Pollution is represented as an abstract "cloud", updated per chunk every game second (60 ticks) and visible on the map, when "alt-view" is on (default Alt-Key). It appears as a red colored blocky cloud.
It is produced by many buildings involved in processing items and spreads outwards at a steady rate.
The evolution factor is not increased by the spreading/absorbed pollution, but by the pollution produced by all the player's machinery at every tick. This means that no matter how hard the player tries to contain the pollution, enemies will still evolve at the same rate. They just won't attack the player as frequently. The pollution cloud is used to trigger biter attacks and determines the size of the attacks.
As soon as a chunk has reached 15.0 pollution it starts spreading in all four cardinal directions at a rate of 2% per game-second (60 ticks).
For example, a chunk with 400.0 pollution and 4 adjacent chunks with 100.0 pollution each, raises the pollution in all adjacent chunks by 8.0 while reducing its own pollution by 32.0. But every one of the 4 surrounding spreads 2.0 pollution "back" to the center chunk, so it only loses 24.0 + absorbed value.
- Every chunk (32x32) of map slowly reduces the pollution it covers (See Pollution#Chunks). So the more the pollution spreads, the more is absorbed.
- Trees also absorb some pollution (See Pollution#Trees).
- Spawners absorb a great amount of pollution, and use this to produce enemies.
Pollution attracts biters to the Player's factory. Biters who find themselves in a polluted area will attempt to reach the source of pollution and destroy it.
Each spawner absorbs 20 + 0.01 * [chunk's pollution] every game second (60 ticks) if the chunk's pollution is greater than 20. If there is 20 or less pollution in the chunk, the spawner absorbs all the pollution.
Higher pollution values decrease the time it takes for biters to join the attack force. After a certain amount of pollution is absorbed the spawner sends one of its biters/spitters to a rendezvous point. Every 1 to 10 minutes (random) the mustered biters launch an attack. If not all biters have arrived at the rendezvous point by that time, they will wait up to an additional 2 minutes for stragglers.
Required pollution to add an additional biter/spitter to the attack wave:
With 1350 absorbed pollution at the time of attack the following wave consists of 6 small biters and 1 medium biter OR 6 small spitters and 2 medium spitters depending on the spawner's type and evolution factor.
Modules that list "+x% pollution" increase pollution multiplier, not a flat pollution rate. Final pollution value is (pollution multiplier * energy usage multiplier * base pollution), meaning heavily boosted buildings are likely to account for most of the pollution produced in a factory.
These tables contain information about the levels of pollution produced/absorbed by items in the game.
|Object||Pollution per KW per game second (60 ticks)||Pollution per game second at full power|
|Burner mining drill||0.03333/KW||10|
|Electric mining drill||0.1/KW||9|
|Assembling machine 1||0.03333/KW||3|
|Assembling machine 2||0.016/KW||2.4|
|Assembling machine 3||0.00857/KW||1.8|
Fire on the ground and burning trees produce 0.005 pollution per tick.
If a chunk's pollution is greater than 20, each enemy spawner absorbs 20 + 0.01 * [chunk's pollution] every game second (60 ticks), otherwise it absorbs the chunk's total pollution.
Every chunk has a natural absorption rate per tick which is determined by the weighted average of its floor tiles.
Following numbers are the pollution reduction for a full chunk (32x32 tiles) composed of the same floor tiles per tick.
|Tile||Pollution per tick||Pollution per second|
|Grass 1, Grass 2||-0.00045||-0.027|
|Grass 3, Grass 4||-0.0004||-0.024|
|Dry dirt, Dirt 1-7||-0.00045||-0.027|
|Sand 1, Sand 2||-0.00025||-0.015|
|Red desert 0-2||-0.00045||-0.027|
|Red desert 3||-0.0004||-0.024|
|Deep green water||-0.0005||-0.03|
|Path tiles (Stone bricks, concrete etc)||0.0||0.0|
Every single tree absorbs a small amount of pollution in its chunk per tick. After absorbing more than 3500 units of pollution, trees start to lose their leaves, absorbing pollution in the process. The less dense the leaves, the less pollution the tree absorbs. The initial leaf density is influenced by the richness settings during map generation. The higher the richness, the higher the overall leaf density.
Pollution is directly connected to the following achievement:
| It stinks and they dont like it|
Trigger an alien attack by pollution.
- Optimized rendering of huge pollution clouds on the map.
- Large amounts of pollution is created when burning fires.
- Pollution creation of the productivity module was reduced drastically.
- Optimized pollution rendering on map and minimap.
- Added option to turn off pollution visibility even when detailed info is on.
- Speed modules no longer produce extra pollution.
- Added missing pollution descriptions.
- Pollution is only shown on the minimap with alt mode on.
- Introduced concept of pollution.