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How to Upgrade the Freighter

Scott Peers

This page details how to upgrade the Freighter in No Man’s Sky. Includes how to increase Freighter storage slots, where to find Salvaged Frigate Modules and Salvaged Fleet Units, how to change the appearance of a Freighter and how to build a Fleet Command Room. Also includes how to find the best Frigates and send your fleet on expeditions. If you haven’t yet found a Freighter, see our How to Get the Best Freighters page. If you have but you want to know more about Frigates, see our How to Send Frigates on Expeditions page.

How to Increase Freighter Storage Slots

One of the most useful things about having a Freighter is the immense amount of storage space that they have to offer. The base amount of storage will vary depending on the class of a Freighter, and the random amount allocated to the one that you happen to find. However, keeping in mind that there is currently no way of upgrading the class tier of a Freighter from C, B, or A to S tier, it’s a good idea to focus on finding one at S tier to begin with. If you haven’t yet found a Freighter at S tier, see our How to Get the Best Freighters guide, which includes a section on how to farm for not only the best S tier Freighters with good stats, but also one with an appearance that you prefer.

Freighter Class Tier General Slots Technology Slots
C 24 7
B 32 7
A 40 14
S 48 21

Where to Find Cargo Bulkheads

Assuming you have an S tier Freighter, you can now upgrade the storage slots to 48 for the General inventory and 21 for the Technology inventory (or fewer if you have a lower class tier Freighter, see the table above). To do this, you’ll need Cargo Bulkheads. These are relatively rare items which can be found primarily on Derelict Freighters as rewards from Engineering Control terminals. The Engineering Control terminals are usually found at the end of the exploration of a Derelict Freighter, so it can take some time to grind enough Cargo Bulkheads to upgrade all the possible storage slots for your Freighter.

Emergency Broadcast Receivers and Derelict Freighters

There are two main methods that you can use to find Derelict Freighters reliably. The first is to purchase an Emergency Broadcast Receiver from a Scrap Dealer on space stations. You’ll need to select the “Acquire Coordinates” option, which involves paying 5,000,000 Units for the first Emergency Broadcast Receiver, 10,000,000 for the second, 20,000,000 for the third, then 30,000,000 for any further purchases. However, it’s important to note that if you wait one day after purchasing one of these, the price will reset back to 5,000,000, so you can save a lot of units if you’re willing to wait. After you’ve purchased your first Emergency Broadcast Receiver from a Scrap Dealer, you can obtain one for free every week from Iteration: Helios, who can be found on board the Space Anomaly, if you choose to “Ask about derelict freighters” when you speak with them.

(1 of 3) Scrap Dealers will sell Emergency Broadcast Receivers for varying amounts of units each day.

Once you have an Emergency Broadcast Receiver, you can interact with it in your inventory to activate it. Now all you need to do is enter your Starship and activate the Pulse Engine (or Pulsing Heart for a Living Ship), then wait for the receiver to notify you that the coordinates for a Derelict Freighter have been reached. At this point you can stop the Pulse Engine and dock onto the surface of the Freighter, then enter and follow the completion instructions as you explore it.

Although Cargo Bulkheads are most reliably found on board Derelict Freighters, you can also sometimes acquire them as rewards for defeating pirates who are attacking Freighters, or as rewards from missions given by the Bounty Master at outlaw stations.

Freighter Storage Units

In addition to the base inventory storage slots for a Freighter, you can also increase its capacity by constructing up to 9 Freighter Storage Units, each with 20 storage slots available, providing an additional 180 storage slots overall. These are also very cheap to construct, requiring only 50 Magnetised Ferrite and 20 Sodium each. You can place these anywhere in the Freighter as part of the base building process, providing easy access to whatever you want to store in them. You can even customise the name of each storage unit to make browsing and storing items a little more organised.

