Techtonica Tech Tree Guide | TechRaptor

Techtonica Tech Tree Guide |  TechRaptor

This Techtonica Tech Tree Guide will go over the basics of the game’s sprawling tech tree, along with how to unlock new tiers and scan specific items.

You’ll unlock a lot of useful buildings as you make your way through each tier, including Shiverthorn Processing and Cooling Systems. It’s worth automating your supply lines to make sure you always have all of the required materials needed for unlocked buildings.


The Tech Tree screen in Techtonica, showing the first 3 tiers unlocked.

Techtonica Third Party Tech Tree

The tech tree in Techtonica is split into a number of tiers, each of which unlocked at production terminals. The player starts at production terminal Lima, before moving onto terminal Victor after progressing through a few tiers.

Each tier requires a number of materials to be given to the relevant production terminal, with the requirements becoming ever more elaborate as you continue. The requirements for each tier are:

Production Terminal Lima

  • Basic Manufacturing – Available after interacting with Lima terminal for the first time.
  • Basic Science – 15 Copper Ore, 15 Iron Ore
  • Basic Logistics – 20 Iron Ingots, 20 Copper Ingots
  • Electrical Components – 30 Iron Ingots, 30 Copper Ingots, 45 Conveyor Belts, 4 Inserters, 2 Containers

Production Terminal Victor

  • Shiverthorn Processing – 500 Iron Ingot, 500 Copper Ingot
  • Cooling Systems – 2400 Iron Ingot, 2400 Copper Ingot, 180 Plantmatter Frames
  • Atlantum Processing – 900 Iron Ingot, 900 Copper Ingot, 900 Processor Unit, 450 Atlantum Ore

A group of purple research cores next to storage containers.

Techtonica Research Cores

Unlocking a tier will only give you a few new items to work with. The rest must be unlocked using Research Cores. Purple Research Cores become available after unlocking the Basic Science tier, and are used for most upgrades up to the Shiverthorn Processing tier.

Once a core is crafted and placed, it is added to your total at the bottom of the Tech Tree and can then be spent on available upgrades. Note that removing a core from the world will also reduce the amount you can spend too.

Tech Tree Power Requirements

Tech Tree upgrades from Cooling Systems tier onwards will also have a power requirement. Power is stored in Accumulators, which must be built on Power Floors connected to a power source (like Crank Generators).

Your current available power is shown at the bottom left of the Tech Tree. Unlike Research Cores, the power you use to unlock upgrades will not be permanently used up.

Scannable Items in Techtonica

Some items cannot be unlocked with Research Cores until you’ve scanned enough related fragments in the world. The Scanner is introduced early in the game, letting you scan items.

The items needed to unlock new Tech Tree nodes come in 2 forms:

  • Upgrade Modules – These look like small machines, and unlock upgrades for the player like increased inventory space.
  • Fragments – Ruined versions of buildings. Scanning enough of these will unlock the building in the Tech Tree.

Below is a list of the items you’ll need to scan to unlock more parts of the Tech Tree:

Where to Find Mining Drill in Techtonica

The Mining Drill fragments can be found at the start next to production terminal Lima.

Where to Find Smelter in Techtonica

The Smelter fragments can be found at the start next to production terminal Lima.

A Fast Inserter fragment on the ground

Where to Find Fast Inserter in Techtonica

Fast Inserter fragments can be found at the start next to production terminal Lima, near the Mining Drills.

A Long Inserter fragment on the ground.

Where to Find Long Inserter in Techtonica

Long Inserter fragments are lying around on the ground near terminal Victor.

The ToolBelt II Upgrade Module next to station Lima.

Where to Find Toolbelt II in Techtonica

Toolbelt II is next to production terminal Lima.

SuitSpeed ​​II lying on some storage containers.

Where to Find SuitSpeed ​​II in Techtonica

SuitSpeed ​​II is lying on the storage containers at Lima.

The MOLE on a table.

Where to Find MOLE in Techtonica

Inside the base where you find Sparks.

Conveyor Belt MKII on a table.

Where to Find Conveyor Belt MKII in Techtonica

Inside the base where you find Sparks next to the MOLE

An Assembler fragment next to a giant plant.

