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?No Man’s Sky? Tips: Want to be a Trader? How, Where to Get Resources & What to Look For

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No Man's Sky

No Man?s Sky is about exploring the vast, procedurally-generated universe but when you start the game, you just have a wrecked ship and a tiny backpack. In order to begin your journey, you?ll need to collect resources and craft parts to fix your ship.

You?re going to need to start saving up money and need even more resources to get out of the first system. The resources are required for everything from getting new spaceship, to fueling your ship as well as for the physical protection with your exosuit.

The larger part of your entire journey toward the center of the galaxy will involve collecting resources and trading with merchants. Gamers can even entirely focus their journey on the trading part which is one of the core gameplays besides combat and exploring.

Basic Trading

Trading occurs at any galactic trading post, which can be found on space stations, in or on planetary outposts and sometimes just floating on their own, reveals IBTimes. They will offer a selection of items to buy and allow you to sell items found. Each post will offer prices that fluctuate above and below a galactic standard, and accounts for multiples of certain items as well.

What can you trade?

As part of your exploration journey, you?ll be looking to scan your environment on planets for resources using your multi-tool and seeking out rare resources, explained?Redditor TheSeaOfThySoul. There are resources everywhere from rocks to trees but you?re only likely to pick up basic resources from the plants you harvest, or rocks you dig into. You?ll be exploring, perhaps up mountains or in caves, on the lookout for the rarest resources the planet can offer.

It?s worth noting that all planets do not have the same resources, and the resources you find on a planet will be determined by a number of factors. It could be based on the type of star the system has, how close or how far to the star the planet is, or on the kind of environment on that planet, etc. And so, some rare resources you may only find once in a blue moon ? luckily, there?s lots of blue moons to be found out there.

There are a variety of commodities available for trading all of which we have categorized in our trading guide.


Through Mining, you get to pick up valuable minerals and it is the easy part of getting rich in No Man?s Sky. All you need is your ship and a good supply of Plutonium so you can take off and land regularly. Most planets and moons have big deposits of certain minerals; some even have the giant arches, giant pillars, or huge floating rocks made out of rare minerals.

You can see the resources when your scanner picks up things as point of interest and they can be marked as grid-boxes upon rocky outcroppings for instance.

Once you?ve come across a resource, you can mine it with your multi-tool, using a mining laser, or you could blast through the rock with explosive weapons. Some resources will require a more powerful tool to be mined though, and some resources might require a more powerful tool to be able to detect them. To know how to craft weapons like the grenades or Boltcaster click here.

Other Useful Tips

  • Keep in mind though that rocks aren?t the only thing you?ll be mining, crystals and other natural growths could be resource spots too.
  • In No Man?s Sky, when you die on the ground, you?ll lose all the resources you are carrying but you won?t lose your weapon, suit, etc. But your spoils of war will be lost and you?ll respawn beside your ship. So, it is important not to carry too much on your person, make regular trips back to your ship so you can unload cargo, and be sure to sell or use your valuable resources.
  • A resource that?s common in one system might be rare in another, a resource that?s rare in one system might be non-existent in another, and prices change to reflect that. So plan to trade accordingly to get more money.
    The most valuable resources include Emeril, Gold, Titanium, the rare Chrysonite, and to a lesser extent Copper and Heridium. Neutral resources tend to be the most valuable, followed by oxides.

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