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)
Resources to make
Psychoid leaves 4
Drug Category

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 and overdose. 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

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
  • +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

"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 100% per day again, meaning that the high of a single dose lasts between 4.5 and 18 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:

Psychite tolerance

"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 3%, divided by the body size of the pawn. Thus smaller or not fully grown pawns gain more tolerance per drug use then bigger or fully grown ones. A 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

"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

"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. A colonist can drink it every 2 days without becoming addicted. If drunk more often, and the tolerance reaches 10% or more, then drinking psychite tea only has a 2% chance to create addiction - the same as smokeleaf - without smokeleaf's penalties to movement and consciousness. The tea is even better than ambrosia, especially in the mid-game, with the downside of only being able to give the mood buff every 2 days and a cost of research and time cooking and planting psychoid.

It is less cost-efficient than the other psychoid drugs, flake and yayo, as it is worth the least and takes the longest to make. However, its beneficial properties, lack of risk for limited use, simpler research requirement and much simpler production requirements (i.e. a campfire is adequate, any stove is faster) makes it a good option in the early game, and still useful to end game. This is an especially good option for tribal colonies, who start the game with psychoid brewing already researched.


Version history

  • 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