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Surviving the Abyss Research and Technology Tree Guide

Published: January 17, 2023 11:24 AM

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In this Surviving the Abyss Research Guide, we'll tell you how Research works and what each piece of Technology does in the game.

How Surviving the Abyss Research Works

Surviving the Abyss Research can be accessed at any time with the Technology Tree, regardless of whether or not you've built any Research Buildings. You can collect "Research Data" in various ways and spend it to unlock new Buildings, improve the efficiency of your existing Buildings, improve Cloning, and more.

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While you can get Research Data through some Points of Interest or Emergent Events, the main way you'll get Research Data is through an active Basic Research Lab or Standard Research Lab.

Research is split into three "Tiers." Tier I is automatically unlocked at the start of the game. Tier II can be unlocked for 150 Research Data, and Tier III can be unlocked after that for an additional 300 Research Data. Unlocking a Tier opens up new Research for all tabs on the Technology Tree.

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Surviving the Abyss Research Guide - Basic Research Lab

Surviving the Abyss Research List

Here is a list of all of the Surviving the Abyss Research available in the pre-release Early Access version of the game.

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Surviving the Abyss Research Guide - Resources

Resources

Tier I


Drill Extractor

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Drill Extractor Building

Coal Extractor

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  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Coal Extractor Building

Alloy Furnace

  • Research Data Cost - 60
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Alloy Furnace Building

Tier II


Blast Extractor

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Blast Extractor Building

Reinforced Drill Bits

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Allows Mining Subs to gather advanced materials like aluminum and copper.

Tier III


Impact Extractor

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  • Research Data Cost - 270
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Impact Extractor Building

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Surviving the Abyss Research Guide - Power

Power

Tier I


Coal Efficiency Upgrade 1

  • Research Data Cost - 60
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Coal-powered generators will use 20% less Coal.

Biomass Generator

  • Research Data Cost - 90
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Biomass Generator Building

Tier II


Coal Generator Power Upgrade

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Increases the Power output of basic Coal Generators by 20%.

Coal Efficiency Upgrade 2

  • Research Data Cost - 170
  • Prerequisites - Coal Efficiency Upgrade 1
  • Unlocks - Coal-powered generators will use 40% less Coal.

Oil Drill

  • Research Data Cost - 170
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Oil Drill Building

Oil Well

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - Oil Drill
  • Unlocks - Oil Well Building

Biomass Generator Power Upgrade 1

  • Research Data Cost - 170
  • Prerequisites - Biomass Generator
  • Unlocks - Increases the Power output of Biomass Generators by 20%.

Tier III


Advanced Coal Generator

  • Research Data Cost - 270
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Advanced Coal Generator Building

Coal Efficiency Upgrade 3

  • Research Data Cost - 320
  • Prerequisites - Coal Efficiency Upgrade 2
  • Unlocks - Coal-Powered Generators will use 70% less Coal.

Oil Refinery

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - Oil Well
  • Unlocks - Oil Refinery Building

Oil Generator

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - Oil Refinery
  • Unlocks - Oil Generator Building

Oil Efficiency Upgrade

  • Research Data Cost - 400
  • Prerequisites - Oil Refinery
  • Unlocks - Oil-Powered Generators will use 40% less Oil.

Biomass Generator Power Upgrade 2

  • Research Data Cost - 270
  • Prerequisites - Biomass Generator Power Upgrade 1
  • Unlocks - Increases the output of Biomass Generators by 60%.

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Surviving the Abyss Research Guide - Life Support

Life Support

Tier I


O2 Output Upgrade

  • Research Data Cost - 90
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Increases the output of standard Oxygen Generators by 20%.

Basic Air Purifier

  • Research Data Cost - 60
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Basic Air Purifier Building

Carbohydrate Farm

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Carbohydrate Farm Building

Protein Harvester

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Protein Harvester Building

Protein Harvester Upgrade 1

  • Research Data Cost - 90
  • Prerequisites - Protein Harvester
  • Unlocks - 20% output increase of Protein Harvester.

Hospital

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Hospital Building

Tier II


Advanced Oxygen Generator

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Advanced Oxygen Generator Building

Advanced O2 Output Upgrade 1

  • Research Data Cost - 220
  • Prerequisites - Advanced Oxygen Generator
  • Unlocks - Increased output of Advanced 02 Generator by 20%.

Nutritional Paste Production

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Nutritional Paste Production Building

Molecular Protein Lab

  • Research Data Cost - 170
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Molecular Protein Lab Building

Tier III


Advanced O2 Output Upgrade 2

  • Research Data Cost - 400
  • Prerequisites - Advanced O2 Output Upgrade 1
  • Unlocks - Increased output of Advanced O2 Generator by 40%.

