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The Mica is an artifact that can be found in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Lost Alpha and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.


Anomaly "Stew" is able to create such an artifact at the rarest, most extreme collection of physical conditions. The result is a semi-transparent, hard object. A rare and expensive artifact.
- Encyclopedia entry, v1.30013 - 1.4005


Born in the "Witches' Jelly" anomaly with the rarest, extreme set of physical conditions. It represents a few squashed "Slugs". The result is a semi-transparent solid object. Absorbs toxins from the environment, which helps stalkers in clusters of acid anomalies. Artifact expensive and rare. Emits radiation.
- Encyclopedia entry, v1.4007

Overview

v1.30013 - 1.4005:
  • There are far, far more Slug artifacts than there are Mica artifacts on the Lost Alpha board.
  • Variously "property-tweaked" between LA and LADC versions but always a useful "bleed" control artifact.
  • The "Stew" anomaly reference above implies that the developers worked overtime in attributing TWO different names for the parent anomaly before settling upon the Fruit Punch etymology.
  • In the Lost Alpha, the naming of the parent anomaly references similarly named anomalies mentioned in the novel Roadside Picnic.
v1.4007:
  • Repurposed as a high end "chemical burn" artifact with below average mass.

Notes

v1.30013 - 1.4005:
  • The only game-repeatable spawn of this artifact seems to be found in Lab X10 and there are instances when that doesn't show up.
  • Another specimen might be placed well south of the Loner Hamlet in the Swamps just north of the road.
v1.4007:
  • Practically impossible to obtain in the lower levels of the game board.
  • Much more abundant (or spawned) further up the map (Military Warehouses, Swamps, Old Road etc.,)

Trivia

v1.30013 - 1.4005:
  • The Mica is a key ingredient for the Artifact Merger synthesis of two other, useful artifacts, the Compass and the Liver; although the potential changes to resources, value and putative benefits should be carefully considered before attempting conversion.
v1.4007:
  • These artifact recipes no longer apply.

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