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Shaft Miner
Access: Mining Station, Mining Station EVA, Cargo Office, Mineral Storage
Additional Access: Maintenance, Cargo Bay, MULEbot access, Quartermaster's Office
Difficulty: Hard
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, Auxiliary Base Construction
Quote: Spare vouc- oh.

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

Mining Dock
The Mining Dock is your access to the Mining Station.

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.
  • 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.

You can click on an adjacent rock or run directly into it to begin picking or drilling the rock, but the Kinetic Accelerator is much faster and more efficient and you should be using that instead of a pickax or mining drill. Keep in mind that if you do decide to pick or drill your way through rock, you can have multiple dig jobs running at the same time to mine faster.

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. He can watch cameras on the Asteroid and has full access to Mining, so keep that in mind.

The Objective

You're here to mine, so get digging! Once you're full to bursting with ores, drag your ore box back to the station and head to cargo where the ore redemption machine sits. Insert your ID, and empty the box next to the machine to offload your ores and have them instantly processed into sheets. You gain points for doing this, so be sure to claim them and then retrieve your ID. Now buy new gear if you want, take your crate and it's back to the mines!

How to Do This

  1. Gear up! From the mining equipment locker, you will need Meson Scanner goggles, a mining scanner, your pickaxe (optional), 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.
  2. Use your voucher on a mining vending machine to select your choice of advanced mining tool, listed below.
  3. Go to the Lavaland Mining Station and get an explorer suit, breath 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.
  4. Before you go, you'll want an Ore Box, which can hold an infinite amount of minerals. Ore boxes are available on the mining station, the mining shuttle and rarely on the field.
  5. Make sure you've packed a bluespace shelter capsule if you plan on a long distance expedition.
  6. 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.
  7. Pick up minerals by using your mining satchel on them: it will gather the whole stack up in one click. Then use the satchel on the ore box to transfer the minerals there.
  8. Go to the ore redeemer and get points. If R&D doesn't show up, you can also deliver materials to R&D (10-15 sheets each material except iron) and everything else to Robotics. Ask R&D for upgrades if they have the materials.
  9. At the mining equipment vendor you can get advanced equipment with the points you've gained.
  10. Use your better gear to push deeper into Lavaland.
  11. If you feel robust enough, explore some Ruins and die horribly get amazing rewards.
  12. If you feel VERY robust, look for Megafauna with your GPS and try to kill it, for extremely valuable loot.


You start the shift with a complimentary mining voucher, worth one free item out of a selection of four. These items, and their strengths, are:

  • Survival Capsule and Explorer's Webbing: The webbing (you put on your belt slot) allows you to carry even more mining equipment - having a second shelter capsule is nice too. 900 pts value.
  • Resonator and Advanced Mining Scanner: The Resonator takes a bit of practice, but is extremely good for killing fauna. The advanced scanner has almost twice the scanning range and updates much faster. 1600 pts.
  • Mining Drone: Some swear by it, others hate it. A 'useful' companion that helps in storing ore and hunting wildlife. You can also purchase upgrades to make the little bugger more useful. Comes with an industrial welding tool and welding goggles for repairs. ~800 pts.
  • 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. 1700 pts.
  • Crusher Kit: Contains a proto-kinetic crusher, a chest webbing like the capsule kit, and a mini fire extinguisher. The crusher is two-handed and hard to use without getting hit, but can be powerful against fauna. 1650 pts.
  • Mining Conscription Kit: A duffle bag full of basic items for one conscript - pickaxe, jumpsuit, 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. N/A pts.

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.

Stimpacks can help you in a pinch for example, or 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. Or you can spend it all on booze and cigars.

Default Gear

The following is a list of default mining equipment:

Essential Equipment

Item Description
Explorer Suit
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 goliath plates.
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. You can also use your emergency oxygen tank which can be placed on your suit. Running out of oxygen is unlikely with the full sized tank.
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Meson Scanners and Mining Scanner
When used together will briefly flash any ore on screen. Can be placed in your pocket to work automatically.
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.
Survival Knife
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 to save space, but remember to alt-click the boots to draw the knife back out.
Survival Medipen
A cocktail of powerful healing chemicals. Contains Salbutamol, Leporazine, Tricordrazine, Epinephrine, Mining Nanites and Omnizine. Heals all types of damage and stabilizes body temperature.
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.
Ore Satchel
For carrying ore without using a mining cart, holds 50 ore nuggets. Get at least one of these, make sure to set the bag to "all on tile". Use in conjunction with an ore crate. (Newbie tip: This does not work like a typical backpack. Hold it in your hand and click the ore with that hand to pick it up.)
Mining Voucher
Found in your backpack, exchange this at the mining equipment locker for one of several items listed below
Proto-kinetic Accelerator
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. KAs are the only weapon that deals direct explosion damage: bomb suits can negate 90% of the damage dealt by a KA.

