Hardspace: Shipbreaker – Tips and Tricks (General Guidance and Advanced Trickery)

General guidance and advanced trickery – and a bunch of stuff that Shipbreaker doesn’t really tell you.

General and Advanced Tips

All credit goes to fippe!


  • Right click while holding onto a thing with grapple to reel it in (or you).
  • Objects below 250kg are easily movable without imparting inertia onto you.
  • Combine two facts above to easily tear stuff out of cockpits for example – computer panels and such are worth a bunch of money. Hold onto a wall, grab onto a computer until it detaches, then tap right click to make it zoop towards you. Release left click to let the object float, then grab onto it when it’s got a clear line into the barge.
  • Generally speaking, objects are valued in Barge > Processor > Furnace order. Barge’s mostly objects like machines, Processor is physical objects like panels, and furnace is for scrap and other trash.
  • You can hold onto things with Z and X (left and right arm respectively), this is super useful for clambering around ships and such without using your thrusters, and to throw things away from the main ship with the charged push once you unlock it.
  • Definitely grab onto something if you’re using charged push of more than level 1.
  • With the sound resynth upgrade, holding onto things lets you listen on them. Fuel lines make a wooshing sound if full. Lines also have glowing lights on them if they’re filled.
  • Grapple “pushing” the salvaging rig or Jax can be used to throw yourself around way faster than thrusters will let you fly. Combine this with the grapple reeling.
  • Braking is faster than accelerating.
  • Press V to disengage all current tethers.
  • Stinger (normal laser) sucks except for precision work – it completely destroys whatever you point the beam at. Really useful for cutting the useless aluminum panels lining around the Mack’ cockpit door.
  • Tethers are your friends, use them a lot and just replenish them from the supply station, they’re cheap. A single nanopanel is worth about 100 tethers.
  • By the way, you can toggle scanner modes by scrolling up and down. Useful when you don’t want to cut that fuel line.
  • Suit Integrity upgrades reduce impact damage and the threshold to take it.
  • Pizza cutters are a scam, just use kitchen scissors to cut your pizza.
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