Drills are items in Astroneer that affect the way that the player interacts with the terrain. All soil has a hardness level, from 0 to 3, indicated by an increasingly darker pattern of lines on the soil. Each level of drill increases the ease at which the player can dig out the soil when equipped on a Crane, Tractor, Medium Rover, or Large Rover.
Drills dig out a large arched tunnel. The angle of digging is controlled by the camera angle, indicated by an artificial horizon displayed in the center of the digging plane. Angling downward with both a Drill and a Paver is a very easy way to descend through a planet's layers.
Types of Drills
|Drill Strength 1||2,500|| Ceramic
|Allows the player to easily dig through hardness 0 and 1 soil, and 2 with some reduction in speed.|
|Drill Strength 2||5,000|| Tungsten Carbide
|Allows the player to easily dig through hardness 0, 1, and 2 soil, and 3 with some reduction in speed.|
|Drill Strength 3||7,500|| Titanium Alloy
|Allows the player to easily dig through all levels of soil hardness.|