Slate blocks

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Slate blocks

Slate blocks

Blocks of solid slate. A dull-looking rock that chips easily.

Base Stats

Stuff Category
Market Value
0.9 Silver
Stack Limit
0.9 kg
Path Cost


Terrain Affordance

Stat Modifiers

Beauty Factor
Beauty Offset
Work To Make Factor
Work To Build Factor
Work To Build Offset
+140 ticks (2.33 secs)
Max Hit Points
Melee Blunt Damage
Melee Sharp Damage
Melee Cooldown
Door Opening Speed
Rest Effectiveness


Crafted At
Stonecutter's table
Work To Make
1,600 ticks (26.67 secs)
Resources to make
Rock chunk 1
Product Amount
Slate blocks 20
Stuff Adjective

The only advantage of slate blocks is that they are the least heavy. If for some reason you need to carry stone blocks or chunks in a caravan in bulk, slate might be the best choice.


Slate blocks are cut from slate chunks at a Stonecutter's table. It takes 1,600 ticks (26.67 secs) of work to cut a single chunk into 20 blocks.



Production strategy

This section is transcluded from Stonecutting maximization.

Stonecutting speed is controlled by the cutting pawn's General Labor Speed stat, which is determined by a pawn's stats and capacities rather than any skills. Thus, maximization is based on improving that stat and removing process inefficiencies rather than grinding for experience.

General Labor Speed

General labor speed is affected by manipulation, sight and global work speed.

Sight decreases general labor speed at values below 100%, but offers no benefit above 100%.

Manipulation can be improved with bionic or archotech arms, or with drugs that improve Manipulation or Consciousness (as it directly affects Manipulation) such as Go-juice or Wake-up.

Global work speed is only improved by certain traits, such as Industrious or Neurotic, a Leader's Work DriveContent added by the Ideology DLC, and the drug Wake-up, which stacks with the drug's manipulation improvement.

Care should be taken to avoid assigning stonecutting to pawns with damaged vision or manipulation or with traits such as Lazy unless they are otherwise unoccupied.

General Labor Speed is also increased by +50% Production specialists, as well as those under the Production specialist's Production Command.Content added by the Ideology DLC While being a specialist locks out many other work types and the quality increase is of no use for stonecutting, it can be useful to give to a dedicated stonecutter, to crafter pawns that will benefit and are temporarily seconded to stonecutting, or only temporarily to build up a stockpile of bricks before abandoning the role. A separate pawn as production specialist using the command and staying nearby will also improve rates and can be used independently or stack with the improvement from the cutter being a specialist.

Additionally, like many other production tasks, lack of light or excessive temperatures will negatively affect rates, and up to two tool cabinets will improve rates.  

Process efficiency

Using shelves placed directly adjacent to the crafting position will remove travel time to pick up new chunks for cutting, as described on that page, so long as:

  1. Sufficient haulers are present to bring chunks to them.
  2. The bill is set to drop the blocks on the ground.

If there are insufficient haulers, removing the shelves and instead positioning the cutting table next to the chunk stockpile is ideal.

Placing an armchair or other chair will not improve production rates, but will ensure that the pawn remains comfortable and happy while cutting. It's worth mentioning, with the Ideology DLC installed, slavesContent added by the Ideology DLC are ideal as stone cutters as the task doesn't raise any of the pawns skills. The -15% work speed from slaves is offset by a lack of need for recreation and adding a circadian half-cyclerContent added by the Royalty DLC further increases efficiency by removing the need for sleep at the cost of -15% consciousness.

Version history

0.7.581 - Added, previously there was only generic "stone".