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How to Find Blueprints in Subnautica: Below Zero

Subnautica: Below Zero has some wonderful toys to play with, from self-cooking knives to modular sea vehicles. But how do you get the blueprints for them?

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is you’re going to have to hunt around. The good news is that it’s easier to find blueprints in Subnautica: Below Zero than it was in the original Subnautica.

Essentially, after you’ve fabricated a hand scanner from the fabricator in your base, there are three ways you get access to new blueprints/recipes:

  • Pick up or scan new resources. Sometimes, doing this will add the recipe for a new more complicated resource to your blueprint bank.
  • Discover and open data boxes. These boxes are scattered around the seabed, typically near a wrecked vehicle or a ruined base. Some of these contain blueprints (it’s not random, the same boxes always contain the same blueprints).
  • Scan wreckage and bases. This will be your number one way of acquiring new blueprints. So if you want to build the Sea Glide you’ll need to dive around your starting location and use the hand scanner to scan all the fragments. Or if you find a base you can scan the planter box to get that added to your blueprint bank. If you’re scanning fragments you’ll need to scan several to get the full blueprint but, unlike Subnautica, those items should be in plain view.

And that’s it. Happy blueprint hunting!

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Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.