Large stele

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Large stele

Large stele

A tall, thick slab with engravings on the sides. Steles have been used since ancient times to memorialize individuals, battles, and other important events.

Base Stats

Path Cost


2 × 2
pass through only
Cover Effectiveness
Terrain Affordance


Required Research
Complex furniture
Work To Make
8,000 ticks (2.22 mins)
Stuff Tags
Resources to make
Stuff 125
Deconstruct yield
Stuff 62 - 63
Destroy yield
Stuff 31 - 32

A large stele is a purely decorative Miscellaneous structure. A stele provides less beauty than most sculptures and require more resources, but have no quality.

They are the smaller, less beautiful version of the grand stele.


Constructing a large stele requires Complex Furniture to be researched, 125 of any one type of stone and 8,000 ticks (2.22 mins) of work to construct.

Steles may also be found in ruins throughout the map.


Large steles add beauty to its surroundings. The beauty rating is added to the single, bottom-left-most tile a pawn can see. Despite their size, they do not count as a wall.

Large steles can also be used as an Artistic meditation focusContent added by the Royalty DLC, with a Meditation Focus Strength of +15% psyfocus/day. It appears that no other modifiers exist for steles as they do for other foci.[Fact Check Needed]

You may need to build steles for a Momument questContent added by the Royalty DLC, in which they act as a time and resource sink.


Steles are less beautiful when compared to sculptures, even of the same material, with the only redeeming aspect being their higher HP and lack of quality.

For the same cost as a single large stele, you can construct 2.5 small sculptures. Small sculptures have 25 beauty at Poor quality, and even a pawn with Artistic Skill 0 will average 0.9 Poor quality or better sculptures with the same resource investment. At even modest Artistic levels, sculptures are more efficient in terms of time, stone blocks, and space.

Compared to grand steles, large steles take half the resource cost and half the work, for half the beauty and HP. Large steles are slightly more efficient for space, as a grand stele requires 9 tiles of space while 2 large steles of equal beauty require only 8.

While the examples that naturally spawn in ruins can be built around to benefit from their beauty, the beauty bonus is small enough for this to rarely be relevant. Instead, they are often better used by deconstructing them for their resources.

As a construction[edit]

Steles have some merit in training the construction skill. Have a pawn work on the stele, and right before it finishes, cancel the construction. You will get 75% of the resources back, and your pawn will have spent a lot of time constructing. In order to maximize building speed, slow your pawn as much as possible, such as by putting them in darkness.

Stats table

  • Large stele Large stele Beauty Work to Build HP Flamma­bility Market
    Granite blocks Granite blocks 15 048,140 ticks (13.37 mins) 340 0% 285 Silver
    Limestone blocks Limestone blocks 15 048,140 ticks (13.37 mins) 310 0% 285 Silver
    Marble blocks Marble blocks 21 044,140 ticks (12.26 mins) 240 0% 270 Silver
    Sandstone blocks Sandstone blocks 16 040,140 ticks (11.15 mins) 280 0% 255 Silver
    Slate blocks Slate blocks 16 048,140 ticks (13.37 mins) 260 0% 285 Silver
    Jade Jade 47 040,000 ticks (11.11 mins) 100 0% 770 Silver
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    Version history[edit]

    • 1.1.? - Added.
    • 1.2.2719 - Now has terrain affordances appropriate for its size.