Miscellaneous Equipment

Items that, while not critical to take, can be situationally useful.

Item Description
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.
Ore box
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.

Advanced Gear

The following are more advanced items that need to be purchased from a mining equipment vendor, points being earned by mining.

Voucher/Reward Equipment

These items can either be acquired from a voucher, or are bought with points earned via mining via the redemption machine on the station. Prices are included.

Mining Equipment Vendor
Mining Equipment Vendor
Mining Equipment Vendor List
Item Description cPrice
1 Marker Beacon A glowing prism stone that you can anchor to the ground. Useful if you tend to get lost. a10 Points
10 Marker Beacon Same as above, but 10 beacons. a100 Points
30 Marker Beacon Same as above, but 30 beacons. a300 Points
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A bottle of alcohol, helps you forget you literally work in hell. a100 Points
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A bottle of alcohol, helps you forget you literally work in hell. a100 Points
A high-quality havana cigar. a150 Points
A bar of slippery soap. a200 Points
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Laser Pointer
Just a laser pointer, don't shite it into people's eyes. Useful against rogue Cyborgs. a300 Points
Toy Facehugger
An extremely realistic-looking facehugger toy, to prank the crew with. Latches onto faces and tears off masks. a300 Points
Stabilizing Serum
Can be used on legion souls to prevent them from decaying. a400 Points
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Fulton Beacon
Creates an anchored beacon when used in hand that fulton packs can target as a drop-off point. a400 Points
Bluespace Shelter Capsule
The Shelter Capsule is indispensable for long expeditions: it creates an ash-storm proof 3x3 room complete with breathable air, a sleeper and some warm donk-pockets. a400 Points
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GAR Mesons
A pair of very sharp meson scanners. Can be thrown as a weapon, with a chance to embed. a500 Points
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Chest Webbing
Can be worn on the belt slot, stores mining equipment. a500 Points
Survival Medipen
Contains several healing and heat-stabilizing chemicals. Using more than one in a short period will cause several overdoses. a500 Points
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Point Transfer Card
A card that can store mining points, to transfer between miners. a500 Points
Brute First-Aid Kit
Contains bandages and brute-healing patches. a600 Points
Tracking Implant Kit
Contains tracking implants and a locator; useful if you want others to find your corpse in case of death. a600 Points
Wormhole Jaunter
One-use item that creates a wormhole to a random beacon on station. The portal is unstable and will make you dizzy after using it. Can be worn on the belt slot to prevent death on chasms. a750 Points
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Proto-kinetic Crusher
A powerful melee weapon. Shoots kinetic bolts that don't deal damage, but can mark large creatures making the hammer deal increased damage when used on them. It will deal even greater damage on backstab. a750 Points
Proto-kinetic Accelerator
The classic mining weapon. Buy it from here if you did not get one at roundstart. a750 Points
Advanced Mining Scanner
A upgrade over the default Mining Scanner. This tool has a much larger detection radius of seven tiles (the entire screen), and updates more frequently. a800 Points
Another deadly tool. This will, when used on rock or an empty space, create a field on that spot that lasts for about five seconds before rupturing, causing serious damage to anything standing on it. Just like the kinetic accelerator, it does reduced damage in pressurized environments. You can activate it in your hand to switch the field to last between 3 and 5 seconds. Using it on an already-marked spot will instantly rupture the field. a800 Points
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Fulton Extraction Pack
