A Resource Pod is a caches of resources or satellites "sent ahead by Earth" and available for anyone to pick up. These contain a small bonus that is most beneficial to a fledgling colony.
Resource pods offer a one-time reward to the owner of any unit that claims it. These rewards include:
- A free Solar Collector.
- Salvage supplies for Energy.
- Treasures boosting Culture.
- A boost to Science.
In Rising Tide, resource pods may also contain Old Earth Relics.