Where to Find Assembler in Techtonica

Multiple Assembler fragments can be found in the cave housing terminal Victor.

MOLE F-55 lying on the ground next to station Victor.

Where to Find Mole F-55 in Techtonica

This upgrade is lying on the floor right next to Victor.

Multiple Accumulator fragments in a cave.

Where to Find Accumulator in Techtonica

Accumulator fragments can be found in the cave to the west of Victor. Must dig through the wall.

A HCV fragment in a cave.

Where to Find HVC in Techtonica

A single HVC fragment can be found in the cave to the west of Victor. More are found further west, lying across the river.

A Blue Research Core fragment inside a building.

Where to Find Blue Research Core in Techtonica

A Blue Research Core fragment can be found at each of the main discoverable locations. This includes the cave to the west of Victor, and the row of Water Wheel Fragments to the north.

MOLE Speed ​​II on top of some boxes.

Where to Find MOLE Speed ​​II in Techtonica

Found in the cave to the west of Victor. Must dig through the wall.

Hover Pack Lying on a table.

Where to Find Hover Pack in Techtonica

Found in the cave to the west of Victor. Must dig through the wall.

A Filter Inserter Fragment next to a conveyor belt and storage containers.

Where to Find Filter Inserter in Techtonica

Found in the cave to the southwest of Victor. Door must be powered with a Crank Generator.

PackSize II lying on the ground next to some rocks.

Where to Find PackSize II in Techtonica

Outside the cave with the unpowered door to the southwest of Victor.

Monorail fragment next to a conveyor belt.

Where to Find Monorail in Techtonica

Found in the cave to the southwest of Victor. Door must be powered with a Crank Generator.

Where to Find Planter in Techtonica

Found in the cave to the southwest of Victor. Door must be powered with a Crank Generator.

Where to Find Thresher in Techtonica

Found in the cave to the southwest of Victor. Door must be powered with a Crank Generator.

A beacon fragment stuck in the ground by a river.

Where to Find Beacon in Techtonica

Follow the river up from Victor. Near the row of Water Wheels.

Multiple Water Wheel fragments in a river.

Where to Find Water Wheel in Techtonica

Follow the river up from Victor. Also contains a Blue Research Core nearby.

A Mining Charge on top of a table inside a research building.

Where to Find Mining Charge in Techtonica

Inside the locked building requiring Processor Units, at the top of the cave with the unpowered door.

Where to Find CraftSpeed ​​II in Techtonica

Inside the locked building requiring Processor Units, at the top of the cave with the unpowered door.

Location of SuitSpeed ​​III, inside a cave.

Where to Find SuitSpeed ​​III in Techtonica

East of Victor, next to an abandoned mining elevator.

HP-Flight III next to a lake.

Where to Find HP-Flight III in Techtonica

At the bottom of the large waterfall. Fall all the way down, past the buildings suspended above the drop.

Accumulation II on the ground.

Where to Find Accumulation II in Techtonica

Inside the fallen base to the northeast of Victor.

Where to Find MOLE Subtract II in Techtonica

Inside the fallen base to the northeast of Victor.

Where to Find MOLE F-77 in Techtonica

Inside the fallen base to the northeast of Victor.

CoolDense II on top of a table.

Where to Find CoolDense II in Techtonica

Inside the building suspended above the large waterfall.

Where to Find CraftSpeed ​​III in Techtonica

Inside the building suspended above the large waterfall.

Where to Find PackSize III in Techtonica

Inside the building suspended above the large waterfall.

Where to Find Smelter MKII in Techtonica

Inside the building suspended above the large waterfall.

Where to Find Mining Drill MKII in Techtonica

Inside the building suspended above the large waterfall.

CoolDense III on a table next to a window.

Where to Find CoolDense III in Techtonica

Inside the locked building by the line of Water Wheels. Can enter the building from above without unlocking the door.

Where to Find Accumulation III in Techtonica

Inside the locked building by the line of Water Wheels. Can enter the building from above without unlocking the door.


And that’s everything for our Techtonica Tech Tree Guide! We’ll update the guide with more information as we progress and more patches are released during Early Access.

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