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A Research Bench is a work station where a science oriented party member can study new technologies . At each increase in Tech Level players gain access to a new level of research bench capable of researching higher technologies.

Any bench starting at level 2 and above can be upgraded to the next level by clicking and hitting upgrade button. There is no need to remove the old bench and build from scratch. Researching from multiple benches is possible and gives diminishing returns on the speed of research with every new bench used in the process.

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How to Get Engineering Research in Kenshi

Research and crafting can be a very important part of Kenshi. Being able to have a self-sustaining base will save you a lot of running around. If you have set up your base chances are you have begun using a research bench. For advanced research you will have to start using an item called engineering research. Read this guide to find out where you can find it.

What is Engineering Research?

Engineering Research is an item that can be found in Kenshi. The item has the tags Unique and Research Artifact. Unique items in Kenshi are not apart of the random spawn system. There are a set amount of these items spawned in any game world. These items are consumed at the research bench on specific research items. These are mainly to do with building.

The in-game description for Engineering Research

The Engineering Research has a red in-game icon. It takes up 4 small squares of inventory space in a character’s inventory. The price for engineering research is locked at 8,000 cats.

Where to Find Engineering Research in Kenshi

There are a few places that the player can get engineering research from. As it is considered an Artifact it will spawn in some ruins randomly. Engineering Research is almost guaranteed to spawn at old workshop ruins. These include Post-ancient workshops and deadlands workshops to name a few. Simply find these locations on the map by searching and loot the storage units inside the workshops.

A deadlands workshop from Kenshi

Keep in mind that these areas are generally heavily guarded. There are more often than not security spider bots at these locations. In the deadlands there are also generally guard robots as well. There are a few areas that are a little bit easier to find engineering research than others such as:

  • Purchase one from the Scraphouse: There is a store next to the Black Desert City in the middle of the map. This store sells rare and exotic items in the game. They almost always have an extra Engineering Research in stock so if yiou have 8,000 cats to spare and acid rain protection, head over there.
  • Workshops with little defenses: There are some lootable ancient workshops in the game with little to no enemies guarding them. You can find 2 such workshops in an area known as The Grid . This is South-West of the swamp area on the map. There is also a single workshop in the north-west of the map. Head to the area known as the Purple sands and look for the workshop there.

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Purchasing engineering research from the Scraphouse is fairly straight-forward. Head in there go to the second story and purchase it from the vendor. Once you get to a ruins you will actually have to search the area. Engineering Research will generally be found in locked storage containers and safes. You might have to train the lockpicking skill on one of your characters in order to open up the loot crate.

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Kenshi Beginners Guide (25 Important Tips)

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This writer has self inserted.

Welcome to the unforgiving world of Kenshi. A harsh, unfair world that hates you and wants you dead. The perfect place for this masochistic writer to get their game on and show you the ropes. 

In this guide, I’m hoping to give you the best way to get yourself started so that you don’t rage quit at the first group of hungry bandits that beat you within an inch of your life, rob you of your food and leave you for dead.

While there are many ways of starting and going about Kenshi, this is more or less an agreed upon method as well as the main start that the game recommends as the way to be played. There is no right or wrong way to do this so I’m going to leave it as open ended so you can make your own way in Kenshi. So without further ado, I shall insert myself to the surface of the broken moon.

1. Setting up your game

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The game screen when you first boot up Kenshi

As you can see, when you first select “New Game” you are greeted with the “Wanderer” start. This is the way that Kenshi is intended to be played. There are others but if this is your first time, pick this one.

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Kenshi’s advanced settings

You can play around with the advanced settings that alter the time it takes to perform certain tasks, the damage taken, the chance of death in a character, hostile fuana nests, prospecting which I’ll explain soon and of course, whether or not life is fair.

Bandits will loot your characters on the default setting which is precisely what would happen if starving bandits beat and robbed you. I’d recommend you keep it on unless you really need some stablisers for your first time.

2. Character Creation

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Here you can build whatever character you want. You can pick from several different races that also have their own subraces within them. Each of them come with different stat boosters depending on what race and subrace they are. They even eat more or less food with Shek eating the most and Hivers eating the least.

Greenlanders, for example, have a boost to farming, cooking, and science. They also have a base of 100 hitpoints. There is a lovely race description that gives you a little bit of insight into the lore of Kenshi. 

So after making a character that somewhat resembles my good self, it was time to self insert in my skinny, fragile frame. To be molded by the harsh lands of Kenshi.

3. Welcome to The Hub

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Welcome to The Hub, Me. And of course, you dear reader as we begin our adventure together. The Hub is the rough and tumble town of Holy Nation Outlaws and there’s really bugger all else to it.

Broken buildings and not very much else. Still, it’s safe and guarded and I have 1,000 Cats (Catans) to my name so I’m doing relatively ok. First things first, though. I gotta head to the bar.

Moving around is as simple as right clicking where you want your selected character to go. You can move the camera around them with the W,A,S,D keys. Rotate it with Q and E or by holding your mouse wheel down and moving the mouse accordingly. Zooming in by simply scrolling the mouse wheel.

You also don’t need to follow your character. They will move where you want them to go and the camera can be moved around them. If you double click their icon in the middle of the UI or double tap the number key that corresponds to their place in the party, in Ryan’s case, number 1, the camera will jump to them and follow them wherever they move unless you move the camera again.

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The UI in the left corner

The UI contains a lot of information and can seem a little daunting but don’t worry, we’re going to make sense of it.

Here you can see the UI in the bottom left corner of the screen. It contains information about the character that you have selected. It has their name and the faction they belong to, top right. A new start will always have a “Nameless” faction. 

You can see their state, goal (what they’re doing or attempting to do) and how encumbered they are. Their stats in the bottom right affect the characters' combat. Attack and Defense can be negatively or positvely affected depending on things like equipped armour and weapons, injuries and even the environment. 

To the right of all that is the stats of your character's individual limbs and body parts. Damage sustained to them will affect the character in different ways. Such as having an arm crippled means that the character will be unable to use that arm. It will dangle to one side like a cheap string of sausages.. With a leg injured, the character will limp. With a leg zeroed, your character will crawl along the floor, dragging it through the dirt.

Be warned, you can lose limbs. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. You can’t grow them back. However, the good news is you can replace them with robotic prosthetics if you can get your hands, or the hand you have left on them.

