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A patent is a technological advancement that, when researched in the Patent Lab, grants the player exclusive use of that technology. The costs listed below are for games with four or more players. For one-, two-, and three-player games, the prices are 25%, 50%, and 75% of the listed costs, respectively.

List of patents[edit | edit source]

Patent Cost Time (s) Description Location
Transparent Aluminum Chemicals Chemicals x40 40 Build with Aluminum instead of Glass Ceres
Superconductor Chemicals Chemicals x40 40 +100% power production when connected to HQ Mars
Energy Vault Chemicals Chemicals x40 40 +100 Power stockpile (refills +1/s when making power) Both
Financial Instruments Chemicals Chemicals x40 40 Receive 25% cut from rivals' debt interest Both
Water Engine Chemicals Chemicals x40 40 Units and Offworld Markets are powered with Water Both
Perpetual Motion Chemicals Chemicals x60 60 -50% power consumption Both
Virtual Reality Chemicals Chemicals x60 60 +50% profit from Pleasure Dome Both
Nanotech Chemicals Chemicals x60 60 Recycles construction resources when scrapping buildings Both
Cold Fusion Chemicals Chemicals x60 60 Buildings are powered with Water Both
Liquid Batteries Chemicals Chemicals x80 80 Solar Condensers and Solar Panels are always on Ceres
Carbon Scrubbing Chemicals Chemicals x80 80 Buildings which need Carbon collect it from the atmosphere. Mars
Slant Drilling Chemicals Chemicals x80 80 Can mine in adjacent tiles Both
Thinking Machines Chemicals Chemicals x80 80 -50% sabotage damage for buildings adjacent to HQ Both
Teleportation Chemicals Chemicals x80 80 Can teleport resources Both