- See also: Features
Outposts are one of the most versatile parts of Starfield that will help with long term play of the game. An outpost serves as both a place to hang your spacesuit between jumping between systems and a resource gathering opportunity. Each outpost has the ability create a stockpile of resources that will fuel the improvement of weapons, spacesuits, ships, and outposts. It will also create a comfortable place of your choosing to spend a moment catching your breath between fighting spacers, scanning rocks, and running from aggressive alien creatures.
Finding the Right Spot to Settle
The majesty of the Settled Systems is going to be overwhelming at first due to the expanse of cold space, fiery stars, whirling planetary bodies, and the after image of ship engines. Whether it is going to be a wintery forest world or a barren husk, finding the right place to put down an outpost is critical. While scenic vistas are great for the aesthetic, it could be that you are looking for a resource that is hard to come by. You should scan a planet before choosing an outpost location just to make sure it has something to help with continuing to complete goals you have set for yourself.
Select the planet and run a scan to see the available information for the planet.
You can land once you have found what you were looking for on the planet.
Place Down Your Outpost Beacon
When you've found the correct planet with the right deciding factors, you just need to pick your location to land your ship and begin settling.
Once you've settled on a location which can hold your outpost, you will need to select and deploy the Outpost Beacon.
Selecting to set down your Outpost Beacon will allow you to place it wherever you wish.
Begin Building the Outpost
The first step with building is to put down any extractors you plan on making use of in the outpost. This can be adjusted later, but a good way to start gathering resources is to start generating them.
Make sure to place an extractor down to start generating resources that can be found under your outpost.
With an extractor down, it will need power so you should put something down that begins generating power.
Link the power generator to the extractor. This can be done by holding E on the power generator and then running the red line to the extractor. Once completed, the extractor will begin extracting.
Build a Space for Crew to Live
Place down an Airlock
Place a Crew Station
Once you've stepped into the interior of your first outpost for the first time, you will want to begin decorating. One of the key things to make sure to put down is a Crew Station. With a crew member present, you can bring hired help to improve production of items, expand your outpost building ability, and many other things.
Place down a crew station.
With the crew station down, you will be able to begin assigning hired crew members to your outpost.
Decorate Your Outpost Home
There are a wide variety of things which can be created and placed in an outpost. There are many sections of the outpost build menu from the decorative to the functional. It is important to take some time to review and figure out what fits your style best.
- Storage: This section will allow you to place storage containers in your outpost so that you can offload anything you've been holding onto. This also includes weapon racks and slate stands which hold weapons and weapon slates.
- Workbenches: Upgrading your weapons, enhancing your spacesuit, crafting scrumptious meals, or creating aid pharmaceuticals, it always saves some time to have access to workbenches in a place you frequent.
- Furnishings: Making your hab more livable is a goal. Every crew needs to have somewhere comfy to rest in between their duties.
Make yourself a home.
At the end of the outpost creation, the idea is to create a functional place that feels like you made it and it is some place you will receive value for taking the time to implement.
Tips and Tricks
Creating a home among the stars can be a daunting task, but there are some key factors that will help with the decision making process. This will help properly inform those choices being made and will allow you to get the most of our your outpost in both comfort and efficiency.
Save before you begin editing your Outpost
The careful consideration and placement of hab units, extractors, decorations, power generators, and the numerous other items can become daunting when first starting out in building your footholds in the Settled Systems.
No matter where you're building, from a lifeless moon with no atmosphere to a flourishing forest planet, it is key to start with the understanding that you should save before making serious edits to your Outpost.
Location, location, location
You can build in most places that you land your ship on. Before placing your Outpost, scan a planet from Space and see what is available. Land on the planet where the resources look the most prevalent and aim to place your Outpost where the resources are most abundant. In general, planets that have an abundance of flora and fauna will typically have a fair number of resources. Aim for key resources such as Aluminum, Lead, Iron and Nickel.
Setup a Beacon
One of the important parts of an Outpost is the beacon that is placed as the very first step of the whole process. This beacon outlines the far edges of the Outpost you're forming from the raw materials you've brought to the far away part of the Settled Systems. The beacon, while at first being the center of your new domain, is also where you will spawn into the Outpost when your ship returns from the stars. This item can be moved anywhere once the Outpost has been created.
- You can place the Outpost Beacon next to the airlocked entrance to your structures is a good suggestion.
- You can also place it near your mineral extractors for quick gathering is also a good option when considering placement.
- You can even place it near your ship landing pad to maximize your immersion of landing and visiting your home away from all other worlds.
No matter where you find the most intriguing place, you can always return to the Outpost Beacon to delete or rename your Outpost.Be sure to place it right where you would find traveling there most useful when returning home.
