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The Ebonut (pronounced eh-boh-nut) is a type of Secondary Objective which can appear in any mission type. The Dwarves can collect Ebonuts to be rewarded with a bonus payout of Credits and Experience upon level completion.
Similar to most types of real-world nuts, Ebonuts are encased in a large rocky shell which protects the actual nut inside. The base of the shell is a dark-grey rocky column which is similar in appearance and color to Ebonite Glyphids. The shell protecting the nut is a lighter brown in comparison. Once the shell is broken the nut inside is similar in colour and size to an oyster pearl where it can then be collected. The internals of the plant appear to be a dark pinkish colour.
Locations & Gathering
Ebonuts are randomly distributed sparsely throughout a level placed on floors, walls and (rarely) ceilings. They are spawned in upon level creation and are similar in placement to other collectible secondary objective resources, such as Boolo Caps and Alien Fossils.
It is not possible to get the Ebonut itself until the shell is broken. The shell can only be destroyed by whacking it with the Pickaxe or inflicting it with any kind of melee damage (e.g. Drillers Power Drills or Impact Axes). It takes three strikes to break open an Ebonut's shell but the Pickaxe Power Attack will instantly destroy it. The shell will become progressively cracked until it fully breaks on the third hit.
Once the shell is broken the nut inside can then be retrieved which adds it to the player's resource inventory. Ebonuts must be deposited (into the M.U.L.E., the Minehead or the Drop Pod) to count towards the total amount collected.
The amount of Ebonuts needed to complete a mission will always be 14 but there will always be more Ebonuts in a level than are needed to complete the Secondary Objective. Collecting surplus Ebonuts is not necessary and serves no purpose beyond a trifling single-digit boost to the resulting mission payout.
An Ebonut found in the Dense Biozone.
The Drillers Impact Axes will destroy the shell upon impact and can also be recovered afterwards, making them possibly the most effective way to collect ebonuts.