Guide to Artifacts

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Howard Phillips, Expert Xenoarchaeologist says:
"The Nanotrasen Xenoarchaeology team welcomes you, aspiring scientist or over-qualified curator.

Before you begin studying artifacts, and hopefully not harassing the crew with them, it's important to remember you're interacting with what is most likely an explosive device made thousands, or millions, of years ago. Here you can learn how to avoid personal annihilation when interacting with them."

The Xenoarchaeology Lab. Artifacts tend to show up here.

What's an Artifact?

Artifacts are strange objects that can perform unique & powerful actions. These items can be researched and sold for a profit, if you're diligent enough. Artifacts come in multiple flavours, material types, that indicate their function, and can often be quite dangerous.

Artifacts can be bought & sold from the Research and Development Listing Console, or found in maintenance, lavaland, or exploration ruins.

It's important to keep in mind, selling artifacts is pointless unless they are labeled correctly. Artifacts have a set amount of unique aspects, and the majority of these have to be correctly identified and labeled, to make a profit when selling the artifact. You can think of this process as a complex, life risking, game of guess-who. You can use tools, like anti-tactile pinchers, to make this process easier.

  • Artifact bananium.png Artifact uranium.png Artifact plasma.png Artifact bluespace.png Artifacts are strange powerful items that can do practically anything!
  • Xenoartifact console.png Use the Research and Development Listing Console to buy & sell artifacts.
  • Xenoartifact labeler.png Use the Artifact Labeler to label your coworkers label artifacts.
  • Artifact pincher.png Use the Anti-Tactile Pinchers to safely manipulate artifacts.

How do they work?

Artifacts, usually, have 5 unique traits. These are aspects that define the artifact and how it works. These can be 'activated' work by doing so in respective order. These traits belong to different categories of trait types, each filling a different niche & role.

Trait Type Info
Activators Every artifact has one of these. These traits define how the artifact is activated, as you'd expect. This can range from tactile interactions to specific stimulus, like heat.
Minors Every artifact has three of these. These traits define minor aspects of the artifact, like weight and size.
Majors Every artifact has one of these. These traits define the major function of an artifact, what it does exactly. Artifacts have a wide range of functions, such as making simple noises or banishing targets to the shadow realm.
Malfunctions only some artifacts have one of these. These traits define a malfunction inside an artifact, accumulated from repeated use or poor design. These traits can have terrible repercussions for anyone willing to risk using the artifact...

Some traits from within these categories will only appear in a certain artifact material types. Artifact material types deeply influence what traits they have, and in return also what to expect from it.

material Type Info
Material bluespace.png Bluespace Bluespace artifacts are generally considered the safest type, as most of their instances don't contain dangerous traits. Bluespace artifacts are the least likely artifact to malfunction.
Material plasma.png Plasma Plasma artifacts are considerably dangerous, the majority of their traits inflict damage upon targets. However, due to their one-track type, it is very easy to identify & label plasma artifacts.
Material uranium.png Uranium Uranium artifacts are even more dangerous than plasma artifacts. Uranium artifacts start with a malfunction due to their hazardous design. Because uranium artifacts are likely to explode, it's more profitable to give them to toxins, in some cases.
Material australium.png Bananium Bananium artifacts are complete enigmas, and continue to baffle the scientific community to this very day. These artifacts seem to have almost completely random traits, having no restrictions whatsoever. This can either make them playfully safe, or terrifyingly dangerous.

Although we don't recommend you spoil these for yourself, here you can find a list of every unique trait a given artifact could have. Additionally included is the method to identify these traits and what materials they appear in.

Trait Chart (mouse over the sleuth entries for a brief explanation)

Name Type Description Sleuthing Materials
Sturdy Activator This activator responds to, almost, any tactile input. This trait is especially useful for weapons. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Flammable Activator This activator responds to heat. Using heat will make the artifact 'light-on'. The artifact will wait until a mob steps into its range before activating and 'lighting-off.' Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Tuned Activator This activator is similar to Sturdy, it responds the same way to tactile interactions. However, once activated the artifact will continue to periodically activate until it randomly turns off. Stethoscope.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Signal Activator This activator responds to a unique signal code, activating when it receives it. The frequency is the default signalers use however, the code is random. Analyzer.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Charged Activator This activator needs power to activate. Using a cell on the artifact will drain the cell, a set amount, and activate the artifact. Science glasses.png

