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I need a lot of Pixels to craft the various shiny weapons and armor that I have my eye on. However, the only ways that I can find to acquire Pixels are by killing enemies repeatedly, and by finding capsules underground. Neither method seems particularly quick, and frequent combat has its own associated risks.

Is there a better way? What is the fastest way to earn Pixels?

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Once you do get higher level armor and weapons, I've noticed higher level monsters generally drop way more pixels than on the starting planet. – VanBuzzKill Dec 6 '13 at 15:24

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Exploring the surface for large buildings can prove quite fruitful, as many of the chests and containers therein will contain large caches of pixels. Take them. All of them. As of right now (shortly after the Frustrated Koala update), NPCs don't even get mad if you take their stuff from their containers.

If you cant' find such structures easily, there's another way to find large pixel caches.

Dig deeper down.

The world I am on has a huge underground cavern that has tons and TONS of capsules full of pixels. dig down deep enough, and you'll start running into them all over the place.

This area is dangerous though, so be prepared.

For extra bits, make sure you kill monsters with a strong Melee weapon, which provides a high chance of them dropping bits (with ranged weapons, the chance for bits to drop is lower due to a higher chance to drop meat and leather instead).

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This isn't quite true. I quite often have monsters drop pixels when killed with a ranged weapon. – SaintWacko Dec 16 '13 at 16:42
@SaintWacko I've noticed this too, but only after the most recent update. Changing my answer to reflect this. – Zibbobz Dec 16 '13 at 16:45

You can use the refinery to turn excess ore into pixels fairly effectively. To get this, you will need the tier 2 crafting station, which you can only access after defeating the first boss. This is, however, a very effective way to get extra bits out of excess ore.

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Could you elaborate on what the processor is and how you use it? – Sterno Dec 6 '13 at 6:18
@sterno Sorry Refinery. It converts ores into pixels. – James Travis Dec 6 '13 at 20:17
@Sterno the refinery is a tier 2 product, you need to defeat the first boss and make the t2 crafting station from the item it drops before you can make the refinery. If you don't have that, the refinery isn't available to you yet. – 01d55 Dec 8 '13 at 8:56

Search for a Sewer, but don't kill the po golems , search the whole sewer and lead all the po golems to one spot.

If the po golems can't hit you, they will start throwing small versions of The po Dig a 4/6 wide gab between you and the po golems so the small po's fall in. The small po's can be killed easy and you can collect the pixels quite easy!

Make sure the range attacks of the golems can't hit you by placing one block in front of their face

Pixel farming in sewers

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If you don't mind slaughtering NPC - killing guards yelds quite a lot of pixels. Kill everyone you see. Guards with sniper rifles can be dangerous.

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Kill everything you see and pick all the ores that you find, and then turn the ores into pixels in the refinery and voila!

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Head to the highest sector you can currently access, then look for a group of planets that are all desert. Pull out your pickaxe, and start looking for large sections of either soft sand, or gravel. Dig straight down, and as the sand and gravels falls, any ore that was trapped inside it will fall down and be collected, it's like your sitting at the bottom of a funnel collecting all the ore that falls. When you run out of sand/gravel, find a new place. When you get bored, go and put the crazy amounts of ores that you've collected into your refinery/refineries, and watch the pixels pour in.

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An effective way of passively gathering pixels is to build a structure with a bunch of turrets on it in an untamed area. For best results, the turret weapons should outclass the planet you're on. Hang around nearby and attract monsters periodically, then lead them back to your turret firing squad and pick up the remains.

Disclaimer: this is based on my experience of creating an apartment complex for NPCs on a relatively dangerous planet. I'm not sure whether the proximity of civilian NPCs has an influence on this equation. Also, in my case the tiers of the planet and of the turret weapons are pretty close, which requires me and the civilian NPCs to take a hand in the defense. My guess is that on a lower-tier planet, turrets killing monsters by themselves will make for an overall more efficient process, but the higher your level relative to the monsters, the less rewarding it will be, obviously.

Using this setup, in ten minutes I gather over a thousand pixels. However, the turrets themselves obviously represent a significant initial investment, and turrets can't be re-positioned.

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All these ways of taking ores have a risk of dying. I have a better way that COULD kill you but only if you're about to die.

Make a large (30 x 10 is good) room, make sure there's no light and monsters will spawn. And you know they're coming! In 1 hour I got 1,450 pixels!

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There are a lot of ways actually. Not dying being one of the most important ones.

You will have to grind your way. Go to the Alpha Sector and kill everything you see. That's one way. Put your spare ore in the refinery.

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Hi NinjaBoffin, you haven't added a great deal more than what people have already contributed. You did mention the Alpha Sector as being good for farming Pixels though. Maybe you can go into more detail why that is the case? – Lyrical Jan 17 '14 at 12:00
Yeah, sure! I said the Alpha sector because there a lo of NPC/Monsters for you to kill and they are a doddle. (if you have beta sector weapons+). Then you also get micro dungeons and normal dungeons. – NinjaBoffin Feb 7 '14 at 13:41

Farm. I mean Actually farm crops. They give you tons of money of little effort. Especially crops that grow more of it self(like pearlpeas). Hope this helps!

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