Tech

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Techs are in-game enhancements that can be equipped by characters.

They have various effects, such as giving the character higher health or boosting the jumping ability.

The only way to acquire techs is by finding tech chips, as they are not craftable (with the sole exception of Skyrail Rider.) Players can view currently fitted tech in the inventory screen.

Players will need to return to a ship's Tech Station to equip discovered techs. To equip a tech at the station, select the tech to equip and click the "Lock In" button on an open tech slot, or an occupied one if to equip or replace a tech.

Up to four techs can be equipped at a time, but only one may be active and ready to use. You can view your equipped techs in the inventory and activate one by clicking on it. Most techs are activated with the "F" key, though some techs have different controls.

New tech is available in every sector players unlock as they progress.

Techs can also have Perks, which add additional passive bonuses on top of what the Tech adds.[1]

There are plans to make all four techs active at once, but due to conflicting controls this feature has not yet been implemented.[2]

Contents

Learning

Once a new tech has been discovered (e.g. in a High Tech Chest), it will be in the character's inventory, just like every other item. It is required to learn a tech before being able to equip it. Techs can be learned in the same way Blueprints can, by using them in a similar manner to Bandages or Food. Like Blueprints, you cannot learn the same tech twice.

A confirmation in the notification bar on the bottom of the screen will be shown, and from that point onward the Tech is available in the ship's Tech Station.


Regeneration Techs

Tech Name Function Controls Energy Usage
Energy Charge Icon.png Energy Charge Double tap 'up' to regenerate energy at a faster rate. You can't move whilst regenerating. Double tap up Not Calculated
Regeneration Icon.png Regeneration Double tap 'up' to regenerate health at a faster rate. You can't move whilst regenerating. Double tap up Not Calculated

Movement Techs

Tech Name Function Controls Energy Usage
Bouncy Icon.png Bouncy Press 'F' to generate a kinetic reversal field that reflects the ground. F 25 per second
Butterfly Boost Icon.png Butterfly Boost Press and hold Jump in the air to float around with this Butterfly Boost tech. Hold Space (While in midair) Not Calculated
Energy Dash Icon.png Energy Dash Gives a boost of speed accompanied by a blur effect.
  • Dashing in midair completely resets your directional speed, negating fall damage.
Double-Tap Left or Right Arrow 35
FTL Boost Icon.png FTL Boost Double tap Left or Right to use this super fast FTL dash. Only works on the ground. Double-Tap Left or Right Arrow 100 per second
Gravity Bubble Icon.png Gravity Bubble Applies a weak upwards force to the player Space (While in midair) 90 per second
Gravity Neutralizer Icon.png Gravity Neutralizer Suspends the player at their current altitude, allowing only horizontal movement
  • Has a weak force on a falling player and will only gradually slow them
Space (While in midair) 75 per second
Morphball Icon.png Morphball Allows the ability to change into a ball, roll and drop bombs
  • Bombs can be dropped by left-clicking and do not consume additional energy.
F to toggle, Left Mouse to drop bombs 35 per second
Particle Boost Icon.png Particle Boost Propels the player in a chosen direction, ignoring gravity
  • Holds a steady speed of 30 blocks per second
Space + Arrow Key (While in midair) 115 per second
Particle Thrust Icon.png Particle Thrust Press and hold Jump plus a direction in the air to float around with this Particle Thrust tech. Space + Arrow Key (While in midair) 150 per second
Pulse Jump Icon.png Pulse Jump Allows the user to perform a jump in midair
  • Can be only used once before touching the ground again.
Space (While in midair) 35
Random Blink Icon.png Random Blink Teleports the player to a random location within 40 blocks
  • Teleportation has a minor chance of failure
F 20
Rocket Boots Icon.png Rocket Boots Press and hold jump while in the air to activate rocket boots. Space (While in midair) 130
Rocket Jump Icon.png Rocket Jump Launches player into the air. Up Arrow + Space 80
Targeted Blink Icon.png Targeted Blink Teleports the player to the cursor
  • Requires line of sight to the destination. If a line of sight cannot be made, the player will teleport to the obstruction
F 110
Camera Man Boost Icon.png Camera Man Boost Propels the player in a chosen direction, ignoring gravity
  • Much, much slower than Bubble or Butterfly Boost (Exact speed not calculated)
  • This tech is hidden, and cannot be obtained without an inventory editor.
Space + Arrow Key (While in midair) Not calculated
  • With a good set of armor it is possible to have a high enough energy regeneration to enable energy-draining techs to be used indefinitely, as the regeneration rate is higher than the usage rate. These techs can be ones such as the Gravity Bubble or the Bubble Boost

Protection Techs

Tech Name Function Controls Energy Usage
Breath Protection Icon.png Breath Protection Provides the wearer with a constant supply of oxygen in airless environments Automatic None
Cold Protection Icon.png Cold Protection Protects the wearer from the extreme cold found on certain planets. Also supplies oxygen. Automatic None
Heat Protection Icon.png Heat Protection Protects the wearer from the extreme heat found on certain planets. Also supplies oxygen. Automatic None
Radiation Protection Icon.png Radiation Protection Protects the wearer from the deadly radiation found on certain planets. Also supplies oxygen. Automatic None
Shield Icon.png Shield Press 'F' to create a shield that absorbs damage. Duration: 10 seconds. F 250

Utility Techs

Tech Name Function Controls Energy Usage
Ground Smash Icon.png Ground Smash Double tap 'down' and smash the ground! Double tap down 80
Light Rig Icon.png Light Rig Double tap in any direction to toggle a directional spotlight. Disables energy regeneration while active. Double-Tap Any Arrow Key 2 energy per second per light
Skyrail Rider Icon.png Skyrail Rider Gives the player the ability to latch onto Skyrails
  • Standard Skyrails allow a maximum speed of 60 blocks per second
    • Skyrail Boosters increase this to 70
F to toggle Skyrail Hook 0

Vehicle Techs

Tech Name Description Controls Energy Usage
Human Mech Icon.png Apex Mech Use this tech, spawn a mech. Then destroy things. F 30 per second
Boat Icon.png Boat Press 'F' to be in a boat. Only useful in liquids. F 50
Glitch Mech Icon.png Glitch Mech Use this tech, spawn a mech. Then destroy things. F 30 per second
Human Car Icon.png Human Car Press F to use this. Traverses rough terrain quicker. It can also jump!
  • Travels at 30 blocks per second
F 10 per second
Human Hoverbike Icon.png Human Hoverbike Traverses rough terrain quicker. F 10 per second
Human Jeep Icon.png Human Jeep Press F to use this. Traverses rough terrain quicker. It can also jump!
  • Travels at 30 blocks per second
F 10 per second
Human Mech Icon.png Human Mech Use this tech, spawn a mech. Then destroy things. F 30 per second

Sources

  1. http://playstarbound.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/tech.png
  2. http://playstarbound.com/the-future-of-starbound/
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