A balloon that can be used to extract equipment or personnel who are outside (not within the station or the mining base) to a Fulton Recovery Beacon. Anything not bolted down can be moved. Swap which beacon the pack is aiming at by using the pack in hand. It has a limited number of uses, examine the pack to check how many are left. a1000 Points
Lazarus Injector A miracle injection capable of reviving simple living beings from death, making them friendly to you and the crew. Useless on humans, monkeys, and other complex living beings. Resurrect Ian for all access from a thankful Head of Personnel! Or make yourself a pet Goliath. The lazarus injector can be EMP'd to make revived mobs hostile to everyone but you. Also useful for bartering with the HoP or any staff with a pet. Expect R&D to want one, as it has high research value. a1000 Points
Silver-plated Pickaxe
Slightly better than the default pickaxe, but still a lot worse than your starting KA. a1000 Points
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Mining Jetpack Upgrade
A jetpack that you can attach to any hardsuit for better mobility. Useless on Lavaland but great back on the station. a2000 Points
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Space Cash
A thousand credits, to spend however you want! Of course, it's almost completely worthless on the station. a2000 Points
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Mining Hardsuit
A nostalgic suit piece from the older days of asteroid mining. Useless on Lavaland but great to explore space. Can be upgraded up to 8 times with goliath plates, to achieve extreme melee resistance. a2000 Points
Diamond Pickaxe
For when you want something shinier and better than your default pickaxe and the scientists are either too lazy or too dead to make drills or jackhammers. STILL worse than a basic KA. a2000 Points
Super Resonator
Like the regular resonator, but able to have 5 fields active at a time. a2500 Points
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Jump Boots
A pair of boots tha allow you to jump over three tiles, skipping chasms. a2500 Points
Luxury Shelter Capsule
Tired of cramped shelter capsules? This is for you! Comes with a three-course meal, a deluxe companion and much more. a3000 Points
KA White Tracer Rounds Mod
A modkit that makes your KA's projectile flight path visible, in a white color. a100 Points
KA Adjustable Tracer Rounds Mod
A modkit that makes your KA's projectile flight path visible. Use in hand to cycle between colors. a150 Points
Super KA Chassis Mod
A modkit that makes your KA look yellow, like one of the no longer existing Super-Kinetic Accelerators. a250 Points
Hyper KA Chassis Mod
A modkit that makes your KA look orange, like one of the no longer existing Hyper-Kinetic Accelerators. a300 Points
KA Range Mod
A modkit that increases your KA's range by 1. a1000 Points
KA Damage Mod
A modkit that increases your KA's damage by 10. a1000 Points
KA Cooldown Mod
A modkit that reduces your KA's cooldown by 0.25 seconds. a1000 Points
KA AoE Damage Mod
A modkit that makes your KA hit in a 3x3 AoE, dealing 20% of the original damage per modkit. a2000 Points
Mining Drone
This helpful little guy goes around collecting loose ore so you don't have to. Will drop its haul when you hit it with the mining scanner. Clicking on it with an empty hand will toggle it between ore collection and wildlife fighting mode, where it will attack xenos with its built-in kinetic accelerator and drill. Will not pick up sand with no nearby ore around, for some reason. Comes with an upgraded welding tool if redeemed via voucher. It cannot be repaired while it is fighting. It can be further upgraded with special modules bought from the vending machine to increase its effectiveness. a500 Points
Drone: Melee Upgrade
Increases the Drone's melee damage. a400 Points
Drone: Health Upgrade
Increases the Drone's health. a400 Points
Drone: Ranged Upgrade
Decreases the Drone's ranged weapon's cooldown. a600 Points
Drone: AI Upgrade
Installs a high tech AI into the Drone (grants a ghost control over the Drone). a1000 Points

