No Man's Sky: How to Get Faecium

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Faecium in No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is brimming with materials, and it can get a little overwhelming. So, here is our guide on how to find Faecium in No Man's Sky. We'll take a look at feeding animals, making it in a refiner, and more.

Faecium is a useful resource that can be obtained in No Man's Sky in a number of different ways. You'll need it for a handful of crafting recipes, and to satisfy certain quest objectives.


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 Faecium in No Man's Sky

There are a bunch of different ways to get Faecium in No Man's Sky. We've listed them below, and will go into a little bit more detail on each later in the article:

  • Feeding animals
  • Making it in a Refiner
  • Find it in Deposits
  • Growing Faecium
  • By-product from certain Carbon-based plants
Faecium in No Man's Sky

Get Faecium from feeding animals

One of the easiest ways to get faecium is to feed animals while exploring planets. All you need to do is craft some creature pellets in your inventory, then feed them to an animal. Follow it around and it will eventually drop Faecium. This is good for small amounts, but arguably a fairly low-yield method.


How to make Faecium in a Refiner

You can make Faecium in a Refiner, allowing you to yield much more of it when compared to other methods. Here are some Faecium recipes:

  • Mordite (x3) = Faecium (x1)
  • Mordite (x1) + Carbon (x2) = Faecium (x3)
  • Di-hydrogen (x1) + Carbon (x1) = Faecium (x1)

These recipes are a great way to make plenty of Faecium. Their relatively low cost, and with the right fuel you can make it quickly while exploring a planet or while back at your base.

Finding Faecium in deposits

Certain planets will actually have large Faecium deposits on them. You'll see them listed in the analysis visor when scanning a planet, though they are a fairly rare type to come across.

Growing Faecium

We always recommend that players complete the base-building questline as soon as possible. Doing so will reward you with a garden that regularly produces resources like Star Brambles and Faecium. The Gutrot flower is what you'll need to grow in order to get Faecium. If you don't have a hired farmer on your base, head to the Construction Research Terminal on The Anomaly. You can unlock Gutrot seeds here.



Make sure you're regularly scanning plants as you explore planets. Some carbon-based ones will offer Faecium as a by-product, meaning you'll just need to hit them with the mining laser to collect it.

Faecium in No Man's Sky

What is Faecium used for?

You'll primarily use Faecium in the crafting recipes for things like Lubricant, Detoxified Slime and the Livestock Unit. It can be combined with Hexite to make Clusters, and with Pugnium to make Gold. It's a versatile resource that you should make sure you're growing at all times, if only for certain quest objectives later on.

That's all you need to know about Faecium in No Man's Sky. For more on the game be sure to check out our Essential Tips For Getting Started. Elsewhere there's our look at getting a Free Freighter.