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Strategic resource

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A Strategic resource is a type of resource manifested as a galactic feature. There are three types of strategic resources: minable resources, precursor relics and ascension crystals.

Minable resources[edit | edit source]

Minable resources are mined by space stations equipped with a Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Starbase Mining Ring.png Mining Ring. Each resource supports the construction of ship components, starbase modules, and colony improvements. In Crusade they are also useful for missions.

Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Icon Elerium.png Elerium, Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Icon Promethion 32.png Promethion and Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Icon Thulium 32.png Thulium are also available from trade resource tiles.

List of Minable Resources[edit | edit source]

Name Icon Function Found near Appearance
Durantium Unrecognized icon namelargepx Asteroids Durantium appearance.jpg
Elerium Unrecognized icon namelargepx Nebulae Elerium appearance.jpg
Antimatter Unrecognized icon namelargepx Blackholes Antimatter appearance.jpg
Promethion Unrecognized icon namelargepx Stars Promethion appearance.jpg
Thulium Unrecognized icon namelargepx Stars Thulium appearance.jpg

Precursor Relics[edit | edit source]

Precursor relics are studied by space stations equipped with an appropriate module. Each type of relic gives unique global bonuses. The quantity of the bonus depends on the starbase. Ancient factions additionally receive a Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Research Spending Stat Icon.png Research bonus from studying any type of relic except the Unrecognized icon nameGC3 ResearchRelic Stat Icon.png Research relic.

Relic types[edit | edit source]

Relic type Bonus type
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 CultureRelic Stat Icon.png Culture Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Influence Stat Icon.png Influence Growth
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 EconomicRelic Stat Icon.png Economic Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Saving Stat Icon.png Gross Income
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 ResearchRelic Stat Icon.png Research Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Research Spending Stat Icon.png Research
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 ManufacturingRelic Stat Icon.png Manufacturing Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Productive Ability Icon.png All Construction
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 ApprovalRelic Stat Icon.png Approval Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Approval Stat Icon.png Morale

Starbase modules[edit | edit source]

These modules enable study of precursor relics and/or ascension crystals. Upgrades do not replace their predecessor module, so bonuses are cumulative.

Module Bonus +X% Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Ascension Points Stat Icon.png Ascension Points Tech Upgrades from
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Xeno Archeology Lab +0.05 +1
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Ascension Studies +0.05 +5 Unrecognized icon nameArtifact Stat Icon.png Xeno Experimentation Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Xeno Archeology Lab
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Ancient Studies Center +0.06 +2 Unrecognized icon nameArtifact Stat Icon.png Xeno Archeology Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Xeno Archeology Lab
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Xeno Archeology Institute +0.07 +3 Unrecognized icon nameArtifact Stat Icon.png Precursor Studies Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Ancient Studies Center
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Precursor Engineering Center +0.08 +4 Unrecognized icon nameArtifact Stat Icon.png Precursor Exploitation Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Xeno Archeology Institute
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Precursor Studies Center +0.1 +5 Unrecognized icon nameArtifact Stat Icon.png Precursor Engineering Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Precursor Engineering Center
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Arnorian Relic Study +25% +25% Unrecognized icon nameArtifact Stat Icon.png Precursor Legacy
Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Precursor Observatory +0.1 +1 Unrecognized icon nameArtifact Stat Icon.png Precursor Relic Understanding

The Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Arnorian Relic Study and Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Build Starbases Icon.png Precursor Observatory are only available to Ancient factions.

Ascension Crystals[edit | edit source]

Ascension crystals are studied by space stations equipped with the appropriate module. Studying an ascension crystal gains Unrecognized icon nameGC3 Ascension Points Stat Icon.png Ascension Points, necessary for an ascension victory. See the table above for the relevant starbase modules.