Where to Find Salvaged Frigate Modules

Now that you know how to increase storage slots on a Freighter, we can focus on where to find technology upgrades and how to install them. There are two types of items that you need to install upgrade modules to the Freighter: Salvaged Frigate Modules and Salvaged Fleet Units. The former can be exchanged for specific upgrade modules that can be acquired from the Upgrade Control terminal, which can be found on the bridge of the Freighter. Here you’ll find 7 upgrades, 6 of which are related to Hyperdrive improvements, while the other allows you to access the Freighter inventory from a long distance, similar to the way the Teleport Receiver upgrade works on Starships. Each of these upgrades are shown in the table below.

Icon Upgrade Module Cost Effect
NMSWarpCoreReso.jpg Warp Core Resonator 4 Salvaged Frigate Modules Increases Hyperdrive Range by 200 lightyears
NMSMatterBeam.jpg Matter Beam 5 Salvaged Frigate Modules Allows user to send and receive resources / products between Exosuit and Freighter over a long distance
NMSWarpCoreShield.jpg Amplified Warp Shielding 4 Salvaged Frigate Modules Increases Hyperdrive Range by 50 lightyears
NMSPlasInjectorCORRECT.jpg Plasmatic Warp Injector 8 Salvaged Frigate Modules Increases Hyperdrive Range by 300 lightyears
NMSChromaticWarpShield.jpg Chromatic Warp Shielding 8 Salvaged Frigate Modules Increases Hyperdrive Range by 50 lightyears
NMSRealDethread.jpg Reality De-threader 12 Salvaged Frigate Modules Increases Hyperdrive Range by 800 lightyears
NMSTempWarpComputer.jpg Temporal Warp Computer 12 Salvaged Frigate Modules Increases Hyperdrive Range by 50 lightyears

You’ll need a total of 53 Salvaged Frigate Modules to purchase all of these initial upgrades for a Freighter, or 58 if you include the upgrades for Frigate expeditions, each of which cost 1 Salvaged Frigate Module. One of the easiest ways to find Salvaged Frigate Modules is by destroying Cargo Pods on Freighters and Frigates. You’ll find plenty of Frigates flying around their associated Freighters, and all you need to do is get close enough to inspect the contents of the Cargo Pod. In this way you can check whether it has any modules, and only shoot those which do, thereby reducing the amount of fighting necessary. If things get too hot, you can always land at a nearby space station until you’re no longer being hunted, or travel to a new system to check for Frigates there.

(1 of 2) You can find Salvaged Frigate Modules from Cargo Pods on Freighters and some Frigates.

You can find Salvaged Frigate Modules from Cargo Pods on Freighters and some Frigates. (left), Use the Salvaged Frigate Modules to acquire the basic upgrades to the Hyperdrive and communication systems for your Freighter. (right)

There are other methods to find Salvaged Frigate Modules, but they’re not as reliable as stealing from Cargo Pods, and they can take a great more time. However, if you happen to find a crashed Freighter site on a planet (or if you locate one using distress signal Planetary Charts, purchased from Cartographers on space stations), you may be lucky enough to find a module or two in the wreck. They are still fairly rare from this source, so you may find that you’ve wasted your time hunting them via this method. Another way to get them is by completing Nexus Missions from the Space Anomaly, which can sometimes provide them as rewards. Finally, there’s also a decent chance of acquiring Salvaged Frigate Modules from Frigate expeditions.

Where to Find Salvaged Fleet Units

The other type of item required to provide upgrade modules for Freighters are Salvaged Fleet Units. These cannot be purchased from the Upgrade Control terminal, or anywhere else. Instead, you’ll need to find them from Engineering Control terminals on Derelict Freighters, as with Cargo Bulkheads mentioned above. When you interact with an Engineering Control terminal you should always have the option for “Fabricate Technology Module” or “Fabricate Freighter Bulkhead”. The former is what provides Salvaged Fleet Units, which is a broad term for a set of upgrades that you can acquire between C, B, A, and S class tiers. The upgrade that you get will be random, but if you board enough Derelict Freighters it shouldn’t take you too long to acquire all of them. These upgrades are mostly involved with improving the base stats of the Freighter, such as Hyperdrive Range, Warp Efficiency, and Fleet Coordination. However, some are also used for improving the stats of your Frigate fleets during expeditions.

