By "mining beam intensifier", I mean the upgrade that allows for faster terrain destruction. I believe this means the ability to faster mine massive nuggets of gold, Emeril, iridium, etc...

I can't make the upgrade myself, and don't wish to get a new tool to check the operation cuz mine's pretty good.

So what is "faster"? Shorter times between each disintegration? Greater volumes of rock disintegrated per second? Both?

  • +1 for "Beam mining beam". I just love mining for beams with my beam (But seriously, nice question, and welcome to the site!).
    – Anoplexian
    Sep 13, 2016 at 15:30

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The beam intensifier upgrade simply makes mining take less time due to faster disintegrations. The amount of mineral or resource output is not affected.

The upgrade makes it so that more is mined before you have to pause to let the mining tool cool down less, which makes mining large deposits take less time overall.

For a reference, check the wikia, though it isn't very descriptive.


I was curious to see the difference between the Beam Focus upgrades and the Beam Intensifier upgrades so I did some googling and found this:

Intensifier speeds up mining on rocks of resources like iridium, aluminium, and heridium. They're the rock formations that when shot with the laser look like a chunk was blown out of them. They're most commonly the large pillars of rock on a planet that you can mine.

Focus affects the speed of mining for crystals like plutonium and gold, small/medium sized rock formations that contain iron, and plants that contain carbon.

This agrees with a post here as well.

  • I thought focus affected range. It certainly feels like I can hit things from further away after getting focus upgrades.
    – Random832
    Sep 13, 2016 at 16:15
  • @Random832, look here, it describes how it works.
    – Vemonus
    Sep 13, 2016 at 16:16

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