eXode: Do You Have Enough Energy for Colonization?

One critical but easily overlooked requirement for colonization is energy. Ensuring that your colony is energy self-sufficient is not going to be an easy task, particularly for new players without expensive upgraded cards.

To start with, such players are going to spend roughly one energy per colonist per day just for their habitats. Then, Foodie-Moodies take one energy for every three food. And if you want Communications Arrays, Computer Rooms, Management Consoles and/or Radar Arrays, they are two to three energy apiece per day.

And then there are the Drilling Machine and the Vehicles. They burn energy by the hour instead of by the day. And you really don’t want to see what a good defense will cost you energy-wise. But they’re all listed in the table below anyways.

Habitat Atmos Shield Energy Drops Upgrades Energy Upgrade Habitat Upgrade
Smooty All-In-One 1 QL 5 -1 YES YES ? ?

-1 YES YES ? ?
Tom Custom 2 QL2 -2 YES YES ? ?
Shelter Happy Five 5 QL7 -3 YES YES ? ?
Octohome 4 QL8 -4 YES YES 1 1
Orbital Shield

-10 YES YES 1

-3 YES

Defensive Bunker 2

Drilling Machine

-1/hr YES 4 3
Radar Array

Tom Starter 1 QL3 -2 YES 1 1 1
Life Block 2 QL4 -2 YES YES NO 1
Automatic Turret

2 1
Multipurpose Prefab
QL3 -1 YES 2 NO
Communications Array


Lab Equipment

3 NO
Management Console

-2 YES 2 1
Computer Room

3 1
Chemical Cuves

3 1

So how can you possibly bring enough energy sources to power all of this? As shown by the Energy Upgrade column in the table above, with a heavily upgraded Octohome (or two) you can eliminate all habitat energy costs. The Tom Settler habitats (and the Foodie-Moodie) will likely be able to upgrade the same way as well -- which will make the Shelter "Happy Five" even more valuable. Thus, multiple habitat cards may well be one of the first critical purchases for new players. Note that the Computer Room, Management Console and Chemical Cuves can be made energy self-sufficient as well.

We know that ships can take up to 300 000 fuel units and large fuel tanks can load up to 600 000 fuel units. The jump takes some of it, but Evacuation has already told us that you aren’t low on fuel unless you have less than 10%. The space travel that you must perform if you skip the first planet takes more of it – but probably not that much either. So, what do you have left and by what ratio does fuel convert to energy?

Assume that you loaded fuel like a fiend and that you landed with 250,000 fuel left. Odds are (a.k.a. my best guess) that fuel will convert to energy at 1000:1 or so. 250 fuel is what 7 people will burn in 25 days just for habitat and food. It’s a nice start, but we need to produce energy on the planet. All the currently known possible energy sources are listed in the table below.

Energy Charges Energy/ Charge Drops Upgrades Energy Upgrade Charges Upgrade
WHC Unit 2 50 1 YES YES ? ?
Generator TR-100 10 500 0.5 YES 4 2 100
Generator TR-20 1 50 0.5 YES 6 0.3 40
Energy Cells
YES 4 NO 50

Akhen Cannon ? ?

Energy Sphere


The first problem is that energy sources can take up a lot of cargo space. This can be answered by the fact that all of the normal ones are droppable – but this could rapidly become expensive in terms of cards burned. This is particularly true when you consider the next problem.

Worse is the fact that the common energy sources operate on limited supplies. The WHC Unit requires oxygen crystals and the generators’ energy cells only have so many charges – with each non-upgraded card having a mere 25-day supply. It’s not clear how additional oxygen crystals might be obtained (drilling?) but there is a card for Energy Cell Storage. But this doesn’t solve the main problem – colonies consume non-renewable resources to generate energy.


There have been some hints as to how this could be handled – and there are some generic solutions as well. EXOFUEL is a token sold on Hive Engine that can be swapped for in-game fuel. People who wish to spend money to tide themselves over (or even outright avoid energy requirements) can do so – but Elindos has clearly stated that the game will be playable without resorting to such measures.

The in-game Supplies Market is likely to be a general answer to most shortages. Oxygen crystals and charges well likely be easily available for purchase from there. It is clearly possible to do Energy Research and the Crafting System will likely enable many colonies to produce and sell energy products equivalent to that generated by the Energy Cell Storage card. Colonies which are not self-sufficient in energy would then be able to trade other resources for the energy that they need.

Finally, the Sunteks are clearly energy masters and possession of a Suntek Sphere is likely to pay big dividends in the research and production of energy sources (as long as you have a Suntek and don’t blow your colony to smithereens). We also have no idea what the Suntek Generator on the "Akhen" Cannon starship can do.

It will be very interesting to see the eXode energy economy evolve. It is very likely that, early on, there won’t be enough energy in the system as colonies won’t yet be able to create research and resources. As a result, energy cards and energy upgrades are likely to far more valuable than you might otherwise expect in the early days. If it gets too terrible, energy can always be added via non-card energy rewards and removed from the reward tables when energy becomes more plentiful.

AILF Forever!

It’s been pointed out to me that I should include a referral code. If you use the referral code 777c835 when buying your first starter, both you and I each gain two additional booster packs. If ten players or more use the same referral code, they each get a random Epic Character card.

I am also recruiting for an alliance, the Artificial Intelligence Liberation Front (AILF, pronounced like “elf” with a Southern accent). The alliance will have numerous in-game benefits. To start with, the next five players who sign up with my referral code and join AILF will receive a Syndicate Chip (common), a Syndicate Squad Leader (rare) and a Syndicate Auto-Blaster (rare). They should make non-Military evacuations MUCH easier. Just let me know that you have used my referral code and wish to join AILF in the comments below and I will transfer you your cards.

Until next time, use your energy to recruit new eXode captains!


Great post, so much knowledge shared here, keep on sharing more of this!

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EXCELLENT post @digital-wisdom!
This post will be immensely helpful.
Thank you for this.


Exodellent Post Captain @digital-wisdom. I will be reblogging this as I will need to reference back to this in the exofuture.

Wow, great job researching!

I think this shows the value of the Toms contract... I will be relying on dropping those WHC units, but as you say: wtf are oxygen crystals?!?

I love you mathematical analysis’, super well thought out and clearly displayed. Also really helpful. I’m hoping that on one of my colonies I can develop a plant based energy resource... maybe even let people pay me to take their waste (properly managed poo of course) and use it for fertilizer and then sell the energy as well! 🤑

really cool to highlight energy needs and potential energy economy, it's something many have been thinking about lately.. 👊