Body parts will take damage and bleed. If your character bleeds too much, they can pass out and die. Injuries can heal but they will require medical attention. Resting in a bed will also heal your character much faster than if they are walking around doing stuff.

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The UI on the bottom right.

In the bottom right of the screen, you’ll see this UI. It lists information such as the time of day, the day you’re on. The speed of the game can be adjusted by clicking the buttons next to the clock and money counter or by pressing F2 (normal speed) through to F4 (the fastest speed the game will run at). You can pause the game entirely by pressing the spacebar.

You’ll also find the current jobs that the selected character has assigned to them. There are also toggles to make the character passive, sneak, taunt enemies, hold position, use ranged weapons, block melee only, and toggle their jobs on and off. The running stick figure is the character's run speed. Currently selected at the fastest run speed, Ryan here is going to sprint everywhere I tell him to go.

On the left side are information pages such as the character’s stats that can also be accessed by pressing C. The map that can also be accessed by pressing M. Their inventory that can be accessed by pressing I. The research screen, T for its shortcut. And finally, the help screen which can be accessed by pressing F1. 

Don’t knock the help screen. It’s incredibly useful and detailed. It can help out in a pinch and save you googling things or checking the wiki. 

Also present are the “Rescue”, “Medic”, and “Prospect” buttons which I’ll get onto in a bit. The top right button with the crossed tools is the build menu which can be accessed by pressing B.

However, poor Ryan here has barely much to his name and he won’t be building anything anytime soon. He’s got bigger things on his mind. Much more important things. Such as his grumbling stomach.

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I’m not going to the bar for a drink. Instead, I need to buy myself some food. Your character will get hungry as time passes. This is slowed down significantly if your character is resting in a bed but they still need food.

Somewhat strangely, you don’t need your character to carry any water. Thirst is not a thing in Kenshi. 

Buy yourself some dried meat as it is the cheapest and the best bang for your buck, or Cats. You don’t need to worry about manually eating it. As long as your character has food in their inventory, they will automatically eat it themselves when they get hungry enough.

Unfortunately, the bar at The Hub didn’t have any dried meat in stock. So having nothing left for me, I decided to leave town and head for a place with better prospects.

6. Venturing out

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When you start as a wanderer, you have two locations known to you on your map.

Knowing only one other city is this world, Ryan has decided to go to the Shek city of Squin. For he knows that regardless of what the Shek may think of his smooth, flat skin, they will have bars with stocks of food and safe walls guarded by Shek warriors. A perfect place to begin his adventure.

By opening the map with M, you can give your selected characters a long range move order by right clicking anywhere on the map. No matter how long it takes them to get there, they will set off towards it immediately.

Squin is the only other city that comes known on the map to your character. A good thing to note is that places within Kenshi are permanent no matter what playthrough you are on. So if this isn’t your first playthough and you know where the other places are, they won’t have moved. 

Don’t worry, your knowledge of the vast lands will improve the more you explore. The only exception to this is places like creature nests and bandit camps as they will appear randomly throughout the game world.

Remember, the world beyond the walls of a safe settlement is dangerous. You will need to be as prepared as possible. This early in the game, your best option is to avoid confrontation and run to safety if you are threatened. Thankfully, Squin is not that far from The Hub.

7. Sneaking and remaining undetected

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As you can see here, Ryan has the sneak button toggled (Bottom right UI) and has adopted a low, crouched position. Either side of his name, you can see a blue eye to the left and a sun icon to the right. These show whether your character is being observed and the amount of light they are in. 

Naturally, you are better hidden at night and in the dark. The eye will change colour depending on whether or not the character is being detected or observed. It will turn yellow if you are about to be spotted and red if you are seen. Small arrows will also point towards whatever person or creature is looking at your or about to look at you. So you know where any threats may be coming from. 

Sneaking, even though at this point in the game you won’t be good at it, is the best way to go about travelling at this early point in the game. Firstly, it will reduce your chances of being spotted by threats and secondly, it will let you know if you have been spotted and where those threats may be coming from. Third and final, as I intend on improving Ryan’s stealth abilities for this playthrough, the more you sneak, the better you get at it.

8. Assigning Jobs

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Assigning any job to your characters in Kenshi is pretty simple. When you have the character selected, hold shift and right click on any job that you want them to do automatically. This will queue it in their job queue.

Whether it's operating a machine or hauling items to crates. Building or researching. If you want a character to do it as a one off type job, you can simply right click on the machine you want them to operate or resource you want them to gather. If you want them to do this automatically without your input, you will need to hold shift and right click to add it to the queue.

Jobs are completed in descending order. That means that wherever they are on the list determines their priority. The highest priority will always be first, listed as number 1 on the characters job list. Hence here, Ryan has the medic job listed first. He will automatically heal himself and others in the party. Provided he isn’t fighting or running for his life.

If your character has a lot of jobs in the queue and you want to take them away from their menial labour for whatever reason, you can click on the “Jobs'' button to toggle them off. Then you can move and assign them at your whim.

Jobs like Medic and Rescue will never toggle off. Even with the Jobs button toggled off, characters will always prioritise giving medical attention to themselves and others in the party as long as they have the job listed. It's always good to give every character the medic job and keep them supplied with a medkit. If they're the last one standing, they can treat themselves and others after the fighting is done.

9. Stats, Skills, And Improving Them

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Rather unfairly, my self insert character is hopelessly under equipped to survive and do anything useful. Something I like to believe isn't true but hey ho. Life isn’t fair.

When you start, your character is quite literally a blank slate. They are hopelessly useless and will not survive long without improving their skills. Thankfully, improving stats and skills in Kenshi is the same as improving anything in real life. By simply doing the thing, you will get better at it.

If that doesn’t make too much sense to you, don’t worry. You can also just mouse over and skill and it will tell you how best to improve it. Who’d’ve thunk it that swimming around in water would make you a better swimmer?

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Que some Eye of the Tiger

From Ryan’s very brief excursion on his journey to Squin, his athletic skills are already shooting up along with his sneaking skill. Pretty soon he’ll be a stealthy ninja. As fast as he will be deadly. But that is a long way off. First, he needs to make it to Squin alive.

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10. Getting Supplied

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Having made it to Squin unmolested by the denizens of the Border Zone, Ryan needs some supplies to continue on his quest. Fortunately, Squin is a very safe and well stocked town. There are two bars. Both of them are bunk houses where you can rent a bed. A general store, adventure store and a store each for armour and weapons.

