Pixel Starships Galaxy - Secrets, Tips, and Easter Eggs

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Pixel Starships Galaxy is an 8-bit retro graphics type game by Savy Soda. You command a starship from one of three factions (Federation, Pirate, or Qtarian) and battle other players or against NPC starships. Your ship can contain multiple rooms that can hold multiple crew members. Many room types can be upgraded multiple times (using Gas or Crystals) and crew members can also be leveled up (from 1 to max 40 using experience points). In addition, upgrading your ship (from level 1 to max level 12 using Crystals) increases space for placing more rooms.

Crew Rarity

There are many different crews you can obtain, each being from one of 7 rarity types (delineated by number of stars or an emblem):
  1. Common (1 Star)
  2. Elite (2 Stars)
  3. Unique (3 Stars)
  4. Epic (4 Stars)
  5. Hero (5 Stars)
  6. Special (Shield Emblem)
  7. Legendary (Eagle Emblem)

You can merge two crews with same rarity to yield one higher rarity crew by putting the two lower rarity crews into the same bedroom and selecting Prestige option. The highest possible rarity is Legendary. Note that Special crews can't be prestiged (those with the Shield emblem), and two Hero crews merged together will yield a Legendary crew member (not a Special crew rarity). The recipe for what two crews yield which crew changes every 3 months. Crew members that are 3 stars or higher have a special ability that is unlocked when they are level 10 or higher.

All Crew Abilities in Pixel Starships Galaxy

Here are all 14 Crew Abilities in Pixel Starships Galaxy:

Crew AbilityDescription
ArsonSets the current room on fire for NUMBER seconds.
Blaze WalkAutomatically sets the current room on fire for NUMBER seconds.
BloodlustDouble combat speed for NUMBER seconds.
Critical AttackDeals NUMBER damage to the current targeted enemy crew.
Cryo BlastStops the actions of all enemy crews in the current room for NUMBER seconds.
First AidRestores NUMBER hp to self.
Healing RainRestores NUMBER hp to all friendly crews in the current room.
Phase ShiftForms a shield that prevents all attacks and abilities targeting this crew for NUMBER seconds.
Poison GasDeals NUMBER damage to all enemy crews in the current room.
Rush CommandIncreases reload progress of current room by PERCENTAGE.
Stasis ShieldShields the current room from all attacks and abilities for NUMBER seconds. The affected room cannot be activated for the durations of the ability.
System HackDelays the current room's reload progress by NUMBER seconds and destroys all non-barrier type Modules inside the room. Will not trigger on unpowered rooms.
Ultra DismantleDeals NUMBER damage to the current room.
Urgent RepairRepairs current room for NUMBER damage.

Again, crews with abilities need to be level 10 or higher in order to use them (mainly via A.I. commands). Also, the NUMBER and PERCENTAGE above vary depending on level, type, training, and rarity of crew.

Crew Easter Eggs: Similarities to Real People (or Fictional Heroes)

Although the names have been obscured, many of the crew members in Pixel Starships resemble historical characters or famous fictional characters in games or films. Some crew names are exactly the same as historical characters from Three Kingdoms period of China. Here is listing of some of them:

