Oxygen Not Included Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Oxygen Not Included RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Oxygen Not Included Needs Some Mods That Aren't Language Packs https://www.gameskinny.com/jydka/oxygen-not-included-needs-some-mods-that-arent-language-packs https://www.gameskinny.com/jydka/oxygen-not-included-needs-some-mods-that-arent-language-packs Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:44:34 -0400 ActionJ4ck

It's hard to deny that Oxygen Not Included, the latest game from the studio behind indie hits Don't Starve and Invisible, Inc., is a good game. Despite still being in Early Access, ONI boasts an overall "very positive" rating on Steam, with players praising the base-building survival game's physics mechanics, complexity, and art style. But if Oxygen Not Included has one critical flaw that could prevent it from becoming a lasting hit, it's that the game needs mod support.

As a quick glance through the game's Steam workshop will tell you, the only mods currently available for Oxygen Not Included are language packs. And while knowing how to say "I want better decor" in German is sure to be useful someday, language packs are not the type of content that will keep players interested in the game long post-launch. Mods are.

Despite ONI's largely glowing Steam reviews, a recurring complaint is that there's little motivation to play once food, oxygen, and heat are under control (feats that can be accomplished quickly if you know what you are doing). This flaw is an unfortunately common one. The inherent problem with survival and colony management games is that players inevitably reach total self-sufficiency -- the point where all the players' needs are met in excess by their farms, factories, etc. -- and expansion serves no purpose.

Players can always start a fresh save, of course -- but once you know the strategy for constructing the perfect base, it often becomes a matter of simply going through the exact same steps as last time until you've once again obtained a self-sufficient colony. There's some variance, of course, but the formula for success is too often the same.

What breaks up this formula -- and consequently keeps even veteran players coming back -- are the additional mechanics/challenges/silliness provided by mods. You may already know how to create a thriving space colony in vanilla Oxygen Not Included, but what if one of your dupes is actually a double-agent working to sabotage your base? How will you react when you accidentally uncover a Xenomorph? Or maybe the game is just more fun with Nicolas Cage's face stamped on almost every visible surface.

The point is that mods add the additional fun, challenge, and replayability that games of the base-building and survival genres desperately need. A good vanilla game is important, sure, but mods are what make a survival game survive. Games like Terraria, RimWorld, Age of Empires II, and even Minecraft are fantastic on their own, but mods give them a fresh set of legs that keep players coming back long after the their first few save files. 

So why is there such a lack of mods for Oxygen Not Included? It's both simple and perplexing: the current version of Oxygen Not Included just doesn't allow mods other than language packs. Developer Klei Entertainment has remained pretty mum on the topic of mod support for ONI, which is a strange choice considering Don't Starve, Don't Starve Together, and Invisible, Inc. all support community-generated content. So what's the deal?

Many players believe the current lack of mod support is to prevent modders from adding features to the game that the developers themselves intend to implement during the Early Access period, and that modding will be enabled closer to the release of the final product. Hopefully this is the case, because survival games need mods like dupes need oxygen; and without mod support for Oxygen Not Included, the game runs the risk of being just a few playthroughs' worth of fun rather than a long-lasting and perpetually evolving experience. 

Do you think mod support is essential for most games? What mods would you like to see in ONI? Let us know down below!

Oxygen Not Included: Farming Tips and Strategies https://www.gameskinny.com/kcxqg/oxygen-not-included-farming-tips-and-strategies https://www.gameskinny.com/kcxqg/oxygen-not-included-farming-tips-and-strategies Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:33:48 -0400 Michael Dellapi

One of the keys to survival in Oxygen Not Included (ONI) is to make sure that you have an adequate supply of food coming in for your duplicants. One of the best ways to do this is through farming, and players have a lot of options to go about doing so.

To begin, you must research Farming, which unlocks the Compost, Planter Box, and Algae Terrarium. Later on, this will unlock the Fine Dining Research, which will also become essential for proper farming, which we'll talk about a little later in this ONI guide. 