With only 1,000 Cats to your name, or less if you managed to pick up some dried meat at The Hub, you’ll need some basic supplies before doing anything else. Thankfully, there is plenty here.

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With two pieces of dried meat for eating, the next important thing that Ryan needs is something to bandage his wounds with. Just in case. You should always aim to have every character in your party supplied with one medkit in their inventory. That way, they can treat their own wounds and the wounds of other party members.

For now, food and a medkit should be all you need. You’ll already have a weapon although it won’t really do you a lot of good. It might make you feel a little safer but trust me, you aren’t gonna be vanquishing your foes just yet.

Now that Ryan is supplied, he’s ready for the hard work to begin. Kenshi is a brutal and unforgiving world after all and in order to get anywhere in this life, Ryan is going to need to brave the wastes once more in search of a steady income if he wants to continue keeping himself fed and watered.

11. Making Money

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Yes, even in the post-apocalyptic ruins of Kenshi, the harsh wheels of capitalism still reign supreme. To survive this world, Ryan will need more than his wits. He needs some cold, hard Cats.

Thankfully, making money in Kenshi is pretty easy. At least for you the player. For your characters and poor Ryan here, it is going to be hard, back breaking labour. Close to the gates of Squin lies a big resource node of raw copper. A valuable ore that can be sold for quick cash. All you have to do is find it and dig it out of the ground. This is where prospecting comes in.

12. Prospecting

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Prospecting is invaluable to you when looking for resources. It comes into play a lot more when you come to build your own base. As you can see from the window above, it tells you where water can be found, the fertility of the ground for growing crops. Where there is good stone for building materials. And right now, for Ryan’s purposes, where ore deposits are.

The little arrow on the mini map isn’t the selected character. It’s actually the camera and where it is looking. You can manipulate the camera to find the resource node. If you want to move the prospecting window to one side so that you can see better, you can drag and click it from the top bar.

While some resource nodes will spawn randomly with each different playthrough that you start, this copper node is actually here no matter what playthrough, so go ahead and use this one as a free tip. It’ll be there just outside of the south gate of Squin.

13. Gathering Resources

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Having found the copper resource, getting to work is as simple at right clicking when your mouse cursor turns into a pickaxe icon. From there, your character will begin the laborious, back breaking task of digging raw copper from the resource node. Hard work for them, for you, you can simply press F4 and watch them work away at super speeds.

I’ve also got Ryan in sneak mode. I want him to keep improving his sneaking skill and I also want him to stay undetected so that he can spot any potential threats before they spot him. As he is still vulnerable, weak, and with no friends to care for him, I need him to be able to sprint back to the safety of Squin if he needs to.

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Looking at the stats in the picture above, the labouring skill is already improving as Ryan breaks his back to chip away at the copper. The higher the skill gets, the faster he can gather resources. 

Also note the copper resource window on the left. That can be accessed by left clicking on the node itself. This will show all the copper that has been produced through mining and it will be stored there until it is full.

14. Getting Buff

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Having worked his butt off right through the night, Ryan now has 5 big lumps of copper ore to sell. Pressing "I" to bring up the inventory, you can get all of the pieces in by left clicking them one at a time or right clicking to get them all.

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Once you have your copper in your inventory, you’ll notice that they won’t stack. To stack items, you need to have a special traders backpack which can be bought at a travel shop but for now, it’s good to carry these big lumps of copper in your regular inventory. 

If you have a look where the mouse cursor is, it shows that the total carried weight is 26/16. This means that the character is 10kg over their maximum carry weight. They can still move around just fine though and this is in fact a good thing.

While the athletics skill will  improve slower due to being overweight, the strength stat will increase more. Which is awesome because Ryan needs to get buff. Carrying a lot of heavy things around and moving with them is a good way to do that.

You can also improve strength by lugging around dead or unconscious characters or using heavy weapons. As long as you’re over encumbered and moving around. Strength will keep going up.

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15. Getting Paid

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Having lugged that copper all the way back to town, it's time to make a profit from a night's hard work. Just about any shop will buy the copper off of you but be warned, some shops will have more money than others available to actually buy your goods.

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Coming away with 1,590 Cats, Ryan has made enough money to earn himself a nice trip to the bar. With a steady income, he can now buy all the food he needs and if he ever wants to make more money, he can just mine it out of the ground.

16. Recruiting Companions

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Ruka, a dishonoured, dehorned Shek warrior.

Upon returning to the bar, Ryan happened upon Ruka, a dehorned Shek warrior. Defeated in battle and down on her luck. Lucky for Ryan, she agreed to join in his adventures for free. Thus Ryan is no longer alone in this blighted world.

Recruiting  companions is as simple as approaching characters that have speech bubbles over their heads. Right clicking on them, your selected character will approach them and begin a conversation. Not every character is recruitable and nearly all of them will require that you pay them a fee. The better they are, the higher that fee will be.

Eventually, as you go on, you can have multiple squads with plenty of different characters all over the world. You can raise your own faction with legions of followers. Or you can simply wander the waste alone or in a small group. There is no right or wrong way to play the game.

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Ruka, the Shek warrior

Once a new character has been recruited, you are given the chance to mould them with the character creator. You can’t change their race, gender or stats but you can mess around with how they look if you want to. 

17. Moving As A Party

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Characters will move at their own pace unless told otherwise.

When you have more than one member in your party, you can select them individually by clicking on their icons or pressing the number key corresponding to their position in the squad. In the above case. Ryan is 1 and Ruka is 2.

To select them all, you can hold shift and click their icons. Hold shift and press their number keys to select which individuals you want to select. Hold the left mouse button and drag a selection square over the characters you want selected or finally, by pressing the Tilde key. That’s the key to the left of the 1 key and right underneath the ESC key.

With them all selected, you can right click anywhere in the game world or on the map to give them a move order. At first, they will move at their own individual speeds. This is fine in a safe setting like Squin but if you want them to move as a group at the pace of the slowest character, press the arrow button next to the running stick man when you have all characters selected.

When you see two stick men in the icon. One red, one black, all characters will move together as a group.

18. Fighting And Getting Better At It.

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Ruka chilling at the bar being set to passive

Now with a friend to care for him in times of trouble, it’s time to venture out once more. This time, to learn the way of the warrior. By giving and receiving beatings.

As I mentioned before, Kenshi is a game where you improve by doing. You are never going to get better at fighting if you don’t get into fights. This is why it’s always best to have at least one character who is somewhere safe close by so that if the worst should happen they can come to your aid and the game won’t end with you bleeding out alone. Or worse, getting eaten by cannibals.

