7 Satisfactory Tricks the Game Doesn’t Tell You
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7 Satisfactory Tricks the Game Doesn’t Tell You

Apr 24 Masonzero  

While the Satisfactory tutorial does a pretty decent job of guiding you through how to harvest, construct, and research, the hand-holding stops fairly early. And there are a lot of things the game doesn’t explain at all, leaving you to find them out for yourself. Here are some things that will make your Satisfactory experience much better!

Replace Conveyors Without Deconstructing

satisfactory tricks replacing and upgrading conveyor belts without deconstructing

For most of my playthrough, I was deconstructing conveyor belts (thus adding anything on them to my inventory) to replace them with faster ones. I only recently realized that you can upgrade them without any deconstruction, which means no interruptions to your production line. Simply select a different conveyor than the one you want to replace, aim at the belt, and left click to construct. It will replace the belt and leave on everything that was already there.

UPDATE: We previously said this does not work with miners or power poles, but that has since changed.

Connect Your Power Grid

biomass burner satisfactory connecting power grid with power poles

This is a good lesson to learn early. In fact, we included it in our Tips for an Efficient Start post. That is connecting all of your power production buildings to the same power grid. For example, the two Biomass Burners on your HUB should have a wire going from each of them into the same power pole, which will make your maximum available power 40MW instead of 20MW. Once your power grid and factory get more complex, it will be important to have them all in the same place.

Mergers and Splitters Can Be Built on Belts

satisfactory tricks splitters and mergers on conveyor belts

This one blew my mind when I figured it out. I was annoyed with only being able to place mergers and splitters on the ground and planning my belts around them. Then I learned that you can just aim a merger or splitter at an already-created belt, and it will build it already attached! This allows you to make mergers and splitters that “float” in the air.

Personally, I use this a lot in combination with Stackable Conveyor Poles. If I have two levels transporting the same item, I just connect them with a merger and splitter if they need balancing. As long as you don’t build them right on top of each other, it should be easy to build a belt that connects the two levels.

Space Bar Does the Same as Mouse Button in the Craft Bench

satisfactory craft bench spacebar mouse button automation

Holding down your mouse button can be pretty tiring. Even worse if you “automate” the handcrafting process by setting something on your mouse button and walking away. Luckily, holding the space bar is an alternative! This is often much easier than holding the mouse button, but is unfortunately skipped in the tutorial.

Hold Ctrl to Move all of an Item

satisfactory ctrl drag moving all of item

When moving multiple stacks of an item from one place to another, you would probably just drag or double click the item in your inventory to move it over. But if you hold the Ctrl key while dragging, you will move all stacks of that item! This can save a lot of time when moving around large quantities of the same item.

Healing Items Don’t Grow Back

satisfactory paleberries healing items do not respawn

Don’t get too excited about finding a paleberry bush near your base. As soon as you pick up that item, it’s gone and won’t grow back. That means that technically there is a limit to how many times you can heal up, but in practicality, you probably won’t need to worry about that.

Some players do claim that health items grow back, but they report that it could take 40 in-game hours for this to happen.

UPDATE: Healing items now respawn roughly every 3 in-game days.

Concrete Can Get You Anywhere

satisfactory tricks using concrete to traverse the world and climb high places

There are a lot of aspects of Satisfactory that seem really obvious once you figure it out. One of them is the ability to build bridges or ramps out of concrete. I’ve built myself out of several canyons after falling in, and across several chasms to get to resources. If you’re making a temporary structure, you can just deconstruct all the pieces when you’re done. Remember, nowhere in this game is truly inaccessible!

These are just some of many helpful Satisfactory tricks out there. The game has a great tutorial but barely scratches the surface of everything you need to know. Let us know your tricks in the comments below, and let us know if any of these were new to you.

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Mason has years of experience writing for blogs on a variety of topics. Now he is excited to highlight the awesome things you can do in Satisfactory. He hails from Portland, Oregon and loves gaming with his wife and petting their cat, Henry. He can be reached at [email protected]

4 comments

  • Quazar
    May 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am

    Little boulders can be removed by cutting nearby trees with the chainsaw –and the chainsaw can cut leaves too!

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  • Apr 15, 2020 @ 16:56 pm

    Healing items grow back its just that if something is powered nearby and a few other unpowered or powered things are near then nothing is allowed to spawn.

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  • Kselia
    Aug 3, 2020 @ 6:47 am

    Nice collection of tricks, would have loved to know about space to craft manually earlier.

    That aside, at least in the current version of the game, you *can* upgrade Miners Mk1 to Mk2, but you need to have all the resources needed in your inventory, including both portable miners. Also, healing items totally grow back, regardless of nearby structures. I have a Beryl Nut Bush pretty much in the center of my base, and every now and then it will have fresh nuts. They do take a long time to grow back, however.

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    • Masonzero
      Aug 3, 2020 @ 16:59 pm

      Good points all around! It does seem kind of funny that you can’t “re-use” the portable miners that already go into the Miner Mk1 – I agree that it’s pretty weird. And yeah, healing items do grow back. In previous versions we didn’t know what the cycle was, or if things grew back, but a recent update made it so that they grow back roughly every 3 days.

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