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This should be a crash-course primer to getting started in Stationeers. You can find more guides in the Steam community, several of which are linked from the front page of this wiki.
 
This should be a crash-course primer to getting started in Stationeers. You can find more guides in the Steam community, several of which are linked from the front page of this wiki.
  
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While reading through this guide, remember that Stationeers is a game about surviving on an inhospitable world. It's extremely common for new players to take too long and run out of time before solving power, water, air, and food needs. Try not to take your first few games seriously, and feel free to restart an unsalvageable world until you get a feel for things.
''This guide assumes that you've selected Moon as your scenario.''
 
  
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== Getting Started ==
  
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=== Tutorials ===
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Stationeers has a selection of tutorials accessible from the main menu to explain the basic concepts of the game. It is recommended to do the tutorials progressively as you encounter new mechanics in your game instead of tackling them all at once. To start in Stationeers, the '''Basic Skills''', '''Construction''', and '''Mining + Fabrication''' tutorials will give you a solid foundation for the start of the game.
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This is a cheatsheet to the content covered in the '''Basic Skills''' tutorial.
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* Players interact with the world, items, and structures in Stationeers with an active hand system.
 
* Players interact with the world, items, and structures in Stationeers with an active hand system.
 
* Your left and right hands are represented in the bottom middle of the screen.  
 
* Your left and right hands are represented in the bottom middle of the screen.  
 
** '''WASD''' movement
 
** '''WASD''' movement
 
** '''Left Click''' interacts with the world using the current hand or tool in the current hand (ex: you can't interact with buttons while holding an item)
 
** '''Left Click''' interacts with the world using the current hand or tool in the current hand (ex: you can't interact with buttons while holding an item)
** '''Right Click''' starts placement mode when holding a structure (ex: [[Iron Frames]] or [[Autolathe]])
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** '''Right Click''' starts placement mode when holding a structure (ex: [[Iron Frames]] or [[Autolathe]]) or toggles the power switch on handheld devices
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** Holding '''Alt''' enables the cursor for interacting with the UI
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** '''F1''' opens the "Stationpedia" for in-game recipes and guides
 
** '''Mouse Wheel'''
 
** '''Mouse Wheel'''
 
*** With an open inventory - changes active slot
 
*** With an open inventory - changes active slot
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** '''F''' swaps between held items and items in your inventory on the side (accessed through the number keys)
 
** '''F''' swaps between held items and items in your inventory on the side (accessed through the number keys)
 
** '''Q''' drops the currently held item in the active hand, holding '''Q''' will cause you to throw the item
 
** '''Q''' drops the currently held item in the active hand, holding '''Q''' will cause you to throw the item
** '''1-5''' will open menus for worn items similar to pressing R, holding 1-5 will cause it to swap with the item in the current hand, or simply go in the current hand - ''don't do this with the helmet or suit in a vacuum''
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** '''1-6''' will open menus for worn items similar to pressing R, holding 1-6 will cause it to swap with the item in the current hand, or simply go in the current hand - ''don't do this with the helmet or suit in a vacuum''
*** You can swap the [[Tool Belt]] and the [[Mining Belt]] by holding a belt in your hand and then holding '''5'''
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*** You can swap the [[Toolbelt|Tool Belt]] and the [[Mining Belt]] by holding a belt in your hand and then holding '''6'''
** '''Delete, End, Insert, Home, Page Up, Page Down''' rotate item in placement mode
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** '''Delete, End, Insert, Home, Page Up, Page Down''' rotate the item in placement mode. '''C''' is useful for autorotate when placing cables or pipes.
 
** '''G''' grab - not the same as drag, which is triggered by clicking on a portable item's handle with an empty hand
 
** '''G''' grab - not the same as drag, which is triggered by clicking on a portable item's handle with an empty hand
** '''I''' quick open the helmet - ''don't do this in a vacuum''
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** '''I''' quick open the helmet - ''don't do this in a vacuum''.  You can lock the helmet in its menu to avoid this.
** '''O''' turn held item on or off
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** '''O''' or '''Right Click''' turn held item on or off
** '''J''' turn jack pack on or off - make '''sure''' you turn it off when not using it, since it will continuously burn propulsion
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** '''J''' turn jet pack on or off.  The propulsion tank will last for many hours use, use it freely for building or mining.  Still, make '''sure''' you turn off the jet pack when not using it, as the jet pack will continue to drain the propulsion tank.
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The first decision you have to make is where to set up a new colony. From the main menu, select the '''New Game''' option to come to the world select screen.
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For a burgeoning stationeer, there are two main worlds to choose from: the Moon, and Mars. The other worlds have unique challenges which are beyond the scope of this guide. Although either choice is suitable for this guide, it's important to consider the differences between them.
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* '''The Moon'''
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** Pros
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*** The Sun is closer to the Moon than Mars, so solar panels work more effectively here
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*** The solar angle on the Moon is 0°, which means that solar panels are easier to set up
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*** The Moon has lower gravity, which can make it easier to navigate without burning through your jetpack fuel
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*** The Moon has no atmosphere, so all gas must be collected by hand and can easily be lost into the environment. This demands more knowledge of Stationeers atmospherics systems to thrive on the Moon
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*** Mars has an unlimited atmosphere ripe with CO2, making it easy to set up hydroponics
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*** Mars has storms that can ravage the surface, placing higher importance on shelter
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*** The Sun is weaker on Mars and is at a slight angle. This requires more complicated solar panel arrays or a loss in efficiency
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== Your First World ==
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=== Quick Reference: Priorities ===
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This is a quick reference sheet of what you should focus on in order to survive indefinitely. If you're ever not sure what you should be doing, see if there's anything on this list that you don't have a reliable source for yet.
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# Power
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# Shelter (on Mars)
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# Water
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# Air
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# Food
  
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When you spawn into the world you will see several crates and [[Road Flares]]. There's a lot to take in, but you have some time to get a feel for the controls and explore the crates. You will want to at least get started on a basic platform before sunrise though.
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When you spawn into the world you appear outside of your [[lander]]. There's a lot to do to ensure your visit is not a short one, but you have some time to get things set up. Your first priority is setting up a starting platform to set up your machines. You've landed with a variety of crates and a portable oxygen tank. You can use your [[wrench]] in your tool belt to disconnect them from the lander so you can drag them around. The supplies you need on your first day are in the two yellow construction supply crates.
  
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Find a suitable spot to build your starting platform. We're looking for a relatively flat area near the lander, away from any hills that might block our solar panels. Find your [[Iron Frames|iron frames]] in your construction crate and build a 4x3 platform. Swap your iron frames with the [[Iron Sheets|iron sheets]] and pull out your [[Welding Torch|welding torch]] in your other hand. Construct your frames with your welder until they reach their second of three stages in the construction process. This makes them walkable, but not airtight.
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Next, we'll set up the [[Solar Panel|solar panel]], [[Area Power Controller|area power controller]] (APC), [[Arc Furnace|arc furnace]], and [[Autolathe|autolathe]]. Place the solar panel on the platform with the power port facing towards where you want your machines to go. Complete it with the [[Glass Sheets|glass sheets]] found in the crate. Place the APC down next to the solar panel at least a cable's length away and with the power arrows facing away from the solar panel. Connect the two with the [[Cables|cables]] found in your [[Toolbelt|toolbelt]]. Open the APC with your wrench to expose the internals. Grab one of the [[Battery Cell|large batteries]] from the crates and insert it into the APC. Make sure to flip the power switch to turn the APC on: you should see the LED on the APC start blinking blue to show that the solar panel is charging the battery.
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Finally, we'll set up the arc furnace and autolathe. Place them on the platform, complete the construction stages for the autolathe using the resources in the chest, and finally connect them to the other power port of the APC using your cables. ''Note: you can splice in new connections to old cables by holding the [[Wire Cutters|wire cutters]] in your off-hand. This allows you to add a junction in an already existing wire, for example.'' You should now be able to turn on the autolathe and arc furnace to check your setup, but make sure to turn them off when you're not using them to save power!
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Optionally, you can set up the [[Solid Fuel Generator|solid fuel generator]] too, which burns [[Coal|coal]] to produce a considerable amount of energy in a pinch. Connect the power cable from the solid fuel generator to the solar panel side of the APC to fill up its battery. Remember that the generator will burn all of the coal that you put in it regardless of if your battery is full or not - only place the fuel that you need into it.
  
