A Mass Stall is a common situation which occurs when a commander tries to build at a greater rate than his economy can keep up, resulting in the eventual depletion of his stored reserves. It is similar to an Energy Stall, except far less dangerous, and is more likely to occur during play. This most often occurs when building a large number of units at the same time, building emergency base defenses to prepare for an unexpected attack, or building expensive units such as T3 Heavy Artillery, Strategic Missile Launchers, Experimentals, and some high-end T3 structures. When a Mass Stall occurs, existing production is slowed as the incoming mass flow is distributed between units or structures. Also, no Air support unit will repair aircraft when insufficient mass is available.
This situation can be remedied by pausing certain tasks to make others progress at a normal rate, or by capturing/upgrading mass extractors and building mass fabricators. An easy way to delay or get out of a mass stall is by using engineers to Reclaim units that are worth a lot of mass, such as an experimental or a lot of T3 units. The Aeon Experimental Resource Generator Paragon completely eliminates the risk of Mass Stall by automatically adjusting its mass output to exceed current expenditure. However, the Paragon is an experimental unit that is only available late in the game.