How To Make Money in No Man’s Sky

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No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky’s vast universe is full of challenge and adventure, and you’ll need every bit of currency you can muster to afford the best Ships and equipment. Here are a few helpful tips for making money in No Man’s Sky. Want to earn Units? Here’s how.

Making Millions With Larval Cores

When exploring a planet, keep an eye out for the abandoned buildings infested by weird growths, and surrounded by patches of creepy eggs.


You can find them just by exploring, or by crafting a Signal Booster and using Navigation Data to search for Distress Signals.

Once at the abandoned building, you can inspect the many Whispering Eggs in clumps around the place, and destroy them for a chance to reveal a Larval Core – which are worth a ton of money.


However, disturbing a single egg will invoke the wrath of biological horrors – terrifying aliens that are incredibly vicious and aggressive, and will swarm you at once.

Because of this, farming eggs is a tricky business – but luckily, these aliens can’t get off the ground, while you can. Once you break an egg, quickly grab the core and then jetback boost onto the roof of the building. From here, you can scope out the place to break open eggs with only a few horrors nearby, rush down and grab one, before retreating back to the roof. You can also take cover inside the building too, and you may even find health packs inside.

You’ll still need to act carefully – most times the aliens take a moment to charge you, but if they swarm you quickly you may lose shielding and even health rapidly. It’s best to let your shield recharge in-between attempts, just in case. There are many egg clusters all over the site, and just two stacks of larval cores will sell for just under a million – making these places a great grinding spot, especially if you can find a trading post nearby.

Resource Riches

The following tips were submitted before the No Man’s Sky NEXT update

Putting down on some planets reveals a number of facts about flora and fauna, but it also points out when some worlds are “Resource Rich.”


Planets identified as such are absolutely teeming with minerals and custom-made for mining, which in turn means more reselling and faster earnings.

You can also accidentally come across valuable plants while exploring. For example Sac Venom. Some planets have plenty of those, and it’s quite a fast farming method :

Search For Chest Icons

Resources precious enough for optimal resale often appears with a gray treasure-chest icon when scanned. Use these icons to find precious minerals for mining quickly.


If you’re feeling brazen, mine the skies by attacking lone ships, destroying them, and claiming their cargo. Watch out though…such behavior may lower your standing in unforeseen ways or invite reprisal.

Spotting Things

Your Analysis Visor is useful for more than just identifying creatures and plants. Every critter and tree you tag, every planet you discover, and every waypoint you claim is potential money in the bank.


By pressing the Options button, you can enter a menu that allows you to upload all your discoveries to a galactic database. Every time you do this, you receive a significant cash payout.

Vortex Cubes

Vortex Cubes are trade commodities that can easily fetch 25-35k units each. It has been confirmed that the game’s algorithm litters each relevant area on a specific type of planet with around 50 cubes. All planets with Vortex Cubes are rich with an almost unlimited count. As of now, on some planets Vortex Cubes are littered on the ground (you WILL NOT be attacked by Sentinels in this instance) in lush areas and caves, while on others, they grow from Vortex Stones (you WILL be attacked by Sentinels in this instance). One can easily make millions of units in a short amount of time by selling acquired Vortex Cubes at nearby trading posts and shelters. See the video below for an example.

Get More Suit Slots

If you can carry more, you can sell more and earn more. Upgrading your Exosuit using Drop Pods allows you to carry more gathered materials. this means more sales of valuable resources, which in turn means more money, which means more Exosuit slots. Just keep repeating!

So how do you find Drop Pods? Use the Signal Scanners you find planetside. By hacking these with Bypass Chips and searching for Shelters, you’ll find Drop Pods with Exosuit upgrades.

Spend Money to Earn Money

Ships are similar to suits. The more slots you have, the more you can carry, the more you can sell, and the more you can earn.

Sell Junk

Don’t get attached to the Elements you’re collecting. Unless you have a fairly immediate crafting goal, it’s almost always best to sell off your spare materials. Otherwise, you’ll slow down your collection cycle and stall out your progress.

Select a space station for an intense trading session

This method will work in any space station, but in the right one, you can make over six million in an hour. Pick a station with a short runway and a busy hanger (if there are always at least a couple of other ships there, that is good). The first survey of all the ships (there are only 12 different unique pilots for each space station) and find out what they buy for a premium (the starred items). Make a note of the high-value single items for each ship (dynamic resonators, magnox, graviton balls, etc) and also try to note who sells them. Free up as much space in your suit as then run between the ships buying and selling. You will soon work out your strategy and you’ll be happy when there are multiple spawns of your best-trading partners. The prices and number available never change. Even better if the station itself buys any high-value items, as that will keep the cash coming in even when the right buyers aren’t appearing. Wind things down by narrowing the range of your stock for the last couple of buyers or just cash in at a retail price.


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