 
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# Grab the [[Iron Frames]] from construction crate 1 by clicking on the lid and letting it open
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You've now tackled your first priority: power. With this setup, you've extended your lifespan from around one day to around five. Congratulations! Although one basic solar panel will not be enough to sustain anything more than our starting base, this will power a spare battery to keep your life support going as you tackle the other tasks at hand.
# Find a place where the blocks don't clip too much into the ground and place a 2x2 or a 3x3
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## You can create stairs later, so it's okay if your block is not placed too well right now
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## You can also deconstruct everything easily later on, only expending battery charge in the process
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# Put the [[Iron Frames]] back and grab the [[Iron Sheets]]
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The next thing you'll run out of is [[Water|water]]. You start with a water bottle in your suit, a few spare bottles in the crates, and a small [[Liquid Canister|liquid canister]] of water, you'll run through these supplies in about a week. Our next goal is to set up an [[Ice Crusher|ice crusher]] and a [[Water Bottle Filler|water bottle filler]], but to do this we need to set up some more infrastructure. Our next direct tasks are to create an [[Electronics Printer|electronics printer]] and a [[Hydraulic Pipe Bender|hydraulic pipe bender]]. Together, your autolathe, electronics printer, and hydraulic pipe bender form your fabrication bread and butter: they can produce everything your need to tackle your starting priorities.
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## Open your tool belt by hitting '''5'''
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==== Mining ====
## Use the '''Mouse Wheel''' to highlight the [[Welder]] and press '''F''' to move it to your active / empty hand
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## Press '''O''' or '''R''', '''R''', then '''F''' to turn the torch on
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From here, split your time between day and night to take advantage of the sunlight. During the day, we can collect resources for our base through mining, and at night we can work on improving our base. The sunlight makes it much easier to find ores in the world, but if you do need to go out at night, consider setting up the [[Tracking Beacon|tracking beacon]] at home to find your way back with your [[Tablet|tablet]] with the [[Cartridge|tracking cartridge]]. We are aiming to collect at least 3 stacks (150g) of [[Ore (Iron)|iron ore]], 3 stacks (150g) of [[Ore (Copper)| copper ore]], and 1 stack (50g) of [[Ore (Gold)|gold ore]]. Smelt all of these in your arc furnace. After we set up our machines, we'll also need a stack or two of [[Ice (Water)|water ice]] (''Note: not [[Ice (Volatiles)]] or [[Ice (Oxite)]]!), and at least 8g of [[Ore (Silicon)|silicon]] to construct our water setup.
## Hover over the frame until prompted to construct the frame, then '''left click''' and hold
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## ''You only need to build the first level to be able to walk on it, the second level is considered airtight
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==== Construction ====
## Turn off the [[Welding Torch]] when you're done, otherwise it will stay on in your belt and either blow up or run out of fuel
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# Put the [[Iron Frames]] and [[Iron Sheets]] back in the crate
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Once you have the supplies, use the autolathe to build your electronics printer and hydraulic pipe bender. The electronics printer can print out extra cables as you need them, extra batteries to add a buffer to your power setup, extra solar panels for power generation, and a variety of other tools and supplies. The pipe bender allows us to handle atmospherics and liquids. We can now partly build our water setup. At this point, it will be useful to complete the '''Hydroponics, Hydration + Food''' tutorial to understand our next steps.
# Grab the [[Kit (Solar Panel)]] from construction crate 1 and place it on your platform
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## You will need to finish constructing it by holding a [[Glass Panel|Glass Panels]] in your hand and hold down '''left mouse button''' while it constructs
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After our prep work, we can print an ice crusher, a [[Portable Tank (Liquid)|portable liquid tank]], a [[Liquid Tank Connector|liquid tank connector]], a [[Water Bottle Filler|water bottle filler]] and the [[Kit (Liquid Pipe)|liquid pipes]] needed to plumb it all together. Go ahead and set these up on your base, connecting the bottom pipe on the back of the ice crusher with liquid pipes to your tank connector. Afterward, hook up your water bottle filler to the pipe network, though note that you might need to place the filler on the side of a constructed iron frame (known as a structural wall as opposed to a normal iron wall). Finally, we can place a water bottle onto our filler, place ice into our ice crusher, turn on the crusher, and refill our old water bottles!
## You can use the [[Wrench]] from your [[Tool Belt]] to rotate the [[Solar Panel]]
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## The top parts are for vertical orientation, the base of the solar panel can be rotated for horizontal positioning
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By this point, we have extended our lifespan to multiple weeks.
## If you see the sun, make the panel face it! You ca see its current generation by hovering over the structure
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# Grab the [[Area Power Controller]] from construction crate 1
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## Place it on the frames and open it with the [[Crowbar]]
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## Grab the empty [[Battery Cell (Large)]] from construction crate 2 and place it inside the [[Area Power Controller]]
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''Note: This section only applies to players on Mars.''
## The switch starts in "Off" - make sure to turn it on!
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## If the light is blinking red - you're running on battery power
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Although you landed in a safe weather window, storms can start on planets with atmosphere after seven days. The storms can damage some items in the game like solar panels, reduce visibility to anything in front of you, and blow anything not bolted down hundreds of meters away. This includes your starting crates. To prevent losing your progress, it's critical that you prepare for upcoming storms. At minimum, your starting gear should be secured. This can be done by creating [[Container Mounts|container mounts]] to attach your crates to with the wrench. Better yet though, you can create a [[Locker|large locker]] and empty your crates inside of them.
## If the light is blinking blue - you're charging the battery power from external sources (ex: [[Solar Panels|Solar Panel]], [[Solid Generator]], [[Batteries|Battery]])
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#* '''Do not connect the input (raw power) and output from the ACS - you will cause a short circuit!'''
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Additionally, consider making your base airtight at this point. This will prevent the inside of your base from being affected by the storms. You can add an extra iron sheet to your iron frames to make them airtight, and use the [[Kit (Iron Wall)|iron walls]] (which can also be constructed into windows by cycling with the '''C''' key) in your construction crates to build the sides. Finish it off with a door that you can open and close during storms or even a full airlock if desired. See the '''Airlocks''' tutorial for an example, but note that on Mars an advanced airlock must be used to avoid contaminating your base with the martian atmosphere.
# Switch back to the [[Tool Belt]] and put the [[Cables]] in a free hand
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## Use the '''mouse wheel''' to change the shape and '''delete, insert, home, end, pgup, pgdown''' to rotate
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=== Air and Food ===
## You can use the [[Cable Cutters]] to "pick up" bad placement
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The last two resources that we need to have stable sources of are food and air. However, around this time is when a myriad of other problems also start occurring that may need to be taken care of. For this section, you can either tackle side-projects first or come around to the side-projects as they come up.
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''See the'' '''''Alloy Smelting''''' ''tutorial for more information.''
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[[Steel]] is the first [[Alloy|alloy]] that most stationeers need to make. Alloys are resources made from a combination of the more basic resources in the game such as coal, iron, or gold. Alloys are usually made in the [[Furnace|furnace]] once the base resources are inserted and the furnace reaches a specific temperature and pressure range. Using values found in the in-game stationpedia, the recipe for steel is 3 units of iron to 1 unit of coal, placed into the furnace when the furnace is between 1MPa and 100Mpa, and the temperature is between 900K to 100kK.
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Steel can be used in a variety of more complex machines. This includes [[Stationary Battery|stationary batteries]] which hold 12.5 times the energy of [[Battery Cell|large battery cells]], or the [[Solar Panel|orientatable solar panel]] which can track the sun to provide near 100% efficiency while the Sun is up. The process for creating steel is similar to the process of creating [[Solder|solder]], used in creating new APCs. Or, more advanced, creating [[Ingot (Constantan)|constantan]], [[Ingot (Invar)|invar]], or [[Ingot (Electrum)|electrum]], which are used for mid to late game parts and structures.
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To start, create a furnace using the autolathe, along with a [Valve|pipe valve] and a [[Passive Vent|passive vent]] using the hydraulic pipe bender. Place it somewhere outside of your base with the arrows on the top and bottom pointing down. Complete the furnace using the tooltips. Finally, on the backside of the furnace, add a pipe and a valve to both the top port. The top port is your gas output port, which can be used to purge the furnace of waste gases after use. Continue the pipe to a wall or floor where you can place the passive vent. When set up correctly, you can open the top valve to off-gas the furnace to the passive vent, and safely vent the waste gas to the atmosphere. The bottom port allows for fuel intake in more advanced furnace setups, but we'll be manually fueling our furnace for now. In the future, it also might be worth collecting the off-gases into a [[Tank|tank]] for use in pressurizing your base. This is especially important on the Moon where no ambient atmosphere exists.
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As listed in the stationpedia, you can manually fuel the furnace by placing a ratio of 1:2 [[Ice (Oxite)|oxite]] to [[Ice (Volatiles)]] into the furnace. Note that any form of ice will melt at and above 0 degrees Celcius, so it may be necessary to fuel your furnace at night to avoid the ice evaporating into the air. You can check the external temperature using the "External" section of your HUD in the bottom right. The amount of ice that you need is relatively small. Around 3 oxite and 6 volatiles will raise the temperature of the furnace to nearly 2000K, well above the temperature needed for steel. Place iron and coal into the furnace in a 3:1 ratio after the furnace has heated up to produce steel. Right now, 200g of steel (made with 3 stacks of iron and 1 stack of coal) will last you for quite a while. Once you have your steel, consider using steel frames and sheets instead of iron frames and sheets. Not only are they stronger, but they use less resources overall too.
