Which Items in Returnal Are Permanent? – Returnal Wiki Guide

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Welcome to the Which Items in Reternal Are Permanent page of the official IGN Wiki Guide and Walkthrough for Returnal on PlayStation 5. Here, we’ll keep a running tab of all the items that are permanent in Returnal that you can keep beside you for quick reference.

Are you worried about using this item during the current run instead of a future run? Are you even sure if this item will still be in your inventory during your next run? These questions and more can be answered with a quick glance at the table below.

All Items That Are Permanent in Returnal

Below is a table of the permanent items in Returnal, what they do, and where they can be found:

All Permanent Equipment in Returnal

Item Description Biome Location Item Type
Anathema Key Opens the Anathema Vault (which leads to the first boss of the game — the vault door will remain open for the rest of your time playing Returnal. Overgrown Ruins Equipment
Atropian Weapon Charger Grants Alt-Fire mode to weapons Overgrown Ruins Equipment
Crimson Key Powers the Crimson Gateway (which is a permanent gateway in the Overgrown Ruins that always leads to the Crimson Waste) Overgrown Ruins — dropped by the first boss of Returnal. Equipment
House Key An antique key for a 20th Century house. Overgrown Ruins Equipment
Hermetic Transmitter Allows you to teleport between translocation devices and access fast travel points. Overgrown Ruins Equipment
Icarian Grapnel Allows you to use a grappling hook to access grappling points and travel long distances. Crimson Wastes Equipment
Hadal Ballasts Allows you to walk on the ocean floor. Fractured Wastes Equipment
Delphic Visor Allows you to see “unseen” platforms. Abyssal Scar Equipment
Promethean Insulators Allows you to bypass hazardous terrain. Fractured Wastes Equipment

All Permanent Resources in Returnal

Ether A permanent resource that interacts with other timelines and cleanses Malignancy — not dropped upon death. All biomes Resource
Xenoglyph Cipher Fragment of the language of the sentients. Collect to unlock further translation tiers in Xenoglyps. All biomes Resource
Xeno-Tech Prism Gain an additional Consumable slot. Crimson Wastes, Echoing Ruins One-time use item

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