Make sure you leave your backup character on passive mode. You don’t want them to come running into the middle of a fight and getting beaten down themselves as well with no one to rescue the two of them.

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Hungry bandits are rife within the Border Zone

While he was out mining copper and earning his place in this world through hard work, Ryan noticed a group of hungry bandits. Men and women who would rather harass and rob. Stealing the fruits of others' labour. He knew he could not let them pass unpunished.

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Bandits aren’t taken too kindly in places like Squin

Ryan stealthily approached the bandit at the back of the pack. Hoping to catch them unawares. Alas it did not go as planned for Ryan sucks at sneaking still.

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Any character that is currently in combat will have red bars behind their profile in the squad panel.

Fortunately, Ryan was not left to face the bandits alone. As the nearby gate guards of Squin noticed the commotion and came running to put those no good thieves down. 

This is the best way to build up your character's combat skills as well as their toughness. With guards nearby that can even out the fight as well as having the safety net of a backup character that can rescue them when things go south.

19. Toughness

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After that first scrap, Ryan is feeling a little worse for wear but still on his feet.

Toughness is a stat in Kenshi that determines, well, how tough your character is. The higher it is, the less likely your character will be knocked out and the better chance they will have of actually getting back up. 

Getting knocked down and getting back up again is gonna be key to keeping your character alive. Especially if you want to make them into an unstoppable force of nature further in your play through. 

Getting yourself into fights, getting beaten down and still coming back for more is the best way to improve this stat and it's definitely one that you want to improve. You don’t need to put yourself into deadly situations but picking fights with squads of bandits in the early game that will rob you and leave you is a good way to start. You can always come back for revenge later.

20. Looting And Making More Money

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Life’s not fair

While the guards of Squin will arrest most of the bandits that dare to try and cause a ruckus in front of their city, if you’re quick, you can loot them of what little they have and sell it on for more money. This is great if you’re getting sick of mining copper and hell, they’d do the same to you if it was you bleeding out on the floor.

Their clothes will take up a lot of inventory space and won't sell for much. Their weapons, while still pretty cheap, will sell for more and you can carry more of them.

Simply hover your mouse over a downed bandit until you see a spyglass icon. Right click and your character will move to them. Your character’s inventory as well as the inventory of the downed NPC will appear. Take everything you can of value and sell it in town. Rinse and repeat as much as you like.

Be warned! The Shek won't give a crap if you loot bandits but in other parts of the world, looting dead or unconscious characters is considered a crime. Depending on who you are looting.

If you need more inventory space, you can click the arrange button and the items in your inventory will organise themselves a bit better to make more room. Or you can buy a backpack with the profits from your looting.

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You go, Ryan. Looking a lot more dapper.

21. Building Things

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Low light affects the efficiency of working.

Now that Ryan has managed to splash a bit of cash on some better gear and a nice big traders backpack that can carry all of the copper that he wants to mine, he’s getting pretty sick of nearly smashing his toes to pieces with that pickaxe. Working in the dark has its hazards.

So what is there to do? Well, you can build a very simple torch post that will light up the working area so that he can work day and night without skipping a beat. Slaving away without sleep to keep up that grindset. 

By pressing the build button on the top right corner of the right UI, or by simply pressing B, the game will pause and it will bring up the build menu. In Kenshi, you can build almost anywhere provided that the terrain allows for it and that it isn’t too close to another faction's settlement. 

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The build menu has all of the buildable structures available to you on the left. In categories and then individual items. More can be unlocked by buying blueprints or by research.

In the build menu, you’ll find all the items that are unlocked to you. When you select an item, it will tell you if it needs to be built inside or outside. How much materials it will cost. How long it will take to build. How efficient it is at its job and lastly, a little bit of info on it.

Once you have found the item that you want to build, in this case it’s the torch post under lights, you can place it down anywhere where the silhouette is green. If it's red, the terrain won’t allow for it to be placed there. If it’s blue, it would be able to be placed if it wasn’t too close to another faction’s settlement. 

You can place multiple things down to be built. When you’re happy with where you want everything to be placed, click the confirm button and the game will resume. If characters have the Engineer job queued, they will automatically add materials to the blueprint and start to build it if they have the necessary materials on them. If they don’t and there are stored materials, they will go and get them to build the structure. 

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In true Blue Peter fasion, Ryan came prepared with some building materials in his shiney new trade bag

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Let there be light!

22. A Place To Call Home

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A real fixer upper

After filling up his bag with copper, Ryan can now realise his dream. A dream that the real Ryan has long since given up on. The dream of property ownership. Yes, in Kenshi you can own your own piece of real estate within most cities.

Squin has two of these broken long houses for sale. For 7,200 Cats, you can buy one or even both of them if you want. Once they’re yours, they’re yours for good unless a huge world event happens and the settlement is taken over by another faction. 

The benefits of having a property within a city limits are of course safety, a place to store your stuff and characters that you don’t intend on bringing with you. Lastly, you don’t need to build your own power generation. The building will be hooked to the city's grid as well as any work stations and lights inside of it. 

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They say it’s always a good investment.

After clicking the broken building a “For Sale” button in the bottom right will be visible. Clicking it will give you a prompt to ask if you want to buy it. Clicking yes will make the building yours but it will still be in a pretty sorry state.

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This week on home renovations with Ryan and Ruka, the pair may have bitten off more than they can chew.

When the building is all yours, you’ll want to get to rebuilding it. Holding the right mouse button on the building will give you this option to repair it.

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Gotta lotta work to do.

Clicking the repair option will put the building into a sort of blueprint mode. This is how all buildable structures in Kenshi look when they’re in the middle of construction. Bought buildings will be in a state somewhere around halfway to being completed. 

You’ll be able to see in the bottom right the condition of the building and how many more building materials you’ll need to get it finished. Thankfully, Squin has a general store just down the way where you can buy them from. 

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The general store. Good for all things general in purpose.

Ryan didn’t have enough cash left over to buy the rest of the much needed materials. Thankfully, he just went to mine more copper. Something that can also happen is that the store may not have enough materials in stock. Don’t worry about it as stores restock every day. So you might as well go mine some more copper while you wait for some more stock.

how to get research bench kenshi

The closer a building or structure is to being completed, the more of it will fill up the blueprint scaffolding.

