No Man's Sky: How to Make Lots of Money Fast - Farm Albumen Pearls and Rare Resources

Learn how to supplement your income and fatten your checkbook in No Man's Sky.


No Man’s Sky is huge, and if you want to be successful along the way then you are going to need to be able to purchase things like inventory space and new starships. To do this, however, you’re going to need to make lots of money, or Units as they call them in game. Luckily, this guide will point out a few quick and easy ways to increase your wallet size, allowing you to speed up your progress through the universe.

Look Out for Rare Resources

The most notable way to make some easy money is to keep an eye out for rare or endangered resource nodes. The most notable resources that I’ve found throughout my time in the game include but are not limited to:

  • Emeril
  • Gold
  • Nickel

These resources aren’t easy or hard to find, they range somewhere in the middle, and are usually found in fairly large sized deposits. I’ve often come across planets where several nodes can be seen in scattered groups, allowing me to mine them without much trouble. Most times you can earn upwards of 100,000 Units for 500 Gold or Emeril, even when the resource is being purchased for a loss in that region.

Carry more resources by learning how to increase your Exosuit and starship inventory space in No Man's Sky.

Farm Thamium9

A really quick and easy way to earn some extra Units is to hop into your starship, fly up out of the planet’s atmosphere, and start shooting away at the asteroids floating around in space. Not only are there big asteroids up here that contain items like Nickel and Iridium and Copper, but there are also a lot of smaller asteroids that hold tons of Thamium9, which you may recognize as the Isotope used to fuel your Pulse Engine. While this item is extremely useful for helping you get around, it can also be amassed in large amounts with very little farming time, allowing you to zoom to your nearest space station and sell it for a relatively fair price. It’s not big bucks by any means, but it’s a good way to fill your coffers enough if you’re really struggling to get some cash in your wallet.

Find and Extract Albumen Pearls

One of the best ways to earn some bang for your buck is to locate a planet littered with Albumen Pearl plants. This flora, when closed, resembles a greenish pod of sorts. When you interact with it, the two sides will open, falling to the ground. This will reveal an Albumen Pearl, which when acquired can be sold for upwards of 25,000 Units a piece.

The biggest issue with finding this rare item, however, is the fact that whenever you pick one up, nearby Sentinels are instantly alerted to your presence, and begin to swarm you. This makes it relatively dangerous to farm, so if you do decide to go this route, be sure you have plenty of items on hand to keep your Boltcaster charged, and your shields up and running at 100%.

Need to get around to other systems, but don't know how to get that precious Antimatter you need to make Warp Cores? Find out how to get Antimatter in No Man's Sky.

These aren’t the only way to make money in No Man’s Sky, and while you can get by selling other things, these three ways offer some of the quickest ways to amass a small fortune without having to put seventy-five hours into the game. Just make sure you have plenty of inventory space so you can maximize your Launch Thruster usage, as well as your travel time.

Looking for more content on Hello Games’ massive space adventure? Check out our detailed guide to all things No Man’s Sky for more information.

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Joshua holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and has been exploring the world of video games for as long as he can remember. He enjoys everything from large-scale RPGs to small, bite-size indie gems and everything in between.

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