Exploring and charting the environment should not be undertaken without appropriate equipment and supplies. You should stay within 2km of a life pod or habitat at all times.
― PDA, Dialogue
The Beacon is a deployable tool which is crafted by using the Fabricator. It requires a blueprint to be crafted, which can be unlocked by scanning its fragments.
The Beacon can mark locations, for example Caves, Biomes or Seabases. It can be placed in the ocean and picked up again after each use. When placed the Beacon will remain suspended where it is placed.
It works similarly to the beacons installed on the Cyclops, Seamoth, Prawn Suit, and Lifepod 5, except the pulse is shaped like the Beacon.
The Beacon pings are faded out when nearby. When 1000 meters from the beacon the signal goes from custom text to plain round ping signal.
When many Beacons are in use, they can become difficult to keep track of due to the large number of icons on the screen.
A Beacon can be renamed by clicking on its front panel. A maximum of 25 characters is supported.
The Beacon's Name Changing Panel
The Beacon Viewed from a Distance
The Beacon can be placed anywhere in the ocean or on land and picked up again
The Beacon in the player's hands.
An example of custom Beacon names
The former model for the Beacon
Ditto, from a different angle