Molecular Protein Lab Upgrade 1

  • Research Data Cost - 270
  • Prerequisites - Molecular Protein Lab
  • Unlocks - 20% output increase of Molecular Protein Lab.

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Surviving the Abyss Research Guide - Population

Population

Tier I


Garden Dome

  • Research Data Cost - 90
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Garden Dome Building

Mess Hall

  • Research Data Cost - 90
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Mess Hall Building

Tier II


Modern Living Quarters

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Modern Living Quarters Building

Physical Maintenance Center

  • Research Data Cost - 220
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Physical Maintenance Center Building

Tier III

There are no Tier III Population Technologies in the pre-release version of Surviving the Abyss.


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Surviving the Abyss Research Guide - Exploration

Exploration

Tier I


Docks

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Docks Building

Outpost

  • Research Data Cost - 60
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Outpost Building

Sonar Tower

  • Research Data Cost - N/A
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Sonar Tower Building

Light Tower

  • Research Data Cost - N/A
  • Prerequisites - N.A
  • Unlocks - Sonar Tower Building

UV-Mode

  • Research Data Cost - 60
  • Prerequisites - Get attacked by the Anomaly.
  • Unlocks - Unlocks the ability to set all lights to UV-Mode. UV-C light can deter dangerous fauna but Power costs increase as a consequence.

UV-Mode Research will be hidden until you're attacked by the Anomaly for the first time.


Tier II


Submarine Command

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Submarine Command Building

Tier III

There are no Tier III Exploration Technologies in the pre-release version of Surviving the Abyss.


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Surviving the Abyss Research Guide - Research & Genetics

Research & Genetics

Tier I


Rate Per Day Attachment Module

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Rate Per Day Attachment Module

Trench Extractor

  • Research Data Cost - 90
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Trench Extractor Building

Multiplier Research Attachment

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Multiplier Research Attachment

Slot Unlock 1

  • Research Data Cost - 60
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - +1 Slot in Cloning

Generalist Potency +3%

  • Research Data Cost - 90
  • Prerequisites - Slot Unlock 1
  • Unlocks - Increases potency for all Generalist genomes by 3%.

Faster Cloning Time

  • Research Data Cost - 30
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Accelerates the Cloning process by 10%.

Tier II


Fauna Capture Rate Module

  • Research Data Cost - 300
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Fauna Capture Rate Module

Standard Research Lab

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Standard Research Lab

Generalist Mutation -5%

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - Generalist Potency +3%
  • Unlocks - Reduces Mutation for all Generalist genomes by 5%.

Scientist Potency +3%

  • Research Data Cost - 170
  • Prerequisites - Generalist Potency +3%
  • Unlocks - Increases potency for all Scientist genomes by 3%.

Scientist Mutation -5%

  • Research Data Cost - 220
  • Prerequisites - Scientist Potency +3%
  • Unlocks - Reduces Mutation for all Scientist genomes by 5%.

Slot Upgrade 2

  • Research Data Cost - 120
  • Prerequisites - Slot Upgrade 1
  • Unlocks - +1 Slot in Cloning

Slot Upgrade 3

  • Research Data Cost - 220
  • Prerequisites - Slot Upgrade 2
  • Unlocks - +1 Slot in Cloning

Advanced Fauna Trap

  • Research Data Cost - 170
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Advanced Fauna Trap Building

Lifespan Increase

  • Research Data Cost - 170
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - When Clones are produced with Mutation, their max lifespan will be increased by 10%.

Tier III


Power Efficiency Module

  • Research Data Cost - 500
  • Prerequisites - N/A
  • Unlocks - Power Efficiency Module

Engineer Potency +3%

  • Research Data Cost - 270
  • Prerequisites - Scientist Potency +3%
  • Unlocks - Increases potency for all Engineer genomes by 3%.

Engineer Mutation -5%

  • Research Data Cost - 330
  • Prerequisites - Engineer Potency +3%
  • Unlocks - Reduces Mutations for all Engineer genomes by 5%.

Slot Upgrade 4

  • Research Data Cost - 320
  • Prerequisites - Slot Upgrade 3
  • Unlocks - +1 Slot in Cloning

Lifespan Increase 2

  • Research Data Cost - 320
  • Prerequisites - Lifespan Increase 1
  • Unlocks - When Clones are produced with Mutation, their max lifespan will be increased by 20%.

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