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Food and seeds slowly spoil and decay in Stationeers. By this point, depending on how fast you've completed the rest of the guide, your food is starting to be in danger of spoiling or has already spoiled. Decay is accelerated by warm temperatures, harmful atmospheres, and improper storage. These can be resolved by lowering the temperature (down to around -140 Celsius: colder than that and the decay rate increases again), replacing the atmosphere with nitrogen or carbon dioxide, making sure the Kpa is above 101 as food needs atmosphere equal to earths pressure or the effect of the preservation will be debuffed by the low pressure, and placing food in a [[Refrigerator|refrigerator]]. For a beginner set up, simply use some steel to create a large refrigerator, power it with the power switch, and place your food inside. You should see the time to decay increase by several hours, sometimes triple or more what the original time limit was. Refrigerators attempt to keep the food at a low temperature, and also automatically removes 70% of the decay rate of anything inside of a powered fridge. This will extend our time to complete our greenhouse by many hours.
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Unfortunately, it is very difficult to recover if your food has already spoiled. Although there are ways to get new seeds, mainly from trading, it is likely necessary to restart on a new world to get new seeds. Your experience from this world will help accelerate your development in a new game. Though you may find that you need to bump steel production higher on the priority list to build a fridge earlier on to prevent food spoilage.
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One constant issue that a stationeer faces is power shortages. As you add more machines, your power needs will grow. While the problem can be ignored during the day by simply adding more solar panels, [[Kit (Turbine Generator)|turbines]], or generators, a reliable way of storing energy is critical to uninterrupted power through the night. Up until this point, we've been storing excess energy in a large battery cell in the APC. However, this can only hold a small amount of power: a single, constantly powered [[Wall Heater|wall heater]] will only be powered for a few minutes before drawing all of the power in our large battery.
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To resolve our power storage needs, consider making a [[Stationary Battery|stationary battery]] in the electronics printer. The regular stationary battery can hold 12.5 times the amount of power as the large battery cell we've been using, and the large stationary battery can hold over 30 times the amount. Both the regular and large batteries require steel, so ensure that you have a furnace setup. The resource cost of the large battery compared to the regular battery is insignificant, so if you have the resources consider constructing the large battery instead of the regular one.
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Once your kit is constructed, place it somewhere in or near your base. Connect cables from your power generators to the front power port of the battery. Use more cables to connect the back of the battery to your APC. Make sure that you do not connect the front the battery with the back of the battery to avoid short-circuiting your electrical supply: you will need to disconnect your generators from your APC to ensure that there is a clean flow of energy from the generators to the battery to the APC to your equipment.
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As your start to scale up your power usage, be mindful of the amount of energy that you are generating. Normal [[Cable Coil|cables]] can only handle 5kW of energy at any given time before they burn out. As your power production starts to scale up, you run the risk of burning out normal cables between your power generators and your battery. Consider replacing these cables with the more expensive, but more robust, [[Cable Coil|heavy cables]]. These heavy cables can sustain 100kW before frying. Similarly, as you scale up your power usage, you might fry your cables on the output side of your battery or APC. As batteries and APCs do not have a maximum output if there is a large draw of energy they can put out more capacity than your cables can handle. Consider using a heavy cable between your battery and APC, and possibly a [[Transformer|small transformer]] after your APC to limit usage to 5kw. You can analyze your power usage by using your tablet with the [[Cartridge|network analyzer cartridge]] by pointing your tablet at a cable in your network. Note that APCs, batteries, and transformers isolate networks from one another, so analyzing the cables before your battery will only show your power generation.
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Although a couple of basic solar panels can sustain a small base for a while, as power needs grow stationary solar panels become grossly inefficient. To resolve this, we can switch to programmable solar panels which track the sun. With this setup, solar panels can have near 100% efficiency throughout the day. To begin, construct some regular [[Solar Panel|solar panels]] (as opposed to basic solar panels) in the electronics printer. These new solar panels require steel. Three or so will be sufficient. Place them in a line in an open area on some frames, away from any nearby buildings to avoid shadows with power and data ports facing east and west as opposed to north and south. Note that these solar panels have both a power and a data port. Complete the solar panels with glass, and run cables from the power port of the panels back to your battery to collect the energy they generate.
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On the support column of solar panels are series of grips. You can manually tilt and rotate the solar panel using your wrench to track the sun. The more that the solar panel is facing the sun the more power it produces. We can use the data port of the panels to automate the process. Connect all of the data ports of the solar panels together using more cables, taking care to not connect the power side with the data side. At this point, we need to set up the logic to automate the orientation of the solar panels. Although not yet complete, the in-game '''Logic''' tutorial will cover the basics of this process. We will be following the guides listed in [[Solar Logic Circuits Guide]] to do this automation. Reference the ''8-chip two-axis solar tracking'' guide for construction on any planet in the solar system, or the simpler ''4-chip one sensor, one axis solar tracking'' design for planets with 0° solar angle like the Moon.
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Construct the chips listed in the ''Design'' section of the respective guide on the electronics printer, and find a suitable place near your solar panels to set up your logic. Place the chips as listed in the guide, cycling through the different options using '''C''' to select the right chip (for example, the [[Sensors|sensor kit]] contains the daylight, motion, and gas sensor. Take note of the orientation of the daylight sensor as this impacts the output. Connect your chip network to the data port of the solar panels, and connect the power output of the solar panels to the power ports of the chips to keep them powered. Consider making a new APC (using [[Solder|solder]] as described in the steel guide) to keep your circuits running even when the Sun is down.
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Use the [[Labeller|labeler]] found in your starting crates to rename the chips to make them easier to use. Additionally, you can set the value of the memory chips directly by using the labeler on the screw terminals of the memory chip. Then use your screwdriver on the screw terminals of the chips to configure them as shown in the guide. Finally, double-check your configuration, and turn on all of the chips (save the memory chips which are always on) by pressing the red LED to turn it green. Ensure that your setup is correct by making sure that your solar panels track the sun effectively. If anything is off, make sure that your daylight sensor is oriented in the right direction, your solar panels data port is oriented in the right direction for your chip setup as detailed in the guide, that the individual chips are connected properly, and that everything is powered.
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Your [[Welding Torch|welding torch]] runs on a pressurized fuel canister consisting of 1 part oxygen to 2 parts hydrogen gas. In fact, all fuel in Stationeers is made using this mix. Remember that when we smelt in the furnace it uses 1 oxite ice to 2 volatile ice. The longer that the welding torch is running the more fuel is used. Usually, welding torch fuel will start to run out for the first time around this stage of the game, so it's important to be able to create more fuel soon. If you run out of fuel before creating a steady supply of more fuel, it can be difficult to recover.
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For the ice crusher, set up a new ice crusher on the platform and connect a gas pipe to the top output pipe to collect the gases from the ice. This is very similar to the water setup except using the top output instead of the bottom output. When the ice crusher is turned on and ice is inserted into the input slot, the ice crusher will convert the ice to gas and pump it into the connected pipes. If using the filter approach, create an atmospherics kit, two passive vents, and two small oxygen filters in the hydraulic pipe bender. Cycle the atomospherics kit to the filtration unit, and place it down on the platform. The filtration unit has five slots, an input pipe, a filtered output pipe, an unfiltered output pipe, and two filter inserts. Add a passive vent to the input pipe and to the unfiltered output pipe - you may have to space them a pipe's length away from the filtration system for them to fit. Connect a  pipe to the filtered output pipe and place your two oxygen filters into the filter slots. When powered on, the filtration unit will suck atmosphere through the passive vent, pass it through the filters, and continue oxygen down the pipe while releasing all of the other gases like carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.
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Now that we have a method of producing our gases, we can store them permanently inside of some tanks. Create either a [[Portable Tank|portable tank]] with a [[Tank Connector|tank connector]] or a [[Tank|small tank]] for each gas to store your gases. The amount of gas that can be stored in either tank is several times larger than what we need for our fuel, so either size will do. If using the portable tanks, place the connector down, then drag the portable tank onto the connector, and use your wrench to attach them. If using the regular tanks, simply place them down on the platform. In either case, connect the pipes from your gas creation systems to the tanks, making sure not to connect the two pipe networks. The tanks will equalize pressure with the piping system, allowing for several MPa of storage.
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Next, create a [[Pipe Gas Mixer|gas mixer]], [[Pressure Regulator|pressure regulator]], and [[Gas Tank Storage|canister storage]] in the hydraulic pipe bender. Place the gas mixer on the platform and connect the oxygen and hydrogen gas pipe networks to the two input slots. Without powering it on, click on different parts of the wheel to adjust the ratio of the gas mixer to 34% oxygen and 66% hydrogen. Input 1 is in line with the output pipe while input 2 is to the side of the mixer. Next, build a pipe off the output pipe of the gas mixer into a pressure regulator. Again, use the wheel to adjust the desired pressure to 1950kPa. Finally, connect the pressure regulator to the canister storage. Now, when we turn on all of the machines, oxygen and hydrogen will flow from their respective storage tanks, through the gas mixer to produce a fuel mix, and then be pumped into an awaiting canister until it reaches 1950kPa.
  
