Planetary Annihilation Gameplay & Resources

Resources

There are two types of resources in Planetary Annihilation: metal and energy. Both economic resources are necessary to construct any unit or building in the game – except for the Commander who cannot be built.

Metal

Metal can only be harvested through Metal Extractors. These economic buildings must be placed on metal spots, which are scattered randomly across the planet. These metal spots generally come in clumps. Sometimes these clumps can be made up of 3 or 5 metal spots, or there could be as many as 20+ metal spots within a close vicinity.

Metal Extractor Variants

Metal is required in the construction and repair process of any unit or building. Some units build with more metal per second than other units.

There are two versions of the metal extractor, and both have land and sea versions.

The vanilla Metal Extractor and the Advanced Metal Extractor can both be placed on land. While, naturally, the Sea Metal Extractor and the Advanced Sea Metal Extractor are placed on metal spots located in the water.

Land based metal extractors can only be built by Vehicle fabricators, Bot fabricators, and Air fabricators. Sea metal extractors can only be built by Naval fabricators. However, the Commander can build both types of metal extractors.

To continue with the simple logic, regular Metal Extractors produce less metal than the Advanced Metal Extractors. Regular extractors produce 7 metal per second while the advanced produce 28 metal per second. At the time of this writing, regular extractors cannot be upgraded to advanced. They must be destroyed and replaced. Uber’s plan is to allow Advanced Metal Extractors to be placed on top of basic Metal Extractors.

Energy

Energy is required in the construction and repair process of any unit or building as well as in the static operation of some buildings, like the Advanced Radar. Energy is produced by Energy Plants, and unlike the metal resource, energy plants can be placed anywhere on the surface and are not confined to certain spots.

Energy Plant Variants

Like the metal extractors, there are two versions of the Energy Plant, and both version have land and sea versions.

The basic Energy Plant and the Advanced Energy Plant are placed on land while the Sea Energy Plant and the Advanced Sea Energy Plant are placed on bodies of water.

Regular Energy Plants produce 600 energy per second and the Advanced Energy Plant produces 5,000 energy per second.