Subnautica Articles RSS Feed | Subnautica RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Subnautica, Below Zero Discover Upgrade Paths From PS4 to PS5 Sat, 01 May 2021 12:11:38 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Subnautica and its sequel, Subnautica: Below Zero, will be getting PS5 upgrades this year. Unknown Worlds announced the news during Sony's most recent State of Play, which provided a new look at Subnautica: Below Zero's gameplay. While the developer did not explicitly say when the upgrades would become available, it's likely safe to assume they will be available on or around the launch of Below Zero on PS4 and PS5: May 14. 

The upgrade paths for both Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero are free for those who already own the games, either physically or digitally. 

Unknown Worlds also confirmed that Subnautica: Below Zero on PS5 will hit 4K in graphics mode and target 60FPS in performance mode. It will also make use of the special features of the DualSense controller, specifically its haptic feedback functionality.

While Unknown Worlds didn't specify in the trailer or PlayStation Blog post outlining the upgrade paths and features for the original Subnautica, the developer told GamesRadar that "the first Subnautica's PS5 upgrade includes the same 60FPS 'performance mode' as Below Zero, but won't come with DualSense support 'just yet.'" (thanks, GamesRadar). 

Subnautica is an underwater survival game that launched in Steam Early Access way back in 2014 before hitting 1.0 in early 2018. It launched later that year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It was recently given away on PS4 as part of Sony's Play at Home program, alongside several other indie titles. 

Subnautica: Below Zero is a sequel set one year after the events of Subnautica, featuring a completely different protagonist. It puts a much greater emphasis on storytelling and improves on the core mechanics of the original game. It's come a long way since I first took a look at it in 2019, with Unknown Worlds adding quite a bit to the base experience.

There are plenty of new tools and vehicles to craft and use in Below Zero while exploring new, chilling regions of Planet 4546B. The sequel also features new flora and fauna, such as the adorable Pengling, the mischievous Sea Monkey, and the terrifying Shadow Leviathan, and new takes on old favorites, such as the Arctic Peeper. 

Still in Early Access on PC (Steam), Below Zero will officially launch into its 1.0 build for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch on May 14. The game can be purchased on Steam now for $29.99 and pre-purchased on all other platforms for the same price. 

[Sources: PlayStation Blog, Unknown Worlds, GamesRadar]

Subnautica Silver Ore Location Guide: How to Find It Tue, 30 Mar 2021 20:16:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Subnautica silver ore may not be used to construct as many individual items or upgrades as other crafting materials. Still, it is worth farming because it's a key component of the wiring kit. Like other ores and precious metals in the underwater survival game from Unknown Worlds Entertainment, silver is found in a cavalcade of biomes across the alien ocean world of 4546B. 

Although whether you get the material from specific outcroppings is heavily reliant on RNG, there are a few places you can explore that are easier to get to early on. The guide below tells you what you need silver for, as well as where to find it.

What is Silver Ore Used for in Subnautica? 

Silver ore is used to construct:

  • High-capacity O2 tank (fabricator)
  • Wiring kit (fabricator)
  • Medical kit fabricator (habitat builder)
  • Scanner room speed upgrade (scanner room)

Arguably, the most important craftable objects are the high-capacity O2 tank (x1 ore) and the wiring kit (x2 ore). The larger O2 tank is essential for performing deeper dives and exploring for the various parts of the prawnsuit and cyclops, while the wiring kit is used in a variety of other crafting recipes, such as those for the rebreather, propulsion cannon, battery charger, and more. 

The wiring kit is what you’ll need to farm silver ore for. 

Where is Silver Ore in Subnautica?

Sandstone on an underwater cliff.

This resource is found in basically every biome on Planet 4546B, from the Kelp Forest to the Bulb Zone and most everywhere in between.

Early in the game, you want to look for sandstone outcroppings on the seafloor and attached to the sides of underwater hills and mountains. They look like round, medium brown rocks (as opposed to the more oblong, tan/light brown limestone outcroppings). Each outcropping gives you 1x silver. 

These are most abundantly found in the early game in the grassy plateau biome, as well as at the edge of the kelp forest biome when it abuts the grassy plateau. 

Note that sandstone outcroppings are also sources of gold and lead, two other materials you’ll need. You can even get gold from the above areas, as I have several times.

How to Find the Grassy Plateau for Early-Game Ore

Looking northeast over the ocean with the seaglide.

From your lifepod, go northeast (the wreckage of the crash landed Aurora will be on your right). Keep going through the safe shallows until it drops down into the grassy plateau area. There will be red grass on the ocean floor of this area. 

Once the area drops down, turn left and go north, sticking along the cliff face. When you come to the large, green kelp forests (they’ll be on your left), you will start noticing caves in the cliff face. Look around and in these caves for sandstone. 

You can also venture out into the grassy plateau and look for sandstone attached to the pillars there and in the caves that drop down to the mushroom forest, but this area is deep and dangerous.

Not only will you need the high-capacity O2 tank to manage your oxygen supply and navigate this area efficiently (which you need silver ore to construct), you’ll also likely need the seaglide to make sure you can get to the surface faster. Be on the lookout for bonesharks, as well. 

You can also go to the grassy plateau/kelp forest area located south/southwest of the lifepod. Neither area is really more dangerous than the other, it seems, and I haven’t found either area to be more efficient than the other. Both grassy plateau areas also start at about the same distance from the lifepod (about 260 meters).  

Get Ore Material from Large Deposits

Large silver ore deposit on the seabed.

