Distortion Sphere is a Tech that allows the player to transform into a ball and roll. While activated characters are shown as a dark ball bisected by a light blue line. It fits in the Head tech slot.
Distortion Sphere can be used to access pathways that are too small for the player to walk inside. However, players in sphere cannot jump very high, nor can they warp back to their ship, and will need to switch back to normal form in order to get over obstacles. Players in sphere cannot jump at all while submerged in liquid, and energy regeneration is blocked until 1.5 seconds after the player transforms out of sphere form.
To activate the sphere press 'F'. To switch to normal form, press 'F' again while in a space large enough to accommodate the humanoid form of the character.
Transforming into the sphere consumes 50 energy. While transformed into a Distortion Sphere, the player can roll along the ground at a default speed of 14 (which is the same as the default run speed of the humanoid form), though they can roll faster if they start to descend a sufficiently steep slope. However, fall damage in sphere form is no different from fall damage in humanoid form, so one should think twice before rolling off a cliff.
Roll speed is improved by Run Boost, and jump height while in Distortion Sphere form is improved by Jump Boost. Energy Boost can be helpful in certain edge cases in which one is frequently switching between humanoid and sphere forms, but is otherwise optional.
Players still receive full damage, thus you can be attacked easily whilst traveling. It is possible to trap a player in a sphere by placing blocks completely around them. Unable to leave sphere form without any space, they must resort to waiting for the blocks to be destroyed.
This tech will automatically unlock once players complete Getting The Ball Rolling at the Outpost. Further upgrades to the Distortion Sphere include the Aqua Sphere, Spike Sphere, and Sonic Sphere which can be unlocked at a Tech Console or the Tech Lab of the Outpost for eight Tech Cards each.