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Subnautica Game Guide

Subnautica Game Guide

Underwater adventure! This game guide contains helpful tips and tricks on how to survive in sea depths. Here you will find valuable information about game mechanics like gathering resources, collecting items, and using the in-game crafting system.

Our guide to Subnautica and its stand-alone expansion called Below Zero contain complete walkthroughs for both games. Find the most important information about the game's world and check what you can expect in them. Thanks to our walkthrough, your adventure with Subnautica will be a pleasant experience. You will also discover all secrets of the planet 4546B without taking too much risk.

What is Subnautica?

Both Subnautica and its expansion Below Zero are action games with survival elements. Both games take place on planet 4546B. However, they are set in a different period and part of the planet.

Auroras wreckage - the main character of Subnautica has survived its crash. - Subnautica Game Guide
Aurora's wreckage - the main character of Subnautica has survived its crash.

In Subnautica, you play as Ryley Robinson, the only survivor of Aurora's crash. He ends up in an enormous underwater crater with a diverse ecosystem. This place consists of various biomes inhabited by creatures unique to them. Ryley's goal is to cure himself of a mysterious disease and leave the planet.

Your adventure in Subnautica: Below Zero starts inside a beautiful base. It is a shame that the base gets destroyed. - Subnautica Game Guide
Your adventure in Subnautica: Below Zero starts inside a beautiful base. It is a shame that the base gets destroyed.

Subnautica: Below Zero takes place two years after the events of the original game. This time, you play as Robin Goodall - an employee of a research station located in the arctic part of 4546B. When the station gets destroyed, she is forced to survive in open sea full of various creatures.

Both games have similar gameplay mechanics. The player's goal is to explore underwater biomes, collect resources necessary for crafting items, and take care of your character's needs. Since both the original and the expansion take place under the water, you also have to keep an eye on your oxygen level. If you run out of it, your character will die.

Starting tips

Each adventure needs a proper start. This usually has a huge impact on your future progress. Here you can find the most important tips that will help you at the beginning of both games.

Subnautica

  1. Don't collect too many resources at once - Don't pick up every single item you come across, only those that are necessary for crafting a specific tool. You start with a limited storage room which can get filled up fast with unnecessary resources.
  2. Craft a knife as soon as you can - Use the Fabricator to do that. A knife allows you to collect plant samples necessary for crafting certain items and to defend yourself from aggressive creatures.
  3. Don't try to explore deeper parts of the ocean right away - Some parts of the ocean are 100 meters deep which means that you will need a lot of oxygen. Without a large oxygen tank, you won't be able to reach the bottom or collect any resources. You will also need food, water and first aid kits.
  4. Avoid Aurora - Aurora is a great source of materials and blueprints. There is no point in exploring that place at the beginning of the game. The wreckage is in a radiation zone - you can stay there while wearing a Radiation Suit. It will be unlocked after Aurora's explosion.
  5. Build a Scanner - This item allows you to scan fauna, flora and the remains of Aurora. Scan objects to unlock entries in the encyclopedia, and new blueprints.

Subnautica: Below Zero

  1. Watch out for ice floes - Your character has to resurface from time to time to enter the base or to catch a breath. Remember that you are in an arctic zone. The water's surface is full of ice floes of different sizes.
  2. Build a Grav Trap - Unlock Grav Trap blueprint as soon as you craft yourself a Scanner. Grav Trap fragments are near the first base. Deploy them to catch food with greater ease.
  3. Avoid deeper caves - In the initial stages of the game, your character has limited supplies of oxygen. Your mobility is low, too. Avoid bigger caves until you upgrade your oxygen tank and Seaglide vehicle. You won't be able to resurface in them and get oxygen.
  4. You lose a few things upon death - The bar in the bottom left corner of the screen shows your current health. If it drops to zero, you die. Your character will respawn in the base (except on Hardcore). However, this respawn will cost you a few items from your inventory. Always carry food and water. In the worst case, you can go back to retrieve lost items. They will stay in the place where you died.
  5. Observe carefully - In the original game, the majority of item fragments were kept in various chests or near wrecks. In Below Zero, the majority of the parts is hidden in grass on the ocean's bottom. They are easy to miss.
  6. Get oxygen tank as fast as possible - Your initial oxygen supplies are very limited. You only have enough oxygen to stay under the water for a brief moment. Because of that, you won't be able to reach deeper parts of the map. Invest in Standard O2 Tank. It increases your oxygen supplies, and you can get it right from the beginning.

