Part of the fun in No Man’s Sky is the ability to explore the many complex cave systems on the planets you visit. After a few days of wandering aimlessly and getting lost for hours, we learned that you don’t need to panic or worry about finding your way back. Ahhh, caves. Bring it on.
We landed on a planet that had vortex cubes everywhere, but mostly only inside caves. There were lots of albumen pearls on the surface, but they were guarded by level 3 sentinels and we spent more time running for our lives than to pick the pearls from their pods. Because of this, I had no choice but to go into the caves and go to work.
The only problem was that the cave system on this particular planet was quite complex. By the time I filled my inventory slots, I was lost and couldn’t find my way back. And when I do, it was usually at the expense of wasting 30 minutes or more on finding an exit. More than often, I find myself exiting a cave more than 5 minutes away from my ship — on foot.
Obviously, spelunking for vortex cubes wasn’t very efficient. But it beats getting chased by angry sentinels and flying from node to node lasering emirels or gold. And then there is the fact that most seller locations on this planet also had numerous caves within spitting distance. So, to quickly make the tens of millions of units I needed for my new ship, I went spelunking.
It wasn’t until that one time I was completely lost that I started yelling and bitching at the game that I accidentally fired my grenade. I know, as a general rule of thumb, you don’t fire or set off explosives in close quarters. But then a tiny miracle happened. It dented the wall. This was my eureeka moment. I started bombarding the same place and before you know it, I was tunneling myself out of the cave. Yay me!
So to make sure I would sound like I knew what I was talking about (before making the video above), I went back into the cave and tested the mining laser and the boltcaster. Neither of them works the cave walls or ceilings. Just the plazma grenades.
Trial and error seems to be the rule to No Man’s Sky for me.