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Whenever more fuel is needed, ensure that you have enough oxygen and hydrogen to produce 1950kPa of fuel, then remove your fuel canister from the welding torch and place it into the storage receptacle. Turn on the gas mixer and pressure regulator, and wait until your canister is full. Then turn everything off, and you can remove your canister and insert it back into the welding torch. You can use your tablet with the atmospherics chip to ensure that your canister is at the right pressure, and that the mix is at the correct ratios.
You will now probably survive the first night. But that's not exciting.. you're here to build cool stuff!
 
  
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Note that the gas mixer relies on the two gases being the same temperature. If you have your oxygen much colder than your hydrogen, for example, you'll find that the output ratio is not the same as what you set on your gas mixer. Practically, this just means that you should wait until your gas tanks are at the same temperature before mixing so you don't have an incorrect fuel mix. However, your welding torch will still operate with an improper ratio, just less effectively. As a last consideration, even though 1950kPa is well below the maximum limit of how much fuel your welding torch canister can hold, consider the downsides of carrying several atmospheres of explosive fuel around everywhere you go before increasing the pressure.
  
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During the day, you will want to aggressively find Ores since visibility is very low at night.
 
  
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A stable source of air is one of our last concerns and is solved similarly to our water setup. Oxygen is found ambiently in the atmosphere of Mars, or can be created from [[Ice (Oxite)|oxite ice]] in an ice crusher. The setup mirrors our setup for the welding fuel. If on the Moon, use an ice crusher with a pipe connected to the top output of the ice crusher, and place oxite into the crusher to produce oxygen in your pipe network. If on Mars, then place a [[Kit (Atmospherics) Filtration|filtration kit]] down outside, with a passive vent on both the input and unfiltered output ports. Place two, small oxygen filters into the filtration unit, and connect a pipe to the filtered output port. When powered on, the filtration unit will suck in atmosphere through the passive vent, pass oxygen into the filtered output pipe, and release all other gases into the atmosphere.
# Find ores such as [[Iron Ore]], [[Copper Ore]], [[Gold Ore]]
 
#* You can ignore [[Silver Ore]], [[Nickel Ore]], [[Lead Ore]], [[Ice]], and all others for now
 
# Setup the [[Battery Charger]] to recharge small batteries for your tools such as [[Hand Drill]] and [[Mining Drill]]
 
# Setup your [[Arc Furnace]] by connecting [[Cables]] from your [[Area Power Controller]]
 
#* You can turn it on by clicking on the switch to the left (it will turn green)
 
#* Insert the ore and click on the 'activate' button
 
#* If it stops working immediately, then your power is not consistent - did you skip setting up the ACS? Is the battery in the ACS out of power?
 
#* In this case, you will need to rely on the solid generator to power the ACS
 
# Setup the [[Solid Generator]] for emergency power until a [[Battery]] can be setup
 
#* Make sure you hook it up to the input side of the [[Area Power Controller]] - '''do not mix the networks!'''
 
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Now that we are producing oxygen, connect your oxygen producer to a tank to store excess oxygen. Your lander came with a white, portable tank of oxygen that we can use for this purpose. If you have not already done so, disconnect it from the lander using a wrench, and drag it over to your production setup. Create a [[Tank Connector|tank connector]] using the hydraulic pipe bender, place the connector near your production, drag the portable tank on top of the connector, and use your wrench to connect the two. Connect your production machines to your tank with pipes to store excess oxygen. Finally, create a [[Pressure Regulator|pressure regulator]], a [[Gas Tank Storage|canister storage]], and also a new [[Canister|gas canister]] so that you don't run out of air while waiting for your canister to fill. Hook up the pressure regulator to your pipe network, and use the wheel to set around 5000kPa of output pressure. Connect the other side of the pressure regulator to the canister storage, and place your new canister inside.
During the night, if you need to get minerals, use the [[Tracking Beacon]]!
 
  
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When you need to replace your suit's oxygen tank, you can use the ice crusher or filtration unit to produce more oxygen, turn on the pressure regulator until your spare tank is around 5000kPa of oxygen, and then quickly switch your suit's canister with the spare. To take care of your waste canister, a simple way is to simply vent it into the atmosphere. When you get a warning that your waste tank is too full, simply click on your waste tank in your suit, and hit '''Open''' to vent it into your surroundings. Alternatively, you can swap your waste canister with your propellant container in your jetpack. Despite its name, the jetpack does not actually burn fuel: it uses pressurized gases to propel you around the world. As you use more propellant in your jetpack, you are replenishing it in your waste tank.
* The [[Tracking Beacon]] uses a [[Battery Cell (Small)]] which can be taken from the [[Hand Drill]] or [[Angle Grinder]]
 
* A [[Cartridge (Tracker)|Cartridge]] starts in the player's suit inventory and can be inserted into the [[Handheld Tablet]]
 
** '''Heads up:''' the tablet uses power if left On when put away
 
  
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''See the'' '''''Hydroponics, Hydration + Food''''' ''tutorial for more information.''
# Setup the remaining structures: [[Arc Furnace]], [[Solid Generator]], [[Autolathe]]
 
# Get the materials to produce an [[Electronics Printer]] asap
 
#* Print out a [[Battery Cell (Large)]] from the [[Electronics Printer]] so you don't have to swap suit power with the ACS and can charge it with minimal interaction
 
#* Print out a [[Kit_(Battery)]] and hook it up to the '''incoming''' side of the ACS
 
#* Use [[Cables|Heavy Cables]] to transfer a higher wattage to the [[Kit_(Battery)]]
 
# Setup a basic room with an [[Airlock]] and a [[Gas Tank Storage]] to collect some oxygen if low
 
  
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In general, you need 4 things for atmosphere management. A way to add atmosphere, a way to remove atmosphere, a way to heat atmosphere, and a way to cool atmosphere.
Here's the first obstacle in your way: getting your first run of [[Steel Ingot|Steel]].
 
