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A brain implant which inhibits nociception, or pain sensation. While it does allow the user to accomplish more, it turns out pain has a purpose. When you don't feel it, you can get hurt really bad really easily.

Base Stats

Medical ItemsBody Parts
Tech Level
Market Value
220 Silver


Crafted At
Machining table
Required Research
Brain wiring Techprint
Skill Required
Crafting 5
Work To Make
15,000 ticks (4.17 mins)
Resources to make
Steel 20 + Component 4

A Painstopper is a brain implant that will completely eliminate a colonist's pain and any pain-related mood effects.


In the base game, painstoppers cannot be crafted. Instead they can only be obtained via trade or found in ancient shrines.

With the Royalty DLC, painstoppers can be crafted at a Machining table once the Brain wiring research project has been completed. They require Steel 20 Steel, Component 4 Component, 15,000 ticks (4.17 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 5.


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Installing the part requires ?? of work, ?x medicine of ?? quality or better, and a Medical skill of 4.

Removing the part requires ? of work, ?x medicine of ?? quality or better, and a Medical skill of ?.

If the operation fails, the part has a chance[What Chance?] to be destroyed.


Pain reduces consciousness which in turn reduces manipulation, moving and talking. Thus, it directly and significantly impacts almost every activity a pawn can perform. It also inflicts a significant mood debuff.

Most kinds of pain are temporary and not worth installing a Painstopper for that reason alone. However, pain from scars is permanent, and some painful diseases such as Sensory Mechanites can linger for long periods of time. Note that colonists with the Masochist trait get a mood bonus from pain, and this will also be removed by the Painstopper. Also note that with the Royalty DLC Content added by the Royalty DLC, psycasters recover neural heat quicker with pain. It also completely eliminates the downside of the Wimp trait, though in exchange for other risks.

The painstopper can also be a huge boon in combat. As the pawn is injured, the stat losses to pain stack with those of the injuries themselves and significantly decrease the DPS of a pawn. The painstopper prevents these losses and dramatically improves DPS output for the length of the fight. Additionally, as the Pain Shock Threshold is never crossed, meaning the pawn can fight longer as well.

This carries a significant risk, as colonists with this implant will not go into shock from pain and will keep fighting until they either win, die or, less likely, become incapacitated from serious leg, spine, pelvis or brain injury. While maintaining high damage output and longer can help end fights sooner, before they risk fatalities or win otherwise unwinnable fights, it is important to keep an eye on them so you can get them to retreat in time before they receive fatal damage, especially while hunting or in melee.

Alternatives to reduce pain such as Go-juice and the Painblock psycast Content added by the Royalty DLC can be used to gain the benefits temporarily for either combat or maximizing skill success chance, without the long term risk. However, these come with their own drawbacks including addiction, chemical damage, short duration and cost.

Also, painstoppers can be used to take advantage of the attribute bonuses of sensory mechanites and fibrous mechanites without needing to have your pawn experience pain.

Installing the painstopper requires a medicine skill of 4.

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