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The Sentinels are policing drones with mysterious origins and purposes.

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Summary[edit | edit source]

You have overstepped your boundaries!

The Sentinels are Mechanical Lifeforms; self-replicating, non-organic machines that are similar to the Korvax, another Mechanical Lifeform in No Man's Sky's Universe. Their origins are unknown but they are seemingly deployed on every known planet to balance the efforts and actions of the player within the procedurally generated ecosystem. Sentinels act as the workhorse machines of The Atlas and as universal police, policing the actions of those who reside within the universe.

They are, in essence, the "gardeners" of the No Man's Sky. If the player makes an attempt to alter the environment while they are around, they will not hesitate to defend their "garden." They will attack the player if caught harming the ecosystem of a Planet. A Sentinel will also defend itself if the player shoots it, alerting other Sentinels in the area.

In planets with rare trade commodities like Albumen Pearls or Gravitino Balls, the Sentinels will attack the Player instantly after scanning them once. These Sentinels are classified as "Frenzied" or "High-Security".

Lore[edit | edit source]

(Note: Needs to be updated to reflect the new storyline of Atlas Rises)

According to records scavenged from various ruins, traveler logs, and plaques - Sentinels are also known as The Aerons, and have existed longer than most of the entities. The exact time of their first appearance in the Outer Edge is yet to be discovered. They quickly spread across the entire No Man's Sky universe due to the fact that the Vy'keen Alliance were attacked by the Gek Dominion coming from the core while they desperately tried to remove the Aerons from existence.

When the wars ended, the Aerons enslaved Gek the First Spawns to work for them and the Geks quickly come to realize that these sentinels were far more vicious than themselves. They are ultimately so powerful that even the more intellectual entities such as the Korvax started to worship them and deemed the Aerons to be the rule-keepers among the galaxies.

Motivations[edit | edit source]

Bipedal walker

According to an article published in the January 2015 Game Informer, it is suggested that Sentinels, formerly known as The Malevolent Force, were not all that malevolent to start off with:

"This robotic enemy army isn't all that malevolent as far as motivations go. They are simply trying to maintain the balance of the universe. On some planets they patrol, keeping an eye out for anyone who kills creatures, carves out resources, or generally changes the environment. If you're just strolling around scanning things in, they leave you alone. If you draw their attention, they attack like traditional first-person shooter enemies, shooting lasers, strafing, and taking cover."[1]

In a separate interview with The Guardian published in October 2014, Sean Murray said:

"It's dangerous on planets. Each one has an ecology, and you're not always at the top of the food chain; we've shown large creatures that attack you. There's also something else we haven't shown. There is a malevolent force in the universe that does provide a lot of combat and more core gameplay at times. We wanted that; we wanted players to wander around exploring planets but never to feel entirely safe."[2]

Background information has been found within abandoned structures on 'Derelict' consoles. These belong to a race that was active before the Vy'Keen, but were annihilated during a war with the sentinels. This information describes the inability of any race to ever truly destroy enough of the Sentinels to eliminate them, and alludes to the mystery of how they are produced.

Types[edit | edit source]


The most common type of Sentinels are flying drones, which will hover above the ground, patrolling the planets. However, larger, more dangerous Sentinels, such as bipedal or quadrupedal combat units, will also appear. All of these are equipped with sensors and turrets meant to protect planets from harm. Interceptors will attack players in space to protect transports.

Behavior and wanted level[edit | edit source]

Flying drone being destroyed

Sentinels behave differently on each planet. Normally, Sentinels only react to players when witnessing them violate a universal law (such as killing an animal unprovoked, or over-mining a planet's resources). Engaging in combat with Sentinels will accrue wanted levels located on the top right corner of player's screen. As this level increases, the number of Sentinels will increase, and stronger Sentinels will start to reinforce.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Here are some examples of Sentinels behaviors:

Passive
Does not engage player regardless of any actions player done to the planet Sentinels reside on.

May become active if you continue mining near its presence or when it starts scanning.

Active
Most common and normal state of Sentinels. Will engage player once they witness the player killing an animal unprovoked, or over-mining a planet's resources.
Frenzied, High Security
Sentinels kill on sight after spot player and scan for 5 seconds
Engaging
Sentinels are more sensitive in comparison to "Active" behavior.
Mindful
Sentinels are noted to be almost similar to "Active" behavior, but move faster and slightly more accurate.
Limited
Sentinels are less engaging in comparison to "Active" behavior. Does not get provoked by any actions other than a player direct engaging in combat with them.
Lacking
Sentinels are far less engaging in comparison to "Active" behavior. Scouting speed reduced and they often ignore the player even if they are mischievous.:
Hostile
Sentinels will always attack on sight after immediately spotting a player. Extremely accurate aiming and moves faster.

Sentinel alerts[edit | edit source]

Doing these actions always alert sentinels (regardless of sentinel presence):

Collecting resources[edit | edit source]

Attacking behavior[edit | edit source]


Doing these actions with a sentinel witnessing the action will alert the sentinels:

Avoiding Detection[edit | edit source]

If a player provokes a sentinel the only other option other then fighting them is to avoid detection. It is best to hide in a cave, as it is difficult for drones and quadrupedal sentinels to enter. You can also dig a hole using your Plasma launcher. It's best to make an L-shaped hole, since sentinel drones have the ability to spot you if they are flying over you, and will fly downwards into your hole if it is vertical.

After about 20–30 seconds the drones will be "deactivated" and fly off. However Quadrupedal and Bipedal sentinels act differently. After avoiding detection, they will wander around nearby terrain and simply make noises, and even have the "un-scanned animal" icon under them if they are scanned. They will not attack unless attacked (unless you are on an extreme sentinel planet, whereas only a sentinel drone can alert the quadrupedal or bipedal sentinels), which will cause them to alert nearby drones and immediately start attacking you.

Expected appearance[edit | edit source]

As the wanted level increases, so does the sentinel presence. Here are some examples of what a player may encounter:

PLANET APPEARANCE COMMENTS
Level 1 1-2 Sentinel Drones
Level 2 3 Sentinel Drones
Level 3 1-3 Sentinel Drones / 1 Quadrupedal Sentinel - Places level 1 space wanted level on player.
Level 4 2 Sentinel Drones / 1 Bipedal Walker - places level 1 space wanted level on player.
Level 5 4 Sentinels / 2 Quadrupeds / 2 Bipedal Walkers - Obtained after destroying Bipedal Walker from level 4, places level 1 space wanted level on player, and wanted level stays until player leaves the planet.
SPACE APPEARANCE COMMENTS
Level 1 1 Sentinel Starship
Level 2 2 Sentinel Starship
Level 3 4 Sentinel Starship
Level 4 6 Sentinel Starship
Level 5 1 Sentinel Starship Carrier - Carrier of spawning 3-5 Sentinel Starship at once. Will immediately disappear when 5 stars alarm deactivate.

Additional information[edit | edit source]

If a sentinel is destroyed, the broken pieces may be salvaged for resources. They have been known to drop:

Drones:

Quadrupedal Sentinels:

  • 60-80 Titanium
  • Debris: 12-25 Nanite Clusters or 1 Dimensional Matrix

Walker Sentinels:

  • 70-100 Titanium
  • Debris: 28-60 Nanite Clusters and 1 Dimensional Matrix

Ships:

The sentinel starship's model name is "Sapporoz S94".
Note: Blueprint drops have been replaced by Nanite Clusters.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Vore, Bryan (January 2015). Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe. Game Informer. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. Stuart, Keith (28 October 2014). No Man's Sky creator: 'We wanted to build a universe'. The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2015.