The Cyclops is a player-controlled submarine that is constructed using the Mobile Vehicle Bay. It is equipped with a vehicle bay able to store a single smaller submersible, and can be modified with a range of different upgrades.
At 54.2m long, 12.6m wide and 14.2m tall, the Cyclops is the largest player controlled vehicle in the game, and is capable of diving to depths of up to 500m, or up to 1,700m with upgrades. It is essentially a mobile base, capable of being outfitted with furniture and storage using the Habitat Builder.
Access is obtained either via a dive chamber located at the bow of the keel or via the docking bay when piloting a Seamoth or Prawn Suit. It is equipped with an onboard AI that will warn the player of danger and a beacon allowing the player to locate it at a distance.
- Cyclops Hull fragments (Sea Treader's Path, Floating Island and Mushroom Forest)
- Cyclops Engine fragments (Aurora, Wrecks, Mountain Island, Underwater Islands, and Jellyshroom Cave)
- Cyclops Bridge fragments (Sea Treader's Path, Mushroom Forest and Crash Zone)
Each set requires three fragments to be scanned in order to complete the component. Each component is shown individually in the PDA. Each completed component will progress the overall Cyclops blueprint by 33%; to fully complete the Cyclops blueprint, the player must find and scan nine fragments in total.
The submarine is equipped with three external cameras which are operated via the Pilot HUD. These cameras are located on the keel, conning tower, and screw, which in non-nautical terms are below, above and at the rear of the submarine, respectively.
The Cyclops has three speed settings, from "Slow" up to "Flank", each setting affecting the amount of noise generated, and in turn, attention from hostile fauna. More information on noise can be found here: Noise
The Bridge is located at the bow of vessel and features a large domed glass port which is the primary viewing port for navigating.
A wall-mounted fire extinguisher can be located on the port wall and the player is able to access both the Upper midsection via a large bulkhead door and the keel via a dedicated ladder.
There are several different HUDs located here.
Much of the HUD available to the pilot is not visible until the player engages the controls. In addition, the speed settings are only visible on the HUD if the engine has been turned on. The Cyclops is incapable of movement if the engine is disabled, and will display "Engine off" in red on the HUD to remind the player.
On the left of the window, the player can view the current speed, noise and health of the vessel. Using the controls on the left, the player can turn the engine on or off and adjust the speed of the Cyclops. The controls on the right of the window allow the player to look through the external cameras, activate Silent Running and activate modules such as the Shield Generator, Sonar and Decoy Launcher.
Clicking the camera button will allow the player to control the external cameras, there are three in total; one under the keel, one on the back and one on the conning tower (Very top). These cameras are best used for navigating around obstacles and for checking for predators.
A hologram projector on the right of the window displays a hologram of the Cyclops, the locations of nearby hostile creatures and the scope of the noise emitted, represented by a blue sphere. Hostile creatures appear as red triangles if they are likely to attack the Cyclops, and yellow dots if they are ignoring the sub.
If the Cyclops is close to terrain, a warning will appear on the bridge window, showing where the terrain is relative to the Cyclops' hull.
A hologram displaying a side-view Cyclops can be found on the port side of the bridge. The hologram displays the Cyclops' health bar at the top, and displays any leaks and fires in the sub along with the locations at which they occur. The Fire Suppression System can be activated from here if installed.
The starboard HUD offers several more controls. The player can use the panel on the left side to customize the external color scheme and set a custom name of up to 14 characters for the Cyclops to be displayed on its exterior starboard side and on its beacon.
The panel on the right side indicates the status of the exterior front-facing floodlights and internal lights. Both sets of lights can be toggled on and off using this panel.
The upper midsection of the vessel grants access to the Bridge via a single large circular airlock, and to the port and starboard sides of the engine room via two bulkhead doors.
The access port to the vehicle bay is located in the center of the large room and allows the player to disembark via a docked Seamoth or Prawn Suit.
A console is also located in this room, which allows the player to manage upgrade modules on a docked vehicle. The health and energy of the vehicle can also be viewed on this console.
The engine room is located at the stern of the vessel. The engine takes up almost all of the space in the room, leaving only a narrow passageway at either end for the player to walk down.
This is where the Cyclops' six Power Cells are located, three on either side of the engine. The player can check the charge status of each Power Cell and remove or replace them with.
The Cyclops' upgrade fabricator is located on the starboard hull. It functions similarly to the upgrade fabricator in the Vehicle Upgrade Console and Scanner Room, allowing the player to craft dedicated Cyclops upgrade modules, which can be installed at the upgrade console located in the port side of the engine room.
A wall-mounted fire extinguisher can be found on the port outer wall.
Seamoths and Prawns will recharge while docked, draining power from the Cyclops' power cells.
The keel section of the Cyclops has five built-in Storage Lockers, each containing 18 (3x6) units of space. The diving chamber is located here, which allows the player to embark and disembark from the vessel through a hatch.
Cyclops Fabricator Recipes (expand)
The built-in Cyclops upgrade fabricator has the ability to craft the 8 upgrade modules listed below.
The submarine is powered via Power Cells and can have six installed at a time, allowing for a maximum storage of 1200 Energy (6000 if using Ion Power Cells). The individual cells are drained sequentially during use. When all power is depleted, all lights will shut off, oxygen production will stop and appliances cannot be used.
