Magnetite processing

Didn’t magnetite used to be able to be melted and electrolyzed like hematite and limonite? I guess it got removed along with those, but didn’t get added to the HCL processing chain instead? So the only way to reduce it to iron is with carbon in the crucible now. Oversight or intentional?

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Yeah it’s a Crucible thing now.

It always was, but why not also HCL now like the others?

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Because its different.

Just out of curiosity, it is a real life thing or a game balance thing?

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The Acid is a real life thing, that’s why it wont be for Magnetite.

Obviously, the iron of magnetite has two valence (+2 and +3). After reacting with hydrochloric acid, ferrous chloride and ferric chloride will be produced. However, there is only one item output slot in the mixer. No matter which one is abandoned, it will lead to waste. In addition, for the sake of game balance, the recipe of hydrochloric acid reaction is not added to magnetite.

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Huh? How does that work?

The bath has multiple output slots…

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Very simply put, magnetite works the same way as limonite used to work before the last big iron rework, dump carbon dust in a crucible and mix it up. Now that limonite smelts into hematite (and hematite needs some sort of flux in the form of calcite, which is an old change) you can treat magnetite as you would have treated limonite back before.
Or really, just… like magnetite has always worked ever since the dark ashes rework.

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I’m quite aware of how it works; I was just wondering why we used to have a late game method that didn’t require carbon in a crucible and now we don’t.

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