Grand stele

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Grand stele

Grand stele

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

Base Stats

2 kg


3 × 3
Cover Effectiveness


Work To Make
16,000 ticks (4.44 mins)
Stuff Tags
Resources to make
Stuff 250
Deconstruct yield
Stuff 125
Destroy yield
Stuff 62 - 63

A grand 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 larger, more beautiful version of the large stele.


Constructing a grand stele requires Complex Furniture to be researched and 125 of any one type of stone and 16,000 ticks (4.44 mins) of work to construct.

Steles may also be found in ruins throughout the map.


Grand steles add beauty to its surroundings. The beauty rating is added to the single, bottom-left-most tile a pawn can see. They are the larger, more beautiful version of the large stele. Despite their size, they do not count as a wall.

Grand steles can also be used as an Artistic meditation focusContent added by the Royalty DLC. Meditation Focus Strength of +18% 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 grand stele, you can construct 5 small sculptures. Small sculptures have 25 beauty at Poor quality, and even a pawn with Artistic Skill 0 will average 1.8 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 large steles, grand steles provide twice the amount of beauty and health, for twice the material and work. The grand stele is slightly less efficient than large steles 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 training, slow your pawn as much as possible, such as by putting them in darkness.

Stats table

  • Grand stele Grand stele Beauty Work to Build HP Flamma­bility Market
    Granite blocks Granite blocks 30 096,140 ticks (26.71 mins) 680 0% 570 Silver
    Limestone blocks Limestone blocks 30 096,140 ticks (26.71 mins) 620 0% 570 Silver
    Marble blocks Marble blocks 41 088,140 ticks (24.48 mins) 480 0% 540 Silver
    Sandstone blocks Sandstone blocks 33 080,140 ticks (22.26 mins) 560 0% 515 Silver
    Slate blocks Slate blocks 33 096,140 ticks (26.71 mins) 520 0% 570 Silver
    Jade Jade 85 080,000 ticks (22.22 mins) 200 0% 1,540 Silver
  • Version history[edit]

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