  
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For the first two, use a pressure regulator set to around 110 to add co2 into the room, then use a back pressure regulator on the other side of the room set to 108. The idea is that the pressure regulator will try to pump in co2 until it's at 110, and the back pressure regulator will empty the room until it's 108. This lets you have a small flow of air through the room so oxygen or pollutants and such don't get stuck. Pipe the air leaving the room through a filtration unit (from the atmospherics kit) with co2 filters, expelling waste gases into the atmosphere or somewhere else while letting the co2 pass into a storage tank so you have a buffer and then back into your intake pressure regulator. This forms a closed loop to make sure there's only co2 in the greenhouse.
# Create a [[Furnace]] from the [[Autolathe]] - nice
 
# You will need the following items to start the furnace
 
#* 1 volatile ice
 
#* 2 oxyite ice
 
# You need a ratio of these items to get steel
 
#* 3 iron ore
 
#* 1 coal
 
#* ''you can double check the ratio with the [[Cartridges|Cartridge (eReader)]] in the [[Handheld Tablet]]
 
# Insert 1 volatile ice and 2 oxyite ice into the furnace (this will be easier to do at night otherwise the ice might melt)
 
# Insert iron ore and coal at a ratio of 3-1 (3 iron - 1 coal)
 
#* Check the contents view on the furnace and you should see hydrocarbons and iron listed
 
#* Hit '''Activate''' and enjoy the light show
 
#* Pull the level and enjoy your [[Steel Ingot|Steel]] - 100g lasted me for a long time 😎
 
#* You can run multiple batches as long as you're in the right pressure & temperature range
 
# '''Warning''' ore cannot be recovered from the [[Furnace]] unless you use a [[Centrifuge]] - '''make sure you measure it out!'''
 
  
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For heating, use 2-3 wall heaters in the room (be careful, they're extremely power-hungry!). For cooling, use a wall cooler. Feed a pipe from the gas port of the wall cooler to outside, put a bunch of radiators on it so it can leak heat into the atmosphere, and then fill it with a few hundred kPa of some kind of air, possibly by using an active vent set to inward. The idea is that the wall cooler will heat up the air in the pipe, then the air in the pipe will radiate the heat away in the radiators.
  
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Wire everything up, and then we'll use some logic to automate it. The intake and filtration are automated by the pressure regulators, so that just leaves us with the heating and cooling. Use a gas sensor in the room to measure temp, a logic reader to read the gas sensor, two logic comparators to compare the gas sensor to your min and max desired temp, two memory chips to hold your min and max desired temps, and then two batch writers to write to your heaters and cooler for when they need to turn on. Basically, use the comparators to check if the temp is below something like 300 kelvin, and if so, turn the heaters on. If it's above something like 305, turn the coolers on.
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# Create one or more [[Station Batteries|Battery]] to store power more consistently
 
# Automate solar power collection using I/O and a [[Daylight Sensor|Sensors]]
 
# Create a [[Fabricator]] and hook up a [[Computer]] to it
 
# Use [[Chutes]], [[Conveyors]], and [[Stacker|Stackers]] if you're interested in the ole Factorio feel
 
# Create an actual ship! (Using [[Kit (Furniture)]], [[Engines|Engine]], [[Stellar Anchor]] and some other parts)
 
# Create advanced ingots such as [[Solder]], [[Ingvar]], [[Electrum]], [[Constantan]]
 
  
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* Your starting Oxygen will last you for more than a week, so oxygen recovery can wait
 
* Your starting Oxygen will last you for more than a week, so oxygen recovery can wait
 
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* The waste canister can be used to power the jet pack - simply switch the canisters over for an emergency fix
 
* A locker holds 30 items and is very useful in the early game
 
* A locker holds 30 items and is very useful in the early game
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* Help, I can't deconstruct something! - check that the [[Hand Drill|Hand Drill's]] battery is not Empty
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This should be a crash-course primer to getting started in Stationeers. You can find more guides in the Steam community, several of which are linked from the front page of this wiki.

While reading through this guide, remember that Stationeers is a game about surviving on an inhospitable world. It's extremely common for new players to take too long and run out of time before solving power, water, air, and food needs. Try not to take your first few games seriously, and feel free to restart an unsalvageable world until you get a feel for things.

Getting Started[edit]

Tutorials[edit]

Stationeers has a selection of tutorials accessible from the main menu to explain the basic concepts of the game. It is recommended to do the tutorials progressively as you encounter new mechanics in your game instead of tackling them all at once. To start in Stationeers, the Basic Skills, Construction, and Mining + Fabrication tutorials will give you a solid foundation for the start of the game.

Basic Controls[edit]

This is a cheatsheet to the content covered in the Basic Skills tutorial.

  • Players interact with the world, items, and structures in Stationeers with an active hand system.
  • Your left and right hands are represented in the bottom middle of the screen.
    • WASD movement
    • Left Click interacts with the world using the current hand or tool in the current hand (ex: you can't interact with buttons while holding an item)
    • Right Click starts placement mode when holding a structure (ex: Iron Frames or Autolathe) or toggles the power switch on handheld devices
    • Holding Alt enables the cursor for interacting with the UI
    • F1 opens the "Stationpedia" for in-game recipes and guides
    • Mouse Wheel
      • With an open inventory - changes active slot
      • When placing a structure - changes the mode for an item in placement mode (use this with Cables to change their shape)
      • When using some consoles or computers - scrolls the active menu
    • E swaps current active hand
    • R opens the item in the current hand, or goes to its options
    • F swaps between held items and items in your inventory on the side (accessed through the number keys)
    • Q drops the currently held item in the active hand, holding Q will cause you to throw the item
    • 1-6 will open menus for worn items similar to pressing R, holding 1-6 will cause it to swap with the item in the current hand, or simply go in the current hand - don't do this with the helmet or suit in a vacuum
    • Delete, End, Insert, Home, Page Up, Page Down rotate the item in placement mode. C is useful for autorotate when placing cables or pipes.
    • G grab - not the same as drag, which is triggered by clicking on a portable item's handle with an empty hand
    • I quick open the helmet - don't do this in a vacuum. You can lock the helmet in its menu to avoid this.
    • O or Right Click turn held item on or off
    • J turn jet pack on or off. The propulsion tank will last for many hours use, use it freely for building or mining. Still, make sure you turn off the jet pack when not using it, as the jet pack will continue to drain the propulsion tank.

Selecting a World[edit]

The first decision you have to make is where to set up a new colony. From the main menu, select the New Game option to come to the world select screen.

For a burgeoning stationeer, there are two main worlds to choose from: the Moon, and Mars. The other worlds have unique challenges which are beyond the scope of this guide. Although either choice is suitable for this guide, it's important to consider the differences between them.

  • The Moon
    • Pros
      • The Sun is closer to the Moon than Mars, so solar panels work more effectively here
      • The solar angle on the Moon is 0°, which means that solar panels are easier to set up
      • The Moon has lower gravity, which can make it easier to navigate without burning through your jetpack fuel
    • Cons
      • The Moon has no atmosphere, so all gas must be collected by hand and can easily be lost into the environment. This demands more knowledge of Stationeers atmospherics systems to thrive on the Moon
  • Mars
    • Pros
      • Mars has an unlimited atmosphere ripe with CO2, making it easy to set up hydroponics
      • Mars has an Earth-like atmospheric temperature during the day
    • Cons
      • Mars has storms that can ravage the surface, placing higher importance on shelter
      • The Sun is weaker on Mars and is at a slight angle. This requires more complicated solar panel arrays or a loss in efficiency

Ultimately, both planets are good for beginners. Pick one and adjust the guide to match the specifics of your environment.

