Caterium Ore

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Caterium Ore is an ore smelted or refined into  Caterium Ingots. It is one of the ores with its own MAM research chain. Researching caterium offers useful unlocks even in the early-game. Later on, it becomes a crucial element in advanced electronics.



 Caterium Ore is added to the Resource Scanner via the Caterium Research chain in the MAM.png MAM using:
Caterium Ore.png

Additionally, its resource scanner is unlocked in the Tier 6 milestone Expanded Power Infrastructure.

Resource acquisition

Caterium Ore can be harvested by hand (default E) in trace amounts from resource deposits scattered across the world, or from inexhaustible resource nodes on which Miners can be constructed to extract automatically. Additonally, Lizard Doggos will ocassionally bring it when tamed.

Items produced per minute

Number of Caterium Ore resource nodes is as follows:

of nodes
mining rate
Mk.3 mining rate
at 250 %
Impure 0 0 0
Normal 8 1,920 4,800
Pure 8 3,840 6,240* / 9,600
Total 16 5,760 11,040* / 14,400

*Note: The extraction rate of a Miner Mk.3 at 250 % is 1,200/min, but a Mk.5 Conveyor can only carry 780/min, therefore the maximum mined amount cannot be transported.

Extraction energy

It takes about 8.49 MJ to extract 1 Caterium Ore. Further reading: Extraction energy



 Caterium Ore reveals the Caterium Research chain in the MAM.png MAM when picked up.


Recipe Ingredients Produced in Products Unlocked by
Caterium Ingot
3 × Caterium Ore.pngCaterium Ore45 / min
4 sec
1 × Caterium Ingot.pngCaterium Ingot15 / min
MAM Caterium Research - Caterium Ingots
Pure Caterium Ingot
2 × Caterium Ore.pngCaterium Ore24 / min
2 × Water.pngWater24 / min
5 sec
1 × Caterium Ingot.pngCaterium Ingot12 / min
MAM Caterium Research - Caterium OR
Tier 3 - Coal Power


 Caterium Ore can be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink to yield 7 points.


  • Caterium nodes are usually found on their own, rather than in proximity of other Caterium nodes, but are fairly evenly distributed around the world. This can make the usage of Alternate Recipes that introduce Caterium to a production line more practical than it may initially seem.
  • Caterium is frequently found in locations that aren't immediately obvious, such as up cliffs, or behind rocky outcroppings. The usage of Radar Towers can help locate nodes such as these without the need to constantly scan for Caterium Ore.
  • Certain Caterium Ore nodes are blocked by cracked boulders that need to be detonated with a Nobelisk or Explosive Rebar before a Miner can be placed on them. However, it is still possible to mine blocked nodes by hand, and Portable Miners can be placed between and around those boulders.
  • Because of the scarcity of Caterium Ore it is recommended that the Pure Recipe for Caterium Ingot is used despite the higher Power Usage because it turns 2 Ores into 1 Caterium Ingot unlike the normal recipe which turns 3 Ore into 1 Caterium Ingot.


  • Caterium is named after Caterina Parks, the CEO of FICSIT Inc.[1]
  • It very likely replaced gold before the game entered closed alpha, as gold was mentioned in a dev highlight but was never seen in-game.[2]
    • It is named OreGold internally, Caterium Ingots GoldIngot, which, in addition, used to have gold purity markings on them, until an Update 3 patch.
  • Stockpiling ~500 Caterium Ore is highly recommended at the beginning of the game, which is enough to unlock Zipline for early exploration.

See also