Free Golem Equipment Vendor
Free Golem Equipment Vendor

The Free Golem ship has some extra goodies:

Golem Equipment Vendor List
Item Description cPrice
Extra ID An extra ID that works for redeeming points and entering the station. a250 Points
Science Goggles A pair of regular science goggles. a250 Points
Monkey Cube A single monkey cube. Just add water. a300 Points
Toolbelt A toolbelt, like the ones on station. a350 Points
Sulphuric Acid A 50 unit beaker of sulphuric acid. Useful in combination with The Liberator's Legacy. a500 Points
Royal Cape of the Liberator A replica of the Liberator's cape. A must-have for every Free Golem. a500 Points
Grey Slime Extract Ever wanted to do Xenobiology on Lavaland? There you go. a1000 Points
Modification Kit A trigger modkit that allows golems to use the Kinetic Accelerator. a1700 Points
The Liberator's Legacy A box with all circuit boards needed to build your own RnD department! The RnD console synchronizes with the station's server. a2000 Points

RnD Gear

The following is a list of advance items that can be acquired only from RnD, using a combination of minerals and high tech research.

RnD Gear
Item Description
Mining Drill
Can be acquired early on from RnD. It's twice as fast as the standard Pickaxe but is quickly superseded by better variants and is expensive for what it gives.
Diamond Tipped Mining Drill
Very powerful drill, able to almost instantly mine mineral walls. Very expensive in terms of Diamonds needed to produce however.
Sonic Jackhammer
The epitome of mining. Can practically instantly mine through rock and walls. But it requires three times the Diamonds of a Diamond Tipped Drill.
KA Range Mod
A modkit that increases your KA's range by 1.
KA Damage Mod
A modkit that increases your KA's damage by 10.
KA Cooldown Mod
A modkit that reduces your KA's cooldown by 0.25 seconds.
KA AoE Mining Mod
A modkit that makes your KA mine rocks in a 3x3 AoE. It does not, however, deal AoE damge. You're usually better off carrying a plasma cutter to deal with rocks and keep the KA for combat.
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Plasma Cutter
A fast mining tool. Shoots rock-breaking bolts that pierce up to 3 rocks per shot. Rechargeable by inserting raw plasma into it. Less efficient in combat than a KA, however, and even less when in high pressure.
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Advanced Plasma Cutter
A very fast mining tool. Shoots rock-breaking bolts that pierce up to 6 rocks per shot, basically allowing you to pierce rock as fast as you can walk. Rechargeable by inserting raw plasma into it.
Mining Satchel of Holding
Very cheap mining satchel that can hold an unlimited amount of minerals and ore.
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Night Vision Mesons
These glasses work like normal mesons, but they can see perfectly in the darkness negating the need for torches in lavaland.

The Wildlife

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!

Creature Description Threat
Considered annoying at worst, and a free medkit at best. These creatures unleash legion skulls, one after another at you whilst trying to keep a distance. Fortunately, each of its spawn dies in a single hit (even a single punch), and deal tickle damage to you; the legion itself can't directly hit you. It's best to go on the aggressive against these with pickaxe in hand, advancing constantly whilst picking away each of its brood. Once you've closed the gap or have it stuck in a corner, it's toast. If you fall unconscious while you're being attacked, however, you will instantly die and be turned into a Legion.

It drops a soul when killed. Hit yourself with the soul and it will instantly restore your health to its maximum, and even cure diseases or any other ailment on your body. It also has the side effect of purging any beneficial chemicals from your system, so don't munch one just after injecting a stimulant. Don't think you can store these for later, though -- they will spoil after a few minutes unless you use a stabilizer from the vending machine. However, legion souls, spoilt or not, can be inserted in one's chest through surgery to provide a hands-free use of the legion soul, that will automatically activate if you fall into crit.
tl;dr strategy: Attack with your pickaxe/knife. Hack your way through the legion and its heads until the host is mush.

Fierce, territorial beasts capable of firing freezing beams, cold enough to inflict serious freeze burns while the watcher closes in and attacks its immobilized target. Fortunately, they don't attack unless someone comes very close to them, so if you don't feel confident, you can just wait until you have a few more goliath plates, or maybe some gibonite.

Despite the slowdown, watchers can be kited.
Butcher a watcher for 2 pieces of diamond ore.
Tip: Watchers are notably weak to explosions due to the nature of their bodies, taking over half their health in damage from even the weakest of explosions.

The bane of many careless miners. These monsters carry a hefty health pool, a mean wallop, and a deceptively dangerous ranged tentacle attack. They are inherently resistant to lasers, so using a KA is the best option regarding dealing with these. They move at a slow pace, stopping every couple seconds to burrow tentacles under you. These will trap you for a long duration if you stand on top of them for too long.

Fighting them is simple: Shoot, step back, shoot, avoid tentacles. Repeat this process until it stops moving.
Butcher a goliath for its hide and its meat. Goliath plates can be used to reinforce your hardsuit and helmet a maximum of three times, allowing you to turn your suit into something closer to a piece of riot gear if you hunt some Goliaths. The meat can be cooked in lava.

Necropolis Tendrils
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. 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.

Fighting them can involve killing all its protectors patiently, or using tactics like gibtonite. Either way, once killed, ignore the remaining monsters, grab the chest, and RUN.
When kiled, they spawn necropolis chests which can contain a variety of useful artifacts, that usually cannot be found anywhere else. See the table below for the possible loot.

Medium to Very High
Mostly harmless and 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.

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! Just don't let it get away after spooking it.