The plants that can be grown from farming include Mealwood, Bristle Blossom, Sleet Wheat, Pincha Pepper, and Thimble Reed. Each of these plants has its own distinct temperature ranges and means of being planted. Meeting the individual conditions of each plant will increase its Harvest Rating, thus granting a better harvest. 

Farming During ONI's Early Game

After first researching Farming, the pot you will be using the most to take care of your plants will be the Planter Box. The Planter Box can grow Mealwood, Sleet Wheat, and Bristle Blossom. This style of farming cannot be irrigated and does not allow for fertilization. Using a Planter Box is best for Sleet Wheat because of this, given that they are relatively low maintenance plants. 

As the game goes on, it is worth considering researching other methods of farming. The Fine Dining research unlocks the Aquatic Farm Tile, Farm Tile, Cooking Station, Fertilizer Maker, Hydroponic Farm, and Refrigerator. You will likely be using the Farm Tile and Hydroponic Farm the most to maintain your plants

Farm Tiles vs. Hydroponic Farms: When to Use One or the Other

Farm Tiles and Hydroponic Farms both cultivate the same crops (Mealwood, Bristle Blossom, Sleat Wheet, and Pincha Pepper) but have slightly different advantages and disadvantages for each of them. Farm Tiles can't be irrigated but they can be manually fertilized. On the other hand, Hydroponic Farms contain a Liquid Pipe that lets you irrigate the plants with whatever type of water is being filtered into it. For both types of farming, keeping an eye on the surrounding temperature is essential to ensure that the plants aren't being stifled. 

Reminder: Most plants need clean water in order to be properly taken care of. Mealwood and Pincha Pepper are the exception to this and require polluted water for irrigation. 

But What About Thimble Reeds?

Thimble Reeds necessitate a unique method of farming compared to all the plants previously listed. Thimble Reed must be completely submerged in water in order to be harvested, which means you can't use a Farm Tile or Hydroponic Farm for it. Instead, use the Aquatic Farm Tile unlocked with Fine Dining Research to grow and harvest Thimble Reeds. 


With all this in mind, you should be well on your way to start farming in Oxygen Not Included. Just be sure to always keep in mind the temperature of the surrounding area for your plants, and you should be well on your way toward agricultural goodness in no time. 

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Oxygen Not Included Guide: How to Cool Water https://www.gameskinny.com/lxhih/oxygen-not-included-guide-how-to-cool-water https://www.gameskinny.com/lxhih/oxygen-not-included-guide-how-to-cool-water Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:55:02 -0400 ActionJ4ck

After discovering a water geyser in the survival, base-building game Oxygen Not Included, you were probably disappointed to learn that the water from it is too hot to use without overheating most rooms and machines. Though there is no machine with the specific function of cooling down this scorching geyser water, players have managed to figure out a few workarounds for making it usable in showers, hydrofans, etc.

Keep reading to learn how to turn this discovery into a valuable resource.

Method 1: Hydrogen Radiator

This method of water cooling in ONI works by basically running pipes of cold hydrogen through the geyser water to cool it down at the source.

Follow these steps to cool your water: 

  1. Build a room to contain the water from the geyser. Keep in mind that the larger the container, the more cycles it will take to completely cool the water inside. A size of about 100 tiles squared would be appropriate.

  2. Build an insulated room along with the piping necessary to pump it full of hydrogen. About 13 x 8 tiles should be sufficient.

  3. Extend the hydrogen pipes to run through a thermo switch and then into a thermal regulator. Set the thermo switch to turn on when the room's temperature is above -6 degrees C (21 degrees F). The thermal regulator will cool the hydrogen to the necessary temperatures (about -35 C), while the thermal switch will prevent it from getting so cold that gases start liquefying.

  4. Place a gas pump inside the hydrogen room. Run the pipes so that they travel from the gas pump to the water room, zigzag through the water as is shown in the image below, and then end by pumping the hydrogen back into the hydrogen room.

