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The following menus are found along the bottom edge of the screen. The first eight menus are bound to hotkeys F1 through F8. (See: Controls)


The Architect menu is mainly used to designate construction.


From the Work menu you can set the tasks you want your colonists to perform, though some colonists cannot perform all tasks. For example nobles can only access research and firefighting whilst a settler can access all skills.

It is possible to get your base working very efficiently by managing who does what job; hover over a skill box to see the colonist's proficiency score out of 20. Each box will also show a colonist's passion for that skill indicated by one or two flames. This will help you decide who you want doing each task. Using the wrong people will slow down your progression. It is a good idea to study your colonists' skills and apply them to their strengths.

In standard mode, colonists will either perform a task or not, with tasks on the left ranked more importantly than tasks on the right. In manual mode, each colonist's tasks can be prioritized from 0 (blank) to 4. 1 is the highest priority, 4 is the lowest, and blank tasks will not be performed. Properly utilizing manual mode can make sure everyone always has something to do and avoids idle colonists.

Colonists will only perform work in their allowed area.

Some characters are incapable of certain work and/or certain categories of work (i.e. violent, dumb labor). This is listed under Incapable Of in the character tab. Characters with a skill level 0 in a skill are still capable of performing the relevant task, they will just be Extremely ineffective and inefficient.

Work types


This task allows a colonist to extinguish fires. Colonists will not extinguish fires that are not both in their allowed area and the home zone.

  • Relevant skill: none
  • Category: Scary

Patients go to a medical bed to receive treatment for an immediately life-threatening health condition (i.e. a treatable illness). It is not advisable to ever disable this or severely lower the priority. See the 'bed rest' task to set the priority for non-disease injuries.

  • Relevant skill: none
  • Category: none

Doctors heal the wounded, treat the sick, and perform operations. Doctors also automatically rescue downed colonists.

  • Relevant skill: Medicine
  • Category: Caring
Bed rest

This task prescribes a colonist to rest in bed to heal injuries. It does not designate a priority for sleep when a colonist need to replenish rest or to recover from a disease.

  • Relevant skill: none
  • Category: none

Flickers toggle power on appliances and switches.

  • Relevant skill: none
  • Category: none

Wardens feed prisoners, chat with them, and try to recruit them, as chosen by the player. Wardens also carry out prisoners releases and executions. These options can be selected for each prisoner on the Prisoner tab found on the inspect pane.

  • Relevant skill: Social
  • Category: Social

Handlers tame animals. Handlers rescue wounded animals, train, feed, milk, shear, and slaughter.

  • Relevant skill: Animals
  • Category: Animals

Cooks butcher animals, prepare meals at a cook stove or campfire, and brew beer.

  • Relevant skill: Cooking
  • Category: Skilled labor

Hunters hunt animals marked for hunting, but will require a weapon to do so (you will be notified via message of colonists with the Hunting job that are unarmed).

  • Skills: Shooting, Melee
  • Category: Violent

Constructors build things and smooth floors.

  • Relevant skill: Construction
  • Category: Skilled labor

Repairers fix buildings and structures that have lost hit points.

  • Relevant skill: Construction
  • Category: Skilled labor

Growers plant and harvest domestic crops.

  • Relevant skill: Growing
  • Category: Skilled labor

Miners dig out marked sections of stone and minerals.

  • Relevant skill: Mining
  • Category: Skilled labor
Plant cut

Plant cutters harvest food from wild plant and cut down marked plants.

  • Relevant skill: Technically Growing (listed as 'None' though) (Citation Needed)
  • Category: Dumb labor

Smiths create weapons at the smithing bench.

  • Relevant skill: Smithing
  • Category: Skilled labor

Tailors craft clothing at the tailor's workbench.

  • Relevant skill: Tailoring
  • Category: Skilled labor

Artists make sculptures at the sculptor's table.

  • Relevant skill: Artistic
  • Category: Artistic

Crafters do general low-skilled labor at work stations such as stonecutting and smelting.

