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The Weight Lifting Skill in Starfield: Increasing your Encumbrance

Shane Williams

Once you’ve created your character and have begun your Starfield Adventure, you’ll notice that you can unlock a variety of skills which will improve your combat and exploration experience. However, a lot of these skills won’t become useful until you start increasing their level and to do that you’ll need to complete certain challenges. This page will provide you with the necessary tips to level up your "Weight Lifting" iconWeight Lifting Skill.

You can increase your carrying capacity by 100kg if you fully rank up the Weight Lifting Skill.

What Does The Weight Lifting Skill Do in Starfield?

The Weight Lifting Skill increases carrying capacity for weapons and equipment which means you’ll be able to equip heavier armor which will be good for those that want to wear equipment that give you a lot more defense. Additionally, once you’ve leveled up the Weight Lifting Skill you’ll have a much larger carrying capacity, so you’ll be able to pick up and store a lot more items in your inventory.

This has multiple advantages such as being able to hold on to more valuable items until you reach a shop, then you’ll be able sell them for a nice profit and build up your funds quickly, and purchase better equipment and weapons. You’ll also be able to store more med-kits which means you won’t have to worry about your health being low during firefights. Below, you’ll find out what each tier of this skill offers you:

Level Stat
1 Increase carrying capacity by 10 kg.
2 Increase carrying capacity by 25 kg.
3 Increase carrying capacity by 50 kg.
4 Increase carrying capacity by 100 kg. Gain 50% resistance to stagger.

Quickest Way To Level The Weight Lifting Skill in Starfield?

Before you can start leveling up the Weight Lifting Skill you’ll need to unlock it and that can be done by heading on over to the Physical Tab and using up one of your skill points. Alternatively, you can choose a background at the start of the game that comes with it already unlocked, such as Homesteader or Long Hauler. In order to level up this skill you’ll need to be at a certain distance whilst holding onto 75% of your maximum load capacity.

You can quickly increase your weight by picking up heavy items, such as weapons and armor, then you’ll want to find a large open area on a random planet and sprint across it or run backwards and forwards to build up your overall distance. Alternatively, you can gradually work towards completing challenges whilst exploring, completing side quests or focusing on the Main Story. You’ll need to run a total of 5000 meters to rank up the Weight Lifting Skill to Rank 4.

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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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