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Raw Materials are materials made up of basic, naturally occurring, chemical elements. They are used in synthesis and in many Engineer Blueprints.

Raw Material Sources[]

Geo and Bio Materials

Geo and bio materials study

Raw materials can be found on landable stellar bodies (low gravity and flat surface are much preferred), signal sources, and through asteroid mining. Also "raw" Material Trader can exchange materials you own for materials you want to obtain.

Material sources on planets and moons can be located by use of the Wave Scanner of an SRV. When they are destroyed by weapons fire from a ship or SRV they explode into chunks of materials, which can be collected using a ship or SRV's Cargo Scoop.

The type of materials vary depending on the geology of the body, the type of world it is and where it is situated.[1] As well as sources which are natural parts of the body, there are meteorites which fell from space, cargo racks of downed ships, and various Thargoid and Guardian structures.

Surface Prospecting[]

Landable stellar bodies can be analyzed by a Detailed Surface Scanner to reveal the materials available when prospecting, and a given body will always have 1 Rare (Grade 4) material, 2 Standard (Grade 3) materials, 3 Common (Grade 2) materials, and 5 Very Common (Grade 1) materials as part of its possible material yields from surface prospecting. As Lead and Rhenium are only available from asteroid mining, the 5 Very Common (Grade 1) materials on planet surfaces will always be Carbon, Iron, Nickel, Phosphorus, and Sulphur.

For example, surface prospecting on Frey 3 A can result in Iron, Sulphur, Carbon, Nickel, Phosphorus, Chromium, Manganese, Vanadium, Cadmium, Tungsten, and Tellurium[2]. No other resources can be found regardless of when or where the prospecting takes place on the planet; no Selenium, Germanium, Mercury, etc. can ever be found there.


Raw Materials can be obtained from the following sources:

Surface Prospecting

List of Raw Materials[]

Raw materials range from Very Common (Grade 1) to Rare (Grade 4); Very Rare (Grade 5) raw materials do not exist.

Name Category Grade Locations
Antimony 7 Rare Planet surfaces
Arsenic 6 Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Boron 7 Standard Asteroids
Cadmium 3 Standard Planet surfaces
Carbon 1 Very Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Chromium 2 Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Germanium 5 Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Iron 4 Very Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Lead 7 Very Common Asteroids
Manganese 3 Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Mercury 6 Standard Planet surfaces
Molybdenum 2 Standard Planet surfaces
Nickel 5 Very Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Niobium 1 Standard Planet surfaces, asteroids
Phosphorus 2 Very Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Polonium 6 Rare Planet surfaces
Rhenium 6 Very Common Asteroids
Ruthenium 3 Rare Planet surfaces
Selenium 4 Rare Planet surfaces, asteroids
Sulphur 3 Very Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Technetium 2 Rare Planet surfaces
Tellurium 5 Rare Planet surfaces
Tin 4 Standard Planet surfaces
Tungsten 5 Standard Planet surfaces, asteroids
Vanadium 1 Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Yttrium 1 Rare Planet surfaces
Zinc 4 Common Planet surfaces, asteroids
Zirconium 7 Common Planet surfaces, asteroids