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A backpack is one of, if not the most, essential item. It enables the "Backpack" section in the player's inventory, drastically increasing carrying capacity. Without one, players can only carry their equipped armor, weapons, and the contents of their Safe Pockets. This limits space for ammunition and loot to the point of non-viability, so a Backpack is more or less required to achieve anything on the surface of Fortuna III. A tour to the surface with only a Backpack equipped is referred to as a "Naked Run".
Backpacks come in different sizes, depending on the rarity. They can be found in the Stash under the "Utilities" filter.
Carrying over 280 weight in the backpack will slow the Prospector down. The reduction in speed starts at 280 (0%), and ends at 350 weight (25%). The reduction grows linearly from 280 to 350 weight. Carrying more than 350 weight does not have an additional effect. This speed modifier stacks with other speed modifiers, such carrying a weapon that reduces movement speed.
Once a backpack has been dropped (either by death or by manually dropping it) it will despawn (i.e. removed from the map completely) after 8 minutes. Interacting with the backpack (opening it while on the ground) will pause the despawn timer and will resume once the player has exited the backpack menu. For instance, if a backpack was opened for 1 minute after it had been on the ground for 7 minutes, it'll still take another minute to despawn, even though it has been on the ground for a total of 9 minutes. Unlike other Loot, Backpacks have the unique ability to despawn within the presence of a player.
|Heavy Duty Backpack
|Worn Emergency Bag
|Found exclusively as Loot
|Huge Forged Backpack
|Gigantic Forged Backpack
|Monstrous Forged Backpack
For details, see: Armor
Armor is worn to reduce the damage taken from other sources. The damage reduction depends on the "Armor"-value of the equipped Armor and on the Penetration-value of the damage source.
A prospector can equip one helmet and one piece of body armor, called Shield, by placing them in the appropriate slots in the inventory screen. Players can also carry armor in their Backpack, but it won't offer any protection.
Certain types of armor grant additional benefits like more stamina, health regeneration or night vision.
Tools are items that need to be actively used, but unlike consumables don't get used up. Equipped tools can be accessed during a run by holding Q (default). The last used tool can be quickly equipped by tapping Q (default).
Every prospector carries a Flashlight, a Binocular and a Pickaxe with them at all times. They don't have to be bought and can't be lost. Most notably, the Pickaxe is used to crack open metal ore deposits.
The Scanner can be bought at all Shops on the Station and also be found on the surface. When activated, it sends out a pulse and then highlights nearby mineral deposits. Initially it can only detect Nickel, additional resources can be unlocked with attachments. Korolev sells a Veltecite scanning attachment.