How to manage the spice market in Dune: Spice Wars

In Dune: Spice Wars, the spice market is likely to be your main source of income, but it fluctuates a lot. Plus, you’ll have to deal with the ever-changing Imperial Tax, so it doesn’t look like spice is something to ignore when you have multiple sources.

Managing the Spice Market in Dune: Spice Wars

Where to find spice

Obtaining spice is a simple matter: explore the surface of Arrakis in search of purple deposits of this resource. You can identify them by their icon, which looks like a pile of purple dust.

In order to collect spice, you need to capture a village in the same region and build an oil refinery in it. Refineries require a certain cost to maintain Solari and Plascrete, but the spice you will get from harvesters produced at the factory will outweigh all the costs.

Note: Make sure you have enabled the auto-recovery feature on your harvesters. This will reduce the spice harvest by five percent in exchange for an automatic recall on every sandworm threat. Of course, you will have to manually re-deploy them, but you still have to do it, and it’s worth it not to worry about your harvesters and all the crews that work on them.

You can improve your harvesters by adding a crew to them. To do this, click the Add crew button in the upper right corner of the menu when you have a harvester selected. Hiring a crew member costs 50 manpower, but does not require upkeep.

spice market

Once you have a source of spices processed by the combine, you will begin to constantly receive spices. This is tracked on the top left side of the screen, and there are a few things to watch out for here. The large number under the spice icon is the total production of the spice – the fruits of your harvesters’ labor. Next to it are two fields, one for CHOAM and one for your supply.

  • CHOAM is the Combine Honnete Over Advancer Mercantiles, which acts as the spice market in this game. Some of the spice you harvest will be sold to CHOAM at a variable price, which can be seen under the word “CHOAM”.
  • On the other hand, your stockpile is just a resource into which you pump spices. It serves two purposes:
    • When the Spice Tax deadline expires, the required Imperial Tax is automatically taken from your supply. If there is not enough spice in your supply, you will incur penalties.
    • You can use your stock of spices in trade, which is useful for trading with factions that are poor in spices.

You can change the ratio of the spice sold and accumulated using the slider on the left, which moves in 10 percent increments. For example, if you choose to sell 20 percent spices at CHOAM, that means you automatically accumulate 80 percent spices. If desired, you can sell or stock up 100 percent.

The exchange rate for Solari spices changes every month, as does the Imperial Tax requirement. The key to playing the spice market is to stock up on as many spices as possible when the market is weak and then sell them when the market is strong. This way you will have a good supply of spices for those months when you prefer to sell most of them.

If you click on the Spice Report button above the countdown to the Imperial Tax deadline, you can read useful information about the current tax cycle and get a preview of what the next month’s exchange rate will be. But the most important thing is the Expected Stocks for Next Tax calculation, which lets you know if you have enough stocks of spices before the end of the current tax cycle. If not, then you should move the slider to the left in favor of accumulating spice stocks.

Warning: This calculation does not take into account potential disruptions to spice income such as rival faction invasions or sandworm threats to your harvesters. Always take these numbers with a grain of salt.

If you are in a month with very high spice prices and find that your inventory is low, you can find alternative ways to increase your inventory to meet the Imperial tax deadline. These include:

  • Trade with friendly factions for a portion of their spice stocks.
  • Some points of interest have a resolution option that gives you spice, usually a few hundred. Save one or two of them for those moments.

In conclusion, keeping a close eye on the spice market and adjusting it accordingly is one of the main strategic features of Dune: Spice Wars, and carefully exploiting this system will lead to great profits.

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