No Man's Sky Orbital: Best Ship Customization Guide (Location, Parts & More) (2024)

The Orbital Update brings one of the best new features to No Man’s Sky: Ship Customization!

At long last, we can finally make our very own custom Starships to explore the vastness of space. It can be hard to get all the right parts and stuff, though, so it requires some elbow grease…

If you’re eager to build your very own custom ship, read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Ship Customization.

Ship Customization Basics and Location

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You can start the Ship Customization process at any given moment by visiting the new “Starship Fabricator” terminal.

There’s one in every inhabited Space Station out there!

The important thing to note here is that the terminal is that “Fabricator” is the key word here. It means you will be creating new custom Starships from scratch, not customizing existing ones.

It makes the term Ship Customization a bit of a misnomer, but it’s what the feature is officially called!

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Anyway, interact with the terminal to start the process of making your very own custom Starship. You’ll get to make one of three types of ships, with each one requiring specific parts as follows:

  • Fighter – Wings, Thruster/Engines, Fuselage.
  • Hauler – Wings, Thruster/Engines, co*ckpit.
  • Explorer – Left Wing, Right Wing, Hull.

You’ll need to have at least one of every part type for the ship you want to make! Additionally, you’ll require a Reactor Core part to complete the ship customization.

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Do note, different parts within a category will have different stats. The game doesn’t show the stats for each specific part, though…

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Once you’ve placed all of the parts down, a color palette will appear and let you further customize your ship’s appearance.

When you’re happy with your creation, click on Assemble and you’ll get a preview of your ship’s stats and inventory.

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This also lets you add in any extra Components you have onto your ship, such as Warp Drives and Upgrades.

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Finish your selection and click on “Proceed” to finalize your custom ship. You can then add it to your collection or swap your current ship for this new one.

Alternatively, press “Leave” to return to the previous part selection screen.

How to Get Ship Customization Parts in No Man’s Sky: Orbital Update

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Now, it’s time to address the elephant in the room: how to get the actual parts themselves! Well, the only way to do so is by scrapping and salvaging ships in your collection.

For example, you can scrap any Fighter-type ship you have to get one of the Fighter-type parts.

However, you will only get one Customization Module part every single time you scrap a ship. This makes the process of getting parts somewhat arduous and very expensive if you decide to buy Starships to scrap.

Of course, you can also get the parts for free by salvaging Crashed Ships found on planets. It’s a time-consuming process, but it doesn’t cost a single Unit once you have the right tools!

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To salvage a ship for its parts, approach the “Starship Outfitting” terminal. Just like with the Ship Fabricator, there’s one in every Space Station.

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The terminal will allow you to scrap your current ship by selecting the “Begin Salvage Analysis” option. Do keep in mind that some special ships can’t be scrapped, though!

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Once the Salvage Analysis is complete, select “Extract customization module”.

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Lastly, select the one part you wish to get from the ship.

As said previously, you only get a single part for every ship you scrap, so choose wisely!

In short, you’ll need to scrap at least 3 different ships of the same class before you can use the Ship Fabricator to make one new custom Starship. It’s going to be a bit of a grind, to be frank…

Additionally, you’ll need to get a Reactor Core. Every single ship requires one!

How to Get Reactor Cores for Custom Ships and How They Work

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Reactor Cores, unlike the other 3 parts of your Starship, are infinitely easier to get. You just have to speak to your local Technology Merchant!

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Every Space Station has one Technology Merchant, too, so just approach them and choose to Purchase Upgrade Modules.

They do, however, cost Nanite Clusters. The better the Reactor Core, the higher the price.

You can get Nanite Clusters from multiple sources. This includes defeating Sentinels, cataloging all species on a planet, or even just looting abandoned buildings.

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It’s also worth noting that the Reactor Core will also be the sole definer of your Starship’s Class. Splurging on an S-Class Reactor Core will ensure that your ship is the best it can be!

Once you’ve bought the Reactor Core you want and obtained enough Customization Module parts, you’re all set to start making your very own custom ships.

