Most Monoliths have two or three learning stones attached and the Monolith itself holds a piece of the story of one of the three races or a little puzzle for getting some rewards and some Atlas words.

But every now and then I come across one of these huge slates which apparently have no way to interact with it.

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There are no learning stones nor can you interact with the monolith or any of its features.

You can fly on top of it with your jetpack but there is nothing to see.

You can walk inside the hole in the middle and it appears like this is handled like a building. Like in any real building you're not able to fire your weapons while standing in the tunnel.

In the middle of the tunnel is a white marker which also is visible on the "radar" at the top of the screen.

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While trying to figure out what that thing is and what you can do with it, a sentinel came by and flew right though the hole. I shot it down and the barrel it dropped felt right though the floor and was gone. Same thing happened with more sentinels killed outside on the front court of that thing.

What is it and what can you do with it?

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    A 'space anomaly' turned up shortly after I found one of these, not sure if it was related or not.
    – greg-449
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 14:26
  • That might be. I encountered one of these before and I also encountered one space anomaly before. No idea in which order. But now that I found the second of this kind, let's see if I will find another anomaly soon. Might take a while though since I'm currently "mining" space ships.
    – udondan
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 14:29
  • Occasionally the interface is on the ground, not floating or anything like that. Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 14:31
  • @Kaizerwolf What interface do you mean?
    – udondan
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 18:28
  • You can interact with Monoliths to learn a story of the race that built it, plus a word from that race. There may be a terminal of sorts on the ground to interact with. Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 19:40

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In the beta there were similar structures used as portals and functioned similar to black holes except you could travel back through them.

Though in the release version they currently appear to do nothing of interest.


I believe this type of monolith was meant to progress the Atlas storyline. You may have already encountered one, and it tells you to traverse the stars (use warp). I suppose these have been procedurally generated on certain planets in every system but you cannot use them as you already have (in another system, on another planet), or, you didn't get the "anomaly" or "signal" to go there as yet. It's like trying to interact with an NPC you've already exhausted all the dialogue for.

Have fun while you can with the game. I got bored in just 10-20 hours.

  • That might be, I can't remember if something happened when I discovered the first one. Can someone confirm this is the case?
    – udondan
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 15:34

It's a portal. It does nothing right now though

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