Beginner's guide

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The subject of this article is from the Pathfinder update.
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This is a beginner's guide for No Man's Sky.

Controls and display[edit | edit source]

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the game controls and Heads-Up Display before proceeding. You can access the controls scheme by pressing menu on PS4 or esc on PC, and then select Controls menu.

Pre-order bonuses[edit | edit source]

For players that pre-ordered the game for PlayStation 4, the bonus content Alpha Vector and Rezosu Z65 or for PC, the bonus content Horizon Omega can be claimed via the Options menu. Under Extras, select Redeem Bonus Content.

Starting planet[edit | edit source]

You start out at a crash site with a starship and several containers. The ship's Launch Thrusters and Pulse Engine are critically damaged and must be repaired before the ship can take off and leave the planet. Search through the containers in the crash area for resources. Interacting with the Distress Beacon will call out the Atlas. Your first priority should be to get the Scanner and Analysis Visor in your multi-tool inventory repaired first. The Scanner requires 25 Carbon to be repaired and the Analysis Visor requires 25 Iron to be repaired. Carbon can be obtained from plants all over the planet. Iron can be obtained from rocks. These both are mined with the Mining Beam (left-click for PC or R2 for PS4). Once these elements are gathered, open your inventory (Tab for PC or Touchpad for PS4) and navigate to the multi-tool inventory. Repair each of the tools.

It is important to note that the Mining Beam, Life Support and Hazard Protection all require certain elements to keep them functioning. The Mining Beam and Life Support run off of isotope elements, like Carbon, and Hazard Protection, which protects you from hazardous conditions on planets, runs off of Zinc, Titanium, or Shielding Shards. You should keep stacks of these elements handy so you don't run into difficult situations.

Before venturing further, it's a good idea to craft a Boltcaster for your multi-tool, which can be used to fend off sentinels if they attack or aggressive creatures. Technology and products can be crafted in the inventory by selecting an empty slot and selecting the desired item. The Boltcaster requires 25 Iron and 25 Plutonium. The Plutonium can be found in the cargo crates around the crash site. Once the Boltcaster has been crafted, you can swap between it and the Mining Beam by pressing "X" on PC or "Triangle" on PS4. To reload the Boltcaster, press "R" on PC or "Square" on PS4.

Now that your tools are repaired and you have a weapon, you can focus on repairing your ship. The Launch Thruster repair require 4 Carite Sheets and the Pulse Engine requires 200 Heridium, 2 Carite Sheets, and 20 Zinc. The Launch Thruster is the easiest to fix first. In the Starship inventory, select an empty slot and craft a Product. Carite Sheet is the first option. It needs 50 Iron per sheet. Mine Iron and craft sheets until the Launch Thruster is repaired. Craft two more sheets for the Pulse Engine repairs.

To find the Heridium and Zinc, you will need to explore the planet. Use the Scanner to find nearby resources. Zinc can be found and harvested from plants. Heridium is found in large pillars of rocks that show up as stacked blocks when they are scanned. Follow the Scanner markers until enough resources are found for the repairs. Also be looking for Plutonium which is needed to power the Launch Thrusters and Thamium9 which powers the Pulse Engine. While exploring for these elements, be on the lookout for Knowledge Stones which will teach you alien words, containers and debris to scavenge, as well as green "?" icons which will lead you to waypoints. Waypoints contain different interactive objects which can provide upgrades, save points, galactic trade terminals and so on.

Once you have the elements needed for the repairs, you can return to your starship or continue exploring the planet. Once the repairs are complete, enter the ship and press "W" on PC or "R2" on PS4 to take off. This is also the controls for the thruster.

Entering space[edit | edit source]

Progression Beyond the first planet[edit | edit source]

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