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Planets are extraterrestrial, spherical, huge "rocks" which have a variety of features and inhabitants. In Starbound, these are worlds you can travel between in a Spaceship. Planets in Starbound are entirely procedurally generated and filled to the brim with unique content. Not only is the terrain of the planet procedurally generated, but also the weather, the gravity, the difficulty level, the plant life, the behavior and appearance of alien creatures, and much more. Some planets may house fossils.

Planet LocationEdit

Every planet has unique Coordinates in the navigation console. The procedural generation engine using a pseudorandom number generator with a static, common seed so the coordinates can be shared among others.

Planet Threat LevelEdit

The difficulty of a planet is displayed in the navigation menu as a Threat Level, which is influenced by the planet's environmental factors. The various threat levels are as follows:

  • Harmless
  • Mostly Harmless
  • Moderate
  • Risky
  • Dangerous
  • Extreme

Planet EnvironmentEdit

To see a list of planetary biomes, visit the Biomes page.

Each planet has an environment made up of a number of elements. The background, terrain type, plant type, weather, and temperature are called the biome of the planet. While biomes on different planets of the same type will have certain features in common, they will be unique in their combination of smaller elements through procedural generation.

Planets will have different ambient light depending the type of star they orbit and how close they are to said star. For example, if a planet is orbiting very close to a Red star, the planet will have a deep red ambient light.

Some planets require special equipment or tech to navigate, such as planets with lack of atmosphere or a radioactive surface.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Planets

  • Ocean Planets

    3 messages
    • Are you absolutely sure that you went to the same planet? That sounds abnormal to me.
    • I would delete the universe folder and start all over again. Your characters and their inventory should still be there.
  • Planet levels.

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    • The wiki is badly out of date. What the wiki is showing with the planet levels use to be in the early EARLY builds of the game, a.k.a builds o...
    • But as an excuse, we weren't able to change anything on this wiki before the game get's to a stable version again. :) Besides gatheri...

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