Crew NameCrew DescriptionResembled NameResembled Description
AstronautThat's one small step for man, one giant leap for a mobile game.Neil ArmstrongFirst man on the Moon.
AbuRuns a side business safely removing snakes from ship ventilization.Abu Zarin HussinFamous snake whisperer.
Bad UncleFirst generation synthetic human. Spends as long to style hair as real human.Roy BattyLeader replicant from Bladerunner movie.
BarotDocuments all the cultures of the galaxy, but in a profoundly obnoxious fashion.Borat SagdiyevFrom Borat movie.
BoganDrank beer until DNA mutated. Developed regeneration ability.LoganJames "Logan" Howlett is Wolverine.
Captain Mack SwallowA Pirate King turned Starship Captain.Captain Jack SparrowPirates of the Caribbean movie character
CathulhuAn ancient and inscrutable evil, luckily very easy to distract with a ball of yarn.CthulhuCosmic entity created by author H. P. Lovecraft
ChihuahuaUses a whole bottle of shampoo every day.ChewbaccaFrom Star Wars movie.
Demon BoyActually a really nice guy.HellboyFrom Dark Horse Comics
DoloresA female tutorial synth. Reminds you of the days back at the academy.HellboyDolores Abernathy from Westworld
Gong Fu girlA martial artist out ot prove herself the equal of any man.Chun-LiFrom Street Fighter arcade games.
Green Ranger - OliverEven the infinite void of space cannot hide wrongdoers from justice!Tommy OliverPower Rangers
Huge HellaloyaOnce partied with a thousand cute cadets; now hangs around Starship staff quarters.Hugh HefnerFounder of Playboy magazine
IchigoIf he's got a bat, stand back! This guy hits like no one else!Ichiro SuzukiFamous Japanese baseball player
JesusHe's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!Jesus ChristChristianity
King DongFavourite Food: Banana. Favourite Toy: BarbieKing KongFamous gorilla monster movie
King SalamanderEverything he owns is made of gold. Even his clothes, somehow.King SalmanSaudi Arabia King: Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Leon MarsWants to ship his car to Mars.Elon MuskFounder of SpaceX and Tesla
LionheartBorn to be king.Richard the LionheartKing Richard I of England
Mad JacksonAsk anyone who knows him, he's not really mad. He's furious!Nick FuryNick Fury played by Samuel Jackson
McdonaldsA plumber turned professional boxer.Conor McGregorIrish mixed martial artist.
Monkey KingThe first monkey to successfully captain a ship.Sun Wukong (孫悟空)Monkey in Journey to the West
Mr CrayAn angry young man, always goofing around with a screwdriver.The DoctorFrom Doctor Who.
Nezha'I Never Compromise.' - NezhaNezha (哪吒)Taoist protection deity.
Paralympic GodSpend decades working out the rules of the universe... then realised he forgot to carry the one.Stephen HawkingBritish physicist with ALS.
PaulGets his shirt off at every opportunity.PutinRussia president
PinkzillaMany an unwary shipmate has been eaten whilst laughing at this surprisingly powerful creature.GodzillaFrom Japanese monster movie
Private BrianMany have died trying to save him.Private RyanFrom Saving Private Ryan movie.
RoboRobArtificial life, superior technology. Pay no attention to the man inside.Optimus PrimeFrom Robotron.
Robyna HootsGood with a bow, which doesn't mean much in an age of lasers.Robin HoodRobbed rich and gave to poor.
RonAlways seems to have a soccer ball on his person. Where is he keeping them?RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo wearing no. 7 shirt
SakuraPleasant, shy, loves death metal and punk music.Sakura GakuinBabymetal spinoff of Sakura Gakuin
Salon CustomerHangs out at the local basketball court.Kim Jong-unSupreme Leader of North Korea
SCVI am a machine but I know what love is! - thunder_kiss_65 (July 2016 Winner).SCVSpace Construction Vehicle from Starcraft
StevoCrikey! He has a pet crocodile.Steve IrwinFamous Austrailian crocodile hunter.
Stove TopsWas CEO of a popular fruit company.Steve JobsFounder of Apple company.
TimberFor a professional golfer, this tiger spends a lo tof time in the woods.Tiger WoodsProfessional golpher.
Transport DriverHe's not so bad, just don't touch his car.Frank MartinThe Transporter movies starting Jason Statham
Crew NameCrew DescriptionResembled NameThree Kingdoms Description
Cao CaoAn Ancient Chinese Emperor. What is he doing here!?Cao Cao (曹操)Famous warlord.
Da QiaoOlder sister of Xiao Qiao, gifted musician and dancer.Da Qiao (大橋)Big Qiao sister.
Dong ZhuoOld, crotchety, kind of a perv.Dong Zhuo (董卓)Killed by Lu Bu.
Guan YuLong beard, loves green.Guan Yu (關羽)One of Five Tiger Generals under Liu Bei.
Liu BeiLikes to drink tea with his army friends.Liu Bei (劉備)Famous warlord.
Lyu BuA powerful warrior, still hasn't worked out how to talk to girls.Lu Bu (呂布)Nicknamed Flying General.
Ma ChaoHero or traitor? You be the judge. A brave leader of the Three Kingdoms.Ma Chao (馬超)One of Five Tiger Generals under Liu Bei.
Meng HuoSeven times captured, seven times freed! A powerful warrior of the Three Kingdoms.Meng Huo (孟獲)Shu Han area.
Xiahou DunWhat could be more hardcore than eating your own eye? A courageous general of the Three Kingdoms.Xiahou Dun (夏侯惇)Served under Cao Cao.
Zhang FeiHot tempered and smelly.Zhang Fei (張飛)One of Five Tiger Generals under Liu Bei.
Zhao YunThey call him the Dragon Warrior, even though he is self-evidently human.Zhao Yun (趙雲)One of Five Tiger Generals under Liu Bei.
Zhuge LiangLikes board games, cheats remorselessly.Zhuge Liang (諸葛亮)Shu Han area.
Xiao QiaoYounger sister of Da Qiao, gifted scholar and philosopher.Xiao Qiao (小橋)Little Qiao sister.

