As you progress through your quest to save Purplenus, you gradually meet helper Alienimals. they hand you tools which are useful to gather raw materials.
Found in the West region. Profession: Sleepy Guardian.
tool: stone axe.
Found near the Phana Summit. Profession: Sleepy Nomad.
tool: stone pickaxe.
Found near the Tree of Evak. Profession: Nobody.
Found in the middle east region. Profession: Sleepy Guardian.
Tool: Diamond pickaxe.