Bags of locally-sourced dirt or sand, stacked for use as cover. Sandbags are ugly, but provide better cover than other low objects.
- 1 × 1
- pass through only
- Cover Effectiveness
- Blocks Wind
- Terrain Affordance
- Work To Make
- 180 ticks (3 secs)
- Fabric, Leathery
Sandbags provide 55% cover effectiveness, meaning that bullets aimed at targets behind them have a 55% chance to hit the barricades, leaving only a 45% chance to hit anything behind them. Cover won't shelter pawns from melee attacks, thrown projectiles, or explosions. Both colonists and enemies benefit from cover, as do turrets. They provide identical cover to barricades.
Sandbags are placed on the ground. They slow down pawns walking over them, and do not allow a pawn to "stop" to fire or take cover if they are standing on one. They take damage from bullets and explosions.
Sandbags are largely interchangeable with barricades, as they both have identical cover, base HP, and similar material costs. However, sandbags are made of textiles and are always nonflammable, while barricades are made of metal, wood, and stone materials and their flammability depends on the material chosen. Sandbags also require much less work to make, but barricades are somewhat more beautiful. Unlike barricades, sandbags cannot enclose a pen like the fence.
Sandbags and barricades are, in most respects, identical. The material affects the building's health, but not its defensive properties. Sandbags are generally faster to create, making them better in an offensive operation. Barricades are slightly more beautiful, but require more work to make, so are marginally better at permanent defenses. Just remember that raiders will use cover to the same effect, so deconstruct unneeded buildings when you can.
Either building can be combined with walls for more cover. Walls provide superior cover, but a full wall will block line of fire. Having a wall with multiple 1-2 tile gaps of sandbags will give more cover than simply using sandbags, while still allowing pawns to fire through.
Other than their use for cover, sandbags and barricades can be used in killboxes. Enemies that funnel in from a hallway will normally use a wall's corner or side for cover. But as pawns cannot path directly to a cell containing a sandbag, they will likely enter the killbox itself. They will also slow down pawns. Fences are cheaper for both purposes, but have almost no health and are easily destroyed from missed shots. Enemies standing on a sandbag or similar directly non-pathable object can stop and fire from that object if they take damage or bump into other enemies.
As sandbags and barricades are largely interchangeable except for their aesthetics and material properties, both are included in the following table for convenience.
Note that cover effectiveness is 55% regardless of material or structure choice.
|Type||Material||Beauty||Work to Build||HP||Flammability||Terrain Affordance||Market Value|
|Barricade||Gold||17||ticks (4.8 secs)288||180||40%||Medium||500|
|Barricade||Granite blocks||-3||ticks (34.33 secs)2,060||510||0%||Heavy||12|
|Barricade||Limestone blocks||-3||ticks (34.33 secs)2,060||465||0%||Heavy||12|
|Barricade||Marble blocks||-2||ticks (31.67 secs)1,900||360||0%||Heavy||11|
|Barricade||Plasteel||-3||ticks (11.73 secs)704||840||0%||Medium||48|
|Barricade||Sandstone blocks||-3||ticks (29 secs)1,740||420||0%||Heavy||11|
|Barricade||Silver||3||ticks (5.33 secs)320||210||40%||Medium||51|
|Barricade||Slate blocks||-3||ticks (34.33 secs)2,060||390||0%||Heavy||12|
|Barricade||Steel||-3||ticks (5.33 secs)320||300||40%||Medium||11|
|Barricade||Jade||7||ticks (26.67 secs)1,600||150||0%||Heavy||31|
|Barricade||Uranium||-3||ticks (10.13 secs)608||750||0%||Medium||32|
|Barricade||Wood||-3||ticks (3.73 secs)224||195||100%||Light||6.8|
|Sandbags||Alpaca wool||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||20|
|Sandbags||Bearskin||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||18|
|Sandbags||Birdskin||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||9.6|
|Sandbags||Bison wool||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||14|
|Sandbags||Bluefur||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||12|
|Sandbags||Camelhide||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||12|
|Sandbags||Chinchilla fur||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||33|
|Sandbags||Cloth||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||8.1|
|Sandbags||Devilstrand||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||28|
|Sandbags||Dog leather||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||11|
|Sandbags||Elephant leather||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||450||0%||Light||13|
|Sandbags||Foxfur||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||18|
|Sandbags||Guinea pig fur||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||180||0%||Light||26|
|Sandbags||Heavy fur||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||450||0%||Light||17|
|Sandbags||Human leather||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||22|
|Sandbags||Hyperweave||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||720||0%||Light||46|
|Sandbags||Lightleather||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||10|
|Sandbags||Lizardskin||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||11|
|Sandbags||Megasloth wool||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||14|
|Sandbags||Muffalo wool||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||14|
|Sandbags||Panthera fur||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||16|
|Sandbags||Patchleather||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||8.1|
|Sandbags||Pigskin||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||10|
|Sandbags||Plainleather||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||11|
|Sandbags||Rhinoceros leather||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||450||0%||Light||22|
|Sandbags||Sheep wool||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||300||0%||Light||14|
|Sandbags||Synthread||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||21|
|Sandbags||Thrumbofur||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||600||0%||Light||71|
|Sandbags||Wolfskin||-10||ticks (3 secs)180||390||0%||Light||16|
- Alpha 16/17? - In earlier versions it used to have 70% cover rating.
- Beta 19 - Received a new, extended description and a retexture, and its cost was reduced from 6 steel to 5.
- 1.1 - Crafting recipe was changed to use textiles rather than steel, and its health was nerfed (450 -> 300), along with its cover value (65 -> 57%).
- 1.3.3066 - Fill percent (i.e. cover) reduced from 57% to 55%.