The Map Coordinates and Useful Tips for Your Expedition in Subnautica

The Map Coordinates and Useful Tips for Your Expedition in Subnautica

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Subnautica map is so diverse with multiple oceanic creatures and mysterious places to explore. It’s better for all the survivors to have some handy exploration tips so they can make your way through the ocean safely.

It seems to be easy to spend a lot of time under the waves thanks to the outlandish alien life and the rock shaping of Subnautica game. Nevertheless, it’s still possible for the survivors to sometimes get completely lost and have no idea where they currently are. Probably, humans are not just formed to travel underwater well like what they do on land, or perhaps Planet 4546B needs to recruit a nicer city planner.

Whatever it is, it will not be definitely awesome to get lost under the sea and not know where your current location is. No GPS provided! No good equipment is available! To help you get out of this big trouble, below here are details about the map coordinates in Subnautica and several handy tips for your expedition. You should check them out and form some best strategies for your exploration in the game.

Orientation for the newcomers in Subnautica

The in-game world is considered as a volcanic crater, although you will not learn it by sailing a boat across it. The open ocean and four landmarks are everything you can find on the surface of the water. Four landmarks are included your lifepod, the shipwreck of the Aurora, together with two mountainous islands. The lifepod is located in the middle, while the Aurora is to the east. Two islands are to the northeast and southwest.

A schematic for a compass will be given to you at the beginning of the game. This kind of stuff is very crucial for you to move around. You will be able to plan some fundamental directions for yourself thanks to a compass and the map. Make sure you utilize the grid markings that have a line of each 500 meters when plotting the directions. For instance, if you want to move to lifepod, you will have to swim roughly 250 meters due west from your crash site. For the lifepod, it is approximately 300 meters east and 200 meters north, as claimed by Pythagoras, that’s 360 meters due northeast.

The ocean floor of Subnautica contains almost all of the good stuff. You may want to go deep under the water and get to the floor to find your necessary stuff using your equipment and vehicles, however, you probably will wonder about the directions to get to the things, not wonder about how deep they are on the ocean floor.

Note everything around you, especially the locations

Taking some notes is a must in Subnautica as there is no map given to you. Of course, a map is always good for plotting the directions, but in this underwater adventure game, you have to memorize all the important locations by yourself by taking notes of all of them. By taking notes, it will make you feel like this is a “90s-era” adventure game.

For taking the notes of locations, a coordinate system is actually needed, and there are two selections for you: console coordinates or homebrewed beacon triangulation. One is great to use, however, for the other one, it’s so boring. It’s up to you to use the one you like.

You can follow this first way! When playing Subnautica, you have to keep in mind that all the things here are provided with coordinates. To find the coordinates, simply hit key F1 to bring down a console menu. Three numbers are displayed as (x, y, z) under “Camera world pos”. X represents the east-west, Y represents depth and Z represents north-south. In case you have just found something amazing or you are done discovering a sunken wreck, hit key F1 then quickly take notes of those coordinates for the later use. If you get stuck and then ask wiki, feel free to utilize those coordinates to search for anything you have been searching for.

Triangulation is the second way you can follow if it suits you! The second way can fit better inside the tools of the game, and it is not hard to use. With triangulation, you can easily create maps in some ways. However, the method you will use here is position resection by utilizing three fixed points to discover your unknown area.

If you want to obtain a known fixed point to measure from, make sure you prepare beacons, floating radio transmitter that is fixed in water. After some pieces at wrecks near the shallows have been scanned, a blueprint will be unlocked for a beacon, and thanks to a little copper ore and titanium, your fabricator will easily whip one up.

Swimming or driving out to the edges of the map as well as releasing all three beacons can be used for the best coverage. You are probably taken to deep and risky waters, however, you will probably not die provided that you stay on the surface.