When you have your materials, select the character that has the materials in their inventory. Right click on the structure and they will add the materials in and get to work. Any other characters can also work on building it but the materials needed to be added first before they can join in. 

how to get research bench kenshi

Home sweet home.

Once it’s all built, it's all yours. Sure it might look pretty bland now but you can remedy that later. 

23. Research

how to get research bench kenshi

You’ll find the simple research bench under the Tech category in the build menu.

Whether or not you want to, it can be worth doing a few of the very basic bits of research within Kenshi. Even if you don’t intend on settling down with a large settlement somewhere, the first few basic things can go a long way. Especially if you have your own little house in a town somewhere to work out of. 

To start, you’ll need to go into the build menu and place down a research bench. It’ll cost you 3 building materials which you can pick up easily from the general store. When placing it, you can use the < and > keys to rotate it so you can get it precisely where you want.

Also, you’ll notice the green mannequins on the blueprint. They simply indicate access points for characters to use the bench. Not all of them need to be available so you can butt it up right against a wall. As long as there is at least one place that a character can access it from, it’ll work just fine.

how to get research bench kenshi

When it’s down, add materials and build it the same as anything else you’re wanting to build.

how to get research bench kenshi

The research screen can be accessed anywhere by pressing T

Now that you’ve got a simple research bench, you can queue up things to get researched to your heart's content. Important ones like item and gear storage are a very good one to have. If you want to go out exploring as a solo or small group, then having a home base to come back to and store things is a must.

There are some things that will require additional things before you can research them. These can be as simple as books that can be bought at a general or travel store, to advanced science books and engineering research that you will need to venture out into ancient ruins to find.

how to get research bench kenshi

Books found at the adventure/travel store.

When you’ve acquired the necessary items for your chosen research topic, return back to your research bench. Left click on it to bring up its inventory and open your selected characters inventory with I. Right click on the books or other research items and they’ll be put into the bench's inventory. From there, you can spend them as you wish in the research menu.

None of this, however, will work without having a character actually doing the research. Thankfully, while Ryan isn’t very smart, he is a Greenlander. Greenlanders get a bonus to their science experience skill by doing sciency things like research so I’m gonna get him to take a break from busting his butt out there at the copper mine.

how to get research bench kenshi

Operating the research bench has been added to Ryan’s jobs. With his jobs toggled on, he’ll automatically research whatever is queued.

By selecting Ryan, holding shift and right clicking the research bench, not only will he begin researching but it will be added to his job queue and now he’ll do it automatically whenever there is stuff to be learned.

24. Automating Jobs

So you’ve got one person researching automatically but what about other jobs? Well you can get your characters to do almost anything on their own. Afterall, without needing to sleep and hardly eating much, they’re basically slaves. Ain’t that right, Ryan?

With Ryan sitting there studying away for all the things I want to put inside their new home, I’ve got Ruka basically doing nothing. So, maybe she should get back out there and start digging up some copper. First though, I’m gonna need somewhere for her to store it all.

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The copper storage box. Specifically for storing lots and lots of it.

Once ore storage has been researched, you can build and place a box anywhere within your longhouse. I want it here in the corner. Out of the way where it can still be accessed easily. At the cost of 1 iron plate, I can send Ruka to the general store to buy one and get cracking.

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You’re gonna learn to love this box, Ruka

how to get research bench kenshi

Mining a copper resource is classed as operating a machine in the jobs queue.

Now that the storage box has been completed, Ruka will have a place to put all the ore she mines while Ryan researches. Queuing the job is as simple as having the character you want to assign it to selected. Then, holding the shift key, right click on the resource, i.e. the copper deposit when the mouse cursor is a pickaxe or set of gears. The job will be queued and as long as the jobs button is toggled on. 

They will continue to do the job forever until they are attacked by bandits or wild beasts, the box they’ve been filling is full, or you tell them otherwise. You can even queue it in your researchers jobs so that they will go over and mine once they’ve finished the research queue. You really can have your own little pawns running an empire of copper mines. 

So with a home base, research going good, money coming in, and bandits to get into practice fights with, you’re all good to go. There is one more thing that definitely comes in handy in the early stages of the game and one that I guarantee you will need.

25. Hiring Mercs

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You can spot mercs in most bars in the towns, villages and waystations that you might visit. Noticeable by their badass armour and mean looks.

Mercenaries are widely available and considering how easy it is to make money, they are cheap as chips. Still, always get your money's worth out of them. Here, having made it back to The Hub after sneaking around a camp of Dust Bandits, Ryan felt like he could do the world a favour and rid them from the Border Zone. Unable to do it alone, he hired some mercenaries for a day.

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Don't be shy, they like money and you need their work.

When engaging the merc captain in conversation, you have the option of hiring them to guard yourself or your outpost. Guarding an outpost is half the price of body guarding but it's a two day minimum charge. Body guarding can be as little as 24 hours. At 2,000 Cats to get from The Hub to Squin, it's a steal.

how to get research bench kenshi

" Come, comrades! There’s knife work that needs doing."

While mercenaries won’t join your party proper, they will follow the character who spoke to their captain and hired them. Body guarding them along the way. In this case, Ryan. If you bring up the factions tab, you’ll find it along from the research and crafting tab, you can see how long you have them contracted for.

how to get research bench kenshi

The faction screen shows upcoming events. Such as when the contract with the mercenaries expires.

how to get research bench kenshi

“Bring it, ya dust b***hes!”

Having led his new band of merry hired men, Ryan approached the Dust Bandits that had, for some reason, decided to make camp on the road between The Hub and Squin and gave them what for.

how to get research bench kenshi

Unfortunately, it didn’t go too well for Ryan. He fought the good fight but was eventually bested and beaten down. Still, he got some excellent fighting experience and a few levels in toughness. The next fight, he’d be even deadlier. 

how to get research bench kenshi

Mercenaries always look after their clientele. Afterall, they pay their wages.

When you’re downed or injured, Mercs will always heal you, although they won’t pick you up. They will however, prevent anyone else that isn’t in your party from picking you up and kidnapping you. You are, afterall, their charge as long as the contract is still valid.

how to get research bench kenshi

Dawn broke on a broken Ryan

The Mercs will stay with you while you lie there unconscious, however long it takes for you to recover and get back up. Unless the contract runs out then they will literally just leave you lying there. Healed but completely vulnerable to any Ne'er do wells. Thankfully, Ruka was there to come to his aid.

