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This is a community-written page for anyone that has a game tip; jot them down here to help other users on the Astroneer Wiki.

Note. "attachment slot" refers to the top of a platform, vehicle, or a backpack slot. Avoid confusing this with power cables.

Interacting[edit | edit source]

  • [PC] Press E or F while moving a small item to snap it directly into your Icon Backpack.png Backpack or Terrain Tool if you have at least one open slot.
  • [XBOX] While holding an item with Xbox One - Right Trigger, press Xbox One - X Button or Xbox One - Y Button to snap it directly into your Icon Backpack.png Backpack or Terrain Tool if you have an open slot.
  • In printers, Icon Chemistry Lab.png chemistry labs, or any device with a holographic blueprint shown for crafting items, if you have the required material for crafting in your Icon Backpack.png Backpack, you may left-click (on PC) or Xbox One - Right Trigger (on XBOX), while your cursor is over the holographic blueprint and it will automatically place the material into the slot.

Storage[edit | edit source]

  • In your Icon Backpack.png Backpack, you have 14 spaces for items. 8 directly on the back, 2 on the top shoulders, 3 on your tool, and 1 in the crafting/printer slot at the bottom. Storing the one item in the personal printer requires selecting to print an item using the appropriate material. For example, using Icon Compound.png Compound to craft tethers, while it is highlighted as the next item to be crafted you can store Icon Compound.png Compound in that area.
  • When you die, all the items you had in your Icon Backpack.png Backpack will stay in the Icon Backpack.png Backpack and you'll have to retrieve them. If you had items in the Terrain Tool's slots, they'll be dropped alongside the backpack and you may need to dig a small hole on the ground to retrieve them. Take note that if you die a second time, your first body will despawn and drop all its items.
  • You can manually drag Platforms (such as Icon Platforms.png Extra Large Platform B) to transport multiple Icon Research.png research items and resource items in one trip; or, use them for space-saving storage of resources in your base. Just print a platform in its packaged state, Right Click to carry to your destination, deploy the platform at your destination, attach any research and resource items, and click-drag the platform across the terrain from behind to in front of you, run beyond the platform and repeat the movement. It is not possible for your character to walk while carrying a deployed platform and so this method is best when you do not have space on your vehicle. Remember that attaching any power cables will anchor platforms and removing power cables will allow you to move it again.
  • It is also possible to package your Icon Research.png research items by using the Icon Packager.png Packager.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Power[edit | edit source]

Organizing[edit | edit source]

Storage Comparison:

  1. Icon Storage.png Medium Storage - Tier-2 attachment. Carries 8 small items. Recommended to mass-produce.
  2. Icon Storage.png Medium Storage Silo - Mid-game Tier-2 attachment. Can hold 24 small items.
  3. Icon Storage.png Large Storage - Tier-3 attachment. Provides 4 Tier-2 attachment slots. 4 Icon Storage.png Medium Storage will provide storage for 32 small items. It takes 3 pieces of Icon Ceramic.png Ceramic to make, nicely coinciding with how much Icon Clay.png Clay you can get out of one full Icon Canister.png Canister.
  4. Icon Storage.png Large Storage Silo A - Mid-game Tier-3 attachment. Provides 8 Tier-2 attachment slots. 8 Icon Storage.png Medium Storages will give you 64 small slots. It costs 5000 Bytes, but once unlocked, getting Icon Aluminum Alloy.png Aluminum Alloy is relatively easy, should you want to mass-produce these.
  5. Icon Storage.png Large Storage Silo B - Late-game Tier-3 attachment. Provides 12 Tier-2 attachment slots. 12 Icon Storage.png Medium Storage will give you a whopping 96 small slots. If paired with 12 Icon Storage.png Medium Storage Silos, the capacity triples to 288 items.
  6. Icon Storage.png Extra Large Storage - One of the only items in the game that requires/occupies a Tier-4 slot with 8 connectors. These are only useful for inefficient and expensive, but easy to navigate storage, a vanity project, or some completionist goals.

Recommended Manufacturing Platforms:

  1. Icon Platforms.png Large Platform B
    • One Tier-3 slot
    • Two Tier-2 slots
  2. Icon Platforms.png Large T-Platform
  3. Icon Platforms.png Extra Large Platform A - Octagonal shaped platform with the largest attachment slot.
    • One Tier-4 slot
  4. Icon Platforms.png Extra Large Platform C - Shaped like an oversized Icon Platforms.png Large Platform B, but every slot is one Tier higher.
    • One Tier-4 slot
    • Two Tier-3 slots

Mobilizing[edit | edit source]

  • Your Vehicles can be attached together to form road trains. Click the power cable on one vehicle and connect it to another vehicle's cable slot. However, the speed and efficiency of the vehicle will lower depending on how many vehicles you have attached.
  • Equip an Icon Shredder.png Extra Large Shredder with you in a train, instead of hauling each salvage item back to base. (You can also put unwanted items like Icon Canister.png canisters, modules and platforms in the Shredder.) For additional supplies one can fill Icon Canister.png canisters (via the Drills on the rover as long as empty Icon Canister.png canisters are attached or via empty Icon Canister.png canisters on the backpack with the extraction tool) with Icon Soil.png Soil while removing salvage from the ground, and use the soil centrifuge for additional resource production.
  • Do not operate the Icon Rover.png Large Rover at a core due to gravity design. A Icon Rover.png Medium Rover will perform better.
  • Be aware that using rovers in cave systems is extremely difficult, because of the uneven terrain and stalagmites everywhere. If a smooth, clean road is built to descend and ascend on, rover usage can speed up work considerably.

Off-World Travel[edit | edit source]