The Drive Room of the Aurora is optional but offers the player 2 specific opportunities: First, a valuable free item, the Cyclops Engine Efficiency Module, can be easily picked up. Second, if the player chooses to repair Drive Core Shielding breaches then the area of radiation surrounding the Aurora will be immediately and permanently removed.
The Seamoth Bay is a quick stop in our progression through the wreck of the Aurora, and it contains our first piece of valuable loot: A Seamoth Depth Module MKI.
As we venture into the burning wreck of the Aurora, the first two areas to explore are the Administration office and Cargo Bay 3.
Finding the way in to the Aurora spacecraft can be surprisingly difficult and hazardous without a guide. This chapter describes how to get into the Aurora.
The next big mission that we’re going to tackle is the exploration of the crashed wreck of the Aurora spacecraft. This is a long mission so I’ve divided it up into several chapters.
Not far from Lifepod 6 is a large piece of wreckage from the Aurora that contains dozens of blueprint fragments. Most of them are redundant with those found in the wreck near Lifepod 17. The notable exception, which is the Databox for the Lightweight High Capacity Tank, is an item that you will likely never want to use as it sacrifices O2 capacity for the sake of improved swim speed. As with the exploration of Lifepod 6 itself, this mission can be considered optional.
The next in the series of “Lifepods whose locations must be inferred based on a chained-together series of clues involving cardinal directions” is Lifepod 6.
With the exception of the player’s own lifepod, Lifepod 4 is the highest up on the map, and the only other lifepod that didn’t sink after impact. It’s also the first in a series of lifepods whose location must be determined from clues involving cardinal directions, so it will be helpful to acquire the Compass before looking for them.
The Laser Cutter in Subnautica has only one purpose: Cutting holes in Sealed Doors, in the wreckage of the Aurora. We were able to get through the large wreck near Lifepod 17 without it, but the Laser Cutter will be required for our next large wreck exploration.
For the initial trip to the Mountain Island the main goal was to acquire 2x Diamonds in order to build the Laser Cutter, so we skipped over exploration of the Quarantine Enforcement Platform and broke it out into this separate chapter.