Introduction

On October 10 a new Research Gear Set was introduced, the Ground Breaker Research Gear Set. In this guide we make a comparison with the previously released Desert Wanderer Gear Set.

Compared to Desert Wanderer Research Gear

The previous released Research Gear was called Desert Wanderer. Here is a comparison:

Measurement Desert Wanderer
Gear
Desert Wanderer
Set Bonus
Desert Wanderer
Total
Ground Breaker
Gear
Ground Breaker
Set Bonus
Ground Breaker
Total
Difference
Research Speed 241.0% 241.0% 357.0% 357.0% 116.0%
Manufacturing Research Food Cost Reduction 35.0% 35.0% 36.0% 36.0% 1.0%
Manufacturing Research Iron Cost Reduction 35.0% 35.0% 36.0% 36.0% 1.0%
Manufacturing Research Oil Cost Reduction 35.0% 35.0% 36.0% 36.0% 1.0%
Manufacturing Research Stone Cost Reduction 35.0% 35.0% 36.0% 36.0% 1.0%
Research File Reduction 500 500 500
Restricted File Reduction 25 25 25

Totals are based on three accessories and full gear set bonus, where applicable.

With an increase of 116% in Research Speed the benefit of the new set can be considered large. Also very important is the reduction in Research File and Restricted File cost, absolute amounts of 500 and 25, which was not available at all in the Desert Wanderer Gear Set.

Note that the Atom Splitter is a very crucial part in the difference between these two sets. If you already have the Atom Splitter and a complete Desert Wanderer set, the difference between the two is not so much:

Measurement Atom Splitter and Desert Wanderer
Gear
Atom Splitter and Desert Wanderer
Set Bonus
Atom Splitter and Desert Wanderer
Total
Ground Breaker
Gear
Ground Breaker
Set Bonus
Ground Breaker
Total
Difference
Research Speed 321.0% 321.0% 357.0% 357.0% 36.0%
Manufacturing Research Food Cost Reduction 30.0% 30.0% 36.0% 36.0% 6.0%
Manufacturing Research Iron Cost Reduction 30.0% 30.0% 36.0% 36.0% 6.0%
Manufacturing Research Oil Cost Reduction 30.0% 30.0% 36.0% 36.0% 6.0%
Manufacturing Research Stone Cost Reduction 30.0% 30.0% 36.0% 36.0% 6.0%
Research File Reduction 500 500 500 500
Restricted File Reduction 25 25 25 25

Totals are based on three accessories and full gear set bonus, where applicable.

In this scenario the difference is only 36% Research Speed and 6% Resource Cost Reduction.

Acquiring Ground Breaker

Like with any of the newly released set you need to purchase packs to get the materials and/or equipment. Be aware that the Atom Splitter is a crucial part of this gear set. It gives a huge research speed boost and the Research/Restricted File cost reduction, without this weapon the gear set is not much different from the Desert Wanderer Gear Set. The Atom Splitter requires the Uranium material, make sure you get this one!

Conclusion

Whether it is worth to acquire this Research Gear Set depends on what you already have. If you already own the Atom Splitter and the Desert Wanderer Gear set, the added benefit is quite small, if not, this one is worth it. Keep your eyes open for packs that either contain pieces of the finished gear, or the materials that are required to manufacture them.

Note: we made the above comparisons with our Gear Set Comparison Tool. Have a look at it to compare any available gear.

Contributed by: on October 10, 2016

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