That Alazhi-thingies always find Alazhi, if they find a raw material? Greatly increasing your chances of getting that specific material at the site you're prospecting.

Although I'm not sure they're implemented at all (if one reads the rules).

Edited By: Ben Camden on Year 15 Day 48 7:59 ____________

Ben is correct. Any prospecting vehicle can find Alazhi, but the chances are far less because that same prospecting vehicle has a proportionate chance of finding any other deposit type that same terrain can support. The alazhixazha can ONLY find alazhi - that is, if it finds a deposit, it will 100% of the time be alazhi.

Groundhogs have 480 sensors in a squad. alazhixazha have 120, and FKs have 120. Of course Groundhogs have the greatest chance of finding a deposit on any given square, but alazhixazha and FKs have the same chance of finding a deposit.

So, looking at say a forest square using both FKs and alazhixazha. Both squads have the same chance of finding SOMETHING. alazhixazha can only find 1 deposit type - alazhi. If the FKs find a deposit, it could be Ardanium, Duracrete, Alazhi, Nova, Varium, Durelium, Lowickan, Vertex or Berubian. So, if the FK did find a deposit, there is a 7.255% chance it will be Alazhi; if the alazhixazha found a deposit, there is a 100% chance it will be Alazhi. For argument's sake, let's say there is a 10% chance you find a deposit using 120 sensors. That means, on any given unprospected forest square, there is a 10% chance you find Alazhi using alazhixazha, and a 0.7255% chance you find Alazhi using FKs.

This explains why it is so comparatively rare to find Alazhi using FKs/Groundhogs, and why those looking specifically for Alazhi on their terrain should use alazhixazha.