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Extremely big and powerful creatures, that randomly spawn in lavaland. Each one of these emits a GPS Signal that can be tracked with your own GPS, to either seek or avoid them.

To beat them and get their valuable loot, you must either have good equipment or be VERY good at dodging their attacks, as failure usually means not only death, but gibbing as well, meaning that unless you were clone-scanned your body is unrecoverable.
Their slow speed means that you can usually outrun them, although you should be careful of not letting them hitch a ride in the mining ferry, as the station has very few weapons that can damage megafauna.


The Loot

Necropolis Chest Loot
Name Description
Paradox bag.png Paradox Bags A pair of bags with a linked storage: anything that is put in one can be pulled out of the other and vice versa.
Cult hardsuit.png Nar'Sien Hardsuit A cultist's hardsuit. It is very resistant to melee and bullet damage and fairly resistant to other kinds of damage; it also fits in backpacks.
Soulstone.png Soulstone 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.
Katana.gif Katana A very sharp katana. It deals 40 damage to unarmored targets (energy swords, for comparison, deal 30). It also has a 50% chance of deflecting melee attacks.
Godeye.gif Eye of God A strange eye. It can be worn on the glasses slot to gain x-ray vision plus night vision, but it cannot be removed. If you find a second Eye of God, you can wear that on top of the existing one to form a pair of Eyes of God, which looks cool but has no real benefit.
Flight potion.png Flight Potion
("Strange Elixir")
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.

Diamond Pickaxe.png Diamond Pickaxe A faster pickaxe. See the Mining Vendor list for more information.
Cult robes.png Cult Clothes Contains cult robes, a cult hood and a cult bedsheet. Great for starting your Nar'Sie fanclub.
Alien brain.png Alien Brain A xenomorph's brain. It is only useful for research, which can gain high biology levels out of it.
Cursed heart.gif Cursed Heart 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.
Bottled ship.png Ship in a Bottle When used, spawns a Mysterious Boat, which can travel over lava without need for oars.
Champion hardsuit.png Champion's Hardsuit A hardsuit coming from a Khorne BerserkerChampion. It's fairly resistant, has no slowdown, and is immune to fire. It also comes with a customizable Null Rod.
Sord.png Sord An unbelievably shitty sword.
Possessed blade.png Possessed Blade A sword possessed by a talking ghost. Exactly the same as the chaplain's Null Rod variant.
Dark blessing.png Dark Blessing 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.
Syndi cards.png Deck of Tarot Cards When used, spawns a Guardian Spirit bound to you. The type is chosen at random.
Modkit.png AoE Hybrid Modkit 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.
Warp cube.gif Red/Blue Cube A pair of cubes. When one is used, it teleports the user to the location of the other cube, with no cooldown.
Wisp lantern.png Wisp Lantern A lantern containing a wisp. When used, it releases the wisp, making it orbit around the user's head and granting it thermal vision and serving as a light source. It can be returned to the lantern by using it once again. The lantern does not otherwise need to be carried or protected for the effect to persist.
Immortality talisman.png Immortality Talisman A magic talisman. When used, it makes the user invulnerable but immobile for ten seconds. Being invulnerable does not protect from instant death effects such as singularities or point-blank bombs. Has a 60 seconds cooldown.
Meat hook.png Meat Hook A hook on the end of a long chain. Can be fired to throw a hook, which deals 25 armor-piercing damage and drags the target to the thrower's position, also stunning it for 3 seconds.
Clusterbang.png Inferno Grenade A clusterbuster grenade that, when activated, spawns several incendiary grenades, each releasing a plasma fire.
Inquisitor hardsuit.png Inquisitor Hardsuit An inquisitor hardsuit. It's fairly armoured, has no slowdown, and is immune to fire. Comes with a free chaplain's Null Rod and a bottle of Hell Water, an incredibly dangerous reagent which sets the drinker on fire while also destroying his brain.
Summon spellbook.png Instant Summons Spellbook A spellbook that grants you Instant Summons. When first used, it binds the item currently in your hand; every time it is used after will teleport the linked item to your hand.
Voodoo.png Wicker Doll 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.
  • When using a hot item on it (I.E. welder/match/lighter) it will heat the target.
  • When using a sharp item on it it will cause severe pain to the target, stunning it.
  • When using a bike horn on it it will HONK him, also dealing ear damage.
  • Setting the doll on fire will also set the target on fire.
  • When using the doll while targeting the head, it will make the target dizzy.
  • When using the doll while targeting an arm, the target will use that hand, or any item on it, on a random nearby mob.
  • When using the doll while targeting a leg, it will move the target randomly by a step.
  • When using the doll while targeting the eyes, it will allow the user to see through the target's eyes for ten seconds.
  • When using the doll while targeting the mouth, it will force the target to speak an user-inputted sentence. Radio prefixes such as ; can be used.

