How many planets are there in No Man’s Sky? Total Planets, Types and Galaxies Explained

No Man’s Sky is one of the most famous space exploration/survival games. The main selling point of the game, compared to other titles of the same genre, is its gigantic universe and galaxies which are possible thanks to the procedural generation algorithm. The developers and many game experts have even estimated that the game contains 18 quintillion planets and it would take around 584 billion years to explore them all.

What is the different ecosystem in the universe?

No Man’s Sky follows and mimics the ecosystem of our universe, meaning there is a single universe that contains galaxies which in turn have star systems, planets, etc. Look at the full distribution of the hierarchy given below.

Universe > Galaxies > Regions > Star Systems > Planets/Moons.

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Total number of planets, galaxies and star system in No Man’s Sky

Type Number of entities
Total number of universes 1
Total number of galaxies 255
Total number of regions 4.2 billion
Total number of Star Systems 2.2 trillion
Total number of planets and moons 18 quintillion or 18,446,744,073,709,551,616

All the different types of galaxies in No Man’s Sky

All galaxies in No Man’s Sky can be roughly divided into four groups.

  • Empty or Sold out
  • Lush
  • Standard
  • Hard

All the different types of planets in No Man’s Sky

All 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets in the game can be categorized into eleven different biome types.


type of planet Features
Lush An ideal planet to live on filled with resources, temperatures, flora and fauna like Earth.
Bare The second-best planet to live on contains everything resembling lush vegetation but only lacking in plant diversity.
Dead As the name suggests, they have no living things like plants or animals due to the lack of atmosphere. The only good part is that they are rich in minerals and resources.
Exotic They will have something unique for them. It can be the shape of the planet, animal/plant varieties or the element for mining.
Mega Exotic An exotic planet will be considered a mega exotic if large portions of its world have exotic/unique content.
Scorched The planet will have a high atmospheric temperature due to a large amount of sulfur, solanium and phosphorus. Not at all suitable for life and can only be useful for gathering the prescribed resources.
Frozen Similar to the scorched planet biome but with temperatures going into the opposite range. Extremely useful for collecting resources such as Frost Crystal, Dioxite, and Radon.
Toxic Everything on the planet, from the surface to the plants growing on it, will attempt to poison and kill you. You can explore and mine resources such as Ammonia, Nitrogen, and Jade Peas.
Irradiated Similar to toxic planets, radiation is the main thing trying to kill here. The planet is best for collecting uranium and other radioactive resources.
Marsh The planet has a large number of caves and is humid. It has a rich range of plant diversity and the resources found are inconsistent.
Volcanic As the name suggests, the planet has lots of rocky, slippery terrain with tons of constantly erupting volcanoes. The resource pool is somewhat similar to burned.

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