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The '''Current Generator''' was a [[Deployables|deployable]] crafted using the [[Fabricator]]. The Current Generator took up four slots in the player's [[PDA|Inventory]], that meant the player could carry 12 of them if their inventory was cleared first. The Current Generator used no power and could be left on all the time.
The '''Current Generator''' was a [[Deployables|deployable]] crafted using the [[Fabricator]]. The Current Generator took up four slots in the player's [[PDA|Inventory]], meaning the player could carry twelve of them in a clear inventory. The Current Generator used no power and could be left active indefinitely.
Once the device was deployed and activated, it would produce a column-shaped hydro-current from an emitter on its front. This stream could push small and large objects alike, including [[Lifepod 5]] and the [[Reefback]]. However the [[Seamoth]] and [[Cyclops]] were not affected by the Current Generator.
Once the device was deployed and activated, it would produce a column-shaped hydro-current from an emitter on its front. This stream could push small and large objects alike, including [[Lifepod 5]] and the [[Reefback Leviathan]]. However the [[Seamoth]] and [[Cyclops]] were not affected by the Current Generator.
The Current Generator has been scrapped and is no longer available in the game. This is possibly because it would have created lag and/or loading problems.
The Current Generator has been scrapped and is no longer available in the game. This could be to the fact that it would create lag and/or loading problems.
ID: <code>currentgenerator</code>
ID: <code>currentgenerator</code>

Revision as of 00:25, 9 April 2019

This article is about Cut Content in Subnautica. For the related article on the Below Zero Wiki, see Cut Content.
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This page serves to chronicle any significant content that was cut from the final version of Subnautica. It features multiple cut tools, base structures, creatures, and items. All content is either unused and spawnable or removed.


Alien Tech

Alien Data Terminal (Unused Variant)

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An unused version of the Alien Data Terminal with a more cyan hue. Where this would have been located is unknown, although it can be assumed that it would have functioned identically to the Orange and Green Terminals.


Ion Cube Matrix

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An Ion Cube Matrix is a piece of technology that was originally planned to be used in the construction of the Neptune Escape Rocket. However, it was replaced with Ion Power Cells.

An Ion Cube Matrix would be crafted with five Ion Cubes.[1]

ID: precursorioncrystalmatrix

Red Tablet


The Red Tablet or Red Precursor Key is an unused Alien Tablet that was going to presumably deactivate forcefields.

ID: precursorkey_red

White Tablet

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The White Tablet or White Precursor Key is an unused Alien Tablet that was previously intended to unlock the Alien Thermal Plant. The white tablet was a 4 (2x2) slot item, rather than a 1 slot item like all the other keys. If one summons precursor keys in the developer menu, they will get a White Tablet and a Red Tablet.

ID : precursorkey_white



The Arctic biome was never actually implemented into the game, but was labeled and even put onto the maps found in the game's folder during early development. The biome stayed through development for a long time before it was eventually replaced and scrapped. Very few leftovers of this biome exist. The biome likely inspired Subnautica: Below Zero's location.

Lilypad Islands

Floating in the water, the Lilypad Islands appears to be a biome of large lilypad structures rooted to medium-sized chunks of land. These Lilypads likely held the rocks in the water, keeping them afloat. This biome was likely replaced with the Underwater Islands biome, as it has the same properties as the Lilypad Isands.

This biome appears in Subnautica: Below Zero.

Twisty Bridges

The Twisty Bridges was a biome originally planned to be found in Subnautica. Development started as early as prior to the first early access release. Although some flora was made for the the biome, it was left unfinished and eventually was cut from the game.

The biome was set to contain multiple cut items as well. The Mohawk plant was one of the cut Flora found dotting the landscape. The Blue Barnacles, which are still currently used in-game, were intended to line the bottoms of all the bridges. Both could be found in the Entity Gallery. The biome appeared to have been very similar to the Safe Shallows in design, Fauna, and Flora.