There are 7 different types of upgrade modules that can be acquired from Salvaged Fleet Units, each one offering improvements to different aspects of your Freighter or Frigate performance. Only 2 of these improve stats for your Freighter, while the other 5 improve stats for your Frigate expeditions. The value of the increase will depend on whether it’s a C, B, A, or S tier upgrade module. Each one has been listed in the table below.

Upgrade Module Type Effect
Salvaged Fleet Fuel Unit Freighter Upgrade Improves fuel efficiency to varying degrees
Salvaged Hyperdrive Upgrade Freighter Upgrade Increases Hyperdrive range to varying degrees
Salvaged Fleet Combat Unit Frigate Upgrade Improves Combat stat for Frigate expeditions
Salvaged Fleet Exploration Unit Frigate Upgrade Improves Exploration stat for Frigate expeditions
Salvaged Fleet Trade Unit Frigate Upgrade Improves Trade stat for Frigate expeditions
Salvaged Fleet Mining Unit Frigate Upgrade Improves Mining stat for Frigate expeditions
Salvaged Fleet Beacon Frigate Upgrade Improves the speed of your Frigate fleet

How to Change the Appearance of Your Freighter

The appearance customization options for Freighters is unfortunately rather limited. At present you can only change the colours of your Freighter, and to a limited degree. Once you’re inside the Freighter, interact with the Upgrade Control terminal located on the bridge and navigate to the Freighter Recolouring menu. Here you’ll find 10 different colours available for purchase: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise, Blue, Purple, Pink, White, and Black. You can use these to change the Freighter’s primary colour, secondary colour, and accent colour. The effect will vary between ships, as some Freighters have default colouring which can’t be overwritten. On top of that, each colour costs 5,000 Nanites to purchase, so it’s not necessarily a wise investment unless you have a ton of Nanites to spend. In terms of other appearance modifiers, there’s also an option to change the layout of the base building part of the Freighter back to the original.

(1 of 2) Once purchased, there are a number of colours to choose from for the primary, secondary, and accent of the Freighter.

Once purchased, there are a number of colours to choose from for the primary, secondary, and accent of the Freighter. (left), You can reset the layout of the base in the Freighter via the Upgrade Control terminal. (right)

How to Recruit Starship Squadron Pilots

Once you own a Freighter, you’ll have the option to recruit almost any visiting pilot that you see in space stations, at trade outposts, or even those which dock inside the hangar of your Freighter. When you inspect a pilot you’ll see that they have a number of attributes and attribute ratings from Poor, Average, Above Average, Good, Outstanding, Unrivalled, etc. The attributes themselves are usually related to Leadership Potential, Mechanical Aptitude, Dedication, Eyesight, and Confirmed Kills. This will give you an overall indication of their effectiveness in combat, while the Notes attribute at the bottom will tell you something trivial about their personality.

You can recruit up to four Squadron Pilots, each slot costing Nanites to unlock from 800 Nanites for the first, 3,500 for the second, 7,500 for the third, and 10,000 for the fourth. You also have the option to upgrade the class tier of pilots in exchange for Nanites, which can be done at the Manage Fleet terminal on the Freighter bridge. All of your Squadron Pilots will warp to your location whenever you’re engaged in a battle, and you can also summon them to fly in formation beside you. However, they aren’t generally necessary for most fights, so you don’t need to prioritise recruiting them.

(1 of 2) You can check the stats of any pilot before you recruit them.

You can check the stats of any pilot before you recruit them. (left), You have the option to upgrade pilots at the Manage Fleet terminal, on the bridge of the Freighter. (right)


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    27 April 2022
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