The massive PlayStation 4 game “No Man’s Sky” is all about exploring the vast reaches of space, all from the comfort of your couch. The game has a near-infinite universe, filled with alien planets, intergalactic trading posts, and all other manner of sci-fi delight.
But just like here on Earth, cold hard cash rules everything in the universe. How else will you get a nicer ship? We’ve put together the best ways to get that space skrilla right here:
This one's a no-brainer, we'll admit it: do your job and mine the universe for resources! Those resources all have monetary value at any of the various trading posts, and some things are worth more than others.
For instance, the massive ball of gold you see above is going to net a ton more space money than a bunch of random carbon.
BONUS: Use your inventory slots smartly by transferring gold/platinum/etc. to your ship and then maxxing them out to 500 (the limit in your suit inventory is just 250, so you can literally double your rare resource gathering with this one simple trick).
Even on your very first planet -- the one you start on -- you can massively upgrade your spacesuit ('exo-suit') and spaceship. All over the planet, you'll find pods that want you to feed them money in exchange for new slots on your suit. Spend the money! It's worth it in this case -- the more slots you have, the more stuff you can carry, the more money you can earn. Simple maths!
It's a simple trick of basic economic theory. Sound intimidating? It isn't! Here's all the economic theory you need to grok: buy low, sell high. ECON101 lesson over.
Now let's apply that lesson! Get yourself to an intergalactic trading post. These are the pyramid-like structures floating in every star system. They're basically much nicer versions of highway rest stops, sans Roy Rogers. Then, head inside and to the trading terminal.
When you've engaged the terminal, select the 'Sell' option. Then scroll through the various prices the trading post is offering. Some items are sold at a lower price than the galactic average, and some are higher than the galactic average, as indicated in red (less) and yellow (more) text next to the price this teller is offering per piece.
You may already be picking up what I'm dropping here: these price fluctuations mean you can buy or collect things cheaply in one star system that are ridiculously valuable in another.
But that's the long game, and you wanna make money right now, right? Stay with me.
There's another visual indication of value in the galactic terminal. It's a gold star, and it indicates that the item in question is of particular value at this terminal. In the instance above, Terumin is valued at 77,289 space bucks per piece.
And here's where things get wild: Just outside of the galactic terminal room, there's a space garage full of aliens who want to trade their stuff with me. It turns out most of them are selling Terumin at much more reasonable rates -- in the range of 30,000 space bucks. Can you guess where I'm going with this?
I spent 15 minutes hopping from space trader to space trader, pillaging their ship inventories for low-priced Terumin. I invested hundreds of thousands of space bucks on it, in fact. As traders left, new ones arrived with even more low-priced Terumin for me to buy.
And then, after having purchased as much Terumin as my inventory allowed, I dumped it all at the galactic terminal.
So, let's do the maths: If each Terumin cost about 30K, and the galactic terminal is buying them for about 70K, that's a more than 100% return on every item. Or, in English, it's how I made all the money.
You like free stuff, right? Who doesn't like free stuff? No one, that's who.
And that's why you should always make sure to grab all the free stuff you're given at each settlement in 'No Man's Sky.' Much of the time, this stuff will be of greater value than the stuff you find out in the wild. Occasionally, it's extremely valuable and you'll get a big pay day. Wahoo!
For every planet you discover, you'll get a new entry in your in-game database. For every plant and animal you discover on that planet, you'll get new entries in your in-game database.
All of that is perfectly nice, but you can turn those discoveries into straight up space cash.
You can choose to either upload with the name the plant/animal/region/planet/star system was given randomly by the game's algorithm-powered engine, or you can re-name it before uploading (as I've done above). Either way, you get loads of in-game cash for doing as much -- even more if you manage to discover everything on a given planet before uploading. We're talking hundreds of thousands of space bucks. Enough to buy whatever you want!
Not finding a lot of rare resources to mine? That's fine -- grab some normal ones and craft better stuff with them! Around 50 carbon creates suspension fluid, which is worth much more than the carbon it's made from. The same can be said for bypass chips, which cost a minuscule amount of resources and can be sold for good money.
You know those massive space freighters you keep seeing in space? You know how they're so nice and don't attack you or anything? Well forget about all that -- go attack those fools. They're full of precious, valuable resources and items. Might we suggest making sure your ship is equipped for battle beforehand? Lest you engage in battle only to discover you're totally unprepared.
BONUS: If you save at a space station nearby, then you get killed, it's a quick jaunt to your grave for all those resources when you respawn!