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Desert Planet.png
Threat: Moderate (Tier 2) Weather
Star types: Gentle, Temperate, Radioactive, Frozen Clear.pngSandstorm1.png
EPP Required: None
Mini Biomes: Oasis, Tar, Colourful, Bones
Secondary Biomes: Barren, Savannah
Desert Biome Surface.png
Sun rising over a desert biome.
Desert is a primary biome type characterized by sand, clear weather, cacti, and palm trees. Desert planets are a 'moderate' threat level, geared toward tier 2 in progression.

Desert biomes can be created and expanded using a Sandy Terraformer, and a planet will convert to a Desert planet once half of the planet's surface has been terraformed into Desert biome.

Desert planets can be found orbiting gentle (white), temperate (orange) and radioactive (yellow) star types. They also have a rare chance of being found around frozen (blue) stars as satellites of gas giants. There are no environmental hazards in desert biomes which require use of an environmental protection pack.

Possible mini biomes inside deserts are oasis, tar, colourful, and bones. In addition to wood gathered from trees, deserts have cacti which can be harvested and replanted which produce cactus.

Batong, Bobot, Crustoise, Fennix, Ignome, Iguarmor, and Peblit all have a chance of being found in desert biomes.

Deserts are one of the best places to gather sand, which is used as an ingredient in a number of crafting recipes.

Navigation Console

  • There is limited flora here, but the location does support life. There is also an abundance of sand. Simply put, it is a desert.
  • A desert area populated by cacti, as well as various animal life. A relatively safe landing site, so long as you avoid the sandstorms.
  • Sand. Readings indicate sand. Also some cacti... but predominantly sand. Given the available information I speculate that the landing site is situated in a desert.


The surface layer of deserts is primarily made up of sand, along with loose silt, sandstone and cobblestone. There's gatherable wood from palm trees and cactus from cacti. The planet's primary color in the navigation console and while orbiting above is the primary color of the sand found there.

Most common early game ores are found in desert biomes, with of copper, silver ore, gold, iron and tungsten available near the surface.

Primary material Sub material Geological materials

Music Tracks

Desert biomes use the Day Tracks during the day and the Night Tracks during the night.

  • Epsilon Indi
  • Hymn to the Stars
  • Procyon
  • Stellar Formation
  • Vast Immortal Suns
  • Atlas
  • Blue Straggler
  • Cygnus X1
  • Europa
  • Haiku
  • M54
  • On the Beach at Night
  • Jupiter
  • Arctic Constellation 1
  • Arctic Constellation 2
  • Mercury
  • Mira
  • Procyon
  • Tranquility Base
  • Psyche
  • Accretion Disc
  • Cygnus X1
  • Eridanus Supervoid
  • Horsehead Nebula
  • Large Magellanic Cloud
  • M54
  • Nomads
  • On the Beach at Night

Sub Biomes

A tar mini biome inside a desert.

There are sub biomes which can be found on desert planets in addition to their unique mini biomes. Barren or savannah have a chance to appear as smaller biomes on desert planets. These biomes will include things like their associated blocks, trees, and crops when they appear. Mini biomes for each of these secondary biome types can appear inside them as well.

Deserts can also be found on a number of different planet types as sub biomes. They have a chance of being found as sub biomes on savannah, midnight, and volcanic planets.

Mini Biomes

Oasis, tar, colourful, and bones are mini biomes found inside desert biomes. These mini biomes can be found on desert planets or inside desert sub biomes on other planet types. These mini biomes each have their own creatures and items outside what's available in desert biomes.

  • Oasis - Water in the desert! There are reeds and pools of healing water found here.
  • Tar - Sticky thick tar will slow players down here.
  • Colourful - The palm trees here are very colorful, and drop rainbow wood.
  • Bones - Dry bones cover the ground in this biome, which often has small settlements of hostile enemies.


Desert planets stick to the defaults for most layers. However, Desert planets have a unique subsurface layer that always appears.

  • Space: Asteroids
  • Atmosphere: Atmosphere
  • Surface: Desert (Primary Biome); Barren, Savannah (Secondary Biomes)
  • Subsurface: Desert Subsurface
  • Shallow Underground: Tarpit, Mushrooms, Wilderness, Mini Village, Underground 0a, Underground 0b, Underground 1a, or Underground 1b
  • Mid Underground: Luminous Caves, Stone Caves, Bone Caves, Ice Caves, Underground 0c, Underground 1c, Underground 1d, Underground 3a, Underground 3b, Underground 3c, or Underground 3d
  • Deep Underground: Cell Caves, Flesh Caves, Slime Caves, Underground 0d, Underground 5a, Underground 5b, Underground 5c, or Underground 5d
  • Core: Blaststone Core Layer, Magmarock Core Layer, or Obsidian Core Layer


Weather in desert biomes is mostly clear, with occasional sandstorms. These storms, in addition to slowing down living things caught inside them, will often lay a layer of loose silt over the surface.

