Main article: Materials

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 Edit

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 perhaps other more mysterious sources to be found (e.g. alien structures).

Surface Prospecting Edit

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.

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.

Sources Overview Edit

Sources discovered so far are:

List of Raw Materials Edit

Raw materials rarity ranges from 'Common' to 'Very Rare', but rarity does not match its ranking at the material trader.

Name Grade
Antimony Rare
Arsenic Common
Boron Very Common
Cadmium Standard
Carbon Very Common
Chromium Common
Germanium Common
Iron Very Common
Lead Very Common
Manganese Common
Mercury Standard
Molybdenum Standard
Nickel Very Common
Niobium Standard
Phosphorus Very Common
Polonium Rare
Rhenium Very Common
Ruthenium Rare
Selenium Rare
Sulphur Very Common
Technetium Rare
Tellurium Rare
Tin Standard
Tungsten Standard
Vanadium Common
Yttrium Rare
Zinc Common
Zirconium Rare


  1. The Mercs of Mikunn Geophysical Expedition handbook
  2. entry for Frey 3 A
  3. 3.0 3.1
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