The biome was considered possible post 1.0 or expansion content, but was instead included in Subnautica: Below Zero.


Entity Gallery

The Entity Gallery was a series of textureless, white boxes that could be spawned by typing "entgal" into the console. On top of each box an entity from the world of Subnautica could be found. Of the various things found here, the models of the scrapped "Sandworm" and "Grab Crab" creatures were perhaps the most notable.

The entity gallery's removal may have been due to the multiple occasions in which Precursor objects were mistakenly added to the gallery; This resulted in Precursor objects and bases being revealed to the public long before they were intended to be. The most well known example of this was the "Skittles Update" in which many of the games textures were converted to multicolored squares, this was because the game had gone over the limit of textures by the accidental addition of the Quarantine Enforcement Platform model and several other Precursor props to the gallery.

Code: entgal


The Seal command would have set the player's speed to a 5x multiplier. This was removed along with the ability to change speed not long after the Early Access Release.

Code: seal


The Shark command would have set the player's speed to a 10x multiplier. This was removed along with the ability to change speed not long after the Early Access Release.

Code: shark


The Sonic command would have set the player's speed to a 50x multiplier. This was removed along with the ability to change speed not long after the Early Access Release.

Code: sonic


Brain Coral Small

These cut Brain Coral Small appear to have been a relative to the Brain Coral added in game. They likely would have been smaller variants, possibly providing lesser amounts of oxygen.

Dead Brain Coral

Dead Brain Coral is a cut form of Brain Coral from older versions. The coral would change to this white form when hit by the Survival Knife several times, similar to dead coral found in Earth's oceans. The coral would stop producing oxygen when dead.

This effect is still present in Slanted Shell Plate and Giant Bulb Bush

Reefback Coral 01

The Reefback Coral 01 is an unused type of Reefback Leviathan Coral set to appear on its back. It is unknown why this coral remains unused as it is fully modeled and textured.


Current Generator


The Current Generator was a deployable crafted using the Fabricator. The Current Generator took up four slots in the player's Inventory, meaning the player could carry twelve of them in a clear inventory. The Current Generator used no power and could be left active indefinitely.

Once the device was deployed and activated, it would produce a column-shaped hydro-current from an emitter on its front. This stream could push small and large objects alike, including Lifepod 5 and the Reefback Leviathan. However the Seamoth and Cyclops were not affected by the Current Generator.

The Current Generator has been scrapped and is no longer available in the game. This could be to the fact that it would create lag and/or loading problems.

ID: currentgenerator


Lithium Ion Battery


The Lithium Ion Battery was an upgrade to the Battery that was crafted at the Modification Station. The Lithium Ion Battery held twice as much energy as the Battery. The Lithium Ion Battery can now only be crafted in Creative Mode. A new battery, the Ion Battery, replaced this one. It uses an Ion Cube instead of Lithium and has 500 power, whilst the Lithium Ion Battery has 200.

ID: lithiumionbattery



Nanowires were a nano-scale Electronic item crafted from Mercury Ore that was intended for quantum devices and sensors.

ID: nanowires




The Thermometer was a piece of equipment that allowed the player to see the temperature at their current location. It was removed because it was hard to implement into the latest HUD, and was rarely used during gameplay, which rendered it not worth keeping.[2] Its removal was made more apparent by the addition of built in thermometers on vehicle HUDs (Seamoth , Prawn Suit , and Cyclops). Despite being removed the blueprint can still be found in the PDA.

ID: thermometer


Bloom Plankton


Bloom Plankton are a small fauna species that were never implemented in the game, but can be spawned with "spawn bloom". Bloom Plankton is found only in groups and usually invisible, only becoming visible when they are "charged" with light. Their colour can be altered by shining different types of light onto them. Shining a Flashlight into a group of Bloom Plankton will cause them to glow bright white in colour; if a flare is thrown near a group of Bloom Plankton they will glow red in color, this color will be retained for a few moments before they become invisible again.

