The Best No Man’s Sky Tips - How to Craft Items, Manage Inventory, Save Progress - Prima Games

The Best No Man’s Sky Tips – How to Craft Items, Manage Inventory, Save Progress

by Bryan Dawson

This article covers some of the best tips in No Man’s Sky that players may be unaware of. No Man’s Sky has a tutorial, but there are a lot of things it doesn’t tell you. Here you’ll discover how to save your game, how to manage your inventory, how to craft items and more. With these early tips you should be able to hit the ground running when you first play the game.

Scan Everything

If you press L2 on the PS4, you can scan the wildlife on various planets. By scanning the wildlife you essentially discover the plant or animal if it has yet to be discovered. Not only does this net you some much needed Units, but it’s a nice little perk to be able to discover all kinds of wildlife on the planets you explore. Once you discovered an animal, you can go into the pause menu and select it in order to name the creature whatever you desire.


No matter what your goal is in No Man’s Sky, you’re going to be accessing your inventory often. What a lot of players don’t know is that there are three separate inventories in the game. You have your ship inventory, your personal exosuit inventory and the inventory of your multitool.

It’s important to continually move things around between these three inventory sections. If you’re on a planet, you can’t use anything in your ship inventory, and if you’re in space you can’t use anything in your exosuit inventory. Luckily you can always move items around in your inventory so they’re available when you need them.

Manually Charge Items

There are a few items in No Man’s Sky which require you to continuously look after them. The most important of these are your mining beam (blaster) that you use when exploring planets, and the fuel for your hyperdrive that allows you to quickly move between galaxies plus recharging the thrusters on your ship. You don’t want the frustration of having to deal with these items when they are too low to be useful, so keep an eye on them and recharge often.

Explore Ancient Artifacts

While exploring planets you will undoubtedly come across ruins from ancient civilizations. These ruins offer a variety of perks that should not be overlooked. Some of the ruins will teach you a single alien word. The more of these you come across the easier it will be for you to communicate with alien races. In addition, some of the relics will offer new technology or blueprints you can use to upgrade your suit and ship. Finally, you’ll even come across some relics that offer challenges with rewards if you complete the puzzle presented to you.

Save Frequently

If you die in No Man’s Sky you will almost certainly lose something. If you die on a planet you lose any discoveries you’ve made that have yet to be uploaded to the Atlas. If you die in space you lose your ship in addition to those discoveries. This makes it even more important to constantly save your progress and upload your discoveries to the Atlas. Every time you enter your ship you will automatically save, so you should stop at you ship every so often while you’re on a planet exploring.

Craft Items

There are a lot of useful items you can craft, but unless you access the correct menu you won’t even know you can do this. Go to any open slot in your inventory and press Square on the PS4. This gives you another menu that displays all of the blueprints you have available. From here you can craft anything you have the materials for. If the item is dimmed, it means you don’t have the necessary materials to craft it yet. However, you can examine the item to determine what those materials are so you know what to look for.

As always, if you’re looking for more tips and tricks for No Man’s Sky, keep an eye on Prima Games!

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