Mechanoid creation

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For the enemy structure that creates mechanoids in the Royalty DLC, see Mech assembler.

With the release of the Biotech DLC, mechanoids may be built, gestated, and controlled by a colony - specifically, by a mechanitor.

Acquisition

Mechanitors are required to build, gestate, and control your own mechanoids. Research must be done with a valid mechaniator in the colony, and only the mechanitor may initiate any of the mech creation processes. First, creating your own mechs requires the Basic Mechtech research, which in turn requires the Electricity research to be completed first.

  1. Mechanitors must have enough bandwidth for the mechanoid in question. The larger and more complex the mechanoid is, the more bandwidth is required.
  2. All mechanoids require a subcore to create, along with other materials like steel. Simple mechs use a basic subcore (from a subcore encoder), while more complex ones require a standard subcore (from a subcore softscanner) or high subcore (from a subcore ripscanner). The ripscanner in particular requires killing a human pawn to create.
  3. After being "built" for a tiny amount of a mechanitor's work, mechs must gestate at a mech gestator or large mech gestator. Gestation types are measured in cycles, where larger mechs require more cycles. A mech gestation processor can be installed into a mechanitor to increase the speed. When cycling is done, the mechanitor must take the mech out.

More complex mechanoids require more research. Mechanoid research in particular requires killing one of three mechanoid commanders - the Diabolus, War queen, and Apocriton, in order of progression - and studying their specific item before it is possible.

Hostile mechanoids cannot be tamed or converted in any way, even if once part of your colony. You can create every mechanoid in the game, except for the Termite and Apocriton.

Summary

Mechanitors are required to control mechanoids. A mechanitor has a limited amount of bandwidth, which limits the number of mechanoids they can command. Larger and more complex mechanoids require more bandwidth.

In general, mechanoids are immune to fire, toxicity, and temperature extremes, despite having a Comfortable Temperature. They are vulnerable to EMP attacks, being stunned by them. Mechanoids do not need to eat, sleep, and have no mood. However, they require power, and cause pollution in the process. The market value of mechs, and of any weapons they carry, do count as wealth for raid point calculations. Mechs also contribute towards "pawn points" as if they were a partial colonist.[How much?]

Mechs considered "light" use a regular mech recharger and mech gestator. Mechs considered "medium" or heavier use the large mech recharger and large mech gestator.

Power

Player mechanoids use a variable amount of power, depending on their state.

  • They use 10% power / day when active: labor mechs doing work, or combat mechs being awake at all.
  • Labor mechs use 3% power / day while idle, or not doing work.
  • Mechanoids can be commanded to enter a state of dormancy, preventing power drain, instead recharging at a very slow rate of 1% power / day. Mechs that run out of power will also enter this state.
  • When downed, or in the world map on a caravan, they use 0% power.

They can instead be recharged at a mech recharger or large mech recharger, which quickly recharges them - +50% power / day. This leads to a theoretical uptime of 83.3% - 5 days working, 1 day charging. The mech recharger itself creates waster. Once its waste meter is filled, toxic wastepacks are created. The amount of waste is directly correlated to the mech's bandwidth, where 1 bandwidth = 5 wastepacks.

Mechanoids can be repaired at the cost of their power, the rate dependent on which mech it is. This will restore otherwise permanent injuries. If killed, mechanoids can be ressurected at the cost of some size-dependent steel and 1 gestation cycle, so long as some part of their corpse is intact

Behavior

Mech are fully autonomous. Mechanoids assigned to work tasks have an effective Skill of 10, though most have a 50% Global Work Speed, and some of them work even slower. You cannot order mechanoid work in any direct way, though you can indirectly control it through setting zones. Specifically, mechs are put into control groups, which can then be assigned to one of four orders:

  • Work: Do available work tasks. Start charging after reaching a configurable % of power left.
  • Escort: Follow the mechanitor around and fight enemies. Start charging after reaching a configurable % of power left.
  • Recharge: Look for available recharging stations and use them. Enter dormant self-charging if full or no available charging stations.
  • Dormant self-charging: Turns off the mechs. While dormant, mechs recharge a very small amount of power (+1% power / day) without a charger or any pollution.