Silver ore can also be mined from large resource deposits, which are pyramidal material nodes found on the seabed in various biomes. Silver outcrops can be most easily found early in the game in the underwater islands biome and the dunes biome, though "easily" here is relative since you'll need the prawnsuit drill to mine them.

That's not to mention that you likely need the colossus to carry the prawnsuit to these areas unless you have a base built closeby. These areas are also some of the more dangerous biomes in Subnautica

Get Silver from Barnacles on Reefback Leviathans

Reefback Leviathan in deep water.

Reefback Leviathans are the large, whale-like creatures that can be found swimming above the grassy plateau areas. They can also be found in the mushroom forest, bulb zone, and dunes, as well as a handful of other areas. 

Various resource nodes can be found on their backs, including coral and acid mushroom. Teal barnacles inside dark greyish sacks can also be found on them. Breaking the barnacles can give you either copper or silver. 

This method works, but it is much less reliable than looking for sandstone or, later in the game, looking for large deposits.


That’s all there is to know about how to find silver ore in Subnautica’s early game, and after you know what to look for, you’ll be able to find the crafting resource in other biomes. For more on how to explore the vast ocean of Subnautica, consider checking out our other guides. Happy exploring. 

Sony Offers 10 Free Games with Play at Home 2021, Includes Horizon Zero Dawn Wed, 17 Mar 2021 16:14:14 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sony is expanding its Play At Home initiative by offering nine games for free starting March 25, including some PlayStation VR games. Play at Home will continue into April, with Sony making Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition available for free beginning April 19.

The first round of Play at Home free games will be available March 25 at 8 p.m. PST/11 p.m. EST through April 22 at the same time. It includes:

  • Abzu
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Rez Infinite
  • Subnautica
  • The Witness
  • Thumper
  • Paper Beast
  • Moss
  • Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition will be free from April 19 until May 14 at the same times. 

There's no gimmick to obtaining these. Just like with 2020's Play At Home games, all you need is a PSN account. 

From March 25 through April 22, Sony is also offering an expanded Funimation trial, extending the usual two-week free trial to a full three months.

Subnautica Diamonds: The Best Place to Find Them Wed, 18 Mar 2020 22:33:51 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Where do you find diamonds in Subnautica? It's a question I asked myself for a long time when I first started playing a few years ago. Luckily, they're pretty easy to nab if you know where to look. 

Diamonds are a key crafting ingredient in Subnautica. They're used to make the laser cutter, the reinforced dive suit and gloves, the modification station, and the mobile vehicle bay. They're also used to upgrade the Seamoth and the Prawnsuit. 

The sooner you know where to find them, the better. 

The Best Place to Find Diamonds in Subnautica

A shale outcrop, which could have a diamond, on the edge of the Mountain Island in Subnautica.

Many of the biomes on the Subnautica map have diamonds, but the best (and safest) place to find them is the Mountain Island

You can reach the Mountain Island at any point in your playthrough, though you'll eventually get there as part of the critical path. It is located north, north-east of Lifepod 5. If you do not have the compass, build it using the fabricator. It will make finding the location much easier since the island is shrouded in fog until you get close to it.

Dive around the island and look for shale outcroppings. You can find some shale on the edges of the beach near the alien compound on the far side of the island. You can also find outcroppings underwater, attached to the sides of the mountain. The caves beneath the mountain also have shale that might contain diamonds. 

The most problematic enemy in this area is the warper, which will warp you away from shale if you're not careful. 

More dangerous areas surrounding the Mountain Island, including the Underwater Islands, the Mushroom Forest, and the Blood Kelp Zone are also worth exploring. Be careful of bonesharks, mesmers, and a creeping leviathan in these areas. 

Diamonds in Other Biomes

You can also find diamonds in other places. As long as you dive deep enough, you have the chance to find this precious crafting resource in shale outcroppings. 

  • Blood Kelp Caves
  • Bulb Zone Caves
  • Crag Field
  • Deep Grand Reef
  • Deep Sparse Reef
  • Grand Reef
  • Inactive Lava Zone
  • Lost River
  • Mountains
  • Sea Treader's Path

How to Spawn Diamonds 

If you'd rather spawn diamonds and not look for them, you can do so using the debug menu and this Subnautica cheat: item diamond 1. You can enter any value in the number spot (such as 5, 10, 100) to get the desired number of diamonds. 

Though you can only carry as many diamonds as you have room for in your inventory, the pile of diamonds you spawn will remain in the same place until you take them all. You can come back to them over and over again until they are depleted.

Opening the Debug Menu for Console Commands 

To bring up the console command menu and enter the cheat on PC, press "F3". The debug menu will appear in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Then press "F8". Uncheck the round button in the upper left-hand portion of the debug menu. Now press "Enter" and type in the command. Press "Enter" again to spawn the diamonds. 

Luckily, it's much easier on console. On Xbox One, press LB+A+RB. On PS4, press L1+X+R1. Enter the command and press "A" or "X".


That's it for how to find diamonds in Subnautica. From more, including a list of the games console commands, be sure to check out our Subnautica guides hub

The Best 5 Survival Games of 2019 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 14:38:32 -0500 Yaneki


1. Subnautica


Subnautica strands players on a vast alien ocean world absolutely teeming with life, and not all of it is friendly. Plenty of fish in the sea may be right when some of them want to eat you. Subnautica is an unrivaled joy to explore, as it rewards you with beautiful scenery and haunting creatures the deeper you go, all the while offering players a story and goal to follow.


