How to use space probes in Ixion

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One of the most valuable game items in Ixion are the space probes. As the name suggests, these are deployable units that can be sent into space to find resources or other points of interest to advance in the game. So if you’re new to Ixion and don’t know how to use probes, read the guide at its length.

How to craft space probes in Ixion

Before we understand how to use a probe, let’s learn how to make a probe. To build a space probe in Ixion, you must build a probe launcher in the Construction tab. By default it is not available to players but must be researched and unlocked 40 science points.

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After researching, you can construct the building on one of the walls of the sector. Now that the probe launcher is up, it’s time to build space probes. Select the launcher building and click the ‘Construct’ button. A single probe lasts three units polymers as raw material. You can also toggle the Autobuild button to automatically build probes once the previous one is started.

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How to launch space probes in Ixion

After you build a spacecraft, you can use it to locate resources or find points of interest related to the main story. To do this, click on the planetary system map view and select the probe icon. Now select the Start Trial button. After clicking, your mouse will now be equipped with a scanner that can scan the entire galaxy map for the prescribed things.

Manually move the mouse and use the guess bar to locate potential resource areas or POIs. For example, if you want to find the Fe or Iron Ore, move the mouse to a spot where the guess bar peaks and changes to a green colour.

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Launch the spacecraft with the LMT to this location. For POIs, look for an area on the map that reaches the column with the exclamation mark. Once launched, the probe will detect the exact location of the ore location or a possible quest area. Follow by sending a miner or science ship depending on your quest.

For more information on Ixion, see How to Get Hull Integrity in Ixion or How to Transfer Resources in Ixion in the Pro Game Guides. How to use space probes in Ixion

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