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Subnautica: Below Zero - How to find Magnetite

Magnetite is a tricky resource to find in Subnautica: Below Zero.
Subnautica: Below Zero - How to find Magnetite

Magnetite is a metal in Subnautica: Below Zero that has alluded some players in the early going of the game’s life cycle. It’s somewhat tricky to locate but it’s needed in some key crafting recipes, leading players to go to great lengths to find it. 

Luckily, there are a few biomes in Below Zero that holds the metal. Once players find these biomes, they’ll have an endless amount of magnetite at their disposal. However, you won’t need a ton of it, as Below Zero only has a few recipes that need the metal. 

Here’s where you can find magnetite in Subnautica: Below Zero and what recipes require it. 

Finding magnetite in Subnautica: Below Zero

The best location you can find magnetite in is the Deep Lilypads Cave. It’s found in ore veins in this location as well as on the walls and ceiling as a single resource. You can just go pick it up and then look for more. Magnetite is a pointy-looking gray metal that’s pretty easy to miss, so make sure you keep a stern eye out. 

magnetite subnautica below zeroThe Deep Lilypads Cave biome. (Picture: Unknown Worlds)

If you don’t want to venture down to the cave, you can also find the metal in the following biomes: 

  • Crystal Caves
  • East Arctic
  • Glacial Basin
  • Basin
  • Blue Ice Caves
  • Dark Caves
  • Ice Fissure
  • Temperate Caves
  • Underwater Caves
  • Glacial Connection
  • West Arctic

Magnetite is also a resource that can be acquired via Sea Monkeys, which offers you resources. However, this is a hit-or-miss method; finding magnetite in biomes is a much easier way. 

The recipes that require magnetite are: 

  • Prawn Suit Propulsion Cannon
  • Vortex Torpedo
  • Thumper
  • Thermal Plant
  • Executive Toy
  • Scanner Room HUD Chip
  • Scanner Room Range Upgrade 
  • Snowfox Hoverpad

Subnautica below zero magnetiteThe Snowfox Hoverpad in Subnautica: Below Zero. (Picture: Unknown Worlds)

Obviously, the hoverpad is what most players will desire the most from that list. You’ll need two magnetite to make the hoverpad, so it’s wise to have some extra on hand in your base.