Satisfactory Beginners Guide: 6 Tips for an Efficient Start

Satisfactory Beginners Guide: 6 Tips for an Efficient Start

Mar 26 Masonzero  

When you’re a Satisfactory beginner, things seem simple. But the game gets real complicated real fast! Having an efficient start to your playthrough can make a huge impact on the rest of your game and give you a major jumpstart. In this blog, we’ll be going over some things you can do early on that will really help you later.

Connect Your Power Grid

biomass burner satisfactory
These biomass burners can ordinarily only support 20MW, but these two connected by power poles means your power network can support 40MW.

Providing power to your factory is much less exciting than building out the factory itself when you’re a Satisfactory beginner. But as you do so, you’ll find you need an absolute ton of power. One thing that is not made clear, but completely changed the game for me when I discovered it, is that connecting your power generators via power poles increases the total capacity of your power grid. Essentially, you want to make sure everything you have that creates power is connected in some way via power poles and power lines. Technically you could just split the power evenly between two non-connected power sources. But it will be much easier to keep track of if your entire system is connected.

Don’t Stress About Copper Early On

copper conveyor satisfactory
Is it a video or a screenshot. I have so much copper that it doesn’t even matter.

Copper is plentiful, and is one of the first resources you find along with iron. However, it only goes into producing wires and then cables.

Personally, I only have one copper miner going into one copper ingot smelter, going into one wire constructor, after 12+ hours of gameplay. Meanwhile I have 5 iron miners by comparison! Even though HUB upgrades and space elevator tiers can require copious amounts of wire, and cable is crucial to making power lines, starting a copper operation early in the game and storing up wire will ensure that you’ll have enough wire to last a long time!

Split Your Mining Operations

satisfactory mining splitter
One of my iron ore miners utilziing a splitter to go into two iron ingot smelters.

It may seem logical that one miner should supply one smelter, and one smelter should supply one constructor. However, that is far from the case. In the early game, you should unlock splitters and mergers as soon as possible to make better use of your ore. You can easily split the resources from a miner into two or three conveyors each going into a different smelter. Otherwise you’re going to be stuck with a very backed up smelter! It’s tempting to start mining as much as possible early on, but the amount of materials you can gather from a miner is impressive, even at the start.

Make Upgrades a Priority

satisfactory hub upgrade
This terminal should be your best friend.

While it’s easy to get distracted by making factories, you should aim to always be working on HUB and Space Elevator upgrades. The new buildings will make the game more fun and make your factories better, so the earlier you unlock those, the better. It will also help unlock other things like a larger player inventory, which is super useful when exploring for materials.

Satisfactory beginners will be in awe of each new discovery, so go at a pace that is comfortable for your learning curve.

Research Coal Power as Soon as Possible

satisfactory coal power
There’s no global warming in this game yet. So burn, baby, burn!

Getting upgrades until you get to the coal generator is essential to the early game. Crafting biomass is fine for a while, but ultimately you will want coal because it can be entirely automated.

Ever since I upgraded to coal power I’ve had more time to work on my factory. And haven’t had to spend time searching for leaves to make biomass. Coal will save you a lot of time in the early game so you can discover and create more things.

Check Every Building for Backlogs

satisfactory backlog
I have 100 copper ore in this smelter at all times, meaning my copper production is being heavily backlogged.

If you’re not splitting up your conveyors early on (or if you haven’t yet unlocked splitters), chances are that your smelters and constructors will get backlogged. Check to see if they have a stack of 100 items (or whatever the maximum stack of that material is) on the input (or even output) end at all times.

If so, you should periodically add those stacks of materials into your inventory. Then you can take all of that to a craft bench and make whatever item you want to have. This can accelerate your progress in the earlier parts of the game. And it cuts down on dead time while you’re waiting for things to finish being constructed.

Hopefully this Satisfactory beginners guide helps you get an efficient start to the game, rather than floundering around. We certainly encourage you to experiment on your own and completely ignore our advice. But if you want to get right to the good stuff, this is the way to go!


About Masonzero

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]

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