Starfield, the latest sci-fi RPG from Bethesda Game Studios, is finally out and it is a massive game with a lot of features and mechanics to explore. Whether you are a veteran of Bethesda’s previous games or a newcomer to the genre, you might feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options and possibilities in Starfield. That’s why we have compiled this beginner’s guide with 21 tips and tricks that will help you get started on your cosmic journey.
Choose Your Background Wisely
Starfield lets you create your own character and choose from one of the six backgrounds that will shape your initial skills, perks, and story. Each background has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you should pick one that suits your preferred playstyle and role-playing. For example, if you want to be a charismatic leader who can persuade and charm anyone, you might want to go with the Diplomat background. If you prefer to be a stealthy hacker who can infiltrate and sabotage enemy bases, you might opt for the Outlaw background. You can read more about each background and their effects in our guide here.
Follow the Main Quest for a While
Starfield gives you a lot of freedom to explore the galaxy and do whatever you want, but we recommend that you follow the main quest for at least a few hours before you go off the rails. The main quest will introduce you to the core mechanics of the game, such as flying your ship, building outposts, collecting artifacts, and interacting with factions. It will also reveal some important plot points that will make your experience more immersive and meaningful. We suggest that you complete the first two missions and then the three missions that you can tackle in any order. After that, you should finish the mission “Into the Unknown”, which will wrap up the first act of Starfield’s story and set up the stakes for the rest of the game.
Unlock Essential Skills Early On
Starfield has a lot of skills that you can invest your skill points into, but some of them are more useful than others, especially in the early game. Some skills will unlock new features and mechanics that will make your life easier, such as pickpocketing (Theft), using a boostpack (Boost Pack Training), seeing a stealth meter (Stealth), targeting specific systems on an enemy ship (Targeting Control Systems), and upgrading your gear and outposts (various Engineering skills). You should try to get at least one point in these skills as soon as possible, as they will open up more options and opportunities for you.
Use Auto-Hack and Auto-Persuade Often
Once you have unlocked the Persuasion and Security skills, you will be able to use auto-hack and auto-persuade in many situations. These are handy features that will let you bypass certain obstacles or challenges without having to do any mini-games or tests. For example, if you encounter a locked door or terminal, you can use auto-hack to open it instantly if your Security skill is high enough. If you meet a hostile or suspicious NPC, you can use auto-persuade to calm them down or convince them to help you if your Persuasion skill is high enough. You can use these features by pressing a button when prompted on the screen, but be aware that they have a cooldown time and they might not work on every occasion.
Have a Variety of Weapons for Different Ammo Types
Ammo is not very scarce in Starfield, but it is not abundant either. You will often find yourself running low on ammo for your favorite weapon, especially if you encounter enemies that are stronger than you or resistant to certain damage types. That’s why it is important to have a variety of weapons in your inventory that use different ammo types. You can find weapons that use ballistic, energy, plasma, laser, or explosive ammo, each with their own pros and cons. You should try to have at least one weapon for each ammo type, so that you can switch between them depending on the situation and conserve your ammo.
Use Fast Travel Frequently
Unlike other Bethesda games where you could explore the entire world by walking or riding a horse, Starfield relies heavily on fast travel to move between locations. The game consists of several planets and moons that are separated by vast distances of space, so you will need to use your ship to travel between them. You can use fast travel from the pause menu by selecting a destination on the star map and pressing “set course”. You can also fast travel from within a planet by using scanner mode (left bumper) and looking at your ship or an outpost marker. Fast travel is free and instant, so don’t hesitate to use it whenever you need to.
Sell Your Junk at Distribution Centers
You will find a lot of junk items in Starfield that have no other purpose than to be sold for credits. These items include things like scrap metal, old books, broken toys, etc. They will take up space in your inventory and weigh you down, so you should get rid of them as soon as possible. The best place to sell your junk is at a Distribution Center, which is a building that looks like a warehouse with a blue logo. You can find Distribution Centers on most planets and they will buy any kind of item from you, unlike other merchants who might only specialize in certain types of goods. You can also buy some useful items from Distribution Centers, such as ammo, health packs, or boostpack fuel.
Collect and Scan Artifacts
One of the main objectives of Starfield is to collect and scan artifacts, which are mysterious relics left behind by an ancient civilization. Artifacts are scattered throughout the galaxy and they can be found in various places, such as caves, ruins, temples, or crashed ships. You can use your scanner to detect them and mark them on your map. Once you find an artifact, you can scan it with your scanner and upload the data to the Constellation database. Scanning artifacts will reward you with credits, experience, and lore information. Some artifacts will also grant you special perks or abilities that will enhance your character.
Build and Manage Outposts
Another major feature of Starfield is the ability to build and manage outposts on different planets. Outposts are settlements that you can create and customize with various structures, such as barracks, workshops, farms, labs, etc. Outposts will provide you with resources, such as food, water, power, materials, etc. You can also recruit NPCs to join your outposts and assign them to different tasks or roles. Outposts will also affect your reputation with different factions, depending on how you run them and who you ally with. You can build outposts by finding suitable locations on planets and using the outpost builder tool in your inventory.
Join and Influence Factions
Starfield has several factions that you can interact with and join throughout the game. Factions are groups of NPCs that have their own agendas, beliefs, and goals. Some factions are friendly and helpful, while others are hostile and aggressive. You can join factions by completing missions for them or by impressing them with your actions. Joining factions will give you access to exclusive perks, items, missions, and allies. However, joining a faction might also make you enemies with other factions that are opposed to them. You can influence factions by doing things that affect their interests or values, such as building outposts, collecting artifacts, or fighting their rivals.
Have Fun and Experiment
The most important tip for playing Starfield is to have fun and experiment with the game’s features and mechanics. Starfield is a game that offers a lot of freedom and choice to the player, so you should try to make the most of it. You can play the game however you want, whether you want to be a hero or a villain, a fighter or a diplomat, a explorer or a settler. You can customize your character’s appearance, skills, perks, gear, ship, and outposts. You can explore the galaxy at your own pace and discover new places, secrets, and stories. You can interact with different NPCs and factions and shape the outcome of the game’s story. Starfield is a game that lets you create your own space adventure.