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Weighted Activator This activator causes the artifact to activate when picked up. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Pitched Activator This activator activates when the artifact is thrown, and lands. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Looped Minor This trait increases the artifact's effectiveness in most cases. Science glasses.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Capacitive Minor This trait allows the artifact activate an additional time/s. Everytime the artifact finishes recharging, it will generate a random amount of extra changes, from 0 to 2. Science glasses.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Dense Minor This trait makes the artifact large & heavy, being unable to be picked up. Essentially transforming it into a structure. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Sharp Minor This trait turns the artifact into a dangerous cutting device. The damage it does it dependant on a random factor. Science glasses.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png
Frosted Minor This trait causes the artifact to have a faster cooldown between uses, at the cost of having a weaker effect. Science glasses.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Sentient Minor This trait offers ghosts a chance to, partially control the artifact. Ghosts that possess the artifact will get the option to activate it on whoever they please. Artifact pincher.png Material australium.png
Fragile Minor This trait makes the artifact have a limited number of uses. This can range from 2-10 uses. Artifacts with this trait will appear transparent. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Expansive Minor This trait allows the artifact to have multiple targets. When activated the artifact will target anyone in its range, excluding its own tile. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Scoped Minor This trait increases the artifacts effective range, essentially making it a wand. When activated without a specific target, the artifact will prioritize the farthest organic entity as its target. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Shaped Minor This trait lets, almost, anyone where the artifact in their glove slot. Almost like a ring... Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Shielded Minor This trait allows the artifact to block like a shield. However, the effectiveness of this is varying. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Light Minor This trait makes the artifact very light, allowing it to be thrown further. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
heavy Minor This trait makes the artifact very heavy, making it hard to be thrown far. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Signaler Minor This trait makes the artifact send out a signal every time it is activated. Analyzer.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Anchored Minor This trait makes the artifact buckle to the ground. This can be toggled by using a wrench on it. Wrench.pngScience glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Slippery Minor This trait makes the artifact slippery. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Haunted Minor This trait makes the artifact controllable by dead chat. Book.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Delayed Minor This trait makes the artifact delay its activation. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Hollow Major This trait captures the target inside the artifact. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Conductive Major This trait causes the artifact to shock any targets. If the target is a battery cell, it will be charged varying amounts. Science glasses.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png
Melted Major This trait causes the artifact to stop time for a short moment. Science glasses.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Barreled Major This trait causes the artifact to, attempt to, shoot any targets. However, if the artifact has a low range the artifact will instead light targets on fire. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png
Fuzzy Major This trait causes the artifact to turn any targets into corgis for a short amount of time. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
EMP Major This trait causes the artifact to create an EMP of varying size & intensity. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png
Transparent Major This trait makes any targets, temporarily, invisible. This effect is brief, however. NOTE: Transparent doesn't make the artifact transparent, fragile does. Laser pointer.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Displaced Major This trait causes the artifact to teleport any targets to a random nearby location. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Lamp Major This trait causes the artifact to emmitt a light of varying brightness & colour, for a moment. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Shade Major This trait causes the artifact to retract light around it in a varying radius, for a moment. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Wall Major This trait causes the artifact to create a wall of varying shape. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material bluespace.png
Healing Major This trait causes the artifact to heal any targets by a varying amount. The damage type healed is randomly unique to each artifact. Healthanalyzer.png Material australium.png Material bluespace.png
Tubed Major This trait causes the artifact to inject any targets with a specific reagent. The reagent is randomly unique to each artifact. The volume of the reagent varies. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Push Major This trait causes the artifact to push any targets away from itself. The intensity is varying. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Pull Major This trait causes the artifact to pull any targets towards itself. The intensity is varying. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Horned Major This trait causes the artifact to make a random noise. The noise is uniquely random to each artifact. Science glasses.png Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Porous Major This trait causes the artifact to make exchange nearby gasses for another. Science glasses.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
P.B.R Malfunction This trait causes the artifact to open a portal to bearspace, and retrieve a single bear. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Maltargeting Malfunction This trait causes the artifact to always target the user. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
B.A.D Malfunction This trait causes the artifact to strip the target's items. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Radioactive Malfunction This trait causes the artifact to emmitt dangerous particles. Repeated use will causes the amount to increase. Geiger on 1 0.png

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Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png
Combustible Malfunction This trait causes the artifact to aggressively combust in an expansive area. NA Material australium.png Material uranium.png Material plasma.png Material bluespace.png

Identifying Traits

The cycle of Artifact Research

Now that you know about traits, and how they work, you can begin to develop a workflow to identify them, that works for you. However, if you'd like a base to start from, the following example is a simple approach to preforming Xenoarchaeology - Artifact Research.

  • Start by identifying any examinable trait-hints. This can be done by examining the artifact while wearing Science Glasses. Science glasses.png
  • Then continue to find any on-touch trait-hints. You can do this by using the artifact in-hand when wearing anti-tactile pinchers with safety enabled Artifact pincher.png
  • After that, you can use various apparatus on the artifact and watch for reactions, these are similar to touch trait-hints. Remember to use to keep pincher safety enabled during this step too. Multitool.png
  • Finally you can use what you already know about the artifact to compile a list of any other traits it could possibly have. Using the process of elimination, you can sleuth out any remaining traits. Paper.png

If you still haven't found all the traits through this simple method, you might want to start activating the artifact instead, to observe its traits.

Tips & Tricks

  • Using the power of handholding, you can negate almost any form of artifact targeting, moving the target to the pulled mob. This is useful for testing possibly harmful artifacts or stopping a crazed archaeologist without risking personal annihilation.
  • Testing items on the artifact while wearing anti-tactile pinchersArtifact pincher.png with safety enabled will allow you to perform experiments without the risk of activating it. This even goes for an empty hand, try it!
  • Standing on-top of an artifact will completely exclude you from its range. You can use this to compromise artifacts with auras and timers.
  • Wearing a Bomb-suitBomb-suit.png, Bio-suitBioSuit.png, Radiation-suitRadiationSuit.png, or Prototype-hardsuitRDRIG.png will give you a chance to deflect artifact effects. The more radiation resistant the suit, the better.
  • Most artifacts don't work in bags.