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No Man’s Sky is finally here, ready to get its 18 quintillion procedurally generated planets discovered and explored. This beginners guide will give you 10 No Man’s Sky Tips to help you set your first footsteps in this mind-blowingly large universe.

  1. No Man’s Sky is and yet isn’t an MMO

    The sheer size of the universe means that everyone is going to be super far apart, and it’s super unlikely that people will even visit the same planets.

  2. Properties of planets are defined by their position in space

    Planets to far from a sun will be cold and desolate while planets to close to a sun will be very hot (and also desolate).  Find planets that are in a sweet spot and they wil be filled with life and perfect for exploration.

  3. Be on the lookout for toxic Planets

    You’ll have to be on the lookout for toxic planets. If you encounter one, you may need to upgrade your suit to be able to survive and explore.

  4. Units are the universe’s currency

    Units are the currency of No Man’s Sky. By uploading discoveries at beacons, taking out pirates, and selling items at trading posts, you’ll earn units.

  5. The price for resources and items vary

    Every star system has its own prices for resources and items. Try to get a cargo ship to hold on to items until you find good rates to sell them.

  6. You will more than likely make discoveries

    With No Man’s Sky’s enormous universe, you’ll be bound to be the first person to make discoveries of a new planet and/or species. When you do, upload it via a beacon to not only receive units and be credited as the person who discovered it. You’ll even get the opportunity to name the newly discovered planet.

  7. Be on the lookout for Pirates, even if you do not want to be a bounty hunter

    Pirates can and will attack you while in space, so be ready to defend yourself or flee. If you see cargo ships being attacked by pirates or two factions fighting, help out and you may get help if you’re being attacked later in the game.

  8. You’ll want to keep hyperdrive fuel in stock

    It’s important to mine for hyperdrive fuel, or buy it from space stations. You need this fuel if you want to make long distance jumps between star systems.

  9. Explore, Explore, Explore

    When you come across ancient ruins and mine planets or crashed ships, always try to explore them. You may discover new technology and resources that you can use to improve your own ship and abilities.

  10. Death will be a harsh lesson

    Whenever you die on a planet, you’ll find yourself revived back at your ship. Any items you hadn’t stowed and discoveries you hadn’t uploaded will be lost. Dying in space teleports you back to the nearest space station, without your discoveries, items or even your ship. Yikes.