In UFO:Afterlight you need strategic resources to perform various strategic activities including construction, research, production, or simply to maintain life in the Base.

Strategic resources are counted by levels. The more resources unit you control, the higher level you have in that resource, and character activities will not reduce resource level. Contrary to common believe, the absent of Icon tech planetologyWarehouse does not prevent resource level from going beyond 3 or 4. The problem is, rather, in that four mines is needed for level 3 and eight mines for level 4, double or quadruple the requirement for level 2.

The only way to lost resources is by exchanging resources through diplomacy or actually losing resource supply.

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Name Tiny Small Limited Adequate Large Impressive Abundant
Resource Units 1 2-3 4-7 8-11 12-15 16-19 20+

Initial Edit

When the game begins, there are five resources:

  • Al resource metalAl resource metal rich Metal: Mined.
  • Al resource fuelAl resource fuel rich Fuel: Mined and quite abundant.
  • Al resource chemicalAl resource chemical rich Chemical: Mined.
  • Al resource energy Energy: Produced by power stations in the home base.
  • Al resource water Water: Supplied by the water pipe and as long as enemies are not controlling the pipe, you would do fine

Advanced Edit

After researching Icon tech reticulanReticulan Technologies, two new resources will show up. Then their mines can be researched, and they are required for advanced productions.