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Typical Miniknog Society

The Miniknog is the oppressive government of the Apex and the main antagonist in the quest to Fetch the Apex Artifact.

The player will encounter the Miniknog as the dominant power at Apex Test Facilities, Apex Miniknog Bases, Apex City Apartments, and at the Miniknog Stronghold as well as the Miniknog Space Base encounter. The Miniknog “leader”, Big Ape, is supposedly an all-powerful, godlike Apex-ish being who is constantly lionized by Miniknog propaganda. Despite what most Apex have been lead to belive all their lives, Big Ape is actually a fake. It is unknown to the player who is truly at the top of the Apex hierarchical pyramid, other than that it is (likely) an oligarchy, a ruling council. In the Miniknog Stronghold mission, the player must fight a holographic projection of Big Ape as a boss. The Miniknog is out-of-power at the Apex Rebel Camps, though. The Apex are the only race in the game with a full blown internal conflict.


Players must fight the Miniknog in a mission assigned by Esther in order to complete the main storyline of Starbound. To complete this quest, the player must defeat Big Ape.

Randomly generated quests will sometimes have Miniknog scouts as an enemy they can generate with.


As the Miniknog is a brutal government that is truly based upon an immense fog of lies and propaganda, there is a universal movement, the Apex Rebellion, that is bent upon overthrowing Miniknog rule. Anti-Miniknog rebels can be found in Apex Rebel Camps. Compared to the Miniknog’s highly advanced weaponry and tactics, arguably the best in the known universe, the rebel arsenal seems a bit low-tech. Despite this disadvantage, the resistance is still holding up. Lana Blake is one of the most important figures in the resistance movement.

Themed Decoratives

Anti-Miniknog Decoratives

A number of anti-Miniknog-themed decorative objects are available.

Pro-Miniknog Decoratives

A number of Miniknog-themed decorative objects are available.


Big Ape is Watching

The Miniknog are the subject of a number of the codex entries discovered by the player.

Apex Rebel Camp

Apex Miniknog Base

Apex Test Facility

Miniknog Stronghold

Miniknog Space Base


  • "Big Ape" is a reference to "Big Brother," the term given for the government's figurehead in George Orwell's 1984. Likewise, the name "Ministry of Knowledge" (the original name of the Miniknog) is inspired by the various ministries mentioned in the book (Minitrue, Minipax, Miniluv, and Miniplenty). Just like said ministries, the Miniknog promotes the opposite of what it supposedly represents, sowing ignorance and misinformation while hoarding knowledge to itself. Perhaps before it became the totalitarian regime it is now, it did genuinely promote the advancement of the Apex's collective knowledge however.