Setup a Landing Pad
While you can land your Starship at various locations on a planet, an Outpost will allow you to build a Landing Pad and provide a targeted landing spot. The Landing Pad will allow you to land directly at your Outpost instead of possibly landing near the settlement which may mean a run to the ship is longer than expected.
Some of these landing pads have benefits and restrictions so be sure to build what suits your needs. Some of these enable the ability to transfer your ship's inventory straight to your Outpost storage.
Make sure you have the right tools for the job
There are a great many resources that are needed to build an outpost. The resources can be from the raw materials you've found along your journey or specially tailored materials made at the Industrial Workbench. There are some specific resources that will be used quite a lot more, especially at the start of your Outpost. Some of these resources to keep an eye out for are:
- Aluminum: This resource is going to be used for everything from the living habs you place down to decorate to the airlock that gets you into the outpost. You should have a lot of it on hand.
- Lead: This resource becomes a little more specialized but can be found as a key ingredient in turrets and other living hab units.
- Iron: This resource is used in workbenches and weapon related objects.
- Copper: This resource is also used in workbenches and weapon related objects.
- Nickel: This resource is used for adding crew stations to your outpost and setting up extractors for more resource gathering. You can also find it at use in wind turbines.
Most of these are easily found on planets by traversing the planetary surfaces where these resources are flagged as available. When creating an outpost, you are going to have to fill your pockets with minerals.
Extract extra value from your Outpost
One of the best reasons to place an Outpost is not just for the possible scenic sunrises and tropical breezes, but so you can take advantage of the natural resources of the planet you've settled. With the correct type of extractor, you can pull resources from the Settled Systems and fill your storage with valuable resources which can be used to enhance weapons, spacesuits, and expanding your Outpost.
There are three different kinds of extractors that can be built at your outpost. If you've set up on a vein of minerals that you want to exploit, you can put down a solid, liquid, or gas extractor depending upon what you're trying to produce.
Everything has a place...
...and everything is best when its in its place. One of the things a traveler of the Settled Systems is going to note is that you will pick up a gargantuan amount of objects. From resources like aluminum and iron to the guns you shoot lead from, there is going to be a lot of mass being moved from planet to planet. Whether you have a sandwich stack or prefer to have a fridge to place items of note, there are several different kinds of containers that can be placed and used to hold those valuable and not so valuable items that you cannot pass along to the Trade Authority.
Weapon Racks can be placed to hold weapons of all kinds.
Display Cases can be set up to show of truly treasure objects that are worthy of being locked behind a glass wall.
With the storage capabilities of an Outpost (or many), you don't have to carry everything around with you all the time... even if your starship's cargo hold is big enough.
Invest the learned skills and gathered resources from your adventures to expand your Outpost capabilities
If you are looking to maximize the effectiveness and really build up the capabilities of your Outpost, one of the most important things to spend your hard-earned Skill Points in Outpost Engineering. This skill category is found under the Advanced Science Skills which does require some investment but will expand the number of items used to furnish your Outpost. To make full use of those skill points, you will need to make use of the Research Station to explore and discover the various uses of the learned knowledge from Outpost Engineering. Stations to add to your Outpost to improve your gameplay:
- Research Lab: This will aid you in obtaining new prefabricated builds, improving selection of crafting items like Robotics and Hydroponics.
- Work Benches: Allows you to make adjusts to weapons, spacesuits, cook, and other important skills you will use in your journey through the Settled Systems.
- Crew Station: Grants you the ability to assign crew members to Outposts and help in your respective area of expertise.
The Right Person for the Job
Managing the members of crew who work the Outpost you've created is key to making it run efficiently. These individuals help make it run smoothly.
- Outpost Crew: These crew members have specialized areas of expertise ranging from Defensive measures to Basic Management of operations.
- Outpost Robots: Whether to help with production of goods, tend plants, or just keep the place clean, you can also build robots to aid in the sustainability of the outpost.
Bringing Power to your Outpost has never been easier
Objects that require power, like lights, defensive weaponry, and other items are going to need to be connected to a power generator. While there are several different options for generating power (be it from using the natural light of a sun, the fierce winds of your world, or even burning abundant fuels), it can be concerning about placing items carefully when trying to setup lights in just the right way. Thankfully with the wondrous sciences of the Settled Systems, all outputs that require power are wireless and just need to be connected directly to the power generator to be given electrical life.
- Solar Array: Best used on planets with a lot of light exposure (planets with little to no atmosphere are among these)
- Wind Turbine: Best used on planets with a thick atmosphere or planets that have little light exposure/ longer night cycle.
- Fuel Generator: Best used for planets with extreme conditions that may not have an abundance of light, lack of atmosphere or a combination of both, while it puts out the most power you will want to be sure not to run out of fuel to power it.