Freighters are NPC and player-owned cargo-hauling starships that are used as part of the trade industry of No Man's Sky. There are currently two model categories of freighters: regular model freighters (no more than 19 starting inventory slots), and capital model freighters (at least 24 starting inventory slots), and each category has the four classes: C, B, A, and S. Each upgraded level includes a higher capacity for cargo and a more improved warp-drive system. The S class is the highest one of the four.

Players can attack freighters to steal resources away that are stored on the ship. These ships are usually accompanied by smaller fighters. Freighters are sometimes armed with their own defensive turrets and preparation prior to attacking should be taken. Pirates may also be seen spawning near freighters, triggering a distress call event.

Starting with update 1.1, players became able to own their own freighters at a large cost. The NEXT update added Command Freighters and the ability to play with friends to the game. Players can gain a freighter for free and create a fleet of Frigates. Friends can join a player on their freighter and travel with them.

Player Owned Freighters

Players may now own freighters of many shapes and sizes.

Freighters are large luxury trade spacecraft with a cost to match. Freighters grant the ability to construct a base within them, which allows for many economic advantages such as mobile farming and internal storage units. Once a player owns a Freighter, they can start to put together a fleet of Frigates which can be sent out on Expeditions to complete objectives and collect rewards. To do this, players will need to create a Freighter Command Room. This can be done in the Freighter base building menu and is required to start building a fleet. The materials needed include Silver x120, Gold x40, and Tritium x10. Tritium and Silver are also needed to build additional rooms.


Once the Command Room is complete, watch for Frigate icons during travels in space. Speak to the Frigate Captains and ask them to join your team to recruit them.

Players may summon their freighters from almost anywhere on the surface of a planet or in empty space from the quick access menu. As of the NEXT update, players can be joined on their freighter by additional team members.

Purchasing Freighters

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Freighters will usually spawn in groups during space travel. If the player approaches the group of freighters, the lead freighter will usually show up as a marker. The lead freighter will have a blue beacon indicating a landing zone similar to a space station. once approached the player's ship will commence auto-landing and will be docked in the hangar. From the hanger the player must make their way to the bridge, where the captain resides and offers their services.

Purchase Notes

  • Since the cost of purchasing freighters quickly overtakes the cost of purchasing a Starship (see below), it's recommended that the player use the enhanced storage capacity in order to participate in the trade system.
  • The outward appearance of a freighter cannot be changed.
  • The number of turrets a freighter has cannot be changed.

Getting a Freighter for Free

To get a free Freighter, players will need to watch for distress signals from Freighters while traveling between systems and planets. There is a guaranteed call early on in the Atlas storyline, so be sure to do it. Once a call is heard, respond and kill all the pirates that are attacking the Freighter, but do not damage the Freighter itself, or players could risk appearing hostile. After the last pirate is dead, the player will get a call from the Freighter Captain. Open the Starship Communicator to accept an invitation to come on board. Wait for the indication on the bay doors to turn green before attempting to dock. Locate the Captain on the Freighter and talk to them. Players will be offered the Freighter as a reward for saving the Captain's life. Accept the offer to gain the ship. There is still a chance that the Freighter's price will be significantly decreased, but not free. If this happens, keep saving Freighters until a Captain offers it for free, which may take a few tries, but will definitely happen.

Freighter Battles

When pirates approach, or if you attack a freighter, the bay doors turn orange, then red, and don't allow ships to enter. As always, you can choose to defend the freighter or attack it.

You CAN raid items from your own freighter, and it does not affect your freighter in any way.



Freighters have a maximum storage capacity of 48 slots and the first freighters encountered have 13 slots. Once a freighter is purchased, the freighters the player encounters from then on will have 2 additional storage slots and cost about 2.5 million credits more than the last until the cap is reached. Additional storage can be made by using the base building area to build storage containers.

Storage Notes

  • In order to access the freighter's storage slots, the player must speak to the captain and transfer materials from the freighter to their starship. You can also access it from your inventory, in the "Freighter" tab, but only able to take or deposit items if you have landed in the Freighter.
  • The player may teleport materials from their starship to their freighter at any time by tapping the transfer button on one of the freighter's empty slots.
  • The outward appearance of a freighter within either the regular or capital model category has no bearing on its storage capacity. Specifically, regular model freighters will always have no more than 19 starting slots, while capital model freighters will always have at least 24 starting slots.

Base Building

The doors on the opposite end of the Freighter as the captain hold the base portion of the freighter. These doors will remain locked until the player purchases or gains access to the freighter. The main means of expanding the base is through the hallways that extend from the main circular room.


Freighter models are determined by seed value stored in save game files, which can be inspected in NMSSaveEditor. For examples, see the Gallery section below.

  • Capital models:
    • Venator family
      • Venator (2 sections with an indentation from each side)
      • Imperial (4 sections with an indentation from each side)
      • Resurgent (6 sections with an indentation from each side)
    • Sentinel family
      • Sentinel (3 sections with 3 spherical cargo pods on each side)
        • Tier 1: additional addon underneath the hull with 2 spherical cargo pods on each side
        • Tier 2: no addon
      • Battleship (5 sections with 3 spherical cargo pods on each side)
        • Tier 1: additional addon underneath the hull with 2 spherical cargo pods on each side
        • Tier 2: no addon
      • Dreadnoight (7 sections with 3 spherical cargo pods on each side)
        • Tier 1: 2 additional addons underneath the hull with 2 spherical cargo pods on each side
        • Tier 2: 1 additional addon
        • Tier 3: no addon
  • Regular models. These models are combined from multiple building blocks and therefore have a much larger variety than capital models.

Known Capital Freighters

Please add any encountered freighters with a known capital (either Venator family or Sentinel family) model seed below.

Name Model Seed
EV-4 Banantak Sentinel, T2 0x4AD6C68D69CBAF07
DSV-7 Ibaitaqu Sentinel, T2 0x7EADC7B458E3F784
MV-1 Ideraenon Sentinel, T2 0x1C39AA20B195B541
DS-2 Iokamotom Sentinel, T2 0x9ECB85CD1B7A281B
DS-5 Yonezaki Sentinel, T1 0x5458B74201A9AF19
DSV-8 Konojosh Dreadnought, T3 0x754E1889C6F04E27
DS-5 Iyazawakka Dreadnought, T2 0x50928220F03C231D

Confirmed Glitches/Bugs

  • As of ver. 1.1, If a player docks into a freighter (owned or not) when pirates are about to spawn, the freighter goes into alarm and won't allow the player to take off.
  • As of ver. 1.1, freighters can be summoned very close to the surface of a planet.
  • As of ver. 1.1, if you land in a freighter that you have not purchased yet, and you leave the game(after auto-save) and return, the freighter will disappear and your ship will be floating in space, and you will be sent falling through space.


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