Satisfactory Starting Guide: Starting Locations and Factories to Progress Properly

In the game Satisfactory, there are four starting locations from which you can embark on your adventure. These are grass fields, rocky desert, northern forest and dune desert.

grassy_fields rocky_desert northern_forest dune_desert


But where can we find these places? The following map shows the all starting locations marked. As you can see on the map, these locations are quite far apart from each other. Despite that, at any point in the game, you can move to another biome or area of the map if you believe that it will give you better access to resources or energy. You can connect these areas through trains and roads.


Satisfactory map starting locations.


It's normal to feel unsure of what to do when starting a game for the first time. Keep in mind that the goal of the game is to mine as many resources as possible and craft advanced components. Note that to craft certain components, you'll need resources that you'll obtain from other resources... and so on. It's good to create a good starter factory layout at the beginning of the game, which will allow you to progress more quickly.

The first thing you should do is build the most basic factories in the game. These are the iron factory, the copper factory, and the limestone factory. From iron, you can obtain bars and plates. In turn, from the bars, you can obtain nails. From copper, you can obtain copper wire and cable, while from limestone, you can obtain cement.

You will have to use these materials to level up the hub and unlock the structures, components, and parts that will allow you to build factories. However, when you start a new world, you don't have these elements yet for building factories. The first thing you should do is place the hub, then build an equipment workbench, and create a portable miner. By placing this portable miner in a mining area, you will obtain some raw resources that you can use to create the components in the hub that will allow you to level it up and unlock the factory elements.

Once you have unlocked the necessary parts for building factories, let's start extracting iron. To do this, you must place a Miner Mk1 in the extraction area and connect it using conveyor belts to a smelter. The smelter will produce molten iron. Next, connect the smelter to a constructor, and choose whether you want to produce bars or plates. Finally, connect the output of the constructor to a storage container to store all the produced material.

The process for creating copper and limestone factories is similar. You should follow the structure Miner Mk1, smelter, constructor. However, sometimes the amount produced by the miner per minute is greater than the smelter's burn rate. In this case, you should place a conveyor splitter, which will divide the material so that it enters two smelters.

smelter constructor


One of the most important things when starting the game is to be organized. If you place your factories randomly and disorganized, all you will achieve is creating a tangle of conveyor belts that will go back and forth, and you won't have a clear understanding of how your factories work.

Keep in mind that as you progress in the game, components will become more complex and consist of more parts, so you will need to connect a lot of basic resource factories in order to produce them. This is why order is crucial.

That is why the use of foundations is highly recommended. This will allow you to build your smelters, constructors, conveyor belts, and other pieces of the factory at the same height.

foundation ramp

On the other hand, it is also important to properly organize energy. Always try to produce more than you consume to avoid short circuits. A starter base factory should have biomass generators that you can feed with leaves to produce energy.