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No Man’s Sky Guide: Best tricks, tips, and how to start

Paul McNally

First thing’s first, if you are looking to get into No Man’s Sky, or maybe even returning for a new update after a sizeable break - then you are in the right place. At the time of writing, we have nearly 100 pages of tips, tricks, and guides for one of the best open-world games in recent years, and you can find them all right here, just like the game, waiting to be explored.

You can let this page point you in directions you may not have thought of, or you can explore yourself - everything you need to know about No Man’s Sky is right here on Gamer Guides.

So if you want to build the best base, upgrade your freighter, or simply know what to do first in NMS, you will find it all here.

In this guide, you will find tips on the best way to get going in our extensive Tips and Tricks section which includes::

No Man’s Sky Guide: Getting Started Essential Beginner’s Guide in 2023

Every new alien that you meet upstairs in a Space Station will be able to teach you a word.

No Man’s Sky: What to Do First in NMS
No Man’s Sky: Best Mods
No Man’s Sky: How to adopt a pet companion
No Man’s Sky: How to Melee Boost
No Man’s Sky: How to use the Quick Menu
No Man’s Sky: How to learn languages in NMS
No Man’s Sky: Best way to kill Sentinels

No Man’s Sky Guide: Missions:

(1 of 2) Missions teach you the ins and outs of the game, but can also be quite annoying

Missions teach you the ins and outs of the game, but can also be quite annoying (left), The are worth sticking with however as you will get much more than just the basics from them. (right)

Our guides to the missions, which while teaching you the basics, also see you travel No Man’s Sky’s universe will also help you as sometimes, there is just so much to keep track of that it is easy to lose your way. Let us fix that for you with our guides to:

No Man’s Sky: Awakenings
No Man’s Sky: Along Amidst the Stars

No Man’s Sky Guide: Economy

The Nexus will spawn missions with Quicksilver as rewards.

Three different types of currency? Does any game need three different types of currency? Well, that’s what you are up against with NMS and we explain what all three are used for, alongside how to make as much cash as possible with the minimum amount of effort.

No Man’s Sky: Best Ways to Make Units Quickly
No Man’s Sky: Best Ways to Make Nanite Quickly
No Man’s Sky: How to get and Spend Quicksilver

No Man’s Sky Guide: Recharging equipment in NMS

(1 of 3) You can use your Analysis Visor to examine rocks and check whether they have Ammonia present.

No Man’s Sky does force you to get involved with a fair bit of busy work. A lot of your equipment will need recharging regularly, but how do you do that and what’s the best way to do it. We have guides on finding the following resources:

No Man’s Sky: Where to Find Ammonia
No Man’s Sky: Where to get Oxygen and Dioxite
No Man’s Sky: Where to Find Uranium

And many more? Simply look for the Recharge Equipment Items in the menu bar and seek out what you need.

No Man’s Sky Guide: Encounters

Resembling a translucent jellyfish, this rare encounter is a great NMS find.

Flying around space in NMS you will come across many encounters, some rarer than others - so if you want to know what to do when you encounter a, er encounter, to make sure you get the most from it, read our guides on encounters such as:

No Man’s Sky: Child of Helois
No Man’s Sky: Living Metalloid
No Man’s Sky: Derelict Freighters

No Man’s Sky Guide: Base Parts and Technology Modules

Timber parts are one of the first you have access to in No Man's Sky.

There are so many different things you can craft in No Man’s Sky it is easy to get overwhelmed. Our handy guides outlining the following are essential reading when it comes to building a great base first time.

Structural Base Parts
Decorative Base Parts
Technology Modules
Transport Modules

And many, many more

No Man’s Sky Guide: Updates and Expeditions

External structures now let you wander outside your capital ship.

The team at Hello Games took the initial product, which is fair to say was poorly received, and have worked on, added to, and vastly improved it to the point it is like a different game from what launched.

Regular updates to both single and multiplayer experiences are frequently released, often completely overhauling vast swathes of the game. Expeditions have also become a thing, and these LTM’s give players the chance to experience NMS in a totally different way. If you want to find out more about updates and Expeditions check out

No Man’s Sky Guide: List of all Expeditions
No Man’s Sky Guide: Polestar Expedition
No Man’s Sky Guide: Endurance update

And don’t forget, there’s even a Nintendo Switch version of No Man’s Sky arriving in November 2022.

No Man’s Sky Guide: Open World masterpiece

Yes a lot of NMS could be accused of getting a bit grindy, but if you want, just simply ditch off the missions, forget about the main game and start a game in Creative mode, and simply enjoy one of the best sandboxes you can play today - even now after six years of release.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Hello Games
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, XB One, XB X|S
  • Guide Release
    27 April 2022
  • Last Updated
    11 January 2023
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This ongoing guide for the amazing No Man’s Sky includes the following:

  • Tips and Tricks to get started
  • Technology Upgrades
  • Building a Base guides
  • Crafting Guides
  • Mission Guides
  • Encounters
    As well as this there is also information on the game’s numerous updates, as well as the forthcoming Nintendo Switch version of No Man’s Sky.

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