How to move when out of fuel in Hardscape: Shipbreaker

Find your way back home.

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To move around in Hardscape: Shipbreaker, your suit requires fuel to power the jets on your back. Without fuel, you’re a slow-moving block that won’t be able to find any suitable surface to bounce yourself off of, and you can become stuck pretty quickly. It’s easy to become distracted with a great ship and find yourself in the middle of it when your fuel runs out, or right as you exit it and can’t make it back to the terminal to purchase more. Luckily, you have a few tools available to you to make navigating without fuel a possibility.

The most effective, and probably chaotic, tool at your disposal is your grapple. You can not only use it to direct the trajectory of the items you’re salvaging but yourself in space. Aim your grapple at an object, and then reel yourself in using the retract beam. For those playing a mouse and keyboard, it’s the right mouse button or the G key. If you’re playing it on a gamepad, it’s the LT button, while you have your grapple attached to an object. The retract beam propels you forward, and it sends you places pretty fast.

Unfortunately, without any fuel, you cannot stop yourself. You don’t want too quickly, or you might send yourself out in the wrong direction, potentially out of the job site, and out into space. You have to slowly crawl back towards the central hub using the retract beam. Take your time, and be patient.

Using the grapple and the retract beam is your primary method of returning to the hub. Alternatively, if you’re stuck in a ship’s enclosed environment without fuel, you can use your hands. Use the X key for your right hand and the Z key for your left, which translates to RB and LB for those using a controller. Your magnetic hands can hold on to a ship, giving you time to steady yourself and bring yourself forward. It doesn’t entirely move you like your jet thrusters do, but it helps move in the enclosed environments.

Being stuck in space without any fuel is tough. Double-check your reserves before jumping into the belly of a ship, and always keep an eye on how much you have, and your oxygen levels.