Pixels are the main currency in Starbound and are required for many functions, such as purchasing items from NPC vendors, scanning and printing items using the Pixel Printer, as well as being an ingredient in many crafting recipes.
There are multiple ways of which pixels may be acquired. These include: killing monsters, destroying breakables, completing quests, finding them in chests, and by refining ores at a Refinery.
When the player dies in casual difficulty they'll lose 10% of the pixels they currently have. Other modes they will lose 30%. Pixels can't be stored in containers, but the player can use a Pixel Compressor to compress pixels into voxels, which can be safely stored. Voxels can then be extracted at a later time for usable pixels.
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