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Joining the Anomaly

The Anomaly is one of the game's races.


The Anomaly, also known as the Fifth Race, are a sentient species in the No Man's Sky universe. The player can choose for their character to be of this species. It is unknown if they appear outside of player choice.


All options for the Anomaly character model point to them representing the creators (or humans) from the Atlas questline. The model reflects a typical human shaped body. However, they are the only race that cannot remove their helmet and thus will have to remain a mystery for now.


The father of the Atlas was mentioned in the main story, as were the creators of the simulation. It is likely the fifth race represents them (and us).

Notable individuals[]

Player character

Additional information[]

  • With the introduction of Third-Person View the appearance of the player character is defaulted to an Anomaly, which can be changed later at an Appearance Modifier.
  • Since the Appearance Modifier states that it merely changes the outside look of the player through holographic projections, rather than changing their species or DNA, all players could still be considered part of the Anomaly race even when they don the appearance of another species.
  • The dialogues of the storyline and the related NPCs, like Nada and Polo, refer to the player as a Traveller. While some of these NPCs may not be aware that the player can camouflage their appearance with advanced technology (like the Appearance Modifier), all space stations do have them and both Nada and Polo know about 'the simulation' and the multiverse. There still remains reasonable evidence the player might be part of the Anomaly race because both Nada and Polo do not know the race of the Atlas' creators and all players start as one. Another option is that the term Traveller might be ascribed to all that freely travel the multiverse which, like Null and many other iterations, vary greatly in their appearance and avatar while being known as the Traveller race. Most of these possibilities have not been confirmed, but cannot yet be ruled out.

Release history[]

  • NEXT - This race was introduced to the game.