When charged, they can become a light source and will light up their surroundings. This could be used to the Player's advantage to navigate in dark areas. When charged with light, Bloom Plankton will constantly shift and move amongst each other. Bloom Plankton will swarm around light sources and stay there, it is unknown if this interaction with light benefits them.

ID: bloom

Bullet Fish

References to a Bullet Fish have been found in the game files. Its behavior is quite similar to that of a Crashfish. The Bullet Fish would hide in a hole, waiting for the player to come in range. It would then quickly shoot out of the hole and begin to chase the player. If the fish manages to get close enough to the player, it would take 10 seconds worth of their oxygen. The fish would then swim back into the hole. The creature never received a final model and was eventually cut from the game.


Grab Crab

The Grab Crab was a Fauna that would leave it's home to grab food and items. The Grab Crab Home, however, was never finished, and is merely seen as a placeholder. The grab crab was not spawnable in game, but has been noted to have appeared in both early development footage and the Entity Gallery.

The Grab Crab had sounds bundled in the old .asset files from the original Subnautica files. They can be played on the chart below.

ID: grabcrab

Name Audio
Log-128.png Grab Crab Idle One
Log-128.png Grab Crab Idle Two
Log-128.png Grab Crab Idle Three
Log-128.png Grab Crab Pickup
Log-128.png Grab Crab Put Down
Log-128.png Grab Crab Scare


Refrenced in the files of Subnautica, the Grower was a simple creature that was never implemented. There is no model or texture for this creature, only a script. The creature was intended to simply grow and shrink in size, as well as pulse. There is no other known information on this creature.


Large Bird

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This unnamed bird was dubbed the Large Bird by many. This bird was featured in the Subnautica Early Access Trailer and is seen flying along with a flock of Skyrays. However, even though the bird had a completed model, it was never put into the game. The Large Bird has been hinted at being featured in Subnautica: Below Zero.


Reefback Leviathan Cut Features

The Reefback Leviathan had two cut features that were intended to be given to it. The first is Burrowing. Reefback Leviathan|Reefbacks originally were to be burrowed into the ground to rest peacefully. Flora, Coral, and other small creatures would eventally reside on the top of them. If five or more moderate-sized creatures were too close, however, the Reefback Leviathan|Reefbacks would become disturbed. They would slowly rise out of the sand, and drift to a quieter place to rest[4].

The second cut feature Reefback Leviathans were intended to have was Riding. Originally, the Player was intended to have the ability to grab the tentacles and hitch a ride on the Reefback Leviathan|Reefback, as well as hide in the mass amounts of Flora atop them from Predatory Fauna[4].

Rock Puncher

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The Rock Puncher was one of the most developed cut creatures. It had a complete model, working animations, and worked in game. However, it was never added and was eventually cut entirely. The Rock Puncher was to originally appear as a creature that would punch into rocks and terrain using its large hands. It has six legs, and could walk in all directions. The Rockgrub was originally referenced as a Rock Puncher Larva, then Rock Puncher Food, before finally resting on Rockgrub. The Rock Puncher was later reused for Below Zero

ID: rockpuncher

Sand Worm

Sand Worm

The Sand Worm was a scrapped creature. Although unfinished, the intention of this creature was to have it burrow into a hole similar to that of a Tree Leech, and surprise the player, or any fauna that came near it in a similar fashion to the Reaper Leviathan and Crabsnake attacks. It appeared in the entity gallery and could be spawned in the game at one point.


Sea Dragon Seamoth Animation

The Sea Dragon Seamoth Animation was a cut attack animation made for the Sea Dragon Leviathan in which it would grab onto the Seamoth and put it into its mouth in an attempt to crush the vehicle, similar to the existing animation for the Prawn Suit.

This animation was ultimately cut from the game due to being pointless, as the Seamoth's max depth was insufficient to reach the lava zones where the Sea Dragons reside so this animation would never occur in normal gameplay.


