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Returnal Extra Lives: Can you avoid losing everything when you die?

When Selene dies in Returnal, players lose any non-permanent items and start back at the Helios. However, players are wondering whether there’s a way to get more than one life per run. We’ll look at how to get some extra lives so that death doesn’t make players lose all their progress.

Can you get extra lives in Returnal?

Returnal Save without dying multiple slots

Dying doesn’t necessarily mean a run is over in Returnal. There are two ways to get an extra life in the game, and both of them prevent the normal loss of progress that occurs upon death.

The two ways to get extra lives in Returnal are:

  • Reconstructors
  • Certain Artifacts
    • Astronaut Figurine
    • Blown Nightlight
    • Charred Piano Key
    • Child’s Watch
    • Music Box
    • Spaceship Model
    • Two-Way Radio


Players will be able to activate these devices after defeating Phrike. For the price of six Ether, Reconstructors will act as a respawn point for players. Instead, of dying when their health is depleted, they’ll spawn at the Reconstructor with their weapon and all their items intact.

Despite their immense utility, Reconstructors do have some drawbacks. They only cover the biome in which they’re located. So, if a player activates the Reconstructor in Overgrown Ruins and dies in the Crimson Wastes, they’ll respawn at the Helios and start their run over. They can also only be activated once per run. So, if a player pays for one, dies, and respawns, they can’t activate it again.


Artifacts have a significant advantage over Reconstructors because they instantly bring a player back to life. So, instead of respawning, it’ll just refill a player’s health bar where they stand.

The downside to these artifacts is that they’re not easy to find. Players will get one after each trip into the house, but that’s the only guarantee. Other times, players might find them in Fabricators, either for free or paid.