No Man’s Sky: How to Acquire Warp Drive Technology

Once you’ve gotten off your initial planet in No Man’s Sky and built your first base, you’ll need a Hyperdrive to move on to the next system. Here’s how to get your first Warp capability.

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EditAcquire Hyperdrive Technology

Once you’ve mastered the basics of building bases, you’ll get an emergency broadcast coming from the nearby Space Station. If you haven’t explored it already, you’ll find that Space Stations are home to various life-forms that can give you items, directions, and more (if you can get the general idea of what they are saying). You’ll also find a trade hub to buy and sell items, and kiosks to buy blueprints and modifications using Nanites.

Ask around the various life forms to find one that has a mysterious message to you, sending you back to your base planet with the location of a Distress Signal.

EditReach the Distress Beacon

Heading back down to the planet, you’ll come across a huge crashed frigate, with debris everywhere. Make sure to land in the circle that glows green when you slow down near it, as it won’t expend fuel to launch for areas like these.

Look around for a pod with the transmission that was broadcasting – and request the logs to find a Hyperdrive Blueprint – the item you need to finally leave the galaxy your in and start travelling across the universe.

Note: Before leaving the crashed frigate – be sure to look around with your scanner: You’ll see icons that mark buried Cargo Pods. You’ll need to use your Terrain Manipulator to dig into the earth to find these crashed pods, but each of them has a superconductive lock that only takes a bit of Sodium Nitrate to unlock, and you can get very lucrative items inside – like Unstable Gel. Just make sure you leave quickly as opening pods will release a cloud of radiation that can eat up your shielding quickly.

EditCraft the Hyperdrive

To craft a Hyperdrive from a blueprint, you’ll need the following:

  • 125 Chromatic Metal
  • 5 Microprocessors

Chromatic Metal just needs some refined Copper, which you already have the tools to extract – you’ll just need to find one or two deposits to amass 250 Copper, and have pack plenty of spare Ferrite Dust to keep your laser running.

As for the Microprocessors, you can’t exactly harvest them. You’ll have two options on how best acquire them: The most straightforward approach is just to amass a bunch of resources and return to the Space Station to buy Microprocessors using money gained from selling goods (The items you got from the Cargo Pods should come in handy here).

You can also randomly find Microprocessors by searching the Cargo Drops that dot the landscape (they appear as treasure chests on your scanner). It’s not exactly reliable, but it can save some money while exploring.

Whichever method you choose, once you have everything you need, install the technology on your ship to equip the Hyperdrive – but of course you’ll still need fuel to be able to jump to a new star system.

EditFuel the Starship

Lucky for you, someone or something is prepared to help you out. Once you fly out into space, a new broadcast signal will appear – send out a scan pulse and you’ll get a new marker to head towards. Follow it to find an Abandoned Building, overgrown with really weird slime and growths, and surrounded by clusters of whispering eggs.

Inside, interact with the terminal and wipe off all the goop (its junk, and you can sell it as soon as you find a place to do so). Reading the log will give you a free Antimatter – a crucial component in making Warp Cell fuel. The only other thing you’ll need is a place to store the Antimatter – which you’ll also get a blueprint for.

Note: Before leaving the site, it’s worth knowing that the various whispering eggs can be broken open to reveal Larval Cores, and they sell for a LOT of money. Of course, the second you break one, you’ll be surrounded by Biological Horrors that can attack fast and viciously and rip you to shreds if you aren’t careful. Luckily, they can’t climb, so you can sit on the roof and dart to the egg clusters and jetpack out of danger.

The Antimatter Housing only requires 50 Ferrite Dust and 30 Oxygen, which is easily found no matter where you are from the rocks and red plants. If you should happen to accidentally use, drop, or sell the Antimatter, you’ll be directed back to the Space Station where the powers that be will grant you another chance by making a random lifeform give you a new one.

Once you have a new Antimatter Housing, you can combine it with the Antimatter to make a Warp Cell to give your starship just enough fuel for a Warp Jump – now you can finally see what the universe has to offer.

Pressing down on the D-pad once in space now allows you to access the Galaxy Map. From here, you can see the the breadth of No Man’s Sky, including your current solar system and the number of planets and moons in your area. Also listed is the economy, dominant lifeforms, and amount of conflict. As you zoom over the other systems, you’ll find there are many places to go now – and it’s entirely up to you.

You can filter your info by color-coded lifeforms: Blue systems are home to the Korvax, Red the Vykeen, and Yellow the Gex – white systems are unavailable, at least for the moment. Without filters, you’ll see that the system colors also mean some require different kind of Warp Drive accessories to reach them, and these rare systems may have more things to find on them. You can also use the scan button to look for signs of contact – where other players have been or reside currently.

Besides filtering, you can also set a path – either free-roaming, or towards objectives you may or may not have currently (at this point your only real target is the Galactic Core – which is VERY far away). It’s up to you where to go next, though you can only really jump one system away.

EditHow to Craft Antimatter

Arriving in your next star system, you may realize there’s no more fuel to keep jumping, so who is going to give you free Anitmatter this time? As it turns out, you’ll get a beacon to scan for, and it will point you to a Planetary Outpost on a nearby planet.

Outposts like these are similar to Space Stations – there’s always incoming and outgoing pilots you can barter with or buy their ships – and you can also talk to lifeforms and use the galactic database to buy and sell as well. In this particular port, the broadcast is coming from a specific lifeform through which your mysterious benefactors are speaking. You’ll be offered a blueprint that will now let you construct your own Antimatter, and now you have the tools to travel wherever you want in the universe!

You’ll only need 25 Chromatic Metal and 20 Condensed Carbon to craft one, which can be done with a good supply of ore like Copper, Cadmium, Emeril, or Indium. As for the Condensed Carbon, you need only refine regular Carbon or search for the carbon crystals to get a good supply.

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