Found in the game's files a reference for some kind of Slime. No information is known on this creature aside from the fact its ID exists. It can only be spawned as an item. There is no official model or texture for this creature.

ID: slime



The Mohawk was a cut plant planned to be part of the cut Twisty Bridges biome. These plants featured a curved shape, lined with fibers. At one point in development a Mohawk could be found in the Jellyshroom Cave.

These plants later appeared in the Twisty Bridges biome in Subnautica: Below Zero.

ID: mohawk

Plant Middle 11

Plant Middle 11 is an cut plant that appears to be a collection of different blades, similar to Grass. These plants were reskinned and implemented into Subnautica: Below Zero.

Unnamed Flora

This Unnamed Flora appears to be a Bioluminescent plant. It is made up of multiple fibers stretching upward, with tips that seem to glow a bright white.

Game Mechanics


Composting was a mechanic that was used to obtain Ethanol and Composted Materials, such as Compost Creepvine. This process likely would have involved placing plant matter into a Composter and allowing it to compost over time, then collecting materials and Ethanol. A similar process could have been done with Fertilizer, which would convert Ethanol into Ethylene[4].


Dialogue is the act of someone or something speaking. Dialogue is extensively featured in Subnautica. The Dialogue page contains all cut and unused Dialogue found in the game files.


During early access, Durability was a mechanic where the Survival Knife had durability. The Survival Knife had 100 durability and would break when it reached zero. The Thermoblade had 34 durability while the Hardened Blade had a durability of 200. Durability was only used for knives which lead to it being removed along side the Hardened Blade.

Terrain Generation

In Subnautica's early development, Terrain Generation was a planned feature. It would have worked by developing tile sets to randomly generate a certain biome. Using the Voxel Terrain system, these tile sets would have meshed together into a world that would be explorable. It is currently known that there was a Lava Zone tile set[5], a Safe Shallows tile set, a Kelp Forest tile set[6], a Mushroom Forest tile set, and a Bulb Zone tile set[7].


One of the most highly requested features all throughout development, Weather was a system that was planned but never developed fully. The timing and different technical aspects of what weather would have been are unknown. It is confirmed that there were at minimum two main weather conditions and some wind effects, as heard in the sound files which can be played below.

Weather was eventually recycled for Subnautica: Below Zero, which has intense lightning storms, rain storms, and snow.

Weather Effect Audio
Rain Loop
Thunder Loop
Wind Effects Light (One)
Wind Effects Light (Two)
Wind Effects Heavy (One)
Wind Effects Best Wind


Amino Acid

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Amino Acid was an unimplemented raw material. It was used to create Graphene.

ID: aminoacids

Battery Acid

Battery Acid was a craftable substance likely used while crafting Batteries. Not much else is known on this substance.

ID: batteryacidold



Calcium was a craftable resource that was used in the production of bleach and was made from Coral Tube Samples. It has now been replaced by Salt Deposits in the recipe for bleach.




Carbon was a substance that changed a few times before it eventually was cut. First, it was crafted by refining either plant matter or Calcite[4]. In later development, this recipe was changed to require three Acid Mushrooms before it was eventually cut. It was primarily used to craft Batteries.

In old versions of the game, Carbon could be obtained by slashing with a Survival Knife at a Stalker. It isn't fully known why this happened or if it was intentional.

ID: carbon

Compost Creepvine

Compost Creepvine was a special type of Creepvine substance that was likely made through Composting at a Composter. It isn't known what this substance would have been used for.

ID: compostcreepvine



Emery was a material planned to be found in Subnautica. Not much is known about it other than the fact that it was used to craft the Survival Knife.

ID: emery


Acting as Vehicle Fuel, Ethanol was intended to be used in the crafting of Ethylene and the powering of different Vehicles. It was to be made at a Composter from decaying/decomposing plant matter[4].

