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    Planetary Bonus/Artifact Guide by Baruch_S

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    Sins of a Solar Empire
    Planetary Bonus and Artifact Guide
    version .87
    Table of Contents
    0.0 Introduction and Greetings [ntr]
    1.0 Copyright and legal info [cpyrght]
    2.0 Version History [vrsn]
    3.0 Planetary Bonuses [plntry]
    4.0 Artifacts [rtfcts]
    5.0 Planet Analysis [nlyss]
    6.0 Frequently-Asked Question [fqs]
    7.0 Contact [cntct]
    8.0 Thanks [thnks]
    0.0 Introduction and Greetings [ntr]
    Welcome to my brieft guide to planetary bonuses and artifacts in Sins of a
    Solar Empire. This guide is for anyone curious about the different planetary
    bonuses or wondering exactly what all those artifacts are. Aside from providing
    a list, I've tried to add some useful commentary with an analysis of the
    usefulness of the bonus/artifact as well as how to best take advantage of it.
    If you have any questions about planetary bonuses not answered in the guide or
    information that I have either erronously cited or simply do not have, please
    check out my contact info and send me a message. Thanks for reading, I hope
    you find the guide helpful. 
    1.0 Copyright and legal info [cpyrght]
    Copyright 2008 Luke Schut
    This guide may not be reproduced under and circumstances except for personal,
    private, use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
    without advance written permission. If you email me and don't hear back from
    me, this is NOT permission. Use of this guide on any other website or as part
    of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.
    Failure to ask for and recieve permission will result in repercussions.
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
    respective trademark and copyright holders.
    Currently, GameFAQs is the only site I am allowing this guide to be posted on.
    If you have come across it on another site, please inform me.
    2.0 Version History [vrsn]
    -version .50
     13 April 2008- initial, incomplete version. More to be added as discovered or
    -version .55
     14 April 2008- added Massive Pure Glaciers and Tundra Farms, added missing Tax
     increase to Entertainment Hub, added notes to each artifact and bonus to give
     a short analysis and possible suggestions for utilization, added Intro section
    -version .60
     15 April 2008- added Expert Crystal Miners, Expert Metal Miners, and Penal
     Colony to Planetary Bonuses, added Phase Accelerator to Artifacts
    -version .80
     16 April 2008- added Manifest Dominion and Jump Field Generator to Artifacts,
     Artifacts section now complete, added Mega Fauna to Planetary Bonuses
    -version .85
     19 April 2008- added Ionic Storms to Planetary Bonuses, expanded FAQ section
    -version .87
     24 April 2008- added Planet Analysis section to provide information about the
     different types of planets
    -version .89
     26 April 2008- added Weapons Test Facility to Planentary Bonus section,
     corrected erroneous information about Terran planets and bonuses, removed Ice
     Only from Massive Pure Glaciers
    -version .90
     5 May 2008- added Natural Thermal Lifts and Persistent Dust Storms to
     Planetary Bonus section
    -version .91
     6 May 2008- removed Asteroid Only from Penal Colony information, added
     Kalanite Deposits and Expert Agrarian Society to Planetary Bonus section
    -version 1.00
     8 May 2008- divided uncolonizable planets up into seperate entries and added
     their respective properties, made changes to copyright section
    3.0 Planetary Bonuses [plntry]
    -note: These are the various bonuses you can find on planets. Some of them will
    simply be revealed by colonizing the planet, others will require exploration.
    This isn't a comprehensive list; I will continue to add to it as I find more
    bonuses or as people send me info.
    -Dense Molten Core
     Gravity Well Radius +33%
      -notes: You'll see this bonus when you officially discover the plant; no
       colonization necessary. It has little effect on your gameplay.
    -Entertainment Hub
     Cultural Spread Rate +10%
     Tax Income +1.0
      -notes: Build a broadcast station on this planet to fully utilize its
       benefit. This bonus is great for increasing planet allegiance, waging
       culture war, or just getting a little extra cash. It also seems to appear
       fairly regularly, so you'll probably be able to utilize it often.
    -Expert Agrarian Society
     Trade Income +10%
     -notes: Not much, but better than nothing. You'll get a slight trade income
      boost, so be sure to save some logistics slots for a trade port on this
    -Expert Crystal Miners
     Crystal Extraction Rate +50%
     -notes: Excellent bonus, especially if the planet has two or more crystal
      asteroids. This can seriously boost your resource intake for that planet.
