How To Obtain A Refiner In My Time At Sandrock

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Item quality can make a pretty big difference in My Time At Sandrock. The higher a tool or piece of equipment’s quality is, the more damage you’ll be doing. Citizens of Sandrock may ask for higher quality goods in their commissions, and reward you with more Gols for getting them.


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Each time you craft an item or machine, it has a chance to be of higher quality, but it’s not guaranteed. Most often you’ll get the standard quality, and you can’t always just spend tons of resources hoping you get that Perfect or Rare item, especially for a commission. If you need a high quality item, look no further than the Refiner.


How To Obtain A Refiner

Player character looking in their machine diagram book and looking at the page detailing the Refiner and what materials it needs in My Time At Sandrock.

Like many machines in Sandrock, you’ll first need to use Data Disks to research the blueprint with Qi, the resident scientist in town. The Refiner takes eight Data Disks to research, and after three days, Qi will send the blueprint to you in a letter.

You’ll need five materials to craft a Refiner: a Bronze Blade, Copper Screws, Marble Slabs, Rubber Shells, and Hardwood Sticks.

Refiner Material

How To Obtain It

Bronze Blade x1

Crafted from Bronze Bars and Copper Gears at a Worktable.


  • Bronze Bars can be obtained by smelting Copper Ore and Tin Ore together in a Furnace. Both Copper and Tin Ore can be found in Eufaula Salvage Abandoned Ruins.
  • The recipe for Copper Gears can be purchased from the Commerce Guild Store for around 50 Gols.

Copper Screws x12

Crafted from Copper Bars on a Grinder.


  • Copper Bars can be obtained by processing Copper Scrap in a Recycler, or by smelting Copper Ore in a Furnace.
  • The recipe for Copper Screws can be purchased from the Commerce Guild Store for around 60 Gols.

Marble Slab x2

Crafted from Marble Bricks at a Processor.


  • Marble Bricks can be obtained by smelting Marble in a Furnace of any tier.
  • Marble can be found when breaking Hard Rocks or abandoned monuments outside Sandrock with a Bronze Pickhammer or better.

Rubber Shell x3

Crafted from Rubber in a Processor.


  • Rubber Shells can also be obtained by recycling Rubber Scrap in a Recycler of any tier.

Hardwood Stick x2

Crafted from Hardwood on a Processor.


  • Hardwood can be obtained by recycling Fine Wood Scrap in a Recycler or by breaking Deadwood trees.
  • You’ll need a Bronze Axe or better in order to harvest from Deadwood.

How To Increase An Item’s Quality

Player character using Bloodstones to refine their Perfect quality Vintage Assault Rifle into Rare quality and gaining attributes in My Time At Sandrock.

Once you’ve got your Refiner placed down, interact with it and you’ll get a list of every upgradeable item across both your inventory and storage. Almost any item in the game can have its quality upgraded, and by using gemstones such as Opal, you’ll be able to upgrade an item to one of the four tiers of quality: Ordinary, Outstanding, Perfect, and Rare.

Quality is one of the factors that determine how much an item is worth in Gols, as well as its tool strength, stats in the case of armor, or equipment strength if it’s a weapon.

Taking an item and upgrading it to Perfect or Rare quality using the Refiner can potentially give it a unique attribute.

In the Refiner, select the item you want to upgrade, such as a Plastic Shell, and you’ll see a box containing its current quality, stats, and items, and which gemstone you’ll need to upgrade it.

Player character in the inventory of the Refiner and deciding whether to upgrade the quality of a Plastic Shell in My Time At Sandrock.

Each item will need a few of one of the game’s eleven gemstones, and the cost of upgrading the item increases as the quality gets higher until you reach the final quality tier, Rare. In the case of weapons, armor, and tools, you can also continue upgrading Rare quality materials to reroll them for different unique attributes.

You can refine crafting materials to a higher quality for commissions without having to spend resources crafting one and hoping you get one of the quality you need.

Gemstone Type

How To Acquire

Quartz

  • Breaking Gravel with a Pickhammer outside Sandrock.
  • Purchased from the Civil Corps Store.
  • Dropped by Cock-a-Doodle-Doom enemies.
  • Breaking Raw Minerals in the Shonash Mountains area west of Sandrock.

Bloodstone

  • Breaking Hard Rocks with a Bronze Pickhammer or better outside Sandrock.
  • Purchased from the Civil Corps Store.

Opal

  • Breaking Raw Opal nodes with a Bronze Pickhammer or better in the Shonash Mountains area west of Sandrock. You’ll need to have repaired the railway bridge to get access to this area.
  • Purchased from the Civil Corps Store after completing Appetite For Construction.
  • Dropped by Pensky in the Shonash Mountains or Rockyenaroll enemies east of Sandrock.

Lapis Lazuli

  • Breaking Raw Lapis Lazuli nodes with a Bronze Pickhammer or better in the Shonash Mountains area west of Sandrock.
  • Purchased from the Civil Corps Store after completing Appetite For Construction.

Fluorite

  • Possible drop when breaking Robot junk piles outside or inside Eufaula Salvage.
  • Possible drop from Treasure Chests inside Railway Station and Gecko Station.
  • Purchased from the Civil Corps Store.
  • Purchased from the Vending Machine inside The Breach Abandoned Ruins.

Rosestone

  • Gathered from Rosestone nodes near and inside giant skeletons in the Shonash Mountains area west of Sandrock.
  • Purchased from the Civil Corps Store after completing Appetite For Destruction.
  • Possible drop from Treasure Chests inside Gecko Station Ruins and Shipwreck Ruins.

Spinel

  • Breaking Spinel nodes with an Iron Pickhammer or better in the Valley of Whispers area east of Sandrock.

Agate

  • Breaking Agate nodes with an Iron Pickhammer or better in The Bend area south of Sandrock.

Crystal

  • Breaking Granite rocks with an Iron Pickhammer or better in the Valley of Whispers area east of Sandrock.

Sandcoral

  • Gathered from Sandcoral nodes in The Dead Sea area south of Sandrock.
  • Dropped by Super Starby and Super Hot Hermicrab in The Dead Sea.

Moonstone

  • Breaking Moonstone nodes in The Bend area south of Sandrock.
  • Dropped by Desert Viper and Desert Hopper in The Bend area.

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