  5. Begin pumping hydrogen into the room with the thermal regulator and gas pump, making sure to leave an opening for the polluted oxygen to escape until the room is almost entirely filled with hydrogen.

Image credit: Youtube

If done correctly, the thermal regulator should cool the hydrogen down to around -35 degrees C (-31 F), the hydrogen should travel through the pipes and cool down the geyser water, and the warmed hydrogen should travel back into the hydrogen room to be cooled down and used again.

Method 2: Wolframite Stairs

This method of water cooling in ONI is a bit simpler, but it requires an ice biome and a large amount of wolframite to be feasible. The idea is to run the water over a staircase of blocks with high thermal conductivity, cooling the water as it travels downward.

  1. In an ice biome, create a staircase of wolframite blocks. It should be about 60 blocks long. If for some reason you can't use wolframite, choose the material with the highest possible thermal conductivity and extend the length of the stairs as needed.

  2. Build a container at the bottom of the staircase for the cooled water to gather later.

  3. Use pipes to pump the hot geyser water out and onto the top of the wolframite staircase.

Thanks to the high thermal conductivity of wolframite, the heat from the water will transfer as it travels over the blocks. The water's temperature should drop by almost 2 degrees C for each wolframite block it travels over, so it should be usable and cool by the time it flows down the entire staircase.

Now that you have your cool water, feel free to let your dupes shower to their heart's content! And make sure to check back with GameSkinny for more Oxygen Not Included guides, tips, and tricks. 

Efficient Base Layout Tips for Oxygen Not Included https://www.gameskinny.com/vfk0z/efficient-base-layout-tips-for-oxygen-not-included https://www.gameskinny.com/vfk0z/efficient-base-layout-tips-for-oxygen-not-included Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:42:16 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

When it comes to surviving in Oxygen Not Included, there's some discussion over how best to layout your base. For the most part it comes down to personal preference.

There are a million different ways to build a base and it's very difficult to prove that one way is better than another. However, there are a few little tricks to maximize the livability of your colonists. I've found a helpful beginner's guide that can lead you through the basics, then we can get started on how best to build. 


Organization is a natural part of gameplay in base building games. It helps to consolidate problems and narrow down the cause of any problems that arise. The most common method of organization in Oxygen Not Included is to build vertically, with each floor being designated for a specific job. You're free to choose what you want each floor to do, but some highly recommended setups include a separate level for machinery, oxygen production, living space, and food. 


Gas Traps 

Supplying your colony with breathable air is one of the most obvious goals of Oxygen Not Included, therefore it's important to learn about how to deal with the non-breathable gases.  

Hydrogen will always float as high up as it can; once you get an electrolyzer down, you should look into making a space at the top dedicated to handling the hydrogen One of the best options is to set up a way to pipe your hydrogen  from the top floor to wherever you decide to put a hydrogen generator. This gives you a pretty good source of power, and as long as you don’t produce too much hydrogen, you should have a fairly survivable setup. 

Conversely, carbon dioxide is pretty heavy, and it will fall towards the bottom of your base. If you can't deal with converting carbon dioxide, you can always dig out a space for it to build up until later. If you do have the materials and time, you can convert your carbon dioxide into oxygen with an algae terrarium or air scrubber. 


Open Ladders 

When building ladders, it's a good practice to open up the space to either side of the ladder as well. Your colonists can jump from the ladder to a floor tile from one square away, so it doesn't affect their movement any, but it does allow for gases to move more freely within the base. It's not a perfect system, but it is helpful early on.


 Hopefully, these tips will help you survive a little longer, but they hardly cover every possibility. By taking some of the tips here and implementing them into your own bases you can start your own survival experiments in Oxygen Not Included

Alternative Ways to Getting More Oxygen in Oxygen Not Included https://www.gameskinny.com/k57n6/alternative-ways-to-getting-more-oxygen-in-oxygen-not-included https://www.gameskinny.com/k57n6/alternative-ways-to-getting-more-oxygen-in-oxygen-not-included Wed, 24 May 2017 11:52:41 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Since oxygen is the number one resource in Oxygen Not Included, it would be wise to learn all the possible ways to get this precious gas. The most common way is to generate oxygen from algae, but usually, it’s really hard to find enough of this resource to sustain an entire colony of Duplicants.