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.

For the bosses' loot, see Megafauna.


Your not always the only sentient being on the planet. Aside from the lovecraftian horrors living down there you may also content with several groups or factions of beings on the planet. Some hostile, some friendly.

The follow is a list of all known sentient groups found on the planet based on information sent from recon squads.


Recon Expedition #4
Threat Level: Minimal, Non Hostile
Note: A small group of podmen were observed living inside a sealed vault. They appear minimally armed and seem to avoid leaving their home.


Recon Expedition #9
Threat Level: Minimal, Non Hostile
Note: A 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.


Recon Expedition #13
Threat Level: Medium, Hostile
Note: 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 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.


PMC Expedition #1
Threat Level: High, Hostile
Note: A prison transport carrying high tier prisioners crashed on the planet, a PMC expedition was mounted to track them down but the team was unable to locate the crash site and was forced to abandon when the ash storms took a turn for the worse. Any prisoners found should be considered armed and extremely dangerous, and should only be approached by a fully equipped security team. This ruin doesn't spawn anymore.

The Ores

These are what you should be looking out for, generally try and get a good mix of the more exotic ore types. Iron ore is ok but it sells for little and is highly abundant on the station already.

Name Wall Raw Ore Point Value Processed Ore Frequency Uses
Iron Ironwall.png Ironore.png 1 Metal.png Very Common For just about everything.
Sand Minefloor.png Sandore.png 1
Very Common For making glass, which has a plethora of station applications. Activate sand in your hand to make sandstone bricks. These can be used to make dirt which can be used to grow plants.
Plasma Plasmawall.png Plasmaore.png 15 Plasmadone.png Common Ship sheets back to Centcom for bonus supply points.
Silver Silverwall.png Silverore.png 16 Silverdone.png Semi-Common Making dosh, mechs, and researching Bluespace.
Gold Goldwall.png Goldore.png 18 Golddone.png Semi-Common For making various electronics or pimping out Beepsky.
Titanium Titaniumrock.png Titaniumore.png 30 Titaniumdone.png Uncommon For high-tech mechs or R&D components. Also for building shuttle walls and floors.
Uranium Uraniumwall.png Uraniumore.png 30 Uraniumdone.png Uncommon For making you radioactive (notice: no joke, this shit is deadly as a wall or a door). Delicious cocktails.
Diamond Diamondwall.png Diamondore.png 50 Diamonddone.png Rare For making mech parts, among other industrial uses.
Bluespace Crystal BluespaceCrystalWall.png Bluespace Crystal.png 50 BS polycrystal.png Rare These crystals can be used in various ways. Give them to science to increase bluespace science, hold onto them to use as a risk free jaunter, or throw them at people to make them teleport randomly (often into space.)
Bananium Bananimumwall.png Bananimumore.png 60 Bananiumdone.png HONK! A rare and unusual mineral found exclusively in clown-controlled space. Used only for the H.O.N.K. mech and other clownlike items.
Gibtonite Gibtonitewall.gif Gibtoniteore.png N/A Uncommon For trolling miners blowing shit up, whether they be solid asteroid or other things. Hitting it with your mining tools will start a chain reaction. If you don't stop the reaction with your mining scanner in time, the gibtonite will explode. If you do, you can mine the ore, pick it up (you need both hands free) and use it as an explosive. The closer the gibtonite was to exploding before defused, the more potent its power. Cannot be forged or turned in to the ore redemption machine, so don't bring any of this to the station or else you'll be arrested ignored by security because they don't know what the hell it is.

How to obtain Gibtonite: Hit ore, count to 8 flashes of the ore then hit it with your scanner. Gibtonite varies in the number of reactions it has, so you may get lower quality ore. Use 2 of the 0 reaction ores (the most potent) to blow open the AI core and make it cry at it's malf failure!


Some ores can be smelted to produce alloys.


Found in: Syndicate spacecraft
Used for: Evil walls and floors
Strategy: Use it to create the walls and flooring used in a Syndicate spacecraft
An alloy of plasma and titanium.

