Dr. Akaggy, a penguin scientist, can be found at the Mech Workshop under the Outpost. She will introduce the player to Mechs, and unlock their first, racial-themed vehicle after they complete the quest Test Drive. Also in the Mech Workshop are two important mech stations - the Mech Assembly Station and Mech Part Crafting Table.
Mechs are composed of 6 customisable parts, each of which can change different characteristics of the mech:
|Body: Affects Maximum Energy of the mech and its Defense. Also determines the resistance of the mech to planetary hazards (Deadly Radiation, Deadly Chill, and Deadly Heat).|
|Boosters: Affects Flight Speed and Maneuverability.|
|Left and Right Arms: Are weapons, with different effects and energy usage.|
|Legs: Affects Ground Speed and Jump Power.|
|Horn: In space, nobody can hear you honk.|
Different parts can be obtained by learning their corresponding blueprints, usually found in non-planet locations in space. They can be equipped to the mech by using the Mech Assembly Station on your space station, or in Dr. Akaggy's workshop.
Piloting a Mech
Once the player has acquired a mech, they can deploy their mech while they are on their Ship using the Deploy Mech button on the right side of the screen - this button only appears if the ship is parked at a space encounter, an asteroid field, or orbiting a visitable planet. Clicking this button launches a drop pod containing the player inside their mech which breaks apart upon arrival on a planet or entrance into a space encounter.
On planets and in sections of space encounters with gravity, the mech's movement is similar to that of the player. Left and Right inputs move the mech left and right, Jump input causes the mech to boost upward, and Down + Jump causes the mech to drop through platforms.
In sections of space encounters without gravity, the mech uses a different movement scheme. The directional inputs accelerate the mech in their respective directions, and the Jump input brings the mech to a stop.
In all cases, Left Mouse Button activates the mech's left arm, Right Mouse Button activates the mech's right arm, and F activates the mech's horn if one is equipped. Also, the Interact input causes the player to exit and enter the mech.
The player's mech automatically despawns when the player beams off of a planet or out of a space encounter, becoming available to deploy again from the player's ship.armor equipment slots. These slots can be fitted with corresponding mech components.
As pieces are slotted in, the total energy and energy usage rate as well as the mech appearance will adjust. There are two color pickers underneath the Assembly diagram -one for the main color of the mech, and one for accent color. These options, if set to a color other than the default, will recolor all mech parts together, making the entire mech color coordinated with the selected options, and any swapped-in mech pieces will automatically color-adjust to the selected color palette.
The only optional component are horns. If there are any other types missing the 'Ready to Deploy' message at the bottom of the window will read 'Configuration Incomplete' and the piece slot will be highlighted red. An incomplete mech build cannot operate, and will not display energy/energy usage. (If the current character has not yet completed Test Drive, 'Unauthorized User' will appear instead of 'Configuration Incomplete' until the quest is completed.)
Mechs have their own energy reserve, visualised as the blue bar above the vehicle. Using the mech will deplete it at a specified rate, which can be found on the Mech Assembly Station interface. Receiving damage also depletes energy, and attempting to pilot a mech on a planet without a body with resistances to its planetary hazards greatly accelerates energy drain. (Weapons are already accounted for by the energy drains added by their arms, so weapon usage does not deplete energy.) Hostile space entities, when killed, drop energy batteries that the mech can absorb to restore its own energy; no such energy regeneration mechanism exists on planets.
Once the energy bar hits 0, the player is ejected and one of two things happens depending on the cause of energy depletion:
- If the mech was brought to 0 energy by a source of damage or by Lava-accelerated passive energy drain, the mech explodes for massive fire-type damage (which is not survivable except in some niche scenarios involving general and fire-type damage reductions).
- Otherwise, if the mech's energy reaches 0 due to passive energy drain (even if accelerated by a harsh planetary environment), the mech simply vanishes without exploding.
Mech ComponentsTest Drive.
The tooltips for each mech piece display their stat levels. Each player receives an initial mech body which is racially themed to their character's race. Each race has an available upgraded racial body which they'll learn to craft after completing the quest Advanced Test Drive.
There's no penalty to switching parts using a Mech Assembly Station, but each player can only have one mech configuration at once.
Mechs are immune to fall damage, and they shield the pilot from airless environments. Their resistance to other kinds of hazardous environments depends on the quality of the mech's body:
- Deadly Radiation: Resisted by Durasteel-tier bodies (upgraded racial bodies) and better. Bodies which do not resist this effect drain 20 more MJ of energy per second on natural Tier 4 Planets.
- Deadly Chill: Resisted by Violium-tier bodies and better. Bodies which do not resist this effect drain 25 more MJ of energy per second on natural tier 5 planets.
- Deadly Heat: Resisted by Solarium-tier bodies. Bodies which do not resist this effect drain 30 more MJ of energy per second on natural tier 6 planets.
Mechs will still shield their pilots from status effects and most damage sources even if they themselves cannot resist the environment. Mechs, however, cannot shield their pilots from taking damage from the Erchius Ghost on natural Moons, and they drain 40 more MJ of energy per second while in contact with Lava (if energy reaches 0 while in contact with lava, the mech will explode).
