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The subject of this article is from the ExoMech update.
The information from this article is is up-to-date as of 10 June, 2020.
Location Terrestrial
Type Genus
Description Spiders, beetles, or crabs
Updated ExoMech

Conokinis is a genus.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Conokinis is a genus of fauna in No Man's Sky. This genus is generally related to creatures that appear similar to: spiders, beetles, or crabs. They can also be described as any species related to arachnids or crustaceans (such as mantis). This genus is very similar to the Bos genus which results in a common misclassification between the two genera.

Conokinis can spawn as either (hostile) predators or (friendly) herbivores. Carnivorous Conokinis can be very dangerous to players due to their numbers, fast speed, and quiet steps.

Bos Comparison[edit | edit source]

According to 1.77 game code:

  • Conokinis creatures will always be small (around 1m in height) and spawn only in a swarm of around 10. They cannot spawn as a floating type.
  • Bos creatures can be big or small and do not spawn in large swarms.

Major Variants & Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Bos genus, Conokinis have two major variants: sun beetles and spider-crabs. Characteristics such as extremities and tails are mostly shared between species. However, other characteristics will be unable to spawn if combined with certain body variants such as the mantis head/neck. Most species will have their eyes or other primary sensory organs, like antennae, attached directly to the thorax (large middle section of the body). The mantis style head is an exception, with a mantis (or cobra-like) neck rising out of its thorax and the head at the top of the neck.

There is only one subcategory that has been observed:

  • Terrestrial: These are above-ground, remain under 2m tall, and can be found in both the sun beetle and spider-crab variants.
    • NOTE: Conokinis cannot be found in caves, underwater, or as the floating variety.

Shared characteristics include:

  • Insectoid characteristics - often segmented legs or bodies, antennae
  • Can be four, six, or eight-legged
  • Some have crab/scorpion-like claws

Additional information[edit | edit source]

  • A game code analysis of 1.77 code was accomplished by GHEC Researchers ApexFatality and Old_school_rpg which revealed new information on the Conokinis genus. The information helped uncover the mystery previously surrounding the Conokinis genus and now provides a clear picture on the difference between the Conokinis and Bos genera.
  • Visually, Conokinis and Bos can be indistinguishable from each other. It is important to keep in mind that Bos can spawn: above ground, underground, underwater***, or as a floating type. (***NOTE***: Those found underwater are technically not of the Bos genus according to 1.77 game code, but rather a version of the Unknown genus.) On the other hand, Conokinis can only spawn as an above ground, non floating type. The only way to properly classify the two genera for an above-ground (and non-floating) species is to look at the creatures height and observe if they spawn in swarms or not.
  • While the term sun beetle can be found in NMS game code, its relationship to both the Conokinis and Bos genera is perhaps not fully understood. Instead, it is used here as a descriptive term to accurately describe the visual appearance of one of the two major body variations observed in Bos (and Conokins) creatures.
  • The term spider-crab is a player-defined descriptive term that combines spider and crab, which together will generally represent the visual appearance of that subtype. Alone, the terms spider and crab can both be found in NMS game code. Spider is one of the subtypes found in the Bos genus code while crab is the subtype used to describe aquatic crabs which have an unknown genus according to 1.77 game code

Gallery[edit | edit source]