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This article is about the Alien Artifacts. You may be looking for the Alien Artifact Terminal or the Alien Relics.

Alien Artifacts are items required to access the Precursor Bases or Structures.

The Artifacts are very odd in appearance. They are quite large and are similar to an SD card in shape, and they feature various holes and attachments.

All four Alien Artifacts can be obtained by typing precursorkeys and can also be acquired separately by typing item precursorkey_[colour] into the console. The Artifacts each occupy a single inventory slot.

The Red Alien Artifact currently has no use and will most likely go unused in the future. [1]

Purple Artifact Edit

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The Purple Artifact is usually the first Artifact to be found, and is very frequently used in a number of locations. There are currently eight found in the game. The Quarantine Enforcement Platform requires three to unlock the upper entrance, the anti-gravity elevator, and the control room. The three Artifacts needed to unlock these doors can be found onsite; two on Mountain Island, and one inside the facility in the room before the deactivation terminal. A fourth can be found in the Degasi Seabase on the Floating Island. The rest can be found in Mountain Island's Caves. After scanning the broken Artifact in front of the Quarantine Enforcement Platform's land entrance, the player can craft Purple Artifacts at the Fabricator using an Ion Crystal and two Diamonds.

The Purple Artifact can be used optionally to access the Dunes, Sparse Reef and the Blood Kelp Zone Precursor Caches. It is also used to unlock certain doors in the Precursor Thermal Power Generator and Disease Research Facility.

Data Bank Entry Edit

Algae growth on the exterior of this device indicates it was abandoned hundreds, perhaps thousands of years ago. Despite its age, its power source appears to be functional. It may be compatible with other alien technologies.

Orange Artifact Edit

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The Orange Artifact can be found in the Deep Grand Reef Degasi Seabase on a desk, and is presumed to be what Marguerit Maida discovered, as shown in this log. This Artifact is used to access the Lost River Laboratory. The Orange Artifact is craftable, but only one terminal uses the artifact.

Data Bank Entry Edit

It hums slightly as you hold it.

Blue Artifact Edit

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The Blue Artifact can be found in the Precursor Thermal Power Generator, and is used to access the Primary Containment Facility. One artifact is needed to gain entrance to the facility, and a second one is used to unlock the Moonpool room. However, only one artifact is available for pickup from the Precursor Thermal Power Generator. It is craftable.

Data Bank Entry Edit

Smooth and cold, with a blue light illuminating an unknown alien sigil.

Recipe Edit

Ion CrystalDiamondDiamondArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Purple Artifact
Ion CrystalDiamondDiamondArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Orange Artifact
Ion CrystalDiamondDiamondArrow-right (1)FabricatorArrow-right (1)Blue Artifact

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  • Originally the Purple, Red, Blue and Orange Artifacts took up four (2x2) inventory slots, while White Artifacts originally took up one (1x1) inventory slot.
  • There used to be a fifth (White) Artifact, but it has been removed from the game.


  1. Dated March 4, 2017

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  • How do I get a second Blue Artifact?

    4 messages
    • Thats a shame for people who already used their blue artifact, and for the people that get one without realising they need to scan it. Th...
    • Ha good to know.  I'm glad I decided to "cheat" and look it up... i would have been searching for all eternity. I think you ...
  • Vanishing Purple Artifacts

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    • I had almost the same problem. I dropped one and couldn't find it at the same spot i dropped it!!
    • In my experience, if anything is dropped into the world that *isn't* marked as a 'deployable', and you enter/exit any seabase ...