So, this guide will help you find a couple of alternative and more reliable solutions to generate oxygen, using such machines like the Electrolyzer and Air Deodorizer.

How to Use the Electrolyzer in Oxygen Not Included

Step 1: Complete Advanced Filtration Research

First, you must complete the research for the Advanced Filtration and Percolation branches. This will unlock the Electrolyzer in your menu, and all it requires is 200kg of Raw Metal.

Set the Electrolyzer on the bottom floor of your base, and put Gas Pumps and a Hydrogen Generator on the top floor. The rooms between the bottom and the top floors should be made of Gas Permeable Tile, which is available from the Gas Piping menu.

This kind of tile will not prevent the gas from traveling upward to the Gas Pumps. Instead, it will allow the gas to pass through freely.

Step 2: Use Gas Pumps to Catch Excess Hydrogen

Connect the Water Pipe to the Electrolyzer, and it will start producing oxygen and hydrogen from the water. The gasses will rise through the tiles to the upper floor. Since hydrogen is not breathable, you need Gas Pumps on the top floor to consume it and send it into the Hydrogen Generator through Gas Pipes.

In this way, you will burn the excess hydrogen, making the air in the base breathable. You'll also be able to turn it into an energy source.

How to Use the Air Deodorizer in Oxygen Not Included

If there is a source of contaminated air in your colony, be sure to install an Air Deodorizer. It only needs 100kg of Raw Metal, and it will be able to convert about half of all polluted air in the area into a clean, breathable gas.

Usually, polluted air is lighter than the clean air that moves it up, so keep the Air Deodorizer somewhere on the top floors of your base. Also, in order for the Air Deodorizer to work as intended, it needs a filtration medium, such as simple sand, which you should have in abundance.

With the help of these simple tools, your colony will have enough clean air for breathing. And make sure to check all of our other Oxygen Not Included guides

How to Set Up a Shower in Oxygen Not Included https://www.gameskinny.com/6l8nc/how-to-set-up-a-shower-in-oxygen-not-included https://www.gameskinny.com/6l8nc/how-to-set-up-a-shower-in-oxygen-not-included Tue, 23 May 2017 10:19:16 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Having a bathroom with a shower is one of the most important objectives in Oxygen Not Included. It is a necessary tool for cleaning your Duplicants off of such effects as Dirty Hands and Grimy, which may cause various diseases.

This quick guide will help you set up a Shower early in the game, so you will be able to protect your colony from an unwanted stress. Here’s what you need to do!

Setting Up a Shower in Oxygen Not Included

Step 1: Complete Sanitation Sciences Research

As you complete your research of Sanitation Sciences, the Shower box will become active in the Plumbing section of the menu. You can start building it right away, if you already have the 400kg of Raw Metal that is necessary for finishing the construction.

However, things aren’t as simple as they seem, because you will need to find a way to purify the water that will be used in your Shower. There are a few ways how to do it, and one of them is creating a simple funnel that would serve as the water reservoir. But this method is not very effective, so you will need to set up something more sustainable than that.

Step 2: Set Up a Water Purifier

First, you need to make two rooms: one for a Shower and another for the Water Purifier. These two rooms should be placed one above the other, so that Purifier always stays on top of the Shower.

Now you can build a Water Purifier! You'll need 200kg Copper Ore to do this.

Step 3: Build Pipes

To connect everything together, choose Leak Pipe from the Plumbing menu and build the pipe to your Shower from the water source. Try to make it as straight as possible, since every turn will decrease the pressure in the pipe, which may result in the Shower malfunction.

