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The Elusive No Man's Sky Squid That Disappeared for Four Years

After years in limbo, the creepy cephalopod returns to claim the waters of No Man’s Sky

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A screenshot of an alien squid with 16 tentacles swimming underwater in No Man's Sky.
That’s too many tentacles.
Screenshot: Dashboard-Devil

About four years ago, developer Hello Games launched “Next,” an enormous free update for galaxy-spanning adventure No Man’s Sky that added more danger, resources, and bizarre alien creatures to the game’s sprawling universe. Things like the nightmare-inducing double squid, with 16 arms of inappropriate anime power. Fortunately for the universe, an alleged bug erased the squid from existence. Unfortunately, it looks like that bug has been fixed in the new Outlaws update. The squid is back.

The images in this post come from Redditor Dashboard-Devil, who’s been hunting for the elusive creature since running into it back in 2018 on their PlayStation 4 account.

The underside of one of No Man Sky's elusive 16-tentacled squid.
That’s aimed directly at your face.
Screenshot: Dashboard-Devil

“I had made a few posts over the years in different places to see if anyone remembered them or had seen them,” Dashboard-Devil said during a conversation on Reddit. The consensus was that the creatures had simply vanished with the end of the “Next” update event.


So imagine Dashboard-Devil’s surprise when the massive wiggly bastards, which he’s christened Hexadecapus, popped up in the middle of one of their most recent adventures.

Dashboard Devil (YouTube)

“I gasped and blinked to make sure that I was seeing what I thought I saw,” said Dashboard-Devil. “Then I got really excited! I just sat and watched them for a moment. Taking a pic was difficult because of the multi-player being on. I was so excited that it didn’t even dawn on me to turn it off.” I’d imagine that’s exactly how Captain Ahab felt when he finally confronted the white whale at the end of Moby Dick, which I might need to re-read soon.

Or if you follow No Man’s Sky, perhaps it’s reminiscent of the mystery surrounding the infamous sandworm, which appeared in the game’s launch trailer and then later found to not be in the game at all—not that it stopped people from searching the galaxy far and wide. It took years for Hello Games to re-introduce the majestic flying creatures back into the game. 

Not only did Dashboard-Devil grab a few more screens while revisiting their squid friends a second time, they also managed to snag the creature’s collection page.

In-game info page for No Man's Sky's 16-tentacle squid.
We’re not so different, the squid and I.
Screenshot: Dashboard-Devil

Seems like underwater creature generation has been bugged for a few years, which can happen in a game of such massive scale. We’ve reached out to Hello Games for more background on the issue, but for now we’re just glad the creepy buggers are back.


Want to see the critters yourself? Just dial your portal configurator to the correct coordinates. Save some squid cuddles for me.