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No Man's Sky: Essential Tips for Exploring Planets and Systems

There are some basic concepts that we have to understand for our exploration to be fruitful in No Man's Sky. Discover here the most important details about the planets and systems.

No Man's Sky: Essential Tips for Exploring Planets and Systems

Exploration in No Man's Sky is vital to improve our ship and increase our knowledge in order to reach the center of the universe as soon as possible and complete the main story. In this entry of our guide, to expand our section of general advice on the Hello Games game, we are going to explain to you how the exploration of planets and systems works in general terms in case you have just started and have questions. We will give you little tips and quick notes so that you can get the most out of each of your trips.

Characteristics of each galaxy

When exploring the planets in No Man's Sky, the most important thing to keep in mind is the color of the system on the galactic map. Depending on the color of the system we will find more or less rare materials in it and thus we will know if we are interested in traveling to that system or another, depending on what we are looking for. This is what is known as the stellar classes (you have more information in the linked entry).

In summary, these are the colors of the systems from worst to best:

  • Yellow (Class G or F)
  • Red (Class K or M)
  • Green (Class E)
  • Blue (Class B or O)
When you have found a galaxy that interests you, do not hesitate to explore each of the planets to the maximum to collect all the materials you can to create new equipment and continue advancing through the universe and its systems.

Additionally, you can build and install an economy scanner, to recognize richer systems. In these systems, the purchase and sale prices of everything are higher. They also more easily offer the best ships and weapons in the game.

Exploration of the planets

As we have already explained, as soon as you land on a planet in No Man's Sky you will see the information corresponding to the climate, fauna, flora, and sentinels. This is very important to keep in mind so as not to die during the exploration.

What can you do when landing or visiting a planet? We tell you the following:

  • Before landing on the planet, it is advisable to look for a large structure where we can find a colonist to get interesting rewards. With any luck, it will be some new blueprint or even a new multi-tool.
  • Of course, on each planet, you will see markers of interest that point out buildings, antennas, monoliths... Everything that is really interesting on the planet. It is always advisable to take a look, even if it is from the ship, to see if it is convenient for you to make a stop.
  • The next thing we recommend doing is exploring the galaxy on foot (to save some fuel and at the same time advance in the trophy of exploring the planets on foot) until you find one of those beacons that emit an orange light.
  • When you activate one of these beacons you will be able to find the location of some structure, settler, crashed ship, and alien ruins. We can use this beacon as many times as we want, so use it a few times and then you won't have to look for another one.

Finally, before leaving a planet, consider whether you want to scan all the fauna on the planet to advance in the corresponding trophy or if you prefer to do it based on planets that do not have fauna.

Keep in mind that to explore the planets more easily, it is advisable to improve the viewer and scanner so that it has a greater detection range and you can even see through objects and surfaces.