  • Relevant skill: Crafting
  • Category: Skilled labor


Carry materials, items, and corpses to stockpiles
Cremate corpses at the crematorium
Burn apparel and drugs at a campfire or crematorium
Open cryptosleep caskets and sarcophagi
Transfer wort to fermenting barrels
Strip pawns marked for stripping
Rearm traps
  • Relevant skill: none
  • Category: Dumb labor

Cleaners remove filth such as dirt, blood, and vomit, which would otherwise negatively affect the beauty of a room.

  • Relevant skill: none
  • Category: Dumb labor

Researchers do research work at a research bench to unlock new items and building options.

  • Relevant skill: Research
  • Category: Intellectual


The Restrictions screen allows the player to schedule an activity for each colonist, for each hour of a 24 hour day. Activities include: Anything, Work, Joy, and Sleep.

Also, each colonist is assigned to an allowed area. By default each colonist is set to 'unrestricted' allowing them to do activities anywhere on the map. Clicking the allowed area box on a colonist's row assigns that colonist to that area. The 'Manage allowed areas' button opens a window where allowed areas may be created, deleted, or renamed. Up to eight allowed areas may be created.


The Assign screen has the following functions:

  • Threat response: Sets each colonist's behavior when enemies are nearby. (This setting is also available on the colonist's inspect pane.)
Flee (default)
  • Outfits: Allows the player to manage apparel profiles. Colonists will automatically don apparel according to their assigned outfit using the best apparel possible and according to the season. They will automatically switch out damaged apparel for better apparel, or poor-quality apparel for high-quality apparel. A colonist will not automatically equip a personal shield if they have a ranged weapon equipped. If the player manually assigns apparel, the colonist will never remove it until the manual assignment is cleared. In the Gear tab manually assigned apparel is listed as 'forced'. Forced apparel can be cleared using the 'Clear forced' button on the Assign window.

There are several default outfits as follows:

  • Nudist: Allows only headgear. A nudist does not consider headgear to be clothing and will still get the appropriate mood buff.
  • Worker: Excludes any type of armor but allows most everything else.
  • Soldier: Includes armor and clothing suited for cold weather.

The player may modify these outfits or create their own.

  • Drugs: Allows the player to edit and set drug policies that can be applied to each colonist.


The Animals window lists all the colony animals. Clicking an animal name will center the map to that animal.

  • A button lists the animal's master, if it has one. Click the button to assign a new master.
  • Allowed areas are also listed here including Unrestricted, Home area, and animal areas. Each animal stays in its assigned area unless its master is drafted.
  • The [Manage areas...] button at the top of the window opens another window to edit allowed areas.


The Research window is used to select the next technology to research. The Research button is also a progress bar of the current research project.


There are five different factions in the game besides your own: Tribes, Outlanders, Pirates, Spacers and Mechanoids. Each faction has its own unique characteristics and view of your colony. By default, only the Outlanders are non-hostile. However, attacking Outlander forces will cause them to retaliate and become hostile.


The tribes are groups of neolithic people with basic weaponry such as bows and spears. They have probably inhabited the planet for a long time. They always wear tribal clothing, which is equivalent in stats to a standard shirt. People from this faction are usually very hard to recruit (difficulty 80+), though it is possible to do so. Tribe names often have words derived from Spanish, such as 'miñoca', 'legua', etc. They may not seem very strong due to their low level of technology, but they make up for it with sheer numbers. It is not uncommon to see raids of over twenty tribesmen later in the game, even on lower difficulties. This faction is a formidable ally and foe alike. They may not be as dangerous as pirates, but they are not insignificant.


Outlanders use the same equipment and technology as pirates, but do not behave the same. Outlanders by default are non-hostile but can be provoked into hostility. Due to their similarity to your colony they can be considered the standard faction. They often use similar equipment and tactics as normal pirates, but rarely use high level gear such as charge rifles or snipers. Be nice to them and you will be rewarded, but anger them and you basically have another pirate group, except this one can be negotiated with.


Pirates sport modern weapons and gear, though occasionally use advanced gear. It is pretty much impossible to negotiate with them (any attempts to do so result in vitriolic insults being thrown at you over the comm system). Pirates are the primary source of raids, usually attacking from the sides and occasionally dropping directly on your base. They kidnap incapacitated colonists if you leave them incapacitated and within reach. The Pirates can be considered the bad guys of RimWorld.


