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Make your Companion Units more powerful with item placement

Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

Maybe you're just starting out in No Man's Sky. Or maybe you're well-versed in using inventory slots for Companion Units. You know to look for Multi-Tools and Starships with more slots than you currently have, and you have an extensive library of Companion Units.

But what if you don't have the resources you need to make more or the slots to build them in? A little rearrangement could make your equipment more effective and serve as a stealth upgrade for your inventory.

To make your equipment work even better in No Man's Sky, you have to be intentional about which Companion Units go in which slot. Companion Units placed close to the basic function they modify get a boost, indicated by a highlight around the slot. Think of it like Tetris for your Multi-Tool.

Below, you can see the same Companion Unit in two different Exosuit slots. In the first image, it's not connected to the base Life Support slot, and it looks like any normal item in any normal slot. In the second image, it it's connected to the Life Support slot, and it now has a glowing blue border, indicating the symmetry bonus.

You can also chain Companion Units together to boost several at once, like in the image below. Each continuous chain of connected units is highlighted with a different color — green for our Mining Beam, red for our Boltcaster and yellow for our Scanner.

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No Man's Sky is a largely solitary experience, but that doesn't mean you have to travel the universe alone. This is but one small section of Polygon's No Man's Sky guide.

Be sure to check out the rest, where you can learn all about your ship, your Multi-Tool and Companion Units and even get answers to some of the biggest questions about No Man's Sky. We also have a guide to No Man's Sky's resources that'll teach you the difference between Oxides and Silicates and No Man's Sky's various elements.

If you're just looking for a quick reference guide to locations— like where you can save and trade — we've got you covered, too.