Markings used in Subnautica: Below Zero guide

  1. The guide to Subnautica: Below Zero uses various color markings to distinguish important locations and groups of items. The colors used here are as follow:
  2. Green was used for all biomes available in the game.
  3. Orange was used for basic resources that can be gathered on the map.
  4. Bronze was used for all crafting items.
  5. Blue was used for resources depots as well as various stashes or resource drops.

FAQ

Not everything can be obvious at first glance. Obviously, some of the mechanics may require explanation. Both chapters contain answers to some of the questions that can arise during your playthrough.

Subnautica

  1. How to repair a base? - holes appear in your base when it gets attacked or when its durability reaches zero. Check this chapter to learn how to make it operational again.
  2. How to craft items? - the game's main focus is on collecting resources and crafting tools. Check this chapter to learn how to use a Fabricator.
  3. How do I upgrade the Seamoth? - Seamoth is your default vehicle. Thanks to its small size, it is able to get almost anywhere. However, the basic version has its limits. Check this chapter to learn how to upgrade this vehicle.
  4. How to build the base? - the game gives you the option to build your own base. Check this chapter to learn how to build your own underwater fortress.

Subnautica: Below Zero

  1. Where can I find titanium? - titanium is a basic resource used for crafting the majority of items. Check this chapter to learn where you can find it.
  2. What are the sources of oxygen? - In opposition to the base title, Below Zero offers a few new ways of getting oxygen. This chapter contains a detailed description of the new ways of getting oxygen.
  3. How to build a base? - In opposition to the base title, in Below Zero, getting a base builder is a much more difficult task. This chapter will tell you how to get a base builder and how to build bases.

Biomes

The maps in Subnautica and Below Zero are divided into smaller biomes. Each one of them has a unique aesthetic. They also contain resources that are specific only to a particular biome. The pages listed below describe their most characteristic features:

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  1. Safe Shallows - this is the starting biome. A peaceful zone, full of various and unique resources.
  2. Grand Reef - here, you can find passages to deeper parts of the ocean.
  3. Lost River - a huge location that stretches below almost the entire base map. This biome is so big that it was divided into three smaller locations.
  4. Mountains - Definitely the most dangerous biome in the game. This area is filled with Reaper Leviathans.

Subnautica: Below Zero

  1. Shallow Twisty Bridges and Twisty Bridges - the first is the starting location, the latter lies deeper. Twisty Bridges is inhabited by only one predatory species.
  2. Lilypad isles - This zone is hard to miss, mainly because of its inhabitants. This chapter will tell you who are we talking about - you'll also learn of other characteristic traits of this biome.
  3. Arctic and Deep Arctic - zones which are almost completely overrun by the majestic, as well as friendly, beings. This chapter will tell you what can you expect from them, as well as from the remaining elements of the environment.

System requirements

Aside from a differences regarding biomes or appearing species of animals Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero offer almost identical graphics. Every player who liked one of these games will easily find himself in the second one. Nevertheless, both games differ regarding system requirements. Below you can find a comparison of requirements of both of these games.

Minimum

Parameter

Subnautica

Subnautica: Below Zero

OS

Windows Vista SP2 64-bit

Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Processor

Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz

Intel Core i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 2.6GHz

RAM

4 GB

8 GB

Graphics Card

Intel HD 4600

Intel HD 530

HDD

20 GB

15 GB

Recommended

Parameter

Subnautica

Subnautica: Below Zero

OS

Windows Vista SP2 64-bit

Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Processor

Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz

Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 3GHz

RAM

8 GB

8 GB

Graphics Card

GeForce GTX 550 Ti with 2 GB VRAM

Nvidia 1050 Ti or AMD Radeon 570 with 4 GB VRAM

HDD

20 GB

15 GB

About Subnautica Game Guide

Author : Agnieszka "aadamus" Adamus for gamepressure.com

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Subnautica Video Game

Subnautica
  • genre: Adventure

  • developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
  • publisher: Unknown Worlds Entertainment
  • platform: PC, XONE

Subnautica game takes place in a fictional world inspired by old adventure novels like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea written by Jules Verne. The salt waters of the ocean are inhabited by numerous monsters and at the bottom the player can find the remains of futuristic buildings and ships. The players assume the role of a captain of a futuristic underwater vessel and are tasked with exploring the depts.

The gameplay mechanics of Subnautica for PC / Windows are a cocktail of features from other genres, including RPGs, sandboxes and cinematic action games. The players are tasked with constructing submarines and then using them to explore the sea world. Each decision made during the construction impacts the feats of the machine the player can decide the interior layout, materials used and types of devices available on the deck.

Subnautica PC version System Requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit

Minimum: Intel Core i3 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB Intel HD 4600 or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows Vista SP2 64-bit

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