ID: ethanolold


Not much is known about Ethylene aside from the fact it was used to stimulate and ripen fruit, cause flowers to bloom, and allowed leaves to shed[4].

ID: ethyleneold



Flint was a raw material used for crafting Flares. It was generally found in the Kelp Forest and Grassy Plateaus.

ID: flintold



Graphene was a material that was crafted at the Fabricator.

ID: graphene


Hydrogen was a gas-like substance used in crafting. To craft three Flares, Hydrogen was used. To obtain Hydrogen, an Electrolizer would have been used. Calcium would produce hydrogen when placed in water.

ID: hydrogenold



ID: lodestone



Magnesium was a material crafted using three Salt Deposits in the Fabricator. Magnesium was only used in two crafting recipes, that of the Repair Tool and Flare. As it was only used in a few recipes it was rendered useless and was removed.

ID: magnesium



Membrane was a material obtained from Membrain Trees. It was originally planned to be used in the crafting of water, but eventually was removed and replaced by the Bladderfish in its sole recipe.

ID: membrane

Mercury Crystal


Mercury Crystal was a raw material planned to be used in crafting. It was a rare substance used in Thermometers, Barometers, Manometers, Sphygmomanometers, float valves, Mercury Switches, Mercury Relays, and Fluorescent Lamps. This ore was intended to be found at the border of Volcanic and Crystal biomes[4]. It was only findable in the Entity Gallery


Mercury Ore

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Mercury Ore was an uncommon material found in various biomes that was used solely to craft the Cyclops Fire Suppression System before being replaced by Crystalline Sulfur. It then remained in game until the full release, when it was finally cut. Mercury Ore spawned in the following biomes:

ID: mercuryore


Neoprene was a substance crafted using Zinc at a Fabricator. It was used to craft Fins, Knives, Dive Tools, a Hammers, Welders, Seajets, and Flares. The specifics of this substance is unknown[4].




Rutile was a natural resource that existed in the early builds of Subnautica. it did not spawn naturally and had to be spawned in through console commands. It is no longer in game. Given that rutile is a form of titanium dioxide it is likely that this was replaced by Titanium.



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Before terraforming was removed, you could dig Sand in the environment. It would be used to create Glass and Silicone. It was the only substance that could be dug without the use of a Terraformer. Before the dig feature was removed, the sand item was, so you could no longer obtain it.

ID: sandloot



Uranium was an item belonging to the Advanced Materials category that was removed in the Voice of the Deep update. It was crafted using three Uraninite Crystals, and was used in the crafting of Reactor Rods and several Electronic items. Uranium was removed to simplify the Reactor Rod recipe[9].

ID: uranium



In early builds, Zinc could be obtained from Limestone Outcrops and Stalagmites. It was primarily used for crafting batteries, but was also involved in the crafting of Neoprene[4].



Base Cyclops Reinforcement Module

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The Base Cyclops Reinforcement Module was an Upgrade Module for the Cyclops. When used to upgrade the Cyclops, it added 1600 meters to both the safe depth and the crush depth. This item was removed when the new, non-stacking upgrade system was introduced. Works in game but has no icon.

ID: hullreinforcementmodule2

Chelonian Hull Reinforcement Module

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The Chelonian Hull Reinforcement Module was an Upgrade Module for the Cyclops. When used to upgrade the Cyclops, it added 2800 meters to both the safe depth and the crush depth. The Chelonian Hull Reinforcement Module was the strongest reinforcement module. To create the module, blueprints from the Specimen Analyzer were required as Reefback DNA was part of the recipe. This item was removed when the new, non-stacking upgrade system was introduced, along with the removal of DNA samples. Works in game but has no icon.

ID: hullreinforcementmodule3

Cyclops Pressure Compensator

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The Cyclops Pressure Compensator was an Upgrade Module for the Cyclops. When put into the Cyclops upgrade panel, it added 900 meters to both the safe and crush depth. Works in game but has no icon.

