Polux tree

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Polux tree

Polux tree

After generations of exposure, these trees have evolved to metabolize pollutants. By drawing pollutants from the ground through wide root networks, they slowly clean polluted terrain in their vicinity. However, they cannot do this if buildings are constructed over their roots.
Unlike most methods of cleaning polluted terrain, polux trees do not create toxic wastepacks.

Base Stats

Type
PlantWild
Beauty
0 (6)
HP
300
Flammability
100%

Plant Stats

Time to grow
10 days (18.46 days)
Work to Sow
400 ticks (6.67 secs)
Work to Harvest
1,000 ticks (16.67 secs)
Base Harvest Yield
30 Wood
Min Fertility
5%
Fertility Sensitivity
0%
Min light to grow
0%

The Polux tree is a tree added by the Biotech DLC. It grows within polluted environments and is capable of absorbing pollution in an area similar to a pollution pump (7 tile wide circle). Unlike pollution pumps, polux trees do not generate any toxic wastepacks after absorbing the surrounding pollution. This makes them a safer way to remove pollution.

Growing[edit]

Like the gauranlen treeContent added by the Ideology DLC, the polux tree does not naturally occur in any ecology. It naturally appears on maps with pollution, and can be spawned by the "polux tree" event,

Every 15 days, the current pollution level and current tree population are checked. If the current amount of trees are below the assigned value, a tree may be spawned.[Chance?] These numbers also determine the amount of starting trees in your colony.

  • No pollution (0-25%): 0 polux trees
  • Light pollution (25%-50%): 0 polux trees
  • Moderate pollution (50%-75%): 1 polux tree
  • Extreme pollution (75%-100%): 3 polux trees

Polux trees never spawn within 16 tiles of each other.

Polux seeds can also be bought from traders or obtained from quest rewards.[Other ways?]

Summary[edit]

Polux trees are considered "super", meaning that pawns with the Trees: Desired preceptContent added by the Ideology DLC will receive the "amazing tree" thought after seeing one. Unlike the animaContent added by the Royalty DLC and gauranlen trees,Content added by the Ideology DLC polux trees will still be eaten by thrumbos. All trees can also be eaten by alphabeavers. They are immune to blight.

They technically take damage from toxic spewers and toxic fallout, but regenerate faster than they take damage.

Analysis[edit]

The easiest way to use polux trees is to plant them nearby, and leave toxic wastepacks in a stockpile zone next to the tree. Wastepacks outdoors deteriorate into pollution every 8 days assuming no rain or cold temperatures, creating 6 tiles of pollution.

In 8 days, a polux tree cleans 19.2 tiles. Meaning that a single polux tree can have a stockpile of 3.2 stacks of wastepacks deteriorating without being overwhelmed. However, this assumes that no rain ever increases the deteriorating rate of the packs. To avoid this, consider placing the stockpile next to a natural rock face to act as a support for a roof to cover the stockpile.

An other easy (and free) way of using the tree is to dump your pollution in a tile five to seven tiles away from yours, and when high enough in pollution, settle it as second base. This'll give access to 3 free trees and can use transport pods without penalty [Verify]. Still a lot should be considered before settling a 2nd base and there's a lot more uses for a second base than just 3 polux trees and other uses should be considered for it.

Due to the tree's relatively low waste-clearing speed and the fact that low amounts of pollution do not have much impact on your colony, there is an argument that polux seeds are not worth their Silver 1,200 price tag. As long as the pollution is physically far away, the only negatives of it are wastepack infestations and acidic smog. Polux trees do not stop infestations, as they occur on wastepack destruction, not pollution in general. Meanwhile, acidic smog can be mitigated almost entirely by using sun lamp greenhouses and non-solar energy. Even then, at only 10% or so pollution (200 wastepacks), smog is a rare event. that being said, in very long runs, a tree can absorb up to a considerable amount of waste. For example a single polux tree can absorb 245 wastepack in roughly 10 years which is equivalent to a single cooler's capacity in hot biomes, it is a lot when considering that a cooler takes a 9*9 area and 200W of constant power while tree's only cost is buying and setting it up and it can clean even more pollution.

A polux tree can clean a bit more than 1 toxifier generator's worth of waste, allowing for a form of clean energy. The tree cannot be placed near the generator, making you use a pollution pump and have colonists haul it to the tree. Although given how pollution doesn't spread under natural rock, it is possible to get around this by having the generator inside a 2*2 hole in the mountain with two sides open (one for wires, one for pollution) and a tree nearly overlap the generator to clean additional pollution also to get rid of artificial building limitation it can be placed in farmlands (and remove growing zone from under tree. Still, clean energy should be compared to 1. leaving wastepacks far from your colony and buying the polux seeds later, or 2. freezing the wastepacks. If you have no better use for silver, then you might as well buy the trees.

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