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Chromatic Metal
Chromatic Metal
Category Special
Type Highly Refined Stellar Metal
Rarity Rare
Blueprint Value 245.0 Units.png
Used for Building, Crafting, Upgrading
Symbol Ch
Updated Companions

Chromatic Metal is a resource.


Chromatic Metal (Ch) is a resource and one of the special elements. It is used for construction of advanced technologies.

Game description[]

A processed metal alloy, created in a Refiner from the stellar metals: Copper, Cadmium, Emeril and Indium.

The rarer the stellar metal, the more Chromatic Metal it will produce.

This valuable metal is used in the creation of many advanced technologies.


Chromatic Metal for purchase from a Galactic Trade Terminal.

  • Available for purchase from some Galactic Trade Terminals.
  • Can be requested from freighter's captain for rescuing his Freighter from pirates, up to 256 Chromatic Metal.
  • Drops from destroyed Pirate ships and NPC ships (standing will decrease) in small amounts, 30-50 Chromatic Metal per ship destroyed.
  • Drops from Freighter cargo pods (Sentinels will attack back) or accompanying free floating cargo pods (standing will decrease), 200-250 Chromatic Metal per pod destroyed.

Chromatic Metal can be refined using a Refiner with the following ingredients:



Chromatic Metal is used as an ingredient for crafting the following products:


Chromatic Metal is used as an ingredient for refining the following products using a Refiner:


Chromatic Metal is used as an ingredient for cooking the following products using a Nutrient Processor:

Infinite Chromatic Metal - Beyond[]

NOTE: this exploit is only possible with Indium as of the Synthesis release.

It is possible to get an infinite amount of Chromatic Metal using 1-2 Medium Refiners/Large Refiners, Indium, and Chromatic Metal.

  • Start with 4x Indium and 4x Chromatic Metal
  • In the first Refiner put 4x Indium as the first resource and 4x Chromatic Metal as the second resource. This will generate 8x Indium.
  • In the second Refiner put 4x Indium into the first slot. This will give you a 8x Chromatic Metal, with 4x Indium leftover from step 1.
  • Repeat

Important notes:

  • Technically only one refiner is needed but having two makes it quicker to be doing both conversions at the same time.
  • Make sure not to use up all of your starting Indium while converting into Chromatic Metal.
  • This is also a way to get infinite Copper, Cadmium, Emeril, or Indium.
  • This does not work with Activated Indium.
  • You can add Pure Ferrite to the second refiner to jumpstart the process

Release history[]

  • NEXT - Added as a resource.
  • Visions - Hidden changes: The information panel has an additional icon indicating its purpose.
  • Beyond - Hidden changes: Charging removed from the "Used for" list.
  • Synthesis - Stellar metal recipes changed, infinite metal exploit fixed


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