Matter Manipulator > Morphite Manipulator > Quantum Manipulator > Precursor Manipulator > Master Manipulator
FU makes no changes to the vanilla Matter Manipulator directly, but does include alternative tools. In Frackin' Universe, mining is faster than ever. After a few upgrades, the mining laser will become your best friend in the depths of planets, and its considerable DPS is also helpful. The vanilla Matter Manipulator will only be used to collect liquids once you get a mining laser, at least until you get the Precursor or Master Manipulator, two upgrades to the vanilla manipulator that are exclusive to FU. Each them has a significantly extended radius. You can replace the vanilla manipulator in your hotkeys by shift-clicking your tricorder, opening your inventory, and dragging your new manipulator into the manipulator slot. After that, your can further upgrade that manipulator in the usual menu with manipulator modules. The Precursor Manipulator blueprint is found as loot and the Master Manipulator blueprint is received after beating the Ruin.