How to Find and Use Rebuilders – Returnal Wiki Guide


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Welcome to the How to Use Rebuilders instructions page of the official IGN Wiki guide and walkthrough for the return to PlayStation 5. Here we’ll break down everything you need to know about Rebuilders, including where they can be found, how to use them, what they are for, and more.


When you start Returnal, you’ll come across a lot of “Xeno-tech” that you won’t understand and that’s okay. Eventually you’ll learn what all this Xeno-tech is and where it belongs on Atropos. If you come across some kind of circular, wide, creepy door with a mold of what appears to be an alien on it, you might be wondering whether or not you should interact with it. It’s a bit scary in appearance after all.

In short, you absolutely want to use it and that’s because it’s a Reconstructor, a very useful Xeno-tech machine in the world of Returnal. However, you may not want to use it right away. This is because it can only be used once. When using a Reconstructor, a quick cutscene plays and it may seem like nothing actually happened. It’s not, however – die and you’ll see what happens.

Essentially, a rebuilder is a single-use starting point. When you die after using one, you will be returned to it rather than your ship at the start of the Overgrown Ruins. Plus, you’ll be brought back to life (when exiting the Reconstructor) in the same exact run – same parts, same everything – and best of all, parts already cleared of enemies will stay cleared.

These are very useful when a biome feels new – instead of having to retread the first few rooms of a biome, you’ll start with the Reconstructor, which is often found a bit deeper in a given biome.

To find a Reconstructor, you need to keep an eye out for a small symbol on your minimap that looks like an alien standing inside a circle. It is the symbol of a Reconstructor. Go there and you will see the Reconstructor.


Interact with it and after the short cutscene that plays you’ll be set – the next time you die you’ll spawn here instead of your ship at the start of the Overgrown Ruins. Rebuilders can be very useful for this reason, but beware: you can only use them once per run.


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