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Starfield's Best Planets For Outposts: Best Outpost Locations Explained

Craig Robinson

Building Outposts and setting up mining operations is an important part of crafting in Starfield. It is one of the more reliable ways for you to get important crafting materials frequently. If you’re a player looking to make comfy homes, build spaceships, large outposts and settlements, or upgrade your weapons, spacesuits, helmets, and packs, then you will need resources. So, to aid you with the most common crafting materials, we have made a list of the Starfield’s best Planets for Outposts, offering suggestions to get a wide range of materials and resources for all-purpose crafting.

Here is a look at some of the best planets for Outposts in Starfield, featuring the reasons why, and the materials that make certain planets better for Outposts.

Best Planets for Outposts in Starfield

Below is a list of the Starfield’s best planets for outposts in our opinion. The reason for them is that these contain a solid mixture of resources often associated with weapon crafting, research requirements, base building, and other forms of crafting early on. These are likely the most common resources you need across the game. So, it’s better to take a look at these planets for your crafting needs. It also means you have one spare in case there’s any strange resource you need for whatever reason, meaning you can explore yourself and find that godly planet to create a steady stream of resources for your own personal projects.

Planet Resources
"Tau Ceti VIII-b" iconTau Ceti VIII-b One of the earliest planets you can find the fairly uncommon "Tantalum" iconTantalum resource, often used in weapon crafting. It also contains, "Chlorosilanes" iconChlorosilanes, "Argon" iconArgon, "Iron" iconIron, "Chlorine" iconChlorine and "Aluminum" iconAluminum, all of which frequently appear in crafting. This should be an outpost planet for lots of crafting materials.
"Tau Ceti I" iconTau Ceti I This early game planet on the far left of Sol contains Palladium, Viridium, "Platinum" iconPlatinum, "Uranium" iconUranium, "Iron" iconIron, "Nickel" iconNickel, "Copper" iconCopper and Helium. All around really good planet with a lot of common and uncommon building block materials used in many different crafting features.
"Tau Ceti V" iconTau Ceti V Has access to "Ytterbium" iconYtterbium, Palladium, "Platinum" iconPlatinum, and some common basic materials like "Nickel" iconNickel, "Iron" iconIron, and a few rarer stuff too, making it another good choice in this system.
"Eridani VII-c" iconEridani VII-c This moon is a better "Pluto" iconPluto and "Titan" iconTitan, with its having "Lead" iconLead, "Titanium" iconTitanium and "Tungsten" iconTungsten. However, it has Helium, "Water" iconWater, "Aluminum" iconAluminum, "Uranium" iconUranium, and "Europium" iconEuropium, making it a much better planet for an outpost in Starfield.
"Eridani II" iconEridani II Contains "Gold" iconGold, "Cobalt" iconCobalt, "Iron" iconIron, "Nickel" iconNickel, and "Copper" iconCopper. These materials are used irregularly, or sometimes fairly often as needed crafting parts. It’s certainly worth setting an outpost here and getting all of these items when possible so you can get quick access to some less frequent, but still useful materials and resources.
Eridani Vii-C Contains "Lithium" iconLithium, "Chlorosilanes" iconChlorosilanes, and "Caesium" iconCaesium, which is a very rare material. Very decent for rarer energy weapon mods, and for commonly used Choroilanes. An alternative to this planet is "Tau Ceti VII" iconTau Ceti VII-c, which has the same resources but is easier to get to.
Shoza III One of the planets found in the midbelt of the star system to the right of Cheyenne. This planet contains life for "Adhesive" iconAdhesives, "Lead" iconLead, "Aluminum" iconAluminum, and "Lithium" iconLithium for the occasional energy weapon mod, which is the big ticket item for energy builds. "Lithium" iconLithium is only really needed for power storage and energy weapons, so it is not a big deal if you’re not doing that.

With these seven celestial bodies for potential outposts, you’ll find near enough all of the materials you need for the most common crafting needs in Starfield. These are likely Starfield’s best Planets for Outposts, thanks to them covering a lot of ground and even some of the less suggested crafting materials in the game. The most obvious examples being the likes of "Tungsten" iconTungsten, "Titanium" iconTitanium, "Iron" iconIron, and "Aluminum" iconAluminum

Other Notable ‘Best’ Planets for Outposts in Starfield

However, if you go very heavy on crafting, you’re going to need to get much rarer resources, which means venturing out into the distant star systems to the right of Cheyenna, Voila and other fringes of the settled systems, so, that’s why we offer a few options in case you need to get Outposts for those very rare resources. Yet, considering that not everyone will go down a heavy crafting route, this list is still appropriate for all player types when it comes to building outposts on planters in Starfield.

If some of these are somewhat hard to get to, then Olympus and Sol have decent planets for resources. "Nesoi" iconNesoi, the main habitable planet of Olympus, has decent materials to create some really early Outposts, Meanwhile, moons and planets like "Titan" iconTitan and "Pluto" iconPluto in Sol are some the best early-game outposts in Starfield for weapon crafting. Both contain "Lead" iconLead, Tungsten, and Titanium, two of which are some of the most needed early-game weapon crafting materials, with other planets like "Mars" iconMars offering all the Iron you need and traders for mining materials. The only issue is they are limited in their overall available resources, and so outposts on other suggestions above are very helpful.

Titan is an excellent spot for an early outpost if you are focusing on weapon mods, but there are better alternatives on our list.

However, if you decide to go much harder on the crafting, you’ll need much rarer materials, typically found in more distant star systems. The advice we look for there is to go to places like Moloch and Muphris, which are mid-cluster stars to the right of Cheyenne. These are level 25-50 star range systems, which typically have higher chances of finding the three dot rarity materials like "Europium" iconEuropium, Xenon, etc, which are only needed for the most experienced crafters in the game. Expect to find those sorts of materials around those fringes of space.

Once you start getting to those higher-level star systems, and can craft much more advanced gear at outposts, ships, and player equipment like suits, apparel, and weapons, you’ll likely need to abandon an outpost and look much further into the stars. But, for the more basic stuff, the seven are Starfield’s best planets for outposts to settle on, for the most part, and most common crafting needs.

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    30 August 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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