Returnal Artifacts List: Best Artifacts For Surviving Atropos

Returnal is one of the hardest PS5 games to date, but it can be made much more manageable with Artifacts. As you journey across the alien world of Atropos, you’ll come across these all-important buffs that stay with you for the duration of your current run, or until used, if it’s a single-use Artifact–whichever comes first. But given the game’s looping roguelite nature, it can be hard to know everything that awaits you as possible loot. Here’s a complete list of all Returnal Artifacts, as well as what we think are the best ones.

Returnal Artifacts list

There are 31 total Artifacts in Returnal and they all prove to be only positive additions to your fight against the creatures on Atropos. Artifacts are buffs without caveats. Here’s all of them:

Artifact Ability Biome(s)
Astronaut Figurine Grants one resurrection (exactly where you died) Overgrown Ruins
Blade Balancer Buffs melee damage All
Blown Nightlight Buffs weapon damage by 10% when at low health Overgrown Ruins
Broken Calibrator Weapon proficiency (small)

All

Damaged Robot Extends invulnerability after getting hit

All

Energy Manipulator Briefly buffs protection by 20% after using a consumable

All

Enhanced Calibrator Weapon proficiency (largest)

All

Fractal Nail Buffs weapon damage while Malfunctions are active All
Golden Coil Buffs weapon damage by 5% for every 200 Obolites on -hand (up to 20%) All
Modular Calibrator Weapon proficiency (varying) All
Murmuring Cocoon Improves all Parasites All
Music Box Plays a sound when near secret locations All
Obolite Stabilizer Dropped Obolites last three seconds longer All
Phantom Limb 10% chance to repair Integrity (health) after each kill

All

Pristine Calibrator Weapon proficiency (large)

All

Progenitor Egg Attaching or detaching Parasites repairs Integrity

All

Pulsating Mass Attaching or detaching Parasites improves max Integrity

All

Recharging Overload Successful overloads reduce alt-fire cooldown by three seconds

All

Recharging Response Getting hit reduces alt-fire cooldown by five seconds

All

Resin Enhancer Lowers required Resins to improve Integrity

All

Resinous Shield Picking up Resin grants shields against next hit

All

Spaceship Model Improves dash

All

Two-Way Radio Grants up to 10% protection based on the number of Ether held

All

Unfed Pod Buffs stagger power by 20% for each attached Parasite

All

Visceral Knot Gives 35% chance for enemies to explode upon death

All

Worn Calibrator Weapon proficiency (medium)

All

Wound Seekers Buffs damage to low-health enemies by 30% All
Xeno-Tech Sight Slows time when aiming with alt-fire All

You can theoretically beat Returnal without picking up any Artifacts other than those you find in the story, but it’s going to be much harder without them. This makes them critical to your mission in Returnal, and for that reason, we recommend exploring an area to its fullest unless you’re really hurting or worried you’re not well-equipped for what lies ahead.

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