Salvage Specialist

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Cargo Department

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Salvage Specialist

Access: Cargo, External, Maintenance, Salvage
Difficulty: Medium
Duties: Retrieve materials from wrecks, score some sick loot
Supervisors: Head of Personnel, Quartermaster
Subordinates: None
Guides: Salvaging, Space Navigation, Shuttle Construction

As a Salvage Specialist, your job is to explore various wrecks from the space and retrieve any loot that you might find inside them. Use the #Salvage Magnet to pull in a wreck for a limited amount of time and don't get killed by space carps or your own idiocy! Be sure to bring a GPS and memorise current coordinates so that you do not get lost in space.

An example of a space wreck

Finding the Salvage

The location of the salvage is unpredictable. As such, you can use computers to help you locate it or simply jetpack out into space around the #Salvage Magnet and hope you see it.

Some maps will start you with a #Mass Scanner already built. If you don't have one, make sure to remind Scientists to get you a circuit board which you can then use to construct one.

Alternatively you can use the visuals provided by the Cargo Shuttle Console.

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What you're looking for.


The most crucial items in your job are the spationaut hardsuit, a breath mask and a breathable gas tank (oxygen for most species or nitrogen for slimes). You will not survive in space without those (though you can try if you're brave).

Image Name Description
Hardsuit salvage.png Salvage hardsuit (suit and helmet) The obvious component. Put it on, or you will succumb to the low pressure of space. After you equip the suit, you'll have to equip the helmet via the action menu on the left.
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Oxygen/Nitrogen tank To survive in space for longer than a minute, you will need an oxygen tank. Equip it in your hand, pocket, or suit storage slot to be able to properly use it with your breathing internals. Make sure to check if tank output pressure is correct (the safe amount is 17-22). You can refill your oxygen tank by putting it inside a oxygen canister (just make sure to close the canister's valve afterwards). Important: Only Slimepeople breathe nitrogen.
Gas mask salvage.png Gas mask / breathing mask To be able to receive precious oxygen from your oxygen tank, you will need to put a breathing mask on. Once you have it equipped, you should have an option to turn your internals ON. The button for this is situated on the left UI.
Magboots.png Magboots Equip and turn on magnetic boots to gain a steady hold on the wreck's surface. You might walk a bit slower, but at least you won't clumsily fly off into space so easily.
Mining Drill An upgrade from a pickaxe that can be used to mine ore quicker than a pickaxe can. Obtainable from a Scientist using their Protolathe.
Toolbelt(filled).png Utilitybelt (and tools) Typically comes fully equipped with a screwdriver, welding tool, wrench, crowbar, multitool and wirecutters. Use those tools if you wish to retrieve anchored items, dismantle empty crates or barge through obstacles like closed doors.
Pickaxe mining.png Pickaxe Sometimes, the salvage magnet might pull in a rocky asteroid. Use your pickaxe by repeatedly clicking on the rock to break through and reach for the stashed away goodies.
Shovel.png Shovel Useless wait, isn't this a botany tool?
Ore bag.png Ore bag Allows you to store mined ores. Click on the floor to pick up all ores around this spot.
Fire extinguisher.png Fire extinguisher Extinguish space fires Fly through space by aiming and shooting the extinguisher's nozzle on the opposite direction of where you wish to fly. You can refill it with water once it runs dry.
Jetpack blue.png Jetpack Advanced Superior form of traveling in space. You need to purchase it from cargo console first (or ask Cargo Technician / Quartermaster). Then you need to fill it up using canister with any gas (insert jetpack in a gas canister, setup max pressure, open valve, close valve, detach jetpack from canister). Equip it on your back slot. Use UI on the left side of the screen to turn it on or by hitting an action hotkey. Once it is on, you can propel yourself with it via WASD keys. You can only use a jetpack in locations without gravity. Jetpacks will turn off when you enter floored areas.
GPS.png Global Positioning System (GPS) Shows your current position as (x,y). Note that negative numbers are different to positive numbers. (x,y) is not equal to (-x,y).
Combat knife.png Combat knife / Survival Knife Use your knife to fight off any space carps that might come your way.
Kinetic gun.png Kinetic gun Adding range combat to your arsenal. This gun has unlimited ammo but very long reload time.

Salvage Magnet

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This console is used for pulling in salvage wrecks, which you can scavenge for loot. The salvage magnet pulls wrecks towards the general area it is facing, but that doesn't do much to narrow down the area. If the magnet is facing the wrong way or is installed too deep inside the station, then you won't be able to pull anything in.


The console can be interacted with at any point in time either to start it or get its status.

  1. Interact with the console. This will start it up and it will take a few seconds to pull a wreckage.
  2. The Engineering radio will record that a wreckage is being located and pulled
  3. Wait for a wreckage to be pulled
  4. The Engineering radio will record that a wreckage has been pulled
  5. Crew have a limited amount of time to get to the wreckage and haul loot back
  6. The Engineering radio will record that the wreckage has been lost. Any crew on the wreckage will remain at their coordinates but may be spun (losing navigation). The wreckage will vanish.
  7. The console will enter a short cooldown period

Before installing this too far outside in space, consider protecting it against meteors, aggressive space fiends and antagonists.

Mass Scanner

A computer that shows you a non-interactive map of the station, the shuttle location and any unidentified debris / wrecks marked as "Unidentified". Up is not necessarily north. You will see the computer's location (your location) marked in green.

Ore Processor

A machine that takes ore that you have mined (with a pickaxe or mining drill) and when enough has accumulated enables crew to extract a full of stack of material. e.g. 30 steel plates. Can store steel, glass, plasma, uranium (but not plastic).

Tips and tricks

  • You can find a spare small oxygen tank inside your survival box. You're also able to keep it in your pocket, leaving your hands unoccupied.
  • Character with Slime chosen as their race requires nitrogen to breathe in space.
  • Holding down Control, and Right-Clicking on a tile near you while pulling something lets you move it around while standing still. In zero-gravity, you can fling objects such as crates/gas tanks towards the station by timing your release with Q accurately. This is not hard to figure out but is tricky to pull off consistently.