Planet Management

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  • Planet management can be opened for any visible planet by clicking it
  • A planet must be within your sensor range or colonized by you to be visible
  • What you can see and do from planet management depends on whether you've colonized the planet or explored it or not

See also: Planet Management: Population

Exploration status


  • A planet is unexplored until one of your fleets enters its orbit
  • Only environment intel is available for unexplored planets


Planet intel

  • Real-time planet intel is only available while you have a fleet in orbit (for planets that you've colonized the intel is always in real-time)
  • After leaving a planet's orbit the 'last known' planet intel is remembered (re-enter orbit for an update)
  • Other player's fleets in orbit are only visible while you have a fleet in orbit (or if you've colonized the planet)

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  • A planet's temperature and land mass determine its suitability for your civilization (hover over the environment panel for details)
  • If the environment isn't suitable for your civilization population growth will be slow and in extremely hostile environments your population will die!
  • The temperature and land mass can be improved for your civilization by building climate or hydro adjustment stations (if the environment is too hostile it may not be worthwhile)
  • Planet size determines the population limit (larger planets support larger populations)

Natural resources

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  • Each natural resource has a different use (hover over them to find out more)
  • Planets usually only have 2 or 3 of the 5 natural resources (apart from your home planet)
  • Surface deposits can be taken from a planet - without having to colonize the planet - by transferring them to a fleet in orbit, if the fleet has cargo space (very handy if you're low on resources)
  • Unmined deposits can only be extracted by colonizing the planet and mining for them
  • An unmined deposit has a quantity and a density. Larger deposits are more valuable, but the speed at which a deposit can be mined is determined by its density (lower density deposits take much longer to mine and may not be worth the investment).
  • If you have a fleet in orbit of a planet or have colonized it, clicking any of the natural resources will open the resource transfer screen


  • A planet can have up to 2 populations (most planets aren't populated)
  • If a planet isn't populated you can colonize it to claim it (as can another player)
  • If a planet is populated check the planet status to see if the population is native (the planet can be colonized) or belongs to another player (the planet can be taken with a successful invasion or with its owner's consent)
  • If you colonize a planet with a native population they will join your colony (native populations can be extremely valuable assets)
  • For planets that you've colonized, clicking a population will open the population screen (if you haven't colonized the planet clicking a population doesn't do anything)


If you or another player has colonized a planet you get additional intel about the colony (you can only manage the population or open resource transfer if the colony is yours - not another player's):

  • Mining rates: whether any resources are being mined and at what rates
  • Science: the science power contributed by that colony
  • Power balance: the power available to the colony and how much is being consumed
  • Income: the income from the colony's population (via taxation)
  • Employment: the balance between population size and personnel required to operate its buildings produces either unemployment or a labor shortage (neither is a problem while within the civilization's tolerance)
  • Defense: the number of troops on the planet and orbit defense status (if constructed)
  • Shipyard: if the colony has a shipyard in orbit
  • Construction activity: for buildings and ships (if the colony has a shipyard)

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Planet status

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  • The planet's status is displayed below the planet's name - you will need to enter orbit to see it
  • It will indicate if the planet has been colonized by another player or not (a planet could be populated but not belong to another player - it's a native population)

Not colonized

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  • If a planet hasn't been colonized by another player you can colonize it if you wish to do so
  • To colonize a planet, you need to research colonization technology, build a colonizer ship, and order it to colonize the planet

Colonized by another player

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  • If a planet has already been colonized by another player and you want it for yourself: you can invade the planet or get the player to agree to hand it over to you
  • To invade a planet, you need to research assault troop carriers and build a ship equipped with them, fill the ship with troops and order it to invade the planet (if your invasion succeeds the planet's yours)
  • The owner of a planet can alternatively stand down a planet's ground defenses and you can then colonize the planet in the normal way with a colonizer

Colonized by you

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Planets colonized by you will remain yours unless:

Transferring ownership of a planet

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Planet notes

  • Notes can be used to help organize and manage your empire
  • To add a note for a planet click the note icon next to the planet's name at the top of the screen
  • If a note is marked 'public' it can be used to broadcast a message for other players to see (when your planet is in their scanner's sensor range)

Objects in space

  • You can switch to planet management for any other planet in the same system by clicking it on the list on the left of the screen
  • Fleets, wreckage or jettison pods in orbit of the planet are also listed on the left (clicking any of them will open the planet's resource transfer screen - as will clicking on any of the Natural resources if you have colonized the planet or have a fleet in orbit)
  • If your colony has a shipyard it can also be seen on the left of the screen (clicking the shipyard icon will open it as will clicking the shipyard queue that appears at the bottom of planet management when the colony has a shipyard)

See also