The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that Starfield’s weapon and armor generation is largely random. It means getting your hands on a decent gun is somewhat of a tall order if you’re looting bodies, containers and other sources of loot. However, the stores in the game do offer some decent rare quality weapons, packed with many mods and buffs on them. There’s typically something for everyone here, and so, here’s a closer look at the best unique weapons in Starfield for the early game.
Best Unique Weapons in Starfield’s Early Game
Below is a list of weapons that you can purchase from traders on and . These are a range of weapons for different builds and playstyles. Note that there’s no laser or melee weapon here, which is a shame, but, there are other weapons here that offer pistol, stealth, heavy, rifle, scoped and ballistic builds. Continue scrolling for the recommended best unique weapons in the early game.
Feel free to look at any of these weapons, and begin to take skill points that scale with those weapons, such as
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|low range optic|
|Silences the weapon for stealth|
|Increased damage against armoured targets.|
|Increased round damage|
|Fire Rate increase|
This Elegance pistol is perhaps one of the best early-game weapons in Starfield. Period. The weapon comes with solid armor piercing via mods and its unique effect, Shatter. It is also suppressed for stealthed builds, and is a fairly accurate pistol too.
The is a 50 caliber scoped rifle that deals 37 Physical damage per round. Its special effect is Rapid: +25% increase in attack speed. It’s perfect for an early game Stealth Sniper Build.
|Higher magnification scope|
|Increases long range and stability at the cost of hip fire stability.|
|Better damage against armored targets.|
|Improved fire rate.|
The Head is likely the best scoped weapon you want to grab for a mid-range rifle or sniper rifle build early on, and its easily one of the first snipers any player can spend their money on and have a good time using. Remember that snipers in this game are buffed by scoped weapon improvements. So, you can grab this for sniper and your regular solider builds if you want.
You can buy this at the Southgate of City gun store. From the spaceport, head into the city, then turn right and follow the pathway down towards the shooting range. There’s a gun store on the right-hand side.
|Improves hip fire accuracy|
|Higher magnification scope - pocket sniper anyone?|
|Muzzle Break||Improves long range stability at the cost of hip fire accuracy|
|Improves damage against armored targets|
|Increases accuracy and range.|
For players looking for a solid sidearm, then The Prime is a great weapon to use. The high-damage revolver offers players some solid burst when you need to switch to a sidearm, and is very accurate considering its mods too. It’s an all-around, all-purpose sidearm that you can get and make sure of regardless of the build
You can buy this at the gun store in the Southgate region of Akila City. From the spaceport, head into the city, then turn right and follow the pathway down towards the shooting range. There’s a gun store on the right-hand side.
|Improves recoil stability.|
|Armour Piercing Rounds||Increases damage against armored targets.|
This weapon is the only real guaranteed heavy weapon you can get in the early game, and it’s also one of the best for ignoring all physical armor resistance in the game via its armor-piercing rounds mod and its shatter weapon effect. If you intend to use heavy weapons, and ballistic weapon, this is a great gun for mowing down hoards of enemies in the early game.
|Long barrel||Increases the range of the weapon|
|Laser sight||Increase ship fire accuracy|
|Tactical stock||Better stability and ADS speeds.|
|Tactical magazine||Faster reload and ADS speeds.|
|Hair trigger||Increases fire rate.|
|Fully automatic||Enable the weapon to be a fully automatic shotgun, rather than pump or semi auto.|
This weapon and its mods allow players to get a fairly stable and accurate shotgun, which is also fully automatic with a 25% attack speed increase modifier. This weapon is one of the burstiest weapons in the game for taking down the biggest bullet sponges in the game.
It is still a spread shotgun designed for closer ranges, but it’s fairly effective at its burst damage, and its long barrel makes it more effective, so you don’t have to get too close to use it. It’s certainly worth taking when you have a high-level enemy or a creature with lots of HP to destroy.
You can buy this by visiting the New Atlantis Supply Dept near the UC Vanguard building in the MAST part of New Atlantis.
If we find any more weapons to add to the best unique weapons in the early game, then we shall update this page if you find any weapons that you can also get guaranteed all the time, then free to let us know so we can add them to the list if they make sense to make it on the list.