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This article has been updated for Kenshi version 1.0.50.

A bigger, better research desk would allow us to research bigger, better things.

–In-game description


Tech Levels serve as a gating mechanism to other Technologies. They ensure that a player must research in tiers before reaching late game technological wonders such as Hydroponics or Automated Mining Tech.

Players are required to begin their research with a Small Research Bench at Tech Level I. Progression to Tech Level II unlocks Research Bench II, and so forth. These advancements are made by researching the next tier and having the appropriate materials. Books are the only requirement initially for many forms of research. Greater levels require rarer items such as Ancient Science Books or AI Cores.