Your First World[edit]

Quick Reference: Priorities[edit]

This is a quick reference sheet of what you should focus on in order to survive indefinitely. If you're ever not sure what you should be doing, see if there's anything on this list that you don't have a reliable source for yet.

  1. Power
  2. Shelter (on Mars)
  3. Water
  4. Air
  5. Food

Power[edit]

See also: Starting Gear and Constructing and Deconstructing Walls

When you spawn into the world you appear outside of your lander. There's a lot to do to ensure your visit is not a short one, but you have some time to get things set up. Your first priority is setting up a starting platform to set up your machines. You've landed with a variety of crates and a portable oxygen tank. You can use your wrench in your tool belt to disconnect them from the lander so you can drag them around. The supplies you need on your first day are in the two yellow construction supply crates.

Find a suitable spot to build your starting platform. We're looking for a relatively flat area near the lander, away from any hills that might block our solar panels. Find your iron frames in your construction crate and build a 4x3 platform. Swap your iron frames with the iron sheets and pull out your welding torch in your other hand. Construct your frames with your welder until they reach their second of three stages in the construction process. This makes them walkable, but not airtight.

Next, we'll set up the solar panel, area power controller (APC), arc furnace, and autolathe. Place the solar panel on the platform with the power port facing towards where you want your machines to go. Complete it with the glass sheets found in the crate. Place the APC down next to the solar panel at least a cable's length away and with the power arrows facing away from the solar panel. Connect the two with the cables found in your toolbelt. Open the APC with your wrench to expose the internals. Grab one of the large batteries from the crates and insert it into the APC. Make sure to flip the power switch to turn the APC on: you should see the LED on the APC start blinking blue to show that the solar panel is charging the battery.

Finally, we'll set up the arc furnace and autolathe. Place them on the platform, complete the construction stages for the autolathe using the resources in the chest, and finally connect them to the other power port of the APC using your cables. Note: you can splice in new connections to old cables by holding the wire cutters in your off-hand. This allows you to add a junction in an already existing wire, for example. You should now be able to turn on the autolathe and arc furnace to check your setup, but make sure to turn them off when you're not using them to save power!

Optionally, you can set up the solid fuel generator too, which burns coal to produce a considerable amount of energy in a pinch. Connect the power cable from the solid fuel generator to the solar panel side of the APC to fill up its battery. Remember that the generator will burn all of the coal that you put in it regardless of if your battery is full or not - only place the fuel that you need into it.

You've now tackled your first priority: power. With this setup, you've extended your lifespan from around one day to around five. Congratulations! Although one basic solar panel will not be enough to sustain anything more than our starting base, this will power a spare battery to keep your life support going as you tackle the other tasks at hand.

Water[edit]

The next thing you'll run out of is water. You start with a water bottle in your suit, a few spare bottles in the crates, and a small liquid canister of water, you'll run through these supplies in about a week. Our next goal is to set up an ice crusher and a water bottle filler, but to do this we need to set up some more infrastructure. Our next direct tasks are to create an electronics printer and a hydraulic pipe bender. Together, your autolathe, electronics printer, and hydraulic pipe bender form your fabrication bread and butter: they can produce everything your need to tackle your starting priorities.

Mining[edit]

From here, split your time between day and night to take advantage of the sunlight. During the day, we can collect resources for our base through mining, and at night we can work on improving our base. The sunlight makes it much easier to find ores in the world, but if you do need to go out at night, consider setting up the tracking beacon at home to find your way back with your tablet with the tracking cartridge. We are aiming to collect at least 3 stacks (150g) of iron ore, 3 stacks (150g) of copper ore, and 1 stack (50g) of gold ore. Smelt all of these in your arc furnace. After we set up our machines, we'll also need a stack or two of water ice (Note: not Ice (Volatiles) or Ice (Oxite)!), and at least 8g of silicon to construct our water setup.

Construction[edit]

Once you have the supplies, use the autolathe to build your electronics printer and hydraulic pipe bender. The electronics printer can print out extra cables as you need them, extra batteries to add a buffer to your power setup, extra solar panels for power generation, and a variety of other tools and supplies. The pipe bender allows us to handle atmospherics and liquids. We can now partly build our water setup. At this point, it will be useful to complete the Hydroponics, Hydration + Food tutorial to understand our next steps.

After our prep work, we can print an ice crusher, a portable liquid tank, a liquid tank connector, a water bottle filler and the liquid pipes needed to plumb it all together. Go ahead and set these up on your base, connecting the bottom pipe on the back of the ice crusher with liquid pipes to your tank connector. Afterward, hook up your water bottle filler to the pipe network, though note that you might need to place the filler on the side of a constructed iron frame (known as a structural wall as opposed to a normal iron wall). Finally, we can place a water bottle onto our filler, place ice into our ice crusher, turn on the crusher, and refill our old water bottles!

By this point, we have extended our lifespan to multiple weeks.

Shelter[edit]

Note: This section only applies to players on Mars.

Although you landed in a safe weather window, storms can start on planets with atmosphere after seven days. The storms can damage some items in the game like solar panels, reduce visibility to anything in front of you, and blow anything not bolted down hundreds of meters away. This includes your starting crates. To prevent losing your progress, it's critical that you prepare for upcoming storms. At minimum, your starting gear should be secured. This can be done by creating container mounts to attach your crates to with the wrench. Better yet though, you can create a large locker and empty your crates inside of them.

Additionally, consider making your base airtight at this point. This will prevent the inside of your base from being affected by the storms. You can add an extra iron sheet to your iron frames to make them airtight, and use the iron walls (which can also be constructed into windows by cycling with the C key) in your construction crates to build the sides. Finish it off with a door that you can open and close during storms or even a full airlock if desired. See the Airlocks tutorial for an example, but note that on Mars an advanced airlock must be used to avoid contaminating your base with the martian atmosphere.

Air and Food[edit]

The last two resources that we need to have stable sources of are food and air. However, around this time is when a myriad of other problems also start occurring that may need to be taken care of. For this section, you can either tackle side-projects first or come around to the side-projects as they come up.

Side Projects[edit]

These are projects that won't threaten your survival if not completed but can make your time in the solar system much more comfortable.

Steel[edit]

See the Alloy Smelting tutorial for more information.

Steel is the first alloy that most stationeers need to make. Alloys are resources made from a combination of the more basic resources in the game such as coal, iron, or gold. Alloys are usually made in the furnace once the base resources are inserted and the furnace reaches a specific temperature and pressure range. Using values found in the in-game stationpedia, the recipe for steel is 3 units of iron to 1 unit of coal, placed into the furnace when the furnace is between 1MPa and 100Mpa, and the temperature is between 900K to 100kK.

Steel can be used in a variety of more complex machines. This includes stationary batteries which hold 12.5 times the energy of large battery cells, or the orientatable solar panel which can track the sun to provide near 100% efficiency while the Sun is up. The process for creating steel is similar to the process of creating solder, used in creating new APCs. Or, more advanced, creating constantan, invar, or electrum, which are used for mid to late game parts and structures.

To start, create a furnace using the autolathe, along with a [Valve|pipe valve] and a passive vent using the hydraulic pipe bender. Place it somewhere outside of your base with the arrows on the top and bottom pointing down. Complete the furnace using the tooltips. Finally, on the backside of the furnace, add a pipe and a valve to both the top port. The top port is your gas output port, which can be used to purge the furnace of waste gases after use. Continue the pipe to a wall or floor where you can place the passive vent. When set up correctly, you can open the top valve to off-gas the furnace to the passive vent, and safely vent the waste gas to the atmosphere. The bottom port allows for fuel intake in more advanced furnace setups, but we'll be manually fueling our furnace for now. In the future, it also might be worth collecting the off-gases into a tank for use in pressurizing your base. This is especially important on the Moon where no ambient atmosphere exists.