How To Get Mining Drone and Mine For Materials

How to get Mining Drone and location of all 10 Mineable Planets in the game Pixel Starships: Galaxy. Video shows a map of the galaxy of stars and where you can mine planets for Carbon, Iron, Gold, Silicon, and Titanium (2 planets possible for each material). There currently is no way to mine for Dark Matter. There is a Mining 102 mission (at Sirius star for Pirate faction, Alpha Centauri star for Federation faction, and Tau Ceti star for Qtarian faction) that allows you to get extra Mining Drones with each visit. You can get a maximum of 3 Mining Drones for 1 Starbux each, but for each drone, you must plant it (drill for material) before you can get another Mining Drone. Also, the planets where you can mine won't be activated unless you have a free Mining Drone in your inventory. Note that the max number of mining drones you can mine at the same time has changed across different versions. The 10 Planet's star system (and associated material fragments you can mine) are:

  • Epsilon Aurigae: Carbon
  • Pilgrimage: Carbon
  • Betelgeuse: Gold
  • Epsilon Eridani: Gold
  • Ross 128: Iron
  • Ross 248: Iron
  • Gliese 1: Silicon
  • Pylon: Silicon
  • Osiris 2: Titanium
  • Tycho: Titanium

Mining 102 Location (by faction)
  • Pirate: Sirius
  • Federation: Alpha Centauri
  • Qtarian: Tau Ceti

Video also shows how to warp to any planet fast (even across the galaxy) by finding a midway point and press "Rush Travel" if the travel time is less than 5 minutes. At the end of the video you get an example of combining fragments into upgraded materials and a sample PVP battle using edepot's Level 12 starship. Also, members of edepot's fleet are shown if you are interested in joining a fleet in Pixel Starships: Galaxy.

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Pixel Starships: Galaxy (PSSG) is a mobile game available for iOS and Android devices. Gameplay from iPad version of PSSG..

Tips and Tricks

Joining a Fleet

Join a fleet when your starship reaches level 4. You can do this by building a Fleet Council room, clicking on it, then select Search. Search for "edepot" and join if you wish to join a top 100 fleet that also has a Starbase. Fleets with a starbase will help damage your opponent when you do PvP against other players. In addition, you can borrow crew members from other fleet members (more than supported by number of Bedrooms you have). As a bonus, edepot fleet has a Starbux Printer.

Starbux Printer

The Starbux Printer in the fleet Starbase gives out a free Starbux multiple times per day. The good news is that every fleet member can get that same free Starbux, not limited to first come first serve. So if the Starbux printer gives out 5 Starbux per day, EVERY fleet member can get 5 extra Starbux per day. However, they all need to visit the Starbase and click on the free Starbux 5 times per day.

Room Armor

Try to place armor around small powered rooms (those that occupy 1 or 2 width spaces). Armor must be next to the room touching it (diagonally placed armor does not count). You may not have enough armor to guard every room, so protect the small powered rooms first, then continue to larger powered rooms. Smaller rooms are weaker than larger rooms, and needs more armor. Once you have done that, put armor modules (Succulent, Sandbags, etc) inside powered small rooms occupying 2 width spaces first, continuing to the powered larger rooms. A room is powered if it has green little squares above the room. Non-powered rooms have greater innate armor protection, so worry about the powered rooms first. One easy pattern of Armor placement is two horizontal parallel lines of Armor. The middle between the two Armor lines you would place 1 and 2 width rooms. The top and bottom layer of the two Armor lines, you place 3 width rooms.

Attacking Strategies

There are many techniques to win battles against other starships. One technique is to teleport many crews to the other ship (telespam) to do damage to their reactors (energy generators), crew, or other types of rooms. Another is to only use Penetrator missiles to bypass room armor and damage the enemy starship's hull directly (penspam). One common late stage strategy is to have many Legendary crews having equipments that increase stats or abilities. These crew members then stand in important rooms to enhance the room's reload rate (rate of fire, rate of shield restoration, etc). You should set the A.I. of all your weapon rooms to target the same enemy room type (focus fire). In addition, target the smaller rooms, as they are weaker. One easy technique is to PP or PD weapons to take down enemy shields and then the rest of the weapon rooms focus fire on the enemy Anti-Air room or other 1 or 2 width rooms. Because enemy powered rooms can be repaired by their crew (sometimes using high hp crew with good repair stats or abilities), it may be worth it in special cases to focus fire on a 2 width non-powered room that has no armor protection. Non-powered rooms can't be repaired, so damage to the starship's hull with regular weapons can't be interrupted. The tradeoff is that non-powered rooms have by default higher innate armor protection.

