Nimbatus – The Space Drone Constructor tosses you into space with a giant ship for creating drones. Are you ready to design all sorts of simple and complex drones capable of destroying planets, flying on their own, and who knows what else? Before you get into the craziness of drone building on Steam, take a look at our tips and tricks below to have an easier start!
Table of Contents
|Tip 1 – Use the Menu Tutorials|
|Tip 2 – Which Nimbatus Captain is Best?|
|Tip 3 – How to Reduce Your Threat Level|
|Tip 4 – Differences Between Survival and Sandbox Modes|
|Tip 5 – How to Get Resources|
|Tip 6 – How to Repair Hull/Health|
|Tip 7 – Use Coolers and Heaters to Fight Temperature|
|Tip 8 – Knowing How to Use Magnets|
|Tip 9 – Understanding the Basics of Logic|
|Tip 10 – Download Nimbatus Drones From the Steam Workshop|
Let’s kick this guide off with the easiest tip first, use the tutorials! As someone who’s played a lot of games, it helps big time to use the tutorials in Nimbatus as they teach the mechanics. The most difficult and complex part to learn is building drones and that’s what the tutorials focus on.
Get the basics out of that way first before taking on more advanced mechanics. Each of the tutorials are mentioned in the table below and accessible in-game via the main menu.
|Beginner||Basic Movement||Battle||Advanced Building||Resource Gathering|
|Advanced||Logic Parts||Sensor Parts||Autonomous Racing Basics||Advanced Autonomous Racing|
Deciding what captain is best in Nimbatus revolves around your playing style more than which has the best advantages. Each captain’s perks, difficulty, and playstyle are described below. If you’re a beginner, the Heavyweight and Researcher are great starters.
||Easy||Bruiser is great for starting out because they have high health, a good variety of starting parts, and a bonus to shields.|
||Normal||Starting Afterburners make it easy to reach over 200m/s, but it’s also difficult to control. Extra thrust is a good starting boost early on.|
||Normal||Revolves around taking advantage of your resource mining bonus. Relies on using a Drill instead of a Resource Collector like other starting captains.|
||Easy||Erases the need for fuel and unlocks researching weapon upgrades in exchange for Unobtainium.|
||Normal/Hard||Takes advantage of having a separate fuel/battery source not attached to your main drone. If you have a good understanding of drone building, the Engineer is a strong captain.|
||Hard||Revolves around only using drones that control themselves. Requires extensive knowledge of Logic and Nimbatus.|
Knowing how to reduce your threat level in Nimbatus is one of the most important mechanics. The first and easiest way to lower your threat is to leave the galaxy/zone you’re currently in. This will lower your threat level to around 20% give or take regardless of what you’re currently at. The second method prevents your threat from rising by using the Stealth upgrade.
Stealth reduces your threat gain from traveling as shown in the screenshot above. The upgrade is purchasable at Garages and there’s a chance of acquiring it from rewards after leaving a galaxy. This is why it’s important to not loiter in one galaxy for too long. Because you’re bound to take a few hits if your threat becomes too high.
There are two different modes you can choose for playing Nimbatus. Survival is designed similarly to a campaign with challenges and limits to succeed or fail against. Whereas Sandbox has fully customizable settings such as more specific difficulty options, all upgrades, no threat, etc.
It’s worth playing the survival mode first so you experience Nimbatus without everything immediately given to you. However, sandbox is also a neat way to learn more about building drones and the game in general.
Getting resources like Tritium and Unobtainium is important to both upgrade your ship and continue deploying drones. There are a few ways to get resources with the two best methods including completing missions and mining planets. If you’re not sure how to mine resources, here’s a quick guide!
Mining Tritium and Unobtainium
Unless you pick the Miner captain, the only way to get resources on a planet is by using a Resource Collector drone part. This functions similarly to a weapon and suctions yellow/red crystals when activated, so long as it’s facing the resource. Any suctioned resources will go to a Resource Tank on your drone if you have one attached.
Miner captains can use drills to gather resources, unlike other captains. After mining resources, take them to a cargo bay beneath the starting location where the Nimbatus ship is.
