"Tech" is a FLAG that appears on many items, especially systems. The line that contains it usually says "FLAG tech", and sometimes has other flags on the same line. (See the items page for a full list). The word "tech" can also appear after the command ITMS.

"FLAG tech" has two main functions:

  • Use while playing: The tech flag marks an item as being useful. All mercenaries will happily accept tech items as payment for their services. In general, mercenaries will accept items with the "loot" or "tech" flags, but not items with the "life" flag.
  • Use while modding: When using the ITMS command in the PAGE of a quest or device, you can follow the number with the word tech (for example: "ITMS 1 tech") to cause the game to restrict the types of items it generates to being only those items with FLAG tech.

The tech flag has no bearing on whether or not an item contributes to your technology score. The value and score type of an item are based on its COST code, not its FLAG.

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