Subnautica Console Commands and Cheats

Subnautica offers a rich underwater survival experience filled with exploration and the dangers that come with. The game features four different gamemodes: Survival, Creative, Freedom, and Hardcore. Survival is Subnautica’s default experience whereas Hardcore is nearly the same but adds permadeath. Freedom simply disables player hunger and thirst, and Creative disables player survival features (so no worrying about your health, hunger, oxygen, or thirst) and allows building without materials, with all blueprints unlocked.

If you’re just looking to build and explore without having to worry about any of the survival gameplay, Creative mode is your best bet. However, if you’re just looking to supplement your Survival experience with a few quality of life improvements, that’s where those tricky console commands come in.

Subnautica offers an expansive list of developer commands, offering warping capability, toggling survival options, and more. It’s important to note that, as with cheats in most games, activation and use of these commands will disable earning of achievements. Here’s a full list of all console commands available in the PC and console versions of Subnautica.

How to open developer console on PC or Mac

Subnautica’s console commands will all work on the PC and Mac versions of the game, available on Steam. If you’re playing on a laptop, you may need to also press the “Fn” (function) key, as many laptops will have these keys bound to media controls and other laptop features by default.

To activate the developer console on PC or Mac, use the following process:

  1. Press F3
  2. Press F8 to free your mouse to interact with menu
  3. Uncheck “Disable console” option
  4. Press Enter or ~ to open the console and enter commands

How to open developer console on Xbox One

While Subnautica is not fully released on Xbox One, it is currently available through Xbox’s Game Preview (early access) here. The Xbox One version is extremely close to the version available on Steam for PC and Mac users, and all of the same console commands will work.

To activate the developer console on Xbox One, use the following process:

  1. Press RB + LB + A at the same time to open the console
  2. Enter commands

or

  1. Press RB + LB + Start
  2. Use Developer menu to enter console commands without typing

How to open developer console on PlayStation 4

Subnautica is not currently available on PlayStation 4, but when it is released (late 2018, tentatively), we can expect all of the same console commands to be available. We will update this section with the process of opening the console on this system as soon as it has released.

Full list of Subnautica console commands

Character commands

bubbles Spawns air bubbles around the player
cure [#] Removes Kharaa Bacterium from player and creatures in a set range
infect [#] Infects player and creatures in a set range with Kharaa Bacterium
invisible Player is invisible to all creatures
kill Kills and respawns player in Life Pod
nosurvival Removes player's food and water requirements
oxygen Grants player infinite oxygen
playerinfection [#] Sets player Kharaa Bacterium infection level (range of 1-5, with 5 curing the player)

Gameplay modification cheats

bobthebuilder Gives the player tools and activates multiple gameplay cheats
damage [#] Multiples damage taken by the player by the specified amount (default 1)
day Sets the map time to day
daynightspeed [#] Modifies the day/night cycle (default 1). Can be increased (shorter day/night) or decreased (longer day/night)
dig [#] Removes terrain around the player (range of 1-100, in meters)
entreset Reloads all game assets.
fastbuild Enables near-instant module creation when using the Habitat Builder
fastgrow Enables near-instant flora growth when using a planter
fasthatch Enables near-instant egg hatching when using an Alien Containment
fastscan Enables near-instant scanning when using the Scanner
filterfast Enables near-instant water filtration when using the Water Filtration Machine
fixleaks Repairs all radiation leaks in the Aurora
flood Floods all Cyclops ships on the map
gamereset Rolls back game to the last save
instagib Toggles instagib mode, in which any damage will cause instant death
night Sets the map time to night
nitrogen Lets the player stay underwater longer, but increases the risk of decompression sickness
noenergy Toggles power usage for all tools, seabases, and vehicles
radiation Disables radiation
speed [#] Modifies the game speed (default 1). Can be increased (faster) or decreased (slower).
unlockdoors Unlocks all doors in the Alien Bases and Aurora, except those which require the Laser Cutter.

Modifying, spawning, and unlocking items

clearinventory Deletes all items from player inventory
cyclopsupgrades Grants the player all Cyclops upgrades/modules
damagesub Causes all Cyclops on the map to take 400 damage
destroycyclops Causes all Cyclops on the map to be destroyed
ency [NAME] Unlocks specified entry in the Data Bank. Must use exact name; using "all" will unlock all entries.
exosuitarms Grants the player all Prawn Suit arms.
exosuitupgrades Grants the player all Prawn Suit upgrades/modules.
filtersalt Instantly fabricates Salt from all Water Filtration Machines
filterwater Instantly fabricates Large Filtered Water from all Water Filtration Machines
item [NAME] [#] Adds specified item and quantity to player inventory (list of all items)
lock [NAME] Locks specified blueprint
madloot Gives the player some loot and tools
nocost Toggles use of tools without requiring resources
resourcesfor [NAME] Grants the player resources for specified craftable item
restorecyclops Restores all wrecked Cyclops to a damaged but functional state
seaglide Spawns an unpowered Seaglide in front of player
seamothupgrades Grants the player all Seamoth upgrades/modules
sizeref Spawns "Wasabi One" diver when looking at terrain
spawn [NAME] [#] Spawns specified item and quantity to in front of player (list of all items)
spawnloot Spawns an assortment of loot
sub aurora Spawns the Aurora behind player
sub cyclops Spawns the Cyclops in front of player
toolsloot Spawns some tools
unlock Unlocks specified blueprint
unlockall Unlocks all blueprints.
vehicleupgrades Grants player all common vehicle modules

Story-related and event activation

cinematics Toggles display of in-game cinematics
countdownship Initiates countdown to explosion of the Aurora's dark matter reactor
explodeship Initiates explosion of the Aurora's dark matter reactor
forcerocketready Prepare and launch the Neptune Escape Rocketwithout disabling the Quarantine Enforcement Platform
infectionreveal Infects player with the Kharaa Bacterium and plays infection reveal animation
playsunbeamfx Plays second part of the Quarantine Enforcement Platform destroying the Sunbeam
precursorgunaim Plays full event of the Quarantine Enforcement Platform destroying the Sunbeam
restoreship Restores the Aurora to pre-exploded state
sunbeamcountdownstart Activates countdown to the arrival of the Sunbeam

System commands

debugsound Toggles sound
farplane [#] Changes view distance, may affect performance (default 1000)
fog Toggles fog effect
fov [#] Toggles player field of view
fps Displays frames per second
freecam Toggles noclip and allows you free look outside of your character (similar to flying)
freedom Changes game mode as specified (options: creative, hardcore, survival)
nobloom Removes bloom effect, may affect performance (game restart needed to reactivate effect)
noshadows Removes shadows, may affect performance (game restart needed to reactivate effect)
printbiome Displays name of biome where player is currently located
schoolfishai Toggles Shoal of Fish AI
target Toggles target debug screen
vfx cyclopssmokeeffect Toggles Cyclops smoke effect
vr Activate or deactivate VR mode (options: none, stereo, split, oculus, morpheus)
vsync Toggles VSync

Teleports and warps

batch [x] [y] [z] Warps player to center of a batch (different from warp coordinates)
biome Warps player to specified biome (enter biome and press enter to see full list)
goto [name] Warps player to specified location (enter goto and press enter to see full list)
randomstart Warps player into Lifepod 5 and teleports it to a random starting spawn point
spawn Respawns player in a different, nearby location
warp [x] [y] [z] Warps player to specified coordinates
warpforward [#] Warps player forward a specified number of meters
warpme Warps player to Cyclops, Lifepod 5, or Seabase, depending on which was last entered
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