Control groups and orders may be changed, though the mechanitor must be controllable (not downed and not under a mental break), and their mechs must be in the same map. If they are separated, mechs will continue to do their tasks without a problem, and won't become hostile. However, control groups and their orders cannot be changed.

Mechs can also be drafted for combat, where they are controlled like any colonist. However, the mechanoid can only be ordered to move to spaces within a 25-tile radius from their master, and they can only be ordered to do other commands while in said radius. Mechs can be drafted outside of this range (but not if the mechanitor is downed), where they can defend themselves, carry out previous combat commands, or be commanded to go near the mechanitor.

Mechanoids in a caravan contribute towards its carrying capacity. They do not use power as long as they are on the world map.

If the mechanitor dies or runs out of bandwidth, mechanoids will go into the Uncontrolled state. They will not be uncontrolled if the mechanitor is downed, in a caravan, etc. After 1 game-day, or 60,000 ticks (16.67 mins) uncontrolled, they may go feral, joining the enemy mech hive. There is a MTB of 10 in-game days, with a cascade radius of 25 tiles.[Verify]

Work Speed

Most mechanoids have a natural Global Work Speed of 50%. Tunnelers have a Global Work Speed of 150%, and the agrihand and constructoid have special modifiers to work speed.

Being in range of a mech booster boosts workspeed by 50%, multiplicative. Each control sublink installed into the mechanitor increases work speed by +6%, after the mech booster. Up to 3 standard and 3 high control sublinks can be installed at a time, for a +36% boost. An ideoligionContent added by the Ideology DLC with the Mechanoid Labor: Enhanced precept will make mechanoids work 20% faster, at the cost of colonist work speed.[How is boost applied?]

For example, with a work speed of 50%:

Control Sublinks Work Speed Mech Boosted
0 50% 75%
1 56% 81%
2 62% 87%
3 68% 93%
4 74% 99%
5 80% 105%
6 86% 111%

Work speed can be further modified by regular factors, such as light and the Manipulation stat.

Bandwidth

Mechanoid Type Bandwidth Wastepacks Per Recharge
Agrihand, Cleansweeper, Fabricor, Militor, Paramedic 1 5
Lancer, Legionary, Pikeman, Scorcher, Scyther 2 10
Tesseron, Tunneler 3 15
Centipede (all) 4 20
Centurion, Diabolus, War queen 5 25

