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Where to Find All Crafting Materials

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Scott Peers

This page details where to find all crafting materials in No Man’s Sky, and a brief overview of their use outside of crafting, refining or cooking where relevant. Note that some of the materials require specific technologies to access, such as Frost Crystals, Solanium, Gamma Roots, and Star Bulbs, all of which require the Haz-Mat Gauntlet Exosuit upgrade to harvest from their respective flora. In addition, some elements can only be found in specific star systems, such as Activated Cadmium (red star systems), Activated Copper (yellow star systems), Activated Emeril (green star systems), and Activated Indium (blue star systems). To venture to these systems, you’ll need specific upgrades for the Hyperdrive system in your Starship or Freighter. If you want to know where you can find these, see our pages on technology upgrades, listed below.

All Crafting Materials in NMS

Compressed Atmospheric Gas

Icon Element Location Uses
NMsNitrogen.png Nitrogen Present in all star systems, harvested as a secondary item from some flora, mined from deposits, or harvested from toxic and lush planet atmospheres Used in crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSRadon.png Radon Present in all star systems, particularly on frozen and radioactive planets, extracted from environment with Atmosphere Harvesters, found in some flora Used in crafting and refining recipes
NMSSulphurine.png Sulphurine Present in all star systems, particularly on scorched and desert planets, extracted from environment with Atmosphere Harvesters, found in some flora Used in one crafting recipe (Thermic Condensate) and numerous refining recipes

Harvested Agricultural Substance

Icon Element Location Uses
NMSCactusFlesh.png Cactus Flesh Present in all star systems, particularly on desert or barren planets, mined from deposits and minerals using the Mining Laser Used in numerous crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSFaecium.png Faecium Produced by various fauna on planets after feeding them Creature Pellets, also grown from the Gutrot Flower Used in numerous crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSFrostCrystal.png Frost Crystal Requires the Haz-Mat Gauntlet Exosuit upgrade, allowing you to harvest Frost Crystal from Frostwort flora on frozen planets Used in crafting, refining, and numerous cooking recipes
NMSFungalMould.png Fungal Mould Requires the Haz-Mat Gauntlet Exosuit upgrade, allowing you to harvest Fungal Mould from Fungal Clusters on toxic planets Used in crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSGammaRoot.png Gamma Root Requires the Haz-Mat Gauntlet Exosuit upgrade, allowing you to harvest Gamma Root from Gamma Weed flora on radioactive planets Used in crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSKelpSac.png Kelp Sac Present in all star systems, on planets with water, harvested from Candle Kelp flora Used to craft Weatherproof Rubber, numerous refining recipes, and one cooking recipe (Kelp Rice)
NMSMarrowBulb.png Marrow Bulb Present in all star systems, can be harvested from Cave Marrows, which are generally found within caves Used in crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSSolanium.png Solanium Requires the Haz-Mat Gauntlet Exosuit upgrade, allowing you to harvest Solanium from Solar Vines on volcanic planets Used in crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSStarBulb.png Star Bulb Requires the Haz-Mat Gauntlet Exosuit upgrade, allowing you to harvest Star Bulb from Star Bramble on lush planets Used in crafting, refining, and cooking recipes

High Energy Substance

Icon Element Location Uses
NMSDeuterium.png Deuterium Produced when refining Di-hydrogen and Tritium or purchased from trade terminals / visiting pilots Used in some crafting recipes, Deuterium Rich Plants provide brief jetpack power boost when consumed
NMSDihydrogen.png Di-hydrogen Present in all star systems, mined from blue crystal minerals, identified with the Analysis Visor Primarily used in crafting recipes for Starship Launch Fuel, but also a number of other crafting and refining recipes

