No Man's Sky: How to Get Navigation Data

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Navigation Data is used to purchase maps at Space Stations in No Man's Sky. Finding it can be a little tricky if you don't know where to look, but there are a couple of sure fire places to check. We've outlined where to find Navigation Data in this guide. We'll also take a look at its main uses and the fastest ways to farm it.

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No Man's Sky: How to Get Navigation Data

There are a few ways to get Navigation Data. Two of them involve being at planet level, and one can be found inside Space Stations. Here's what you need to know.

  • Ancient Data Structures
  • Red Barrell Containers found at Cargo Drops
  • Encrypted Data on Space Stations

Ancient Data Structures

The most direct way to get Navigation Data is to locate Ancient Data Structures. These can be found by using your Analysis Visor to look for yellow star icons. We've shown this in the screenshot below:


Locating an Ancient Data Structure in No Man's Sky

Red Barrels at Cargo Drops

Use your Analysis Visor to locate Cargo Drops on a planet's surface. Often, there will be red barrels that can be opened using an Atlas Pass V1. These have a high chance to contain Navigation Data.


An Exocraft is parked next to a Cargo Drop on a wintry planet in No Man's Sky

Encrypted Navigation Data

Finally, we have Encrypted Data. These can be found aboard Space Stations, usually as orange cubes on the tables near the Cartographer. Check everything in this area. Tablets, Cubes, screens. Interacted with any of these can yield Navigation Data.


Farming Navigation Data

The best way I've found to farm Navigation Data is to use an Exocraft to travel across a planet's surface, picking up Cargo drops. Just scan for a Cargo Drop, and open any red Barrels that you find. Check for Ancient data Structures as you go, as this will increase your yield. Upgrading the speed of your Exocraft can do wonders here, and make sure you bring Condensed Carbon for fuel.

What is Navigation Data Used For?

Navigation Data is primarily used to purchases specific maps from the Cartographer. you will need these to find Monoliths in most cases. Here are some other uses:

  • Used to summon ships at landing pads
  • Can be sold for around 1,000 units

That's all you need to know about getting Navigation Data in No Man's Sky. For more on the game be sure to check out our guide on getting Silicate Powder. Elsewhere there's our tips on getting a free freighter.