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Outpost and Base Building Guide in Starfield

Matt Chard

One of the biggest features of Starfield is the option to build various outposts on unexplored planets. Outposts allow you to construct various structures such as Storage, Crew Stations, a variety of workbenches, and more importantly, mineral extractors. At first, it isn’t obvious when you can begin building your own personal safe haven, or what you need to do it. Well, read below to find out everything you need to know about Outposts and Base Building.

It’s not much, but it’s home.

Starfield Outpost Guide: Creating your First Outpost

You can begin building outposts in Starfield as soon as you reach "The Lodge" iconThe Lodge where you’ll gain access to it after completing the first main mission “"One Small Step" iconOne Small Step”. After finishing the mission, speak to your robot companion, "Vasco" iconVasco, who will briefly mention to you about building your own Outposts. Now, you’ll need a place to build an Outpost, which we recommend Nesoi, in the "Olympus System" iconOlympus System (more on that later). When you’ve landed on a planet, find a good spot to place the Outpost which will depend on what you want to achieve.

Once you’ve found your spot, get out your scanner (F-Key), then press R-Key to get out a Beacon. Move the Beacon around in the general area you want to build on, and press E-Key to place it. This will allow you to build to your heart’s content within the vicinity of the beacon.

(1 of 2) Speak to Vasco after completing the first quest and it’ll tell you about Outposts.

Speak to Vasco after completing the first quest and it’ll tell you about Outposts. (left), Find a planet (not this) and place a Beacon where you want to build. This allows you to build within the perimeter. (right)

Starfield Base Building Guide

Now that you have a Beacon down, it’s time to build! Once again, get out your scanner and press R-Key which has now changed from Beacon to Outpost. This will bring up the build menu where you’ll have numerous categories you can choose from which are:

  • Furniture: This is where you’ll find Beds, Chairs, Tables, Shelves, and Fridges.
  • Decorations: If you want to make your living quarters better, this is the category for you. It’s worth noting that you can craft Storage Boxes and Crates where you can store some of your goods. Not to be confused with Storage Containers, and Warehouse in the Storage section.
  • Displays: Various displays for your armor, weapons, and any other goods you want to show off.
  • Extractors: Full of Mining Extractors which you can place on deposits scattered around the planets to get resources.
  • Power: Fuel Generators, Solar Arrays, and various other ways to power up your Outpost. Most stuff will need some form of power.
  • Storage: Probably one of the main reasons you’ll build an Outpost. You’ll have storage containers for various materials, a warehouse, and a transfer container. The Transfer Container will allow you to transfer Cargo while on your ship. A must-have!
  • Builders: Fabricators can be found in this section.
  • Structures: All your base building parts and prefabs.
  • Crafting: Numerous crafting stations can be constructed here. You’ll want to build an "Industrial Workbench" iconIndustrial Workbench ASAP as you’ll need it to build the Outpost.
  • Defenses: Various equipment to help defend your Outpost such as Turrets.
  • Robots: These robots will give you various buffs depending on which ones you have out. The Engineering Robot will increase the production rate of manufactured items by 10% for example.
  • Miscellaneous: This section has a lot of useful stuff to build in here. Here, you’ll find the Crew Station, Scan Booster, Landing Pad, Bounty Clearance, and "Cargo Link" iconCargo Link just to name a few.

You can cycle between the categories by pressing Z-Key and C-Key while pressing the arrow keys or the mouse wheel to scroll through the individual items. When you want to place things, move your mouse around the area you want to place it then rotate the piece by using either MouseLeftButton or MouseRightButton. Now you have it in the right spot, and it’s aligned exactly how you want it, press E-Key to place it. Once you’ve pressed E-Key, you can move the mouse up and down to raise/lower the building. Each piece will have various upgrades that can be cycled through by pressing Q-Key and T-Key. You can see which one has a different variant as it’ll have a number underneath the icon which will say 1/2 for example. Finally, if you want a bird’s-eye view when building, press V-Key

If you’re not happy with where you placed a building or anything else for that matter, you can press Tab to enter Modify mode. This allows you to select the piece that you want to move by pressing E-Key, or delete it by pressing R-Key. If you hover over specific buildings or Extractors you can create an Output Link by pressing MouseRightButtonwhich allows you to connect it to something else. This is predominantly used for generators and other devices such as an Extractor to a Transfer Container.

(1 of 3) You will most likely want to start off with an Outpost Airlock, or a Prefab.

How to Find Out What Buildings Do

Now that you know how to place a building piece, you’ll want to know what the pieces do, and what they cost. When you hover over a piece, a box will appear in the top left of your screen which will tell you the build requirements (material cost), and a description below it telling you what the piece does. Some pieces will have specific things related to the piece such as power cost, or how much power it’ll give, etc. Using the Solar Array as an example, you’ll see it needs the following materials:

Under that, you’ll see that it produces 6 power, and finally, you’ll get a short description of what it does.

(1 of 2) In the top left of Build Mode, you’ll get information for the current building you want to place.

In the top left of Build Mode, you’ll get information for the current building you want to place. (left), In the bottom right of the screen, you can see how your Outpost is doing. (right)

Outpost Information

At the bottom right of the screen in Build/Modify Mode you’ll see the following:

  • Cargo: Shows you how much Cargo you have in the Outpost. This only counts for buildings under the Storage section.
  • Crew: How many Crew Members are present at your Outpost.
  • Needed PWR: How much Power is required to run everything at your Outpost.
  • Total PWR: The Current Power your Outpost has. If this is lower than the Needed PWR, you’ll need to build more generators.
  • Production: This will tell you how much your Outpost is producing per minute.

All of this information pertains to the whole Outpost. This gives you an overview of how the Outpost is performing.

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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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