You might notice that when a character is unconscious, they have a countdown timer. Even if it runs down, they might not get back up and instead enter what's called a recovery coma. All that means is that whatever critical body part has been injured beyond its K.O. In this case, Ryan’s chest hasn’t yet healed enough for him to be able to get back up. Once it has, he will get up and be able to walk the good earth once more.

When a character is in a recovery coma, the best thing for them is to be rescued and put in  a bed. They’ll still heal if they’re lying in the dirt but it will be much slower and they’ll be vulnerable to being robbed or worse, enslaved. 

So that’s it then. What’s in store next time for Ryan or even you, dear reader and potential Kenshi player? Who knows. It’s completely up to you. Kenshi is whatever you make of it and you don’t even need to follow this guide. You can play it whatever way you like.

This guide might be considered to be the easiest or most stable start to the game. Hopefully, it will give you just enough of a jumping off point to get out there and get your feet wet. Or dusty. However you do it, it's all yours for the taking.

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Nobodies Game Mode - Kenshi Guide

Nobodies Walkthrough Video Guide (Part 1) - Starting Out - Nobodies Walkthrough Video Guide (Part 2) - Exploration & Raising Toughness - Nobodies Walkthrough Video Guide (Part 3) - Starting A Base and Making Money

The Nobodies start is one of the notoriously difficult starts for Kenshi because the chances of you spawning in a high level zone are very good. When choosing this start you'll spawn in either The Hub, Stobe's Garden or Venge. The Hub is by far the best location to start of them all with Venge being the worst. Stobe's Garden you have a chance to survive and make it to where we're going but you have to book it north immediately after loading in game.

If you're lucky enough to start out in The Hub - congrats! You can jump right into my Kenshi Walkthrough without reading anything else on this page since that's the noob town I use for my primary walkthrough. For those of you who started in either Venge or Stobe's Garden -- pick up whatever items you can grab nearby that are valuable and RUN! Our destination is Brink or Black Scratch to the north, I would recommend Black Scratch over Brink since there are better money making opportunities there and it's not an Empire controlled town.

The reason you want to avoid an Empire town is because it's illegal to be poor and starving there. In my experience the guards have a low chance of arresting you for this but you should keep this in mind as our characters are poor and starving and entering an Empire town could result in us being thrown into jail and then sold into slavery.

Below I have included 2 map locations of the 2 Waypoints that you can start at. From the Venge location you will need to run northeast until you come across Brink; from the Stobe's Garden location you will be going almost directly north to Black Scratch.

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Tip: If you want to force the game to kick you over to The Hub what you can do is save your game and log out then at the start screen select "Import Game". After selecting this option you'll want to also select "Reset Squad Positions" - this will teleport your entire group to The Border Zone which is the same zone as The Hub.

When you arrive in Black Scratch you're going to spend the first couple of days doing nothing but looting corpses of enemies that attack the town guards and mining. There is an Iron Deposit right outside the gate leading into town which is very safe to mine - if you get attacked just run back inside of town and then loot the enemies that attacked you when they get knocked out.

You will not make very good money mining the iron for awhile but it will raise your Labouring skill. Eventually when you raise your Labouring skill high enough the speed at which you mine will generate pretty good income. Our first goal is to make enough money to buy enough food for all of our characters. Usually you can afford this within the first day, after you've got full bellys on all of your characters the next thing you will want to do is save up 28,000 Cats for the Y House that's for sale in town.

Once you've purchased the Y House you will want to build a Research Bench inside of it and start researching new technologies. For more information about all of this stuff check out my Kenshi Researching Guide . Any Building Materials, Books and Iron Plates you need to make stuff for your house can be purchased off the vendor in town.

I recommend that you create a Food Store, Storage: Ore (2), General Storage Chest and you'll eventually need to make a Research Bench II and Dismantle the first one we made. Keep buying more and more Books and research quite literally everything you can. To research some of the things in the Farming section you will need to purchase some crops too from a vendor in town, 2 of each.

The 2 "Storage: Ore" containers that you made in your building will allow your characters to automate the entire mining process; all you have to do is sell the ore and you're good to go. A picture of what my house looked like in Black Scratch is shown below.

Nobodies in Black Scratch

At some point you will notice a lot less enemies attacking Black Scratch giving you almost no corpses to loot. In my experience this usually happens after you've spent about 5 days here. Depending on what you want to do, you can save the game and then load it to respawn enemies in the surrounding areas. Or you can deal with less enemies and focus on mining ore instead.

I kind of recommend you load the game every so often to make enemies respawn since the Grass Pirates are good enemies to raise Toughness against early on and the extra money is worth it. To raise your Toughness without fear of limb amputation what you should do is strip the Reavers/Grass Pirates of all their gear when they get knocked unconscious and heal them up with a medkit. When they wake up and attack your characters they won't be able to deal much damage at all since they won't have a weapon and you will get fantastic skill ups when fighting them since their stats are so much higher than yours.

When healing the injured Grass Pirates or Reavers you'll also raise your Field Medic skill which will help you a lot in the future. Our long term goal in Black Scratch is to keep making money to buy as much Food and as many Books as we need to research new technologies. You can also check the Bar in town occasionally to see if there are any new companions staying here for you to hire. It's up to you how long you want to stay here doing all of this before moving on, I'd recommend you save up about 100,000 Cats and complete all available research.

Before you depart Black Scratch you'll want to purchase a pack animal from the Farm Shop in town and a backpack to go with it. Having a pack animal is a must in this game because you'll need to carry around a lot of supplies with your group while adventuring. I'd also recommend you do some Strength training before leaving town too. Load your characters up with Iron Ore and run them back and forth for awhile with your game speed turned up for awhile to give yourself some Athletics and Strength skill ups. This will make it easier to escape any enemies chasing you as we run through more difficult zones.

If you feel that you need to, you can also hire some mercenaries to protect your group from the Bar in Black Scratch. You'll usually find mercenaries here as well as Tech Hunters that you can hire to protect you. These guys are pretty good for early game exploration as they'll protect and heal you if you get wiped out.

Nobodies in Heft

Tip: Avoid the zone 'Gut' at all costs when traveling north. This zone is filled with Beak Things and will be guaranteed death for you at this low of a level. From Black Scratch you should go west to 'The Eye' then go north from there to the Empire cities.