Room Stats and Crew Stats

All crew members (including 1 star and 2 stars rarity) have innate stats that increases reload rate of rooms just by standing in them. These stats are in addition to the crew abilities only available to 3 stars rarity and up crews. The important stats are ENG (engine), PLT (pilot), and SCI (science). By looking at the profile of a room, you can know its stats type, allowing you to know what crew (having high compatible stats) should be placed in them.

Get Dolores Synth Robot Fast

Dolores is a female Synth (robot) that is of Special rarity (like the captain you got in beginning of the game). Dolores is very useful against the standard 3v3 turn-based ground missions, as she can use her Cyro Blast ability to freeze enemies in place for multiple turns. All Dolores parts (head, chest, arms, legs) are available eventually if you play long enough. The first one you get is her head and you can only get of them, then other parts come when you complete missions or the pop in missions when you first run the game. Save some Starbux to purchase her extra parts. Because you can only get one head, you can't make multiple Dolores synths.

Rush to Level 12 Starship

Your starship can be leveled up from level 1 to max level 12. Although many people say to upgrade the rooms first before upgrading your starship, a better strategy is to upgrade your starship to level 12 as soon as possible. This gives you more space to put more rooms and also unlocks better types of weapon rooms only available at higher level starships. Your rooms may be weaker in the beginning, but they are more than offset by number of extra rooms and better weapon rooms available. A good Starship to buy after you reach level 12 is the Scavenger Hulk. This starship does not require a Blueprint to buy and it is one of the largest ships you can buy, giving you lots of space for rooms. Make sure to purchase the Extended Hull when you earn enough Starbux (see below for methods).

Finish the Daily Missions

One of the fastest way to earn experience is to do the daily missions. At level 12 Starship, the available daily missions will sometimes drop 1000 EXP, 3000 EXP, or 10000 EXP items. You can use the 10000 EXP version to quickly level up any crew from level 35 to level 40.

Multiple Farming Accounts

Pixel Starship Galaxy may be geared towards Pay-to-Win, but it is possible to play casually without spending any real money. You can register multiple emails and use multiple devices to command many starships. Each of those accounts can watch 40 ads per day to get 120 Starbux each per day. The gBay market can be used to transfer bux between your accounts. One technique is to have one main starship account and multiple farming accounts. The main account will sell cheap items in the market for hundreds of Starbux, then you buy those items back using your farming accounts to transfer the Starbux from your farming accounts to your main account. So for example, if you have 3 accounts, you can get 120 Starbux per day on your main account and 192 per day from your two farming accounts (240 minus the 20% gBay transaction fee). Suggested items to use to transfer Starbux are special occasion types (Acorn, Red Coins, Pumpkins, etc), which usually sell for cheap but is possible to price very high. It used to possible to use the daily crates from the dropship, but now the game won't show your item for sale to other players if it is priced too high above average.

Get Starbux Fast

Another trick to gain Starbux is to wait for the daily shop sale, buy the item (if it can be sold), and then put it on the gBay market the next day at 50% to 100% higher in price (or wait how many days until the price goes back up to normal). The daily shop sale item is usually highly discounted in price, providing a great way to earn Starbux if you resell it at normal price. Even if you miss a daily shop sale, the item is available for purchase for 30 days if you pay an extra 20% penalty. Simply visit Pixel Starships Website, log in, and go into the Sales section.


You should buy every bedroom you see on the daily shop sale. These bedrooms give you ability to place more crew on your starship. The standard Bedroom holds 5 crew and you can get three of them. The extra bedrooms you can buy usually holds only one crew. However, the exception is the Aquarium bedroom, which can hold 2 crew if you upgrade it. Here is a listing of all 10 different types of Bedrooms:
  • Bedroom (5 crew)
  • Captain's Quarters
  • Cryopod
  • Car Garage
  • Aquarium (2 crew)
  • Xmas Tree
  • Oven
  • Graveyard
  • Cat House
  • Dog House
Note that the Dog House is the only one requiring purchase with real money. Along with your three standard Bedrooms, if you buy every bedroom type above (limited to one each), you can have 25 permanent crews on your starship. In addition, you can borrow a maximum of 4 crews from other fleet members through your Fleet Council room, but these crew are temporary, returning after their time is up (usually less than a day). You can set up a system of having an alternative account that holds specific crew that is constantly borrowed by your main account, thereby allowing your main account to constantly have 29 crew members.

