No Man’s Sky Resources Guide – Resources, Rarity, Units and Values

No Man's Sky Resources guide

Resources play a major role in the technological development within the game as you acquire rare and useful tools. This, in turn, allows you to be more efficient in terms of exploration and dealing with the wild-life on many planets.

Moreover, you’re also able to make a lot of that galactic cash by selling these resources. Read down below to learn about the essentials of resource gathering along with many common obtainable materials in No Man’s Sky.

No Man’s Sky Resources

Resources are usually mined from raw materials and further broken down into elements or ingredients. The elements are concentrated in Resource Deposits situated in certain parts of the different planets. These deposits include both metal nodes ranging from Copper to Indium, and organic localized materials like Phosphorus and Ammonia. Resources from these nodes are acquired via the use of  Terrain Manipulator, Exocraft Mining Laser or Autonomous Mining Unit.

Some of these elemental resources will be found in crystallized forms. Here blue crystals represent Di-hydrogen, red crystals being that of Condensed Carbon and yellow being composed of Sodium Nitrate. All can be broken down and harvested using the Advanced Mining Laser tool. For elements like gold, platinum, silver, and tritium which are usually found in asteroids, they can be harvested with any starship weapon.

Alternatively, the resources can be obtained by harvesting plants (carbon, oxygen, sodium etc.), killing, feeding or befriending creatures and sentinels (coprite, mordite, meaty chunks etc.) , opening craters and chests and generally via exploration. We suggest you use your Analysis Visor to detect resources which will appear as diamond-shaped icons on the screen. Every time you successfully scan an undetected creature or resource, you’re awarded a monetary bonus which you can further increase with upgraded scanning devices.

The resources obtained can be used in the creation of baits for taming creatures, as materials for multi-tools (Nutrient Processor) and starships production. They can also be utilized in base building, where they play a rather important role.

Alternatively, when you feel you don’t want to put these resources to good use directly, they can be sold on the galactic market. A full list of elements along with their base value, group and rarity is listed below in the table.

Element Group Rarity Base value/ units
Carbon Organic Common 7.0
Condensed Carbon Organic Uncommon 24.0
Oxygen Organic Common 34.0
Hexite Organic Uncommon 654.0
Di-hydrogen High Energy Common 34.0
Deuterium High Energy Rare 34.0
Tritium High Energy Common 6.0
Ferrite Dust Metallic Common 14.0
Pure Ferrite Metallic Uncommon 28.0
Magnetised Ferrite Metallic Rare 82.0
Sodium Catalytic Common 41.0
Sodium Nitrate Catalytic Uncommon 82.0
Cobalt Subterranean Common 198.0
Ionised Cobalt Subterranean Uncommon 401.0
Salt Aquatic Uncommon 299.0
Chlorine Aquatic Rare 602.0
Cyto-Phosphate Organic Compound Common 201.0
Copper Stellar Uncommon 110.0
Cadmium Stellar Uncommon 234.0
Emeril Stellar Uncommon 275.0
Indium Stellar Uncommon 464.0
Chromatic Metal Stellar Uncommon 245.0
Paraffinium Localised Uncommon 62.0
Pyrite Localised Uncommon 62.0
Ammonia Localised Uncommon 62.0
Uranium Localised Uncommon 62.0
Dioxite Localised Uncommon 62.0
Phosphorus Localised Uncommon 62.0
Mordite Harvested Uncommon 40.0
Pugneum Anomalous Rare 138.0
Silver Asteroid Common 101.0
Gold Asteroid Uncommon 202.0
Platinum Asteroid Rare 303.0
Sulphurine Gas Uncommon 20.0
Radon Gas Uncommon 20.0
Nitrogen Gas Uncommon 20.0
Activated Copper Stellar Rare 245.0
Activated Cadmium Stellar Rare 450.0
Activated Emeril Stellar Rare 696.0
Activated Indium Stellar Rare 949.0
Fungal Mould Agricultural Uncommon 16.0
Frost Crystal Agricultural Uncommon 12.0
Gamma Root Agricultural Uncommon 16.0
Cactus Flesh Agricultural Uncommon 28.0
Solanium Agricultural Uncommon 70.0
Star Bulb Agricultural Uncommon 32.0
Marrow Bulb Agricultural Uncommon 41.0
Kelp Sac Agricultural Uncommon 41.0
Coprite Agricultural Uncommon 30.0
Residual Goop Junk Common 20.0
Runaway Mould Junk Uncommon 20.0
Rusted Metal Junk Common 20.0
Living Slime Junk Uncommon 20.0
Viscous Fluids Junk Uncommon 20.0

This is the end of our No Man’s Sky Resources guide if you need to know more about the game check out Money Guide – How to earn money, Meaty Chunks Guide, and Creature Taming Guide.