Factorio Tips and Tricks Page 3

Factorio Tips and Tricks Page 2

Here's page 3 of our Factorio tips and tricks guide.

Faster Trains

When building a rail line, you want to use two locomotives instead of just one. This way your train will be able to get around much faster.

Efficient Train Delivery

If you have two train lines next to each other, you can have the trains deliver resources consistently. If you send one train to pick up resources for 60 seconds, and then have another train next to it start up a little while after, the two trains will constantly pick up and bring back resources with no downtime in between.

Try to have buffers for every train. This way when they deliver their goods, and drive back to pick up more, your inserters will continue to deliver resources to the belt until the train comes back with more.

Essential Materials To Keep In Your Vehicles

Once you build a car, you will want to keep iron plates, copper plates, steel plates, bricks, ammo, walls, and some coal on them at all times. Before you get to robotics, you will be running out of resources often, so having this in your vehicle at all times will make building faster.

Crafting In Inventory

Keep in mind sometimes crafting items straight from your inventory is faster and less of a hassle than designing an assembling machine system. For example things like rail or walls can be quickly crafted straight from your inventory.

Upgrade To Steel Furnaces Early!

Try to get advanced material processing up as soon as you can. Steel furnaces are much faster than regular furnaces and will greatly help with production of materials for your factory.

Better Power Poles

Try to get electric energy distribution early on as well. The larger power lines can really help with making your factory less messy.

When To Get Solar Power

Though you may be tempted to get solar panels up early, it is actually pointless until you can get Accumulators up as well. Without accumulators, at night your electric grid will suffer from lack of electricity, and your factory may shut down.

Upgrading Is Easy

Keep in mind that upgrading an object is very easy in this game and does not require you to tear down that object first. Simply click the object while having the upgraded object in your hands to upgrade it! The old object will appear in your inventory.

Running Out Of Resources!

If you are running out of resources near you, don't worry. A recent update made it so the further out you go, the more resources there are (the richness increases). So for example if your starter patches are 1-2 million, if you go a few radar ranges away, you will see patches of resources with 10-20 million.

Backed Up Liquid Resources

This is a very important note to keep in mind when you get to liquid (oil) and gas resources. If one of your gas or liquid resources are full, production will stop completely. So keep an eye out on your Light oil, Heavy oil and Petrolium gas and add some storage tanks to them as needed.

Don't Cross Liquid Or Gas Pipes

When setting up liquid or gas pipes, make sure you don't cross them. One cross can contaminate the entire pipe system that it's connected to, and will be very hard to fix. Try to use Pipe-to-Ground as often as possible, because you are much less likely to cross pipes that way.

Oil Doesn't Run Out Fully

Keep in mind that pumpjacks will keep going even if the oil has run out. Even though the speed will reduce by a lot, they will keep pumping. You should have buffers on your oil in case your pumpjacks start pumping much slower. This way you will be able to find another oil patch before running out.

More Petroleum Gas

Early on when first start your oil operation, you will run out of petroleum gas quickly. A good solution to this is to research Advanced oil processing and use Heavy Oil cracking to Light Oil, and then Light Oil cracking to Petroleum gas.

Independent Input Pipes

When piping liquid or gas to an assembler, make sure the line is independent from your storage tanks. Otherwise you will get very low throughput on the second, third, etc. assemblers that the pipes are connected to.

Keep Some Gun Turrets Around End Game

Though you may be tempted to switch fully to laser turrets later in the game, I recommend keeping some gun turrets up. First of all, fully upgraded gun turrets can potentially deal more damage than laser turrets.

Second, while laser turrets are great, if for any reason your electric grid goes down, your entire factory will be left defenseless! This is why gun turrets are so good. They don't use electricity, so they will keep firing even if your electric is down.

Mobile Storage

Trains can be used as mobile storage. If you create a rail line from one end of your base to another, you can store a bunch of useful materials in multiple cargo wagons. This way you can keep a large amount of materials near you at all times while you build. Preventing the need to run/drive all the way back to the start of your base to grab resources.

This is also a great way to move your base to a new area. As you probably already know, the further out you go, the more rich the resources become. So if you are running low on resources around your area, simply move your base!

Load up a train with everything you need, and create a track going into the direction (I usually go East) you want. Eventually you will reach some very large resource patches.

Here you can create your new base with walls, turrets, and solar panels for power. Then you can move anything important you need from your base using the trains.

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This page will be expanded if I find anything else useful. If you have any of your own questions or hints, tips or tricks for Factorio of your own, please post them in the comments below. Thanks.