Psychite tea

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Psychite tea

Psychite tea

A fragrant tea infused with leaves of the psychoid plant. Drinking it induces a subtle psychite euphoria. This tea is easy to produce at cooking facilities, but can produce psychite addiction if consumed too often.
Many tribes use psychoid tea, both as a daily energizer and as part of social and religious rituals.

Base Stats

DrugSocial drug
Tech Level
Market Value
10 Silver
Stack Limit
0.05 kg
Deterioration Rate
Path Cost


Recreation Offset
Recreation Kind
Maximum To Ingest
Ingestion Time
210 ticks (3.5 secs)


Crafted At
Campfire / Fueled stove / Electric stove
Required Research
Psychoid brewing
Skill Required
Cooking 2
Work To Make
400 ticks (6.67 secs)
Work Speed Stat
Drug Cooking Speed
Resources to make
Psychoid leaves 4
Drug Category
Bulk Product Amount
Psychite tea

Psychite tea is a relatively safe social drug that greatly improves mood, slightly reducing pain and the rate in which pawns get tired, at the risk of addiction. It is relatively very easy to research compared to other drugs, especially for Tribal colonies who suffer a speed penalty while researching more advanced drugs.


Psychite tea can be cooked at a Campfire, Fueled stove, or Electric stove once the Psychoid brewing research project has been completed. Each dose requires Psychoid leaves 4 Psychoid leaves, 400 ticks (6.67 secs) of work, and a Cooking skill of 2. Its cooking speed is dependent on the Cooking skill.

It can also be purchased from Tribal traders, especially Shaman Merchants who commonly stock it, as well as Tribal faction bases. Tribal visitors and raiders will also occasionally carry them.


Psychite tea is a moderately potent social drug that has a variety of effects. These can be broken into effects that occur:

  • Instantaneously and one time upon using the drug.
  • While high on the drug.
  • While having a built-up tolerance to the drug.
  • While addicted to the drug.
  • While withdrawing from the drug.

Note that psychite tolerance, addiction and withdrawal are shared by psychite tea, flake and yayo.

Upon drinking[edit]

A pawn taking psychite tea will do so right where it stands without looking for a place to sit first. Psychite tea is taken by drinking, taking 210 ticks (3.5 secs). It has the following one time effects:

  • +40% Chemical recreation
  • If the pawn has the chemical interest or chemical fascination trait:
  • +10% Rest
  • +18.75% to +75% Psychite tea high severity, depending on tolerance (see "Psychite tea high" below)
  • +3% Psychite tolerance severity, divided by body size (see "Psychite tolerance" below)
  • If the pawn has a 10% Psychite tolerance already:
    • 3.6% to 30% Psychite addiction chance (see "Psychite addiction" below)
  • If the pawn has a psychite addiction already:
    • +90% Psychite need (see "Psychite addiction" below)
    • −15% Psychite addiction progress (see "Psychite addiction" below)

Psychite tea high[edit]

"Active psychite tea in the bloodstream. Generates a mild euphoric effect."

Each psychite tea increases the psychite tea high severity by the following formula:

Increase in severity = 0.75 * (100 - (tolerance * 75 round 0))

Therefore with 0% tolerance the severity increases by 75%, with 100% tolerance by 18.75%. It decreases by 300% per day again, meaning that the high of a single dose lasts between 1.5 and 6 hours. The maximum severity of a psychite tea high is 100% which is reached with 1.3 to 5.3 psychite teas. Regardless of the psychite tea high severity, the effects are always the same. Only their duration changes accordingly:

Without any tolerance, a dose of psychite tea will last for 6 hours.

Psychite tolerance[edit]

"A built-up tolerance to psychite. The more severe this tolerance is, the more psychite-based drugs like yayo or flake it takes to get the same effect."

— Tolerance description

Each Psychite tea consumed increases the psychite tolerance of the pawn by the following formula:

Increase in tolerance = 3% / body size

Thus smaller or not fully grown pawns gain more tolerance per drug use then bigger or fully grown ones. An adult human has a body size of 1. Psychite tolerance decreases at a rate of 1.5% per day.

See sections "Psychite tea high" and "Psychite addiction" for how psychite tolerance affects Psychite tea high severity and psychite addiction chance respectively.

If the psychite tolerance is above a certain thresholds it imposes a chance over time to gain the following ailment:

  • Chemical damage (severe) Tolerance above 45% imposes a chance proportional to the tolerance held to get chemical damage (severe). Chemical damage (severe) gained this way will affect only kidneys and only one kidney at a time.
    Tolerance Chemical damage (severe)
    average interval
    45% 99999 Days
    50% 180 Days
    100% 135 Days

Psychite addiction[edit]

"A chemical addiction to psychite. Long-term presence of psychite has caused neurological adaptations at the cellular level, so the brain can no longer function properly without the drug. Without regular doses of psychite from drugs like flake or yayo, withdrawal symptoms will begin. However, extended abstinence will force the brain to adapt back to its normal state, resolving the addiction."

