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'''Game Settings''' are the various changes that the player can make before starting a single player or multiplayer game. These settings can be used to make game sessions shorter or longer, simpler or more complex, as well as to increase the difficulty if desired.
 
'''Game Settings''' are the various changes that the player can make before starting a single player or multiplayer game. These settings can be used to make game sessions shorter or longer, simpler or more complex, as well as to increase the difficulty if desired.
  
 
== Galaxy ==
 
== Galaxy ==
When starting a new game, the player may choose which type of galaxy they are to play in. An empire's expansion is limited to the galactic plane, so the shape of the galaxy will affect play. Which galaxy types are accessible at the start of the game is determined by how many stars the galaxy is to have.
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When starting a new game, the player may choose which type of galaxy they are to play in. An empire’s expansion is limited to the galactic plane, so the shape of the galaxy will affect play. Which galaxy types are accessible at the start of the game is determined by how many stars the galaxy is to have.
  
 
=== Galaxy shape ===
 
=== Galaxy shape ===
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|-
 
|-
! colspan=2 |Type
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! colspan="2"|Type
 
! Min Galaxy Size
 
! Min Galaxy Size
! style="width:80%" |Description
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! style="width:80%"|Description
 
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| [[File:Elliptical.png|100px]] || '''Elliptical'''
 
| [[File:Elliptical.png|100px]] || '''Elliptical'''
 
| Tiny
 
| Tiny
| ''Elliptical galaxies have the stars placed in a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliptical_galaxy ellipsoidal pattern ], resulting in an evenly distributed geography. Expansion is mostly unhindered. It is also the Default map.''
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| ''Elliptical galaxies have the stars placed in a [[wikipedia:Elliptical galaxy|ellipsoidal pattern]], resulting in an evenly distributed geography. Expansion is mostly unhindered. It is also the Default map.''
 
|-
 
|-
| [[File:Spiral 2.png|100px]] || '''Spiral (2 arms)'''
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| [[File:Spiral 2.png|100px]] || '''Spiral  (2 arms)'''
 
| Small
 
| Small
| rowspan=2 |''Spiral galaxies have the stars placed in arms that extend out in a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_galaxy spiral pattern]. A spiral galaxy provides an interesting geography as the galactic arms are sparsely connected to each other.''
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|rowspan="2"|''Spiral galaxies have the stars placed in arms that extend out in a [[wikipedia:Spiral galaxy|spiral pattern]]. A spiral galaxy provides an interesting geography as the galactic arms are sparsely connected to each other.''
 
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|-
| [[File:Spiral 4.png|100px]] || '''Spiral (4 arms)'''
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| [[File:Spiral 4.png|100px]] || '''Spiral  (4 arms)'''
 
| Medium
 
| Medium
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[File:Ring Galaxy.png|100px]] || '''Ring'''
 
| [[File:Ring Galaxy.png|100px]] || '''Ring'''
 
| Tiny
 
| Tiny
| ''Ring galaxies have the stars placed in a [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_galaxy ring shape] around the galactic core, making it easier to cut other empires off from the rest of the galaxy than it is with any other shape. Expansion is limited to a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. An inner ring surrounds the galactic core''
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| ''Ring galaxies have the stars placed in a [[wikipedia:Ring galaxy|ring shape]] around the galactic core, making it easier to cut other empires off from the rest of the galaxy than it is with any other shape. Expansion is limited to a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. An inner ring surrounds the galactic core''
 
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=== Galaxy size ===
 
=== Galaxy size ===
 
In addition to the galaxy shape, the size of the galaxy can also be chosen at the beginning of the game, ranging from 200 to 1000 stars. The size of the galaxy affects the number of stars, as well as how many AI Empires, Fallen Empires and {{icon|apc}} Marauder Empires can be generated at the start of the game.
 
