No Man's Sky - Financier's Handbook

How to quickly rack up Units and sell items to the Galactic Trade Network in No Man’s Sky.

No Man’s Sky is a Capitalist’s dream. You’re given start-up capital (Starship) for which there is zero repayments and no interest, with no competition and your market is the entire universe. We’ve brought in our team’s Financier to talk through their Investment Opportunities Handbook, or in layman’s terms, how to make more Units in No Man’s Sky. 

Invest in Local Business

In No Man’s Sky planets are one of the best investment opportunities. Assess your starting planet’s weather and, if it’s a moderate climate where you aren’t constantly repairing your Life Support or Hazard Protection, consider spending a few hours here. The first thing you will need to do in order to generate wealth is repair your Starship. Consult our Engineer’s Guide to Starship Maintenance for instructions on how to do this.

Once your Starship is operational, you will be able to swiftly move around the planet in search of a Galactic Trade Network. Check the “Sell” option in the Galactic Trade Network and look for items with a star beside them. These are the Elements you will want to keep an eye out for. Alternatively, search around your planet for Heridium deposits which can be found in the large purple rocks that scatter the planet. As you aren’t yet planning on leaving the planet you can sell most, if not all, of the Heridium. You should also keep an eye out for what looks like giant Gold rocks. These rocks can actually be Emeril, an extremely valuable Element that can be found in large quantities.

While you search for Elements, do not forget to scan all flora and fauna that you discover, as uploading these to the database will earn you impressive lumps of Units. You should also be transferring stacks of Elements to your ship whenever your Exosuit fills. After collecting all necessary resources, you can sell these on your planet’s Galactic Trade Network. Chances are that while at the Galactic Trade Network an alien Starship will land on the pads outside.

Take note of the Elements in the Galactic Trade Network with the stars and purchase those items in bulk from the aliens. Turn around and sell it to the Galactic Trade Network. You can continue to do this until you are able to purchase an alien vessel with more storage than your own Starship. If you grow tired of investing in local business, you can take your money into the stars.

Invest in Big Business

Space Stations in No Man’s Sky are a popular destination for all aliens and their Units. One of the smartest investment opportunities is to locate the nearest Space Station and spend time in the hangar. As with the planetary investments, you will want to locate the Galactic Trade Network within the Station and take note of the Elements with a star beside them. These are the items you will need to purchase from the aliens in the hangar. Starships should be continually flying into the Space Station, take advantage of this by purchasing items from as many as you can.

When your Exosuit is full, transfer the stock to your Starship. At any time you can visit the Galactic Trade Network to sell the goods you have purchased from the other lifeforms. Repeat this process for as long as you want. When you have enough Units you can once again choose to upgrade your Starship by purchasing one off of a visiting lifeform. With more cargo space you will be able to hold more resources, which means larger return on your investments. After upgrading your Starship you have the choice of staying in the Space Station or heading out to another planet.

Invest in Antiques Though not as foolproof as investing in local and big business, collecting antiques can be rather lucrative. Antiques such as Gek artifacts or Grahgrah gas fetch thousands of Units per artefact. So keep your eyes peeled as you traverse cave systems or as you loot crates, as a single antique can be just as rewarding as trading a stack of Heridium. The only downside is that the antiques take up one tile each, so it’s a good thing you upgraded that Starship.

If you followed this Financier’s Investment Opportunities Handbook you should now find your bank account brimming with Units to spend on upgrading your Starship, Exosuit, or Multi-Tool. Remember, the key to help you make heaps of Units quickly in No Man’s Sky is buying and selling elements, as well as mining for resources.

For more helpful No Man's Sky tips and tricks be sure to consult our No Man's Sky Engineer's Guide to Ship Maintenance for to keep your ship in top-notch shape, and our No Man's Sky Captains Log, in which our Aussie Captain chronicles his first adventures in the No Man's Sky universe. If you're still in awe of the scenery that surrounds you in the game, get an inside look at the breathtaking art of No Man's Sky and the inspirations behind it! 

Sam Chandler is the Australian piece of the AllGamers puzzle. Out of all his gaming-related passions, collecting N64 games, speedrunning, and Souls games rank among the most important. You can reach Sam through Twitter, @SamuelChandler, or through his email,, at any time of the day or night on either side of the globe.

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