Base Facilities (EU)
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There are several types of base facilities that you can place in your installations. Some of these are available from the beginning of the game, others are gained through research. With the exception of the Access Lift, and the facilities you start the game with, all require an amount of time to be built and will charge you a monthly maintenance fee on top of the initial construction costs.
You can remove old unwanted facilities that you no longer use if they are empty, but if you do you should note their is a known bug that means that it is very expensive to keep around empty squares that used to be occupied.
All base facilities must be linked, either directly or via other base facilities, to the Access Lift. While you cannot dismantle a base facility that is in use or is linking other facilities to the Access Lift, it can be destroyed in the process of a Base Defence mission. If a base facility is destroyed in this way, any other base facilities that were relying on that facility as a link to the Access Lift will also be destroyed. Any pieces of equipment, craft, or personal will, however, remain in the base (despite the lack of room).
Initial vs. Researched Facilities
Initial Base Facilities:
- Access Lift
- Living Quarters
- General Stores
- Alien Containment
- Small Radar System
- Large Radar System
- Missile Defences
Researchable Base Facilities:
- Psionic Laboratory
- Hyper-wave Decoder
- Laser Defences
- Plasma Defences
- Fusion Ball Defences
- Mind Shield
- Grav Shield
Quick Cost Reference
|Structure||Construction Cost||Maintenance Cost *||Construction Time||Stackable?||Indestructable?|
|Access Lift **||$300,000||$4,000||1 day||No||Yes|
|Living Quarters||$400,000||$10,000||16 days||Yes||Yes|
|General Stores||$150,000||$5,000||10 days||Yes||Yes|
|Alien Containment||$400,000||$15,000||18 days||No||Yes|
|Small Radar***||$500,000||$10,000||12 days||Yes||No|
|Large Radar***||$800,000||$15,000||25 days||Yes||No|
|Missile Defenses||$200,000||$5,000||16 days||Yes||No|
|Psionic Laboratory||$750,000||$16,000||24 days||Yes||No|
|Hyper-Wave Decoder***||$1,400,000||$35,000||26 days||Yes||No|
|Laser Defenses||$400,000||$10,000||24 days||Yes||No|
|Plasma Defenses||$600,000||$12,000||34 days||Yes||No|
|Fusion Defenses||$800,000||$14,000||34 days||Yes||No|
|Mind Shield||$1,300,000||$5,000||33 days||No||No|
|Grav Shield||$1,200,000||$15,000||38 days||No||No|
* These are the maintenance costs listed in the game, and are the price you pay but these are listed incorrectly on the Base Maintenance Screen. See the Maintenance Cost Bug, below.
** GEOSCAPE.EXE says the Access Lift takes 1 day to build and costs $300k, but in fact it is constructed instantaneously, and its cost varies depending the region of Earth where you choose to place it.
*** Doesn't stack due to a bug.
Caveat re: Single Use Facilities
Normally, the more base facilities you have, the more you are able to do with them. This is not so for certain facilities, even though it isn't obvious in the game. For these, only the first facility provides any benefit to the base. They are: The Small Radar, Large Radar, Hyper-Wave Decoder, Grav Shield, Mind Shield and the Alien Containment.
The above facilities work with other facilities, but any duplicates won't provide any additional benefits (while still costing maintenance). This is especially important for the Grav Shield and for Radar. The Grav Shield will only repel attackers once per base, no matter how many you have (so one is all you need). Likewise, a second Large Radar doesn't provide any additional large-radar functionality, but a single Large Radar and a Small Radar will stack and combine their scanning abilities.
While the base information screen does list how many radars you have, that's all it effectively does - It does not represent your base's actual scanning ability. Further, once you have a Hyper-Wave Decoder, you do not need any Small or Large Radars, and can dismantle any you have. The Decoder has a wider range and always detects alien craft immediately, unlike either Radar. (But watch out for Paying For Dirt when you dismantle radar.)
Displayed Base Maintenance Cost Bug
X-COM has an interesting bug: When tallying maintenance costs for display on the Base Facilities screen, the code erroneously passes on the row number of the base that the facility is found in, instead of the record number for the facility. The following table shows the first six base facilities from BASE.DAT (compare, e.g., their order in the in-game UFOpaedia). Alongside are the monthly maintenance costs incorrectly displayed for having a facility on a particular base row:
Record Facility Maintenance 00 Access Lift 4k 01 Living Quarters 10k 02 Laboratory 30k 03 Workshop 35k 04 Small Radar System 10k 05 Large Radar System 15k
Due to the bug, the monthly maintenance cost displayed on the base info screen for base facilities depends only on their placement (and the in-game UFOpaedia maintenance numbers are effectively meaningless). However, the Geo finance Graph does get the total correct.
