Research

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Research plays a vital role in fighting the Icon Mush menace, slowing their advance and making it more difficult for them to perform their actions. Eventually, as research grows more complex and advanced tools become available, a permanent Mush cure and a distant Utopian world can even be discovered. Nothing is impossible for the resourceful crew for the Daedalus!

Mechanics

The Research Lab terminal can be accessed in the Laboratory. It brings up options for fighting Icon Mush, granting the crew bonus Glory Glory and provides a number of useful commodities.

The Glory gained for certain research projects is immediately obtained by all living humans upon completion, and an additional Glory can be earned when reaching Sol or Eden. Icon Chun earns an additional 4 Glory each time a research requiring her presence is completed. Icon Finola earns an additional 3 Glory for all Mush-related research.

Research can be a very Dirty affair. And since NERON will lock unclean personnel out of the research console, wearing the Icon Stainproof Apron when participating is mandatory to avoid suspicion and long treks to the shower.

Participating in research costs 2 Action Point, and the efficiency is increased for Icon Biologist and Icon Medic characters:

Icon Description Efficiency
0.png Neither Icon Biologist nor Icon Medic Base efficiency
1.png Icon Biologist or Icon Medic (i.e. only one) Base efficiency + 4-6%
2.png Icon Biologist and Icon Medic (i.e. both) Base efficency + 8-12%

A character's research efficiency drops with every participation, requiring Relaying to reset it.

The BIOS affects research in that the BIOS Setting Crew Lock can be set to Research, limiting participation to Icon Biologist and Icon Medic characters, and BIOS Setting CPU Priority can also be set to Research, increasing efficiency by 1-1% or 1-2%:

Base efficiency Added efficiency
1-1% +1-2%
3-4% +1-2%
5-7% +1-2%
6-9% +1-1%
12-18% +1-1%
15-28% +1-2%
18-27% +1-1%

Research requirements

Many research options have certain conditions that must be met before they become available, including the presence of certain objects or characters in the Laboratory. If theyare not met, the research option will not be visible, though any progress made is preserved.

The most important conditions for research are:


There will be messages indicating when certain requirements are met:

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Some projects also require other related items on the shelf. Finally, the "#NCC Contact Lenses" are a special case in that Icon Schrödinger needs to be picked up and held in the inventory while working on them.


List of Research projects

There are a total of 23 possible researches. Hover over the image to see the in-game description of a research.

Requires Image Name Effectiveness Glory Details
Nothing Anabolics.png Anabolics Without any relevant skill 12-18%
With one relevant skill 16-24%
With both relevant skills 20-30%
0 Generates 4 Icon Dose of Anabolics. Gives +8 Movement Points (Movement Point).
Icon Mush Sample Antispore gas.png Antispore Gas Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
3 Glory The maximum number of Mush spores generated per day is reduced by 2.
Icon Mush Sample
Any consumable
Constipaspore serum.png Constipaspore Serum Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
3 Glory Causes spore extraction to cost 4 Action Point instead of 2.
Icon Dead Mush Meridon scrambler.png Meridon Scrambler Without any relevant skill 3-4%
With one relevant skill 7-10%
With both relevant skills 11-16%
3 Glory Causes Hunters to sometimes fire at each other instead of at the Daedalus. (20% chance according to ingame description.)
Icon Soap
Icon Chun
Mushicide soap.png Mushicide Soap Without any relevant skill 3-4%
With one relevant skill 7-10%
With both relevant skills 11-16%
3 Triumph.png Transforms the Icon Soap into a Icon Super Soaper. Every shower you take will destroy one mush spore on your body when carrying it. Icon Bug: Still removes spores even if not held when washing, some crew find the research unethical to do while mush are alive.
Icon Dead Mush
Icon Chun
Mushovore bacteria.png Mushovore Bacteria Without any relevant skill 12-18%
With one relevant skill 16-24%
With both relevant skills 20-30%
3 Glory It takes 4 spores to turn a human into a mush, instead of 3.
Icon Mush Sample
Icon Chun
Mush hunter.png Mush-Hunter: ZC16H Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
6 Glory Gives 6 Glory.
Icon Mush Genome Disk Mush language.png Mush Language Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
6 Glory Gives 6 Glory.
Icon Dead Mush Mush breeds.png Mush Races Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
6 Glory Gives 6 Glory
Icon Dead Mush
Icon Mush Genome Disk
Mush breeding system.png Mush Reproductive System Without any relevant skill 18-27%
With one relevant skill 22-33%
With both relevant skills 26-39%
6 Glory Gives 6 Glory
Icon Mush Sample MycoAlarm.png MycoAlarm Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
3 Glory Makes 5 Icon Myco-Alarm.
Icon Chun Mycoscan.png Mycoscan Without any relevant skill 4-6%
With one relevant skill 8-12%
With both relevant skills 12-18%
3 Glory Allows the detection of spores on a healthy crew member.
Nothing Narcotics distiller.png Narcotics Distiller Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
0 The Distiller can be used once a day to create a drug.
Icon Blaster
Icon Mush Sample
Natamy rifile.png Natamy Rifle Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
0 Upgrades blaster to a Icon Natamy Rifle, which does more damage to mush.
Icon Schrödinger
(must be carried with you)
Ncc lenses.png NCC Contact Lenses Without any relevant skill 12-18%
With one relevant skill 16-24%
With both relevant skills 20-30%
0 Creates 2 pairs of Icon Lenses
Icon Dead Mush Patuline scrambler.png Patuline Scrambler Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
3 Glory Mush can no longer communicate on the Mush channel. Icon Note: Humans can't, either. Posts just turn into random symbols.
Icon Water Stick Infinite water.png Perpetual Hydration Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
0 Gives 3 Glory Icon Bug: This gives no Glory
Icon Dead Mush
Icon Mush Genome Disk
Pheromodem.png Pheromodem Without any relevant skill 3-4%
With one relevant skill 7-10%
With both relevant skills 11-16%
3 Glory Allows communication the Mush channel with a Icon Tracker or Icon iTrakie.
Icon Mush Sample
Icon Dead Mush
Icon Chun
Icon Mush Genome Disk
Retro-Fungal Serum.PNG Retro-Fungal Serum Without any relevant skill 1-1%
With one relevant skill 5-7%
With both relevant skills 9-13%
16 Glory Generates Icon Retro-Fungal Serum
Icon Mush Sample Spore sucker.png Spore Sucker Without any relevant skill 4-6%
With one relevant skill 8-12%
With both relevant skills 12-18%
0 Produces a Icon Spore Sucker
Icon Starmap Fragment Super calc.png Super Calculator Without any relevant skill 3-4%
With one relevant skill 7-10%
With both relevant skills 11-16%
0 Installs a Super Calculator in the Nexus which allows you to triangulate the coordinates of Eden using 3 Icon Starmap Fragments
Icon Water Stick Tesla sup2x.png Tesla SUP2X Without any relevant skill 12-18%
With one relevant skill 16-24%
With both relevant skills 20-30%
0 Increases the maximum number of turret charges by 2.

Icon Bug: Misleading description. Actually doubles them (2x) to 8.

Icon Medikit Healing pomade.png Ultra-Healing Pomade Without any relevant skill 6-9%
With one relevant skill 10-15%
With both relevant skills 14-21%
0 Healing actions regenerate an additional Health Point health point
Icon Note: Bandage still heal 2 Health Point only.