As listed in the stationpedia, you can manually fuel the furnace by placing a ratio of 1:2 oxite to Ice (Volatiles) into the furnace. Note that any form of ice will melt at and above 0 degrees Celcius, so it may be necessary to fuel your furnace at night to avoid the ice evaporating into the air. You can check the external temperature using the "External" section of your HUD in the bottom right. The amount of ice that you need is relatively small. Around 3 oxite and 6 volatiles will raise the temperature of the furnace to nearly 2000K, well above the temperature needed for steel. Place iron and coal into the furnace in a 3:1 ratio after the furnace has heated up to produce steel. Right now, 200g of steel (made with 3 stacks of iron and 1 stack of coal) will last you for quite a while. Once you have your steel, consider using steel frames and sheets instead of iron frames and sheets. Not only are they stronger, but they use less resources overall too.

Refrigeration and Spoilied Food[edit]

Food and seeds slowly spoil and decay in Stationeers. By this point, depending on how fast you've completed the rest of the guide, your food is starting to be in danger of spoiling or has already spoiled. Decay is accelerated by warm temperatures, harmful atmospheres, and improper storage. These can be resolved by lowering the temperature (down to around -140 Celsius: colder than that and the decay rate increases again), replacing the atmosphere with nitrogen or carbon dioxide, making sure the Kpa is above 101 as food needs atmosphere equal to earths pressure or the effect of the preservation will be debuffed by the low pressure, and placing food in a refrigerator. For a beginner set up, simply use some steel to create a large refrigerator, power it with the power switch, and place your food inside. You should see the time to decay increase by several hours, sometimes triple or more what the original time limit was. Refrigerators attempt to keep the food at a low temperature, and also automatically removes 70% of the decay rate of anything inside of a powered fridge. This will extend our time to complete our greenhouse by many hours.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to recover if your food has already spoiled. Although there are ways to get new seeds, mainly from trading, it is likely necessary to restart on a new world to get new seeds. Your experience from this world will help accelerate your development in a new game. Though you may find that you need to bump steel production higher on the priority list to build a fridge earlier on to prevent food spoilage.

Also not all foods spoil, Canned goods, and Cereal Bars as of the food for thought update have had there food decay removed making them great foods to make/Cook since they can be stored to use indefinitely.

Station Batteries[edit]

One constant issue that a stationeer faces is power shortages. As you add more machines, your power needs will grow. While the problem can be ignored during the day by simply adding more solar panels, turbines, or generators, a reliable way of storing energy is critical to uninterrupted power through the night. Up until this point, we've been storing excess energy in a large battery cell in the APC. However, this can only hold a small amount of power: a single, constantly powered wall heater will only be powered for a few minutes before drawing all of the power in our large battery.

To resolve our power storage needs, consider making a stationary battery in the electronics printer. The regular stationary battery can hold 12.5 times the amount of power as the large battery cell we've been using, and the large stationary battery can hold over 30 times the amount. Both the regular and large batteries require steel, so ensure that you have a furnace setup. The resource cost of the large battery compared to the regular battery is insignificant, so if you have the resources consider constructing the large battery instead of the regular one.

Once your kit is constructed, place it somewhere in or near your base. Connect cables from your power generators to the front power port of the battery. Use more cables to connect the back of the battery to your APC. Make sure that you do not connect the front the battery with the back of the battery to avoid short-circuiting your electrical supply: you will need to disconnect your generators from your APC to ensure that there is a clean flow of energy from the generators to the battery to the APC to your equipment.

As your start to scale up your power usage, be mindful of the amount of energy that you are generating. Normal cables can only handle 5kW of energy at any given time before they burn out. As your power production starts to scale up, you run the risk of burning out normal cables between your power generators and your battery. Consider replacing these cables with the more expensive, but more robust, heavy cables. These heavy cables can sustain 100kW before frying. Similarly, as you scale up your power usage, you might fry your cables on the output side of your battery or APC. As batteries and APCs do not have a maximum output if there is a large draw of energy they can put out more capacity than your cables can handle. Consider using a heavy cable between your battery and APC, and possibly a small transformer after your APC to limit usage to 5kw. You can analyze your power usage by using your tablet with the network analyzer cartridge by pointing your tablet at a cable in your network. Note that APCs, batteries, and transformers isolate networks from one another, so analyzing the cables before your battery will only show your power generation.

Automated Solar Panels[edit]

Although a couple of basic solar panels can sustain a small base for a while, as power needs grow stationary solar panels become grossly inefficient. To resolve this, we can switch to programmable solar panels which track the sun. With this setup, solar panels can have near 100% efficiency throughout the day. To begin, construct some regular solar panels (as opposed to basic solar panels) in the electronics printer. These new solar panels require steel. Three or so will be sufficient. Place them in a line in an open area on some frames, away from any nearby buildings to avoid shadows with power and data ports facing east and west as opposed to north and south. Note that these solar panels have both a power and a data port. Complete the solar panels with glass, and run cables from the power port of the panels back to your battery to collect the energy they generate.

On the support column of solar panels are series of grips. You can manually tilt and rotate the solar panel using your wrench to track the sun. The more that the solar panel is facing the sun the more power it produces. We can use the data port of the panels to automate the process. Connect all of the data ports of the solar panels together using more cables, taking care to not connect the power side with the data side. At this point, we need to set up the logic to automate the orientation of the solar panels. Although not yet complete, the in-game Logic tutorial will cover the basics of this process. We will be following the guides listed in Solar Logic Circuits Guide to do this automation. Reference the 8-chip two-axis solar tracking guide for construction on any planet in the solar system, or the simpler 4-chip one sensor, one axis solar tracking design for planets with 0° solar angle like the Moon.

Construct the chips listed in the Design section of the respective guide on the electronics printer, and find a suitable place near your solar panels to set up your logic. Place the chips as listed in the guide, cycling through the different options using C to select the right chip (for example, the sensor kit contains the daylight, motion, and gas sensor. Take note of the orientation of the daylight sensor as this impacts the output. Connect your chip network to the data port of the solar panels, and connect the power output of the solar panels to the power ports of the chips to keep them powered. Consider making a new APC (using solder as described in the steel guide) to keep your circuits running even when the Sun is down.

Use the labeler found in your starting crates to rename the chips to make them easier to use. Additionally, you can set the value of the memory chips directly by using the labeler on the screw terminals of the memory chip. Then use your screwdriver on the screw terminals of the chips to configure them as shown in the guide. Finally, double-check your configuration, and turn on all of the chips (save the memory chips which are always on) by pressing the red LED to turn it green. Ensure that your setup is correct by making sure that your solar panels track the sun effectively. If anything is off, make sure that your daylight sensor is oriented in the right direction, your solar panels data port is oriented in the right direction for your chip setup as detailed in the guide, that the individual chips are connected properly, and that everything is powered.

Welding Fuel[edit]

See the Gas Mixing tutorial for more information.

Your welding torch runs on a pressurized fuel canister consisting of 1 part oxygen to 2 parts hydrogen gas. In fact, all fuel in Stationeers is made using this mix. Remember that when we smelt in the furnace it uses 1 oxite ice to 2 volatile ice. The longer that the welding torch is running the more fuel is used. Usually, welding torch fuel will start to run out for the first time around this stage of the game, so it's important to be able to create more fuel soon. If you run out of fuel before creating a steady supply of more fuel, it can be difficult to recover.

In general, we need the following: 1. Someplace to produce the gases 2. Someplace to store produced gases 3. A gas mixer 4. A pressure regulator 5. A canister storage slot to be able to place our fuel tank

Find a place to set up your fuel creation station. In general, a 2x3 or 3x3 platform outside works well. Also, take care to make sure that your creation station does not get too hot if you do build it indoors. Fuel can explode over around 32 degrees celsius. We can collect hydrogen from volatiles in an ice crusher, and oxygen from oxite in an ice crusher as well. Alternatively, on Mars, there is a small amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. There, we can use only one ice crusher for Hydrogen and use a filtration system to filter oxygen from the air using a small amount of power.