The in-game mechanics (the actual monthly cost) are correct as well. Next lines are only hypothetical (see discussion):
Hangars are only charged once, for their upper right (upper left?) square. So a Hangar along the "bottom" of your base would appear to cost $10k/month.
If this actually affected the real cost, clearly it's cheapest to have a strategy that puts a defensive buffer along the third or fourth row, like so:
|The incorrect displayed cost for this layout is $329k/month: The hangars on the bottom are 3*10, the lift is 35, and the rest is 6 * (30+10+4). Replace all the Psi with whatever you like, it's irrelevant. Also, the Lift could be anywhere on its row. The average (incorrect displayed) cost for a facility on the top 3 rows is $14,667/month (44/3).|
|A design with hangars along the top cost incorrectly displays as $402k/month, $73k more 'expensive' than one with hangars along the bottom, despite having precisely the same facilities. Here, the average for the bottom 3 rows is $20k/month (60/3).|
So (if these costs were real) a design with hangars along the bottom is the most cost effective for a "full" base. Small outpost bases have more options available. If you have hangars along the bottom and a single connector facility on rows 3 and 4, the average (incorrect displayed) cost for facilities on the top 2 rows is only $7k/month! (14/2) This is cheaper than the listed maintenance costs for everything except these three facilities, at $5k/month each: General Stores, Mind Shield, and Missile Defences.
Note: This bug has the dubious honor of being a fairly straightforward, important one which went unnoticed for a dozen years until Sfnhltb caught it in February 2007. For more info, see this page's Discussion.
Paying For Dirt Bug
If you take down a facility and leave bare dirt, you will continue to pay maintenance on it. But not at the old rate; filling the hole back with dirt means it needs special attention at all times by specialists. In fact for every square of dirt you have that used to be a facility you will pay $80k/month. Thats $320k per hangar you take down.
There are only three known ways to stop paying this premium: 1) completely dismantle the base, 2) build over all the spaces that you have vacated. In fact as soon as you start building the new facility you stop paying the premium, as well as not having to pay the cost of the new facility until it is complete, or 3) hex edit the base.dat file in your save and change the byte that indicates the number of days until the destroyed module is complete from 00 to ff.
Note: If you start a facility and change your mind before it is complete, after the time it would have completed you will start paying this $80k premium!
Base Module Collapse
Base modules that get severely damaged through combat will get destroyed the moment you return to the Geoscape. If the destruction of the module causes any adjacent modules to become isolated from the Access Lift, they will collapse like dominos.
Take this base as an example:
Let's assume that there was heavy fighting with blaster bombs during a base defence mission and everything in the workshop was destroyed.
Assuming that the battle was won. The base will now look like:
Half of the base has been wiped out!
The good news though, apart from losing the use of the modules you just lost, much of your assets will remain intact. Amongst them:
- Staff will remain, even if there are insufficient beds.
- Nothing is lost. Just storage capacity for moving in new items.
- The aircraft remain assigned to the base and you can use them as normal. If moved to another base, they will no longer be able to return until a new hangar is built.
- Alien Containment prisoners
- They'll somehow remain, strangely enough. Possibly shoved into fridges, but they still be available when the containment module is rebuilt.
- Research and constructions projects
- These will be halted, but progress on research projects should not be lost.
Since single choke-point bases are very popular, it is recommended that fighting with explosives in the choke point module be kept to a bare minimum, lest the entire base is lost. Alternatively, you could use one or more of the invulnerable modules as the choke point. The Access Lift and General Stores work well for this purpose.
Some base modules are built in such a way that they cannot be destroyed during a Base Defence mission, regardless of collateral damage. These modules are the Access Lift, the General Stores, the Living Quarters, and the Hangar.
- Base Disjoint Bug - in progress
- Base Facilities (TFTD)
- X-COM Bases
- Base Layout Strategy
- X-Com Base Terrain
- Base Defence
- UFO Base Kit (for designing your own base layouts!)