In addition to the galaxy shape, the size of the galaxy can also be chosen at the beginning of the game, ranging from 200 to 1000 stars. The size of the galaxy affects the number of stars, as well as how many AI Empires, Fallen Empires and {{icon|apc}} Marauder Empires can be generated at the start of the game.
{| class="mildtable" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="4" style="text-align: center;
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{| class="mildtable center" style="width:auto"
|-
 
 
! Size
 
! Size
! Number of Stars
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! Number<br> of stars
! Maximum AI Empires
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! Maximum<br> AI empires
! Maximum Fallen Empires
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! Maximum<br> fallen empires
! {{icon|apc}} Maximum Marauder Empires
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! {{icon|apc}} Maximum<br> marauder empires
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! Radius<br> units
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Tiny'''
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! Tiny
 
| 200
 
| 200
 
| 6
 
| 6
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| 1
 
| 1
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| 200
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Small'''
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! Small
 
| 400
 
| 400
 
| 12
 
| 12
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
| 2
 
| 2
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| 300
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Medium'''
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! Medium
 
| 600
 
| 600
 
| 18
 
| 18
 
| 3
 
| 3
 
| 2
 
| 2
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| 400
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Large'''
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! Large
 
| 800
 
| 800
 
| 24
 
| 24
 
| 4
 
| 4
 
| 3
 
| 3
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| 450
 
|-
 
|-
| '''Huge'''
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! Huge
 
| 1000
 
| 1000
 
| 30
 
| 30
 
| 5
 
| 5
 
| 3
 
| 3
|-
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| 450
 
|}
 
|}
  
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[[File:Hyperlane Density Max.png|300px|thumb|Hyperlane Density 2.75X]]
 
[[File:Hyperlane Density Max.png|300px|thumb|Hyperlane Density 2.75X]]
 
[[File:Hyperlane Density Full.png|300px|thumb|Hyperlane Density Full]]
 