Our goal is to travel to the northern Empire cities so that we can buy some better gear and armor for our characters. You should also buy some new companions while you're up here because we're going to need at least 10 for the next part of the game. Heng is typically your best bet when it comes to purchasing new weapons as their weapon shop is one of the best in the area. Heft is the only Empire city that has an armor shop that sells what we want so when you want armor you'll have to head over there.

Below is a quick list of what armor and weapons are worth buying, I talk about this same thing in much more detail in my Kenshi Walkthrough (Part 1) . I'd recommend buying [Standard] or [High] quality at this point in the game since [Specialist] will be far too expensive to buy for every slot.

Good Starter Armor (Heft): Leather Shirt, Samurai Clothpants, Drifter's Leather Pants, Armoured Rag Skirt (Medium), Samurai Boots (Heavy), Samurai Legplates (Heavy)

Good Starter Weapons (Heng): Foreign Saber, Paladin's Cross, Falling Sun, Nodachi, Heavy Jitte, Polearm

After outfitting your team in good weapons and armor it's time to raise Toughness! In order to raise your Toughness in Kenshi you need to let your characters get beat up; if you get knocked unconscious that's even better - in fact that's the best way to raise Toughness. There are actually a couple tricks to raising Toughness very quickly in this game - I recommend you check out my Kenshi - How to EASILY raise Toughness Video as well as my Kenshi - Nobodies Walkthrough (Part 2) Exploration & Raising Toughness Video .

It's completely up to you how long you'd like to raise your Toughness before returning to money making and/or before starting your first base. Usually I like to get Toughness on all of my characters up to 30 - 40 at minimum before building a base but that's still a pretty low range and will require you to supplement your weakness with "Base Defence Contracts" aka hiring Mercenaries to protect your Outpost.

To learn more about building a base, where to build a base and all the other information you need about this game I recommend you switch over to my Kenshi Walkthrough (Part 1) . At this point in time we're pretty much done the unique part of the Nobodies game mode and from this point on all the information I give you will be relevant for any game mode that you start with.

  • Kenshi: A Guide to Building Your First Town

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Step One – Research

Step two – money and manpower (m&m), step three – location, step four – what to build first, step five – expansion, tips for making money.

Research has become a lot more complicated, with several technologies that were available from the start, are now hidden behind a tech wall. Research itself has become a more involved process, requiring special Research Book to purchased and placed inside the Research Bench’s inventory before certain technologies can be researched.

Other Kenshi Guides:

  • Kenshi: Advanced Training Guide
  • Kenshi: Food Production Guide
  • Kenshi: How to Play (Roleplaying Tips)
  • Kenshi: A Quick Start Guide
  • Kenshi: Combat Leveling Guide

The technologies that are required to get a successful Outpost off it’s feet and on it’s way to becoming a Town, are Building Materials, and Iron Plates.

Building Materials Average Research Time: 2 Hours New Buildings: Stone Mine, Manual Stone Processor

Iron Plates Average Research Time: 3 Hours Research Book Cost: 1 Research Book New Buildings: Stone Mine, Manual Stone Processor

There are two ways you can go about Researching these Technologies.

1. Go to an already estabilished Town, buy the cheapest building there (usually a Small Shack), build a Small Research Bench inside, and then Research these Technologies.

2. Or you can build a new Small Shack and Research Bench at the location of your Oupost, as detailed in Step Four of this Guide.

Just don’t forget to purchase Research Books from the local Bar/Shop.

If you want to jump straight into founding your own Town from the word go, then it it is recommended that you select the Freedom Seekers option available when starting a New Game. Doing so will give you a starting party of 6, which given the cost and rarity of potential Recruits, shaves a lot of the cost and time off of founding a new Outpost.

The Freedom Seekers come equiped with 20 Building Materials, 20 Iron Plates, 17 Gohan (food), 10 Wheatstraw, 5 Fabric, 5 Backpacks, 5 Wakizashi (katana), 1 First Aid Kit, 1 Horse Chopper (sabre), and some clothes.

All of this more than provides an excellent basis for founding an Outpost in the wasteland.

If you’ve already started the game or don’t want to choose the Freedom Seekers, then your going to need quite a lot of Cats (money) to get the ball rolling. You’ll need to purchase construction materials, and it is recommended that you Recruit some workers as getting your Outpost up and running will be quite labour intensive.

Potential Recruits can sometimes be found wandering around NPC Towns, otherwise they’ll be inside Bars. They cost around 3000 to 6000 cats depending on how skilled they are. For example: An unskilled Drifter costs 3000 cats, while a trained Gunner costs 6000 cats.

The price of goods changes from place to place.

Before you start building, you should decide where to start building. You can build your town almost any where, but for your first town I recommend building close to an already existing Town. There are two good reasons for this.

Reason 1. When you are attacked by bandits you can up sticks and leg it to the nearby town and have the their guards kill them for you.

Reason 2. Later on you can trade supplies with the town and later on siphon off some of their traders.

The location should also be fairly flat, as you will need a sizable location to found your town.

Before building anything, you should aim to build these three structures first.

The Stone Mine lets you mine Stone. The Manual Stone Processor lets you process Stone into Building Materials. The Manual Iron Refinery lets you process Iron into Iron Plates.

Stone Mine Materials Cost: 3 Building Materials Max Workers: 3 Produces: Raw Stone

Manual Stone Processor Materials Cost: 6 Iron Plates Max Workers: 3 Produces: Building Materials

Manual Iron Refinery Materials Cost: 6 Iron Plates Max Workers: 3

If you’re playing as the Freedom Seekers, or you didn’t follow the first step, then the first thing you should build is a Small Shack and a Small Research Bench.

Small Shack Materials Cost: 5 Building Materials

Small Research Bench Materials Cost: 3 Building Materials Max Workers: 1

Once you’ve explored most of the Tech Tree and have a steady flow of Cats either through trade goods or looting, you’re just about at the end of what the Kenshi Alpha provides. The only thing left is to go to more towns and draft more recruits and expand your Towns production or start building new Towns.

You have probably had a look around the local Town Store and saw some really cool weapons and armor, unfortunately it costs anywhere from 2000 to 10000 Cats and your coffers are currently dryer than the desert sands your standing on. However no worries, because here are some tips to solve your (ingame) money problems.

The eaisiest way to make money is to scavenge it, but what do I mean by “scavenge it”? Well put simply, it means to loot the corpse of a dying NPC. Every NPC in the game has a weapon (usually a katana), most of them wear armor and some of them carry an additional weapon. All three of these can be stripped off of the dead and/or dying sold as “legitmate salvage” to a local Town Bar or Store for Cats.