    -Expert Metal Miners
     Metal Extraction Rate +50%
     -notes: Exactly like Expert Crystal Miners except for metal. Enjoy the bonus
      income and be sure to use it well.
    -Habitable Cavern System
     Max Population +15
     Planet Health +500
     -notes: This is a great bonus, and it requires no work on your part. Just
      enjoy the increased tax income and planetary health.
    -High Security Protocol
     Tactical Slots +5
     Trade Income -20%
     -notes: Nice if this is one of your front-line planets, otherwise it's kind of
      a pain to lose out on the trade income. Still, 20% won't take a huge chunk
      out of your trade, so don't be too discouraged from building a trade port
      on this planet if you need credits.
    -Ionic Storms (Volcano Only)
     Max Population -20
     Trade Income +10%
     -notes: This bonus is similar to Mega Fauna, but less useful. The -20 to
      population will bring your max population down to around 10 without any
      techs like the Vasari volcanic adaptions. You also don't get a significant
      increase to trade, meaning you're probably losing more money on taxes than
      you're gaining through the increased trade. Be sure to build a trade port
      here and to fully upgrade the population limit to minimize the effects.
    -Kalanite Deposits
     Trade Income +20%
     -notes: Another useful bonus. Just build a trade port here to take advantage
      of the increased income.
    -Massive Pure Glaciers
     Trade Income +30%
     -notes: Build a trade port here! 30% is a huge boost, take full advantage of
    -Mega Fauna (Ice Only)
     Max Population -15
     Trade Income +25%
     -notes: This bonus can be a pain because it initially drops your ice planet's
      population to 0, but a few planet upgrades will fix that. On the up side, you
      get a good increase to your trade income; be sure to take advantage of it to
      make up for the lack of population and taxes.
    -Natural Thermal Lifts (Desert Only)
     Structure Build Rate +25%
     -notes: You can't argue with this one. The benefit isn't much, but it
      increases your build rate and lets you get your orbital structures built
      quite a bit faster.
    -Penal Colony
     Structure Build Cost -20%
     Structure Build Rate -30%
     -notes: This bonus is a blessing and a curse. On the up side, your structures
      around this planet are cheaper. The downside is that they take longer to
      build. Still, this bonus can be useful if you're short on resources but can
      spare 5-10 seconds.
    -Persistent Dust Storms
     Population Growth -25%
     -notes: Kind of annoying, but not too big of a deal. You population will
      increase more slowly, so you'll want to protect this planet from bombardment
      in order to keep your taxes up.
    -Plundered Booty (Pirate Base Only)
     Tax Income +3.5
     -This may seem like a great bonus, but you have to take into account that a
      pirate base doesn't support any population, so it has no other income. This
      bonus is the only thing that makes a pirate base really worth capturing.
    -Porous Core
     Gravity Well Radius -33%
     -notes: Like Dense Molten Core, you'll know about this bonus once one of your
      ships jumps into the planet's gravity well. It's not a big deal, just ignore
      this bonus. It won't seriously affect the game.
    -Roiders Outpost (Asteroid Only)
     Metal Extraction Rate +20%
     Extra Constructors +1
     -notes: This bonus is extremely useful. You can quickly build all your 
      defensive structures with an extra constructor ship, and the increased metal
      extraction can really boost your income if the planet has a few metal
    -Spice Trade (Desert Only)
     Cultural Spread Rate +5%
     Trade Income +10%
     -notes: This is a slightly different version of the Entertainment Hub. Be sure
      to take advantage of both bonuses by building a trade port and a broadcast
    -Tundra Farms (Ice Only)
     Max Population +25
     -notes: This is a nice bonus that doesn't require any work on your part. Once
      you find it, sit back and enjoy the extra taxes.
    -Weapons Test Facility
     Max Population -20
     Tactical Slots +8
     notes: Losing the populatin can be annoying, especially on low population
     planets like Volcanic worlds. However, if this planet happens to be in an area
     where lots of enemy attack and pirate raids happen, the extra tactical slots
     can be really useful.
    4.0 Artifacts [rtfcts]
    notes: Artifacts are rare items with strong bonuses. You'll have to explore
    your planets in orde to find them. Once found, they give off an energy 
    signature that alerts all empires to their presence. They're rare and powerful;
    be sure to defend their planets well since loss of that planet will result in
    losing the artifact's benefit.
    -Data Archive
     Research Cost Decrease -25%
     -notes: This artifact can really help you get ahead early on and keep down the
      cost of those expensive technologies later on. Consider yourself lucky if you
      happen to be its owner.