[[File:Hyperlane Density Full.png|300px|thumb|Hyperlane Density Full]]
* '''AI empires''' - Determines the number of AI empires that spawn at the same time as human players. Number ranges are dependent on galaxy size; minimum can be set at zero.
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* '''AI Empires''' Determines the number of AI empires that spawn at the same time as human players. Number ranges are dependent on galaxy size; minimum can be set at zero.
* '''Advanced AI starts''' - Can range from 0 to all of the AI empires. Determines the number of Advanced Empires.
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* '''Advanced AI Starts''' – Determines the number of [[#Advanced Empires|Advanced Empires]]. Can range from 0 to all of the AI empires.
* '''Fallen Empires''' - The max number of Fallen Empires that can spawn. There can be no more than 5 Fallen Empires, one of each kind. (Ancient Caretakers is only available with {{iconify|Synthetic Dawn}} DLC)
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* '''Fallen Empires''' The max number of [[Fallen empire|Fallen Empires]] that can spawn. There can be no more than 5 Fallen Empires, one of each kind. (Ancient Caretakers is only available with {{iconify|Synthetic Dawn|24px}} DLC)
* '''Tech/ Tradition cost''' - Determines the costs of [[technology]], [[traditions]] and [[Edicts|ambitions]] for regular empires. Ranges from 0.25X to 5X.
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* '''Tech/ Tradition Cost''' Determines the costs of [[technology]], [[traditions]] and [[Edicts#Ambitions|ambitions]] for regular empires. Does not affect event rewards. Ranges from 0.25X to 5X.
* '''Habitable Worlds''' - Increases or decreases the chance of planets being habitable. Ranges from 0.25X to 5X.
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* '''Habitable Worlds''' Increases or decreases the chance of planets being habitable. Ranges from 0.25X to 5X.
* '''Primitive Civilizations''' - Increases or decreases the chance of Primitive Civilizations spawning. Ranges from 0X (no primitives) to 5X.
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* '''Primitive Civilizations''' Increases or decreases the chance of [[Pre-FTL species|Primitive Civilizations]] spawning. Ranges from 0X (no primitives) to 1X (3% chance per system) to 5X (15% chance per system).
* '''Crisis Strength''' - Determines the fleet power of endgame crises. Ranges from 0X (no crises) to 5X.
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* '''Crisis Strength''' Determines the bonus of [[Crisis|endgame crises]] ships get. Ranges from 0X (no crises) to 25X. Base crisis ship bonus is multiplied by the number of this slider.
* '''Mid-Game Start Year''' - Determines earliest year whereby mid-game events can occur.
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* '''Crisis Type''' – Determines which one of the [[Crisis|endgame crises]] will appear. Can be set to a specific one or at random.
* '''End-Game Start Year''' - Determines earliest year whereby end-game events can occur.
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* '''Mid-Game Start Year''' Determines earliest year whereby mid-game events can occur. Default is 2300.
* '''Victory Year''' - Determines when the empire with the highest Score is declared winner.
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* '''End-Game Start Year''' Determines earliest year whereby end-game events can occur. Default is 2400.
* '''AI Aggressiveness''' - The overall AI aggressiveness can be increased or decreased and determines how likely the AI is to declare war on empires if they have negative attitudes.
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* '''Victory Year''' Determines when the empire with the highest Score is declared winner. Setting it to max disables victory. Default is 2500.
* '''Empire Placement''' - Determines whether empires will be placed in clusters to increase the likelihood that you'll have some neighbors or placed at random.
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* '''AI Aggressiveness''' – Determines how likely the AI is to declare [[war]] on empires if they have negative [[attitude]] as well as how many fleets will it use for offense.
* '''Advanced Neighbors''' - Determines whether ''Advanced AI empires'' can spawn next to human players or not.
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* '''Empire Placement''' Determines whether empires will be placed in clusters to increase the likelihood that you'll have some neighbors or placed at random.
* '''Hyperlane Density''' - Determines number of hyperlanes in the galaxy. Ranges from 0.5X to 2.75X to Full. Full density removes clusters and choke points.
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* '''Advanced Neighbors''' Determines whether ''Advanced AI empires'' can spawn next to human players or not.
* '''Abandoned Gateways''' - Determines number of abandoned gateways in the galaxy. Ranges from 0X (no gateways) to 5X.
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* '''Hyperlane Density''' Determines number of hyperlanes in the galaxy. Ranges from 0.5X to 2.75X to Full. Full density removes clusters and choke points.
* '''Wormhole Pairs''' - Determines number of wormhole pairs in the galaxy. Ranges from 0X (no wormholes except the one leading to the Sealed System) to 5X.
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* '''Abandoned Gateways''' Determines number of abandoned [[gateway]]s in the galaxy. Ranges from 0X (no gateways) to 5X.
* '''Guaranteed Habitable Worlds''' - Creates up to 2 habitable planets of the same class as the homeworld close to every empire's starting system.
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* '''Wormhole Pairs''' Determines number of [[wormhole]] pairs in the galaxy. Ranges from 0X (no wormholes except the one leading to the Sealed System) to 5X.
*{{icon|apc}} '''Marauder Empires''' - The max number of Marauder Empires that can spawn.
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* '''Guaranteed Habitable Worlds''' Creates up to 2 habitable planets of the same class as the homeworld close to every empire’s starting system. Will not create {{iconify|Gaia}} or {{iconify|Tomb}} worlds.
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* '''Logistic Growth Ceiling''' – Determines the pop growth bonuses when planets are in the middle of their logistic curve. Higher values negatively affect late-game performance.
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* '''Growth Required Scaling''' – Determines how many growth points are required for new pops to be created. Lower values negatively affect late-game performance.
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* {{icon|apc}} '''Marauder Empires''' The max number of [[Marauders|Marauder Empires]] that can spawn.
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* {{icon|mgc}} '''Caravaneers''' – Determines whether the [[Caravaneers]] will spawn.
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* {{icon|mgc}} '''Xeno-Compatibility''' – Determines whether the [[File:Ap xeno compatibility.png|24px]] Xeno-Compatibility [[ascension perk]] can be picked.
  
 
=== Advanced Empires ===
 
=== Advanced Empires ===
Advanced empires are AI empires that start with an advantage over human players. The get the following benefits to have a head start:
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Advanced empires are AI empires that start with an advantage over human players. They get the following benefits to have a head start:
* {{icon|energy}} 1000 Energy Credits
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* {{icon|alloys}} 500 Alloys
* {{icon|minerals}} 1000 Minerals
 
 
* {{icon|influence}} 200 Influence
 
* {{icon|influence}} 200 Influence
* {{icon|alloys}} 500 Alloys
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* {{icon|food}} 1000 Food if not {{iconify|Machine Intelligence}}
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* {{icon|energy}} 1000 Energy if not {{iconify|Machine Intelligence}}
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* {{icon|energy}} 2000 Energy if {{iconify|Machine Intelligence}}
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* {{icon|consumer goods}} 500 Consumer Goods if not {{iconify|Gestalt Consciousness}}
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* {{icon|minerals}} 1000 Minerals if not {{iconify|Gestalt Consciousness}}
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* {{icon|minerals}} 1500 Minerals if {{iconify|Gestalt Consciousness}}
 
