Haven’t played No Man’s Sky in a while but interested in joining the Galactic Hub, the community-run civilization that’s categorizing their corner of the universe? Here’s how you get there.
The easiest way to get to the hub is by using portals. Those big black obelisks that were once a mystery are now functional. You can use them to instantly transport yourself from one part of the universe to another, if you know the planet’s address. When you approach a portal you can do two things: learn the current address of the planet you’re on, and input an address to travel to.
The Galactic Hub’s address is a stickied post on their subreddit, and you’re gonna need it, because unless you’ve already been there you can’t learn the address of a planet. The reason why I haven’t written it out is because that address is a series of glyphs, which are symbols that correspond to that planet’s location in space. Glyphs are new with the Atlas Rises update, and they’re similar to the languages you have to learn, but instead of dozens of words to learn, you only have to learn nine symbols. Like the language nodes, if you find a marker for a glyph, you interact with it to learn a new glyph. The icons are shaped like the same icon used to recover your items when you die, which is kinda neat. If you’re impatient, however, finding glyphs can be a pain, as they’re scattered across the universe. If you meet any of the Traveler alien race in trading posts, you can pay them nanite clusters for the location of a glyph, which will be marked on your screen as “unknown grave.” That’ll speed things up, but it’s still a grind.
Depending on where you are, it might be faster to just warp to the Hub, or, if you’ve completed the Atlas Path, use black holes to throw you closer to it. Using the Pilgrim Star Path app, made by redditor Pahefu, you can chart out a course from anywhere to anywhere if you know the coordinates.
If you build a Signal Booster, it will produce a “data string” when you’re close to it. The string will be a series of numbers and letters arranged like this—XXXX:12AB:34CD:56EF:78GH. You only need the middle three set of numbers; if that were the data string you were looking at, then “12AB:34CD:56EF” would be the coordinates you need. Here’s a video in case that’s confusing:
Once you have your own coordinates, drop them into the the Pilgrim Star Path app. If you click on the marker on the map that says Galactic Hub, you’ll learn how many estimated jumps it will take to get there, as well as what general direction you should head in. If you’re really far away, you might want to try your luck with a black hole. If you click “draw B.hole ring,” in the Pilgrim Star Path app, a red oblong will appear on the map. If you go into a black hole, you will be spit out anywhere along that circle. It’s a crap shoot, but it’s worth a try… and maybe some save scumming will help your chances. Here’s all the above information, in a video:
The above tutorial comes from a member of the Alliance for Galactic Travelers, who are located by the Pilgrim Star. There are a lot of civilizations in No Man’s Sky, and if you click on the third tab in the Pilgrim Star Path app, with the icon that looks like little people, you’ll be able to set a course for any of them. Go browse the Federation subreddit and take a look at the allied civilizations listed in their sidebar. While joining the Hub is an option, maybe another civilization has a personality more suited to your playstyle. But if you do join the Hub, make sure to post on their subreddit once you get there, as is tradition. Safe travels.