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A small mechanoid designed to perform construction tasks. It can perform blunt melee attacks if necessary.
- Armor - Sharp
- Armor - Blunt
- Armor - Heat
- Move Speed
- 3.4 c/s
- Body Size
- 42 kg
- Pack Capacity
- 24.5 kg
- Carrying Capacity
- 53 kg
- Filth Rate
- Life Expectancy
- 2500 years
- Comfortable Temp Range
- -100 °C – 250 °C (-148 °F – 482 °F)
15 dmg (Blunt)
2.9 second cooldown
- Average DPS
- Required Research
- Basic mechtech
Constructoids can be gestated by a mechanitor at a Mech gestator once the Basic mechtech research project has been completed. They require 50 Steel, 1 Basic subcore and 1 gestation cycle taking 1,800 ticks (30 secs) each to initiate. They take up 1 bandwidth from their linked mechanitor.
Dead, friendly constructoids can also be resurrected at the mech gestator using the "Resurrect light mechanoid" bill. This requires the corpse of the friendly Constructoid, 25 steel, and 1 gestation cycle taking 1,800 ticks (30 secs) to initiate.
As mechanoids, every constructoid is immune to fire, Flame and Heat damage, and temperature extremes, despite having Comfortable Temperatures defined. They have 100% Toxic Resistance and Toxic Environment Resistance, making them immune to toxic buildup, rot stink and other toxic effects. They do not need to eat, rest, and have no mood. They will be stunned by EMP attacks for a time proportional to the EMP damage inflicted and will "adapt" and rendered immune to further EMP strikes for 2,200 ticks (36.67 secs).
As a labor-focused mech, constructoids are never found in mechanoid raids.
As an ally
Mechs under player control require power: constructoids use 10% of their power per day while active. If set to dormant self-charging, they instead recharge for +1% power / day, without pollution. They recharge in a mech recharger (constant 200W), for 50% power/day, creating 5 wastepacks whenever the recharger's waste is filled up.
Constructoids will do tasks associated with the Construction tab; they can't be manually controlled, except when drafted. They have an effective Construction skill of 10. However, they have a base Construction Speed set to 50%, and a further Global Work Speed modifier of 50%. This results in a Construction Speed stat of 25%, which is 21% as fast as a human of the same skill.
Constructoids will also move items and cut plants to start working on a blueprint, however they have an effective plants skill of 0 and move at 3.4 c/s, 26% slower than a human.
Due to the construction speed of 25%, constructoids are inferior to a pawn skilled in construction. However, they have the advantages of being a mech, without the need for food, recreation, or rest, and being able to be built en-masse.
With a skill of 10, they can build almost any skill-locked building, and a healthy constructoid's Construct Success Chance will be at 100% (so can't botch a building). Constructoids are useful for building a lot of things without quality, such as walls and floors. Even if you have colonists better at Construction, the mech will help save work time. Urgent buildings, and buildings with quality (like armchairs), should still be left for skilled humans. In order to control where they build, you can set a zone for them.
If a building has a quality level, but requires a substantial amount of work to build, you can save time by having a constructoid work on it while your skilled builders do other things (such as sleep or build other furniture). When the building is near completion, simply manually order the builder to work on the furniture, or forbid it until a builder is available. As a building's quality is determined only by the skill level of the last builder to work on it, this can save a substantial amount of time, especially when working on buildings that may take over a day to build (such as a stone grand meditation throne) by allowing work to continue uninterrupted.
Once you've built your entire base, you can put constructoids to work by producing constant spike traps. As time isn't an issue, you can have these traps made out of stone. You can also use mech labor to build other labor-intensive structures, such as fine stone tiles. Ideally, you should turn your colonist's construction priority down, so that you can keep constructoids in work. Alternatively, you can disassemble the constructoid - you'll get the basic subcore and some steel back.
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- Biotech DLC Release - Added.
- 1.4.3555 - No longer wields a Slugthrower. Previous description: "A small mechanoid designed to perform construction tasks. It is equipped with a small slug gun for light defense. It can also perform blunt melee attacks if necessary."