Spacers are an off-map faction, similar to mechanoids. They affect your colony in the form of survivors from spaceship disasters, and often require medical attention in the aftermath of whatever they were escaping. Spacers can also often be found within the cryptosleep caskets of ancient ruins. No one knows what scenario forced them into their prolonged sleep, but those daring enough to awaken them should be prepared to defend themselves from an attack as the spacers sometimes lash out in dazed confusion. Sleeping Spacers often wield high-tech weaponry and powerful armor, but managing to subdue them gains skilled allies who will willingly join your colony (recruit difficulty <40).


The Mechanoids are a faction of super-advanced robots, all of which are extremely formidable in combat. They come in two forms: Centipedes, and Scythers. Centipedes are the Mechanoids' heavy infantry unit, coming equipped with a minigun, inferno cannon, or heavy charge blaster, as well as remarkably tough armor. Centipedes are capable of dealing a great amount of damage to your colony. Their primary purpose is to soak up damage from static defenses while suppressing enemy infantry's movements. They cannot move quickly, so it is often possible to run around it in circles and not get injured. Use this to your advantage when combating Centipedes. Scythers are the Mechanoids' light infantry unit, coming equipped with a charge lance and lighter, though still durable, armor. Scythers can deal a great amount of damage per shot with their heavy weapon, and their range means that they can attack improvised turrets without retaliation. Their primary purpose is to pick off defenses and defenders, while maintaining enough mobility to chase down survivors. If at all possible, it is best to avoid engaging Scythers head on, as their weapon can do significant and possibly lethal damage in the first shot. Once killed, all Mechanoids drop metal and leave a mechanoid corpse which can be broken down at a machining table for even more metal. A Mechanoid attack can easily destroy your colony if you are not prepared for it. They have a decent combat AI that utilizes each unit's strengths, making them a dangerous enemy to face. Mechanoids can invade from the edge of the map, or they can be dropped directly into an unsuspecting base. Mechanoids are the enemies of the "Ancient Ship Crash" event, in which they will emerge from the wreckage of their ship and attack if a colonist attacks it.


The World interface provides information about the world on which you find yourself. By default it is focused in on the site of your colony, though you can learn more about any area by clicking on its map tile. Currently the World menu provides the colony's coordinates, elevation, average temperature, biome, terrain, and rainfall. The map by default displays all of these features, but can be changed to display only one of these characteristics at a time (except for terrain and coordinates).

In the upcoming Alpha 16 update, the World system will be revamped, and finally given a purpose outside of generation and selecting a landing site: granting the ability to launch raids against other Factions which are present in the world. There also appears to be possibly different unique world types, such as Ice Planets which are frozen at all but the equatorial regions. It will also be possible to 'Settle', which possibly means that other bases from your Colony can be set up.

All of this will be done through caravans which you may deploy, consisting of whatever existing colonists you designate to be a part of that. These caravans will still need to be provided with sufficient supplies so that the colonists as part of that won't starve themselves. Caravans will be able to be split at your will, meaning that you can theoretically deploy one large caravan, which can be split into 2 smaller ones to attack more areas in one journey, or settle at more places - or both.



On the History screen, the graph tab shows a historical graph. There are three different graphs:

  • Wealth: This graph has lines depicting total wealth, item wealth, and building wealth.
  • Population: This graph shows the free population and prisoner population.
  • Colonist mood: This graph only displays the average mood of all of the colonists. At the top of the three graphs is a series of colored circles that describe every random event that has occurred. Blue circles are positive or neutral events, yellow circles are negative events, and red circles are attacks. The event circles are chronologically in sync with the graph, so that each event happened at the time specified on the graph. The graphs can be filtered to include only results from the last 300, 100, and 30 days.


On the History screen, the Statistics tab contains information about the colony, including the current Storyteller and difficulty scale, total colony wealth, the number of major threats and enemy raids, the total amount of damage taken and colonists killed, and the number of colonists launched into space.


The Menu provides the following functions:

  • Save
  • Load game
  • Review scenario
  • Options
  • Quit to main menu
  • Quit to OS