* {{iconify|Planetary Unification|24px}} technology
 
* {{iconify|Planetary Unification|24px}} technology
* 3-7 extra warships
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* 3-7 extra corvettes
* 2-5 extra systems with stations built
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* 2-5 extra systems with stations built over all deposits
* 75% of habitable planets in their systems colonized and developed
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* 0-3 extra Starport-level starbases
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* Mining or research station over every deposit within borders
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* Guaranteed habitable worlds are colonized and developed
  
 
=== Game Phases ===
 
=== Game Phases ===
 
The following events take place after '''Mid-Game''':
 
The following events take place after '''Mid-Game''':
* Fleet Maneuvers event
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* Ancient Mining Drones and Crystalline Entities can expand
* Fallen Empires offer better gifts
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* Rulers can have the Public Debates agenda
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* [[Exploration#Space Storms|Space storms]] can occur
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* Fleet Maneuvers event can trigger
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* Fallen empires offer better gifts
 
* {{icon|lev}} Spectral Wraith can emerge from the germinating pulsar
 
* {{icon|lev}} Spectral Wraith can emerge from the germinating pulsar
* {{icon|snd}} Machine Uprisings can take place
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* {{icon|snd}} AI rebellions can take place
 
* {{icon|apc}} Marauder mercenary fleets become available
 
* {{icon|apc}} Marauder mercenary fleets become available
 
* {{icon|apc}} Marauder empires can become The Horde
 
* {{icon|apc}} Marauder empires can become The Horde
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* {{icon|dst}} AI empires discover L-Gate clues faster
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* {{icon|dst}} Enigmatic Cache can emerge from a gateway or L-gate
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* {{icon|anr}} Ancient Tomb archaeology site can appear
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* {{icon|fed}} The [[On the Shoulders of Giants]] event chain starts
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* {{icon|fed}} The Crystalline Empire enclave can spawn
  
 
The following events take place after '''End-Game'''
 
The following events take place after '''End-Game'''
* Endgame Crises can trigger
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* Endgame crises can trigger
 
* Fallen Empires can awaken
 
* Fallen Empires can awaken
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* The [[Spaceborne aliens#Bemat Thalassocracy|Bemat Thalassocracy]] can appear
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* Fewer random espionage events happen
 
* {{icon|apc}} Marauder empires can no longer become The Horde
 
* {{icon|apc}} Marauder empires can no longer become The Horde
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* {{icon|dst}} AI empires discover L-gate clues faster
  
 
== Difficulty ==
 
== Difficulty ==
Increases the difficulty of the game for a greater challenge, with higher difficulties granting bonuses to AI empires. Higher difficulty also increases the strength of the endgame [[Crisis|crisis]]. Vassals of human players do not gain difficulty bonuses.
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Increases the difficulty of the game for a greater challenge, with higher difficulties granting bonuses to AI empires. Higher difficulty also increases the strength of the endgame [[crisis]]. Vassals of human players do not gain difficulty bonuses.
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In addition to the bonuses specified below, the AI gains a small boost to ship speed, warp speed, and evasion bonuses.
  
 
'''Scaling Difficulty''' causes the AI (or human) empires and spaceborne aliens difficulty bonuses to start at zero and scale up over the course of the game, reaching the bonus defined by difficulty level at the End-Game year.
 
'''Scaling Difficulty''' causes the AI (or human) empires and spaceborne aliens difficulty bonuses to start at zero and scale up over the course of the game, reaching the bonus defined by difficulty level at the End-Game year.
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{| class="mildtable plainlist"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! Difficulty
 
! Difficulty
 
! AI bonuses
 
! AI bonuses
! Spaceborne Aliens bonuses
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! Spaceborne aliens bonuses
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! Endgame crisis bonuses
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! Player bonuses
 
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| '''Cadet'''
 
| '''Cadet'''
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| None
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| None
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| None
 
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* Player empires receive
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} {{green|+50%}} Resources from jobs and stations
* {{icon|pop resource output}} +50% Resources from Jobs and Stations
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* {{icon|naval capacity}} {{green|+50%}} Naval capacity
* {{icon|naval capacity}} +50% Naval Capacity
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* {{icon|stability}} {{green|+10}} Stability
* {{icon|stability}} +10 Stability
 
| None
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| '''Ensign'''
 
| '''Ensign'''
 
| None
 
| None
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* {{icon|ship damage}} +30% Weapons Damage
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+30%}} Weapons damage
* {{icon|ship health}} +30% Hull
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+30%}} Hull
* {{icon|ship armor}} +30% Armor
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+30%}} Armor
* {{icon|ship shield}} +30% Shields
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+30%}} Shields
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+90%}} Weapons damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+90%}} Hull
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+90%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+90%}} Shields
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| None
 
