How to use the Mineral Extractor in No Man's Sky Beyond

Grab a Survey Device and find some hotspots if you want to use the Mineral Extractor in No Man's Sky Beyond.

There’s a lot of new technology in No Man’s Sky Beyond, so don’t blame yourself for missing how each and every part of it works. One of the new technologies you can construct is a Mineral Extractor or Gas Extractor, but it won’t work for traditional deposits. In this guide, we’ll help you understand how to use the Mineral Extractor in No Man’s Sky Beyond.

How to use the Mineral Extractor in No Man’s Sky Beyond

How to use the Mineral Extractor in No Man's Sky Beyond
Find hotspots to use the Mineral Extractor in No Man's Sky Beyond. © Hello Games

To use the Mineral Extractor in No Man’s Sky Beyond, you first need to upgrade your Analysis Visor by installing the Survey Device in your Multi-Tool. This will allow you to detect hotspots by scanning with your visor. Your screen color will change while scanning depending on the close hotspot type, and you'll get the message "Hotspot found" while running around with the visor, so keep an eye out. Hotspots come in standard classes based on how productive they are, with S being the most productive and C being the least. For comparison, an S-rated Mineral hotspot produces five times the output of a C-rated hotspot. 

The closer you place your Mineral Extractor to these deposits, the better yield you’ll receive. There are three types of Hotspot: Power, Gas and Minerals. You’ll need the appropriate extractor type (Electromagnetic, Gas and Mineral) for each.

Mineral and Gas Extractors have a storage of 250 and cost 50kP/s to power. You’ll need to connect them a silo to store even more goods, which is highly recommended for a valuable hotspot. Electromagnetic Hotspots are a bit more of a pain as you can’t easily transport the power, but if your base isn’t too far you can chain Batteries to build a connection. 

That’s pretty much all there is to know about how to use the Mineral Extractor in No Man’s Sky Beyond. Once you know how to get the Survey Device, you’ll pretty much good to go. For more tips and tricks to help following the Beyond update, check out guides for how to craft bait and how to find the Space Anomaly Nexus in No Man’s Sky.

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