Game GuidesReturnal Guides

How To Activate Inert Device In Returnal

How To Activate Inert Device In Returnal
Returnal’s rogue-like elements leaves a lot of lingering questions. This guide on How To Activate Inert Device In Returnal answers one of those questions, based around the games teleportation system that allows you to reach new locations and discover new shortcuts.

As you are exploring the world of Returnal you will encounter this strange circular stone foundations on the floor. It’s quite clear early on that they are some sort of fast travel or teleportation mechanic. You will find many of these on your travels but when approached, the game informs you that you need a specific Xeno Tech in order to interact with, and use, the Inert Device.

How To Activate Inert Device In Returnal

How To Activate Inert Device
As much of Returnal is procedurally generated, we can’t give you an exact path on how to interact with the Inert Device, however, it is a key moment in the progression of the game. So, assuming you don’t die over and over before you get there, you will get it before long. We were perhaps an hour into the game before we unlocked it.

As you explore the map you will eventually reach a room after falling down a very large drop. There’s a chest opposite the entrance and as you approach, the floor below you crumbles. At the bottom of the pit there is another small room with a strange pedestal and a dead creature at the foot of the pedestal.

When you approach the creature Selene will have the option to interact with it. This is where she finds some alien technology. It will be installed in your suit and from that moment on, you can travel between two fixed points using the Inert Devices that are now active and live for all future playthroughs.

  • Inert Devices allow two forms of fast travel
  • One is tied to another specific location and you can only travel between the two
  • The other type lets you travel between free devices spread throughout the map
  • Follow the main story (the square door icons) until you reach the room with the alien
  • Loot the alien to unlock fast travel
If you want to open the Crimson Gate, you're going to need the Crimson Key, simple right? This guide on Where To Find The Crimson Key In Returnal will tell you where to find the key as although you can discover the Crimson Gate very early in your adventure, it can take some doing to get the key itself.
Intrepid Explorers have likely found the hidden Data Cubes, but what do the do? This Returnal Datacube Guide - Deposit Into A Matching Device explains what the "matching device" means as you can find a secret compartment hidden behind a destructible wall that holds a Datacube, but then you need to find the Datacube Processor.
You may have spotted loot underwater but you can't drain the pool, you have to learn How To Go Underwater In Returnal. This guide will explain the process behind gaining access to areas that are underwater as, at least initially, if you attempt to explore beneath the surface you are returned to the shore injured.
Vines are often blocking access to valuable health pickups, so you want to take them out. This guide on How To Destroy & Cut Vines In Returnal will tell you what special artifact you require if you want to cut down the vines and gain access to the incredibly valuable health pick ups behind.

Blaine Smith

Blaine "Captain Camper" Smith is one of the original founders of Gamers Heroes. Now operating under the guise of Editor-in-Chief (purely because we felt the position was needed for public relations purposes), he's tasked with a lot of the kind of jobs that would put you to sleep at your desk. When he's not catching some Zs, you'll likely find him arguing points he knows nothing about, playing the latest rogue-like he'll never complete, or breaking something on the website that never needed fixing. You can best reach him on Twitter
Back to top button