Tips and tricks
This page contains a growing list of tips and tricks to help you with your No Man's Sky adventure. While some tips are more suited to newer players, even seasoned travelers may learn something from this list. Many of these tips and tricks have been collected from other guides and resources, but feel free to add your own tips to the list!
General[edit | edit source]
- Do not attempt to advance directly towards the center of the universe too quickly! You'll encounter Weather, harsher planets, and more powerful (and hostile!) sentinels that you probably won't be equipped to deal with just yet. Take some time to build up your starship, Exosuit, and multi-tool before heading too far in. It is better to collect resources and upgrades where it's safe!
- If you press the melee button after run a little. You'll get a quick boost to help you get around faster. Best way to do so is reach to the top of a hill, save a short distance to enable run, run to the tip and melee off the tip (aim in the air), you will be launch straight into air. This way, with jetpack button coordinating, you could glide through a vast area with astonishing speed.
- Like many games, falling hurts! Master the jetpack to ensure soft landings!
- If you die, go back and find your grave. You can recover your loss inventory this way. Note that if you do not go to grave before you decides to reload last save or close the game, grave will be forever lost!
- The wildlife isn't always friendly. Keep an eye out for the predator symbol (red circle with paw within, arrows indicates the direction). You can either keep your distance, or turn and kill them before they strike.
- Practice inventory management by transferring items to your starship to free up space in your Exosuit. You can stack twice as much of an element in your ship.
- You can expand your inventory at Exosuit Station on planets or Space Stations (Required Atlas Pass). Use Signal Scanner to find the Shelters and look for Drop Pod signals. Upon entering the drop pod and interacting with an Exosuit Station, it will offer you an extra Exosuit inventory slot. Be ready to pay for them because only the first one is free of charge.
- Speak to every alien you encounter, as many will give you interlopers gifts! (assuming you make the right conversational choices, obviously) If you spend Carbon x20 to speak to them again, they can provide other options and benefits.
- Space Stations occasionally "refresh" allowing you to reuse the backpack upgrade station and have a new interaction with the alien. Make sure to stop by regularly while exploring a system.
- To check the time in-game, just open photo mode. The "Scene" tab has a section for "Time of Day." Note: Moving the sun around will change this value.
Scanning[edit | edit source]
- Earn units easily but slowly by using the Analysis Visor (L2 on PS4 or F on PC) on wildlife, vegetation and rocks to discover them. Don't forget to upload all your discoveries, including new planets and star systems, to the Atlas. To access Discovery page, simply press Menu on PS4 or Esc button on PC. You can also re-name star systems, planets, moons, waypoint sectors, plants, and wildlife in this section prior to uploading. Filling in all of the entries for a planet will also yield a large bonus of hundreds of thousands of units. Note re-name is just a feature of fun, you will not earn additional units by naming every individual planet.
- When looking for specific buildings, Monoliths, crash sites or other sites on a planet, use your Analysis visor, just as if you were scanning for flora or fauna. Without scanning anything else, get in your ship and fly around the planet. You will see white dots on ypur HUD of POI's associated with that building. Scanning a Transmission Tower will show white dots on other Transmission Towers and Crash Sites.
- Use scanner often (Click in L3 on PS4 or C on PC). Since No Man's Sky heavily consists of lore instead of single story lines - Knowledge Stones, Plaques, Ruins and Monoliths are your best bet to get the most fun out of the game and learn about the history of the various lifeforms. This will further aid your bartering, negotiations and relations. Interacting with knowledge stones will help you communicate better by learning different alien languages.
- Keep an eye out for gear symbols while scanning the environment. They are indicators of where Damaged Machinery is located. When you activate them they will show you new blueprints (or learned ones if unlucky) to help upgrade your equipment.
Trading[edit | edit source]
- Galactic Trade Terminals can be found at varies locations such as trading outposts, observatories and space stations and enable you to buy and sell items. However, you can often earn units more quickly by visiting trading terminals at Colonial Outposts on planets.
- Look for beacons while flying around on a planet. Beacons are easily spotted by their long antenna. Activate a beacon to scan for a Shelter. Those scanned waypoints are garantueed to have a Landing Pad, a Galactic Trade Terminal and a Multi-tool for sale.
- Be on the lookout for Trade Commodities, especially when you're near a trading post. You can net some units very easily. Bear in mind that these commodities do not stack and that inventory slots often run out quickly. On a side note, although they offer great sum per item, their values often swing heavily up and down. Sell wise and right.
- Different trading posts will offer different prices for resources and items. Accordingly to a handful of players, the same trading terminal does not refresh or restock after 30 minutes. Scout around for the best deals to make the most of your time.
- Specific occupations in each of the NPC races will carry similiar inventory collections. If you frequent a specific space station, track the names and ships of the traders that fly in and out. The same ships will return on a regular basis, and with inventories of the same general composition each time.
Crafting tips[edit | edit source]
- Craft the Boltcaster in your Multi-tool inventory to gain the combat-side ability.
- Craft the Plasma Launcher in your Multi-tool inventory to unlock plasma grenades. Place upgrades for the Plasma Launcher in the slots around the Plasma Launcher for bonus damage. Grenades can be used for combat, blasting open doors, or terrain destruction (such as digging a tunnel).
- Use (x on PC, ∆ on PS4) to pin craftable items/upgrades in inventory (install technology window) so you can easily keep track of what you're doing.
