Artifacts at Sites
Warp Gates, Marauder Bays, Pits, and ISS are all sites where you can find Artifacts on the Map. They essentially function like a normal Deposit. Capture one of them and control it for at least 1 hour to begin trying to salvage Artifacts. After the first hour, you can try to detect an Artifact by clicking the "Search" button. The longer you occupy an Artifact Site, the higher your chances of successfully detecting an Artifact for each attempt. You are allowed one detecting attempt per hour. Once you've successfully detected an Artifact, you will receive a report from your Trade Advisor. Remember: In order to keep your new Artifact you must go to your Artifact Facility and either use it immediately, or move in to your Repository or it will disappear in 48 hours - you can go there directly from the Trade Advisor's report.
Artifact Sites Menu
There are 4 types of sites where Artifacts are hidden: Warp Gates, Marauder Bays, Pits, and ISS.
Think of them as Deposits that produce Artifacts. The type of site determines the kind of Artifact you may find there. (Serial, Special, Elite or Unique) Keep in mind that each site functions for a fixed period of time - just like regular Deposits. Go to the Command Center, Radar or use the Artifact Site menu on the Map to see the time remaining before the Artifact Site expires. Every new Artifact Site that appears on the Map is unguarded until occupied.
Reconning Artifact Sites
You will need to build the Industrial Syndicate and Air Field in your Sector to begin Reconning Artifact Sites. Select Recon from the Artifact Site menu on the Map, then select the number of Recon Drones you wish to send. If you recon the Site successfully you will to detect all occupying enemy units, including any of the Enemy's allied reinforcement. Once you have occupied a Site, remember to reinforce it with as many Recon Drones as possible to raise its Intelligence Defense Bonus.
Capturing Artifact Sites
You must build the Industrial Syndicate before you can capture your first Artifact Site. Select Capture from the Artifact Site menu on the Map and assemble a force strong enough to capture it. Once you've captured the Site go to your Command Center, and open the "Deposits" tab to view its attributes. Starting immediately from when you Capture the site, you'll notice a progress bar indicating the amount of time you have maintained control of this Site. You must maintain control for at least one hour before you can begin attempting to salvage Artifacts. The longer you maintain control, the higher the probability of successfully recovering an Artifact for each attempt. You are only permitted one attempt per hour - and be patient, you may not immediately find the Artifact you were searching for. Every time a Site is captured, the one hour waiting period and occupation progress bar is reset - but the time remaining until the Site expires remains in effect. Ex: If you were to Capture a Site 4 days into its 7 day lifetime, you would still have only 3 days remaining in which to exploit it. Remember to Send Defensive Troops to recently captured Sites to make ensure that they remain under your control. Remember: just like Deposits, you can attack Sites currently occupied by your Allies. This an extremely effective way of terminating Alliances.
Reinforcing Artifact Sites
Research Artificial Intelligence technology and build a Command Center to begin receiving Reinforcements sent by other players. Select this action from the Artifact Site Menu, assemble your Reinforcements and send them to the Site you wish to Reinforce. You don't gain access to Artifacts found at Allied occupied sites just because to have Reinforcements garrisoned there. To review Reinforcements other players have sent you, go to your Command Center, open the "Deposits" tab and click the green arrow. You will see the location of all Friendly Reinforcements in the drop down menu. To control the reinforcements you have sent to other players, go to the Command Center, open the "Garrisons" tab and select the "Deposits" filter.
You must build an Artifact Facility to use and store Artifacts. All Artifacts you gain are stored in Quarantine for 48 hours before being automatically deleted. To save an Artifact, drag it from Quarantine to the Artifact Repository. Invite Friends or use Crystals to open up extra slots at Artifact Repository and increase your Artifact storage capacity. To view an Artifact's attributes, simply place your cursor over it. To use any Temporary or Permanent Artifact, place it into any open Activation Slot on the Activation Board and click “Activate”. Temporary Artifacts can only be activated once. After activation, they can't be moved back to your Artifact Repository! You can view information about currently activated Artifacts from the Activation Board's Stats Window.
To build an Artifact Facility:
- Go to your Sector
- Click the "Construction" button.
- Open the "Command" tab and select the Artifact Facility.
- Choose an area inside the Sector and start building.
Build the Industrial Syndicate to begin seizing Artifact Sites. Upgrade the Industrial Syndicate to level 6 to control 2 Artifact Sites.
To build the Industrial Syndicate:
- Go to your Sector.
- Click on the "Construction" button.
- Open the "Command" tab and find the Industrial Syndicate.
- Select an area inside the Sector and start building.
You need to build Radar in order to detect new Artifact Sites. Radar gives you info about:
- new and vacant Sites within 500km on the map
- Artifact type that can be found at the Site
- Site action period
- Site's owner
- Upgrade your Radar to increase its range so you can find additional Sites before your enemy does.
To build Radar:
- Go to your Sector.
- Click the "Construction" button.
- Open the "Command" tab and select Radar.
- Select an area inside your Sector and start building.
To control an Artifact Site from the Command Center, you must first capture it on the Map. Once you've captured one, go to the Command Center and open the "Deposits" tab to view information on:
- Artifact Site lifetime
- Class of Artifacts that can be found at the Site
- time remaining until next search attempt
- time remaining until Artifact recovery may begin
- Number and type of Troops currently occupying the Site
Once you've captured an Artifact Site, its progress bar will begin filling up. You can search for Artifacts only once each hour. If you click "Search" you there is a chance that you may not find the Artifact you need, or even any Artifact at all. Control your Artifact Site as long as possible. The longer you maintain control, the higher your chances of finding an Artifact on each attempt. You must click the "Search" button to collect Artifacts. It takes some time to transport Artifacts from the Site back to your Sector. You will receive a report from your Trade Advisor once it has safely reached Quarantine. To review Reinforcements other players have sent to your Site, go to your Command Center, open the "Deposits" tab and click the green arrow. You will see the location of all Friendly Reinforcements in the drop down menu. To control the reinforcements you have sent to other players Sites, go to the Command Center, open the "Garrisons" tab and select the "Deposits" filter.
You can find information about you and your Allies’ Artifact Sites in the Combat and Diplomatic Advisors reports. The Trade Advisor will inform you on Artifact deliveries to your Sector.
So I have an artifact site. Now What?
Once you have and artifact site, you must wait a minimum of 60 minutes before attempting to look for an artifact. You have a base chance of 4% to find one. This increases by about 1% each 15 minutes. In 24 hours, the artifact site will give you a 100% chance of finding an artifact. This is the only guaranteed way of obtaining an artifact. If you lose the artifact site to an attacker, the counter is reduced to 0% and the new owner must wait 60 minutes before getting a base chance of 4% to attempt to find an artifact. Most commanders defend artifact sites heavily just for this reason.
When you do obtain an artifact, the rarity of the one you find is dependant upon what type of site you are in control of. Top tier sites give a greater chance of finding rarer artifacts. But there is no gaurantee as to how rare an artifact find will be. Low tier sites can produce rare artifacts, but very rarely. Top tier sites can produce rare artifacts, but not often. All artifact sites will produce common artifacts often.