Boost Gauge

The Boost Gauge can be researched in the Lab room and allows you to speed up construction time of rooms for free. There is a limited amount of boost time (time is upgradable with a higher Boost Gauge research). Note that you cannot research Boost Gauge unless you log in from Steam (PC) or MacOS version of Pixel Starships: Galaxy. So if you play on Apple mobile devices (running iOS like iPhone, iPad), you can simply download the game on a PC or MacOS, research it there, and the Boost Gauge will now show up on the iOS device version of Pixel Starships: Galaxy.

Special Rooms (Switchable))

There are special rooms that once constructed, you can change (or switch) different types of weapons on them.
Medium Weapons Platform (MWP) is a 3 cell wide room that can hold Photon Disruptor (PD), Laser Blaster (LB), or Railgun (RG)
Small Weapons Platform (SWP) is a 2 cell wide room that can hold Photon Phaser (PP), Minigun (MG), or Irradiator (IR)
Defense Platform (DP) is a 2 cell wide room that can hold Avenger Defense System or Seeker Defense System

The Photon weapons are good against enemy shields. The Irradiator is good against enemy crew.

Room Skins and Alternative Variations

Many rooms in Pixel Starships Galaxy can have graphical skins that can be applied to them. These skins are cosmetic only and do not affect performance of the rooms. Normally, you can revert the room skin back to the default appearance. In addition, some rooms have Alternative Variations, which means you don't apply a skin to a room, but rather you buy a specific variation of a room. Once you buy one variation of a room, you can't later buy the other variations.
The following are original rooms you can apply a skin (or get alternative variations):

Room NameSkin or VariationsComments
Captain's QuartersLove Quarters
Velvet Sanctuary
GraveyardGraveyard SkinHas Candles
CryopodZakian CryopodVariation
BridgeCosmic Bridge
Fleet CouncilHYDRA龍 CouncilSkin
EMP CannonRemodeled EMP Cannon
Warp EMP Cannon
TeleportGalaxy Gate
Med BayHealing Pod
Hydra Pod
EngineWarp Drive
HYDRA龍 Engine
BolterGalactic Bolter
Laser BlasterGalaxy Blaster
Hydra Venomizer
K BlasterKias Phaser
Ion CannonGalactic Ion Cannon
Mineral Mining LaserMineral Mining Laser - Soda Edition
Multi Missile LauncherKS Multi Missile Launcher
Mineral StorageAutomated Mineral Vendor
Hydra Mineral Vault
Serious WorkshopHYDRA WorkshopVariation
LaboratoryGenetic Laboratory
HYDRA龍 Laboratory
Power CapacitorColored Power Capacitor
Small BeaconBeacon of Radiance
Danger Beacon
Disintegrator GateZaki Tentacle Garden
Spin Gym
Wheel Gym
Zaki Dragon Gym
2 Width
Galaxy GymOlympics Pool
Zaki Dragon Gym
3 Width
ArmorHydrascale Armor
Radiant Scale Armor
RadarSubspace Radar
Cloak GeneratorHologram Projector
Chromatic Hologram Projector

Unlock Secret Graveyard Skin

Video above shows how to unlock a secret Graveyard skin for the Graveyard bedroom using a Carving Knife and Scary Pet Pumpkin. During October, the two weeks Halloween Spooktacular event gives out free Pumpkins. If you have 10 of them, you can upgrade (combine) them to make a Pet Pumpkin. Afterwards, use the Carving Knife on the Pet Pumpkin (by selecting upgrade option on one of them) to craft a Scary Pet Pumpkin (knife will be lost in the process). Only captains can have a pet, so find your captain and equip the Scary Pet Pumpkin that gives you +22% Ability. After crafting the Scary Pet Pumpkin, the Graveyard bedroom now has an option to upgrade to the newly unlocked Graveyard skin. You can also switch Graveyard skin back and forth (from the old to new and back again). Later in the video, see edepot's pretty good room layout of a Level 12 Scavenger Hulk Extended Hull starship. Note that if you missed the Graveyard room or the Carving Knife from the daily store sales, you can log in to the main pixelstarships website (Sales section) and get a second chance of getting them using Starbux (at a bit higher price). Join edepot fleet to get into tournaments and get free doves to trade in for prizes. Gameplay walkthrough on iPad Pro version of Pixel Starships Galaxy.

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