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| '''Captain'''
 
| '''Captain'''
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} +25% Resources from Jobs and Stations
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} {{green|+25%}} Resources from jobs and stations
* {{icon|naval capacity}} +15% Naval Capacity
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* {{icon|naval capacity}} {{green|+15%}} Naval capacity
* {{icon|ship upkeep}} -10% Ship Upkeep
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* {{icon|ship upkeep}} {{green|−10%}} Ship upkeep
* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} -10% Starbase Shipyard Cost
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* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} {{green|−10%}} Starbase shipyard cost
* {{icon|stability}} +5 Stability
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* {{icon|resettlement cost}} {{green|−25%}} Resettlement cost
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* {{icon|stability}} {{green|+5}} Stability
* {{icon|ship damage}} +35% Weapons Damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} +35% Hull
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+35%}} Weapons damage
* {{icon|ship armor}} +35% Armor
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+35%}} Hull
* {{icon|ship shield}} +35% Shields
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+35%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+35%}} Shields
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+105%}} Weapons damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+105%}} Hull
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+105%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+105%}} Shields
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| None
 
|-
 
|-
 
| '''Commodore'''
 
| '''Commodore'''
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} +50% Resources from Jobs and Stations
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} {{green|+50%}} Resources from jobs and stations
* {{icon|naval capacity}} +30% Naval Capacity
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* {{icon|naval capacity}} {{green|+30%}} Naval capacity
* {{icon|ship upkeep}} -20% Ship Upkeep
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* {{icon|ship upkeep}} {{green|−20%}} Ship Upkeep
* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} -20% Starbase Shipyard Cost
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* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} {{green|−20%}} Starbase shipyard cost
* {{icon|stability}} +10 Stability
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* {{icon|resettlement cost}} {{green|−50%}} Resettlement cost
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* {{icon|stability}} {{green|+10}} Stability
* {{icon|ship damage}} +40% Weapons Damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} +40% Hull
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+40%}} Weapons damage
* {{icon|ship armor}} +40% Armor
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+40%}} Hull
* {{icon|ship shield}} +40% Shields
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+40%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+40%}} Shields
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+120%}} Weapons damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+120%}} Hull
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+120%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+120%}} Shields
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| None
 
|-
 
|-
 
| '''Admiral'''
 
| '''Admiral'''
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} +75% Resources from Jobs and Stations
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} {{green|+75%}} Resources from jobs and stations
* {{icon|naval capacity}} +45% Naval Capacity
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* {{icon|naval capacity}} {{green|+45%}} Naval capacity
* {{icon|ship upkeep}} -30% Ship Upkeep
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* {{icon|ship upkeep}} {{green|−30%}} Ship upkeep
* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} -30% Starbase Shipyard Cost
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* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} {{green|−30%}} Starbase shipyard cost
* {{icon|stability}} +15 Stability
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* {{icon|resettlement cost}} {{green|−75%}} Resettlement cost
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* {{icon|stability}} {{green|+15}} Stability
* {{icon|ship damage}} +45% Weapons Damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} +45% Hull
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+45%}} Weapons damage
* {{icon|ship armor}} +45% Armor
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+45%}} Hull
* {{icon|ship shield}} +45% Shields
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+45%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+45%}} Shields
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+135%}} Weapons damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+135%}} Hull
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+135%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+135%}} Shields
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| None
 
|-
 
|-
 
| '''Grand Admiral'''
 
