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A small functional farm

Farming allows a player to generate both food and useful materials in a sustainable fashion with very small energy inputs. In addition, farming gives a substantial amount of xp (100xp for planting, 200xp for harvesting), which helps new players level up faster.

The farming mechanic in Empyrion is fairly complex, and this guide is intended to help both new and experienced players get the most out of their farming operations.

Some useful links:


At minimum, the following are needed:

The last three items can be found in the starting Escape Pod when playing easy start.

Basic Setup[]

In order to start farming:

Mechanics Notes[]

  • One Plant Grow Light illuminates a 3x3 grid of blocks under it; therefore, a maximum of nine plants can be grown simultaneously from one Plant Grow Light.
  • Currently (as of Pre-Alpha 5.2.1), unharvested food does not spoil, even with the Plant Grow Light turned off. Also, the Base/Capital Vessel need not contain an active Oxygen Station (CV,BA).
  • Warning : Your plant will die if the temperature is under 0 °C.
  • Walking on the plant doesn't seem to have any effect.

Planting Layouts[]

Depending on your food/material needs, and available space and power, there are a number of ways to efficiently plant a 3x3 farm. Note that the layouts detailed below are neither exhaustive nor optimal for every situation; use them as a starting point for your own farming setup:

Maximize Total Food[]

To maximize food points with or without additional processing, plant:

If eaten raw, total 360 food points, and if processed into link=Space Fries}} Space Fries, total 675 food points per 30 minutes (real time).

Balance Food and Large Medikit Production[]

To have balanced production of food and link=Aloe Vera}} Aloe Vera for creating link=Large Medikit}} Large Medikit, plant:

Balance Food and Emergency Ration Production[]

To have balanced production of food and link=Pearthing Fruits}} Pearthing Fruits, link=Wheat}} Wheat, and link=Corn}} Corn for producing link=Emergency Ration}} Emergency Ration, plant:

Note that most of the time you will be eating the link=Corn}} Corn by processing it into link=Popcorn}} Popcorn (except when using it to produce link=Plastic Raw Material}} Plastic Raw Material).

Balance Food and Canned Vegetables Production[]

To have balanced production of food and link=Tomatoes}} Tomatoes, and link=Pearthing Fruits}} Pearthing Fruits for producing link=Canned Vegetables}} Canned Vegetables, plant:

Balance Food, Large Medikit, and Canned Meat Production[]

To have balanced production of food, and link=Aloe Vera}} Aloe Vera for link=Large Medikit}} Large Medikit and link=Tomatoes}} Tomatoes for link=Canned Meat}} Canned Meat, plant: