Resources

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In KeeperRL the amount of resources you have is limited: trees don't grow back, all ores are shown. Through the use of alchemy there is an exception with gold being used to turn into other materials.

To gather resources you have to select them the Dig or cut tree tool. Your imps will then start to harvest the resource and carry it to your stockpiles.

Resources-Screenshot.png Left to right: Gold, wood, iron, adamantium, stone, mana

Gold

You get gold by mining gold veins.

You need to store gold pieces in a treasure chest.

Gold is used to build statues. It is the only way to seriously increase your population cap. Hoarding too much gold will attract bandits, and the throne itself makes your neighbors hate you more.

The alternative but surefire way of getting gold is by luring attackers into your keep and taking the ore from the bloody corpses, as they very often carry their purse with them. A defensive keep strategy will easily score a big gold count.

Wood

You get wood by chopping down trees or bushes.

The amount of wood planks per tile is more from trees than from bushes.

Wood is used to build rooms (around 2/3 of them) and installations, like doors, bridges, etc. It's the first resource you are gonna need as it takes some wood per library bookcase, enabling research.

Iron

You get iron by mining ore veins.

The amount of iron ore per tile is randomized somewhat.

Iron is used to build rooms, usually with a military theme, such as the training room, the forge.

Adamantium

You get adamantium by mining ore veins.

Adamantium is used to build special dummies and finer, sharper, better weapons and armour than iron. Naturally occurring veins are guarded by golems that will wreck an unsuspecting keeper.

Stone

You get stone by mining granite veins.

Stone is used to build 2 rooms: the graveyard and the laboratory. It is needed for flooring.

Mana

You harvest mana by destroying an entire tribe

In free-play mode, you can get mana from studying in the library, if this option is turned on during the game setup.

Mana is used to do research and build your throne once you can.