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This article is about the Scanner. You may be looking for the Scanner Room.
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This article contains information that is updated for the latest Experimental Version of Subnautica. Players using stable mode may find this information inaccurate.

"The handheld spectroscope scanner can be used to synthesize blueprints from salvaged technology, and to record alien biological data."
―PDA, Dialogue

The Scanner is a Tool capable of scanning Fragments, lifeforms, technology, and other objects scattered around the map. Fragments must be scanned to create Blueprints; to acquire the blueprints of a particular item, the player needs to scan its corresponding fragments multiple times. The number of times scanning is required varies based on the object. It takes about ten seconds to finish scanning. The Scanner is also able to scan Life Forms and Harvesting Nodes, doing so will add its specific entry into the PDA.

The player can be scanned, as well, by pressing the 'F' key. It will give information, whether the player is infected or not and it shows the progress about the bacteria in the players body. Check out the player page for all Entries.

You are able to scan fauna multiple times. The Scanner will give the information "NORMAL" or "INFECTED" on the scanner display for about 4 seconds.

When the cursor is pointed at a scannable object, a white circle (a progress indicator) appears in the middle of the screen. If scanning is interrupted, the player can resume scanning with no loss of progress. The Scanner has a range of 5 meters.

If the Scanner is not out, and the object is scannable, a small Scanner icon will appear in the bottom right of the screen.

The Scanner requires a Battery to operate, and the Scanner will not be able to scan objects if it is out of power.


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