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Starfield – Beginner’s Guide

Starfield is easily one of the most-anticipated games of 2023. Coming from Bethesda Game Studios themselves, the expectations for this game are at an all-time high. Guess what? The game did deliver on its promises and it is amazing as it is immersive. Still, for those who do not know what they are getting into, we’re here to help!

While this game is very story-driven, we’ll try our best to not include any spoilers in our beginner’s guide to this game. And if you’re looking to fulfil your video game needs, be sure to do so at OffGamers!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s begin!


Always Use Your Scanner

Once you embark on your first mission, you will almost immediately get introduced to your Scanner. You will be using it a lot so it’s best that you grow into it and know how to properly use and navigate this equipment.

In a general sense, the scanner is used to reveal extra information on the planet you are exploring. It is very helpful and all the time, they’ll show you useful facts that can help spur your progress in the area you are venturing. Once you activate your scanner, you will be brought into a Scan mode, where you can see which things can be interacted with.

The Scan Mode is also amazing for picking up resources like plants and minerals. Plus, this mode also serves as a fast travel of sorts; of course, you will need to have visited the area to do this. Still, it is great to have a form of transportation to instantly move back to a spot because you don’t want to be travelling back and forth constantly!


Finish Challenges to Gain Access to More Skills

Challenges are a great way for you to obtain skills that are extremely helpful to your gameplay in Starfield. Honestly, some of these challenges aren’t the hardest to complete so we really recommend players to take some time and finish them because some skills are really game-changers.

These skills have their own rank system and as you increase their rank, they’ll get stronger. Here are some of the skills that we recommend players invest in:

FitnessAllows you to have a better oxygen capacity while also lowering its consumption. This essentially gives you better survivability which is very needed for new players.
GymnasticsAllows you to slide with the Combat Slide ability. It is very useful for mobility and can come in handy whenever you are in a pickle.
RejuvenationGives you passive healing both inside and outside of battle. Like with Fitness, this grants you better survivability and is highly recommended for beginners.
SecurityMakes you capable of unlocking locks at the highest levels. This is an amazing skill to have if you are into looting (which you should be). More often than not, this skill allows you to loot many amazing items in the long run.

Conserving Your Ammo

As much as we want it to be, ammunition is not endless in Starfield. With that, you’ll need to plan ahead and be as resourceful as possible. An option for conserving gun ammo is to rely on melee attacks. Sure, it might not be as reliant as a long-ranged weapon but if you are confident in taking down an enemy from close quarters, you should go for it.

One thing to also take note of is your melee weapon capabilities when it comes to range coverage and its damage numbers. For beginners, we will always recommend getting a melee weapon that has a larger area coverage.

That way, you will rarely miss your target and you won’t have to go into the enemy’s face to hit them. Better safe than sorry right?


Outposts Are Extremely Important

Outposts in Starfield are incredibly versatile and offer a multitude of functions. Whether your vision involves establishing a bustling hub of factories churning out high-tech goods or simply crafting a cosy have.

Other than that, these outposts have the power to create storage containers, sprawling warehouses, and more, granting you the ability to amass and safeguard a treasure trove of valuable items. Once you’ve identified the perfect celestial body to call home for your inaugural outpost, embark on its construction, and unveil a vast reservoir of additional storage space, an invaluable asset as you navigate your journey through the boundless cosmos of Starfield.


Make Yourself Mobile in Combat

As the saying goes, “Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. This holds some form of truth in Starfield because, during combat, you want to be constantly moving around. Nope, we’re not saying this because of style points, being always on the move also means that you are actively trying to dodge enemy attacks and they really add up.

As an extension to our tip of conserving ammo, excellent movement will also help you close the distance between you and the enemies. That way, you’ll have a better shot at landing your melee attacks. In other words, don’t be rigid and rooted to one spot when you are taking fire, always move about and attacking opportunities will open themselves up to you.


Managing Your Ship Properly

Controlling a spaceship is not an easy feat, let alone managing one. In Starfield, one of the more stressful things to worry about is delegating your fuel for your space fleet. The burning question that always pops up for beginners is—where should I allocate my power on my spaceship?

Well, the answer to that is very situational. There are times when you need to move quickly and for that instance, it is better to put more power into your spaceship’s engines. In combat, you might want to consider amping up your damage levels, especially if you know you can take down the enemy comfortably.

For tougher situations and when you feel that you’ll be taking considerable damage, opting for more power on your shields might not be such a bad idea.


Stealth Makes Wealth

This may sound underhanded but when you’re up against it, we’ll be as shrewd as we can! Sneaking up behind enemies is a very recommended strategy because you’ll be saving a lot of time and ammo. There are many ways to approach this method and the common ones include crouching and ranking up your Stealth skill.

Also, if you are going to make stealth your go-to way of offence, be sure to always check your Stealth meter. The meter will indicate whether you are still covered within the shadows and enemies are still undetected. Once your cover has been exposed, it’ll tell you that you’re detected and you’ll need to promptly make your escape.



Yay! We’re finally at the end of our beginner’s guide to Starfield. Do note that Starfield is an open-world game that is filled with endless content so you might find something that we don’t even know so always keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, we hope that this guide will help you through your first run of the game without much fuss. It’s out now on the Xbox Series X|S and PC – Steam.

Enjoy and have the best of fun exploring the wilderness in space!


This article was an original contribution by Sarah from the site OffGamers. Check out the site for all your gaming needs!