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The most seductive metal of them all. While it is too soft to be of much practical use, it is strikingly beautiful and never tarnishes. Millions have died in attempting to feed the endless human thirst for gold.

Base Stats

Stuff Category
Market Value
10 Silver
Stack Limit
0.008 kg
Path Cost


Terrain Affordance

Stat Modifiers

Beauty Factor
Beauty Offset
Work To Make Factor
Work To Build Factor
Max Hit Points
Armor - Sharp
Armor - Blunt
Armor - Heat
Insulation - Cold
+3 °C (5.4 °F)
Insulation - Heat
+0 °C (0 °F)
Melee Blunt Damage
Melee Sharp Damage
Melee Cooldown
Door Opening Speed
Rest Effectiveness
Stuff Adjective
Small Volume

Gold is a very beautiful and valuable resource. Too soft (and valuable) for simple weaponry, it is prized for both art and electronics.

Gold is necessary to build items needed for tech progression, namely the multi-analyzer, advanced components, and various parts of the ship. It is also used in royal beds, reliquaries Content added by the Ideology DLC, grand meditation thrones Content added by the Royalty DLC, and the various prestige armors Content added by the Royalty DLC.


Most traders will have some gold for sale, as will all settlements. Gold is sometimes found on the bodies of raiders, as well as the Ancients found in random cryptosleep caskets. Gold can rarely be found from mining gold veins or drilling with deep drills.


Gold ore in game

Gold ore tiles have 1,500 health each, making them one of the faster ores to mine. They can be found in smaller veins, ranging from 2 to 8 tiles in size. Each mined block has a base yield of 40 gold, however this is modified by factors such as the Difficulty setting and the mining yield of the pawn.


Gold is best used on anything with a quality multiplier: golden sculptures are among the most valuable items in the game and will generate far more beauty/wealth per gold than gold tile or golden workstations. Gold is very expensive, however, and high quality items made from gold are much more likely to run into the $3500 trade price limit. For this reason one should be cautious when crafting large or grand gold statues, especially using an artistic inspiration, as 1) you could get as much value from a small statue, and 2) traders rarely carry enough silver to purchase one outright, so you will be stuck with trading for items to get your full value out of the showpiece.

Gold can also be used to create extremely beautiful furniture and structures. Gold has both a high beauty offset and multiplier, meaning it's better used on furniture that has an intrinsic beauty stat already.


Gold is used in the following crafting recipes:

  • Name Amount Type
    Grand meditation throneContent added by the Royalty DLC 75 Building - Furniture
    Royal bed 50 Building - Furniture
    Multi-analyzer 20 Building - Misc
    ReliquaryContent added by the Ideology DLC 75 Building - Misc
    Sensor cluster 4 Building - Ship
    Ship computer core 70 Building - Ship
    Advanced component 3 Crafted Resources
    Gold tile 70 Floor
    Prestige cataphract armorContent added by the Royalty DLC 180 Gear - Armor
    Prestige cataphract helmetContent added by the Royalty DLC 90 Gear - Armor
    Prestige marine armorContent added by the Royalty DLC 100 Gear - Armor
    Prestige marine helmetContent added by the Royalty DLC 50 Gear - Armor
    Prestige recon armorContent added by the Royalty DLC 90 Gear - Armor
    Prestige recon helmetContent added by the Royalty DLC 40 Gear - Armor