Stellaris 2.5.1 (33443): What's New in the Latest Patch
Stellaris is a grand strategy game that lets you explore and conquer a vast galaxy full of diverse alien civilizations, ancient mysteries, and cosmic wonders. The game is constantly updated with new features, bug fixes, and balance tweaks by the developers at Paradox Interactive. In this article, we will take a look at what's new in the latest patch for Stellaris: 2.5.1 (33443).
Lithoids Species Pack
The most notable addition in patch 2.5.1 is the Lithoids Species Pack, a paid DLC that adds a new type of playable species: the Lithoids. These are rock-based lifeforms that have unique traits, abilities, and mechanics. They can colonize any planet type without penalties, consume minerals instead of food, and have increased pop growth and army health. They also have access to new portraits, ship models, voice lines, and empire backgrounds.
The Lithoids Species Pack was released alongside patch 2.5, aka \"Shelley\", on 2019-10-24 [^1^]. Patch 2.5.1 is a minor update that fixes some bugs and issues related to the DLC and the base game.
Bug Fixes and Balance Changes
Some of the bug fixes and balance changes in patch 2.5.1 are:
The Pop Growth Reduction for Bio-Trophies now actually reduces their growth rate.
Driven Assimilators now apply their organic growth penalty as a multiplier the same way as Rogue Servitors do, and is now also 50%.
Defensive Platforms placed on Outposts now provide 2 points of Piracy Suppression for their system.
The Great Game tradition from the Supremacy tree now also reduces the cost to build Defensive Platforms by 33%.
The Shared Burdens civic will no longer appear by itself in the civics list when you select Gestalt Consciousness ethics but have not yet selected Machine Intelligence or Hive Minded authority.
Added a notification when one empire guarantees the independence of another.
AI Automated building now checks that upkeep cost is covered by income.
Odd Factories no longer sometimes block pops from getting purged.
For a full list of bug fixes and balance changes, you can check out the official patch notes [^1^].
How to Roll Back to Previous Versions
If you prefer to play Stellaris on an older version, you can do so by following these steps:
In your Steam library, right-click on Stellaris and open Properties.
In the BETAS section, enter the beta access code you got from the Paradox website and click \"Check Code\" to unlock roll back versions all the way back to 1.0.3 [^2^].
Select the version you want from the drop-down list.
Wait for Steam to download the necessary files and launch the game.
Note that newer DLCs cannot be activated if you are playing on an older patch version. This is also applicable to mods, which have various levels of compatibility with new patches [^2^].
Stellaris 2.5.1 (33443) is a minor update that fixes some bugs and issues related to the Lithoids Species Pack and the base game. It also introduces some balance changes and UI improvements. If you want to play Stellaris on an older version, you can do so by using the beta access code from Paradox and selecting the desired version from Steam. We hope this article has been helpful and informative for you. Happy conquering! aa16f39245