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How Slime Science Works in Slime Rancher 2

Who knew science could be so cute?
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Slime Rancher 2 may be a game about wrangling and caring for squishy, adorable slimes in the safety of the Conservatory, but that’s not all players can do. If you really want to develop into the game and uncover the secrets and mysteries, then you’ll need the help of Slime Science. It may seem complicated, but really, it’s easy and super useful. Here’s all you need to know about Slime Science in Slime Rancher 2

Slime Science in Slime Rancher 2

Slime Science is the process of gathering materials and crafting items and upgrades. Some will be essential for the game, and others will be more cosmetic or novel. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding process.

The Refinery

To make anything, you’ll need materials. The Refinery is where you’ll be dumping your resources and plorts to keep them safe and ready when you need to consume them to craft items. Any item you put in here cannot be taken out – so be careful.

You’ll need to go out and collect resources by harvesting them from resource nodes.

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Related: How to Harvest Resource Nodes in Slime Rancher 2

Note: You will also need Newbucks to craft items, but you don’t need to and can’t put money into the Refinery.

Items can be deposited into the Refinery by shooting them from your vacpac into either the refinery in the lab, or through a refinery link which can be set up or found around the map.

The Fabricator

This is where you’ll be consuming the resources in the Refinery to craft upgrades and gadgets from blueprints.

Once you’ve opened up the menu, browse everything on offer. The upgrades will be the most important section, and it is advised that you delve into this branch almost straight away to make the game easier.

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There are then utilities and warp tech, which make your life easier. You will not start the game with the blueprints for any utility or warp tech gadget, but you will discover them through game play. The same goes for the decorations, but they are not at all important and are purely cosmetic.

How to get new blueprints

Blueprints are the instructions that make anything Slime Science can offer, but you must find them. For the most part, these will be discovered through opening treasure pods scattered throughout the lands. When you come across one, simply press ‘E’ to activate it. It will open and will provide you with a new blueprint.

You can also be gifted blueprints by your rancher friends through the comm station as you advance the story.

Gaining new blueprints is vital to your progression.

How to place gadgets

Some gadgets aren’t instant upgrades that you benefit from immediately. Others need to be placed, such as teleporters or stations.

Once you fabricate such an item, you must press ‘T’ to enter gadget mode. This mode will allow you to place your gadget anywhere there is an available space. Make sure you are happy with where you place it, as you cannot recover placed gadgets. Only destroy them. Place them where they will be the most effective / useful.

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