The key with beacon triangulation is to expand them out as much as possible. After all three have been placed and labeled, open your tablet, toggle a HUD display in order to display icons and distances. If you want to take note of a location, just read a distance for every single of the beacons, for instance, 900 meters away from #1, 640 meters away from #2, 1,000 meters away from #3. In case you discover a wreck with a damaged door panel, but you didn’t bring your repair tool, those distances will operate like coordinates and help you find your way back to your base.

Biomes in Subnautica

The biomes in Subnautica game are so diverse, well-defined and amazing. Due to the different biomes as well as some crafting recipes, you will surely be forced to track down a particular biome that has some rare creatures or minerals. The list is not all-inclusive, there are two main mushroom forests in discrepant and separate parts of the world. Probably, further hard-to-reach biomes will be added to the game later.

Shallows and kelp forest

Shallows and kelp forest are easy and the first biomes you will discover when swimming far away from your lifepod. When you get here, you can find a bunch of food with fundamental crafting materials.

Grassy plateau

Coordinates: 362, -90, 21

You will catch sight of the broad open spaces with bright red grass when you come here. These plateaus contain more awesome minerals, together with some terrifying small animals.

Crash zone

Coordinates: 453, -13, -180

This location instantly around the Aurora has been stirred up. Also, most of the plant life here has been seriously damaged. If you come here, you can easily search for a huge amount of scrap metal, minerals, with several supply crates from the cargo hold. You have to swim toward the large burning spaceship if you want to get there.

Mushroom forest

Coordinates: 529, -175, 371

There are two unconnected mushroom forests in Subnautica, and they are extremely characteristic: tall trees of flat and disc-shaped fungus branches. It is such a wonderful biome for your expedition, also it is one of the first locations where you can search for large mineral deposits. In case you are armed with a drilling gear, go to the mushroom forest for loading up on awesome crafting materials.  

Jellyshroom cave

Coordinates: -355, -110, -226

This location is super beautiful in a strange way but it’s also very creepy to explore. You may consider carefully before reaching this place. There is entrance close to your lifepod, find it and make sure you bring an improved vehicle to dive down to 300 meters.  


Coordinates: 1090, -265, 1215

The northeastern island is the highest peak of a sprawling mountain range, which is mostly underwater. When you come here, you will be able to search for some rare minerals on the sheer cliff faces and be careful with the big predators as they are everywhere.

Mountain island

Coordinates: 309, 0, 1080

The northeastern island is way bigger than the southwestern island. The island is totally covered with many tunnels as well as many places, so be careful, or you will get lost. When you discover the island, you will find a huge amount of gold and lithium in the caves. The big alien tower on the northern tip will become a crucial part of your awesome adventures.

Underwater islands

Coordinates: -85, -66, 635

Huge alien membranes work like floatation devices, and they keep a huge archipelago suspended under the surface. If you want to search for diamonds without diving deep, you should come here, but make sure you can defend yourself from getting eaten by predators.

Floating island

Coordinates: -620, 0, -967

With the floating island, it already managed to accumulate sufficient strange alien membranes to break the surface and stay up there. On the surface, you will see a thick rainforest that is filled with edible plants and crops that you will surely want to get some then bring them back to your home garden for a nice amount of food. Also, you can totally find a lot of tech and architectural blueprints in the old ruins that are dispersed around.


Coordinates: -1101, -213, 342

The most dangerous place is also one of the perfect places for you to search for large mineral deposits. For the dunes, they are extremely dark and dreary with silt and sand even when it’s on a sunny afternoon. When you come here, you must watch your back carefully.  

Blood kelp

Coordinates: -977, -315, -532

When it’s time for sucking it up and entering the deep water, that bad water, you are no doubt searching for blood kelp. Skeletal kelp vines release precious organic matter, and surely you will have a chance to search for great crafting materials, such as gel sacks, uraninite, and deep shrooms.

Grand Reef

Coordinates: -435, -319, -991

Grand Reef is such a deep place full of dangerous predators, however looking at the Grand Reef is so great, right? Because it’s so beautiful! If you know how to elude the floating anchor pods, you may find some of the most diverse mineral deposits. You can also discover two super large sunken wrecks to get some good tech blueprints.

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