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The three primary factions

Similar faction banners on Usnusven II and Teogicia

Factions, also known as Races, are the sentient species in No Man's Sky.


There are currently five different factions in No Man's Sky, each with distinct languages, lore, and technology.

The three main factions (Korvax, Gek and Vy'keen) inhabit the star systems.

  • The Korvax are a near-immortal sentient machine species. They value science and exploration. They also worship the Atlas and accept the Sentinels' presence. They specialize in Exosuit technology.
  • The Gek are a sentient amphibious species. They value commerce, and the ancient First Spawn Gek believed themselves to be the master race of the galaxy. They specialize in Starship technology.
  • The Vy'keen are a humanoid sentient species. They are military-oriented with a very rigid honour system and a deep hatred for Sentinels. They specialize in Multi-tool technology.
  • The Travellers are a mysterious humanoid species of free explorers that recently arrived in the galaxy. Their origins and purposes are unknown.
  • The Anomalies are a mysterious humanoid species and each of them wear helmets, hiding their true appearance. Their origins and purposes are unknown.

While not a true faction, the Sentinels serve as a police force of unknown origin or true intention. They are ever-present but in varying amounts on different planets.

You can be affiliated with the first three factions mentioned above, but your reputation with e.g. the Korvax won't affect your reputation with the other factions because they are not hostile to each other. However you cannot have any reputation with the Sentinels, the Travellers, or the Anomalies.

Gaining Reputation[]

Reputation can be gained for any faction by performing certain actions:

Losing Reputation[]

  • Attacking Trader ships of any particular faction.
  • Attacking a space station of any faction. (This also gives you a Space Wanted Level of 4)
  • Failing the problems at Waypoints.
  • Attacking Freighters of any faction. Note: This only applies to the smaller single engine ships surrounding a freighter.
  • Refusing to accept gifts.
  • Taking a multitool from Vy'keen NPC. (Sometimes this causes you to gain reputation)
  • Speaking threatening words when using the practice speech option. "Aggressive words" i.e. "Destroy" to a Gek envoy.

Gameplay effects[]

Faction standing currently has the following effects:

  • Availability of certain blueprints to purchase.
  • Faction specific dialogue options.
  • Possibility to start missions, which require a minimum faction standing.
  • High standing will grant the player aid at times when under attack by pirates.


Gifts are race specific curiosities given to NPCs to receive Crashed Ship locations, resources, units, and reputation.

Additional information[]

  • The appearance of the player character is defaulted to an Anomaly, which can be changed later at an Appearance Modifier.
  • Different systems are controlled by diffrent factions and multiple factions cannot control the same system.
  • The factions controlling a system also determine the majority of ships coming into the space station.
  • some buyable items or blueprint require certain amounts of standing to purchase.

Release history[]

  • Release - Korvax, Gek and Vy'keen were introduced to the game.
  • Atlas Rises - Traveller was introduced to the game.
  • NEXT - Anomaly was introduced to the game, and is the default appearance for a player character.
  • Crossplay - a maxed-out standing with a faction can now be lost again.