No Man's Sky: How to Get a Cadmium Drive

No Man's Sky: How to Get a Cadmium Drive

You'll need a Cadmium Drive to get to red star systems in No Man's Sky. Here's how to get one.

No Man's Sky features a number of different kinds of star systems to visit. They are color coded, with the closest in distance being red star systems. To get to red systems you'll need to get your hands on a Cadmium Drive. We'll show you how in this guide.

How to Get a Cadmium Drive

To get a Cadmium Drive in No Man's Sky head to The Anomaly. You're looking for a ship upgrade vendor found at to the back of the area, behind the room with Nada and Polo in it. Speak to this vendor and purchase the Cadmium Drive for Nanites. You can now install the Cadmium Drive onto your ship.

How to Craft the Cadmium Drive

To craft the Cadmium Drive you'll need the following:

  1. Chromatic Metal (250)
  2. Wiring Loom (3)

To find Chromatic Metal, you can follow the steps in this guide. Head to Galactic terminals aboard space stations to purchase Wiring Looms. Craft the Cadmium Drive in an empty slot in your ship. You can now head to red systems.

Here's where to get a Cadmium Drive | Jake Green/USG

Using the Cadmium Drive to Get Cadmium

To get Cadmium in No Man's Sky head to your Galactic Map. Now you'll need to warp to a red system using your Cadmium Drive. Scan planets and then mine Cadmium, easy!

That's how to get a Cadmium Drive in No Man's Sky. For more info on the game, check out our guide on getting a living ship. There's also our look on acquiring an Emeril Drive.

Jake Green

Senior Guides Writer

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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