The Leak Pipe should be made from a solid material, such as Obsidian -- but if you don’t have it, then choose any other material that is durable enough for building the entire pipe.

Build another Leak Pipe from the Shower’s output that produces dirty water, and connect the pipe to the Water Purifier in the room above. Then, connect one more pipe from the Purifier’s output to the pipe from the water source, which will create a loop.

You can now disconnect the pipe from the water source and let the loop do the job. As a result, you will have a Shower with clean water that will help your Duplicants stay clean and healthy.

Come back soon for more Oxygen Not Included guides at GameSkinny!

Oxygen Not included: Beginner's Strategy Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2pvki/oxygen-not-included-beginners-strategy-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2pvki/oxygen-not-included-beginners-strategy-guide Fri, 19 May 2017 10:54:21 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Oxygen Not Included (ONI) is the latest game from Klei Entertainment, who have been quite prolific in recent years with great games like Don’t Starve, Mark of the Ninja, and Shank. ONI is a sci-fi colony simulator in which you are tasked with keeping alive a group of duplicants who have mysteriously found themselves deep underground on an unfamiliar planet.

In the game, you must struggle to keep your duplicants alive. However you seek to do this is up to, but you must make sure they have enough food, water, and oxygen (duh). You will also want to make sure that your living quarters stay clean, that stress levels stay low, and that you research technologies and explore the environment to accomplish all of the other tasks.

Frankly, it’s a lot to take in, and that’s why I am here to help out with this Oxygen Not Included guide.

Accepting Duplicants

One of the first things you will do in the game is choosing your duplicants from a set of randomly generated ones. With this first set, you can reroll duplicants to get better ones. As you play the game, you will get the opportunity to recruit a new duplicant every so often. Whenever this happens, you will have three duplicants to choose from.

Stats, Pros, and... Is that Guy a Convict?

Each duplicant will have certain stats, as well as certain pros and cons. Stats are generally straightforward, and a tooltip will appear over any of the pros and cons you need to know about.

Some pros are great. For instance, Diver’s Lungs means that the duplicant uses less oxygen. Conversely, some cons are really bad. Like Mouth Breather, which causes the duplicant to use more oxygen, or Loud Sleeper, which is one of the worst cons because it means duplicants will disturb others.

You also have to be wary about certain cons which mean that a dup is incapable of doing a certain task. You can get a dup who has a high number of points in a skill, like mining, when they are not technically capable of actual mining.

Stress Response

Every duplicant also has a stress response. Currently, vomitter and destructive are the only two stress responses I am aware of. 

The former means duplicants vomit when under great stress, and the latter means they will destroy a piece of equipment. Vomit can be cleaned up and added to the water supply (Currently, vomit actually produces extra water that didn’t previously exist. However, the devs are aware of this, so it could be patched out any day now.). Objects can be repaired when destroyed, but this could prove too costly. All things being equal, I’d choose vomitter because it’s less likely to cause a chain reaction of bad side effects.

Be Patient

If none of the dups available within a given batch seem promising, then you can always choose to not recruit any of them. Instead, wait for the next batch.

Early in the game, you might want to keep your team size between 4 and six dups, because more dups means more used resources; you don’t want to grow faster than you can manage to maintain them.

Jobs and Priority Levels

Jobs and priority levels are important ways to ensure that your team is working efficiently, especially as it increases in size. The Jobs tab, found in the top right corner of the screen, helps you to determine which jobs each dup is and isn’t allowed to participate in. Most duplicants are capable of doing any task, but most of them have particular things at which they are less efficient or more efficient.

Similarly, you can set priority levels for individual tasks. This will ensure that dups get around to doing some of the more important tasks first. Don’t ever forget about these, since you can’t directly tell which dup to do what task. You must rely on these tools to parse out what things need be done.


This is super basic, but really the first and only thing you can do at the outset of your adventure. Digging is very important because it helps you explore, shape your base, and gather materials to build the items you need for survival.


