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The Scanner is a tool capable of scanning fragments, lifeforms, technology, flora, the Player's body, and other objects scattered around the map, which get added to the Databank. Fragments are scanned to acquire blueprints; to acquire the blueprints of a particular item, the player must scan its corresponding fragments, the number of which varies based on the object.
The Scanner has a range of five meters. If the player equips a Scanner and points the crosshair at a scannable object in range, a white circle (a progress indicator) appears in the middle of the screen. If the Scanner is not held in the player’s hand and the player has not yet scanned the object, a small Scanner icon will appear in the bottom right of the screen to inform the player.
With a Scanner equipped, the player can hold the correct button to scan their target. It takes about ten seconds to finish scanning, depending on the size of the object. If scanning is interrupted (which can happen if the player looks away or the target moves out of range, for instance), the player can resume scanning later with no loss of progress.
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The Scanner display will show "NORMAL" if the creature is not infected or "INFECTED" if it is, for approximately 4 seconds each time a scan is made.
The player can scan their own body by holding the appropriate key The Scanner will display whether the player is infected or not and, if the player is infected, will show the progress of the infection in the player's body. See the player page for more details.
The Scanner requires a Battery to operate, and will be unusable if its battery is depleted.
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|Scan (Press and Hold)|
|Self-Scan (Press and Hold)|
- Ghost Leviathan Adult
- Ghost Leviathan Juvenile
- Lava Lizard
- Reaper Leviathan
- River Prowler
- Sea Dragon Leviathan
- Sand Shark
- Crimson Ray
- Rabbit Ray
- Red Eyeye
- Reefback Leviathan
- Sea Treader Leviathan
Scavengers & Parasites
Alien Life Forms
- Limestone Outcrop
- Metal Salvage
- Sandstone Outcrop
- Shale Outcrop
- Stalker Teeth
- Ion Cubes
Data Bank Entry
The essential science and survival tool, the scanner can be used to add new blueprints to memory, and analyze unknown entities.
It emits electromagnetic radiation in the specified direction, which is reflected by the environment and then analyzed to determine the physical make-up of the targeted object. It has four primary functions.
'The Alterra Spectroscope Scanner - Understanding the world so you don't have to.'
- The Scanner replaced the Fragment Analyzer and the Botanical Analysis Machine, which were originally only for analyzing fragments and scanning flora, respectively.
- The Alterra logo is sported on the top right corner of the Scanner's screen.