While some games like ARK or Conan offer underwater experiences, none of them really come close to Subnautica or the terror of being besieged or chased by alien sea monsters and leviathans.


The Sub Zero DLC is supposed to be even more terrifying and oppressive, with constant blizzards on the surface and much more monstrous foes to contend with. Though I've yet to play the DLC myself.


The only thing some would say is really holding the game back is the lack of multiplayer. Subnautica is a solo experience, so you'll be going it on your own and that leaves out any human interactions that make other games so fun. But it still manages to take the cake in our opinion.




What do you think were the best games to survive in through 2019? With the new decade being rung in, who knows what's to come with 2020 and beyond's survival game offerings. Let us know which survival titles you're awaiting in the comments below!


2 - Rust


Rust offers players the tension of DayZ combined with a unique charm to it, along with the best building system out of any survival game in the market. Seriously, every building system should just copy Rust, please.


Player interaction is what makes and breaks this game.


Rust offers a massive playerbase, so you'll come across all manner of friendly encounters, roleplayers, screeching children and memesters, but for every group like that, there's about 5 more that will cave your skull in with a rock or put a bullet between your eyes for legitimately no reason. Except maybe cannibalism. But hey, that just makes it extremely entertaining to watch on YouTube.


PvP is exceptionally intense as well, with raiding and skirmishes being extremely prominent given how hostile most players are.


More than anything though, Rust's Achille's heel is time itself. With most servers operating on weekly wipes, Rust encourages players to log in en masse on Wipe Day so they can quickly acquire the boots needed to stomp on any players unfortunate enough to attempt joining in after them.


3. Conan Exiles


Conan Exiles has managed to fill in a niche void for players who not only want something more comprehensive and substantial in their survival MMOs, but also for fans who are just missing the good old days in Age of Conan.


The game successfully creates a living, breathing world with multiple biomes and societies, each filled with various tribes of NPCs, while still keep a massing wasteland, tundra, and jungle area to explore and build in. Combat feels good, building is fun, and players can even tame animals or summon gargantuan avatars of the gods to smite their enemies.


4. ARK: Survival Evolved


I would love ARK: Survival Evolved and probably play it way more than the over 2,000 hours I already have in the game if it weren't made by studio developer Wild Card.


The game has literally always had severe gameplay problems and bugs and extremely poor optimization. The base game itself takes up way too much HDD space, which for many just isn't worth it.


I say all this but, again, I've played 2,000 hours of it. So that counts for something.


ARK offers beautiful, enormous maps filled to the brim with plenty of unique environments just begging to be explored, each with their own host of prehistoric animals, mutants, and even robots players don't just have to slap to death -- they can tame them, too.


With so much to explore and so much to actually do, it's easy to get hooked on hunting down Ascendant and Tek tier loot. Plus, dinosaurs are just really really cool.


5. DayZ


It's 2019 and DayZ finally launched it's full release, a feat many thought would never happen.


The game had been in Early Access since forever, and honestly, not a whole lot has changed over the years. Loot is painfully scarce, everything is deadly, and you'll probably starve to death before you get munched on by a zombie. Overall, it's pretty average and boring but sets the standard.


But it's once you get the ball rolling that DayZ picks up, once you have your first precious cache of stuff, a backpack, a gun, some clothes, that's when the game hooks you with this nerve-wracking tension of losing everything in an instant if you aren't careful.


Players are constantly hunting or even abducting each other in DayZ, making it one of the most tense games to play alone or even with a small group.


The end of the decade is here, and what a decade it was. The 2010's brought in a host of the fairly new survival genre of games, each for the most part with it's own unique flavor.


From dinosaurs to zombies, to barbarians to just some random naked guys on the beach, here are the top five survival games that held our attention in 2019 and are sure to dominate our libraries well-into 2020 that won't be forgotten with the tick over to 2020.

Subnautica Below Zero Update Adds Double-O Spy Penglings, New Biomes, Teleportation Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:46:48 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Since Subnautica Below Zero released on Steam Early Access near the beginning of this year, developer Unknown Worlds has released several expansive updates for the game. The latest additions come in the form of the Spy Pengling Update, which is available now. 

The eponymous spy penglings are actually research robots. Players can use them to get up close and personal with Planet 4546B's fauna. The Alterra remote unit is capable of scanning and archiving both flora and fauna without disturbing wildlife. It also comes with arms and four storage slots for picking up and storing crafting supplies while on research missions. 

You can even take super spy pengling selfies if that's your bag. 

In addition to the new research robots, the Spy Pengling Update also brings new biomes and creatures to Subnautica Below Zero. The imposing Tree Spires biome features the tentacled Vent Garden, a "leviathan-class fauna." It's so large other creatures can be found within it. 

Image source: AnomalyDetected, Subnautica Below Zero Wiki

The Lily Paddler is also a new type of fauna, and it can be found in the Lillypad Islands. While the creature is typically docile, it can entrance survivors, "causing confusion and disorientation." As of this writing, the Lillypad Islands biome is not completely finished, although Unknown Worlds does not give a specific timeframe for its completion. 

New weather effects, such as rain and explosive lightning have been added to the game as well. The developer says that these will "become more common," though what that exactly means remains unclear. On top of that, Below Zero's northern regions are also getting colder. Now the frigid temperatures are represented by visible ice on players' dive masks; warm drinks and warming gear, as well as certain flora types, can reverse the game's new cold effects. 

Lastly, and perhaps most interestingly, Below Zero now has a teleportation system. Anyone who has spent any time in Planet 4546B's waters knows that travel can sometimes be slow.

