No Man's Sky Frontiers: How to find a settlement on your home planet (2024)

No Man's Sky Frontiers: How to find a settlement on your home planet (1)

Finding a settlement is easy in No Man's Sky Frontiers. The Frontiers update added settlements that you can manage and expand, build new structures on, defend from enemies, and resolve disputes between citizens. You can get started with the new settlement system as soon as you launch the game.

There are two ways to find a settlement, and you may want to consider both, especially if you want to manage your settlement on a specific planet instead of a random one.

How to find your first settlement

The easiest way to find a settlement is just to climb into your ship and leave whatever planet you were on. After installing the Frontiers update, you'll receive a radio message in space, a distress call from one of the new settlements. Listen to the message and the settlement's location will be added to your galactic map. Most likely it is in a nearby solar system, a quick warp jump away.

But the settlement generated from this quest will be on a random planet in a random solar system. That planet may have toxic or radioactive weather, aggressive sentinel activity, volcanoes or constant fires, or just be a place you don't want to spend a lot of time on. Plus, you may already have a favorite home planet where you built your base, and you might want to do your settlement management there instead of some stinky gas rock.

How to find a settlement on your home planet

If you want to specifically choose which planet or moon your settlement will be on, then ignore the quest completely and instead go to the nearest space station. Talk to the cartographer there, and you'll be able to buy a settlement map (it'll cost 5 navigational data).

No Man's Sky Frontiers: How to find a settlement on your home planet (2)

Then head to the planet you want to find a settlement on. As long as it's inhabited (not a dead planet with absolutely no life) there will be a settlement on it somewhere. To find it, land on the planet, get out of your ship, and use the settlement map you bought in your inventory.

Note: It may take more than one try—the first settlement map I bought pointed me to one of those small buildings with a vendor that were already in the game before Frontiers. If that happens, a quick jump back to the space station to buy another settlement map and you'll be able to try again.

The biggest gaming news, reviews and hardware deals

Keep up to date with the most important stories and the best deals, as picked by the PC Gamer team.

When the map locates a settlement, just fly to the icon and you'll be able to talk to a settler to begin managing the settlement.

No Man's Sky Frontiers: How to find a settlement on your home planet (3)

How to find 5 navigational data

If you haven't played in a while and can't remember where to collect the navigational data needed to buy a settlement map, the easiest way is simply by searching space stations. Check on tables, especially in those lounge-like rooms with the closed doors, and even on some vendor's counters.

You'll see a glowing object like a cube, and when clicked, they'll usually give you navigational data (sometimes they'll only give nanites). I had to spend 10 navigational data for my two settlement maps, and wound up searching six space stations for them, which doesn't take long if you use the teleporters to travel between them.

No Man's Sky Frontiers: How to find a settlement on your home planet (4)

Christopher Livingston

Senior Editor

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.

More about action

Elden Ring's big patch is causing big problems for Steam Deck playersElden Ring's pre-Erdtree patch makes a big, surprise quality-of-life change: You can finally summon Torrent for the final fight against the big boss

Latest

Where to find the best Great Katana in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree
See more latest►

See comments

Most Popular
Hyper Light Breaker brought back all my memories of Dark Souls' greatest boss, and it instantly became one of my favourite demos at Summer Game Fest
Forget all the AI fluff—some serious next-gen CPUs are on their way, praise the sun
Shadow of the Erdtree review roundup: 'Recaptures all of the magic of playing Elden Ring for the first time'
Shadow of the Erdtree is bigger than most full games: Hidetaka Miyazaki must've been pulling our legs when he said its map was 'comparable' to the size of Limgrave
EA's Skate might have Tim Robinson, but the skating game where I played a demon on a quest to eat the Moon is my most anticipated Tony Hawk-like this year
The solid-state AirJet cooler 'not bound by the limitations of mechanical devices' aims to double its thermal performance every two years. Y'know, Frore's Law
Five new Steam games you probably missed (June 17, 2024)
My first 2 hours with Black Myth: Wukong were a flurry of demanding boss fights, unbelievably pretty characters, and a surprisingly sparse world
The newest soulslike on the block, Enotria: The Last Song needs a bit more rehearsal time
Great moments in PC gaming: Choosing your origin in Dragon Age Origins
No Man's Sky Frontiers: How to find a settlement on your home planet (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Carmelo Roob

Last Updated:

Views: 6234

Rating: 4.4 / 5 (65 voted)

Reviews: 80% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Carmelo Roob

Birthday: 1995-01-09

Address: Apt. 915 481 Sipes Cliff, New Gonzalobury, CO 80176

Phone: +6773780339780

Job: Sales Executive

Hobby: Gaming, Jogging, Rugby, Video gaming, Handball, Ice skating, Web surfing

Introduction: My name is Carmelo Roob, I am a modern, handsome, delightful, comfortable, attractive, vast, good person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.