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The Radar Tower is a building which is used solely for revealing a circular area around itself on the Map.

After being powered it immediately reveals a set 1km radius on the map around the tower, highlighting all resource nodes and gives information on exploration rewards and wildlife that can be found within the radius.

The tower will only provide information for terrain that is below the peak of the antenna, so it is recommended to build the radar tower at a high enough elevation so that all of the surrounding land is below the antenna. Any terrain at an elevation higher than its tip or an area blocked by a terrain feature will not be revealed.

Players should be cautious while climbing the Radar Tower due to its tricky ladders, as falls can be fatal.



Radar Tower Radar Tower is unlocked via the Quartz Research chain in the MAM MAM using:
Crystal Oscillator
Heavy Modular Frame
Circuit Board



  • A radar tower scans in a 3D cylinder shape, with the top of the cylinder aligned with its antenna.
  • It will reveal all terrain below the peak of its antenna, as long as the terrain is within the radius.
  • The radar tower will not reveal terrain that is above the antenna, so it is preferred to build it on high ground. It can only scan areas that are at a lower elevation than the tower antenna, and in the line-of-sight.
  • The coverage radius, R, is 1km, and does not vary with height or time.
  • Prior to update 6, radius was measured from the sea level, based on its building's base height, h (meter), was:
    • R = 2.86 * h + 920 m, where h = -18 m when referenced to the sea level.

Coverage radius, R is fixed at 1,000 meters regardless of tower base height, or 2 km diameter. As such, at least 10 Radar towers are needed to reveal the majority of the map, but more may be needed to fill in small gaps.


Radar Towers, once powered, will immediately reveal all nodes and show the collectibles, flora and creatures detected in its scanning area as well as displaying the nodes and removing the fog of war in the area on the Map. The radar tower must stay powered to keep the nodes visible, but the fog of war will not return.


  • It features a ladder separated into few sections. Using the ladders, pioneers can climb up to 76 meters. The remaining height has to be climbed with Jetpack.
  • Both the Radar Tower and the Space Elevator have a collision box height of 118 meters, although the latter has a much taller graphical appearance.
  • It is the only building to feature multiple Indicator Light, counting 3. All of them display the same state at the same time.
  • The Indicator Light which extends out sideways near the tip of the tower is not counted towards the collision box.
  • Signs and Billboards can be attached to the sides of Radar Towers.
  • It has been revealed on stream that the ladder of the tower was made by Jace and was a prototype that made it to the game and will be replaced eventually.[1]


  • Patch
    • Now reveals nearby nodes and points of interest on the map
    • Radius is fixed at 1km. It does not increase over time, and does not increase with elevation.
    • Changed 20 Beacon cost to 10 Circuit Board
  • Patch 0.1.10: Added proper collision to the Radar Tower
  • Patch 0.1.7: Polished Radar Tower menu
  • Patch 0.1.6: Implemented Radar Tower email

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