No Man's Sky Guide: Make Money Fast

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Acquiring currency in No Man's Sky is crucial to buying the best ships and equipment the game has to offer. Here's our guide to making money fast in No Man's Sky.

Now that No Man’s Sky has officially launched on PlayStation 4, players are excitedly exploring the many mysteries and wonders the universe has to offer. With so much to do, players quickly start to see the benefit in getting a powerful ship and other useful items to help them along their way.

As expected, these ships and items can cost a great deal of No Man’s Sky's in-game currency, known as Units, so having an easy way to farm for cash is important early on in the game. For those currently on the hunt for a way to improve their bank balance, here’s a quick guide to make money fast in No Man’s Sky.

Many Options for Obtaining Units

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Developer Hello Games has injected a number of materials and resources into each planet that give players plenty of ways to acquire Units. Many plants and structures found on the unique worlds can be broken down into materials that players can pick up and use or sell. As players collect these materials, they’ll learn quickly which ones are most useful and will provide the best return when sold.

There are also numerous chests scattered around the worlds that contain more expensive materials and items that can boost a player’s wallet by a healthy amount. Unfortunately, these chests can be rare, so their not easily farmable. Rather, players will discover chests as they make their way around the various planets while collecting other materials.

The Best Farming Method

Popular YouTuber Arekkz discovered during his time in No Man’s Sky that there’s one particular farming method that yields more high-end materials than anything else. As he describes in the video below, the items players should be seeking above all others are the trade commodities available on the planets. While some planetary materials can be worth 1,000 or 2,000 units, these trade commodities can easily be worth 10,000 to 20,000 units or more. That means farming these units is ten times more affective than simply running around deconstructing random plants.


According to Arekkz, the way to farm these trade commodities in No Man’s Sky is to seek out plant groupings that house these materials. Players will recognize these plants by their intractability. Simply run toward a plant to see if there’s an option to interact with it. If so, there’s a good chance it has a hidden treasure within.

We’ll quickly note that, since the planets and environments are so diverse, these trade commodities may look slightly different based on the planet and system a player visits. With that in mind, players should look for worlds that have a decent sentinel population, and spend some time getting to know the lay of the land so that they can easily recognize the trade commodities for that planet.

Come Prepared to Farm

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There are two things to keep in mind as players employ this method of farming. The first is to prepare their inventories for gathering commodities. It’s a good idea to clear out any items before starting a farming run. Otherwise, players may find they run out of room before they’ve collected all the commodities they’re after, which could add time to their farming.

The second thing to keep in mind is that since these commodities are worth significantly more than other materials, so they will often be guarded by sentinels on the alien planets. With this in mind, players also need to make sure they come prepared with the right equipment to dispatch any sentinels that pop up. It's probably good to assume at least one sentinel will arrive right after opening one of these plants to get valuable resources. Once the sentinel shows up, players can either fight them off or evade them. Either way, it’s a threat that will need to be dealt with.

Where to Sell Materials and Commodities

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Once a player’s inventory is full of materials and commodities, it’s time to sell them for Units. Players can head to a space station or they can scour the planet’s landscape for a life form to sell off the items in their inventory. If players are unable to carry all the trade commodities they discover in a certain location, it would be a good idea to take note of that location, go sell what’s currently in inventory, and then head back to collect the rest of the commodities.

Considering these commodities can easily be worth more than 20,000 Units, players can make a decent chunk of cash with each farming run. In fact, with some planning and a little bit of luck, players could potentially acquire a couple hundred thousand Units in a single sitting. And considering the fact that some of the ships in No Man’s Sky can cost upward of a million Units or more, having a method to farm hundreds of thousands of Units at a time is extremely useful.

Have you found any other methods for farming Units quickly within No Man’s Sky? Share them in the comments below.

No Man’s Sky is available now for PlayStation 4, and is set to release August 12th on PC.

Source: Arekkz - YouTube

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