Controllable mechanoids

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    Mechanoid Class Armor
    (S/B/H)
    Body
    Size
    Health
    Scale
    Move
    Speed
    Melee DPS[1]
    (Post Hit Chance)
    Ranged weapon Bandwidth Research Cost Market Value[2]
    Agrihand Agrihand Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.7 3.4 c/s 4
    (2.48)
    - 1 Basic mechtech Steel 50  + Basic subcore 1 800
    Cleansweeper Cleansweeper Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.3 3.4 c/s 2.31
    (1.43)
    - 1 Basic mechtech Steel 50  + Basic subcore 1 800
    Constructoid Constructoid Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.7 3.4 c/s 5.17
    (3.21)
    - 1 Basic mechtech Steel 50  + Basic subcore 1 800
    Lifter Lifter Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.7 2.8 c/s 2.31
    (1.43)
    - 1 Basic mechtech Steel 50  + Basic subcore 1 800
    Militor Militor Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.7 3.8 c/s 2.31
    (1.43)
    Mini-shotgun 1 Basic mechtech Steel 50  + Basic subcore 1 1800
    Centipede burner Centipede burner Heavy 72% / 22% / 200% 3 4.32 1.9 c/s 6.54
    (4.05)
    Inferno cannon 4 High mechtech Steel 255  + Plasteel 255 + Component 8 + High subcore 1 2600
    Centipede gunner Centipede gunner Heavy 72% / 22% / 200% 3 4.32 1.9 c/s 6.54
    (4.05)
    Minigun 4 High mechtech Steel 255  + Plasteel 255 + Component 8 + High subcore 1 2360
    Diabolus Diabolus Superheavy 75% / 25% / 200% 4 4.5 2.4 c/s 6.92
    (4.29)
    Charge blaster turret
    Hellsphere cannon
    5 High mechtech Steel 300  + Plasteel 300 + Signal chip 2 + High subcore 1 3000
    Fabricor Fabricor Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.7 3.4 c/s 2.31
    (1.43)
    Slugthrower 1 High mechtech Steel 100  + High subcore 1 1800
    Lancer Lancer Medium 40% / 20% / 200% 1 0.72 4.7 c/s 6
    (3.72)
    Charge lance 3 High mechtech Steel 75  + Plasteel 75 + Component 4 + Standard subcore 1 2555
    Paramedic Paramedic Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.7 3.8 c/s 2.31
    (1.43)
    - 1 High mechtech Steel 100  + High subcore 1 800
    Pikeman Pikeman Medium 40% / 20% / 200% 1 0.85 2.5 c/s 6
    (3.72)
    Needle gun 2 Standard mechtech Steel 100  + Plasteel 40 + Component 4 + Standard subcore 1 2600
    Scorcher Scorcher Medium 40% / 20% / 200% 1 0.7 4.5 c/s 6
    (3.72)
    Mini-flameblaster 1 Standard mechtech Steel 80  + Plasteel 32 + Component 3 + Standard subcore 1 2200
    Scyther Scyther Medium 40% / 20% / 200% 1 1.32 4.7 c/s 10
    (6.2)
    - 2 Standard mechtech Steel 75  + Plasteel 75 + Component 4 + Standard subcore 1 1200
    Tunneler Tunneler Heavy 80% / 40% / 200% 3.5 1.5 1.9 c/s 7.59
    (4.71)
    - 3 Standard mechtech Steel 150  + Plasteel 75 + Component 4 + Standard subcore 1 1200
    Centipede blaster Centipede blaster Heavy 72% / 22% / 200% 3 4.32 1.9 c/s 6.54
    (4.05)
    Heavy charge blaster 4 Ultra mechtech Steel 255  + Plasteel 355 + Component 8 + Powerfocus chip 1 + High subcore 1 2600
    Centurion Centurion Superheavy 75% / 25% / 200% 3.6 3 1.6 c/s 6
    (3.72)
    Charge blaster turret 5 Ultra mechtech Steel 300  + Plasteel 200 + Advanced component 2 + Powerfocus chip 1 + High subcore 1 1600
    Legionary Legionary Medium 40% / 20% / 200% 1 0.72 4.3 c/s 6
    (3.72)
    Needle launcher 2 Ultra mechtech Plasteel 100  + Component 6 + High subcore 1 2600
    Tesseron Tesseron Medium 40% / 20% / 200% 1 0.72 4.7 c/s 6
    (3.72)
    Beam graser 3 Ultra mechtech Plasteel 110  + Component 7 + High subcore 1 1344
    War queen War queen Superheavy 75% / 25% / 200% 4 5.2 1.6 c/s 2
    (1.24)
    Charge blaster turret 5 Ultra mechtech Steel 600  + Plasteel 300 + Advanced component 3 + Nano structuring chip 1 + High subcore 1 1600
    War urchin War urchin Light 20% / 10% / 200% 0.7 1.3 4.2 c/s 2.31
    (1.43)
    Spiner 0 Ultra mechtech Steel 25 1300
    1. Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox. It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder
    2. Note: This value includes that of the weapon it spawns with.
  • Version history

    • Biotech DLC release - Introduced.
    • 1.4.3555 - Mechs now count as partial pawns for determining raid points. Added preceptContent added by the Ideology DLC for Mechanoid Labor. Combat mechs now count towards Autonomous Weapons for that respective precept.