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In No Man's Sky, some planets have flying creatures. As far as I can tell, it's very difficult or next to impossible to analyze them, leaving me unable to analyze all creatures on a planet.

So, what is the best way to scan and analyze flying creatures?

  • I haven't had any difficulty scanning them. Are you zooming in? – Sterno Aug 14 '16 at 1:38
  • I am. The little fast moving ones are tough to keep in focus, but the bigger creatures even give me trouble. – Kaizerwolf Aug 14 '16 at 1:42
  • One note of caution. If you're trying to get the reward/milestone for scanning all animals on a planet, it's currently a bit broken (at least on the PS4). I spent hours tracking down the last one on a particular planet only to have the upload simply not available, no matter how many times I come back and try it. So my milestone tracker says I've found all animals on 2 planets when in reality I've done so on 3. – dg99 Aug 14 '16 at 14:43
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I've found shooting them down is really the best way to scan the little ones (sorry!).

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  • You're able to analyze a dead creature? I thought they disintegrated into elements before you could do so. – Kaizerwolf Aug 14 '16 at 13:12
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    @Kaizerwolf nope! Give it a try, once you kill it you can run over and scan the corpse. – Atom Aug 14 '16 at 13:15
  • I will give it a shot soon then. I'm on an unlucky streak and keep finding planets that have no fauna... – Kaizerwolf Aug 14 '16 at 13:15
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    This worked out pretty well actually, even with a mining laser. Thanks! – Kaizerwolf Aug 16 '16 at 14:30
  • I attacked a flying eel-like creature with homing boltcaster shots, and I swear it took around 500 rounds and it's still flying. Am I missing my shots despite the homing capabilities, or do some creatures just have massive HP pools? – Mage Xy Aug 23 '16 at 14:11
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As of patch 1.07 it is much easier to tag flying creatures from the ground without having to shoot them down first. You may need to zoom in a little bit when using the scanner, but I can do this unfailingly now.

(I was never even able to shoot them down before the patch)

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  • The patch makes scanning flying creatures much simpler now. – Timmy Jim Sep 2 '16 at 23:24
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I found that getting to higher ground, or using the jetpack to get closer, helps a bit.

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