Scrapping Ship Hull Parts
Traveling to a Garage in your galaxy will have an option to scrap your ship hull for 200 Tritium. If you click this option, it deals one damage to your hull. This can only be done when your ship is above one health.
Rewards From Leaving a Galaxy
Once you leave a galaxy/area, there are several rewards that you can choose from. Alongside one weapon, there will always be three choices and sometimes this can include Unobtainium.
If you’re having trouble keeping your threat down and the corporation keeps whacking away at you, you’re going to need some hull. Unfortunately, there are only two ways to repair your hull, and they’re not reliable.
Repairing at a Garage
The previous tip mentioned scrapping your hull at a garage for resources. However, you can also repair ship hull one health point at a time for 50 Unobtainium. This is expensive if you’re not mining resources from planets.
Getting Lucky When Leaving a Galaxy
The other way to recover your ship’s hull is among the rewards you get from leaving a galaxy. But, it’s only a random chance that you get this option to repair your hull.
Certain planets have weather hazards and enemies that mess with the temperature of your ship. This can create disastrous scenarios if your entire ship freezes or explodes from overheating. Prevent that from happening with a few simple tricks!
4 Ways to Fight the Cold
- Using a Heater drone part to warm nearby cold parts.
- Cold Resistant blocks require longer to freeze. This can be edited in the block settings.
- Leaving the atmosphere of cold planets to stop feeling the snowy weather.
- Heating up a nearby object or enemy with plasma weapons and flying near them transfers their heat.
4 Ways to Fight the Heat
- Using a Cooler drone part to cool down overheating parts.
- Heat Resistant blocks require longer to overheat. This can be edited in the block settings.
- Avoiding the center/core of planets with expanding lava.
- Similar to the cold, using cryogenic weapons on objects/enemies and flying near them transfers their cold temperature.
Also, you can use plasma weapons to heat up cold enemies or cryogenics against hot ones.
Several missions in Nimbatus require magnets to transport objectives. If you don’t know how to use them, this quick tip will explain how. So long as your drone has power and a magnet part, you can activate it to attract or repel depending on its settings. While the magnet is active, magnetic objects within its range will be affected. If you run out of battery power, the magnet will disable and lose its ability.
Video example of a magnet here.
Missions That Require Magnets
Certain missions below can still be completed without magnets, but it’s much more difficult.
- Digging for Fossils and Collecting Them
- Collecting a Freezer
- Collecting a Relic (requires disabling a shield via plasma weapons)
- Acquiring Bio Barrels
- Retrieving Civilian Research
Logic is a form of programming that exists in Nimbatus by using certain parts. This is where drone creators can truly get creative with autonomous drone ideas. Logic is often used with sensors to create fully autonomous drones.
The first advanced tutorial covers how to use Buttons for activating a certain key. This makes it so once you get into a mission, whatever keybind is set to it will not stop pressing until it breaks. Because of how simple Buttons are, they’re a little limited.
Most Logic parts revolve around an input and output button. Once the input button is pressed, the output button is then pressed. For example, a Temperature Sensor outputs the “Q” key when the drone becomes too cold, which then activates an If Gate to press the “E” key, which is the input key for a Heater. This creates a system where the drone automatically warms itself up.
If you’re a beginner, I don’t recommend getting too crazy with Logic parts. However, the On / Off Switch is relatively simple and useful for toggling devices. This prevents needing to hold down a button for a shield or a magnet.
The Steam Workshop is a goldmine for both powerful and silly drones to download. For some odd reason, there’s a large number of drones inspired by Terraria bosses. Regardless, the Steam Workshop drones are great for multiplayer training modes and using in the sandbox mode.
How to Download Steam Workshop Drones
Once you enter the Hangar, there’s a tab at the top right corner labeled, “Steam Workshop” that opens a folder of downloadable drones. Upon clicking a ship you want to download, there will be a download button to get it. Downloaded drones are accessible from the bottom left corner in the Hangar where there’s a “Downloaded” tab that stores them.
If you prefer to download drones outside of Nimbatus, it works the same as other Steam games too. You can access the Nimbatus Steam Workshop page here.
Be sure to drop some tips in the comments below for others trying to learn more about Nimbatus. If you need help with anything specific, feel free to also ask in the comments.
Nimbatus was provided by the developer via a Steam code.
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