You might have noticed that after every death, many of the items you scavenged during exploration are not in your inventory. This is how Returnal and roguelikes in particular work. However, dying will affect some items. Such things are Ether. In this Returnal guide, we are going to walk you through how you can get Ether and what it can be used for.
How To Get Ether In Returnal
There are three ways to acquire Ether, some easier than others. The first and most common method is to explore the world and kill all enemies for a chance of acquiring Ether. The chances of Ether either dropping from enemies or just lying down in random spots is low, so we will not recommend this method.
The other two methods require the player to play the game in Online Mode. For the second method, first, you will have to make your way to the ship. Here you can find Daily Missions that you can do and be rewarded Ether on completing them.
These challenges change every day, and failing them will not affect anything whatsoever. The third way is the most interesting one and allows you to interact with other online players in a sort of way. Along your run, you might have noticed Deceased Scouts scattered over random places. These are locations where other online players have met their fate. Examining these Scouts and avenging them is the way to go. You will face enemies that killed the Deceased Scout, and if you succeed, you will be rewarded with Ether.
Do note that you can only do the last two methods while Online Mode is active. If you are planning on playing the game offline, then your only option to collect Ether is the first method which might be a grind.
You might have come across items, gear and equipment which have Malignancy affiliated with them. Meaning these items have adverse effects as well. The use of Ether on these items can remove the negative effects and allow you to use the item without any worry.
This is how you can get Ether in Returnal. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guide on how you can open the Anathema Vault.