Derelict Freighter

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Derelict Freighter
Derelict Freighter
System Types Any
HUD Alert Object of Interest Detected
Mission Alert Space Signal Detected
Release Desolation

Derelict Freighter is a space encounter.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Salvage mission description

Derelict Freighter is a space encounter in the No Man's Sky universe. Derelict freighters are procedurally generated, with no two interiors the same.

It can be forced to appear by using an Emergency Broadcast Receiver. Receivers can be bought from the Scrap Dealer aboard the Space Station (the price increases with each purchase, but resets each day - 5m, 10m, 20m, & caps at 30m). After completing at least one freighter, a receiver can be obtained for free from Iteration Helios once per week.

You can also have a chance to force its appearance with an Anomaly Detector, which you will very rarely find while mining asteroids.

Each derelict freighter has a unique story to tell. Uncover hints about each crew member’s fate by retrieving ship logs and personal effects, and ultimately gain access to the captain’s log for insight into the vessel’s final hours.

WARNING: As of Patch 2.61, many derelict freighters are incompletable due to impassable wreckage. It is inadvisable to use an Emergency Broadcast Receiver until this is patched.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Derelict freighters appear as destroyed ships, adrift in space and surrounded by damaged ship parts. They can have the appearance of several types of freighter.

They have four Landing Pads to allow for tackling them in multiplayer.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Players must board the freighter, which has been sealed shut, to collect information and loot. Interacting with the airlock terminal computer will unseal the freighter for exploration. You will be unable to use your jetpack and movement will be slowed down.

The freighter will be cold and can be warmed up using heaters that you turn on. Take Dioxite or Oxygen with you for recharging your life support, and Sodium for environmental protection. You will also get three Repair Kits and a small amount of Sodium and Oxygen from the airlock computer. Derelict freighters have small containers floating around with Sodium, Oxygen, Ferrite and Condensed Carbon.

Uncovering the freighters' secrets won’t be easy, as these derelicts are full of danger. As the crew fled, systems failed: the lights are off, life support and gravity are offline, and the security AI has gone haywire. Some freighters have been infested with a sinister alien presence. These enemies are currently known as One-Eyed Roach / Green Jellyfish / Rogue AI.

Terminals[edit | edit source]

Salvaged Fleet Units

You must collect Security Credentials from particular readable logs that are lying around. You must then find three terminals in the various rooms of the freighter. The first will give you a Crew Manifest item. The second will give the Captain's Log item in return for the security credentials from earlier. The third and final terminal will give you a choice of: nanites (500-600), Cargo Bulkhead (an item that allows you to add a slot to your freighter general or tech inventory) or Salvaged Fleet Unit (a random installable upgrade module for your freighter that boosts stats on frigate missions or Freighter Hyperdrive stats).

You can sell your Crew Manifest and Captain's Log to either the Guild Envoy or the Scrap Dealer on the Space Station. Rewards randomly switch between nanites and standing with a dominant race.

Replaying a Derelict Freighter in the same star system will result in the same layout inside. Whatever class of Salvaged Fleet Unit you were awarded before, it will be the same class again, but potentially a different item. They can award bonuses to: Freighter Hyperdrive OR to all of the frigate expeditions: Speed / Fuel Efficiency / Combat / Exploration / Mining / Trade.

Procedural Zones[edit | edit source]

Zones (rooms) are created in a procedural fashion. They are named based on type of room, then have a letter and double digit number. This is the marker for which procedural element is being used.. E.g. Medical Unit - E37 will be different to Medical Unit H21.

Room Names Discovered So Far
Always Present Science Medical Living Storage Ships
Airlock Minor Research Bay Medical Unit Habitation Unit Storage Unit Shuttle Bay
Living Area Secondary Cargo Bay
Engineering Core Central Laboratory Primary Crew Quarters Main Cargo Bay

Possible Rewards[edit | edit source]

Repair Kit
Security Credentials (used up to get captain's log)
Crew Manifest
Captain's Log
Cargo Bulkhead (unlock more freighter slots) OR
Salvaged Fleet Unit (adds stats to all fleet missions)
Possible Rewards from Containers on Derelict Freighters
Aquatic Treasure Storage Augmentation Units
Biological Sample Salvaged Frigate Module Nanites
Delicate Flora (FARM) Hadal Core Vy’Keen Dagger
Delicate Flora (PLNT) Larval Core Vy’Keen Effigy
Excavated Bones Storm Crystal Korvax Casing
Fossil Sample Hypnotic Eye Korvax Convergence Cube
Historical Document NipNip Buds Gek Relic
Lost Artifact GekNip
Salvaged Scrap UPGRADE MODULES - EXOSUIT Projectile Ammo
Terrifying Sample UPGRADE MODULES - STARSHIP Unstable Plasma
Unearthed Treasure UPGRADE MODULES - MULTI-TOOL Living Slime

To log your own findings, visit: Derelict Freighter Loot Logs.

