to the corners of the arena or out of it if you wish to smash ore at great yields. Just make sure to bring an ore box if you wish to do this without a satchel of holding.
- The Ore redemption machine can be unbolted and put on the mining shuttle then re-bolted for quick access. This saves you from taking the shuttle all the way back to the station just to dump your ore before going back.
- The pressure on lava land is actually harmless and is just enough for your Proto-kinetic Accelerator to do its maximum damage. The reason you have a suit is so you can have access to an oxygen tank and some reliable amour against the hostilities of lava land. But do know, the explorer suit does not work in space on the station Z level, but you can always buy a miner's hardsuit from the miner vendor machine for 2000 points, which will work in space.
- It is a very bad idea to mine with 2 PKAs on harm intent. If you were to come across a gibonite you would hit it twice and it will immediately detonate, likely within the range of killing you. Hope you have a good mining medic.
A traitorous miner has a lot of advantages. The treasures on lavaland are among the most powerful and dangerous of any jobs. Certain minerals you'll find have more "specialized" uses - uranium structures will irradiate people, plasma can start fires, gibtonite goes boom. Robotics are generally willing to make you a mech, which you can use instead of fighting fauna to murder people on station. Megafauna and tendril treasures can be more powerful than even your uplink. In addition, lavaland is isolated, hard to get to, dangerous, and as expansive as you're willing to dig out. There is plenty of room to fight a guerilla war against the ones foolish enough to pursue you. However, you also have the weaknesses of being suspicious when on station, and the best loot is dangerous to obtain and/or time consuming.
Tips for Traitoring
- If you're a miner and you have to kill another miner; there's a really easy way to block communications one way so he can't call for help.
- Grab a multitool, go to the mining communications room.
- Use the multi tool on the relay and make sure the relay isn't sending, meaning your headset won't go to people on the station.
- Kill your target with their shouts for help unheard.
- More than one uranium wall is hilariously deadly, as they give off a pulse of radiation every couple of seconds. This pulse makes other uranium walls in range pulse as well, and they all run on their own timer.
- Tiers 0-1-2-3 can gib bodies, remember mining suits take 50% of damage away from bombs, so strip miners you want to make disappear forever first.
- Ripley is a fairly robust murdering tool, if you can, convince robotics to put a gravity catapult on it. SLAM PEOPLE INTO WALLS. THE SUFFERING NEVER ENDS.
- Space is your best ally. Your weapons are more lethal in space, and anyone who wants to chase you will need access to a jetpack and EVA gear. Make people fight on your terms by blowing up the station with various Gibtonite charges, or bust in, stun and drag targets into space.
- Survival Medipens and Legion Cores are extremely useful to counter the stations foolish attempts to kill you.
- Stuns are the bane of any miners existence, using your TC to counter this is advisable.
- Though the Hierophant staff loses its offensives capabilities on the station, the Hierophant's Antenna, which can be purchased as a traitor Miner, will allow the staff to work as it would normally do on lava land.
- Without the Hierophants Antenna it is still a very strong and prominent kidnapping tool. You could stun your target and teleport them off the station onto a different Z level in seconds alone onto your playing fields and to crew it would seem as if they got erased from reality by a