Research

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Research allows you to unlock new buildings, transports, vehicles, edicts, and recipes. After selecting a research technology in the research screen, you can also queue up other technologies, which will be researched afterwards. The number of technologies in the queue is represented by the "+X" number next to the current research in the research bar. It is possible to remove items from the research queue by selecting them, and clicking remove from queue, however it seems that you need to remove the last added research from the queue first, before you can remove any other research from it. You can also cancel the whole research queue by cancelling the current research, which will also clear the whole queue.

Research Points

Each Research Lab produces a certain amount of research points every month. Each technology has a "difficulty rating", which defines how many research points you need to research in order to unlock the technology. The difficulty rating can be seen next to the technology name in the research screen, e.g. "Construction III[9]". The difficulty rating is not directly linked to the amount of research points needed to research a technology, as in for a technology with a difficulty rating of 10, you need exactly 100 research points. However, you can assume that each difficulty rating increases the research points needed by 27. Meaning that if you want to research Construction III technology, which has difficulty rating of 9, you will need to generate approximately 9*27 = 243 research points to unlock it. Although, the actual amount of research points needed for difficulty rating of 9 is 234. This means that to unlock the Construction III, using a single Research Lab II, which generates 4 research points per month, you will need to wait approximately 243 / 4 = 60 months, and use up 243 Research Equipment.

Research speed per lab
Research labs Research speed
Research Lab 3.2
Research Lab II 4
Research Lab III 4.8
Research Lab IV 5.6
Research Lab V 6.4
Difficulty Level Research

Points

Needed

Game Speed x1

&

Research Lab x1

Lab

Equipment

Type Needed

Lab

Equipment

QTY Needed

1 18.4 00h 05m 45s None None
2 36.8 00h 11m 30s None None
3 70.4 00h 22m 00s None None
4 98.4 00h 30m 45s None None
5 125.6 00h 39m 15s None None
5 128 00h 32m 00s Tier 1 (White) 128
6 155 00h 38m 45s Tier 1 (White) 155
7 182 00h 45m 30s Tier 1 (White) 182
8 210 00h 52m 30s Tier 1 (White) 210
9 237 00h 59m 15s Tier 1 (White) 237
10 264 01h 06m 00s Tier 1 (White) 264
10 265.2 00h 55m 15s Tier 2 (Yellow) 221
12 320.4 01h 06m 45s Tier 2 (Yellow) 267
13 346.8 01h 12m 15s Tier 2 (Yellow) 289
14 375.6 01h 18m 15s Tier 2 (Yellow) 313
15 402 01h 23m 45s Tier 2 (Yellow) 335
16 429.8 01h 16m 45s Tier 3 (Red) 307
18 484.4 01h 26m 30s Tier 3 (Red) 346
19 511 01h 31m 15s Tier 3 (Red) 365
20 539 01h 36m 15s Tier 3 (Red) 385
21 567 01h 41m 15s Tier 3 (Red) 405
22 593.6 01h 46m 00s Tier 3 (Red) 424
24 648.2 01h 55m 45s Tier 3 (Red) 463
26 702.8 02h 05m 30s Tier 3 (Red) 502
32 866.6 02h 34m 45s Tier 3 (Red) 619
36 977.6 02h 32m 45s Tier 4 (Purple) 611
38 1032 02h 41m 15s Tier 4 (Purple) 645
40 1096 02h 51m 15s Tier 4 (Purple) 685
42 1150.4 02h 59m 45s Tier 4 (Purple) 719
52 1424 03h 42m 30s Tier 4 (Purple) 890