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The Star Beast in No Man's Sky

The Star Beast166 (32)

Attain 'Archivist' status in Planet Zoology Scanned

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201,232 (120,883)
Achievement won on 18 Aug 18
TA Score for this game: 2,283
Posted on 18 August 18 at 19:11, Edited on 19 August 18 at 01:44
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This is the 7/10 Milestone for Planetary Zoology. You are required to discover and scan all Fauna species on 7 planets (animals, bugs, fish, and flying species). Once you finish scanning all Fauna species go to the Discoveries menu and you will see a Silver Fauna plaque. Press (a) button to complete the registration and to receive your Nanite reward. (You need to do this for all 7 planet in order for the Milestone to progress.)

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

1) Once you land on a planet you are able to check how many species of Fauna that planet has in your Discoveries menu.
2) When you scan Fauna’s you will see a red dot or a green dot. Red dot indicates that you have not scanned that fauna yet, green dot mean you have.
3) Some Fauna species have 2 variations, but will only count as 1 species. For example if you are on a planet that has 5 species, but if you look in your registered discoveries you might have already scanned 5 but only 4 species show up as discovered. Don’t panic and think it’s a glitch, it just means that 1 of these species have multiple variations.
4) You might need to spend some time on that planet for some species to spawn. So be ready to explore the planet.
5) Here are some places to look
—Most planets will have flying Fauna’s so don’t forget to look up.
—Also look underground, some Fauna’s like to hang around cobalt stones (at least that’s where I have seen some. You might find some hanging around entrances of caves or you might have to go deep inside.)
—If there is water on the planet look for areas where you can dive in and stay submerged for a good time while in scan mode. (While in scam mode you will slowly rise to the top, this will ruin your scan if you reach air. Aquatic Fauna’s will not spawn if you are not completely submerged.) If you have unlocked land vehicles you can drive it into water and chill on the bottom waiting for aquatic Fauna to spawn. You can build a Geobay on any planet and a base is not required.
6) Some planets will have small flying bugs, naked to the eye. With the canner you will only see the red dot. If you move really slow toward the dot you might see the bug as it flies away very quickly. These are very hard to get, I personally have not been able to scan one.
7) There is no fast way of doing this so either scan as you play the game and explore other worlds or set aside couple of days flying planet to planet scanning everything.
8) Scanning all of the Fauna’s on 10 planets will give you the last Milestone for Planetary Zoology and will unlock the Galapagos achievement.
9) Good luck and happy hunting!!
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Achievement won on 11 Sep 18
TA Score for this game: 1,854
Posted on 11 September 18 at 07:25, Edited on 11 September 18 at 15:47
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In order to get this achievement, you'll need to get to the seventh milestone for Planetary Zoology. This basically means you need to scan all of the fauna on a planet.

This is actually a lot easier than you'd expect - there's a trick (or "legit" exploit) to getting this achievement. One way to complete a planet's fauna without running around spending hours looking around is to find a planet that already has all of the fauna scanned and uploaded by someone else. The easiest and quickest way to do this is to do the weekly community event. Hundreds or thousands of players will flock to the system for the event, and all of the fauna will quickly be scanned. So all you have to do is talk to Specialist Polo at the Anomaly to start the community mission, which will lead you to a portal that you will automatically be able to use no matter how far along you are, and go through it.

Once at the new planet, hit the pause button, go to the fauna section of that planet's discoveries, and you just need to hold cn_X to "upload" all discoveries (even though someone else completed them, you'll be able to do that), then go to the silver paw print in the upper right hand corner, and hold cn_A. This will finalize the upload, and you'll get credit for scanning all the fauna on the planet, even though technically someone else already discovered it all. If someone else has already discovered all of the fauna on the planet, that's literally all that you need to do. Then, jump in your ship and fly to the next planet, and repeat. Once you get credit for "discovering" all of the fauna on all those planets, another community event will come along in a week or so, and you can do it again. Once you hit the seventh milestone, you get this achievement.

Another option is to join someone else's game, where you will be brought to their system, and if you're lucky, they will have already discovered all the fauna on some of the planets, so you can just do what you did above. Unfortunately, it's a matter of luck in this case, obviously there are no guarantees that they will have found all of the fauna - however they may have a good head start, and you have the option of trying to find the remaining fauna.
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