| '''Grand Admiral'''
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} +100% Resources from Jobs and Stations
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* {{icon|pop resource output}} {{green|+100%}} Resources from jobs and stations
* {{icon|naval capacity}} +60% Naval Capacity
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* {{icon|naval capacity}} {{green|+60%}} Naval capacity
* {{icon|ship upkeep}} -40% Ship Upkeep
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* {{icon|ship upkeep}} {{green|−40%}} Ship upkeep
* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} -40% Starbase Shipyard Cost
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* {{icon|spaceport module cost}} {{green|−40%}} Starbase shipyard cost
* {{icon|stability}} +20 Stability
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* {{icon|resettlement cost}} {{green|−100%}} Resettlement cost
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* {{icon|stability}} {{green|+20}} Stability
* {{icon|ship damage}} +50% Weapons Damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} +50% Hull
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+50%}} Weapons damage
* {{icon|ship armor}} +50% Armor
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+50%}} Hull
* {{icon|ship shield}} +50% Shields
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+50%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+50%}} Shields
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|
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* {{icon|weapons damage}} {{green|+150%}} Weapons damage
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* {{icon|ship health}} {{green|+150%}} Hull
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* {{icon|ship armor}} {{green|+150%}} Armor
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* {{icon|ship shield}} {{green|+150%}} Shields
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| None
 
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== Ironman mode ==
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== Ironman Mode ==
 
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Ironman is an optional game mode that restricts the player’s control over their save file, effectively removing the ability to correct mistakes and change decisions made during the course of play. Under Ironman Mode saving manually is disabled and the game runs on a single save file that gets overwritten every time a significant action is taken. Console commands are also disabled.
{{Main|Ironman}}
 
  
Determines whether or not Ironman Mode is turned on or off.
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Enabling Ironman Mode requires the ''Autosave to Cloud'' option to be enabled in the Settings menu, which also requires the user to be logged into Steam and Steam Cloud to be enabled for the game in the Steam Library (Stellaris/Properties/Updates). This also requires that "Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for applications which support it" is enabled in the Steam settings (Steam/Settings/Cloud).
  
*''Ironman Mode''- Saving manually is disabled. Every time the game is saved, the previous save file is overwritten. Console cheats are also disabled. In order to earn Steam achievements, Ironman mode MUST be enabled.
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[[Achievements]] can only be unlocked in ironman mode. If the checksum is modified by the presence of gameplay mods Ironman Mode will not grant achievements.
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 23:24, 18 September 2021

Version

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This article has been verified for the current PC version (3.1) of the game.

Game Settings are the various changes that the player can make before starting a single player or multiplayer game. These settings can be used to make game sessions shorter or longer, simpler or more complex, as well as to increase the difficulty if desired.

Galaxy

When starting a new game, the player may choose which type of galaxy they are to play in. An empire’s expansion is limited to the galactic plane, so the shape of the galaxy will affect play. Which galaxy types are accessible at the start of the game is determined by how many stars the galaxy is to have.

Galaxy shape

There are 3 different types of galaxies available, with 2 variants of the spiral galaxy for a total of 4 possible galaxy shape options.

Type Min Galaxy Size Description
Elliptical.png Elliptical Tiny Elliptical galaxies have the stars placed in a ellipsoidal pattern, resulting in an evenly distributed geography. Expansion is mostly unhindered. It is also the Default map.
Spiral 2.png Spiral  (2 arms) Small Spiral galaxies have the stars placed in arms that extend out in a spiral pattern. A spiral galaxy provides an interesting geography as the galactic arms are sparsely connected to each other.
Spiral 4.png Spiral  (4 arms) Medium
Ring Galaxy.png Ring Tiny Ring galaxies have the stars placed in a ring shape around the galactic core, making it easier to cut other empires off from the rest of the galaxy than it is with any other shape. Expansion is limited to a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. An inner ring surrounds the galactic core

Galaxy size

In addition to the galaxy shape, the size of the galaxy can also be chosen at the beginning of the game, ranging from 200 to 1000 stars. The size of the galaxy affects the number of stars, as well as how many AI Empires, Fallen Empires and Apocalypse.png Marauder Empires can be generated at the start of the game.

Size Number
of stars
Maximum
AI empires
Maximum
fallen empires
Apocalypse.png Maximum
marauder empires
Radius
units
Tiny 200 6 1 1 200
Small 400 12 2 2 300
Medium 600 18 3 2 400
Large 800 24 4 3 450
Huge 1000 30 5 3 450