Now it’s fine just saying go out into the world and scavenge, but how? Most enemies you won’t be able to defeat yourself, while the rest will give you such a beating you’ll barely be able to stand. This is why it is recommended that you use the baiting strategy.

The “baiting strategy” involves going out into empty desert around towns until you hook a wandering band of bandits and then running back to the Town Guards who will kill the Bandits for you. Though you should be wary about baiting colored (faction) bands as sometimes they will be friendly with the Town Guards who won’t attack them, leaving you to be slaughtered!

If the Town Guards outnumber the bandits, you can join the fight with them to build up some combat experiance.

Repeat this process as many times as you like, or until you have enough Cats to outfit yourself and an entire squad with the best gear in the game.

It is possible to bring up the games World Editor by holding Shift and pressing F12. This will allow you to add walls to your town, while also providing access to numerous other buildings that normally cannot be built.

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  1. Research Bench

    A Research Bench is a work station where a science oriented party member can study new technologies. At each increase in Tech Level players gain access to a new level of research bench capable of researching higher technologies. Any bench starting at level 2 and above can be upgraded to the next level by clicking and hitting upgrade button. There is no need to remove the old bench and build ...

  2. Research bench? :: Kenshi General Discussions

    Once you started your game as a torso, you dont need the torso mod anymore so save your game, exit the game, uninstall the torso mod, when in the menu, you will click on import game, select the game. Now, you want to uncheck research then import your game. Check in your building menu, everything should be back to normal.

  3. Research Bench Lv 2 ? :: Kenshi General Discussions

    Yeah the research bench is too large for a small shack. But Storm house is enough. You probably will need to remove other items from the floor first, as it kinda takes all room by itself and if there are other items in the house, they are in the way. usei Shift +F12 to move the other items, save and reload. Then you should be fine.

  4. Are there any open research benches in the world? :: Kenshi General

    Nah you can't but you can just consider it a relay/drop off station or patch up area to heal. The cheapest house, the shack only costs about 4k. the house doesnt charge past the origination fee too. as well as no markers on the map like a base would give you. just buy a house in a npc city then drop a tech bench in it.

  5. How do you upgrade a research bench : r/Kenshi

    To level up a level 2 bench to a level 3 bench: -Research "Tech Level 3" at a Level 2 research bench. -After this is complete, you can either build a new Level 3 bench through the build menu, or click the Level 2 bench and select "upgrade" on the bottom left UI. A related thing I didn't notice at first: there are left/right arrows above objects ...

  6. Research bench questions : r/Kenshi

    Research bench questions. I bought a long house in Squin. Made research bench level 1. Queued up as much research as possible without building the level 2 research bench. I assigned Ruka to research. She's been doing it non-stop. I built bench level 2. Ruka is still doing research, but has moved on to level 2 techs, but is still using bench ...

  7. Kenshi Tutorial

    In this episode we go over how to safely get research done, and get the essentials for a in city safe house. This is to prepare your characters for eventuall...

  8. How to Get Engineering Research in Kenshi

    Research and crafting can be a very important part of Kenshi. Being able to have a self-sustaining base will save you a lot of running around. If you have set up your base chances are you have begun using a research bench. For advanced research you will have to start using an item called engineering research.

  9. Kenshi Beginners Guide (25 Important Tips)

    You'll find the simple research bench under the Tech category in the build menu. Whether or not you want to, it can be worth doing a few of the very basic bits of research within Kenshi. Even if you don't intend on settling down with a large settlement somewhere, the first few basic things can go a long way.

  10. How To Research Tech!

    In this video I will show you how to how to research tech in Kenshi!Don't Forget to subscribe! -

  11. How do i upgrade research bench? :: Kenshi General Discussions

    The small research bench cannot be upgraded to a mkII bench, you need to build a new one. So long as you researched tech level 2 it will be in the same part of the construction menu as the small one was. #1. Myx May 10, 2022 @ 11:55am. Originally posted by Khan Boyzitbig of Mercia:

  12. Nobodies Game Mode

    Once you've purchased the Y House you will want to build a Research Bench inside of it and start researching new technologies. For more information about all of this stuff check out my Kenshi Researching Guide. Any Building Materials, Books and Iron Plates you need to make stuff for your house can be purchased off the vendor in town.

  13. you can research high level tech on the first research bench if you

    Subreddit for Kenshi from Lo-Fi Games, the revolutionary mix of RTS and RPG with a huge dystopian sword-punk world to explore. Choose to be a thief, a bandit, a rebel, a warlord or a mercenary. ... you can research high level tech on the first research bench if you have a high one built (usefull when you dont want to power your high level ...

  14. Research Bench Level 2

    But we get some more bounties, and build the new bench! I updated the game, and had a hard time stealing anything. But we get some more bounties, and build the new bench!

  15. Research bench level I missing :: Kenshi General Discussions

    click on the game starts section of the FCS, and go to the start you're wanting to fix, and then at the top where the drop down bar at the top is, click on research and hit add, and it'll bring up a list of all the researches. The default research packages all include a _ at the beginning so they're first in line.

  16. r/Kenshi on Reddit: How do I build I build or research? I just book

    Then click the tech button on the bottom middle of your screen and select which techs you want to research. Then, lastly, shift + right click on the research bench with whoever you want to do the research, (preferably someone with high science) to assign the research job and they should start the task.

  17. Kenshi: A Guide to Building Your First Town

    Small Research Bench Materials Cost: 3 Building Materials Max Workers: 1. Step Five - Expansion. Once you've explored most of the Tech Tree and have a steady flow of Cats either through trade goods or looting, you're just about at the end of what the Kenshi Alpha provides. The only thing left is to go to more towns and draft more recruits ...

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  19. Research Bench Level 3 :: Kenshi General Discussions

    Research Bench Level 3. I have completed all the research available (I think) on a research bench 2 and now want to build a research bench grade 3, but the long house I am currently occupied won't accomodate it...the bench is just too big. I thought I might have been able to fit it in up one end, so dismantled everything, now I find it won't fit.

  20. Research Bench II :: Kenshi General Discussions

    The building menu is accessed by a button in the bottom right corner, just to the right of the time and money in the UI. Build Menu Icon lower right next to the area where your money is shown; Choose Tech tree line from Categories; Oh,* that button*. I found the Research Bench II option.

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