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Supra et Ultra: UC Vanguard Orientation & Exam

Seren Morgan-Roberts

This page details how to complete the first UC Vanguard quest, Supra et Ultra in Starfield. During this quest, you’ll be required to complete the Vanguard orientation, in which you learn about the history of the factions and complete a Vanguard Pilot Exam.

How to Join the UC Vanguard Faction

Joining the UC Vanguard is easy and you’ll get the option to do so during the second main story quest, "The Old Neighborhood" iconThe Old Neighborhood. All you’ll need to do is speak with "Commander John Tuala" iconCommander John Tuala at the recruitment desk in the MAST building and accept his proposal to join the UC Vanguard. If you’re looking for more information on how to find the UC Vanguard headquarters, head over to our guide on How to Join the UC Vanguard for more specifics!

The Vanguard is an opportunity to earn some credits and some XP!

Supra et Ultra: Quest Walkthrough

After accepting the proposal to join the UC Vanguard, you’ll start the Supra et Ultra quest. Once you’ve spoken with Commander John Tuala, proceed over to the elevator and head to the "Vanguard Orientation Hall" iconVanguard Orientation Hall.

(1 of 2) First accept the Enlistment Agreement

First accept the Enlistment Agreement (left), and make sure you don’t have any bounties before coming in! (right)

Before you can continue into the Orientation Hall, you’ll first need to open up the Vanguard Registration. You’ll need to accept the Enlistment Agreement and provided you don’t have a bounty you’ll be able to sign the agreement and proceed into the hall!

The Orientation Hall is entirely optional, as it acts a bit like a Museum with multiple buttons to press and exhibits to witness. Whilst the whole exhibition can take a while to walk through, we do recommend you listen to at least some of the presentations (by pressing the buttons) to get an idea of the rich lore of the Starfield universe. It will give you information on the rise of the factions and their ideologies, as well as information on past wars and conflicts. If you listen to at least some of the exhibits, you’ll also get some praise from Commander Tuala at the end of your exam. You can also return here at any time if you want a refresh on the history of the factions.

(1 of 3) The Orientation Hall is a great opportunity to learn about the lore and background of the game.

But, if you’re in a rush you can also just zoom through over to the MAST Vanguard Pilot Simulator door to begin your exam.

How to Complete the Vanguard Piloting Exam

Once in the next room, proceed up the steps and over to the Flight Simulation. The simulation works like a normal spaceship and all the controls are the same as the spaceship you flew earlier in the game. This simulation allows you to practice your combat skills. To pass the piloting exam, you’ll be required to complete at least three tiers of opponents but you can continue going after the third tier if you’re enjoying the combat practice. You will lose the simulation if your ship’s Hull integrity goes to 0. You can use "Ship Parts" iconShip Parts to repair the ship whilst in the simulation though.

The first tier consists of only one Tier I Simulated Ship. You shouldn’t have too much of an issue taking it down, just ensure it’s kept centered in your HUD so you can lock on to it and use missiles effectively. If you find it hard to keep up with the ship, use your boost to gain a little extra speed.

Tier II consists of two Tier II Simulated Ships, which will have a higher shield and ship health bar. If one of the ships flies off it’ll get a chance to replenish it’s shield so make sure you’re keeping close to the target ship to destroy it quickly. You can also change targets if you’d prefer.

Tier III also consists of two ships, but this time they’re Tier III and have even more health. You might find it trickier to keep these guys in view as they seem to be faster than the others. Try to make full use of boost to keep them in your HUD so you can lock onto them and shoot them down with homing missiles.

(1 of 3) Tier I consists of only one Tier I Simulated Ship.

If you do fail a tier (possible given that you’re probably still new to the flight mechanics), you’ll get to start again from that same tier! Just exit the pilot seat and press on the simulation board again to reset.

Once you’ve completed the three tiers, you can continue with the simulation or exit as you’ve now completed the exam. If you did fail one of the tiers and had to reset, it won’t actually impact your joining of the UC Vanguard thankfully!

Head over to the elevator and take it to the Lobby where you’ll find Commander Tuala’s office. Speak to him and he’ll take you outside to swear an Oath to the Vanguard. Here you can accept and join the Vanguard, or you could back out if you’re having second thoughts.

Are you ready to become a UC Vanguard?

When you’re finished with this quest, it’ll begin the next UC Vanguard faction quest, Grunt Work, in which you’re required to speak with the Crew Chief Herath at "New Atlantis" iconNew Atlantis spaceport to collect some materials that need delivering.

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    PC, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action Adventure, Action RPG, Shooter
  • Guide Release
    30 August 2023
  • Last Updated
    18 October 2023
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Starfield is an action role-playing game from Bethesda Game Studios set in a futuristic interpretation of space exploration and colonization. Earth has long been abandoned, but there are plenty of other planets in different star systems where humans have ventured and settled. You have the freedom to create your own character with a unique background, but the main story will take you through a series of adventures as you uncover more information about mysterious artifacts which create gravitational anomalies. Along the way, you can build and customize your own space ship, establish your own outpost, befriend and romance new companions, and more. As a Bethesda game, you can also expect to see a lot of creative mods which have the potential to change your experience of the base game, or take it in an entirely new direction.

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