Who Needs What

Miners don't have to deliver ores directly to departments -- they can if they want, or if those bastards are too lazy to leave their fortress of autism science -- but it never hurts to know what to aim for.

  • Scientists at least a bit of every ore. In exchange, they may give you upgrades for your Kinetic Accelerator, a Plasma Cutter, a Mining Satchel of Holding, and, if you're lucky, Night Vision Meson Scanners or a Bag of Holding!
  • 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 lavaproof Firefighter is the only good mech 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 that let you heal out of crit in two seconds.
  • 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.

Secrets of Lavaland

While on the asteroid, 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: some ruins can be very dangerous.


  • Always go with at least two other people when mining. Not only can you mine faster together, the chance that they could both be 'lings/traitors is rather low. Pickaxe to the skull tends to put down most people.
  • You can view the contents of a mining satchel as if it were a backpack.
  • Middle mouse click swaps your hand, allowing you to shoot minerals and grat them with the satchel quickly.
  • 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 Head of Personnel may reward you with all access if you resurrect Ian. Also, sometimes the Research Director will reward you for a pet gold grub.
  • If you're expecting trouble on the station, consider taking out a window on the mining shuttle before you return to make a quick getaway so you're not trapped like a rat in a cage.
  • Taking stimulants before delivering materials to science will help keep you alive.
  • 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:
    • Mining suit upgrade : Goliath plates add +10% melee resist each time when applied to a suit, ideally if you're just mining you'd want to solely apply that to your chest piece. The plates will stack until they reach 30%, 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 VERY 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). Downside : EMP vulnerability.
  • Kinetic accelerators can be used as infinite tools to navigate space, since every time you fire, it'll throw you in the opposite direction.

Dead Space

A traitorous miner has a lot of advantages. You have a space suit for free right away and a robust pickaxe. Certain minerals you'll find have more "specialized" uses -- uranium structures will irradiate people, plasma can start fires, gibtonite goes boom. You can also buy dangerous "mining" tools and possibly even revive those monsters you've been fighting. As long as you have some mineral wealth or an ore box with you, no one will suspect your presence around the station, even in highly restricted areas like robotics or toxins, and if you are smart enough, you could get a big stompy mech to drill people to death! In addition, the asteroid is isolated, hard to get to, dangerous, and as expansive as you're willing to dig out. Plenty of room for somebody to get lost in... Forever!

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.
  • You can get plasma at exactly the heat you need for canister bombs by welding a plasma door in vacuum. Use an air pump to take it, then put [REDACTED] KPa into an empty large tank (the size of plasma, emergency O2, etc). You can then ignite it with a can of pure O2 set to release at 1013.25 KPa. This is the Shaft Miner's canister bomb. It's easy to set up on the asteroid.
  • 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.
  • Stim packs don't just increase your movement speed, they lower the duration of stuns. Always have this running in your system to remain speedy and more difficult to keep down.

Tips for Culting

If you're a miner, Mining Station is the perfect hive for a cult. The back room can easily be broken down by Constructs, runes can be placed, and a single artificer can make it very difficult for Security to try and raid. Remember to cut cameras, so a Non-Asimov AI doesn't bolt and electrocute every door. Remember to use Teleport other to get Cultists off station and into safe custody. All the station needs is a Medibot and you are golden.

Jobs on /tg/station


Command Captain, Head of Personnel
Security Head of Security, Security Officer, Warden, Detective
Engineering Chief Engineer, Station Engineer, Atmospheric Technician
Science Research Director, Scientist, Roboticist
Medical Chief Medical Officer, Medical Doctor, Chemist, Geneticist, Virologist
Service Janitor, Bartender, Cook, Botanist, Clown, Mime, Chaplain, Curator
Civilian Quartermaster, Cargo Technician, Shaft Miner, Assistant, Lawyer
Non-human AI, Cyborg, Positronic Brain, Drone, Personal AI, Construct, Ghost
Antagonists Traitor, Malfunctioning AI, Changeling, Nuclear Operative, Blood Cultist, Clockwork Cultist, Revolutionary, Wizard, Blob, Devil, Abductor, Holoparasite, Xenomorph, Spider, Swarmers, Revenant, Morph, Nightmare, Space Ninja
Special CentCom Official, Death Squad Officer, Emergency Response Officer, Ian, Lavaland Role
Races Humans, Lizardperson, Flyperson, Plasmaman, Podman, Golem, Miscellaneous