The probability for weather types on desert planets is as follows:

Clear.png Clear 0.98 (98%)
Sandstorm1.png Sandstorm 0.02 (2%)

Wild Crops

Beakseed can be found growing wild in deserts. These can be harvested by interacting with them or by digging them up. They'll drop produce and have a chance to drop a seed which can be replanted.

In addition to palm trees which drop wood desert biomes also have cacti which can be replanted. These drop saplings instead of seeds and function just like trees except they drop cactus.


In addition to procedurally generated creatures, there are a variety of unique monsters, bugs and critters found in desert biomes. Some of these are also found in other biomes, while others are unique only to desert biomes. While these unique creatures have a chance to appear on desert planets, they will not all appear on each one. In addition to unique creatures, each biome has multiple types of both procedural ground and flying creatures.

Unique monsters each have combat attacks, and they must first be weakened before capture. Once weakened players can attempt to capture using a capture pod. If successful they can then be released to battle alongside and follow the player.

Critters are smaller non-combat unique creatures which are not capturable using capture pods. They can be captured without weakening them first by using a relocator gun. After releasing a critter from the relocator it will stay in the area it was released into.

Bugs are very small unique creatures which can be captured using a bug net, and are then stored inside placeable jars. Bugs which are captured using a relocator will fly after release instead of being kept inside a jar.

Unique Monsters

Unique Drops

There are a variety of items which are specific to Pod Chests and Old Chests found in desert biomes. Some of these may have a chance of being found in other places throughout the universe, but they've all been specifically allocated to chests within desert biomes.

Chests in deserts also commonly contain Cactus Juice and Mining Lanterns.

Decorative Objects
Costume Armor
Desert Set
Desert Set.png


Deserts can have a large variety of settlement types found on them. These include small microdungeons and NPC camps, larger racial villages and hostile dungeons. Smaller desert planets usually contain only one dungeon or village, while larger desert planets can contain as many as three.