ID: hullreinforcementmodule


Basalt Outcrop


Basalt Outcrops were a common outcrop type that spawned in many biomes, and looked very similar to the Shale Outcrop. They dropped Gold, Diamond, and Uraninite Crystals. They received a final model and why they were removed is not fully known. Basalt Outcrops spawned in the following biomes:

ID: basaltchunk


Calcite acted as both an outcrop and a material. It was broken to drop Calcium, but also would allow harvesting of the chunks for other use. These uses included Cements, Fertilizers, Metals, Glass, Rubber, and Paint[4].

ID: calciteold


Dolomite was a harder and denser type of outcrop. It would drop Copper Ore when broken. It also had the possibility of giving Gasses or Oil[4].

ID: dolomiteeold

Obsidian Outcrop

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Obsidian Outcrops were Harvesting Nodes found in the Lava Zones, they dropped only Diamond and never received a final model. They spawned in the following biomes:

ID: obsidianchunk


Rocks were small outcrops that spawned in the Mushroom Forest. They usually dropped Magnesium, although there was a small chance to drop Copper Ore.




Featured on old development documentation[4], the Minimap was a planned feature for the game. This would have worked by tracking areas you had been and causing them to appear on the Minimap as mapped terrain. This feature appears to have been cut long before any playable version of the game was finished, as it is never seen once.

Scanning System (Old)

The Scanning System in older documentation[4] detailed some differences. Upon looking directly at an object for multiple seconds, a short description of the item would appear on the HUD. These messages would only appear if they had not been said in the last ten message during the current play session.

If objects were scanned with a Scanner, they would both display their short description no matter how long since it had been seen, as well as unlock a optional longer version. These were likely similar to the Databank entries in the game currently.



Even though the are still in the game, Signals have gone through many changes. The most prominent was a move from items to being on their own PDA page. Before they had a custom tab (which is between the Inventory and Log tabs) they were items you could find in chests and containers, or were given when a radio signal was obtained.

In early development, Signals were simply found in either chests or containers, and they usually lead to simple places. Some lead to caves, others to certain locations. Lifepod 5 was the only one that was on at all times and needed no object to work. These Pings would be equipped either by holding them in your hand or placing them in the Chip Slots.

During early development, these Pings appeared as simple white blips that would expand and fade. There was no way to edit them at all, and they would simply give a location. Before they were given an icon, they appeared in the world as placeholder white "X" markers. They were eventually given a final design image before being cut and changed into the item-less system.

Below is a compilation of all cut Signal Locations from the game. Some locations were cut from the game entirely, while others remained but lost any pings to them.

Signal Name Co-ordinates Information
Signal Ping.png (Placeholder) (Placeholder) (Placeholder)




The Accumulator was a machine meant to store power for Seabases. It is unknown why it was cut. 

ID: accumulator (does not work)

Bioreactor (Old)


The old Bioreactor was built outside of a base and could only be powered using Fungal Samples and Creepvine Samples.

ID : bioreactor

Botanical Analysis Machine

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The Botanical Analysis Machine was a machine meant to study Flora. It was cut when the Scanner was added. It was built with the Habitat Builder.



The Centrifuge was meant to be used to turn DNA samples collected using the Transfuser into four transfuser serums. The Centrifuge was to be crafted with a Habitat Builder in a base. It can still be spawned in game, but has no collision and is nonfunctional.

ID: centrifuge


A Composter was a object used to convert plant matter into Ethanol and other types of Plant Matter. It would have likely involved placing materials inside and allowing them to compost over time. There was no known model made, and the tool appears to have been scrapped very early[4].

Fragment Analyzer

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The Fragment Analyzer was a Placeable Item that was used to decode Fragments into Blueprints. Only one fragment was needed to research a blueprint; however, the Fragment Analyzer could research four fragments at a time. The progress of analysis was displayed when the player looked at the Fragment Analyzer. At one point a Fragment Analyzer was pre-installed inside the Lifepod. The functionality of the Fragment Analyzer was given to the Scanner and the fragment system was reworked.

