The No Man’s Sky Cookbook: A guide to recipes and ingredients

Brodie Fogg 11 August 2016 NEWS


No Man's Sky is a vibrant mix of gorgeous planets, aromatic flora and meaty fauna. This is our guide to making the most out of the resources at your disposal.

No Man's Sky is one part exploration and two parts mining for resources and crafting materials. Though, figuring out exactly what one needs in their pantry to cook up some good ol' fashion Antimatter isn't exactly easy and there are often more ways than one to approach each resource.

That's why we've created a step-by-step guide to crafting some of the galaxy's finest luxuries.

Too much information? Head to our No Man's Sky beginner's guide to get started.



  • 1 x Antimatter
  • 1 x Dynamic Resonator
  • Recommended: Carbon


Play through until you receive a distress signal from an alien on another planet. Travel to that planet and find the beacon. Follow the beacon coordinates to find the hiding alien. He will be in a bad condition – recharge his exosuit with Carbon. He will thank you and give you the recipe for the Hyperdrive.

Atlas Pass


  • 25 x Heridium
  • 10 x Iron
  • Recommended: Path of Atlas

Choose the Path of Atlas at the beginning of the game (not needed but very helpful). Play through the game doing several warp jumps until you're alerted of the presence of a special transmission from a Monolith. Interact with it. You will be alerted to an anomaly – follow the anomaly to an Atlas Station. Claim the station's Warp Cells, talk with the Station's Entity and claim an Atlas Stone.

On your next warp jump, Follow the anomaly detected to a special space station. Land on that station and speak to the aliens there. One will give you the recipe to the atlas pass.

Source: Stevivor


    • 1 x Electron Vapor
    • 50 x Heridium
    • 10 x Zinc

Recommended: Grenades and Boltcaster


Play through until you receive a signal about a manufacturing facility. Travel to it. Use either grenades or a Boltcaster to open the locked shelter (alternatively, you can bash the door down with melee). Sentinels will attack you once the door is open. Head to the control console. There, you will pick up the Antimatter recipe.

Electron Vapor

  • 1 x Suspension Fluid
  • 100 x Plutonium

Craft or purchase Suspension Fluid from Galactic Trade Terminals or Korvax ships. Gather 100 Plutonium. Plutonium is a fairly common isotope generally found in glowing red shards. Combine 100 Plutonium and Suspension Fluid and BAM! You've got yourself some top shelf Electron Vapor.

Suspension Fluid

  • 50 x Carbon

Find a blueprint for crafting Suspension Fluid. We found it at an abandoned building early on. Gather 50 Carbon. Carbon is a very common isotope found in flora on just about any planet.


Purchase Suspension Fluid from a Galactic Trade terminal. Only use this method if desperate. Credits aren't always easy to come by.

Power Canister

  • Recommended: A Boltcaster to access Colony Bases.

Progress through the story until hitting a black hole. The closest nearby planet objective will have a power canister inside.


Search on-planet abandoned buildings. We've found two abandoned Colony Bases that were filled with Power Canisters in loot crates.

Quick Languages

  • 1x 20 Carbon


  • 1 x Bypass Chip

Learn words from the Aliens (rare)

Speak with any given race and give them the initial materials they require. After this, there is a 20 Carbon cost. Some aliens will then proceed to teach you one word from their language.

Scan for Monoliths

Hack a signal scanner using a Bypass Chip. Select Monolith from the list of options. Follow the signal until you find the planet's Monolith. Interact with Knowledge Stones surrounding the Monolith, each grants one word each. Solve the puzzle the Monolith presents to receive another word and a higher standing among the local aliens.

Unit Farming


  • 1 x Mining beam
  • 1 x Boltcaster (to cook any fool too aggressive)

Look for a planet with high/aggressive Sentinel levels. This is generally an indication of rare plantation. Interact with the green plants on this planet – if it yields trade resources, you've found the right plants. You will start getting attacked by Sentinels. Due to them being plants, they're likely to be grouped very close together. Find the nearest trade facility on the same planet. Trade all plants in your inventory, and repeat until all plants have been farmed.

Bypass Chip

  • 10 x Plutonium
  • 10 x Iron
  • Recommended: At least a Confused/Babel-17 understanding of Alien language.

We don't know of one reliable spot to locate the Bypass Chip recipe. However, we found ours in a loot box at a crash site a few hours into the game and others have reported learning them from aliens at on-planet space stations.

Element Symbol Minerals Commonly used for...
Isotope Red lightning bolt Carbon, Thamium9 and Plutonium Phase Beam, Pulse Engine, Hyper Drive fuel, Life Support System and feeding fauna.
Oxides Yellow brick Sulfur, Iron, Zinc, Titanium, Lemmium, Aronium, Crolium, Teromin and Magmox. Charging the Deflector Shield and Exosuit. Crafting Carite Sheets etc.
Silicates Blue beaker Silicon, Heridium, Platinum and Chrysonite Used for constructing new tech for your Exosuit, Ship and Multi-tool
Neutral elements Green brick Nickel, Iridium, Emeril, Copper, Aluminium, Gold Neutral elements are sometimes used for crafting, but are most valuable as a commodity to sell.
Precious elements Purple icon Calium, Radnox, Omegon, Murrine Valuable trading resources

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