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Compass displaying navpoints

The Compass is used to help the player navigate the planet. Players can activate the compass by holding the control to open the Action Wheel (PC: R, Xbox: Xbox One - D-Pad Right, PS4: PS4 - D-Pad Right, Switch: Switch - Right) 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 Compass Icon Beacon.png Displayed at the location of Beacons the player has placed in the world, the color depending on the color of the beacon. Up to 9 beacons may be displayed on the compass, given lower priority to other navpoints.
Shelter Compass Icon Shelter.png Only the nearest Shelter or Field Shelter will be displayed.
Shuttle Compass Icon Shuttle.png Only the nearest Shuttle will be displayed.
Rover Compass Icon Rover.png Only the nearest Rover will be displayed.
Gateway Chambers Compass Icon Chamber Active.png
Compass Icon Chamber Inactive.png
Only the nearest Inactive and Active Gateway Chambers will be displayed.
Probe Compass Icon Probe.png When scanning with a Probe Scanner, it will display a navpoint for the planet's probe.
EXO Caches Compass Icon EXO Cache.png When in range, EXO Caches will be displayed.
Place of Interest Compass Icon MAT.png A place of interest. These currently include the Xenobiology Lab Wreckage, Vehicle Data Recorders, MATs will be represented by the same symbol.
Death Marker Compass Icon Death.png If the player died, a death marker will be displayed at the most recent death point. Disappears after a time when the dead player has been looted.
Cauldrangea Compass Icon Cauldrangea.png Displays when near a Cauldranga of any type, only one showing at a time.
Project CHEER crates and "Misplaced" Cargo Compass Icon Present.png Shows up to the 3 closest present crates or "Misplaced" Cargo. Shares priority with EXO Cache markers.
Shells Compass Icon Shell.png Displays the three nearest Galastropod shells. Appears grey when additional steps are required to obtain the shell (such as blowing up Ice Chunks).
Usagi's curiosities Compass Icon Usagi.png Displays up to the three nearest curiosities when Usagi is active and on the same planet as the player.


  • 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.