This Guide shows you how to rebuild the Spawn Pod to create a basic mobile base. This eliminates any hand drilling. With practice you can get started drilling in under 20 minutes. This is most useful on Earth, Alien and higher gravity planets, rover only servers, or anytime you want to gather resources, search for ores, and build a full base away from your starting area.
- The order of the steps are very important, as many steps are dependent on the others. If it seems like don’t have access to a block, you probably missed a step along the way to grind and then re-weld a specific block for the unlock.
- This guide requires that you land close to dirt or rock in a relatively level place. If you land on an ice lake or in a very precarious ledge, you’ll need to turn off your Respawn Pod, respawn and try again in a new location.
- When ordering components in the Survival kit, they are listed in the order they will be needed. This is especially important when ordering Ingots in the Survival kit, as you want the other components to be made as soon as the other ingots are ready and not process all the stone first and then start making components.
- To conserve resources, only weld blocks up to the functional line. If you run out of Steel Plate, grind a few more armor blocks off the pod. Note that smaller armor blocks grind faster, even though small grid all use 1 plate.
- Clang is alive! Attaching the hinge for the large grid blocks is somewhat prone to Clang, more so on a server. Be careful when taking this step, and make sure you take note of the hinge limits and other cautions before setting up the hinge.
1. Look around and make sure you will land on a fairly level location and over or close to dirt or stone. If you are in the middle of an ice lake, or on a steep hill, turn off the pod, get out and respawn until you have a suitable location.
2. While dropping to the planet, queue up the following: 2 interior plate, 4 girders, 1 computer, 8 solar cells and 4,000 ingots. Remove everything from your Passenger Seat and add the Station from the data pad to your GPS, if desired. You can also set the lights on the pod to not blink, if that’s your thing.
3. Grind out the front of the pod, until only the 2 conveyor tubes are left. As you are grinding, reweld the Landing Gear, Small Cargo Container, and small Conveyor Junction to unlock progression (unless progression is turned off). After welding them back to the functional line, grind them off. Grind off the rear Landing Gear and all the blocks around it that you can reach.
4. Add a Remote Control block in the middle of the Survival kit and then place a Passenger Seat in front of it, but don’t weld the seat up yet. Before you add the Passenger Seat, it should look like this (make sure the Remote Control is facing the right way):
5. Hop on top of the Pod and grind off the Antenna and Ore Detector (did you notice if any ores were nearby?).
6. Place all but 20 Interior Plate, all the Motors and Displays into the Survival kit, then build a Medium Cargo Container behind the Survival kit.
7. Unlock the remaining Landing Gear and allow the front to tip up. If it doesn’t tip on it’s own, you can add another block on top of the Medium Cargo Container. If you need more room in the front, you can right-click drill a little bit under the container. Add 5×5 suspension and wheels to the front, spaced 3 blocks out. The overall design of the rover doesn’t matter, you just want the wheels wide enough that you don’t fall into the trench from the drill.
7a. Open the Control Panel, find the Remote Control and set the Handbrake so your new rover doesn’t rove away on you.
8. Make a line of Fighter Cockpits (don’t weld up, just use one Const. Component each) away from the front of the rover so that the back tips up. (See second image below for a rough idea) Once the back is in the air, grind the block outside the back of the Survival kit and build the frame for the rear wheels. Add 5×5 suspension and wheels 4 blocks out and roughly 8 blocks back. Most importantly, make sure you have a 3×3 space for the drill next to the medium container.
9. Add a drill to the side of medium container. Point directly to the conveyor port to make sure they line up. If you need a bit more space, you can right-click drill an indent to make room for the drill. You will need to grind away 2 atmospheric thrusters for the Large Steel Tubes. You can also grind away the two remaining Landing Gear.
10. Once the drill is welded up, you can turn it on, then remove the unwelded Fighter Cockpits from the front to set the rover back down. This is a good time to set up the wheels, mainly to make the height offset low enough that the rover sits just off the ground. You can also set the steering, strength, etc to your liking.
11. Grind off one of the remaining atmo thrusters and reweld it so it is facing backwards (forward thrust).
12. The components we queued up on the way down should now be building. Grab the 2 extra interior plate and finish welding up the Passenger Seat in the front. Sit in the seat, open the Remote Control and now you can drive your rover. Only forward though, for now. 🙂 Keep moving slowly forward until you are full of stone.
Drill, baby, drill!
Building your mobile base
1. Gather the rest of the components and build a solar panel on the pod. Or off the pod. It doesn’t really matter, we’re just doing it for the progression unlock.
2. Add a 3×3 Hinge Part (not a Hinge, a Hinge Part) to the back of the Medium Cargo Container.
3. Place a Large Grid Armor Block in the voxel directly behind this Hinge Part (see following two pictures). Stand far behind the rover and look for the Armor Block to go from red to green indicating you can place it. The first Armor Block should end up level with the bottom of the rover and just a few centimeters behind the 3×3 Hinge Part. Once it’s in place, put another Armor Block on top of it.
4. For the next step, make sure you drop a Large Grid, Small Cargo Container on top of these blocks. If you add it directly, it will set as a station and won’t move. Again, move the cargo block until it goes from red to green, then drop it on top of the armor block.
5. Once the cargo container is in place. add a Large Grid Hinge to it, facing forward. Then grind off the Large Grid Hinge Part. NOTE: If you are playing without a jetpack, now is a good time to build a small ramp so you can easily access the top of your rover.
6. Grind off the upper Armor Block so that the Hinge and Container drop down around the 3×3 Hinge Part. Try to get it properly placed around the Hinge Part. If it falls down, or isn’t lined up correctly, grind it down and try again. It’s a little tricky, but after a bit it’s usually easy to line everything. up.
7. Here is where CLANG! If you have Build Vision, you can use that to attach the Large Grid Hinge to the Small Grid Hinge Part. If you don’t have Build Vision, add the next two blocks, then use the Assembler to access the Hinge, or weld on a Control Panel temporarily. If everything works well, you will now have a Large Grid attached to your rover. If it’s not lined up, grind off the LG blocks and try again. Once the Hinge is attached, turn on Hinge Lock, so it stays in place.
8. Place a Refinery on top of the Container, pointed backwards, then an Assembler on top of that. Order up the components from your Survival kit and weld up the Assembler first.
9. MOAR DRILL.
10. After the Assembler is complete, disassemble one Metal Grid for the Cobalt, then build a better Welder and Grinder.
11. Order the parts from the Assembler to weld up the suspension and wheels. Now you can drive yourself forward, backward and even steer! Time for moar drill!
12. Finish up your mobile base by welding up the Small Cargo Container, Refinery and Hinge. You can also add a gyro (or 2), ore detector (set range to 50 m) and replacing the Passenger Seat with a cockpit. You can also add another drill on the opposite side of the Medium Cargo Container for the still moar drilling.
13. CAUTION: Clang does not like you, he does not like your hinge. Set the maximum limit for the Hinge to 85 max in single player, or 75 if you are playing on a server (negative 75 if you put the hinge on upside down). Once the maximum limit has been set, slowly move the hinge upward. I have been having a problem setting Hinge Lock again. A problem with my whole rover flipping 50 meters in the air. You have been warned.
14. Tada! Now you have a mobile base and you can (slowly and carefully) drive away, taking time to drill while you look for Cobalt. Use Height Offset to raise your rover for regular driving and lower it for maximum drilling.
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