Now, players can attach a new teleportation module to the Seatruck (added two updates ago) and build a Precursor Tether. These devices allow for teleportation between the Seatruck and "distant sites." Because everything comes at a price, travel does, however, cost one Ion Cube.

For more Below Zero updates, those interested can keep tabs on the game's production via its official Favro board. The standalone expansion to Subnautica is currently available on Steam for $19.99. 

Where to Find Silver and Gold in Subnautica Below Zero Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:41:52 -0500 Jonathan Moore

To build certain tools and items in Subnautica Below Zero, you're going to need silver and gold. However, neither is readily lying about; as you would expect, you'll come across more copper and titanium than silver and gold. 

Luckily, there are a few spots in Below Zero that have the rare crafting materials. Before you go off looking for them, though, it's best that you craft the seaglide first (so you can travel faster) and the high-capacity oxygen tank next (so you can dive for longer periods). 

Silver and Gold Location 1: Emergency Supply Crate Cave

Once you've got those, head toward the emergency supply cache. If, for some reason, this hasn't appeared in the storyline by the time you start searching for silver and gold, the video at the top of this guide will show you where to look. Here are the steps, though:

  • Exit your pod and turn right
  • Continue for about 310 meters
  • You will travel through the safe shallows and through a small creepvine area, then a larger creepvine forest
  • After you exit the creepvine forest, you will come to a glacier that is almost touching the ocean floor
  • Go through the crack to find a seabase foundation piece next to a small creepvine forest
  • Go into the forest and look down; there will be a large cave system below you

Once inside, you'll find plenty of silver and gold outcroppings to mine. At this stage in early access, some of the outcroppings will give you titanium and copper instead of silver and gold, but there's enough here to get what you need for the wiring kit.

Silver and Gold Location 2: Bendy Bridges

As you progress through the story, you'll come to an area known as Bendy Bridges. In fact, Bendy Bridges is the deep valley area a few hundred meters in front of your pod door.

To find it, go to the area in which you found the rebreather, and dive deeper down. As you get closer to the sea floor, you will start to find silver and gold outcroppings on the cliffs, in caves, and on the seabed itself. 

This is a very large area, so it is advisable to have the seaglide, the high-capacity oxygen tank, and the rebreather before venturing deep into the valley. Be sure to also take advantage of the oxygen plants in this area to stay submerged longer. 

For more Subnautica Below Zero tips and item locations, head over to our guides hub

How to Find the Rebreather in Subnautica Below Zero Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:54:54 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Just like in Subnautica, you start in a relatively safe, shallow area in Subnautica Below Zero. While you can get away from diving to the game's fathomless depths for a while, Below Zero's story and gameplay arc eventually forces you to go deeper. 

To do so with any efficiency, you'll need the rebreather. In Subnautica, you get the rebreather blueprint after unlocking the high-capacity oxygen tank. However, in Below Zero, you pick the blueprint up from a data box. 

Luckily, the rebreather schematic isn't far from your initial base, and you can get it very early in the game. The video at the top of this guide shows you exactly where it is. 

Exit your pod and go straight; the seafloor will eventually drop off and get very deep. When this happens, dive down and hug the cliff along the way. At about 100 meters, turn right; you'll see a data box sitting on a foundation platform typically found in a seabase. 

Swim down, open the data box, and grab the rebreather blueprint. 

How to Make the Rebreather

To craft the rebreather so that your character can dive deeper into Below Zero's biomes, all you need is fiber mesh and a wiring kit.

You can make fiber mesh from creepvine sample x2, and a wiring kit is made from silver ore x2. 

Now you can access all of the content Below Zero has to offer in early access. For other guides for Subnautica's pseudo-sequel, check out our Subnautica Below Zero guides hub.  

Subnautica Surfaces on PS4 and Xbox One Today Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:07:09 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Fresh off being named PC Game of the Year at 2018's Golden Joystick awards, Subnautica, a survival game about actual survival, has finally released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is available in both physical and digital formats. 

Subnautica's console release marks a major milestone in a long journey that began in 2014 when it originally released into Steam Early Access. Since then, the game has gone through a bevy of iterations and received numerous accolades. It currently holds a positive rating on Metacritic, garnering an aggregate 87 from critics and an 8.3 from users

In Subnautica, players are stranded on a water-covered alien planet code named 4546-B. While the ultimate objective is to get off-planet, players will first need to survive 4546-B's harsh seas full of both peaceful and aggressive flora and fauna. Hunger, thirst, and oxygen play major roles in Subnautica, while building is an essential part of survival. 

However, unlike many other survival games on console, Subnautica is all about man vs. nature; there are no NPCs in Subnautica, and the game doesn't yet feature any multiplayer elements. 

Aside from today's console release, Unknown Worlds, the developer behind Subnautica, is steady at work on the game's next expansion, Below Zero. Currently, there is no firm date on when this arctic-themed expansion will release, or if it will release on consoles alongside the PC version. 

You can follow the game's ongoing development in real-time over at Unknown Worlds' development Trello board

Subnautica Console Commands and Cheats for PC, PS4, Xbox One Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:00:24 -0500 Jonathan Moore

If you're new to Subnautica, or revisiting this grand survival adventure game after a long hiatus, you'll find that the game's deep dark holds more than one type of danger. Besides contending with ferocious predators, you'll also find you must contend with the Kharaa bacterium infection  an alien contagion infecting the game's flora and fauna — and much, much more. That's where console commands and cheats can come into play.

If you're struggling to find a certain crafting material or just want to speed through certain parts of the game, Subnautica console commands can increase your quality of life.  