— Addiction description

Once a pawn has a psychite tolerance of 10% or above, each dose carries a chance of psychite addiction that scales with tolerance. Due to the minimum tolerance to addict, psychite tea can be safely consumed once every 2 days without risking addiction, so long as the pawn has a body size of 1 or higher and their tolerance is not already elevated before starting the schedule.

The chance of addiction is as follows:

Tolerance Addiction chance Graph
0% 0%
10% 3.6%
50% 10%
80% 30%

The addiction progresses by 3.33% per day from the initial 50%. Once it reaches 100% the addiction is healed, meaning it takes about 15 days to overcome the addiction. Consuming Psychite tea during a psychite addiction will reduce the addiction progress by 15% again (see "Upon drinking" above).

Developing a psychite addiction has the following one time effect:

Developing an addiction also means a pawn has a psychite need. The need for psychite falls by 50% per day, consuming psychite satisfies the need by 90% (see "Upon drinking" above), meaning the pawn will need to consume Psychite tea at least every 1.8 days to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Psychite withdrawal[edit]

"Because of a psychite addiction, this person needs to regularly consume the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms."

— Need description

As soon as the psychite need reaches 0%, the pawn suffers from the following withdrawal symptoms:


Psychite tea is much less addictive than flake or yayo. Adult colonists, 18 or older, can drink it every 2 days without becoming addicted. Tea provides a greater mood buff than ambrosia or a single beer, while decreasing the need for rest, thus increasing a colonist's work time. Psychite tea can be consumed on a consistent schedule to increase productivity, or saved for combat situations where you need pawns to stay happy.

The main risk of psychite tea is addiction from unintended use, whenever from a drug binge or from a pawn with chemical interest. Psychite withdrawal is harsher than smokeleaf, much harsher than ambrosia, and it is noticeably harder to get addicted to beer. If these factors can be handled, then using psychite tea is a net positive for the colony. Of these, drug binges can be avoided by keeping mood up. Pawns with chemical interest will respect allowed areas, so restrict them from areas that create or store drugs.

Work analysis[edit]

Psychite tea provides ×80% to Rest Fall Rate for 6 hours, or +25% time per 1% Rest need. Without tea, the Rest need falls by ~3.96% per hour when not already tired. The boost from tea will equate to +5.94% Rest need over 6 hours, in addition to the instant +10% Rest from ingesting the drug. This results in a net boost of +15.94% Rest, or 4.03 hours of effective awake time.

Actual time saved will almost always be lower in a 24 hour schedule, as sleeping increases Rest faster than it falls. On a normal quality bed, a dose of tea equates to 0.95 hours of sleep, or 2,375 ticks (39.58 secs) . With healthy pawns at the lowest possible skill, it takes 480.5 ticks to sow a psychoid plant, 769.2 ticks to cook the tea, and 210 ticks to drink it, for a total of 1449.8 ticks per dose. Note that this is before travel time.

Time savings decrease as Rest Rate Multiplier increases, such as with better beds or the quick sleeper trait. However, psychite tea also increases the Recreation meter, which saves time recreating. Plus, high skill colonists create tea a lot faster. Short of a circadian half-cyclerContent added by the Royalty DLC or the Never sleep geneContent added by the Biotech DLC, creating psychite tea with perfect travel time is always a plus on work.


Flake costs the same amount of psychoid leaves, takes less work, and is worth Silver 4 silver more per unit. Therefore, psychite tea is a completely inferior option to both flake and yayo once Psychite refining has been researched.

Smokeleaf joints are a usually better option. Smokeleaf plants grow faster than psychoid, and give +12.5% more drugs per plant and planter work. Smokeleaf joints take 12.5% longer to create in a drug lab than psychite in a electric stove, but give +10% more silver per unit. Note that both crafting spots and campfires double the work for their respective drug, while fueled stoves require constant wood. Therefore, smokeleaf is the superior cash crop if you have a drug lab, or if you don't have either stove.

Regardless, psychoid may be grown in a colony for drinking - any excess tea can be sold for good money.


Version history[edit]

  • Beta 18 - Added as Psychoid pekoe.
  • Beta 19 - Renamed from Psychoid pekoe to Psychite tea. No longer made at a crafting spot.
  • Beta 19/1.0 - tolerance gain 0.02 -> 0.03, market value 14 -> 10, restFallFactor 0.9 -> 0.8
  • 1.5.4062 - Drug tolerance gain is now divided by body size and not body size squared - this also had the effect of making the suggested safe dose intervals for children correct.