Inventory space is at a real premium in No Man’s Sky, even if you aren’t tormented by the same hoarding demons that plague our own journey across the galaxy here.
Once you’re up and running – having successfully managed to fix your ship and left the first planet – inventory management will likely be a central part of your experience, and actually expanding your inventory isn’t as simple or obvious a task as you’d expect – but there are, in fact, a couple of surprisingly simple ways get it done quickly. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few pieces of advice on how best to expand your ship, Exosuit, and multi-tool inventories as quickly as possible.
How inventory space works in No Man’s Sky
The maximum number of inventory slots possible for each of you starship, suit, and multi-tool are:
- Starship maximum inventory – 48 slots
- Exosuit maximum inventory – 48 slots
- Multi-tool maximum inventory – 24 slots
There are also a few points of potential confusion over inventory space in No Man’s Sky, so here are a couple things to bear in mind:
The crashed ships and multi-tools available for sale appear to scale according to your own current ship or tool’s size – as opposed to, say the game spawning larger ships or better tools as you get closer to the centre of the galaxy, or accumulate more journey milestones. Likewise, we now know the maximum size possible for your inventories.
From our experience so far there’s no way to actually add to your current ship’s inventory space. Call it wanton consumerism, but ship storage is instead expanded by simply buying – or finding – yourself a new one.
Just about any ship you come across – be it at a space station or an in-atmosphere point-of-interest – can be purchased from the game’s NPCs, provided you have the required currency and standing with that sector’s predominant race.
Fastest way to increase ship, suit and multi-tool inventory space to the 48-slot max
Believe it or not, someone really has ground out 25 hours of playtime on just their starter planet in order to max out all three of their inventories without ever taking to the skies. It’s a little odd, sure, but it also gives us some pretty useful information – not least the ability to rapidly expand your inventories up to the maximum, even whilst staying on one planet.
If you are happy to leave your first planet – which, you know, you probably should at some point – then before you get started with the following there’s one additional step you can take to speed up the process: find yourself a planet which houses a valuable, easily obtainable resource, such as Gold or Emeril, and a nearby space station which buys it for a good price above the galactic average. That way, you can fill up your inventory with the resource as you go, periodically selling it to keep the coffers filled for new exosuit and multi-tool purchases.
- Starship maximum inventory – Scan for crashed ships. Signal Scanners (the things which put out the vertical orange beam) can be used to scan for Transmissions, which will often lead you to a Transmission tower, which then leads you to a crashed ship. Anecdotally, the community suggests that crashed ships have a roughly 50/50 chance of having +1 inventory slot in comparison to your current one. Bear in mind that you can purchase ships that are significantly larger than yours – for a hefty price – to speed up the process considerably.
- Exosuit maximum inventory – Scan for Drop Pods. This time, select ‘Shelter’ from the Signal Scanner menu, and repeat until you find a Drop Pod. Inside will be an optional Exosuit inventory upgrade, which gives you +1 slot for an increasing price each time you do it.
- Multi-tool maximum inventory – Find a sentient alien who offers one for resources, or a terminal which sells them in certain outposts at random. DoktorFeelgood was lucky enough to find an alien who would offer a new multi-tool for 50 of a certain Silicate, as well as finding multiple terminals which sold multi-tools. Look for the large-ish wall-mounted red rectangle inside Outpost buildings for those.
Other ways to expand inventory space in No Man’s Sky
Maxing out your inventories on the first planet is all well and good – but it requires enormous effort, time investment, and some extraordinary patience for the grind. If you’re more interested in getting out there and exploring stuff as soon as possible, you’re going to be upgrading your inventories on the fly – quite literally – and so here are the other, more standard methods for doing so:
Purchase a new ship – the only other method we haven’t mentioned in any great detail is purchasing a new starship entirely. There are a couple of points to bear in mind here: your old ship will remain where it is for a fair bit of time – believed to be until you leave that system – before disappearing, so you can always go back on your decision; and, crucially, your old ship’s upgrades can be dismantled. Doing so will restore most if not all of the resources required to rebuild them in your new ship, mitigating a pretty significant cost factor in the process.
Want to get the most out of No Man’s Sky? Check out our main No Man’s Sky guide, tips and tricks page, plus our advice on how to fix your ship, what to do first. We also show how to use a massive No Man’s Sky exploit for infinite rare resources, along with explaining how to get the elusive Atlas Passes, Antimatter recipe, Zinc, and how to get the Hyperdrive and its required Warp Cells in No Man’s Sky.
Use the Atlas Pass v1 – as things stand, you can’t get yourself a brand new exosuit entirely – meaning that expansion of your current one is the only way to go. However, Drop Pods aren’t the only place you can find those little storage-dispensing delights; they can also be found inside every space station, behind a door locked to those without an Atlas Pass v1. If you’ve yet to find one, we’ve written a separate guide on finding and explaining the Atlas Passes v1, v2 and v3, for just that reason.
Follow the Atlas Path – aside from the methods mentioned above (talking to NPCs, and looking out for wall dispensers in outposts), the other means of acquiring a new multi-tool is to follow the Atlas Path and – minor spoilers – in doing so find yourself a Space Anomaly. The first one always, from our experience, offers you a new multi-tool, with experiences varying in Anomalies after that.