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Dav's Hope, an abandoned Settlement POI

Points of Interest (POIs) are objects and encounters found on the surface of landable planets and moons. Depending on the type of site, Points of Interest may or may not be persistent.


Non-persistent POIs can be sought out in 2 ways:

  • Using the Wave Scanner of an SRV.
  • Flying a Ship at around 2 km above the surface. Blue circles on the scanner display mark areas which contain a Point of Interest. These fade out below 2km, vanishing fully at about 1.5km. Unless you spot the point of interest visually, it is best to land and switch to an SRV to use the Wave Scanner to finish tracking it down. Persistent POIs can be discovered by using the Detailed Surface Scanner to map a planet. These are primarily Geological or Biological POIs. Following the scan they are shown when approaching the planet and also in the System Navigation Panel.


Some points of interest are guarded by NPC soldiers, mercenaries and Skimmers, which have Bounties. The Skimmers are initially buried, and will unearth themselves when the POI is approached. Be on guard for potential reinforcements while scavenging.

If there is a trespass zone marked in red on the scanner display, lingering in it for too long will trigger the hostility of the skimmers. If the POI is in an area ruled by law and the skimmers do not have bounties, lingering in the trespass zone can also give fines and bounties.


Horizons sites

These Points of Interest were added in Elite Dangerous: Horizons and Elite Dangerous: Beyond.

Odyssey sites

These sites only appear in Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, and usually have interactive features for On Foot or SRV activities.