Head on back to the Starship Fabricator terminal and use what we’ve told you in this guide to make a ship you can truly call your oown!

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How do you find the coolest ships in NMS? ›

Keep an eye out for ships scattered throughout the systems. Ships appear sporadically in the game. According to the species that dominate the system you're in, you are more likely to find a certain type of ship: Each Vy'keen System has 7 Shuttles, 7 Fighters, 3 Explorers, 3 Haulers, and 3 Regular Freighters.

What is the best spaceship in no man's sky? ›

As of this writing, Interceptor or Sentinel ships are the best types of ships in No Man's Sky simply due to their superior technology and aggressive appearance. Sentinel ships also have amazing animations that are unique for every variant of Interceptor in the game.

How do you get the S class ship in no man's sky? ›

One trick at a trade depot is to hop in and out of your ship to create a save point, scan the sky for what you want. If you don't see it, reload and scan again. Repeat until you get what you want.

How do you find broken ships in NMS? ›

Crashed Ships can be located in a variety of ways:
  1. Using Transmission Towers. ...
  2. Crashed Ships appear as white dots on a Starship scope when flying across a planetary surface, just like other ships.
  3. Using Exocrafts.

How do you get frigate parts in NMS? ›

The Best Ways To Farm Salvaged Frigate Modules
  1. 1 Completing frigate expeditions.
  2. 2 Looting cargo pods in freighters.
  3. 3 Looting Storage Units in crashed freighters.
  4. 4 Complete missions in The Nexus.
  5. 5 Doing missions in space stations.
  6. 6 Looting derelict freighters.
  7. 7 Completing pirate missions.
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What is the rarest freighter in no man's sky? ›

Freighters are massive ships that act as mobile resource dispensers, meeting areas, and homes for players across the No Man's Sky universe. S-Class versions are the highest-rated and rarest of them all. Although it can be done for free, players will have to put in a lot of work to obtain a S-Class Freighter.

What's the biggest ship in No Man's Sky? ›

Hauler. Ships in this class feature a shield absorb class bonus, and they also boast the highest possible inventory spaces. These ships are the largest out of all the other starships (other than freighters), and may or may not have wing features on them.

What is the most popular place in no man's sky? ›

Summary. The planet Dudenbeaumodeme was one of the most well-known planets for players who explore the No Man's Sky universe. It became famous in NMS lore when player Steam-bot decided he wanted to walk around the entire planet.

How do you get the best free freighter in no mans sky? ›

In No Man's Sky, you'll be offered a free freighter once you get a distress call and defeat the attacking pirates. Decline the first free freighter you're offered—the second free freighter is always better.

Is there a class above S in no man's sky? ›

S class is the max, just like S class modules are the max.

How to tell if a system is rich in No Man's Sky? ›

Details of a system's Economy are available in the Galactic Map when your ship is in the system. If you have an Economy Scanner, you can see details for any system from the map, without needing to warp to it.

How to find an exotic ship in NMS? ›

Often new vessels can be found by visiting space stations or trading posts. If no ships land, then saving and reloading the game can often make new ones spawn.

How do I find derelict ships in NMS? ›

Derelict freighters are occasionally detected by the starships' subspace radar while using Pulse Drive. However, they can be specifically sought out by purchasing an Emergency Broadcast Receiver from the Space Station's new Scrap Dealer.

How do you get ship blueprints in no man's sky? ›

Some blueprints can be purchased from vendors in Minor Settlements and Colossal Archives. Most blueprints can be purchased using Nanite Clusters from Travellers at the Space Anomaly.

How do you find abandoned ships in no man's sky? ›

Head down to the planet with the Nautilon. Dip into the water, do a scan, and find a ship. If you can't find a crashed ship location, jump back into your ship and head to a different part of the ocean.

Where can I find ship storage in NMS? ›

The best way to upgrade ship storage at any "level of the game" is to throw money at it. Stand in the space station (any space station, but higher economy systems have more frequent high-grade ships), buy any A- or S- tier ships that land (don't trade your ship, that defeats the purpose), and salvage them.


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