The Cyclops consumes energy from its Power Cells in order to move. Placeable items, such as the Fabricator, will also consume the Cyclops' energy when used.
The different speed settings (Slow, Standard, and Flank) affect the rate of energy consumption, which can be found below:
|Speed||Energy consumption rate (per minute)||
Forward Velocity (Verify)*
|Energy efficiency (meters per energy unit)|
|Slow||9||6.68 m/s||44.53 m|
|Standard||20||8.91 m/s||26.73 m|
|Flank||40||10.39 m/s||15.585 m|
Movement in multiple directions (i.e. moving forward while turning, or moving forward while turning and diving) will increase the rate at which energy is drained.
A Cyclops Engine Efficiency Module improves the energy efficiency by 100% when installed. These don't stack.
The Interior Lights and Exterior Floodlights do not use the Cyclops' energy. Leaving the Cyclops will not disable the engine, but the lights will still be left on.
Seamoths and Prawns will recharge while docked in the vehicle bay in the keel, draining power from the Cyclops' power cells. They recharge at the same rate as if their power cells were in a Power Cell Charger.
Fabrication and Appliances
The Cyclops can be further customized using Placeable Items constructed with the Habitat Builder. A Fabricator, Modification Station, Battery Charger or Power Cell Charger built in the Cyclops will draw from the ship's power. Other items such as Lockers, Aquariums and Interior Growbeds can also be placed, which can be very useful for growing and storing food and materials on Survival mode for long-term sustenance when away from a seabase for extended periods of time.
Appliances can be used even if the engine is disabled. Energy-consuming appliances cannot be used if the Cyclops is out of energy.
Damage and Destruction
The Cyclops is equipped with an "overshield". This absorbs all damage taken by the Cyclops when the submarine has more than 80% of its health, and will prevent hull breaches from occurring. When the overshield has absorbed damage, it will deplete, but slowly recharge on its own while the Cyclops' hull is completely intact (i.e. has not taken any damage past 80%).
Note: When the player uses the command damagesub in the console, the Cyclops will take 400 damage.
Below 500 meters depth, the Player will be alerted by the onboard AI stating, "PASSING SAFE DEPTH." Below this depth, collisions with the terrain will result in hull damage, reducing the total health. Hull breaches can also occur if the Cyclops is attacked by a group of predators.
Hull breaches are found on the outside of the Cyclops and can be repaired with the Repair Tool. The hologram on the left side of the bridge will mark where hull breaches are located.
If damage continues, fires will start in random locations, and will spread if not extinguished. These fires will cause additional damage, reduce visibility and begin hurting and suffocating the player. Small fires can sometimes be extinguished automatically. If the Cyclops Fire Suppression System is equipped and activated, it will close and lock all bulkheads and a blue light will flash. A few seconds later, all fires will be extinguished and the smoke will evacuate.
The Cyclops Depth Module MK1, MK2 and MK3 upgrades allow the player to increase the crush depth to 900m, 1,300m and 1,700m respectively. Players should note that this means that a fully upgraded Cyclops will be capable of travelling far below the Seamoth's maximum crush limit of 900m.
Piloting the sub in Flank speed for more than 20 seconds will cause the engine to overheat, after which point there is a chance for a fire to start every 2 seconds.
If the submarine receives critical damage, it will explode. The Cyclops' AI will warn the player prior to this explosion, providing time to exit the submarine. Upon explosion:
- Any docked Seamoth or Prawn Suit will be destroyed.
- Any placable items, such as Fabricators and Power Cell Chargers, will remain and can be deconstructed.
- A small amount of Metal Salvage and Computer Chips will be scattered around the location.
- If the player is on board at the time, they will be killed.
- A wreck will remain, which will have openings in the bridge, vehicle bay, and tail for access.
- A Beacon is deployed at the location of the wreck.
Noise will draw hostile creatures' attention to the Cyclops. The more noise the sub is generating, the greater the range from which aggressive creatures will be drawn attack the sub. The amount of noise generated is dependent on several factors.
The different speed settings will cause the sub to emit noise, with Slow emitting the least amount of noise and Flank emitting the most.
The external floodlights do not affect the amount of noise the Cyclops generates.
Activating Silent Running will suppress 50% of all noise being emitted by the sub until the player deactivates it. Silent Running drains 5 energy every 5 seconds while it is active. This power drain is not affected by the Cyclops Engine Efficiency Module.
Disabling the engine will stop the Cyclops from emitting noise completely. Silent Running will still drain power even if the engine is disabled.
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These tracks will only play if there is a fire on board the Cyclops.
- The Cyclops may have the ability to be docked to seabases.
Data Bank Entry
The cyclops is the most popular and reliable deep-sea submersible in the galaxy. By comparison to the competition it can be crewed by just one pilot, hence the name.
- Sometimes when entering the Cyclops, the AI will say "You are the best captain on this planet, I'm not even squidding." This may be a reference to the player being the only human and pilot of a Cyclops on the planet, as well as being both a pun on "kidding" and a reference to real-life squids, which can be found in bodies of water here on Earth, considering that 4546B is a mostly ocean-covered planet.
- If the player is hit by the Cyclops when it drops upon completion of fabrication (via the Mobile Vehicle Bay), the player will die.