ID: fragmentanalyzer

Nuclear Reactor (Old)


The old Nuclear Reactor was built outside of the Seabase and had to be supplied with raw Uraninite to function.

ID: nuclearreactor (does not work)

Observatory (Old)


The Old Observatory was a small primitive glass box that could be constructed with the Mobile Vehicle Bay. Unlike the newer Observatory it was not a Seabase module and was instead freestanding. It had two entrances and was primarily used to observe Fauna and the environment. The only way to move it was to use Floaters.

ID: observatoryold

Power Generator

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The Power Generator was a Placeable Item that generated Power for Seabases using Power Cells. The Power Generator had a capacity. In the starting of Subnautica it was the only method to give energy to Seabases. It was only a temporary power source, and was removed when it was essentially replaced by the Nuclear Reactor and Reactor Rods.

Specimen Analyzer

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The Specimen Analyzer was a machine meant to study Eggs. It was removed when the Alien Containment and Scanner were added. Despite being removed, you can still see its model in Below zero's Research Base Zero. It can be spawned in game, but doesn't function and only holds small eggs.

ID: specimenanalyzer


Aurora (Old)

The Aurora used to be a flat, 2D texture. This texture was based off the Aurora Concept Art, which featured a much sleeker design with a smaller bridge at the top and front-facing windows. The devs threw it together on March 11th, 2014[10] and it was fully implemented on March 25th, 2014[11]

Later into development, specifically seen on August 18th, 2014[12], the Aurora changed to a different 2D image, a much more recent version of the Aurora model. It was in a unique position, similar to the original concepts, but using the newer model.

The next time the Aurora was seen, it was a 3D model, seen during the Early Access launch. Two models, a non-damaged Aurora and a damaged Aurora, where both uploaded to the Trello[13]. The non-damaged model never appears in game.

The Aurora at this stage had no interior. The simple interior was added on April 4th, 2015, the Crash Site Update. This update featured a different Aurora interior, with a different entrance. If the Player were to go underwater at the port side, a hole could be found that lead directly to the Drive Core. Alternatively, going through the front lead directly there after climbing to the top.

Cave Crawler Ending

The Cave Crawler Ending is an older version of the Launch Sequence involving the Neptune Escape Rocket. The ending contained the same string of events with minor changes. The Arctic Landmass the Player looks at is designed differently, and some dialogue was altered slightly. The Sea Emperor's dialogue is not present in this version, nor is the "One Trillion Credits" message. After the screen faded to black, the Credits began.

The name is based off the Cave Crawler, an aggressive scavenger Fauna, which crawls across the roof of the Neptune Escape Rocket at the very end of the cutscene before it cuts to the credits.

Intro (Old)

In earlier builds of the game, before the Lifepod 5 intro cutscene was added, the PDA originally would monologue the plot as an Intro. In these earlier versions of the game, the plot involved the Aurora being a Terraforming Ship. These ships would terraform other planets to allow for human habitation. On this mission, however, the Aurora was struck by an unknown energy pulse and was shot down, similar to the current in-game event. During these builds, no other story was given until it was replaced. This can be played below.

Ontop of this, there is an even older intro heard in the Jiaolong Testing Video[8]. This older version appears to be audio of Lifepod 5 being jettisoned and landing in the ocean. This is one of the only known recorded versions of this intro.

Kharaa Bacterium (Old)

Back during early story development, the Kharaa Bacterium looked much different. Instead of its green glow that is seen today, the older version took up a much more different approach. The cysts would have glowed bright orange and the cracks were more visible. This was likely changed to differentiate it from Natural Selection Two's version of the Kharaa.



The Drill was planned to be an item in Subnautica. Little is known about the drill and it was scrapped in early development. However, its main purpose would probably have been drilling outcrops or drilling in the ground. The icon has since been removed and it no longer has a use.