For the ice crusher, set up a new ice crusher on the platform and connect a gas pipe to the top output pipe to collect the gases from the ice. This is very similar to the water setup except using the top output instead of the bottom output. When the ice crusher is turned on and ice is inserted into the input slot, the ice crusher will convert the ice to gas and pump it into the connected pipes. If using the filter approach, create an atmospherics kit, two passive vents, and two small oxygen filters in the hydraulic pipe bender. Cycle the atomospherics kit to the filtration unit, and place it down on the platform. The filtration unit has five slots, an input pipe, a filtered output pipe, an unfiltered output pipe, and two filter inserts. Add a passive vent to the input pipe and to the unfiltered output pipe - you may have to space them a pipe's length away from the filtration system for them to fit. Connect a pipe to the filtered output pipe and place your two oxygen filters into the filter slots. When powered on, the filtration unit will suck atmosphere through the passive vent, pass it through the filters, and continue oxygen down the pipe while releasing all of the other gases like carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.

Now that we have a method of producing our gases, we can store them permanently inside of some tanks. Create either a portable tank with a tank connector or a small tank for each gas to store your gases. The amount of gas that can be stored in either tank is several times larger than what we need for our fuel, so either size will do. If using the portable tanks, place the connector down, then drag the portable tank onto the connector, and use your wrench to attach them. If using the regular tanks, simply place them down on the platform. In either case, connect the pipes from your gas creation systems to the tanks, making sure not to connect the two pipe networks. The tanks will equalize pressure with the piping system, allowing for several MPa of storage.

Next, create a gas mixer, pressure regulator, and canister storage in the hydraulic pipe bender. Place the gas mixer on the platform and connect the oxygen and hydrogen gas pipe networks to the two input slots. Without powering it on, click on different parts of the wheel to adjust the ratio of the gas mixer to 34% oxygen and 66% hydrogen. Input 1 is in line with the output pipe while input 2 is to the side of the mixer. Next, build a pipe off the output pipe of the gas mixer into a pressure regulator. Again, use the wheel to adjust the desired pressure to 1950kPa. Finally, connect the pressure regulator to the canister storage. Now, when we turn on all of the machines, oxygen and hydrogen will flow from their respective storage tanks, through the gas mixer to produce a fuel mix, and then be pumped into an awaiting canister until it reaches 1950kPa.

Whenever more fuel is needed, ensure that you have enough oxygen and hydrogen to produce 1950kPa of fuel, then remove your fuel canister from the welding torch and place it into the storage receptacle. Turn on the gas mixer and pressure regulator, and wait until your canister is full. Then turn everything off, and you can remove your canister and insert it back into the welding torch. You can use your tablet with the atmospherics chip to ensure that your canister is at the right pressure, and that the mix is at the correct ratios.

Note that the gas mixer relies on the two gases being the same temperature. If you have your oxygen much colder than your hydrogen, for example, you'll find that the output ratio is not the same as what you set on your gas mixer. Practically, this just means that you should wait until your gas tanks are at the same temperature before mixing so you don't have an incorrect fuel mix. However, your welding torch will still operate with an improper ratio, just less effectively. As a last consideration, even though 1950kPa is well below the maximum limit of how much fuel your welding torch canister can hold, consider the downsides of carrying several atmospheres of explosive fuel around everywhere you go before increasing the pressure.

Air[edit]

A stable source of air is one of our last concerns and is solved similarly to our water setup. Oxygen is found ambiently in the atmosphere of Mars, or can be created from oxite ice in an ice crusher. The setup mirrors our setup for the welding fuel. If on the Moon, use an ice crusher with a pipe connected to the top output of the ice crusher, and place oxite into the crusher to produce oxygen in your pipe network. If on Mars, then place a filtration kit down outside, with a passive vent on both the input and unfiltered output ports. Place two, small oxygen filters into the filtration unit, and connect a pipe to the filtered output port. When powered on, the filtration unit will suck in atmosphere through the passive vent, pass oxygen into the filtered output pipe, and release all other gases into the atmosphere.

Now that we are producing oxygen, connect your oxygen producer to a tank to store excess oxygen. Your lander came with a white, portable tank of oxygen that we can use for this purpose. If you have not already done so, disconnect it from the lander using a wrench, and drag it over to your production setup. Create a tank connector using the hydraulic pipe bender, place the connector near your production, drag the portable tank on top of the connector, and use your wrench to connect the two. Connect your production machines to your tank with pipes to store excess oxygen. Finally, create a pressure regulator, a canister storage, and also a new gas canister so that you don't run out of air while waiting for your canister to fill. Hook up the pressure regulator to your pipe network, and use the wheel to set around 5000kPa of output pressure. Connect the other side of the pressure regulator to the canister storage, and place your new canister inside.

When you need to replace your suit's oxygen tank, you can use the ice crusher or filtration unit to produce more oxygen, turn on the pressure regulator until your spare tank is around 5000kPa of oxygen, and then quickly switch your suit's canister with the spare. To take care of your waste canister, a simple way is to simply vent it into the atmosphere. When you get a warning that your waste tank is too full, simply click on your waste tank in your suit, and hit Open to vent it into your surroundings. Alternatively, you can swap your waste canister with your propellant container in your jetpack. Despite its name, the jetpack does not actually burn fuel: it uses pressurized gases to propel you around the world. As you use more propellant in your jetpack, you are replenishing it in your waste tank.

Food[edit]

See the Hydroponics, Hydration + Food tutorial for more information.

See the farming guide on the wiki for basic plant needs.

In general, you need 4 things for atmosphere management. A way to add atmosphere, a way to remove atmosphere, a way to heat atmosphere, and a way to cool atmosphere.

For the first two, use a pressure regulator set to around 110 to add co2 into the room, then use a back pressure regulator on the other side of the room set to 108. The idea is that the pressure regulator will try to pump in co2 until it's at 110, and the back pressure regulator will empty the room until it's 108. This lets you have a small flow of air through the room so oxygen or pollutants and such don't get stuck. Pipe the air leaving the room through a filtration unit (from the atmospherics kit) with co2 filters, expelling waste gases into the atmosphere or somewhere else while letting the co2 pass into a storage tank so you have a buffer and then back into your intake pressure regulator. This forms a closed loop to make sure there's only co2 in the greenhouse.

For heating, use 2-3 wall heaters in the room (be careful, they're extremely power-hungry!). For cooling, use a wall cooler. Feed a pipe from the gas port of the wall cooler to outside, put a bunch of radiators on it so it can leak heat into the atmosphere, and then fill it with a few hundred kPa of some kind of air, possibly by using an active vent set to inward. The idea is that the wall cooler will heat up the air in the pipe, then the air in the pipe will radiate the heat away in the radiators.

Wire everything up, and then we'll use some logic to automate it. The intake and filtration are automated by the pressure regulators, so that just leaves us with the heating and cooling. Use a gas sensor in the room to measure temp, a logic reader to read the gas sensor, two logic comparators to compare the gas sensor to your min and max desired temp, two memory chips to hold your min and max desired temps, and then two batch writers to write to your heaters and cooler for when they need to turn on. Basically, use the comparators to check if the temp is below something like 300 kelvin, and if so, turn the heaters on. If it's above something like 305, turn the coolers on.

From there, you should be good to go. Just wait until the pressure and temperature reach the right ranges, and then you can plant.

Multiplayer[edit]

"tbd - but yeah, Don't grief!"

Tips[edit]

  • Your starting Oxygen will last you for more than a week, so oxygen recovery can wait
  • An Area Power Controller will effectively "split" a power & data network
    • Power and data are transferred on the same network - no need to run parallel power lines
  • The waste canister can be used to power the jet pack - simply switch the canisters over for an emergency fix
  • A locker holds 30 items and is very useful in the early game
  • Ice will melt in hands, in the world, or in lockers - ice will 'not melt inside of a Mining Belt or in a cold environment.
  • Help, I can't deconstruct something! - check that the Hand Drill's battery is not Empty
  • A battery will charge twice as fast in an Area Power Controller than in a Battery Charger (Nuclear is only 73% faster) according to this helpful reddit post by u/Chrisbitz