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Compass displaying navpoints

The Compass is used to help the player navigate the planet. Players can activate the compass by pressing the control to open the Action Wheel (R on PC) and selecting the Compass icon. This can be used at any time, when the player is in or outside of a vehicle. The compass will display the direction of the Planet's north pole, indicated by the N in the inner circle.


The compass will show the player multiple different navpoints, located relative to the player. Navpoints are displayed three-dimensionally, giving information about their horizontal position as well as vertical position. Any navpoints that are positioned outside the compass radius will be placed on the edge of the compass display, excluding navpoints that are only displayed when in range (such as exo caches).

Name Symbol Description
Beacons Yellow Beacon Up to 9 Beacons may be displayed, but only if no other navpoints exist and no chambers have been activated. Other navpoints take priority over beacons.
Shelter Shelter Only the nearest Shelter or Field Shelter will be displayed.
Shuttle Shuttle Only the nearest Shuttle will be displayed.
Rover Rover Only the nearest Rover will be displayed.
Gateway Chambers Inactive ChamberActive Chamber Only the nearest Inactive and Active Gateway Chambers will be displayed.
Probe Probe When scanning with a Probe Scanner, it will display a navpoint for the planet's probe.
EXO Caches EXO Cache When in range, EXO Caches will be displayed.
Vehicle Data Recorder or MAT Vehicle Data Recorder or MAT If a Vehicle Data Recorder is located on the planet, it will be displayed. After destroying it, the location of the corresponding MAT will be represented by the same symbol.
Death Marker Death Marker If the player died, a death marker will be displayed at that location.


  • The Size and Camera Tilt of the compass may be changed in the General section of the Options menu.
  • The compass orientation is relative to gravity, so it will often display incorrectly when walking around the core of a planet.



  • Before Patch 1.19.134, the compass only displayed when hovering the cursor over the player's astroneer, and only showed the four cardinal directions.
  • The compass was not able to be shown inside of a vehicle until Patch 1.19.134, released on March 31st 2021.