Localised Earth Elements

Icon Element Location Uses
NMSAmmonia.png Ammonia Present in all star systems, particularly on toxic planets, mined from minerals using the Mining Laser Recharges Hazard Protection Units against Toxic environments, used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSBasalt.png Basalt Present in all star systems, particularly on volcanic planets, mined from deposits and minerals using the Mining Laser Used in crafting Voltaic Amplifiers
NMSDioxite.png Dioxite Present in all star systems, particularly on frozen planets, mined from deposits and minerals using the Mining Laser Recharges Life Support System and Hazard Protection Units against Cold environments, used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSParaffinium.png Paraffinium Present in all star systems (particularly tropical planets), mined from deposits using the Terrain Manipulator, identified with the Analysis Visor Used in crafting and refining recipes
NMSPhosphorus.png Phosphorus Present in all star systems, particularly on scorched planets, mined from deposits using the Terrain Manipulator, identified with the Analysis Visor Used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSPyrite.png Pyrite Present in all star systems, particularly on desert or barren planets, mined from deposits and minerals Used in crafting and refining recipes
NMSUranium.png Uranium Acquired from Metal ‘Fingers’ resource nodes or as a secondary item in mineral deposits on irradiated planets Recharges the Launch Thrusters on Starships, used in numerous crafting and refining recipes

Metals

Processed / Subterranean / Metallic / Aquatic Mineral

Icon Element Location Uses
NMSChlorine.png Chlorine Present in all star systems, mined from Organic Rock and underwater mineral deposits Used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSCobalt.png Cobalt Present in all star systems, mined from minerals (especially stalactite / stalagmite) primarily found in caves Used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSFerriteDust.png Ferrite Dust Abundant in all star systems, mined from the surface and rocks of most planets Used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSIonisedCobalt.png Ionised Cobalt Purchased from trade terminals and visiting pilots, or refined from Cobalt / Marrow Bulb + Oxygen / Marrow Bulb + Pugneum Used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSMagnetisedFerrite.png Magnetised Ferrite Present in all star systems, mined from deposits using the Terrain Manipulator, identified with the Analysis Visor Used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSPureFerrite.png Pure Ferrite Abundant in all star systems, mined from large rocks on most planets Can be used to repair damaged Launch Thrusters, used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSSalt.png Salt Present in all star systems, can be mined from underwater minerals and resource deposits Used in numerous crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSSilicatePowder.png Silicate Powder Abundant in all star systems, can be mined from soil on almost any planet Used in numerous crafting recipes and can be refined into glass

Refined / Unrefined Organic Element

Icon Element Location Uses
NMSCarbon.png Carbon Present in all star systems, mined from most flora and found as a secondary item in some minerals Recharges Multi-Tool functions and fuel sources, used in numerous crafting, refining, and cooking recipes
NMSCondensedCarbon.png Condensed Carbon Present in all star systems, mined from red crystal minerals, identified with the Analysis Visor Used in numerous crafting, refining, and cooking recipes, good source of fuel for refiners
NMSCytoPhosphate.png Cyto-Phosphate Present in all star systems, primarily mined from underwater flora Used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSHexite.png Hexite A rare material acquired from Local Missions and Guild Envoys as rewards, also looted from Crystal Elements on some Exotic planets Used in the recipe to craft a Consciousness Bridge for the Living Ship, or refined with Faecium to produce Nanite Clusters
NMSOxygen.png Oxygen Present in all star systems, mined from red crystal minerals, identified with the Analysis Visor, also harvested from some flora Recharges Life Support System, used in numerous crafting and refining recipes

Unrefined / Refined Catalytic Element

Icon Element Location Uses
NMSSodium.png Sodium Present in all star systems, can be harvested from some flora, mined as secondary item from some minerals and deposits Recharges defensive technologies such as shields and Hazard Protection Units, used in numerous crafting and refining recipes
NMSSodiumNitrate.png Sodium Nitrate Present in all star systems, mined from yellow crystal minerals, identified with the Analysis Visor Efficiently recharges defensive technologies such as shields and Hazard Protection Units, used in numerous crafting and refining recipes

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    27 April 2022
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    1 September 2022
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