Mech Stat Modification
Each part of a mech, apart from the horn, determines certain performance characteristics of the mech.
All bodies add 1 MJ of energy drain per second to the mech. In addition, the following mech stats are determined by the equipped body:
- Max Energy: Begins at 400 MJ, increases by 80 MJ for each filled segment of Max Energy.
- Damage Reduction: For 1/2/3/4/5 filled segments of Defense, incoming damage is reduced by 76/80.8/84.6/87.7/90.2% before being deducted from the mech's energy (the damage pop-up does not include this reduction).
The following mech stats are determined by the equipped boosters:
- Air Control Speed: Maximum horizontal speed in the air in environments with gravity. Starts at 2 tiles per second and increases by 1 tile per second for each filled segment of Flight Speed.
- Air Control Force: Determines how quickly the mech changes horizontal speed in mid-air in environments with gravity. Starts at 10 and increases by 5 for each filled segment of Maneuverability.
- Flight Control Speed: Maximum speed in zero-gravity environments. Starts at 5 tiles per second and increases by 5 tiles per second for each filled segment of Flight Speed.
- Flight Control Force: Determines how quickly the mech changes speed in zero-gravity environments. Starts at 40 and increases by 10 for each filled segment of Maneuverability.
The following mech stats are determined by the equipped legs:
- Ground Speed: Maximum horizontal speed on the ground. Starts at 3.25 tiles per second and increases by 1.25 tiles per second for each filled segment of Ground Speed.
- Jump Velocity: Upward speed during the boost phase of a jump. Starts at 14 tiles per second and increases by 4 tiles per second for each filled segment of Jump Power.
- Jump Boost Time: Length of a jump's boost phase. Starts at 0.45 seconds and increases by 0.05 seconds for each filled segment of Jump Power.
The following mech stats are modified by each equipped arm:
- Energy Drain: Starts at 0.1 MJ/s, increases by 0.05 MJ/s for each filled segment of Power. This drain only occurs while being fired, there may be a bug that only drains one arms worth of energy if they are both firing at the same time, more testing is required to confirm this.
- Estimated Damage Output: Starts at 100 DPS, increases by 50 DPS for each filled segment of Power (see each mech arm's page for actual DPS).
|Body Piece||Description||Max Energy||Defense|
|Golem-00 Mech Body||A prototype open-top mech body, designed for Floran pilots.|
|Kabuto-00 Mech Body||A prototype open-top mech body, designed for Hylotl pilots.|
|Marshal-00 Mech Body||A prototype open-front mech body, designed for Novakid pilots.|
|Venturer-00 Mech Body||A prototype open-top mech body, designed by the Letheia Corporation.|
|Arthuria-00 Mech Body||A prototype open-top mech body, designed for Glitch pilots.|
|Champion-00 Mech Body||A prototype open-top mech body, designed for Avian pilots.|
|Dominion-00 Mech Body||A prototype open-top mech body, designed for Apex pilots.|
|USCM Mech Body||A mech body manufactured by the now-disbanded USCM organisation.|
|Skulduggery Mech Body||A mech body used primarily by pirates and mercenaries, for obvious reasons.|
|Beat Mech Body||A somewhat strange mech body. Its original designer is unknown.|
|Reactor Mech Body||An experimental mech body powered by an unstable radioactive core.|
|Dominion Mech Body||A high tech Apex-styled mech body, powered by a vented cold fusion reactor.|
|Kabuto Mech Body||A sleek Hylotl-styled mech body, complete with a trinocular scouting system.|
|Golem Mech Body||A mech body fit for a Floran, made from vines and recycled mech parts.|
|Marshal Mech Body||A unique Novakid-styled mech body, built for tireless and skilled pilots.|
|Venturer Mech Body||A sturdy mech body, originally designed by the Letheia corporation.|
|Arthuria Mech Body||A mighty Glitch-styled mech body, made from thick layers of plated violium.|
|Champion Mech Body||An imposing mech body, designed in the image of an Avian warrior.|
|Exodus Mech Body||A powerful mech body operated by a web of synthetic brain tissue.|
|Lilotron Mech Body||A mech body based on the Lilodon. Its bark isn't quite worse than its bite.|
|Hero Mech Body||Defend the universe with this exciting looking mech chassis.|
|Cyclops Mech Body||A mech body that uses a cutting-edge energy field to protect the cockpit.|
|Nightwinder Mech Body||A mech body made for stealth and infiltration, personalised with a spooky skull face.|
|Body Piece||Description||Flight Speed||Maneuver-ability|
|Basic Mech Boosters||Mass-produced mech boosters, with external fuel tank attachments.|
|Astro Mech Boosters||A set of mid-range boosters that use a series of long thrusters.|
|Stalwart Mech Boosters||A classic design of mid-range boosters, historically used by delivery crafts.|
|Zed Mech Boosters||Speedy mid-range mech boosters that are shaped like the letter Z.|
|Sleek Mech Boosters||Very sleek mech boosters.|
|Hammer Mech Boosters||A set of large boosters, which trade speed for greater control.|