ID: drill

Hardened Blade

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The Hardened Blade was an upgraded version of the Survival Knife. It was crafted with the Modification Station. Its damage output is 30 health. Before durability was removed, it had double the durability of the Survival Knife. It was removed since it was deemed worthless when durability was removed. Despite being removed, it is still mentioned in the "Degasi Voice Log #8 - Risk Taking."   

ID: diamondblade



The Electrolizer was a tool that would have converted Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen. When it was used, it would spark and produce evaporation effects. If the tool was use in a submarine, it would add more Oxygen to the sub as it was produced and likely lower the water level slightly (if flooding).




The Powerglide was an upgrade for the Seaglide. it was 3x the speed of the Seaglide and had a turbo boost that drastically increased its speed. The Powerglide's model was identical to that of the Seaglide's. It was cut early in development due to the player glitching into the ground. It is no longer spawnable, thought the ID remains.

ID: powerglide



The Terraformer was a tool that allowed the player to remove material from one place in the world and deposit it elsewhere. A counter showed the current amount of material held by the device.

The Terraformer was removed due to performance issues because of the way the Terraformer works. The Terraformer model may later be used for an unknown purpose in later updates, as the developers thought the model was "too cool". If the Terraformer is spawned in more current versions, the description is "RIP terraformer" referring to the development team's disappointment in having to remove it. The item texture in the inventory has also been deleted and changed to the ? icon. Although it is still functional when spawned in, all changes made to the terrain using the Terraformer will be reset upon reloading the world.

ID: terraformer

Terraformer Fragments


Terraformer Fragments were to be scattered in certain biomes. They were intended to be scanned to obtain a Terraformer. Where it would have spawned and how many were required to complete the blueprint is unknown. Just like the actual Terraformer, it can still be spawned in.

ID: terraformerfragment



The Transfuser was a Tool intended to sample DNA from life forms and then use this DNA in the Centrifuge to create consumable items that would alter the player's or other creatures' attributes. The model was reused for Subnautica: Below Zero's Bioscanner. One can still find it in the creative blueprints.

The Transfuser's description was changed to: congrats translators, we made a game!

ID: transfuser

Transfuser Fragments

Transfuser Fragment 1.png

Transfuser Fragments were to be found in different biomes across the map. They were intended to be scanned to obtain a Transfuser. Where it would have spawned is unknown. It can still be spawned in fine.

ID: transfuserfragment

DNA Effects

Creature Behaviour Outcome
Holefish Generates no events. Creature doesn't see the player. Because of the hole. Not known
Boomerang When it sees aggressive fauna in front of it, it swims by quickly, cutting target for damage but for blood. Extra damage backwards/away from current
Peeper Checks out shiny things. Extra speed
Garryfish Follows the player. Follow player
Rabbit Ray Lies on ground like flounder. Flees when detects sound. Friendliness
Hoverfish Danger patterning makes all med/small fish move away from him. Hover on the surface of the water
Crashfish Gets aggressive from nearby motion events in radius, eventually attacking source. Not known
Bleeder Attacks healthiest live target within range (most health). Attracted to large creatures
Reginald N/A Regeneration (On player)
Spadefish N/A Not known
Shuttlebug Attracted to buried loot. Will swim around fallen loot/collect your fallen loot
Stalker Aggressive for blood, attracted to blood, attacks other aggressive fauna and med. fish. Swim around metal
Gasopod Creates poison cloud when it sees hostile fauna nearby. If in danger will create a gas cloud
Eyeye Perfect eyesight in all conditions. Shrieks when it sees something with more mass than it. Swim away from danger
Sand Shark Move towards vibrations when under ground, then jumps out to attack source. Attracted to motion
Mesmer Mesmerizes nearby creature when threatened, then attacks them. Will confuse predators
Oculus Almost blind in light, sees clearly in dark (nightvision) Nightvision
Jellyray Big light source Bioluminescence


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