    -Jump Drive Relic
     Between Star Phase Jump Speed +50%
     -notes: Great for large maps, worthless for many 1v1 maps since they generally
      have only one star anyway.
    -Jump Field Generator
     Phase Jump Anitmatter Cost -30%
     -Possibly the most useful artifact for someone trying to attack enemy planets
      or defend his own distant holdings. This artifact decreases the ammount of
      antimatter lost in phase jumps, so you can begin unleashing abilities faster
      upon arrival or use more of them. Also nice for the expanding empire since
      you won't have to wait as long for your colony ships to replenish their
      antimatter to colonize.
    -Kinetic Intensifier
     Damage Increase +12%
     -notes: Decent damage increase. This artifact will give you a nice edge in
      combat throughout the game, especially as you start to increase your damage
      via techs.
    -Manifest Dominion
     Culture Spread Rate +25%
     Culture Resistance +10%
     -notes: This artifact is great once the broadcast stations start going up.
      You'll be able to spread your culture more quickly and resist enemy cultures.
      If you don't have any broadcast towers when you find this, build some right
    -Phase Accelerator
     In-system Phase Jump Speed +50%
     -notes: This is an excellent bonus no matter what race you are or where you're
      playing. The increased jump speed lets you mobolize your fleet more quickly,
      letting you get to your planets to defend them before your enemy can do much
      damage. Anyone whose empire is spread out across a star system should really
      enjoy the benefits of this artifact.
    -Power Core Relic
     Antimatter Regeneration +10%
     -notes: Especially useful when you have capital ships and colony frigates
      jumping between planets constantly. You'll enjoy the benefits of this the
      entire game as it lets you get off more special attacks with your capital
    -Relatavistic Factories
     Ship Build Rate +25%
     -notes: Great when you're trying to build up your army, but you won't find it
      as consistently useful as some of the other artifacts.
    -Resilient Metaloids
     Hull Repair Rate +15%
     -notes: Again, a very useful artifact. Your ships will survive a little longer
      and will be ready to re-enter combat more quickly.
    5.0 Planet Analysis [nlyss]
    notes: This section has some basic information on the various planets including
    a short analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each planet. Planets are
    listed in alphabetical order. Some planets are actually uncolonizable spacial
    phenomena. These are marked with an "uncolonizable" after the planet name.
    These special "planets" cannot be colonized but often have high-income
    indestructable resource extractors that you can take over. Try to take these
    over if at all possible; they have a much higher extraction rate than normal
    extractors and can quickly boost your economy early in the game.
     notes: These rocks are the most basic planetoid that can support population.
     They support the least number of people and have few logistics slots, but they
     do tend to have a few resource asteroids and enough tactical slots to act as
     a buffer between enemies and your more important planets. They also tend to
     have decent bonuses and occassionally artifacts.
    -Asteroid Belt-uncolonizable
     Ability:Erratic Debris
     Effect: Chance to hit -20%
     notes: Asteroid belts seem to be fairly common. The lowered hit percentage
     isn't a big deal, but you should try to avoid fighting in these if you can. 
    -Dead Asteroid
     notes: This variation on the asteroid serves as little more than a buffer. It
     supports no population, has no logistics slots, and lacks resource asteroids.
     They do, however, have a high tactical capacity, making them excellent
     buffers. Dead asteroids may have bonuses or artifacts, but the bonuses are
     generally worthless due to the lack of population and logistics structures.
     notes: Desert worlds very useful. They don't require any special research to
     colonize, have many logistic and tatical slots, and support large populations
     second in size only to terran worlds. Desert worlds can also have useful
     bonuses and tend to have both crystal and metal asteroids. They can also be
     home to artifacts.
    -Gas Giant-uncolonizable
     Ability: Unstable Gas Pockets
     Effect: Damage 80
             Range 750
     notes: The gas giant ability doesn't translate well into simple numbers or
     descriptions. The unstable gas pockets ignite when ships explode and deal
     moderate damage to other ships within a short distance. This area damage can
     make battles in gas giant gravity wells rather interesting and fairly
     dangerous; avoid being caught in a large group around these planets.
     notes: Ice worlds require research to colonize. They have good tactical and
     logistics capacity and support more population than volcanic worlds but less
     than desert worlds. They only have crystal asteroids, but may have as many as
     four, making them useful in the end-game when crystal becomes necessary for
     expensive ships and techs. They also have a variety of bonuses and can have
    -Magnetic Cloud-uncolonizable
     Ability: Magnetic Cloud
     Effect: Abilities Disabled
     notes: Never fight in a magnetic cloud. Any ships within the cloud have their
     antimatter-using abilities disabled, meaning you capital ships are going to be
     a lot less effective. Also, magnetic clouds never contain extractors due to
     the obvious problem of capturing an extractor with abilities disabled.