- Craft a signal scanner to manually scan for a Resource Deposit, a Colonial Outpost, a Habitable Base or a Monolith.
Starships[edit | edit source]
- Ships have two kinds of health. "Shield health" is represented by a white bar in the upper left of the screen while flying, and can be recharged with oxide elements like Iron or Titanium. "Critical health" is represented by multiple starship icons (inside white squares), located under the white shield bar, and cannot be directly recharged like shield health. If your ship loses all "critical health," you will enter a "crashing" animation, followed by death and respawning (unless you are in Permadeath).
- Tapping the "fire" button can be vastly more effective than holding it down with some weapons, like the Phase Beam and Cyclotron Ballista.
- Trust your starship! The ship will basically land itself on a planet (square on PS4 and E on PC). The only thing it won't automatically avoid are asteroids and other extraterrestrial obstacles (Freighters, space stations).
- You can always find your starship on your Heads-Up Display (HUD), but be careful about wandering too far on harsh planets. You may need to get back to the safety of your ship in a hurry.
- Before buying a new ship or multi-tool don't forget to reclaim resources for the extensions installed on your old. It helps refitting the new slots.
- When buying a new ship, don't forget to transfer items to the new one before. If you forgot and your old ship is still around as an abandoned ship, you can go to your old ship reclaim it, then go back to the new ship and transfer your inventory before you reclaim the new one.
- Using a Bypass Chip to summon your starship to a Landing Pad or post may be quicker than walking back to it, and will save Plutonium (as it costs no Plutonium to launch from Landing Pad).
Resources Gathering and Mining[edit | edit source]
- Craft the Analysis Visor as soon as possible! This will allow you to flag resources in the area and save you a lot of time lurking around and memorizing element symbols.
- Careful when Sentinels are around. They may attack you if you're found guilty of overharvesting and destroying planetary balance!
- Take time to loot containers. There could be lots of goodies.
- Don't overheat your Mining Beam. The fastest way to continue mining resources is to hold down the beam button until you receive a warning of overheating (watch the mining Beam bar on top right corner of player's screen), and then attempt to use beam again . The Mining Beam will automatically cool down completely and re-accumulate heat.
- Heridium is very important early in the game for crafting materials. Look out for a metallic blue monolithic resource column.
- To make Units quickly without a base/farm, you can mine Emeril, which generally takes the form of metallic green resource columns, or rarely green crystals. Viridium or Cymatygen are also viable choices.
- To make large amounts of money from mining, use Autonomous Mining Units (AMUs) to harvest vast quantities from a single resource deposit. Each AMU will give you 99 units of the resource, and will not destroy the resource deposit like a mining beam would. A large-scale mining operation can rival or possibly even exceed large-scale farming operations.
- If your AMU says "Inventory Full" when you try collecting your resources from it, destroy some of the resource deposit beneath it - the AMU will still gather resources, and it will "grow back" over time.
- Some rare resources, like Sac Venom, Albumen Pearls, or Gravitino Balls may be found "in the wild" and sell for a decent price. However, these resources can also be farmed in a base. Gathering resources like this is not a particularly viable way of making money after the Pathfinder update, even those which cannot be farmed, like Aqua Spheres or Vortex Cubes.
- When you get a planetary base and/or personal freighter, you might invest your resources in order to put as many plants as you can into it, with the help of your farmer. These plants have a fixed regenerating time and offer you valuable resources, such as Mordite, Coryzagen, Fervidium or Temerium. You can sell them all at low price (between 30 and 200 units each), OR use blueprints granted by your Scientist to craft Glass, Insulating Gel, Lubricant, etc... and earn more than 20k for each instead (detailed numbers can be found in the "Farming" section of Base Building)
- Crashed Ships can be a source for upgrades and materials, although not especially viable they're still worth visiting. They can be found by solving Transmission Tower puzzles or giving cultural relics (ie, Korvax Casing) to NPC's in space stations. Each site will yield one of the following:
- A tech blueprint from Damaged Machinery, usually located at the left of the crashed ship when facing it
- A chance for an additional blueprint or a multi tool from Distress Beacon located at the rear of the crashed ship
- A crashed ship of random stats (prior to Pathfinder, your own ship's stats changed crashed ship stats - this is no longer the case). Crashed ships generally have few if any upgrades installed, and will need their broken slots repaired with Units.
Exosuit[edit | edit source]
- Don't dive deep underwater without first upgrading your exosuit with an Aeration Membrane or else you'll likely drown. Without the upgrade, a player usually can last about one minute under water before stamina is depleted and it begins to damage your health.
- Jumping back in your ship will fully re-charge your Hazard protection, so you can always retreat there if need be.
- Your exosuit's Life Support will decrease while you explore. Keep your shields and health topped up at all times by ensuring you always have a supply of isotope elements for your suit, and oxide elements for your Hazard Protection.
Just for fun[edit | edit source]
- Feed the animals! Different creatures eat different materials depending on the planet and climate, but once you figure it out you can feed the animals and make friends. Feeding them correctly will yield different results per species, such as mining for you, protecting you, becoming pets, alerting you to rare loot, or pooping valuable resources.
- Take your time to enjoy the parts of the game that are most suited to your play-style. Being an open-ended game, there's no need to rush around or complete specific tasks if you don't want to. Enjoy the game however you want to. That said, keep moving!