Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Mega Guide – Tech Upgrades, Unlocks, Tips, PC Errors And Fixes

A complete guide for Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

Posted By | On 26th, Jan. 2016 Under Article, Video Game Tips | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

Gearbox decided to put the Homeworld license to some good use this year, with the release of the first new Homeworld game in over a decade. Deserts of Kharak is a great, hell of a story based real time strategy game that recalls the classic games in its genre of the years past. It’s a title more focused about using the genre to deliver an epic single player story, than it is about sidelining the campaign in favor of some eSports guided multiplayer push.

You’re probably going to need help if you want to achieve everything that there is to achieve in Deserts of Kharak. And so, here we have ready for you a full guide- this guide includes a list of upgrades and unlocks, a guide to expeditions, and some general suggestions and tips for the game.

So without further ado, let’s get on with it:


Like any strategy game worth its salt, Deserts of Kharak presents the player with a tantalizing set of possibilities in the form of an enormous tech tree. The tech tree represents further upgrades that you can unlock for yourself by researching them over time. To the newcomer, these tech trees can be flat out daunting and overwhelming- so we’ve decided to at least list them out here with their benefits and type, so you can make a decision if you need or want to.

Level 1

  • Support Cruiser Anti-Air
    Support Cruisers get anti-air capabilities
    Unlocks nothing
  • Power Reserve 1
    Gives 5 more power to Carrier
    Unlocks – Power Reserve 2
  • Light Assault Vehicle Fabrication
    Opens LAV
    Engineering Type
    Unlocks – Railgun, AAV, LAV Assault Pack, LAV Armor Level 1

Level 2

  • AAV Fabrication
    You can make armored tanks
    Engineering Type
    Unlocks- Upgrade Carrier Production, Heavy Vehicles Armor Level 1, Missile Battery, Battle Cruiser, Assault Cruiser
  • LAV Assault Pack
    LAV enhanced with 2 armor
    Unlocks – Vehicle Damage Level 1
  • Power Reserve 2
    Carrier gets 5 more power
    Unlocks – Power Reserve 3
  • Tech Fighter and Gunship Fabrication
    Opens fighters
    Engineering Type
    Unlocks – Tactical Bomber Fabrication
  • Railgun Fabrication
    Railgun fabrication allowed
    Engineering Type
    Unlocks- Railgun Mag Accelerator Upgrade

Level 3

  • Heavy Vehicles Armor Level 1
    Adds 2 armor to AAV, Railgun, Missile Battery
    Unlocks – Heavy Vehicles Armor Level 2
  • Vehicle Damage Level 1
    LAV gets 2 more damage
    Unlocks – Vehicle Damage Level 2
  • Battle Cruiser Fabrication
    Battle cruiser unlocked
    Unlocks nothing
  • Assault Cruiser Fabrication
    Assault cruiser unlocked
    Unlocks – Assault Cruiser Anti-Air Capabilities, Artillery Cruiser
  • Upgrade Carrier Production
    Upgrades carrier production by giving additional production queue
    Unlocks – Upgrade Carrier Production
  • LAV Armor Level 2
    LAV gets 2 armor
    Unlocks Nothing
  • Power Reserve 3
    Carrier gets 5 more power
    Unlocks Power Reserve 4

Level 4

  • Assault Cruiser Anti-Air
    Assault cruiser gets anti-air capabilities
    Unlocks nothing
  • Vehicle Damage Level 2
    LAV gets 2 more damage
    Unlocks nothing
  • Upgrade Carrier Production
    Gives additional production queue
    Unlocks nothing
  • Heavy Vehicles Armor Level 2
    AAV, Railgun, and Missile Battery get 2 armor
    Unlocks – Heavy Vehicles Armor Level 3
  • Artillery Cruiser Fabrication
    Artillery cruiser unlocked
    Unlocks nothing
  • Power Reserve 4
    Carrier gets 5 more power
    Unlocks – Power Reserve 5

Level 5

  • Power Reserve 5
    Carrier gets 5 more power

    Unlocks – Cruise Missile Silo
  • Heavy Vehicles Armor Level 3
    2 Armor added to AAV, Railgun, Missile Battery
    Unlocks nothing

Level Nukes

  • Cruise Missile Silo
    Takes half a carrier’s health and 2-minute cooldown
    Unlocks nothing


Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is a rather nuanced and complicated real time strategy game. Fans of the original game, or of other classic RTSs, should be able to get a handle on it very quickly- especially since the new game basically uses a control scheme and mechanics that are all but identical to the original game (which got a remastered release last year).

However, whether you’re a veteran or a complete newbie, a crash course on some basic but helpful tips can’t hurt. Here are some basic tips and strategies you should keep in mind:

  • Use the overlay map. You activate it by pressing [Space], and it takes you to a stripped down view of the map, which lets you issue orders to to your units far easier.
  • Double click a unit, and all units of that type will be automatically selected.
  • Use the EMP ability that Rachel S’Jet has to disable multiple units if you are ever being mobbed or swarmed.
  • Rachel also repairs units.
  • Observe enemy units, and try to learn their movement and attack patterns. Use that knowledge to your advantage.
  • Kapisi Carriers are basically tanks- they can take a lot of beating, as long as they are managed properly. Keep an eye on their power levels, and make sure they are not too close to running out of health, and they can be used to hold back an attack.
  • Finally, don’t complete tasks assigned to you by missions straight away. Take the time first to bolster up your resources and your defenses, and when you feel confident enough to proceed, you can do so.


Please be advised that the following methods are to be used at the sole discretion of the platform owner. GamingBolt or its staff members take no responsibility for problems that may arise or issues that may occur from trying the below. Always remember that official support is always the best support. 

Access Violation/KERNELBASE.DLL error

  • Verify game cache files on Steam to restore any missing .dll files.

“Your Game Crashed” error

  • Verify game cache files on Steam to restore any missing files.

Framerate issues

  • Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is not optimized for overlays and background applications and operations. Turn off the Steam overlay;
  • If that does not work, switch your game to lower settings.

Game crashes to the desktop randomly

  • Make sure you are not running the game on an integrated GPU- switch over to your discrete one.

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