Starfield is all about making associates — and instantly placing them in grave hazard. In your adventures throughout the galaxy, you’ll come throughout a rogue’s gallery of potential companions and crew members.
The breadth of companions and crew members is likely one of the true delights of Starfield, and signifies that everybody’s playthrough shall be just a little bit completely different, relying on who’s rolling with whom.
On this Starfield information, we’ll stroll you thru how the sport’s companions work, tips on how to recruit companions, the distinction between crew members and companions, and tips on how to recruit crew members.
How companions work in Starfield, and what number of companions are there?
Companions in Starfield are characters who observe you round. They’ll robotically enable you to out in fight for those who get right into a scrape, and most companions will even maintain onto a few of your stuff for those who want additional room in your stock.
Totally different sorts of companions
Not all companions operate the identical means, so we’ve damaged them up into 4 broad classes:
- Constellation companions
- Optionally available companions
- Hireable companions
- Crew members
We’ll break down how these companion varieties differ from one another beneath, and provide you with a couple of character examples.
What number of companions are there in Starfield?
Whereas we all know there are greater than 20 distinctive companions to choose from in Starfield, it’s not solely clear what the precise quantity is. It appears possible that Starfield has upward of 25 completely different voiced companions, though, given the branching paths you will get within the narrative, it’s possible not possible to recruit each considered one of them.
Who’re the very best companions in Starfield?
Every companion comes with predetermined expertise, and a few include greater than others. The Constellation companions are going to be the very best companions in most playthroughs, as they each tie into the narrative extra, have extra voiced dialogue (which might help you in sure Persuasion conversations), and include three expertise (fairly than the 2 you get with most employed companions). Of the 5, Sam Coe, Andreja, and Vasco are the three greatest to deliver into fight situations.
If you wish to roll with somebody who isn’t in Constellation, you’re greatest off selecting somebody with three expertise as an alternative of two — extra bang on your buck. Optionally available companions like Ezekiel, Marika Boros, and the Adoring Fan are nice to discover with because of their big selection of expertise.
Can your companions completely die?
Outdoors of 1 narrative exception, we’ve got not seen a companion die completely, nevertheless we’ve got seen them go down in fight.
The deal right here appears to be that companions can fall onto the bottom semi-unconscious (they crawl round in a “down-but-not-out” state), and you’ll revive them. If fight ends, or sufficient time has lapsed, they will choose themselves again up.
However even for those who shoot your individual companion time and again (on accident or, uh, for science) you possibly can’t completely take away them out of your recreation. The one means a companion can die is for that aforementioned narrative cause, which we’ll allow you to search for at your individual danger.
Starfield’s Constellation companions are the large 5. These are absolutely fleshed out companions and, greater than possible, are those you’re going to roll with for many of the recreation. These characters are additionally the place Starfield’s romance options are — with everybody bar Vasco accessible for relationships.
You’ll collect all 5 Constellation workforce members over the course of the primary story and so they’ll have rather a lot to say about occasions in Starfield’s world for those who determine to speak to them. (And also you wish to speak to them, in any other case they’ll always badger you to speak to them.)
Vasco is your extraordinarily cool robotic companion, and is the primary character you’ll go adventuring with in the course of the “One Small Step” mission. He makes a speciality of serving to out in your ship.
Barrett is the primary member of Constellation you’ll meet, however you received’t be capable of formally recruit him till the “Back to Vectera” mission, which is early on within the marketing campaign. He makes a speciality of serving to out in your ship.
Sarah is the chief of Constellation, and she or he’ll be your first human companion once you meet her on the finish of the “One Small Step” mission. She makes a speciality of utilizing laser weapons.
Andreja is a Constellation member that you just’ll meet in the course of the “Into the Unknown” quest, when Vladimir sends you to search for her. She makes a speciality of stealth.
You’ll meet Sam Coe and his pleasant daughter Cora throughout “The Empty Nest,” early on in Starfield’s important marketing campaign. He makes a speciality of rifles and having the identical voice as Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s Adam Jensen. (That final one isn’t on his character sheet, however it needs to be.)
Optionally available companions
Optionally available companions are fleshed-out characters who you possibly can recruit as a part of missions. You don’t want these characters to return with you, and so they received’t issue into your story. However for those who’re increase a community of outposts, you’ll wish to employees it with these useful people.
It’s value mentioning that these characters can additionally include you as you journey round area. They will even help in fight. Simply don’t count on them to answer issues occurring in your quests the way in which the Constellation members do.
Listed below are only a few examples of non-obligatory companions, all of whom you possibly can encounter on the primary quest:
Moara is a personality you’ll rescue throughout “The Old Neighborhood,” Starfield’s second mission. Yow will discover him within the Damaged Spear bar in Cydonia. He’ll be a part of your crew for those who ask him. He makes a speciality of marksmanship and a few ship weapon techniques.
You possibly can return to Supervisor Lin — your boss once you first begin the sport — in the course of the “Again to Vectera” mission. She makes a speciality of outpost administration.
Heller is your absolute dumbass of a co-worker on Vectera, and Lin’s loyal sidekick. It’s also possible to recruit him throughout “Again to Vectera.” He makes a speciality of being an outpost engineer.
Rafael is a personality you received’t meet till the “Entangled” mission, many hours into the primary quest. When you select to facet with him (a call that can make sense once you get there), he’ll say he wants a break however will finally be a part of you as an engineer for those who ask.
