Choosing a ship and equipment
Currently, two in-game ships are suitable for salvaging operations:
- Drake Vulture: recommended for solo or small crew operations.
- Aegis Reclaimer: recommended for large-scale reclamation projects with multiple crewmembers.
A Pyro RYT Multi-Tool with the TruHold Tractor Beam Attachment is a useful piece of equipment to bring along, as it will be required to move cargo boxes around as salvaged material is collected.
Salvaging by hand (also referred to as FPS salvaging) requires a multitool with the Cambio-Lite SRT Attachment and its associated canisters.
Shipwrecks can be stumbled upon during your travels in the verse, or you can use your ship's scanner (default keybind: V ) to send out a radar ping (default keybind: Tab ↹ ) and actively search for wrecks.
Hull scraping guide
With a ship
Approach the shipwreck with your salvage ship until within range of your salvage laser's reach. Switch your ship to salvage mode (default keybind: M ), and aim your laser at the wreck. The interface will reflect the suitability and material availability for hull scraping. Blue-outlined fuselage sections indicate excellent amounts of salvageable material, yellow-outlined sections indicate mediocre amounts, and red-outlined sections indicate useless or nearly-depleted amounts.
Depending on your salvage goals you can choose from different scraper modules, such as Abrade or Cinch on the Drake Vulture. Choose which laser module you would like to use by clicking the Right Mouse Button. To begin scraping the hull, click the Left Mouse Button. The salvage lasers will activate and start removing hull material.
The lasers are mounted on gimballed slots, and you can use the default keybind G to enable gimbal mode.
As you acquire material, your ship's interface will indicate when it has filled up a cargo container. Further hull scraping is not possible until the container is ejected by the on-board filling station. If the filling station's storage area is already occupied by another container, you will not be able to continue salvaging until that container is removed. To do so, use a Pyro RYT Multi-Tool with a TruHold Tractor Beam Attachment and move the container to your ship's cargo grid. Then use the filling station's screen to eject the container inside. You may want to bring along a friend or hire a crewmember to oversee this task.
Ensure you have equipped yourself with a Pyro RYT Multitool, attached a Cambio-Lite SRT Attachment to it, and bring along at least one canister (though more are recommended) to hold any RMC you acquire. Approach the wreck and aim your tool at the hull. Your interface will use the same colors (blue, yellow, red) as the shipboard UI to indicate the amount of available hull material. Click the Left Mouse Button to activate the tool's laser beam and begin collecting material. Switch out canisters as necessary when they fill up.
Material collected in the multitool's Cambrio canister can be used to patch the hull of a ship. Aim your multitool at the hull and switch it over to patching mode (default keybind: B ). Aim at a section of hull which has been damaged, then click the Left Mouse Button to activate the laser. The multitool will begin extracting material from the canister and patch up your ship's damaged hull.
Various locations around the verse are seeking to buy your reclaimed material, such as Trade & Development Divisions or scrapyards. Travel there to cash in on your day's hard work!