No Man’s Sky – How to Make billions of units from mining in NMSv4 (Oct 2022)

No Man’s Sky – How to Make billions of units from mining in NMSv4 (Oct 2022) 1 -
No Man’s Sky – How to Make billions of units from mining in NMSv4 (Oct 2022) 1 -

The Oct 2022 No Man's Sky version 4 update (October 2022 – has nerfed rare metal mining. Therefore, miners need to find other income sources. Advanced crafting is an excellent alternative to mining, but it requires large plant farms and can be difficult to use the complex tech trees.
This guide will show you how to create advanced crafting without large plants farms. You only need one plant of each type. Instead, it uses mines as the engine. This method is for people who have or intend to have) mining rights. It can also be used by farmers who are looking to expand their farming operations to more sustainable methods. You can produce billions of units quickly with medium-sized mines without having to wait for plants to grow.
This guide will show you how to set up an easy-to-use system that you can use over and again. It produces 600 million units per run and simplifies many of the complexities involved in advanced crafting. It assigns an advanced crafting ship to you and then permanently places it with a special inventory. This makes advanced crafting much easier. You don't have to remember any tech trees and can add resources at any time.
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Crafting fed by mines – What & Why

NMS v4 update Oct 2022 (Oct 2022 – Activated Indium (and other rare metals)) cannot be used to make large amounts of money. Cadmium and Active Indium were nerfed by x6. New sources of income will be required by miners. Advanced crafting is an option – a stack 10 stasis devices can be worth 156 millions units.
Advanced crafting is often done with large plant farms. However, there are some drawbacks.

Negatives of large plant farms


  • Picking up the plants is tedious and takes a lot time.
  • If you have many mines and are close to the maximum building parts limit, there isn't much headroom for large farms.
  • The rest of the game isn't going to be as useful without big plant farms.
  • Even for large farms, the amount of plants in each crop can be quite small. If you want more, you will need to wait for them to grow back.

Advanced Crafting can be done better by mining. This is for either existing miners or plant farmers looking for higher returns.
This guide is all about that.

Here's a brief summary of the method


  1. A few plants (are enough).
  2. Collect resources from multiple mines (. See other guides to learn how to set up mines in).
  3. Combine the refined plants and mined materials to create a huge number of plants.
  4. Refine other mined resources to other resources.
  5. Designate a spare container/ship for advanced crafting and arrange it in a unique way.
  6. To turn all your input materials into useful items, you can use the crafting tree.
  7. You can sell the final items for large quantities of :nmsunits : units after you have created them.


Benefits in comparison to large plant farms


  • Picking takes approximately the same amount of time as refining, but refinement is passive so you can do other things. (This method allows you to refine more actively by running between large banks of refiners. It is faster than picking plants).
  • You don't have to wait for plants to grow. If you really want to, you can make billions of dollars in one sitting with even small mines.
  • Mines use less building parts than plants farms.
  • Mining can produce much more than plant farms and requires less effort to collect resources.
  • You can use mines for many other purposes in the game.
  • A ship or container can be assigned to the crafting tree to make it ready for crafting at any time.
  • The special "advanced crafting" layout makes it easy for you to remember what to do, and is faster and easier to use.


Before you start

Before you can start, you will need:

  • Mines for Pyrite, Parafinnium and Phosphorous, Dioxite. Uranium. Oxygen. Ammonia.
  • Unlocked blueprints (at) for Stasis devices and Fusion Igniters, and everything up to them within the advanced crafting tree
  • A good refiner setup that can run multiple small or large refiners simultaneously. Can be planetside, or freighter.
  • A small amount (1 or more) Cactus, Starbulb, Solanium. Frost Crystal, Gamma Root, Faecium, Fungal mould.
  • You can have a spare ship upgraded as your permanent 'advanced craft' area.


1. Prepare your storage space

Start with an empty starship, which has been upgraded fully (to close to).
(Starships work best when every slot is occupied. Sending top-up resources to starships sends them to the correct slot.
You should aim to create an inventory of over 600 million units by the end this guide.
Take resources from your plants and mines and place them in the right slots as shown in the image.
There will be many gaps, especially towards bottom.
No Man's Sky - How to Make billions of units from mining in NMSv4 (Oct 2022) - 1: Prepare your storage area - 739CA19
Notice how I have added boxes to certain areas:
Yellow = Input plants, their multipliers
Orange = Input gas
Purple = Crafting directly from plants
Red = Crafting directly from gases
Green = Ores and Their Multipliers
Advanced Crafting = Light Blue
Each phase is covered in the following phases.

2: Input PLANTS and multipliers (yellow box in the picture)

  • To expand the plants in rows 3, and 4, use the mined elements of rows 1 and 2. (To make more cactus, you can add pyrite to the cactus.
  • Each column can be combined to make a larger plant.
  • *Note: Faecium is slightly different from Mordite. Faecium can be converted directly to Mordite. Faecium and oxygen can refine to much more Faecium.
  • To make more plants and elements, refine each one until you have filled all the stacks.


3: Input GASES (orange on the picture)

Add oxygen to all gas slots. Any gas from the three + oxygen = another.

4: Craft directly with plants (Purple box in the picture)

  • Click the first slot (in the solarium) to create the heat capacitor as shown in the image.
  • To craft more, press 'E' on any item. Continue pressing 'E' until you have 10 items in the first row of ('s purple box.
  • Craft items can use up plants and other crafted items. It's easier to use (refilling with 'E') than to let any item run down.
  • Continue to fill the purple box's bottom row with 10 of each.


5: Simple gas crafting (. The picture shows the) red box.

  • Condensate carbon is created by refining carbon into carbon and carbon into condensed.
  • To expand the condensed carbon very efficiently, add more oxygen.
  • Make 2 stacks of each of the three elements


6: ORES (Green Box on the) picture

  • The 3 input elements are: Ionized Cobalt, Chlorine and Oxygen. Pure Ferrite is made from magnetised Ferrite.
  • Each ore is crafted in the green box. Work from left to right and refill stacks as they become empty.

For your reference, here's the same picture:
No Man's Sky - How to Make billions of units from mining in NMSv4 (Oct 2022) - 1: Prepare your storage area - 739CA19

7: ADVANCED CRAFT (Light blue box is shown in the) picture

Now, the part you've been waiting to see.

  • The items in the light-blue box are made from materials from other boxes.
  • Start at the top (conductor – a cream-coloured circle), and move down row by row.
  • Keep an eye out for empty boxes as you make your items. Keep replenishing them to ensure they don't run low.
  • Continue crafting items and refilling stacks until you have two stacks each of stasis devices or fusion igniters.
  • These 4 stacks of 10 have a value of :nmsunits 156 million each. So 4×156 = 624 million units. Now, sell them!
  • You can always make more by refilling your container and starting over.
  • You can easily make billions if you have enough mines.


Final thought

Here are some tips to make it easier.

  • You can keep your ship full even if you have only a few resources. If you do, you can send the resource to your ship to replenish the resource. It will then go into the appropriate slot for the next time that you need to make more units.
  • I highly recommend the 10x refiner speed mod.. who wants 15 minutes of waiting for a game to refine their virtual stuff? !

No Man's Sky - How to Make billions of units from mining in NMSv4 (Oct 2022) - Final thought - 6F8DE33You now have 624 million units of wealth. If your mines are large enough, keep at it until you make billions. Otherwise, have fun.
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