One of the most important pieces of information you need to know is that different gasses have different weights. In particular, carbon dioxide, which dups exhale, is heavier than oxygen and will go downward. This means the lowest part of your base will have the most carbon dioxide because it will all drift there. This also means you generally want to keep objects that produce carbon dioxide, like the outhouse, in a place where the carbon dioxide can move easily down.

Hydrogen is the lightest gas; contaminated oxygen is next, then oxygen, chlorine, and carbon dioxide is the heaviest. Oxygen and contaminated oxygen are the only breathable gasses, although contaminated oxygen will slowly increase your dups’ stress, making them less effective at work. Some have theorized that eventually a harsher penalty will be placed on contaminated oxygen, however.  

On top of that, hydrogen is an extremely important element to harvest, and you'll need to cool to run your hydrogen generators. Check this guide hydrogen cooling tips.  

Oxygen Not Included Amenities

Outhouses & Cots

This tip can be boiled down to: don't crap where you sleep. While you will need to eventually set up a food source, water source, and air cleaning system, all of these things should be relatively set from the beginning of the game. The area in which you spawn will have plenty of oxygen, and you will be provided with some food to start out.

Before worrying about any of these things, you will need to create an outhouse, so your dups have somewhere to go to the bathroom.

You will also eventually want to make bedding for your duplicants so that they can get a sound night’s sleep. After a few days of sleeping on the floor, they will start suffering penalties.

Research in ONI

There’s a lot of important things you need to do to survive, but almost none of it can be done until you have actually researched some technologies, so let’s cover that first.

To begin research, you will need a research station. But to power your research station, you will need a power supply: aka the manual generator. So build the manual generator, connect it to your research station, and then get someone running it.

Almost all of the initial-level tech is useful to make, but perhaps the most useful will be the farm tech, which gives you access to the algae terrarium, compost, and planter box. You’ll want to set up a compost near your outhouse so that you can turn the contaminated soil into fertilizer, which can then be used in the planter box.


Early in the game, one of the best ways to help stave off suffocation is to place algae terrariums at the bottom of your base where all of the carbon dioxide collects. Placing them in your “carbon dioxide basement" will produce more oxygen for you which will help secure your long term survivability. Algae terrariums consume algae, water, and carbon dioxide. This means they can become costly since they use 2 limited resources, but they are also one of the more effective ways to remove carbon dioxide. 

This being said, later in your play through, you will most likely want to upgrade to an algae deoxidizer, which uses more algae, but no water, or an electrolyzer, which uses water but no algae. To learn more about using these devices, you can read our Alternative Ways to Get Oxygen guide.

Atmospheric Pressure (or Air Pressure)

Much like the scientific term it represents, atmospheric pressure is, in layman's terms, the amount of gas in a given area. You will need to keep your atmospheric pressure at different levels for different plants to grow. While also maintaining a general air pressure that is livable.

Many of the items that create oxygen also allow you to ensure a certain atmospheric pressure in the vicinity around the object, such as the electrolyzer.


One of the popular early food options is the Mush Bar. To make a Mush Bar, you must make a Microbe Musher and use some water and dirt. Be careful, though: it does have a chance to cause diarrhea. Later, a cooking station can be used to fry two mush bars together, thus ensuring that there won’t be any diarrhea.

Some prefer to forego mush bars entirely by quickly setting up planter boxes and growing plants. Bristle Blossoms, in particular, present an attractive option since they are easier to reuse because they drop seeds.


Ironically, water is not actually used to hydrate your dups. Instead, water is used as another resource to make food, bathroom appliances, etc. Currently, there are not a lot of great ways to get sustainable water, which is obviously a problem. Every map will have at least some water on it. And you can purify polluted water using a water purifier. You can obtain water from snow, steam, geysers, and even vomit. Because of how precious water is and because of how limited it will eventually become, you want to make sure to use water sparingly.

Currently, there are not a lot of great ways to get sustainable water, which is obviously a problem. Every map will have at least some water on it, and you can purify polluted water using a water purifier. You can obtain water from snow, steam, geysers, and even vomit. Because of how precious water is and because of how limited it will eventually become, you want to make sure to use water sparingly.

