EXO Dynamics Research Aid

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EXO Dynamics Research Aid EXO Dynamics Research Aid
EXO Dynamics Research Aid.jpg
Tier Large
Group Unit
Type Field Research

EXO Dynamics Research Aids are field research units, found on every planet, that open after certain criteria are met. The icon shown on the sides of the container tells the player what is needed to open it. Opening a research aid awards the achievement Thank You For Your Continued Assistance.


The criteria to open a Research Aid is shown as an icon on the sides of the container:

  • Research Aids marked with Power symbols need to either be supplied with a specific amount of power, indicated by a ring that displays progress, or supplied with enough power, indicated with bars that will fill over time. Hovering over the research aid will display a tooltip that tells the player which they need to do.
  • Research Aids marked with Resource symbols require the proper resource to be placed in the slot, which is consumed after doing so. The player may check the built-in Astropedia, (Rocketship tab in menu opened by (PC: Esc, Xbox: Xbox One - Menu Button, PS4: PS4 - Options, Switch: Switch - Plus) or this wiki for the symbols. The resource required per planet varies by layer, with harder to obtain resources being required deeper down the planet.


The reward for opening a container is either:

When the top of the capsule comes off, it can be shredded in an Extra Large Shredder for 3 Scrap or packaged and sent into space during a Limited Time Event.

The bottom of the capsule used to remain indefinitely, but since Patch 1.20.265 it disappears shortly after the reward is removed.

Resources Per Planet

The following table lists the Resources needed per planet, and which layers they are required for.

Planet Surface-Mantle Resource Mantle Resource Outer Core Resource
Icon Sylva.png Sylva Laterite Glass Nitrogen
Icon Desolo.png Desolo Sphalerite Ceramic Aluminum Alloy
Icon Calidor.png Calidor Tungsten Plastic Sulfur
Icon Vesania.png Vesania Graphite Hydrogen Silicone
Icon Novus.png Novus Lithium Methane Steel
Icon Glacio.png Glacio Ammonium Argon Diamond
Icon Atrox.png Atrox Helium Graphene Nanocarbon Alloy

Power Required Per Planet

The following table lists the Power required to either be charged or to be held at the same time per planet. The one that requires to be charged has charge bars next to the outlet.

Planet Power To Hold Power To Charge
Icon Sylva.png Sylva 3 Units/second 10 Units
Icon Desolo.png Desolo 4 Units/second 15 Units
Icon Calidor.png Calidor 4 Units/second 20 Units
Icon Vesania.png Vesania 5 Units/second 25 Units
Icon Novus.png Novus 5 Units/second 30 Units
Icon Glacio.png Glacio 6 Units/second 35 Units
Icon Atrox.png Atrox 6 Units/second 40 Units


  • Pre-1.0 Resource Drop Pods existed on the surface of Terran that would contain a couple of resources for the player. They were removed, and Research Aids took their place with similar functionality but giving research items instead.
  • Sylva and Calidor are the only planets whose outer-core Research Aids are unlocked with a resource that can be acquired purely on-planet. Desolo's can be unlocked by using the Trade Platform to trade for Malachite, but all others require the Astroneer to travel to other planets to import foreign gases/resources.