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Disambig.png This article is about the current version of Resource. For the Atlas Rises version, see Resource (Atlas).

Resources are the primary materials for multi-tool, starship, exosuit and exocraft upgrades, as well as base building.


Resources in No Man's Sky are organized as Raw Materials in the in-game Guide based on type. When resources are mined, they are broken down into their chemical elements, and these can be combined into new products to be sold on the galactic market.

Technology is dependent on certain elements, so collecting element resources and alloys can unlock new multi-tools, starships, etc.

Resources can be obtained in a wide variety of ways. They can be purchased, mined from raw elements on the ground of planets (either by hand or with an Autonomous Mining Unit), mined from asteroids in space, harvested from plants, collected from the air (with an Atmosphere Harvester or Oxygen Harvester), given to you as gifts from animals you befriend, found in crates and containers on planet surfaces, and harvested by killing plants, animals and even sentinels. The abundance of elements varies significantly from one planet to another, and may be totally absent on a particular planet. As a result, some resources are easiest to obtain in ways other than mining.

Resources may also be converted into other resources with the use of the three different sized refiners.


Scanner "diamonds"

When the scanner is used on a planet, diamonds of red, yellow, and blue are displayed after the scan. Red indicates oxygen, yellow indicates sodium or sodium nitrate, and blue indicates di-hydrogen. All mineable deposits (those mined with the terrain manipulator) will have grids outlining the parts that will give resources when mined. Deposits that do not have grids DO NOT give resources when mined.

Scanning rock formations, fauna, crystals and flora with the Analysis Visor can reveal secondary resources, which can then be mined on all other instances of that scanned object. Flora are the plants and trees on a planet. Fauna means the animals. When you engage the scanner and look at an animal, a red or green dot will appear. Red means undiscovered and you should scan it. Green means discovered already. This dot does not appear when you look at flora. When you have scanned a new species of animal, plant or mineral the scanner will reward you with a small cash bonus. Then open the menu and go to Discoveries. Here you upload all of your discoveries and are rewarded with Nanite Clusters. A wise traveller would visit a Space Station and buy an S class scanner upgrades which boost your cash bonus considerably.


Icon Element Abbrev Group Rarity Base value  units Added
SUBSTANCE.FUEL.1.png Carbon C Organic Common 12.0 1.0
SUBSTANCE.FUEL.2.png Condensed Carbon C+ Organic Uncommon 24.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.AIR.1.png Oxygen O2 Organic Common 34.0 1.5
PRODUCT.HEXCORE.png Hexite X Organic Rare 654.0 1.59
SUBSTANCE.LAUNCHSUB.1.png Di-hydrogen H High Energy Common 34.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.LAUNCHSUB.2.png Deuterium D High Energy Rare 34.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.ROCKETSUB.png Tritium H3 High Energy Common 6.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.LAND.1.png Ferrite Dust Fe Metallic Common 14.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.LAND.2.png Pure Ferrite Fe+ Metallic Uncommon 28.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.LAND.3.png Magnetised Ferrite Fe++ Metallic Uncommon 82.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.SAND.1.png Silicate Powder Si Metallic Common 2.0 2.0
SUBSTANCE.CATALYST.1.png Sodium Na Catalytic Common 41.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.CATALYST.2.png Sodium Nitrate Na+ Catalytic Uncommon 82.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.CAVE.1.png Cobalt Co Subterranean Common 198.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.CAVE.2.png Ionised Cobalt Co+ Subterranean Uncommon 401.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.WATER.1.png Salt NaCl Aquatic Common 299.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.WATER.2.png Chlorine Cl Aquatic Rare 602.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.WATER.PLANT.png Cyto-Phosphate Cy Organic Compound Common 201.0 1.7
SUBSTANCE.YELLOW.2.png Copper Cu Stellar Common 110.0 1.0
SUBSTANCE.RED.2.png Cadmium Cd Stellar Rare 234.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.GREEN.2.png Emeril Em Stellar Rare 275.0 1.0
SUBSTANCE.BLUE.2.png Indium In Stellar Rare 464.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.STELLAR.2.png Chromatic Metal Ch Stellar Uncommon 245.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.BIOME.LUSH.png Paraffinium Pf Localised Uncommon 62.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.BIOME.DUSTY.png Pyrite Py Localised Uncommon 62.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.BIOME.TOXIC.png Ammonia NH3 Localised Uncommon 62.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.BIOME.RADIO.png Uranium U Localised Uncommon 62.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.BIOME.COLD.png Dioxite C02 Localised Uncommon 62.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.BIOME.HOT.png Phosphorus P Localised Uncommon 62.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.BIOME.LAVA.png Basalt B Localised Unknown 62.0 3.0
Tainted metal.png Tainted Metal Un Localised Uncommon 380.0 3.05
SUBSTANCE.CREATURE.1.png Mordite Mo Harvested Uncommon 40.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.ROBOT.1.png Pugneum Pg Anomalous Rare 138.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.ASTEROID.1.png Silver Ag Asteroid Common 186.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.ASTEROID.2.png Gold Au Asteroid Uncommon 353.0 1.0
SUBSTANCE.ASTEROID.3.png Platinum Pt Asteroid Rare 505.0 1.0
GAS.3.png Sulphurine Su Gas Uncommon 20.0 1.3
GAS.2.png Radon Rn Gas Uncommon 20.0 1.3
GAS.1.png Nitrogen N Gas Uncommon 20.0 1.3
SUBSTANCE.EXYELLOW.2.png Activated Copper Cu+ Stellar Common 245.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.EXRED.2.png Activated Cadmium Cd+ Stellar Rare 450.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.EXGREEN.2.png Activated Emeril Em+ Stellar Rare 696.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.EXBLUE.2.png Activated Indium In+ Stellar Rare 949.0 1.5
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.TOXIC.png Fungal Mould Ml Agricultural Uncommon 16.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.SNOW.png Frost Crystal Fc Agricultural Uncommon 12.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.RADIO.png Gamma Root Gr Agricultural Uncommon 16.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.DUSTY.png Cactus Flesh Cc Agricultural Uncommon 28.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.HOT.png Solanium So Agricultural Uncommon 70.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.LUSH.png Star Bulb Sb Agricultural Uncommon 32.0 1.3
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.CAVE.png Marrow Bulb Bu Agricultural Uncommon 41.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.WATER.png Kelp Sac Ke Agricultural Uncommon 41.0 1.1
SUBSTANCE.PLANT.POOP.png Faecium Fa Agricultural Uncommon 30.0 1.1
SPACEGUNK.1.png Residual Goop Jn Junk Common 20.0 1.3
SPACEGUNK.2.png Runaway Mould Jn Junk Uncommon 20.0 1.3
SPACEGUNK.3.png Rusted Metal Jn Junk Common 20.0 1.3
SPACEGUNK.4.png Living Slime Jn Junk Uncommon 20.0 1.3
SPACEGUNK.5.png Viscous Fluids Jn Junk Uncommon 20.0 1.3
SUBSTANCE.TIMEDUST.png Somnal Dust Special Common 1,616.0 3.9
SUBSTANCE.TIMEMILK.png Ancestral Memories Special Common 1,616.0 3.9
SUB.SUNGOLD.png Liquid Sun Special Common 16.0 2.3
NANITE.png Nanite Cluster Special Rare 137.5 1.2

