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No Man's Sky guide: Tag buildings with your Analysis Visor to find your way back

And not the “Kilroy was here” kind

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.

Getting lost is easy on the expansive, planet-sized planets of No Man's Sky, but, luckily, you can use your Analysis Visor for more than just taking pictures of funny-looking animals.

Using your Analysis Visor, you can scan buildings and structures. Doing this will put a white dot above them on your screen and make them show up as a waypoint both on your minimap and on your HUD.

This means that anytime you've walked a long way from your ship, you can still set yourself a meaningful point of reference while you go off to mine that rich cave full of Plutonium. You can even hop in your ship and fly away from the building you've tagged — to an extent — and still find your way back.

A caveat

This tagging process isn't permanently visible. Your tag seems to have a range of about six or seven minutes worth of walking distance, so it's a good temporary solution to help you with a limited task, but don't rely on it for a cross-continental journey. Once you're back in range, the tagged building will show up again, though.

Would you like to know more?

No Man's Sky is a largely solitary experience, but you don't have to travel the universe alone.

This is just 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 as we explain No Man's Sky's elements.

And 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.

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