Stellaris Bunker bot might be one of many anomalies that you may encounter as you cruise through the galaxy with science ships.
It is, quite frankly, one of the most interesting events. You are left with several options on how to proceed. Read on to find out which option is best, and the outcomes of each (especially the last).
Bunker Bot Event
If you’re unsure if you’re on the right event, or have forgotten the exact text of it, this is what it looks like:
The unusual electromagnetic radiation from “Anomaly Planet”, which was emitted by a mysterious subterranean bunker, has been traced to a mega-computer that is the size of a battleship.
We believe it has been around for several thousand of years and is still working to solve a very difficult problem.
The crew tried to communicate with the AI but it was not working. It appeared that the facility was abandoned and unguarded. However, the highest purpose of the security AI seems to have been to fry its visitors. The crew defeated the AI and it broadcast a message to an unidentified recipient.
Then, you are presented with three options:
- For parts, you can scrap the mega-computer!
- It can be used to enhance our research…
- Let it continue its mystifying calculations…
These options, along with their rewards, are fairly obvious (and can be viewed by hovering your mouse over them).
A computer which has not been able to solve one problem in a thousand years is better than a new ship…
You will also receive 100 alloys, 50 rare and 50 mineral crystals.
This will require that the AI maintain the facility offline. It will cause the computer’s failure within a reasonable time.
The Bunkerbot modifier will be awarded to you. This will give you a 10% bonus on your engineering research over the next 10 years. This is a solid option that offers a substantial reward.
Third option – let the machine continue
We should not disturb it. It doesn’t matter what problem it is trying to solve.
You will also receive 200 influence as a reward.
The third option is interesting and it is not clear if the calculations will ever lead to anything. The 200 influence bonus you get (which was not there at the beginning) makes this choice significant even if it doesn’t result in any additional events.
After a while, you will be able to get another event related to the L-Cluster. This event is only available to Distant Stars DLC players.
You will be able to see the L-Gate insights if you allow a bit of time (it seems like it is random).
The L gate is a single gateway that is not connected to any other gateways. It takes you to a small group of stars, which is not possible to access by any other means (no hyperlane connection and no sub-space warp). This cluster is a Distant Stars-feature that will not be revealed too much.
L-Gate insight are however part of a special task that you must complete in order to activate the L-gate which will take you to the L cluster. The special project is unlocked when you first come in contact with an Lgate. To unlock the L-Gate, you will need 7 insights. These insights can be obtained from various activities like the one mentioned above.
To trigger the insight from the third option, you must first discover an L-Gate and activate the L-Gates insights project.
Which is the best choice?
The first option is the most dangerous and should be ignored. However, the alloys and minerals are too small to make a difference. In certain circumstances, the second option that provides a solid research boost may be better. You have a lot of influence with the third option.
This is how you decide if you want to do the research or not. If you are heavily expanding and are experiencing an influence-bottleneck, it can absolutely be worth it to simply pick the points and enjoy the ability to expand a little bit more, regardless of whether the hidden event triggers or not.
However, engineering research can be very important if you feel that you are able to wait on your normal influence. These 10% are not to to be overlooked and can make a big difference, especially if your goal is to gain a technological advantage in an imminent war.
Does the L-gate insight play a role?
It depends. It is unlikely that you will find an L-gate if you are still in the early stages of your game. It is difficult to predict when an L-gate will reveal the Bunker Bot insight. Focusing on the rewards of the event is better than ignoring the possibility of an L-gate insight in future. There are many other ways to find them.
However, if you are close to the completion of the L-Gate project special project, the third option can be a great choice regardless of the immediate rewards. Access to the L-gate Cluster can be very beneficial, so it is worth prioritizing if you are able.
Bunker Bot is one of the most exciting and mysterious events in the game. Regardless of the mystery surrounding it, making the decision is not always easy. However, you must remember that there is no “bad” choice except for one. There is no downside to picking any item, because this event has no negative outcomes.
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