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Grave marker

Death forces a player to reload the game.


Death plays an important role in No Man's Sky[1] Although there is not a permanent death except in Permadeath mode, penalties are applied to the players depending on the conditions in which they die.


  • Upon death (by losing all health points) the player loses all discoveries not uploaded to the Atlas, and all resources the player was carrying and had not stored/sold properly. However, the resources will be put in a "grave" where the player died so they can be collected again. (Note: Upon logging out your gravemarker will disappear)
  • See Starship destruction for rules regarding death and your starship.
  • Items such as the multi-tool, exosuit, jetpack and blueprints are not lost.
  • In Survival mode all resources the player was carrying are lost.
  • If the player dies in space while outside of their starship, such as by falling through an unloaded area, they will not receive any penalties. In a multiplayer game, the death message will display, "<player> died (Death by cosmic ray bombardment)".
  • If the player dies upon returning to their graves, the player will lose ALL items carried previously.
  • Even though all items will be lost if the grave is not retrieved before dying a second time, all installed tech and all items in the "Cargo" slot of the exosuit will remain. It is a valid strategy to invest in Cargo slots to store valuable bulk resources in case of this specific accident.


There are several ways for the player to die and each one will result in different messages to be displayed. The following list is taken from the game file.


Each time the player dies, the screen fades to black and the player is presented with one of the following quotes randomly.

The sequence is taken from the game file.

Order Description Quoted from
1. The gods do not protect fools.
Fools are protected by more capable fools.
Larry Niven, Ringworld
2. The only way of discovering the limits
of the possible is to venture a little way
past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
3. I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
Douglas Adams,
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
4. In such seconds of decision entire futures are made. Dan Simmons. Hyperion
5. The supreme irony of life is that hardly
anyone gets out of it alive.
Robert Heinlein
6. All reality is a game. Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games
7. We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. Ray Bradbury
8. Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful.
It's the transition that's troublesome.
Isaac Asimov
9. Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. Philip K. Dick,
I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
10. The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve,
but a reality to experience.
Frank Herbert, Dune
11. To appreciate the wonder of the universe,
one must first remain alive.
Neal Asher, Dark Intelligence
12. I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around,
and don't let anybody tell you different.
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
13. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst
of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that
we should voyage far.
H. P. Lovercraft, The Call of Cthulhu
14. A star has died. Elsewhere in the cosmos,
in an unremarkable corner of one galactic arm,
a child was born. Such is the balance of existence.
Alan Dean Foster, Star Trek
15. I see the blackness. Worse than space,
worse than anything. Utterly black,
and it swallows me whole.
James Smythe, The Explorer
16. Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed
my own troubles and all the gravities of
terrestrial life...
H.G. Wells, The Time Machine
17. There's a difference between the fact that the
universe is inherently unfair on a cosmic level,
and the fact that life is unfair because people
are actively making it so.
John Scalzi, Old Man's War
18. So much universe, and so little time. Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero
19. I guess you could call it a 'failure',
but I prefer the term 'learning experience'.
Andy Weir, The Martian
20. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke. Neil Gaiman, American Gods
21. There is no such thing as science fiction,
there is only science eventuality.
Steven Spielberg
22. Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end. Stephen Hawking
23. Two things are infinite: the universe and human
stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Albert Einstein
24. There seems to be more to the universe than
random, chaotic, purposeless movement of a
collection of molecular particles.
Edgar D. Mitchell (Apollo 14 astronaut)
25. We'd stared into the face of Death,
and Death blinked first.
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave
26. Stability is the beginning of the end. We only
walk by continually beginning to fall forward.
William Gibson
27. Even when the world throws it worst and
then turns in its back, there is still always hope.
Pittacus Lore, The Power of Six
28. Reality is shaped by the forces that destroy it. D. Harlan Wilson, The Kyoto Man
29. We walk in dark places no others will enter. J. Michael Straczynski
30. If you're going to do something that crazy,
save it for when it'll make a difference.
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
31. Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest
remorse, where can I find rest but in death?
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
32. Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is
not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the universe.
Clifford D. Simak, Way Station
33. We think everything in this universe has to conform
to our paradigm of what makes sense.
Robert Buettner, Overkill
34. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan
35. Sometimes I think I must have a Guardian Idiot. Spider Robinson
36. We're each of us alone, to be sure. What can you
do but hold your hand out in the dark?
Ursula K. Le Guin,
The Unreal and the Real Volume 2

Additional information[]

  • The causes are extracted from the NMS_LOC1_ENGLISH.MBIN (1.77) and NMS_LOC4_ENGLISH.MBIN (1.77) game files, while the quotes are extracted from the NMS_LOC1_ENGLISH.MBIN (1.77) game file.



  1. 41 amazing things you might not know about No Man's Sky (3 August 2015) Retrieved on 11 July 2016