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How To Find Crashed Ships In No Man’s Sky

How To Find Crashed Ships In No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky is a game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated universe. You play as a space explorer, and your goal is to reach the center of the universe. The game is played from a first-person perspective, and you can use your ship to travel to different planets and explore them. 

There are various alien races to meet, and you can trade with them or fight them. You can also upgrade your ship and equipment, and mine for resources. However, finding crashed ships and commandeering them can make any player’s day.

If you are looking for a way to find crashed ships in No Man’s Sky to loot for items, we have put together this article to guide you through the entire process.

You can find Crashed Ships by tracking their beacons using the Nautilon and Minotaur exocrafts. However, you may have to be careful of other sabotagers or by talking to a faction NPC or using your ship’s scope.

Read on to learn more about finding crashed ships in No Man’s Sky.

How To Locate Crashed Ships?

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Crashed Ships can be found using a number of ways. However, the most common ones are given below.

From Transmission Towers

The best and fastest way to locate crashed ships in No Man’s Sky is from the transmission towers. You may have to enter an access code in the tower’s menu after solving a numerical puzzle and the tower will give you the location of a crashed ship’s distress signal.

Using Your Ship’s Scope

Crashed Ships and Freighters will appear as red dots on your Starship’s scope. So, be sure to keep an eye out for them whenever you are out on a run. This method works best when you are casually exploring the planet or traveling over large distances. Whatever it might be, just be sure to keep an eye out for the red dot.

Talking To A Faction NPC

You can also try talking to a Non-Playable Character from a local space station and pay close attention to the conversation as it may reveal the location of a distress signal from a crashed ship.

They will give you the exact location after you give them a gift based on the NPC’s faction.

What To Do With A Crashed Ship?

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Now that you have found a Crashed Ship, you can get started with the inspection and use its parts to harvest machinery and earn Nanite Clusters.

Tip: Be sure to look for hardware stacks just outside the crashed ship as they contain machinery that is worth around 30 Nanite Clusters once harvested.

Here are something you can do with a Crashed Ship.

Repair It

If the starship is repairable, you might have found yourself a new spacecraft. You can then proceed to sell it at the nearest landing station and earn units. Depending on the class and condition of the ship, you can get more or less.

Keep in mind that the costs of repairs might be high.

Loot It

The second thing you can do if the ship is not much repairable is to use its parts and resources and scavenge what you can from the wreckage. The Cluster drive can be worth a decent sum of in-game currency if repairable.

Destroy It

Afterward, you can use your weapons to destroy the ship. This will give you a small amount of Nanite and other materials but will anger the nearest faction a little bit.


We hope the above article helped you locate and get the best out of a Crashed Ship in No Man’s Sky. Just make sure to use your ship’s scope and get the best out of transmission towers in order to find them quickly.