A power node runs for about 10,000 credits in Dead Space.

When one uses a power node to unlock a door one receives quite a bit of ammo and supplies inside. But it seems like it's not always a full 10,000 credits worth of goods. So I'm wondering if I'm better off saving my power nodes for later or if using them to unlock doors is always a net win in terms of credits.

Also, if anyone knows offhand, what is the average credit values of a power node cache?

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It depends on the difficulty setting really. If you're playing on Normal, you generally would be better off using your nodes on upgrades as supplies aren't really an issue. On Hardcore difficulty, you will want every medkit and bullet you can find, so opening every door is the way to go. Nodes will generally not save your life whereas bullets and medpacks will. In my experience it's wise to open every door regardless of whats inside, as it's always going to be useful in hardcore mode, arguably more so than an extra upgrade or two. For other difficulty settings, strategy is not nearly as important, and you can pick and choose depending on what upgrades you want specifically.

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    The key thing is that you can't sell your nodes. So in an enviroment that you need every penny opening the doors is the way to go. In terms of straight up currency you won't be making a profit every time and theres no way to know whats behind each door that I'm aware of. So I base it on difficulty setting.
    – Red
    Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 21:22

At least according to the game itself, the contents of the rooms accessed with power nodes are randomized. I haven't taken the time to sit down and figure out though if they are all worth opening. I know I did find at least one ruby board (worth 10,000 credits alone) in one of the rooms later on.

Some of the rooms also have schematics in them which will allow you access to weapons and suits early. I've heard that in Dead Space 2 if you don't find the Advanced Suite schematic early, it will still be available to you later on in the game, but that early advantage may be considered making it worth it.


I always open the doors. I would estimate that 3/5 times they will pay for themselves in supplies. I once found three power nodes in one room. They also often contain blueprints, so if you have a favorite weapon or suit, you're a lot more likely to miss it if you don't open doors. I'd say it's always worth it.


Just finished Dead Space on hard. I never opened doors. I found myself much better off with maxed out plasma gun, maxed out line gun, and maxed out stasis unit. With souped up guns and a powerful statis unit, you wind up using much much less ammo. I'd rather be powerful with limited weaponry then loaded with ammo for weak guns.

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