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, 2016 at 1:38
  • I am. The little fast moving ones are tough to keep in focus, but the bigger creatures even give me trouble. Aug 14, 2016 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, 2016 at 14:43

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I've found shooting them down is really the best way to scan the little ones (sorry!).

  • You're able to analyze a dead creature? I thought they disintegrated into elements before you could do so. Aug 14, 2016 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, 2016 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... Aug 14, 2016 at 13:15
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    This worked out pretty well actually, even with a mining laser. Thanks! Aug 16, 2016 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, 2016 at 14:11

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)

  • The patch makes scanning flying creatures much simpler now.
    – Timmy Jim
    Sep 2, 2016 at 23:24

I found that getting to higher ground, or using the jetpack to get closer, helps a bit.

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