Game Details

Hyperlane Density 0.5X
Hyperlane Density 2.75X
Hyperlane Density Full
  • AI Empires – Determines the number of AI empires that spawn at the same time as human players. Number ranges are dependent on galaxy size; minimum can be set at zero.
  • Advanced AI Starts – Determines the number of Advanced Empires. Can range from 0 to all of the AI empires.
  • Fallen Empires – The max number of Fallen Empires that can spawn. There can be no more than 5 Fallen Empires, one of each kind. (Ancient Caretakers is only available with Synthetic Dawn.png Synthetic Dawn DLC)
  • Tech/ Tradition Cost – Determines the costs of technology, traditions and ambitions for regular empires. Does not affect event rewards. Ranges from 0.25X to 5X.
  • Habitable Worlds – Increases or decreases the chance of planets being habitable. Ranges from 0.25X to 5X.
  • Primitive Civilizations – Increases or decreases the chance of Primitive Civilizations spawning. Ranges from 0X (no primitives) to 1X (3% chance per system) to 5X (15% chance per system).
  • Crisis Strength – Determines the bonus of endgame crises ships get. Ranges from 0X (no crises) to 25X. Base crisis ship bonus is multiplied by the number of this slider.
  • Crisis Type – Determines which one of the endgame crises will appear. Can be set to a specific one or at random.
  • Mid-Game Start Year – Determines earliest year whereby mid-game events can occur. Default is 2300.
  • End-Game Start Year – Determines earliest year whereby end-game events can occur. Default is 2400.
  • Victory Year – Determines when the empire with the highest Score is declared winner. Setting it to max disables victory. Default is 2500.
  • AI Aggressiveness – Determines how likely the AI is to declare war on empires if they have negative attitude as well as how many fleets will it use for offense.
  • Empire Placement – Determines whether empires will be placed in clusters to increase the likelihood that you'll have some neighbors or placed at random.
  • Advanced Neighbors – Determines whether Advanced AI empires can spawn next to human players or not.
  • Hyperlane Density – Determines number of hyperlanes in the galaxy. Ranges from 0.5X to 2.75X to Full. Full density removes clusters and choke points.
  • Abandoned Gateways – Determines number of abandoned gateways in the galaxy. Ranges from 0X (no gateways) to 5X.
  • Wormhole Pairs – Determines number of wormhole pairs in the galaxy. Ranges from 0X (no wormholes except the one leading to the Sealed System) to 5X.
  • Guaranteed Habitable Worlds – Creates up to 2 habitable planets of the same class as the homeworld close to every empire’s starting system. Will not create Trait pc gaia preference.png Gaia or Trait pc nuked preference.png Tomb worlds.
  • Logistic Growth Ceiling – Determines the pop growth bonuses when planets are in the middle of their logistic curve. Higher values negatively affect late-game performance.
  • Growth Required Scaling – Determines how many growth points are required for new pops to be created. Lower values negatively affect late-game performance.
  • Apocalypse.png Marauder Empires – The max number of Marauder Empires that can spawn.
  • MegaCorp.png Caravaneers – Determines whether the Caravaneers will spawn.
  • MegaCorp.png Xeno-Compatibility – Determines whether the Ap xeno compatibility.png Xeno-Compatibility ascension perk can be picked.

Advanced Empires

Advanced empires are AI empires that start with an advantage over human players. They get the following benefits to have a head start:

  • Alloys.png 500 Alloys
  • Influence.png 200 Influence
  • Food.png 1000 Food if not Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
  • Energy.png 1000 Energy if not Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
  • Energy.png 2000 Energy if Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
  • Consumer goods.png 500 Consumer Goods if not Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
  • Minerals.png 1000 Minerals if not Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
  • Minerals.png 1500 Minerals if Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
  • Tech planetary unification.png Planetary Unification technology
  • 3-7 extra corvettes
  • 2-5 extra systems with stations built over all deposits
  • 0-3 extra Starport-level starbases
  • Mining or research station over every deposit within borders
  • Guaranteed habitable worlds are colonized and developed

Game Phases

The following events take place after Mid-Game:

  • Ancient Mining Drones and Crystalline Entities can expand
  • Rulers can have the Public Debates agenda
  • Space storms can occur
  • Fleet Maneuvers event can trigger
  • Fallen empires offer better gifts
  • Leviathans.png Spectral Wraith can emerge from the germinating pulsar
  • Synthetic Dawn.png AI rebellions can take place
  • Apocalypse.png Marauder mercenary fleets become available
  • Apocalypse.png Marauder empires can become The Horde
  • Distant Stars.png AI empires discover L-Gate clues faster
  • Distant Stars.png Enigmatic Cache can emerge from a gateway or L-gate
  • Ancient Relics.png Ancient Tomb archaeology site can appear
  • Federations The On the Shoulders of Giants event chain starts
  • Federations The Crystalline Empire enclave can spawn