This guide will lay out not only the game's cure commands, but it will also lay out all of the other console commands for Subnautica. (Found below).

But first, let's talk about the Kharaa infection (you can skip ahead if you just want to know how to use cure or console commands): although the infection only spreads incrementally  when you reach certain in-game milestones  having the infection can be a visual pain in the butt. Luckily, the Kharaa infection doesn't affect any of Subnautica's gameplay (yet), meaning it won't really kill you or the flora and fauna around you. 

However, if you'd rather not gather all the Enzyme 42 needed to cure the infection and get those pesky green pustules off your hands, there is another way to get rid of the pesky Kharaa bacterium infection. 

Cure Commands Get Rid of Kharaa Infection in Subnautica

How to Use Cure Commands

To use cure commands (or any other console command) in the PC version of Subnautica, you'll need to open the game's debug console by pressing F3. When you first open the console, it will be locked by default. To unlock it, press F8 to enable the mouse and uncheck the box in the top left-hand corner of the pop-up menu. After that, you'll press enter to bring up the debug console and enter the cure commands. 

If you're playing Subnautica on Xbox One, you'll need to press X+A+RB+LB to open the debug console and enter cure commands. 

For PlayStation 4, press Square+X+R1+L1.

Once you're ready to go, you can enter the following cure commands to get rid of or change the status of the Kharaa bacterium infection without farming Enzyme 42: 

  • Cure [#]: This command will cure the player and all surrounding flora and fauna. 
  • Playerinfection [#]: This command will change the status of the infection for the player. A value of 1 will change the infection's status to "early stages," while a value of 5 will cure the player. 

All Other Subnautica Cheats and Console Commands

Applying Subnautica's other console commands uses the same process laid out above. Whether you're looking for more loot or all the pieces to the Prawnsuit, here's a list of all the console commands in the game as well as what they do.

Story-Related Commands
  • countdownship: Begins Aurora self-destruct timer 
  • explodeship: Aurora explodes
  • restoreship: Brings Aurora back
  • startsunbeamstoryevent: Warps to Sunbeam story section
  • sunbeamcountdownstart: Begins second part of Sunbeam story
  • precursorgunaim: Begins third part of Sunbeam story
  • playsunbeamfx: Plays part of the precursor Sunbeam section
  • infectionreveal: Plays Kharaa infection animation
  • forcerocketready: Primes end-game rocket
Player and Item Commands

These debug options will do everything from give you infinite crafting materials to spawning certain in-game vehicles and curing you of disease. 

  • item [name] [#]: Puts any item in player's inventory; find item list here
  • clearinventory: Removes all items currently in inventory
  • infect [#]: IOnfects player with a specific stage of Kharaa virus
  • sub cyclops: Spawns cyclops
  • sub aurora: Spawns Aurora
  • sub escapepod: Spawns Lifepod 5 in safe shallows
  • filterwater: Water Filtration creates water
  • filtersalt: Water Filtration creates salt
  • vehicleupgrades: Player acquires all vehicle upgrades
  • cyclopsupgrades: Gives Cyclops upgrades
  • seamothupgrades: Gives Seamoth upgrades
  • exosuitupgrades: Gives Prawnsuit upgrades
  • exosuitarms: Gives Prawnsuit arms
  • spawnloot: Generates loot in form of copper, quartz, etc
  • toolsloot: Generates tools such as seaglide and repair tool
  • madloot: Generates loot and tools
  • bobthebuilder: Puts building tools in inventory; allows for fastbuild, fastgrow, fasthatch, radiation, nocost, and unlockall
  • resourcesfor [name]: Gives specified crafting items
  • ency [name]: unlocks data logs and entries
  • damage [#]: Tweaks damage multiplier
  • instagib: Enables instagib mode
  • invisible: Makes player invisible to fish and creatures
  • filterfast: Makes Water Filtration work faster
  • fastscan: Makes scanner work faster
  • fastgrow: Makes plants grow faster
  • fasthatch: Makes eggs hatch faster
  • fastbuild: Lets players build faster
  • nocost: Lets players use tools such as fabricator without materials cost
  • noenergy: Enables/disables power
  • nosurvival: Disables survival mechanics
  • oxygen: Disables need for oxygen
  • nitrogen: Allows for longer time underwater
  • radiation: Enables/disables radiation
  • fixleaks: Repairs Aurora leaks
  • leak: Makes leaks in Cyclops
  • flood: Floods Cyclops
  • damagesub: Damages Cyclops
  • destroycyclops: Obliterates Cyclops
  • vfx cyclopssmokeeffect (value): Creates smoke on Cyclops
  • bubbles: Creates air bubbles
  • seaglide: Creates Seaglide
  • dig [#]: Destroys terrain near player
  • unlock: Gives access to specific blueprints
  • lock: Takes away certain bluepirnts
  • unlockall: Gives access to all blueprints
  • unlockdoors: Opens Aurora and Alien doors
Mechanical/Spec Commands

To change the game mode you're currently playing to that of another game mode, enter the following console commands: 

  • Freedom: Survival mode sans hunger and thirst 
  • Survival: Hunger and thirst meters activated
  • Creative: Full sandbox mode
  • Hardcore: Game ends if player dies

The following console commands deal with specific in-game graphical or technical settings, such as increasing/decreasing FPS or freely moving the camera. 

