Sniper builds in Starfield are pretty effective at picking off enemy targets, hitting them with headshots for some satisfying combat kills. However, the early game doesn’t do a good job of granting you a sniper rifle. If you’re in the market, then here’s how to get a Sniper Rifle early in Starfield.
How to get a Sniper Rifle early in Starfield
From our playtesting, there’s a few areas where you can get a sniper rifle in Starfield early. Players can easily find Snipers along the areas, especially during the main storyline. There’s also a pretty poor quality sniper rifle players can get their hands on in too, which is likely the cheapest and earliest method of grabbing one.
When you finish the tutorial and visit , players can begin to explore the Milky Way. You’ll note that Sol is near Alpha Centauri and can easily travel there in your ship. Go to Sol, visit Mars, and enter the city. From there, enter the city from the spaceport, follow the pathway down, and then find the Martian , which is a larger store on the right-hand side as you enter the marketplace near the residential doors and the elevator. Go into the store, speak to the dude behind the counter, and look for the weapon called . It is a 100-range weapon, that deals 30 damage per round. It’s essentially a Soviet-era weapon. It costs around 5264 credits to buy it, which could be lower if you have the Bartering skill or not. You should have enough money at that point to buy it from the tutorial. If not, do some side mission beforehand.
The next set of decent sniper rifles in the early game of Starfield comes from City. If you progress through the main story of Constellation, you will naturally head over to Akila City once you’re done with errands. From here, follow storyline, and then you will visit a place called the Nest. From here, you can kill a few enemies, and some scoped repeater rifles begin to drop fairly often, granting some more mid-range scoped sniper rifle-type weapons instead.
Moreso, if you visit the gunstore in the Southgate part of Akila City, you can buy a good unique sniper rifle. If you’re entering the city from the Spaceport, turn right when you cross the wooden bridge. From there, follow the road down, until you see the Shooting Range in the distance. There should be a gun store on the right you can enter. Speak to the cashier, and you can buy a gun. It is a weapon that has range of 48 and fires 50, caliber rounds. It also comes with a perk to increase attack speed, and a lot of modes to make it better at ranged accuracy, a scope, and some better damage mods and other accuracy and attack rate-themed mods. It’s a fairly decent semi-automatic mid-range rifle, that costs 9219, or slightly less if you have trader discounts. It makes it the best early game and unique scoped sniper rifle in Starfield for instance.
Best Sniper Skills for Early Game Snipers in Starfield
Remember that snipers in this game don’t have their own classification. Players can often find the sniper role gets buffs from combat skills that are often related to the keywords “Scoped” and “Non-Automatic Rifles.” Both of these suggested weapons to buy are indeed Scoped and non-automatic weapons, so, if you want to level up the combat skills like
|Crit chance to non-auto rifle weapons|
|Rifle damage increase|
|Better breath, sway and scoped weapon damage improvements.|
|Crit damage and crit improvement chance.|
As you can see, all of these better improve the early-game sniper builds, so don’t worry about grabbing better weapons from random weapon drops, as these snipers with these skills can make them scale from the early game to the late game fairly easily.
Also, some of the scoped pistols you can get from the other gun stores in Akila City will also count with the sniper buffs, thanks to their scoped tendencies too. The examples include , and , which is something else to think about when grabbing your early-game sniper rifle in Starfield.