No Man's Sky Wiki
No Man's Sky Wiki

Explained - Desolation[]

Various changes were made to the universe of No Man's Sky during the current update. As a result, changes to the wiki may be varied.

Release Eras[]

All content pages are classified based on the date of last update. These dates are as follows:

  • Pre-release - prior to 9 August 2016
  • Release - 9 August 2016 through 26 November 2016
  • Foundation - 27 November 2016 through 8 March 2017
  • Pathfinder - 9 March through 10 August 2017
  • Atlas Rises - 11 August 2017 through 23 July 2018
  • NEXT - 24 July 2018 through 28 October 2018
  • Abyss - 29 October 2018 through 21 November 2018
  • Visions - 22 November 2018 through 13 August 2019
  • Beyond - 14 August 2019 through 27 November 2019
  • Synthesis - 28 November 1019 through 17 February, 2020
  • Living Ship - 18 February through 6 April 2020
  • ExoMech - 7 April 2020 through 10 June 2020
  • Crossplay - 11 June 2020 through 15 July 2020
  • Desolation - 16 July 2020 to 23 September 2020
  • Origins - 23 September 2020 to 9 November 2020
  • NextGen - 10 November 2020 to 16 February 2021
  • Companions - 17 February 2021 to 30 March 2021
  • Expeditions - 31 March 2021 to 1 June, 2021
  • Prisms - 2 June 2021 to Present

Release indicators[]

  • All pages that contain an infobox include a parm called "release" to show the correct release
  • an ambox banner (see below) will display at the top of the page indicating which release era the game information relates to, and what that release is. This banner automatically puts the page into a category related to the release.
NOTE: this banner will not show when viewing pages with the Desolation tag, although it should still be coded on the page.

Changes to infobox and preload templates can now be made only by the admin team. With the amount of traffic and use these pages receive, unexpected changes could cause major issues in the wiki. If you'd like to suggest a change to one of these templates, either post a note on the page's Talk page, or send a note to a member of the admin team.


The banners for the various releases can be seen at the Template:Version page.

Editor changes[]

If you need to update a page from a previous era, there are three levels of changes to consider.

Minor changes[]

These changes ONLY apply to the release already indicated on the page, and not to Companions. An example would be correcting a misspelled word or other typo. For this type of change, all that is required is to change the info, and leave the "version information" as-is.

Regular changes[]

These are changes to a page that are needed to bring the page from a previous release over to the Origins update. An example would be updating a star system where two of the listed planets reverted to their original names, but the rest of the page matches with the Companions era.

For this type of change, include the following changes in your edit process:

  • change the banner tag at the top of the page to indicate Origins
  • change the release parm in the infobox (if the page has one) to Origins
  • (optional) if there are several important changes, add a "Release differences" section near the bottom of the page and note what the original information was that you had to change. This provides a historical record for future reference. An example might be if all of the documented ruins on the planet are no longer there, and it is now a Gek system instead of Korvax. See the Tulich page for an example.

Major changes[]

This type of change is most often related to an index-style or catalogue page where many links are made to other pages. An example would be the Euclid galaxy where many of the listed regions no longer exist, or have been renamed. It could also occur on a planet or star system page where most of the discoveries had been renamed and then reverted to their old names, as well as having biomes and other features rearranged.

The best process for this type of page has two steps (using a page from NEXT as an example):

1) copy the code of the entire page and use it to create a new page with the original information. The name of the name page should be in the form of "xxx (NextGen)", where xxx is the name of the original page. At the top of the new page, add the following disambiguation notice, customizing it with the proper page name (instead of ABC) and the name of the original page (instead of XYZ). This will indicate that the information on this new page comes from the old era, and include a link to the regular page, which will now be used for the current version.
{{DisambigMsg|the [[NextGen]] version of ABC|the current version|XYZ}}
2) return to the original page and add a similar notice to the top of the page indicating that the information on this page comes from the current era, and include a link to the older version of the page. Then make whatever changes are needed to the page to remove all information that is not related to Companions.
{{DisambigMsg|the current version of ABC|the [[NextGen]] version|XYZ}}

You can see an example of this procedure on the Player Base (Atlas) page.

New pages[]

When adding a new page to the wiki, be sure to include the same version information mentioned above in the Release Indicators section. (banner and infobox parm).

Mismatched pages[]

The following pages have a mismatch between the Version macro and the Release parameter in the infobox:

_pageName Game Release Version _modificationDate
AQUA Pathfinder Visions 2019-08-11 7:14:04 PM
Avdink (CC) Visions Beyond 2019-08-14 10:25:22 PM
Howarm Visions Beyond 2019-08-22 11:06:12 PM
Uninalm-Kara Visions Beyond 2019-08-26 9:24:15 PM
Karlan-Belo XIX NEXT Visions 2019-08-27 2:34:56 PM
Intamak Visions Beyond 2019-09-04 4:05:36 AM
Ejnerikir Visions Beyond 2019-09-06 5:11:20 AM
Huforcu Beyond Visions 2019-12-12 9:57:18 PM
Olmasa-Naz NEXT Visions 2019-12-29 9:42:32 PM
HUB4-4F Suriyan Beyond Synthesis 2019-12-31 2:39:57 PM
Egionetsk Visions Synthesis 2020-01-27 3:41:20 PM
Yevoik-Rubhan Beyond Synthesis 2020-02-04 12:50:04 AM
HUB2-70 Tenrito VIII NEXT Atlas Rises 2020-02-12 12:59:25 PM
(XCE-6C) Izkimr VIII Living Ship Synthesis 2020-02-25 6:45:30 PM
Qitand-Ebloss-Alk Living Ship ExoMech 2020-03-15 6:13:00 AM
HUB10-44 Masaoka-Olney Visions Synthesis 2020-04-12 5:36:02 PM
Omutsuji XVII Visions Beyond 2020-04-27 1:47:05 AM
DSS Eutokut-Epik ExoMech Crossplay 2020-06-15 7:57:21 PM
DSS Suyama Beyond Crossplay 2020-06-15 9:16:02 PM
DSS Izepari Beyond Crossplay 2020-06-15 9:17:23 PM