|Zero Mech Boosters||A set of pointed, high quality mech boosters. Be careful with those corners.|
|Gallant Mech Boosters||A set of slick mech boosters built with intricate circuitry for high performance.|
|Body Piece||Description||Power||Energy Usage|
|Drill Mech Arm||A basic mining drill that can serve as a weapon in a pinch.||0.15 MJ/s|
|Flak Cannon Mech Arm||The cheapest available mech weapon, an arm that fires heated metal shards.||0.15 MJ/s|
|Missile Rack Mech Arm||Fires a swarm of guided mini missiles.||0.20 MJ/s|
|Split Shot Mech Arm||An arm that fires shells which burst in all directions.||0.20 MJ/s|
|Heatrifle Mech Arm||A cheap mech arm that fires off rounds of superheated lead.||0.20 MJ/s|
|Tommy Gun Mech Arm||No-one knows where this submachine gun mech arm gets its name.||0.20 MJ/s|
|Neo Chainsaw Mech Arm||An energized chainsaw originally developed for cutting through ice.||0.25 MJ/s|
|Gatling Gun Mech Arm||A mech arm equipped with a heavy Gatling gun.||0.25 MJ/s|
|Cannon Mech Arm||A mech arm equipped with a laser cannon.||0.25 MJ/s|
|Cluster Mine Mech Arm||A mech arm that fires a cluster of small remote mines.||0.25 MJ/s|
|Homing Missile Mech Arm||A military mech arm that fires a homing missile with onboard guidance systems.||0.25 MJ/s|
|Wobbleshot Mech Arm||This mech arm fires eerily oscillating plasma donuts.||0.25 MJ/s|
|Plasma Drone Mech Arm||A mech arm that at deploys an offensive turret drone.||0.25 MJ/s|
|Tesla Stream Mech Arm||A classic weapon design that overloads enemies with a devastating electric charge.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Spikefist Mech Arm||A mech weapon that fires a self-returning fist tipped with durasteel spikes.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Beam Sniper Mech Arm||A mech arm gun that discharge fast-travelling beams of solar energy.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Beam Drill Mech Arm||An advanced utility mech arm that fires a rapidly pulsing mining beam.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Energy Rifle Mech Arm||A well made mech arm that fires beams of something akin to pure energy.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Shield Drone Mech Arm||Launches a drone which projects a defensive energy shield.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Swarm Drone Mech Arm||An advanced mech arm that can deploy multiple attack drones.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Energy Blade Mech Arm||A powerful energy blade for cutting through... Pretty much everything.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Guided Missile Mech Arm||A heavy mech arm that launches a trio of remote-guided missiles.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Dual Rifle Mech Arm||What's better than a giant machine gun? Two giant machine guns.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Gravity Mine Mech Arm||Fires a remote mine that creates a tiny gravitational singularity.||0.30 MJ/s|
|Body Piece||Description||Ground Speed||Jump Power|
|Basic Mech Legs||Mass-produced mech legs that allow for basic mobility.|
|Hopper Mech Legs||A mid-quality set of mech legs designed for jumping.|
|Twinjet Mech Legs||Mech legs that have an extra jet booster for balanced performance.|
|Arc Mech Legs||Claw-like mech legs, designed to be streamlined for speed.|
|Sleek Mech Legs||Sleek mech legs that pair composite socks with titanium sandals.|
|Ronin Mech Legs||A high quality set of mech legs designed for maximum jump height.|
|Intrepid Mech Legs||Heavy duty mech legs that balance speed and thruster power.|
|Hermes Mech Legs||Finely crafted mech legs that provide the fastest possible ground movement.|
|Airhorn Mech Horn||Make a little noise from the comfort of your own mech.|
|Bike Bell Mech Horn||Assert yourself with a gentle ring.|
|Bull Mech Horn||Why simply grab the bull by the horns, when you can BE the bull?|
|Charge Mech Horn||A musical fanfare, typically a prelude to a sporting event or gruesome battle.|
|Clown Mech Horn||Honk.|
|Foghorn Mech Horn||A horn traditionally used to warn others of nearby hazards.|
|Melody Mech Horn||La cucaracha, la cucaracha, ya no puede caminar!|
|Robot Voice Mech Horn||Give your mech a booming voice to intimidate your foes.|
|Rubber Duck Mech Horn||A timeless classic.|
|Sports Mech Horn||Shrill and loud, this horn is perfect for obnoxiously announcing your presence.|
|Steam Whistle Mech Horn||Full steam ahead!|
|Toy Mech Horn||This horn module is surprisingly small... I wonder what it sounds like?|
|Train Whistle Mech Horn||Put on your conductor's hat and get on track for fun!|
|Truck Mech Horn||For beeping angrily when someone won't move out of the way.|
During beta, mechs were Techs powered by the player's energy bar, and could be beamed down from a player's ship to a planet. Taking damage in a mech would slowly drain the player's energy. When the energy was depleted, the mech would de-spawn, requiring a cool down before being re-summonable. 
Before beta the developers confirmed there would be at least one unique mech per race at launch.