Natural Sources[]

Resource Deposits[]

Resource Deposits are concentrated nodes of a certain element. These nodes may be harvested with a Terrain Manipulator, Exocraft Mining Laser or Autonomous Mining Unit.

It is possible to find bigger nodes which contain more elements than usual. There's a chance that those nodes can be marked by scanning in space with a spaceship.

Crystals and Minerals[]

Some elements can also be found in crystalline form, showing up on the Scanner. The colour of the crystal indicates which element is present, and the size usually determines whether Advanced Mining Laser functionality is required to harvest.

  • Blue crystals are Di-hydrogen. Common.
  • Red crystals contain Condensed Carbon. Uncommon.
  • Yellow crystals are composed of Sodium Nitrate. Uncommon. (All sizes require Advanced Mining Laser functionality to harvest.)

Other elements may be contained within minerals. Large minerals usually require Advanced Mining Laser functionality to harvest.

Flora and Fauna[]

Some elements can be found as compounds in certain flora (including hazardous flora) on planet surfaces:

Additionally, these elements can be collected from fauna interactions, but can also be farmed:

  • SUBSTANCE.CREATURE.1.png Mordite (from animals killed by weapons)
  • SUBSTANCE.PLANT.POOP.png Faecium (from feeding animals)


Certain elements occur abundantly in the asteroids between planets. These asteroids can be harvested with any starship weapon.

Special elements[]

Anomalous Material[]

Decayed Spacetime Remnant[]

Highly Refined Stellar Metal[]


Recessive Creature Genes[]

Salvaged scrap[]

Technological Currency[]

Transmuted Metal[]

Unrefined Organic Element[]

Additional information[]

  • During an interview with Sean Murray, he was asked how far down you can dig. Sean said "you can dig like 128 meters down into a planet." [1] This sets a limit on how deep mining and exploration can take place.
  • When art director Grant Duncan wanted the possibility of green skies over a planet, the development team at Hello Games had to redesign the periodic table to create atmospheric particles that would diffract light at just the right wavelength.
  • Sean Murray commented during a gameinformer interview, "We just wanted to be a bit freer. There's only something like seven different compounds or something like that that we create really good types of liquids that you could have creatures survive in. And we might want more than that for the game. We might want to decide our own rules and you just get tied up into too many conversations about it and things like that. Sometimes gameplay and science don't sync together. That's sort of a shame but I think for the best."[2]
  • In-game guide added in the NEXT update, which includes Raw Material classification of the resources, see screenshots below.
  • Items in the "junk" section can be refined into each each other on a 1:1 scale and eventually runaway mould can be refined into nanites on a 5:1 scale

See Also[]

Release history[]

  • NEXT - This update massively changed most resources in the game, either by removing them entirely, renaming them, or giving them new uses. Resources in inventories from old saves will be replaced by the new ones once they are updated. Refer to the Atlas Rises version of the Resource page for more information on these original elements.
  • NEXT 1.59 - Hexite added as part of Community Research (week 2) mission.
  • Abyss - Cyto-Phosphate added to some underwater plants.
  • Desolation - Tainted Metal on boards of Derelict Freighters added.



  1. Giant Bombcast (23 June 2015). 'Giant Bombcast - 1:10:00 mark'.
  2. Vore, Bryan (26 December 2014). [ An Assortment Of Lesser-Known No Man's Sky Facts]. gameinformer. Retrieved 19 July 2016.