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Among the most spectacular sights on Hoxxes,, the aptly-named Crystalline Caverns are truly a sight to behold. Massive crystals erupt from every surface, glittering and twinkling in the dark. Alas, the larger crystals are mostly worthless silicate, but abundant deposits of valuable minerals dot the caves too.
— Ingame description

Crystalline Caverns is one of the biomes of Hoxxes IV. This eponymous biome consists of caverns filled with many (although worthless) crystals.There are many big, open chambers, connected by tunnels. The crystals produce natural light, allowing more visibility for navigation. The base rock making up the caves is sturdy, taking 3 hits for it to give way.

Hazards[]

The biome-specific hazard for Crystalline Caverns is the bright and noisy Electrocrystal, which is charged with electricity. Dwarves or Creatures that come into direct contact suffer high damage and slowdown. If multiple Electrocrystals are close together and have unbroken line-of-sight with other Electrocrystals, electricty will arc in a curved shape between the crystals, causing high damage and slowdown to Dwarves or Glyphids passing through the arc. The Electrocrystals cannot float, so destroying the surrounding bedrock can destroy them.

There is a 15% chance to rain in Length 1 missions, increasing by 3% for every Length. Rain reduces the brightness of flares and other light sources, and dwarves all gain a 100% resistance to all forms of Fire and Heat damage, such as Gas explosions and the Driller's Flamethrower. It does not increase the rate at which Freezing can be applied, however.

Enemies[]

Most Glyphids can be encountered in Crystalline Caverns, including Spitball Infectors, Cave Leeches, and Glyphid Dreadnoughts.

Biome Features[]

Crystalline Caverns feature little to no vegetation, as the biome is entirely made out of rock material.

Item Description Statistics
Functional
BF Blue Crystals
Blue Crystals
Blue crystals emitting bright light which greatly helps with navigation. Hardness: 2
BF Electrocrystal
Electrocrystals
Blue crystals that shock and slow anything that comes in contact. Electricity arcs off and on between nearby electrocrystals. Health: 350

Damage: 4
x0.3 Movement Speed

BF Spider Web CC
Spider Web
Thin webs that slow anything passing through them and impair the vision of dwarves. Can be burnt with the Flamethrower or other sources of fire damage. Health: 1

x0.5 Movement Speed

Rocks
BF Pink Crystals
Plain Quartz
Pink crystals that can be easily destroyed. Hardness: 1
BF Crystal Circle
Plain Quartz
Circle structure formed of crystals. They can spawn on their own, or in a group. Hardness: 1
BF Mineral Chimney
Mineral Chimney
Tubular rock formations letting out smoke from their holes. Also found in Magma Core. Hardness: 2
Other
BF Wall Eye
Wall Eye
Organic eyes with purple bits surrounding them covering the walls of a cave. Damaging an eye will make it close for a short while. Also found in Radioactive Exclusion Zone. Health: 50

Ores[]

As with every biome, some of the Ores that can be found in Crystalline Caverns are determined by the mission type, such as Morkite Morkite and Aquarq Aquarq. The crafting materials found in Crystalline Caverns are Jadiz Jadiz and Bismor Bismor, with Bismor being abundant and Jadiz being scarce.

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