  • fps: Displays current frames per second
  • nobloom: Disables bloom effect (must restart)
  • noshadows: Disables shadows (must restart)
  • printbiome: Displays current biome name
  • sizeref: Generates the referential Wasabi One diver
  • speed [#]: Allows player to increase/decrease game speed
  • target: Opens/closes target debug menu
  • schoolfishai: Opens fish AI
  • vsync: Turns on/off vsync
  • vr: Opens available VR choices
  • freecam: Use in-game camera without restrictions
  • fov [#]: Tweak field of view settings
  • fog: enable/disable fog
  • farplane [#]: Toggle in-game view distance
  • gamereset: Reverts to previous save
  • enterset: Reloads game 
  • debugsound: Tweak sound settings
  • cinematics: Enables/disables player animation
  • daynightspeed [#]: Tweak length of day and night
  • night: Set in-game timer to evening
  • day: set in-game timer to morning 
Biome/Base Teleport Commands

These debug/console commands will take you to specified areas of the map. Whether you need to go to a specific biome or a specific alien base, this is where you'll want to look. 

  • biome [name]: Sends player to specified biome
    • safe (Safe Shallows)
    • kelp (Kelp Forest)
    • kelp_cave (Kelp Forest Caves)
    • grassy (Grassy Plateaus)
    • grassy_cave (Grassy Plateau Caves)
    • mushroom (Mushroom Forest)
    • koosh (Bulb Zone)
    • koosh_cave (Bulb Zone Caves)
    • jellyshroom (Jellyshroom Caves)
    • sparsereef (Sparse Reef)
    • grandreef (Grand Reef)
    • dunes (Dunes)
    • mountains (Mountains)
    • mountains_cave (Mountain Caves)
    • deepgrand (Deep Grand Reef)
    • bloodkelp (Blood Kelp Zone)
    • underislands (Underwater Islands)
    • smokers (Grand Reef thermal vents)
    • inactivelavart (Inactive Lava Zone)
    • islands (Floater Islands) 
    • tree (Large Mushroom tree)
    • lostriver (Lost River)
    • lavazone (Lava Zone)
  • warp [x] [y] [z]: Takes player to designated coordinates
  • warpforward [#]: Warps player to location ahead by specified meters
  • batch [x] [y] [z]: Takes player to center of specified coordinates
  • warpme: Take player to vehicle or base last entered
  • goto [name]: takes player to specific area
  • spawn: Respawns player
  • randomstart: Randomly respawns Lifepod 5
  • kill: Respawns player in lifepod 


And there you have it, the cure commands that will get rid of the currently harmless Kharaa infection as well as the console commands that basically make you the god of your own waterworld.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Subnautica news and updates. And to see if the infection does becomes deadly. And if you're looking for more tips for this underwater survival adventure, make sure to check out our other Subnautica guides!

Note: This information was collected from our good friends over at the Subnautica Wiki.  

Forget Movies, These 5 Video Games Need Their Own Comics Sun, 16 Jul 2017 12:00:01 -0400 stratataisen

Video games have some amazing stories and deep lore, most of which can be told, or retold, in other forms of entertainment. Just look at the Warcraft and Assassin's Creed movies from last year or the Uncharted movie in the works. While many games certainly have the potential to become good movies (and some cringe-worthy ones too), other forms of storytelling media are often overlooked. Comic books, for instance, are an excellent way to visually tell a story without all the cameras, actors, and expenses.

Here’s a list of 5 games that don’t already have a comic about them or their lore, but seriously should!


SOMA is from the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While not nearly as scary as Amnesia, Frictional Games gave SOMA a thoroughly in-depth story that made the player sit and ponder the question “What does it mean to be human?”. This plus the underseas location of PATHOS-II, and the mechanical horrors lurking within its confines would make for an amazingly dark and gruesome, sci-fi horror comic. A comic of the game could follow the story exactly or even expand further into the game's lore, such as the events leading up to PATHOS-II’s demise, Catherine's struggle in trying to save the small remnants of humanity, or digging deeper into the protagonist's past.

Final Fantasy Franchise

The Final Fantasy franchise has a long history of fantasy based games--that never seems to be the final fantasy, oddly enough--with many rich stories, interesting characters, and breathtaking locations. This gives Square Enix more than sufficient material to create several great manga series. This includes squeals like X-2, Tactics, and the Dissidia games, but excludes Final Fantasy XII and Type-0 as both already have manga series of their own.

An excellent first candidate for a manga would Final Fantasy VII. It is by far the most popular of the series, with a number of prequels and sequels, as well as a remake in development. The main story would obviously make an excellent manga series, expanding on what we already know from the game. However, a perfect stand alone would be of Sephiroth's past, seeing what made the games greatest villain who he is.

There’s also some outstanding potential for very silly manga, where characters like Biggs and Wedge get together for a hilarious side character convention.


Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a team based FPS created by Hi-Rez Studios. While Paladins is a great game, there isn't much of a story, leaving a few unanswered questions. What is this realm? Who are these champions? Why are they fighting? Unfortunately, a story is something which Hi-Rez stated is not a priority for them. However, if they did decide to switch gears and start expanding on lore for this vast, vibrant world and intriguing characters -- they could easily do so through a series of comics.

Comics would be a great start for origin stories for characters such as Ying or Viktor. I know I’d like to find out more about Torvald. I mean, what is ‘power glove’? It appears magical in nature, made of stone and carved with runes. My assumption is that he’s a scholarly explorer that stumbled upon an ancient magical weapon. Am I right? I don’t know, but this is something we can find out if there were more lore to the game.


