Wandering through the world of Starfield, you may have stumbled upon large deposits of materials, that wouldn’t get mined by a Cutter. The thing is that these deposits require a little bit of a different approach, so, in this guide, we’ll teach you how to mine Large Deposits in Starfield.
Mining such deposits is necessary if you want to fully survey a planet. They also give quite a good amount of whatever element the deposit is made of upon resource extraction. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.
Starfield: Mining Large Deposits
The way to mine large deposits is quite simple. All you have to do is walk up to one of them and pick up a chunk using your interact button – typically E. This will place a chunk of the deposit’s element in your inventory.
Keep in mind that you’ll only get about 3 chunks of material if you choose to mine the deposit by hand. If you want more, you’ll need to use a material extractor. This is how to do it.
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How to Use Material Extractors in Starfield
Firstly, find the deposit you’d like to mine. Use your scanner for this, and the large deposits will be highlighted in different colors, depending on the material. Next, set up an outpost next to the deposit.
Enter the outpost builder menu and look at the “Extractors” tab in the upper-right corner. You will get one or more extractor options depending on how many different deposits are in the radius of your outpost.
Build one on top of the deposit and, if you have enough power on your outpost, it will start extracting immediately. The amount it will mine and store at a time may not be enough, though – typically 10 chunks. Upon filling up, it will stop extracting until you take the materials from the extractor.
Starfield: How to Build Additional Storage for the Extractor
To increase the amount it mines before stopping, you will need to build additional storage. You can find the necessary storage containers in the “Storage” tab in the upper-right corner. Simply pick the storage of the deposit’s material and place it next to the extractor.
You will need to link them by interacting with the extractor and clicking on the storage container. Now, the newly mined materials will go straight into storage.
And there you have it, you’re now able to passively extract materials from large deposits in Starfield. And if you want to read more guides, please check our article on how to get the Tardigrade Monster Spacesuit in Starfield.