    -Plasma Storm-uncolonizable
     Ability: Plasma Storm
     Effect: Strike Craft Launch Disabled
     notes: Fighting in a plasma storm is your choice. Having strike craft disabled
     can be a boon or detriment depending on your playing style. If you're relying
     heavily on strike craft to do your damage, be sure not to get caught in a 
     plasma storm.
     Ability: Solar Radiation
     Effect: Antimatter Regeneration +2.5/sec
             Jump Detection decreased
     notes: Stars are a unique uncolonizable planet. They are automatically
     revealed at the start of the game, and multiple stars may exist in one map.
     They also do not ever have neutral extractors, and their large gravity wells
     make traveling by them very slow. Stars also have another unique property.
     Each race can research a technology that lets it jump between stars, granting
     access to distant solar systems. Stars are a great place to stop to refill
     antimatter for colonization, and the decreased chance of your fleet being
     detected when jumping toward an enemy planet means you may be lucky and get a
     sneak attack.
     notes: These worlds are similar to earth, containing large oceans and
     landmasses easily capable of supporting human life. As such, they have the
     highest population limit of any planet type. They also have plentiful logistic
     and tactical slots. Terran worlds contain a mix of metal and crystal
     asteroids, up to two of each. Terran worlds can have artifacts, but seldom
     have bonuses, probably to balance the high taxes from the large population.
     notes: These worlds are somewhat more rare than the other types. Like ice
     planets, volcanic worlds require special research to colonize. Volcanic worlds
     also have very low population, more than asteroids but less than ice planets.
     They are very rich in metal asteroids, generally two to four per planets, and
     can have useful bonuses or artifacts.
     notes: Wormholes act as a shortcut across the galaxy once you've researched
     the proper technology. Each wormhole links to another, entering the one will
     instantly transport your ships to the other, allowing for quick travel over
     very long distances.
    6.0 Frequently-Asked Question [fqs]
    Currently, there isn't much to put here since I haven't recieved any emails
    yet, but I'll take a guess at a couple that will probably come up.
    Q. How do I find Planetary Bonuses?
    A. You can sometimes find bonuses simply by colonizing the planet. Otherwise,
       you'll have to pay for the planet's exploration upgrades in order to find
       any bonuses.
    Q. How do I find Artifacts?
    A. Unlike Planetary Bonuses, Artifacts won't simply appear when you colonize a
       planet. You're going to have to explore it in order to find any artifacts.
    Q. Do all planets have bonuses or artifacts?
    A. No. Bonuses are relatively common, but you still won't find them on every
       planet. Artifacts are rare; you won't find them often.
    Q. My planet has a yellow triangle underneath when I zoom out. What is that?
    A. That yellow triangle is an artifact indicator. Everyone in the game can see
       it. That triangle means "artifact here," so be ready to defend that planet
       when your opponents come to take it for the artifact.
    Q. What is Space Ponies and what does it do?
    A. Space ponies is just a planetary bonus that unlocks the space ponies
    Q.How do I get Space Ponies?
    A. Just keep colonzing and exploring planets. It'll come up eventually.
    7.0 Contact [cntct]
    First and foremost, this isn't a strategy guide. I can't tell you the best way
    to do ______. If you have a question about planetary bonuses or artifacts,
    I'll try to answer it although I would suggest trying the GameFAQs/Gamespot
    forums first; you'll probably get a faster response. If you have any further
    information or notice any flaws, contact me. I'm more than happy to give credit
    to anyone who has useful information or corrections.
    You can either PM Baruch_S on Gamespot or email me at lschut16@hotmail.com
    If you email, be sure the topic line has something like "Planetary Bonus" in
    the topic line. Don't send me spam, and don't waste my time. I also won't add
    you on MSN Messenger or anything like that. If you need help or want to help
    me, that's great, but I frankly don't know you and don't want you stalking me
    or mucking up my already-messy inbox.
    8.0 Thanks [thnks]
    Thanks to Ironclad and Stardock for making this awesome game
    Thanks to Amazon.com for making my copy impossible to get open
    Thanks to anyone who reads this and finds it helpful
    Thanks to anyone who helps me finish it

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