Finding Debris Fields
When you look around the Galaxy Map, you may see a T next to certain planets. This means there is a Debris Field there.
To find out how much debris, and what kind (Metal or Crystal or Both), hover your mouse over the letter T. You will get a tooltip window in your browser that shows how much debris is there.
Befiore you can harvest a debris field, you need at least one Recycler. Each Recycler can hold a maximum of 20,000 resources. This cargo space is also used for fuel to get to and from the debris field.
You can send multiple Recyclers to a debris field. This is essential when you start harvesting the larger debris fields (1 million+ resources).
Use the Galaxy map to locate a debris field. Make a note of its location. For instance: 3:27:12
- Switch to your Fleet view
- Select the number of Recycler ships you wish to send
- Click Proceed
- Enter the coordinates to send to. EX: 3:27:12
- Select the speed to send the ships at (typically you use 100% for a collection mission, use a much slower speed if you are fleet saving).
- Choose DF as the target (instead of Planet)
- Choose harvest as the mission (this option is only available if a Recycler is in the fleet)
- Send the mission on its way!
NOTE: Sending cargo ships on the recycle haul will not help the carrying space. They will just eat up your deuterium and go along for the ride. Only Recyclers can collect debris from a debris field.
Once the Recycler(s) reach the Debris Field, they will attempt to collect the debris there. It is possible that someone else collected the debris while your fleet was enroute. If so, your ships will return empty.
If the debris field was still there, then your ships will harvest those debris and return them to your planet.
NOTE: When you send a fleet to a planet on a Recycling Mission, that planet does not know they exist. So not only are they not exposed to any defenses (they go to the debris, not the planet itself), but that player doesn’t even know who collected the debris.