Additional information[edit | edit source]

  • A typical derelict freighter will yield 2-6M Units.png and 1,500-4,000 NANITES.png in a form of scrap (see reward table below), plus a Cargo Bulkhead, or a Salvaged Fleet Unit, or nanites.
  • You can use your scanner to highlight all items and lootable containers in your current area.
  • Opening pressurised capsules (containing one-eyed roaches or plants) as well as shooting the festering pustules on ships with biological infestations will yield a significant amount of living slime, which can be refined to nanites at 5:1 ratio.
  • Unstable containers can be shot to explode. Shooting them from the close range will damage you.
  • You can sneak by Horrific Nests, avoiding the swarm, as long as you do not move while they are shaking.
  • Defense Turrets will only attack if you enter their red search area, or if you attack them first.
  • The older style derelict freighter space encounters still exist. These can appear while using pulse drive and require you to shoot cargo pods or a destructible door for small rewards. Can sometimes attract pirates.

Reward Table[edit | edit source]

This section soon to be edited by Ddfairchild

To log your own findings, visit: Derelict Freighter Loot Logs.

Info & pictures provided by Craig Mark of
On Way In Repair Kit
From Logs Security Credentials (used up to get captain's log)
First Terminal Crew Manifest
Second Terminal Captain's Log
Third Terminal Cargo Bulkhead (unlock more freighter slots) OR
Third Terminal Salvaged Fleet Unit (adds stats to all fleet missions)
Freighter Name SS Daughter of Ijona SV Emura MS Anegat Hammer MS Zaifun's Pride MS Pride Of Ondama SS Ahayam XI MS Sister Of Funan
Rooms on Board 9 11 9 8 13 11 10
Enemy Type Green Jellyfish Green Jellyfish Green Jellyfish GJF, OER, RAI One-Eyed Roach One-Eyed Roach Rogue AI
Trade Item Type: Scientific Scientific Trading Adv Materials Mining Manufacturing Power Gen Technology
Trade Item – Top Tier ND ND x42 TR x18 RLAC x33 RLAC x18 HCVC x6 FC x QA x36
Trade Item – Bottom Tier DSPB DSPB x 24 DUD x18 Dirt x24 Dirt x9 EMC x15 SC x DCB x75
TREASURE ARTIFACT ITEMS [Don't add based on procedurally generated name of treasure, but of type already listed]
Aquatic Treasure
Biological Sample 1 1 2 1
Delicate Flora (FARM)
Delicate Flora (PLNT)
Excavated Bones 1
Fossil Sample
Historical Document 1 1 2
Lost Artifact
Salvaged Scrap
Terrifying Sample 1 1 1
Unearthed Treasure 1
Storage Augmentation Yes
Salvaged Frigate Module Yes 1 1 2
Hadal Core Yes 8 4 2 2 4
Larval Core Yes 8 4 2 6 4 4
Storm Crystal Yes 4 4 2 2 2 6
Hypnotic Eye Yes 15 3 3 9 6
NipNip Buds Yes 6 4 2 10
Vy’Keen Dagger Yes 1 1 2 1 2
Vy’Keen Effigy Yes 2 1 1 2 2 3
Korvax Casing Yes 1 2 1 1
Korvax Convergence Cube Yes 8 1 4
Gek Relic Yes 2 2 1 2 3
GekNip Yes 3 1 2
Projectile Ammo Yes 3484 1405 2706 686 4066
Unstable Plasma Yes 3 1 2
Living Slime Yes 33 209 Yes 2038 2766 3824
Units Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nanites Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Life Support B-Class
Movement S-Class
Shield C-Class
Hazard Protection – Water
Hazard Protection – Radiation
Hazard Protection – Toxic
Hazard Protection – Cold
Hazard Protection – Hot
Pulse Engine S-Class C-Class C-Class C-Class
Hyperdrive C-Class C-Class
Starship Shield C-Class C-Class
Photon Cannon C-Class C-Class C-Class C-Class
Phase Beam
Mining Beam
Plasma Launcher
Geology Cannon S-Class
Blaze Javelin S-Class
Scatter Blaster S-Class S-Class
Pulse Spitter C-Class S-Class

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Derelict Freighter Guide

Derelict Freighter #1 - SS Daughter Of Ijona (Green Jellyfish)

Derelict Freighter #2 - MS Amegat Hammer (Green Jellyfish)

Derelict Freighter #3 - SV Amura XIII (Green Jellyfish) [Recording Cut Out Before End]

Derelict Freighter #4 - MS Pride Of Ondaba (One-Eyed Roach)

Derelict Freighter #5 - SS Ahayam XI (One-Eyed Roach)

Derelict Freighter #6 MS Sister Of Funan (Rogue AI)

Sneaking by the Infestations & using the Incinerator Flamethrower