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This article is about the Ion Cube. You may be looking for the Ion Cube Matrix.

Ion Cubes are a piece of technology created by the Precursors. They are capable of containing massive amounts of energy equivalent to a 'small nuclear detonation' in a stable state. Ion Cubes are used to power certain Precursor devices, such as Alien Arches, which will only function once an Ion Cube has been inserted. They can also be used to craft Purple Alien Tablet, as well as upgraded versions of Batteries and Power Cells. Most importantly, Ion Cubes will be used to construct a vital piece of machinery to build the escape rocket.

Ion Cubes can be found in Alien Bases, and Caches. Large Ion Cube Deposits can be found in the Alien Thermal Plant and the Primary Containment Facility and require the Prawn Suit Drill Arm equipped to break them up before they can be picked up.

Ion Cubes can be created in the form of Large Ion Cube Deposits in the Antechamber within the Primary Containment Facility.

Uses in Crafting

Ion BatteryIon BatterySilicone RubberArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Ion Power Cell

Ion CrystalGoldSilver OreArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Ion Battery

Ion CrystalDiamondDiamondArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Purple Tablet

Ion CrystalDiamondDiamondArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Orange Tablet

Ion CrystalKyaniteKyaniteArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Blue Tablet

Data Bank Entry

This green mineral substance has no entry on the periodic table, and an unprecedented ability to store huge amounts of ionic energy within it.

  • Likely grown artificially
  • Cubic appearance suggests it has been cut from a larger deposit
  • Each cube contains the equivalent ionic energy of 5 kilotons of TNT
  • Under the right conditions the energy could be released in a controlled manner
  • Likely used as batteries, but would require a substantial power source to be recharged

Assessment: Valuable energy source

Future Plans

  • Five Ion Cubes will be used to create an Ion Cube Matrix.[1]



  • The former name for the Ion Cube was Ion Crystal.