The Adoring Fan is an non-obligatory “companion” you possibly can solely get for those who take the Hero Worshipped trait when making your character. When you do, this absolute weirdo will observe you round and enable you to out — whether or not you need it or not. He makes a speciality of stealth, scavenging, and carrying your stuff for you.
Ezekiel is a little bit of an odd one on this checklist — and never simply due to his less-than-charming persona. No, Ezekiel acts like a hireable companion (you discover him in a bar) however he’ll be a part of your crew totally free for those who simply strike up a dialog with him. Yow will discover him in Akila Metropolis on Akila, on the left facet of city (for those who’re trying from the doorway) in a seedy bar referred to as Aggie’s. He’s an professional in scavenging, vitality weapon dissipation, and ship shields.
Ezekiel can also be voiced by legendary voice actor Matt Mercer. When you’re a fan of Important Function, possibly make a pitstop in Aggie’s throughout “The Empty Nest.”
Hireable companions are just a little completely different than the story-based companions, and break up the distinction between an non-obligatory companion and a crew member (we’ll get to them in a bit).
You’ll must recruit these companions from the native watering gap and pay them a heap of Credit through a one-time transaction (you can even speak most of them down from their asking value with Persuade). However when you’ve purchased their loyalty, they’ll be a part of your crew or outpost, and may even journey alongside you and chat. Every of them has their very own title and persona — a few of that are simpler to abdomen than others.
We’ve discovered hireable companions at seven native bars:
- Astral Lounge, Neon
- Euphorika, Neon
- Madame Sauvage’s Place, Neon
- The Viewport, New Atlantis
- The Hitching Put up, Akila
- Aggie’s Bar, Akila
- Damaged Spear, Cydonia
Mickey Caviar is a chef and fairly a personality (with fairly the haircut). Yow will discover him within the Astral Lounge on Neon. He makes a speciality of meals and well being expertise. You possibly can rent him for 9,000 Credit.
Dani Garcia is all about robots. Yow will discover her in Euphorika, a bar within the Ebbside neighborhood of Neon. She makes a speciality of chemistry, robotics, and vitality weapon techniques on your ship, and can price you 16,500 Credit to recruit.
Yow will discover Sophie Grace in a bar referred to as Madame Sauvage’s Place in Neon, which is simply previous the Ebbside door straight behind you once you load into the town. She makes a speciality of stealth and laser expertise. You possibly can recruit her for 13,500 Credit.
Rosie Tannehill is a physician. Yow will discover her in The Hitching Put up in Akila. She makes a speciality of therapeutic and well being expertise. You possibly can recruit her for 12,000 Credit.
Omari Hassan is a spaceship engineer. Yow will discover him in The Hitching Put up in Akila Metropolis. He makes a speciality of your ship’s defend system and ship engineering. You possibly can rent him for 16,500 Credit.
Lyle Brewer is proficient with a shotgun. Yow will discover him in Aggie’s Bar in Akila Metropolis. He makes a speciality of shotgun fight, particle beams, and xenosociology. You possibly can add him to your crew for 15,000 Credit.
Gideon Aker is a missile man. You possibly can recruit him in The Viewport in New Atlantis. He makes a speciality of operating your ship’s weapon techniques. You possibly can rent him for 12,000 Credit.
Simeon Bankowski is a sniper. You possibly can recruit him in The Viewport in New Atlantis. He makes a speciality of dealing injury from afar with sharpshooting expertise. You possibly can rent him for 15,000 Credit.
Marika Boros is a close-quarters fight specialist. You possibly can recruit her in The Viewport in New Atlantis. She makes a speciality of all issues bullets, together with shotguns. You possibly can rent her for 16,500 Credit.
Andromeda Kepler is an engineer. You possibly can recruit her within the Damaged Spear bar in Cydonia. She makes a speciality of outpost engineering and piloting. You possibly can rent her for 15,000 Credit.
Crew members operate a bit otherwise than companions, as they’re extra of a set of expertise than a persona — they don’t even have names. Crew members, like hireable companions, cost credits to recruit, and they are often very costly relying on what number of expertise they’ve.
Like hireable companions, hiring crew is a one-time charge.
The place and tips on how to rent crew
Yow will discover crew members to rent in a few of the recreation’s main hub cities — the identical locations you’ll find the named hireable companions. Neon, for instance, has a bunch of goobers you’ll find within the Astral Lounge, over within the nook by the bar — every dearer than the final. We’ve additionally discovered one or two at The Viewport within the New Atlantis Spaceport and Damaged Spear in Cydonia.
As a result of these crew members are randomized, we will’t let you know the place to search out somebody with a particular set of expertise. Simply hold your eyes peeled and your pocket flush with Credit for once you discover that excellent worker.
Random crew member examples
You possibly can inform somebody is a possible crew member as a result of they’ve a title that’s completely different from “citizen,” and since once you speak to them you possibly can see their expertise within the high proper of your display.
Listed below are some examples of crew members you possibly can recruit in Starfield.
- Protection System Specialist — Focuses on Ship Methods; 7,000 credit
- Propulsion Specialist — Focuses on Piloting; 7,500 credit.
- Missile Weapons Specialist — Focuses on Missile Weapon Methods; 6,000 Credit
- Payload Specialist — Focuses on Payloads, 6,500
When you rent any of those individuals, they’ll be a part of your crew roster like anybody else, and you’ll assign them to your ship or an outpost at your leisure.