When struck with a Hammer, being fully repaired or being destroyed, lightning will strike the player and the station will either drop loot or spawn enemies (see the table below). Upon destruction it also drops 2 Thulecite, 1 Nightmare Fuel with a 50% chance, 1 Frazzled Wires with a 50% chance and 1 Rocks with a 50% chance.
A fully repaired Ancient Pseudoscience Station will be completely destroyed after 10 hits from a Hammer, causing 11 lightning strikes and drops. Thulecite can be used to repair a damaged station, with one Thulecite / six Thulecite Fragments repairing 1.5 Hammer swings worth of damage. Broken stations can be found naturally in the Ruins with only 1 hit left, and players can repair them of 9 hits (6 Thulecite) to obtain a fully repaired Station. The last stage of repair causes a lightning strike.
When slightly damaged, broken Ancient Pseudoscience Stations have half the available recipes (7 instead of 14), but will still emit light.
In Don't Starve Together, killing the Ancient Fuelweaver will cause all the Broken and Repaired Ancient Pseudoscience Stations to respawn. Damaging stations with a hammer will also not cause lightning strikes.
A Broken Ancient Pseudoscience Station offers 7 Ancient Crafting recipes (half that of a fully repaired station): 9 Ancient Crafting recipes in Don't Starve Together.
A fully repaired Ancient Pseudoscience Station offers 14 Ancient Crafting recipes (including the 7 listed above): 16 Ancient Crafting recipes in Don't Starve Together.
Possible result after a hammer strike:
|11.2%||, ×4, ×2-4, ×5, ×2, ×2|
|1.1%||, (+25 ), (-10 )|
- Lightning Rods placed nearby will divert any lightning strikes.
- A WX-78 player traveling to the ruins can benefit from hitting an Ancient Pseudoscience Station, as the lightning strikes will give them a System Overload.
- It's possible to keep destroying/repairing a station for the purpose of farming items, but enemies have a much higher chance to spawn than any of the loot.
- A naturally occurring fully operational Ancient Pseudoscience Station will typically have more Ancient Clockwork enemies guarding it, along with two Nightmare Lights beside it.