I have 3 planets who are for 90% complete but even after hours of looking for that final species it seems impossible to find and it's driving me mad...

  • Does anyone know if some animals only appear during the night?
  • Is there perhaps an easier way of exploring a planet completely? It seems such a time-sink now looking for that final species...
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    From my own experience, I sometimes miss the flying species. Another thing that helps me is finding the buildings scattered around the planet that have the preserved specie that you can examine.
    – C-dizzle
    Aug 19, 2016 at 13:57
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    Flying and aquatic creatures are easy to miss.
    – greg-449
    Aug 19, 2016 at 14:00
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    have you checked the underground for cave dwellers?
    – garglblarg
    Aug 19, 2016 at 14:05
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    @Reafexus I can confirm that sometimes animals do live in caves. I found a giant beetle like animal that was aggressive and could only be found underground.
    – Virusbomb
    Aug 19, 2016 at 15:23
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    @JasonHeine I went back and tested this on a new planet that I hadn't discovered yet. I thought the scan from the machines counted towards specie discovery, but it does not. It only helps your prestige with certain alien races.
    – C-dizzle
    Aug 23, 2016 at 15:17

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Getting 100% completion on a planet is difficult. Throw a water planet in the mix, or a low fauna planet, and it becomes that much more difficult. From my playing experience, there are some things to keep in mind;

  • Certain species do indeed only come out at night. On one planet, as soon as nighttime hit, I started noticing these weird pulsating plant things. They looked like that one Windows 2000/XP screensaver with the morphing spikeball.

  • Creatures may be really, really tiny! Ranging from babies of certain species, to actual floating garden-weed looking things, species can be small. Keep your eyes peeled, and your Analysis Visor up.

  • Aquatic and Flying creatures are easy to miss, as greg-449 pointed out. They can be tiny or large. For water-based species though, they tend to be large and easy to spot, or they stick in packs. They can easily be seen by using the Analysis Visor and looking for a pack of red dots. This indicates that you haven't scanned them yet, but I'll get to that later.

  • For Flying creatures, don't be afraid to shoot them down. If you can find the body, you can still Analyze it.

  • Use the Analysis Visor whenever you feel the time is right. This will tell you from a distance whether or not you have scanned a creature already. If you have, they will have a green dot on them. If you haven't, the dot will be red. As far as I can tell, using the Analysis Visor and scanning your surrounding area will also show white dots in the distance, indicating that animals are nearby. I play on PS4 on a 32 inch screen, and sometimes it can be difficult to tell what color the far away dot is, and it doesn't stick around forever. It is enough to point you in the right direction of potentially unscanned species, however.

  • Those tinier creature dots that fade away quickly actually don't even have a red or green color. They specifically represent "creatures that are too far away for your scanner to tell whether they're a new species or not". Aug 24, 2016 at 3:56
  • @DanHenderson: Have you got a reference for that? In my experience you can actually get to point blank range on the white dots that pulse briefly and there is nothing obvious there...
    – Chris
    Aug 28, 2016 at 21:08
  • @Chris I read it just the other day. I'll try to find it again and post a link. Aug 28, 2016 at 21:59
  • @DanHenderson: There was a question on here with that answer but it also provided no evidence: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/282465/…
    – Chris
    Aug 28, 2016 at 22:02
  • @Chris in my experience, it's true. If I get closer to white dots then they change colors.
    – Kat
    Aug 28, 2016 at 22:53

Since patch 1.07 this no longer is possible. Planets without animals no longer have the 100% completion box and therefore no option to upload it.

Is there perhaps an easier way of exploring a planet completely?

I spent a lot of time on my starting planet and the first I visited after that. Only to find out right afterwards that some planets do not have any species and you immediately can upload the 100% completion to update your milestones. From my experience these usually are moons.

Of course this does not give any Units for reward. But making money is much easier by farming resources anyway.

To upload the 100% completion and get the Journey Milestone updated, you need to hover the pointer over the box which shows "100%" and press (on PS4), not . That's the same when you want to upload the 100% for a planet which has species. You do not get the Units rewards automatically just by discovering all the ????? entries.

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Sorry, german screenshot...

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    How do you upload the 100% if there are no species? I haven't seen this option, or perhaps I just haven't moved the circle in the right spot. Aug 21, 2016 at 1:44
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    @JasonHeine Yeah, that's not very obvious. You need to point on the box that shows the 100% and then press ╳. I updated my answer with a screenshot.
    – udondan
    Aug 21, 2016 at 10:17
  • Danke :) Seems to be a bug after the 1st one uploaded. It won't do anymore after that. Thanks for this answer though. Quite helpful. Aug 22, 2016 at 1:05
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    I don't think there are bugs in this game. I'm sure the foundation of the code is an algorithm that procedually generate 18 quintillion ways to annoy the player. The whole universe you see is just a result of it. :D
    – udondan
    Aug 22, 2016 at 6:13
  • @udondan best NMS comment I've seen. Aug 24, 2016 at 3:57

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