Is there any benefit to buying the various workshop upgrades in Iron Will mode? Specifically, the ones who's stated benefit is they make your cat workers more efficient (e.g. the hoes and axes)?

Obviously they won't have any immediate benefit, but do I need them for anything useful later? For example, are there future buildings or upgrades that are dependent on having these earlier (useless) upgrades first?

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No, there is nothing that need to be unlocked via Job Upgrades.

For some upgrades there are prerequisites, but most of the times that is just logical. For example you need to upgrade the Mineral Axe before you can get the Iron Axe. Before you can upgrade the Steel Axe, you'll have to have the Iron Axe. And so on. The same applies to barn/warehouse upgrades. An example of such a requirement and unlock is the following (from workshop.js):

    name: "steelSaw",
    title: "Steel Saw",
    description: "Improve Lumber Mill efficiency by 20%",
    effects: {
        "lumberMillRatio" : 0.2
        { name : "science", val: 52000 },
        { name : "steel", val: 750 }
    unlocked: false,
    researched: false,
    handler: function(game){
        game.workshop.get("titaniumSaw").unlocked = true;

There is nothing like this to be found in the workshop for Job upgrades. So you are completely safe by omitting the Mineral Hoes et cetera.

  • my main concern, really, is that I don't get Iron Axes now, I will miss out on some other important upgrade later that has Iron Axes as a prerequisite. Is that also not an issue?
    – KutuluMike
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:24
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    Ahh, I'm terrible sorry. I assumed you wanted to know about job/building upgrades. Anyway, there are only prerequisites for chains. So for iron axes you'll need mineral axes, and so on. Other prerequisites are logical: you'll need to have the harbor building unlocked before you can upgrade the ship bonus. Will edit the answer when I get home.
    – Mathias711
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:27
  • cool, that's what I was hoping :)
    – KutuluMike
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:28
  • @MichaelEdenfield So, here is your real answer :P
    – Mathias711
    Oct 7, 2014 at 14:19

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