The following events take place after End-Game

  • Endgame crises can trigger
  • Fallen Empires can awaken
  • The Bemat Thalassocracy can appear
  • Fewer random espionage events happen
  • Apocalypse.png Marauder empires can no longer become The Horde
  • Distant Stars.png AI empires discover L-gate clues faster

Difficulty

Increases the difficulty of the game for a greater challenge, with higher difficulties granting bonuses to AI empires. Higher difficulty also increases the strength of the endgame crisis. Vassals of human players do not gain difficulty bonuses. In addition to the bonuses specified below, the AI gains a small boost to ship speed, warp speed, and evasion bonuses.

Scaling Difficulty causes the AI (or human) empires and spaceborne aliens difficulty bonuses to start at zero and scale up over the course of the game, reaching the bonus defined by difficulty level at the End-Game year.

Difficulty AI bonuses Spaceborne aliens bonuses Endgame crisis bonuses Player bonuses
Cadet None None None
  • Mod pop resource output.png +50% Resources from jobs and stations
  • Mod fleet size add.png +50% Naval capacity
  • Stability.png +10 Stability
Ensign None
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +30% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +30% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +30% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +30% Shields
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +90% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +90% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +90% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +90% Shields
None
Captain
  • Mod pop resource output.png +25% Resources from jobs and stations
  • Mod fleet size add.png +15% Naval capacity
  • Mod ship upkeep mult.png −10% Ship upkeep
  • Mod spaceport module cost mult.png −10% Starbase shipyard cost
  • Mod pop resettlement cost mult.png −25% Resettlement cost
  • Stability.png +5 Stability
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +35% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +35% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +35% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +35% Shields
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +105% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +105% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +105% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +105% Shields
None
Commodore
  • Mod pop resource output.png +50% Resources from jobs and stations
  • Mod fleet size add.png +30% Naval capacity
  • Mod ship upkeep mult.png −20% Ship Upkeep
  • Mod spaceport module cost mult.png −20% Starbase shipyard cost
  • Mod pop resettlement cost mult.png −50% Resettlement cost
  • Stability.png +10 Stability
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +40% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +40% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +40% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +40% Shields
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +120% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +120% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +120% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +120% Shields
None
Admiral
  • Mod pop resource output.png +75% Resources from jobs and stations
  • Mod fleet size add.png +45% Naval capacity
  • Mod ship upkeep mult.png −30% Ship upkeep
  • Mod spaceport module cost mult.png −30% Starbase shipyard cost
  • Mod pop resettlement cost mult.png −75% Resettlement cost
  • Stability.png +15 Stability
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +45% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +45% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +45% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +45% Shields
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +135% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +135% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +135% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +135% Shields
None
Grand Admiral
  • Mod pop resource output.png +100% Resources from jobs and stations
  • Mod fleet size add.png +60% Naval capacity
  • Mod ship upkeep mult.png −40% Ship upkeep
  • Mod spaceport module cost mult.png −40% Starbase shipyard cost
  • Mod pop resettlement cost mult.png −100% Resettlement cost
  • Stability.png +20 Stability
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +50% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +50% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +50% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +50% Shields
  • Mod ship weapon damage.png +150% Weapons damage
  • Mod ship hitpoints add.png +150% Hull
  • Mod ship armor mult.png +150% Armor
  • Mod ship shield hp mult.png +150% Shields
None

Ironman Mode

Ironman is an optional game mode that restricts the player’s control over their save file, effectively removing the ability to correct mistakes and change decisions made during the course of play. Under Ironman Mode saving manually is disabled and the game runs on a single save file that gets overwritten every time a significant action is taken. Console commands are also disabled.

Enabling Ironman Mode requires the Autosave to Cloud option to be enabled in the Settings menu, which also requires the user to be logged into Steam and Steam Cloud to be enabled for the game in the Steam Library (Stellaris/Properties/Updates). This also requires that "Enable Steam Cloud synchronization for applications which support it" is enabled in the Steam settings (Steam/Settings/Cloud).

Achievements can only be unlocked in ironman mode. If the checksum is modified by the presence of gameplay mods Ironman Mode will not grant achievements.

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