No Man’s Sky VR is a massive starfaring space title that puts you into the position of a starship captain with free reign over a near-infinite number of explorable planets. There are some very interesting things that you can do with this game in terms of cross-medium play; you can transfer your saved progress between VR and non-VR modes, and you can play online with others who aren’t in VR headsets at all.

More importantly, you can achieve a decent low-intensity workout just by playing No Man’s Sky VR for an hour or two per day. But you might want some kind of progress that you can carry with you beyond your workout, especially if you want to settle in and play No Man’s Sky outside of a headset later on. Luckily, the most efficient way to mine minerals in No Man’s Sky VR while running around on a planetary surface is by simply punching stuff to dust, rather than hassle with your Mining Laser or any of that nonsense. You can also take out Whispering Eggs and Biological Horrors using this method, the latter of which is usually troubling to deal with in flat mode.

What Should You Punch in No Man’s Sky VR?

In order to get the most out of this guide, you’ll naturally want to punch as many minerals as you find. Luckily, there are some varieties of minerals that are far more valuable to you than others, and your punches will go much further if you come across them.

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Chlorine/Salt Deposits

Chlorine and salt are two extremely common yet valuable elements in No Man’s Sky VR, and much harder to mine in large quantities with a low-powered Mining Laser earlier into the game. The fact that you can simply hack these deposits apart with your fists is pretty neat, and it’s a more efficient way to stack these overall. This is also where the workout comes from since you’ll be throwing punches aplenty in order to crack just one of these nodes.

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Storm Crystals

Storm crystals have a base value nearing 130,000 units and are certainly worth hunting down during a storm.

Whispering Eggs

Whispering Eggs contain Larval Cores, which are well worth mining out despite the danger of upsetting the local population of Biological Horrors. When mining a Whispering Egg, be sure to watch out for the attacks from guardian Biological Horrors who will try to stop you every step of the way. They’re tough to kill on the flat-screen mode of the game with lower-powered gear, but are far more convenient to simply punch to death in VR.

The Larval Cores themselves need to be picked up and stored away before they disappear, but they can each sell for upward of 70,000 units.

How Does Punching Mineral Nodes in No Man’s Sky VR Work for VR Fitness?

When you punch repetitively throughout the entire several hours of playtime, you’re getting yourself worked into a sweat and wearing down your entire body. No Man’s Sky VR makes it easier to find stuff to punch (meaningfully!) and a way to get a workout in while you do it. Becoming a space tycoon has never been so rewarding.


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