Infinite Refiner Closed Loop Guide (Freighter & Planet)

Howdy folks!

Here is a full guide for how to get all of the big materials you are going to need for your gaming fun in No Man’s Sky NEXT.

The Resources this loop can create without any outside interference once established are:

  • Ferrite Dust

  • Pure Ferrite

  • Magnetised Ferrite

  • Cobalt

  • Ionised Cobalt

  • Carbon

  • Condensed Carbon

  • Sodium

  • Sodium Nitrate

  • Copper

  • Cadmium

  • Emeril

  • Indium

  • Chromatic Metal

  • Salt

  • Chlorine

  • Paraffinium

  • Pyrite

  • Ammonia

  • Uranium

  • Phosphorus

  • Dioxite

  • Fungal Mould

  • Frost Crystal

  • Cactus Flesh

  • Solanium

  • Gamma Root

  • Star Bulb

  • Silver

  • Gold

  • Platinum

  • Nanite Clusters

The ability to make these resources in a closed loop also allows you to make many Advanced Resource Forms as well as Trade Goods like:

  • Ion Battery

  • Advanced Ion Battery

  • Warp Cell

  • Carbon Crystal

  • TetraCobalt

  • Chloride Lattice

  • Destabilised Sodium

  • Rare Metal Element

  • Aronium

  • Dirty Bronze

  • Herox

  • Lemmium

  • Magno-Gold

  • Grantine

These can all be made through the use of a single Large Refiner and a few Hydroponic Trays.

Though we’ll now go over a solid model with multiple Refiners and Trays that allow for a static system to provide you with everything you need on a daily basis without having to mess around much once it is established.

This build consists of 17 Large Refiners, 32 Large Hydroponic Trays and 2 Small Hydroponic Trays.

These assets are spread over 2 separate compartments for better overall base complexity, yet still remaining efficient and functional.

For more information about how complexity now works in No Man’s Sky NEXT and why you may wish to compartmentalize you base (especially Freighter bases), see the video below.

To keep things simple, we are going to cover a plan that will work well for every Freighter base.

Planetary bases are not as exact and will likely be different for each person whereas as for a Freighter base, this will most likely be just a modular addition.

Required Resources

You will need a fair few resources for this project, so here is everything required to build all as well as a full start of primary Resources for the beginning of the loops.

Building Resources:

  • 3400 Chromatic Metal (Suggest Refining Silver, Gold and Indium to obtain)

  • 1700 Sodium Nitrate (Suggest Looping 50 Sodium & 50 Sodium Nitrate to Destabilised Sodium, to 150 Sodium Nitrate, to 100 of Each Sodium & Sodium Nitrate to obtain)

  • 85 Microprocessor (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 4060 Silver (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 660 Tritium (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 1980 Pure Ferrite (Suggest Mine or Refine from Magnetised Ferrite, refined from Ferrite Dust, Pure Ferrite and Platinum at 1:12)

  • 1640 Ionised Cobalt (Purchase or Refine through Tetra Cobalt Loop)

  • 1640 Carbon (Purchase or Refine through Carbon Crystal Loop)

  • 2000 Star Bulb (Suggest Purchase from Trading Post Ships, Gather from Wild or Player Base Farm)

  • 1000 Gamma Root (Suggest Purchase from Trading Post Ships, Gather from Wild or Player Base Farm)

  • 1000 Solanium (Suggest Purchase from Trading Post Ships, Gather from Wild or Player Base Farm)

  • 1000 Cactus Flesh (Suggest Purchase from Trading Post Ships, Gather from Wild or Player Base Farm)

  • 1000 Frost Crystal (Suggest Purchase from Trading Post Ships, Gather from Wild or Player Base Farm)

  • 1000 Fungal Mould (Suggest Purchase from Trading Post Ships, Gather from Wild or Player Base Farm)

  • 1000 Paraffinium (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 500 Uranium (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 500 Phosphorus (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 250 Pyrite (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 500 Dioxite (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

  • 500 Ammonia (Suggest Purchase from Space Station)

Optimum Primary Resources for Loops:

  • 250 Ferrite Dust

  • 250 Pure Ferrite

  • 250 Platinum

  • 250 Silver

  • 250 Gold

  • 250 Indium

  • 250 Carbon

  • 250 Condensed Carbon

  • 250 Cobalt

  • 250 Ionised Cobalt

  • 250 Sodium

  • 250 Sodium Nitrate

  • 500 Salt

  • 500 Chlorine

Absolute Minimum Primary Resources for Loops (Advanced):

  • 75 Chlorine

  • 75 Ionised Cobalt

  • 75 Condensed Carbon

  • 75 Sodium Nitrate

  • 2 Indium

The Rooms

There are 2 rooms, both of which go up (or down) a level on your freighter, this is largely because the stairs freighter building part is far far less resource intensive than a standard corridor (or any corridor), so use the stair to connect to the main unit.

Stairs also allow a little better for line of site unloading.

The first room is a 3x3 room, giving a total of 9 potential Large Refiner slots.

Leave the entrance block empty and the center block empty, put a large refiner in the other blocks (7 total)

This will be your Magnetised Ferrite, Chromatic Metal, Carbon Crystal, TetraCobalt, Destabilised Sodium and General Refining Room.

The second room will be 3x8 and host 10 Large Refiners, 32 Large Hydroponic Trays and 2 Small Hydroponic Trays.

This will be your Biome specific Resource and Crop room as well as your salt mine.

The quantities for the crops required to plant for this plan are:

  • 20x Gamma Weed

  • 40x Star Bramble

  • 10x Echinocactus

  • 20x Solar Vine

  • 20x Fungal Cluster

  • 20x Frostwort

The Loops

Here are the loops for infinite and continual resource generation.

Magnetised Ferrite 1:12:

  • 1 Ferrite Dust (Gained through Biome Resource 1:1)

  • 1 Pure Ferrite (Gained through Magnetised Ferrite to Pure Ferrite 2:1)

  • 1 Platinum (Gained through Silver + Gold 1:1)

Chromatic Metal 1:30:

  • 1 Silver (Gained through Crafting 50 Ionised Cobalt & 50 Paraffinium or Ammonia to Aronium or Herox, to then refine to Silver 1:250)

  • 1 Gold (Gained through Crafting 50 Ionised Cobalt & 50 Phosphorus or Dioxite to Magno-Gold or Grantine, to then refine to Gold 1:125)

  • 1 Indium (Infinitely looped with Chromatic Metal to make more Indium at 1:4)

Carbon Crystal, TetraCobalt, Destabilised Sodium & Chloride Lattice 50:1:

  • 50 Lesser (Carbon, Cobalt, Sodium, Salt, gained through this loop)

  • 50 Greater (Condensed Carbon, Ionised Cobalt, Sodium Nitrate, Chlorine, gained through this loop)

Paraffinium, Pyrite, Ammonia, Uranium, Phosphorus, Dioxite 1+2:1

  • 1 Salt (Gained through Chloride Lattice Loop)

  • 2 Biome Crop (Star Bulb, Cactus Flesh, Fungal Mould, Gamma Root, Solanium, Frost Crystal)

For a full list of all current Refiner Recipes, see this fantastic spreadsheet by the mighty Ket.

I hope this has been helpful, if there is anything you think I have missed please point it out.

To see how I have done this myself, please see this video:

Thanks for stopping by folks and have an awesome day!