off, there are 3 scanners in the game. The Local scanners, the Broadband
scanners, and the Neutrino scanners. The Local scanners are given by default on
every ship. They don't work in space and just waste precious warp fuel, so don't
try. They only work AFTER you land on a planet. The cost is 1 gallon of Warp
fuel and it will tell you the weight of the objects on the planet you are on.
second level, the Broadband scanners, work in space. The cost for buying them at
the Hardware portion of a Starbase is 850,000 credits. Each scan costs 3 gallons
of Warp Fuel. This one will give the readout of ALL objects WITHIN the system.
It will total ALL the objects on ALL the planets, so when you have a system with
dozens of planets and moons, it is difficult to actually interpret.
third level of scanners, the Neutrino scanner, work in space as well. You can
buy these at the Starbase Hardware store for 1,500,000 credits. Each scan with
this type costs 5 gallons of Warp Fuel. This one will give the readout of ALL
objects WITHIN the system, listed planet by planet and moon by moon. This allows
you to more accurately guess what is on the planet before you land.
following are the weights of objects the scanners will detect (in tons):
- 5 each
- 10 each
- 25 each
- 100 each
- 200 each
Greenhouse type planets with the Ion Tower improvement will not show the weight
of any Mines, Turrets, or Colonies.
planets have a couple different weights, and the usually what it means:
then 100 - Alien infestation
- Aliens and an artifact
- Chances are this is a ship or two trying to hide for the night
- Colony; may have aliens, turrets, and mines, and ships (see weights above)
As of the publication of this guide, there is an exploit of little use
concerning scanners. You can scan a system with less then the required Warp Fuel
and still get a readout. It will set your Warp Fuel to 0 (when it would at most
have been 4). HOWEVER, this is of little use as it takes at least a gallon of
warp fuel to land on a planet, and two to start an invasion. This leaves you
vulnerable for several minues in a system.