No Man's Sky: How to get Creature Pellets

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An Aibai-Abasta pet companion in No Man's Sky.

In this guide, we explain how to get, craft, and use Creature Pellets in No Man's Sky.

Not only is there a vast amount of space to explore in No Man's Sky, but you'll also encounter new and unique life forms on each planet you visit. These alien forms will sometimes look familiar to other animals and even dinosaurs, and you can befriend them using Creature Pellets.

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With No Man's Sky available on the Nintendo Switch, check out some material guides to help as you traverse the galaxy on a new platform - here's where to find Cadmium, and Paraffinium, and how to increase your ship's storage.

How to get Creature Pellets

The description of and recipe for Creature Pellets, shown in the inventory of No Man's Sky.

First and foremost, to be able to craft Creature Pellets in No Man's Sky, you need to have unlocked the recipe for them. The recipe unlocks as a part of the main quest line, Awakenings, at around 4-5 hours into the game.

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By this point in the quest, you should have installed the Hyperdrive to your Starship and be able to warp between interstellar systems. Once you're able to warp from place to place, you'll find that the recipe for Creature Pellets will now be unlocked too. If you find that you do not have the recipe for creature pellets, try to interact with a creature at planet level. This will usually trigger the recipe.

How to craft and use Creature Pellets

An Aibai-Abasta wild animal after having been fed Creature Pellets; the animal can be adopted or farmed of edible clusters in No Man's Sky.

To craft Creature Pellets, access your inventory in No Man's Sky and select an empty slot. Then, using 60 Carbon, you'll be able to craft Creature Pellets to then feed to wild animals you encounter during your travels.

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Creature Pellets can be used as bait for wild animals. When feeding various creatures, you'll get the option to adopt them and take them on as a pet companion; we explain in depth how to have pets in No Man's Sky here. Alternatively, the bait can be used to yield Faecium from wild animals, or to lure them in and then hunt them for their produce. Also, for animals that have been angered, feeding them Creature Pellets can calm them in some cases.

That's all you need to know about unlocking, crafting, and using Creature Pellets in No Man's Sky. For more things to do during your exploration of the vast expanse of space, check out how to get a free Freighter and how to go about making money quickly.