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Location Science Terminal
Type Korvax
Description Hireable NPC character
Updated NEXT
Disambig.png This article is about the NEXT version of the Scientist. For the Atlas Rises version, see Scientist (Atlas).

The Scientist is a hireable NPC character.


The Scientist is a hireable Korvax NPC character and is the mission-giver of the Scientific Research mission.

This NPC is required for essential tech and base building progression. They can be found in Korvax systems, but can also randomly be found in systems controlled by other species. The Scientist is notable for requiring the player to wait an hour and a half in real time twice during their mission, for a total of three hours in real time.

After completing their mission, the player may give planetary data they've previously gathered to the Scientist for a reward of Nanite Clusters.


Before hiring a Scientist, there are the following requirements:

  • A Habitable Base must be claimed.
  • An Overseer hired and having needed to progress enough to unlock the Science Terminal blueprint.
  • A Science Terminal needs to be constructed and placed.


The Scientist gives the following blueprints in order:

Release history[]

  • Pathfinder - Added as a hirable NPC.
  • Atlas Rises - Certain requirements and tasks changed.
  • NEXT - Certain requirements and tasks changed.
  • NEXT 1.64 - Fixed an issue where players could fail to learn the Circuit Board blueprint at the correct time.