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How To Dock Safely in Starfield

Craig Robinson

For those of you venturing into space, visiting space stations or other space object POIs, then you can dock and visit them, including boarding enemy ships, rescuing hostages, and more. However, it isn’t obvious how you dock in Starfield, which we are going to assist you with.

How to Dock in Starfield

(1 of 2) Lock onto the spacecraft, then approach it at 500 meters to initiate automatic docking procedures.

Lock onto the spacecraft, then approach it at 500 meters to initiate automatic docking procedures. (left), You’ll know you’re docked when you get this pop-up on your ship’s HUD. (right)

To safely dock in Starfield, simply approach the space station or other point of interest, and lock onto it with your ship. When you approach the dockable POI, you may notice a new icon pop up telling you to dock. Follow the button on screen, and you should be able to dock by holding the relevant button or key. You typically need to be about 500m to get this prompt, but you can hail the ship from a much more distant point to verify if you’re locked on properly.

Once you’ve engaged docking procedures, you will then load into the docked position, and have the option to get out of your seat, exit docking or enter the space station or port. When you wish to return, get back into the cockpit, and then leave the dock.

Alternatively, you can try to get as close to the space station or other dockable point and get your ship as close as possible and engage a manual dock yourself. This may lead to to endless ramming space steel and battering your ship to pieces, so, we advise not doing that. So, remember to lock on, then press the dock button to safely dock in Starfield. Otherwise you might end up like Lirik blowing his ship up.

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  • Platforms,
    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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