Praised for its visuals and soundtrack, this ARPG by Supergiant Games would serve as a fantastic comic series. Transistor has a phenomenal art style, color scheme, and enthralling story that would blend well with a comic format -- creating a gorgeous visual novel. It would even do well as a motion comic, so more can enjoy the amazing and beautiful soundtrack that the game has to offer.

While I would like to see the main story show in this way, there’s also the potential of seeing the story from another point of view. Maybe Red’s dead lover, or the enemies that you face as Red.


Subnautica, the crafting survival game by Unknown Worlds Entertainment, is one of those games that pulls you in and leaves you wanting to know more. In the game, the lore and story are discovered through exploration and finding data pads. If comics were made, I think they would do well as prequels, such as following the survivors of the Degasi or seeing more of the expanded universe. They could even delve into the precursor aliens and their research into finding a cure for the life killing disease.

While it’s fun to watch a video game come to life on the big screen, they don’t always delve into the story or lore as much due to time, money, and real world limitations. Comics are a great alternative to this, and all the games listed have potential to become fantastic, unique series.

Do you agree with these picks? Did we miss a game that you think would make an excellent comic? Let us know in the comments below!

Top five creepiest monsters from Subnautica Tue, 14 Jun 2016 05:57:40 -0400 Engela Snyman

With all its depth, so to speak, Subnautica has practically cornered the market for all deep ocean adventure games. But let's face it, one of the biggest reason why we love this game is for its monsters. Some are large, some are tiny. They can be creepy or beautiful, awesome or simple. And they can be very, very deadly. Without them, Subnautica would be as empty as space.

So to celebrate these awesome - yet terrifying - animals, here are the top five creepiest monsters of Subnautica.

5. Bleeder

"A combination between a leech and a tick."

Whoever thought that up should be strung up by his coding fingers and left for the sharks.

These little monsters attach themselves to the player's arm and steadily drink them dry, making them weaker as time goes on. Small, fast, and annoying, they can be found in the Kelp Forest regions and the Sparse Reef area, and they like to move in large groups - oh joy. Seeing as there is no fire under the sea, these delightful little blood packets can only be removed by beating them to a bloody pulp -- literally -- or by swimming for a long distance.  

Although small in stature, their large jaws and wriggly bodies make them a creepy annoyance of the worst kind.

4. Sandshark

It's like a trapdoor spider, with five rows of teeth. With a face only a mother could love, the Sand Shark hides itself deep in the sand. When food -- or an idiot -- swims by, it will jump out and rightfully chew their faces off. Fighting it is like trying to ward off pure muscle attached to razor sharp teeth, but thankfully the Sand Shark isn't too fast, and swimming to shore shakes it off.

It lives in the Grassy Plateaus and Dunes, and is a solitary creature by nature. But be warned: even when it's dead don't get too close. In the immortal words of Lady Eboshi:

"Cut off a Sand Shark's head and it still has the power to tear yours off."

Or something like that.

3. Crabsquid

It's a crab with a squid I need to say more? 

The Crabsquid -- which has a very original name -- is as much alien as it is creepy. With spider-like tentacles, four beady eyes, and a squishy body, it's a freaky thing of nature with quite a lot of bite. They follow light sources, and if you try to run they will give chase. And they are titans. They can be found in the Blood Kelp Zone and Deeper Grand Reef area, where they float aimlessly in search of smaller animals -- or convenient divers -- to chew on.

In general they won't attack without provocation, but it's the principle of the thing: crabs and squids should not be combined. 

2. Warper

The Warper is an alien-like creature resembling a Cthulhu worshiper with mutant powers. Eerie and alien in their appearance, they have the ability to teleport themselves away from danger. Or teleport the player away from them.

The problem is they tend to throw you to a random location. And with the amount of monsters just ready to eat you up, it's little wonder why these things will make most players nervous. The Warper is pretty smart -- it can teleport to intercept prey, and can't be captured by stasis fields. It'll just teleport out. Thankfully they're not too aggressive, but they are still safer to avoid.

Later patches will enable players to follow the Warper through its own teleport, which should make for some interesting game play.

1. Reaper Leviathan

For all intents and purposes, the Reaper Leviathan is the terror of the deep -- a large dragon-like creature with sharp teeth and a wicked temper.

Its size and sheer power already commands respect, but it is the prospect of being caught alone, without any ship or weapons, that makes it terrifying. If the Reaper grabs you, it simply swallows you whole, with no shits given -- instant death. It usually circles you for a time before trying to attack, and it likes to sneak up from behind. 

The Reaper hits to kill, knocking out 80 percent of your health in a single bite, and can destroy ships or even bases. It's just one big hellstorm of trouble once it sees you. But the worst part is that screech -- when you hear it in the deep, you know what's coming.

That wraps up our list. What other creatures in Subnautica give you nightmares? Let me know down in the comments!

Subnautica gets a re-charge! Sun, 05 Jun 2016 07:22:39 -0400 Engela Snyman

More survival techniques are being added in Subnautica this week, this time in the form of sleeping and charging batteries.

The update will include a battery charger, a power cell charger, and a luxurious bed to rest your weary head (with a sweet animation to go with it). It's a much needed - and awaited - update that a lot if players have been looking forward to.

A lot of resources will be saved as a result, and traveling will get a bit faster now, but there a few other things being added to balance it out. For example, a brand new beast called the "Sea-Treader" will be stalking the ocean floor from now on. These strange creatures aren't aggressive and will drop basalt rocks or poop out manure for even more energy. 

For energy... Of course it is...

The update also includes new solar panels - which look rather spiffy - and a new 'gas-torpedo' which can wreak some havoc on the sea-life.