Object Category Blocks Description Tags
Barred Vent Icon.png Barred Vent Decorative 40 A small barred vent.
Bone Pile Icon.png Bone Pile Breakable 80 A pile of bones, prime for smashing.
Bone Pile (ribs) Icon.png Bone Pile (ribs) Breakable 80 Part of a ribcage. It won't be intact for long.
Bone Pile (tall) Icon.png Bone Pile (tall) Breakable 80 A pile of bones, prime for smashing.
Bricks Icon.png Bricks Block 0 Small but perfectly formed bricks made from clay.
Cabin Roofing Icon.png Cabin Roofing Block 0 Simple roofing for a cabin.
Cactus Pot Icon.png Cactus Pot Decorative 50 An exotic-looking cactus in a flower pot.
Crude Pot Icon.png Crude Pot Breakable 40 This looks like something I made in pottery class. Crude. I should smash it.
Embossed Tombstone Icon.png Embossed Tombstone Decorative 50 The words honour a fallen Avian.
Flickering Lightbulb Icon.png Flickering Lightbulb Light Source 60 A bare lightbulb hanging from a metal rod in the ceiling.
Full-Size Fridge Icon.png Full-Size Fridge Refrigerated Storage 180 Perfect for storing a lot of food and keeping it fresh.
Iron Chest Icon.png Iron Chest Storage 70 A basic iron chest.
Iron Lantern Icon.png Iron Lantern Light Source 20 A handy oil lantern. Careful not to spill it.
Large Wooden Crate Icon.png Large Wooden Crate Storage 110 A wooden crate.
Large Wooden Crate (open) Icon.png Large Wooden Crate (open) Storage 25 A mysterious wooden crate.
Medium Bongo Icon.png Medium Bongo Decorative 75 A bongo drum fashioned out of leather and wood.
Metal Barrel Icon.png Metal Barrel Decorative 50 A generic metal barrel. It's sealed.
Old Pot Icon.png Old Pot Breakable 50 A crumbling old pot with patterned markings. It looks smashable.
Open Cardboard Box Icon.png Open Cardboard Box Storage 45 An opened cardboard box.
Ornate Wood Icon.png Ornate Wood Block 0 Expertly treated ornate wood.
Painted Brick Icon.png Painted Brick Block 0 Nicely painted brickwork.
Poop Icon.png Poop Decorative 0 A revolting pile of poop. The stench is foul!
Primitive Furnace Icon.png Primitive Furnace Crafting Station 50 Used to turn ores and other materials into crafting ingredients.
Sandstone Bed Icon.png Sandstone Bed Furniture 85 A sandstone bed. Make sure you dust it off before use.
Sandstone Bricks Icon.png Sandstone Bricks Block 0 Bricks made from smoothed sandstone.
Sandstone Chair Icon.png Sandstone Chair Furniture 50 A sandstone chair. Crumbly.
Sandstone Chest Icon.png Sandstone Chest Storage 40 A chest of roughly hewn sandstone.
Sandstone Door Icon.png Sandstone Door Door 60 A rough sandstone door.
Sandstone Table Icon.png Sandstone Table Furniture 65 A sandstone table. Don't spill water on it.
Sandstone Torch Icon.png Sandstone Torch Light Source 35 This torch flickers softly.
Simple Temple Blocks Icon.png Simple Temple Blocks Block 0 Old and poorly crafted blocks, crude drawings are scratched into the stone.
Skull on a Pike Icon.png Skull on a Pike Decorative 50 A skull on a pike. A Floran favourite.
Small Fancy Vase Icon.png Small Fancy Vase Breakable 40 A decorative vase. Looks pretty smashable.
Small Pot Icon.png Small Pot Breakable 30 A small, brittle-looking pot. It looks smashable...
Small Urn Icon.png Small Urn Breakable 30 A fragile small urn made from clay.
Small Wooden Crate Icon.png Small Wooden Crate Storage 75 A wooden crate.
Smooth Tomb Brick Icon.png Smooth Tomb Brick Block 0 Old bricks, polished to perfection.
Stepladder Icon.png Stepladder Decorative 60 A stepladder.
Stone Platform Icon.png Stone Platform Platform 0 A platform carved from stone.
Tacky Wallpaper Icon.png Tacky Wallpaper Block 0 Cheap, tacky wallpaper.
Tall Pot Icon.png Tall Pot Breakable 40 A tall, dusty pot that smells of bird poop. Maybe it's smashable.
Temple Platform Icon.png Temple Platform Platform 0 Platforms build from solid temple bricks.
Timber Icon.png Timber Block 0 Wood that has been prepared for building and crafting.
Tomb Brick Icon.png Tomb Brick Block 0 Dusty and ancient bricks.
Torch Icon.png Torch Light Source 5 This torch flickers softly.
Wall Bookshelf Icon.png Wall Bookshelf Storage 75 A sturdy suspended bookshelf.
Wide Urn Icon.png Wide Urn Breakable 50 A fragile wide urn made from clay.
Wide Wicker Basket Icon.png Wide Wicker Basket Breakable 25 A wicker basket. Maybe it's got cool stuff inside!
Wood Platform Icon.png Wood Platform Platform 0 A nondescript wood platform.
Wooden Ceiling Lamp Icon.png Wooden Ceiling Lamp Light Source 25 A homely ceiling lamp.
Wooden Chair Icon.png Wooden Chair Furniture 10 An uncomfortable-looking wooden chair.
Wooden Chest Icon.png Wooden Chest Storage 70 A basic wooden chest.
Wooden Crate (small) Icon.png Wooden Crate (small) Storage 15 A mysterious wooden crate.
Wooden Door Icon.png Wooden Door Door 15 A crude wooden door. Not very secure.
Wooden End Table Icon.png Wooden End Table Storage 85 A cute wooden end table.
Wooden Fence Icon.png Wooden Fence Block 0 A sturdy wooden fence.
Wooden Gate Icon.png Wooden Gate Door 10 A crude wooden gate. Not very secure.
Wooden Log Icon.png Wooden Log Block 0 A wooden log. Good for building simple structures.
Wooden Sink Icon.png Wooden Sink Decorative 85 A wooden cabinet with a sink installed.
Wooden Support Icon.png Wooden Support Decorative 5 A worn wooden support.
Wooden Table Icon.png Wooden Table Furniture 15 A basic wooden table.
Wooden Toilet Icon.png Wooden Toilet Furniture 35 A wooden toilet.
Wooden Window Icon.png Wooden Window Block 0 A window with wooden panes.
Wrecked Boiler Icon.png Wrecked Boiler Decorative 80 An old boiler. A dripping echoes from inside.
Wrecked Crate Icon.png Wrecked Crate Storage 75 A antique crate, I wonder what's inside..