Inventory space is really at a premium in No Man’s Sky, even if you’re not tormented by the same hoarding demons that plague our own journey through the galaxy here.
Once up and running, inventory management will likely be a central part of your experience, and in fact expanding your inventory isn’t as easy as you might originally expect for a game that relies so heavily on it. Still, it’s pretty simple when you know what you’re doing, so below we’ve put together some tips on how to expand your ship, exosuit, and multi-tool inventories as quickly as possible.
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How inventory space works in No Man’s Sky and maximum inventory sizes
Before we delve into a full explanation, a quick warning: Always transfer the contents of your inventory to the new one you are purchasing, before purchasing it! This is mainly for ships and multi-tools (you can’t buy a new Exosuit), but it’s worth remembering before you swap your ship with an alien and it will fly away with all your gold stacks!
The maximum number of inventory slots possible for each of your spaceships, suits, and multi-tools is:
- Maximum spaceship inventory: 48 slots
- Maximum Starship Technology Inventory: 8 slots
- Maximum Multi-Tool Inventory: 24 slots
- Maximum Exosuit Inventory: 48 slots
- Exosuit Cargo Section Maximum Inventory: 48 slots
- Exosuit Technology Section Maximum Inventory: 14 slots
It’s worth explaining that Exosuit inventory a little more: while you have up to 48 standard slots in your normal Exosuit inventory (which starts at 24 slots), there’s now also a Cargo section and a Technology section.
The cargo section allows you to store more items in a single stack and upgrading costs the same, so it’s actually worth expanding the slots there before your standard inventory slot, although upgrading costs significantly more than a standard Exosuit slot. .
Likewise, the tech section only allows you to store tech, so it’s best to upgrade it as much as you can and use the slots there to place all your exosuit tech upgrades.
Finally, on the technology side, it’s also worth noting that you get a small percentage bonus for the efficiency of your technology when you install technology of the same type next to each other. No Man’s Sky Redditor xiaoxiao14 has created a great example of how to do this for maximum efficiency (assuming you have the space like they do!)
How to increase Exosuit inventory space
Your suit inventory space increases in only two ways: purchasing an upgrade or finding one.
How to Buy Exosuit Inventory Space
Purchasing upgrades is by far the easiest option, at least at first. To purchase an upgrade, head to the Space Station and go to the vendor closest to the appearance customizer (on the left side when you fly towards the station).
The place where you buy the upgrade is actually right behind that vendor – you have to interact with the rotating blue hologram behind them (sometimes the hologram doesn’t appear, so it’s just the structure where the hologram would normally be), in their small corner at the end of the room.
The first upgrade you buy will cost 5000 units if it’s for your standard Exosuit inventory, it seems to double in price every time you buy one, and you can only upgrade one slot at a time. The problem here is that at that rate, we haven’t purchased all the upgrades yet, so we can’t confirm that it will double. each time: The total amount you would spend on 24 upgrades for your suit inventory is 83,886,075,000 (that’s more than 83 billion units).
Basically, unless you are very proficient at using the methods we describe in our guide to making money in No Man’s Sky, it will be quite unlikely that you will buy each and every upgrade and, what’s more, that’s just the cost of upgrading your standard Exosuit inventory. – Not the other 48 cargo and tech inventory slots it also has!
How to Find Exosuit Inventory Upgrades
If the money runs out, which it probably will, then you can find Exosuit inventory upgrades in the wild.
This involves the same method as before the NEXT update, just a little more difficult to achieve. You need to find a structure on the planets’ surfaces called the Drop Pod, which is simply a small capsule, slightly larger than human size, with nothing but an Exosuit inventory upgrade inside.
The problem is that you now have to repair some broken components in the Drop Pod to access the inventory upgrade, and they usually require some pretty hard-to-find resources. In our experience, the resources needed to unlock a Drop Pod include:
- ionized cobalt
- Sodium nitrate
- chromatic metal
None of these are impossible to find, but they are inconvenient. Oxygen and sodium can be found in bright red and orange plants respectively (run the sodium through the refiner to obtain sodium nitrate). Ionized cobalt requires you to also run cobalt through the refiner, and you can get cobalt from the short pillars inside most caves that form naturally.
Antimatter is the hardest to get, but we detail how to get antimatter and our antimatter recipe in our guide, so read more there! Deuterium is equally awkward, but can be made using a refiner (a permanent one at its base, not a portable one) by combining dihydrogen with any catalyst.
In summary, then, the best way to expand your Exosuit inventory is to spend money on upgrades on every Space Station you find, and then once it becomes prohibitively expensive (or even once it’s simply more expensive than the full cost of the ingredients required above), start looking for Drop Pods!
Carry plenty of the above materials with you while you hunt and use these free slots on the high capacity slots of your Exosuit or on the more expensive slots once you’ve paid for some cash upgrades!
How to increase Starship inventory space
Based on our experience in the NEXT update so far, there is still no way to add to your current ship inventory space. Call it unbridled consumerism, but boat storage is expanded simply by purchasing a new one. Almost any ship you encounter, whether on a space station or a point of interest in the atmosphere, can be purchased from the game’s NPCs, as long as you have the required currency and are the predominant race of that sector.
Crashed ships are still in the game, but now there is no guarantee that they will have more inventory slots than your current ship. Instead, it’s a lottery and you’ll also have to spend a good amount of resources repairing them.
In our experience, if you find one, it’s always worth a look (you might get lucky), but in reality, if you want to reliably increase your ship’s inventory space, you’ll have to bite the bullet and buy a bigger one.
Come back to our main hub for all the latest on No Man’s Sky Beyond and more background information on the big update; Otherwise, check out our deep dive into No Man’s Sky multiplayer explained for more information on how to team up, our primer guide. construction, an introduction to electrical wiring and powering your base, how to expand your exosuit, ship, and multi-tool inventory space, and explanation of freighters and frigates. Plus other useful stuff like how to repair your ship and get the hermetic seal, pure ferrite, metal plating and dihydrogen gelatin, Atlas Pass v1, v2 and v3 locations, a guide to getting No Man’s Sky money and how to earn units quickly. , plus how to get Antimatter and the Antimatter recipe, and even how to save your game in No Man’s Sky too. Finally, we have pages on how to get to the center of the galaxy, how to get chromatic metal, and also a list of milestones of the journey.
How to increase multi-tool inventory space
Increasing multi-tool inventory slots works the same way as doing so for your ship: there’s no way to expand the one you currently have, so you’ll need to find a new multi-tool.
Here’s a multi-tool we found in a planetary building.
There are a few ways to do this. The most reliable is the standard method of purchasing new tools on space stations: go to the vendor that sells multi-tool upgrades and look in the red box next to them, and there they will have new multi-tools for sale.
You can also talk to members of the Vy’keen race, and occasionally one will offer to inspect your multitool. Let them do it and they will offer you an update; It often has a couple of parts that need repair, but usually it’s an upgrade to what you have.
Finally, on the surfaces of the planets, some building will have some NPCs inside and a vendor. At one end inside the small building is a single multi-tool in a cabinet on the wall, which you can purchase as an upgrade for your own if you wish.