As of now there is still a lot that can be added to make Subnautica a great game, but Unknown Worlds Entertainment - the creators of Subnautica - are truly diving as deep as they can to give us just that.

Subnautica Power Nap Update Goes Live Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:47:40 -0400 Allyson La Jeunesse

Tired of all the swimming around? Well then kick up your heels and charge your gadgets in the new Power Nap update in Subnautica. It's bringing a lot of changes and additions to the game.

I don't know about all of you, but while playing Subnautica I remember my biggest issue was having a constant supply of batteries and needing to find more and more copper. Well, worry no more! Power Nap brings us battery and power cell recharging stations.

Want a proper weapon in your arsenal? We now have the Gas Torpedo upgrade for our seamoths. No longer will we need to fear the ocean and run like cowards to survive!

Sea Treaders have now made an appearance in the game. They sometimes drop rocks and...poop. Yeah. It's good bio-reactor energy -- and may be used in the future for better farming?

But the most important thing in this update is the new model for the solar panels! They no longer have a placeholder model, and share the same sleek design that other bits and bobs share in your base.

The update is currently live for all Subnautica fans to patch their games with.

Subnautica Guide: How to Farm Flora and Fauna Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:52:57 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest farming update for Subnautica, an open-world survival game, now allows players to farm flora outside the seabase in the underwater conditions. Also, you can breed all kinds of species in your new large tank, whether inside or outside the base.

The farming process of both flora and fauna in Subnautica is very simple, so you will have no trouble with it whatsoever. Here’s how you do it.

How to farm fish in Subnautica

Subnautica large aquarium farming

First thing you need to build is the Multipurpose Room using your Habitat Builder.

  • If you decide to build it within the base, then it will automatically hatch itself to the seabase module, otherwise it will require a foundation of its own.
  • In order to craft a Multipurpose Room you will need six pieces of Titanium, which can be found in limestone or crafted from metal salvage.

The second step involves building a Large Aquarium inside the room you’ve just set up.

  • These tanks are specifically designed for breeding all sorts of living organisms.
  • In order to farm fish you need to catch a fish first and then put it inside the aquarium.
  • You need to put two creatures of the same species inside the aquarium for them to start breeding.
  • As soon as the number of creatures reaches 10 the breeding will automatically stop.
  • If you want to breed more than 10 fish of the same species, then consider building another Large Aquarium.

Also, don’t forget to build a hatch on the wall of the tank that will allow you to get inside.

How to farm flora in Subnautica

Subnautica interior growbed farming

First, you need to set up an Interior Growbed inside your base, if you wish to farm within the Seabase.

  • This growbed can be easily crafted using your Habitat Builder and two pieces of Titanium.
  • The Interior Growbed has enough capacity for 16 plantable flora.

If you would like to farm outside the base in the underwater environment, then you will need an Exterior Growbed.

  • It is slightly bigger than the interior version and can accommodate up to 24 plantable flora.
  • However, the Exterior Growbed can’t be crafted from the get go. You need to find and scan it on the Floater Island, which is located in the south-western direction of the Aurora, an alien spacecraft.
  • You can find the Exterior Growbed beside an Abandoned Seabase situated in the center of the Floater Island. You have to scan it and only then you will be able to craft it using your Habitat Builder and two pieces of Titanium.

After you’ve set up the planter you can choose what flora you want to farm. Here is the full list of all plantable flora in Subnautica.

As you see, it will take just a few simple steps before you will be able to start farming flora and fauna in Subnautica.

What do you think about the new farming update for Subnautica? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Subnautica releases farming update and more Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:35:59 -0500 KendraG

Previously Unknown Worlds made Subnautica look super realistic in their H2.0 update, know they have added more to the early access game on Steam. 

The latest update is called the Farming Update and players can now create underwater farms. The update makes "grow boxes" available that can be housed in or out of water. In the grow boxes players can use any of the twenty-five plus seed types. The possible seeds include flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, and killer plants

There are many ways to decorate with this new farming update such as living walls and potted plants. 

Players can now create aquariums that can house captured creatures and plants. 

While this update has a lot centered around the new alien fauna players can set their green thumb on, there were other things updated as well.

LED lightsticks are now available and are a great way to stick on the seabed to light up wide areas as well as be held while exploring. Floodlights and Spotlights are also available for placement around your base. Spotlights will automatically track nearby predators.

Abandoned bases have been added to the game. These abandoned bases from unknown past explorers can be sources for new technology.

Subnautica gets a super realistic update Thu, 14 Jan 2016 08:09:56 -0500 KendraG

Unknown Worlds just released the H2.O update for Subnautica, which completely changes the graphics of the game. The graphics went from Finding Nemo to "holy mother of pearl can I touch it?"

Subnautica is an open world adventure game where the player descends into the ocean of an alien world. And much like our own oceans, the world is not a static place. You can go into the depths of the ocean and fight to survive through all sorts of obstacles.

While the game was beautiful before, now it takes on even more with the H2.O update. The update added new surface water, longer draw distances, richer colors, pitch black night-time, and solar eclipses. Basically, the whole rendering system has upgraded. 

Of course, the H2.O update was not just aesthetically pleasing. The player now has a Scanner that provides information about the different organisms and technology fragments they find. The Fabricator was fixed and is less confusing to use. Also, story voiceovers can display as text. And the Seamoth, a vehicle in the game, now has the ability to turn it's headlights on and off. 

screenshot of subnautica

You can gain early access to the game via Steam.