Stress and Decor

The last big topic to cover is stress. Remember how each duplicant has his own reaction to stress? Well, each dup also has his own stress levels. Stress is sorta' a catch-all for human decency. Is your character sleeping on the ground? Well, now they are stressed. Are they stepping in vomit everywhere they go? Well, that’s stressful too. Is there a dead duplicant in the corner who is totes killing your vibes? Well turns out his corpse is more than just buzzkill; it will also stress out your other dups. 

One of the biggest things that can stress out your dups, however, is crappy decor. In short, you want to make the place in which they live seem like home. Add paintings, real floors, lighting, vases, etc. Most of the heavy machinery in the game will reduce decor levels, which is why you must add in decor to counteract this.

Arm Yourself with Your Wit!

Above all else, be witty. As you learn and become a more battle-hardened survivalist, then you can really start experimenting with ONI. There are a lot of beginner tips that you will read -- and that you should abide by at first -- that are not always going to hold true as you get larger, more advanced bases or as you experiment. As the game is continually updated, changed, and given new content, different strategies will become obsolete or viable. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Oxygen Not Included guides, tips, and strategies. 

Oxygen Not included: Hydrogen Cooling Tips https://www.gameskinny.com/eh5lz/oxygen-not-included-hydrogen-cooling-tips https://www.gameskinny.com/eh5lz/oxygen-not-included-hydrogen-cooling-tips Fri, 19 May 2017 10:55:23 -0400 ReverendShmitty

Oxygen Not Includeda super complicated colony-simulator made by Klei Entertainment (the good people who brought you Don't Starve), is a beautiful and challenging game meant to force your brain into overdrive. From your very first breath, you are tasked with scavenging for resources and building an ever-expanding base to support your growing population of colonists.

Among the resources players will have to find and use in ONI is Hydrogen. It is the lightest element in the game and powers devices like Hydrogen Generators, making it an extremely important element to harvest. After the Thermal Update, Hydrogen can chill Duplicants and is un-breathable, so it's important to regulate and control when and where it goes.

To achieve this, the Hydrogen must be cooled to keep it from rising above the other gasses and to places you don't want it to go.

Fortunately, two advanced players have shared their strategies for cooling Hydrogen efficiently and effectively. Posted on the Steam Community forums, users AquaX and IdealPoint have two contrasting methods that both achieve positive results.

AquaX's Method:

This method has you cool Hydrogen to just below its condensation point, then create a bypass through the cooler until it warms back up to the point you need it. Deconstruct the bypass and rebuild the regular route.

Since the hydrogen cycles back to the cooler, once it is near liquid state, create a small pipe that completely bypasses the cooler so the Hydrogen continues cycling the pipe system, where it will slowly heat up. Once it reaches a temperature where it needs to be cooled, turn on the cooler and deconstruct the bypass so it goes back into the cooler.

IdealPoint's Method:

This method has you first attach a thermal switch then two pumps, one through the cooler and the other to where you need the cooled gas routed to. Once the hydrogen gets too cold, the switch will deactivate both pump and cooler, and a second switch will trigger the bypass pump.

The left switch controls the cooling pump, which will recirculate into the room until the switch is cold enough from the Hydrogen inside. The right switch is set a little bit higher and pumps the hydrogen out when you need to use it. If you don't want to pump the hydrogen, turn the switch down below room temperature.

If you have too much Hydrogen, use a bypass routed to a Hydrogen Generator and use any excess hydrogen that might accumulate. As the system runs, you're essentially using power to cool down the Hydrogen only when you need to, and only as cold as you want it.

Eureka! There you have it. So which plan worked best for you? Have you developed an ever better method? Maybe you've tweaked a part or two of the above strategies? Let us know in the comments what you think the best plan is.

For more tips and strategies for ONI, check out these Oxygen Not Included guides