All Skill Magazine Locations

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skill books
Credit: Nexus Mods

Skill books can be found all over the galaxy in Starfield; these books are definitely worth picking up as they come with some nice little bonuses. Picking them all up can definitely give you a leg up when it comes to surviving in space. So, instead of scouring the cosmos for these handy magazines, check out our guide to save the hassle of looking.

Collecting the skill books can be tough if you don't know exactly where to look for them. Below, we list every known skill book and location in Starfield and each bonus given for picking them up.

Freestar Captain's Log

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Freestar Captain's Log 01
Unknown
Permanently increase carry capacity by 5kg.
Freestar Captain's Log 02
Deserted Mineral Plant (Random)
Permanently increase carry capacity by 5kg.
Freestar Captain's Log 03
Freestar Collective Consulate in Akila City
Permanently increase carry capacity by 5kg.
Freestar Captain's Log 04
Deserted Research Post (Random)
Permanently do 5% more damage to robots.
Freestar Captain's Log 05
First to Fight, First to Die Freestar Rangers Mission inside the Mech Factory Command Center
Permanently adds a 1% chance to disarm enemies with unarmed or melee strikes.

Nova Galactic Manuals

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Nova Galactic Manual 01
Crew Shuttle - Cassiopeia I
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 02
Nova Galactic Staryard, Luna
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 03
New Atlantis - MAST Administrative Division
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 04
Deserted Freestar Collective Garrison (Any Planet)
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 05
Abandoned Manufacturing Plant
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 06
Autonomous Staryard - Volii Psi
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 07
Abandoned Maintenance Station (Any Planet)
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 08
Abandoned Shipping Depot (Any Planet)
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 09
Abandoned Deimos Scrapyard - Guniibuu
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.
Nova Galactic Manual 10
Almagest Casino - Olympus System
Permanently reduces fuel needed for a grav jump by an additional 1%.

The New Atlantian

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
The New Atlantian 01
Tau Gourmet Production Center on Tau Ceti II
The Deep Recipe
The New Atlantian 02
Starstation RE-939 - Voss
Panache Recipe
The New Atlantian 03
The Dawn's Root in New Atlantis City
Astral Sliders Recipe
The New Atlantian 04
The Eleos Retreat on Ixyll II
Beer Brat Platter Recipe
The New Atlantian 05
Kay's House in The Well - New Atlantis
Beer Brat Platter Recipe

CombaTech Catalog

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
CombaTech Catalog 01
Neon City - Seokguh Syndicate Hideout (Guilty Parties Ryujin Industries Mission)
Improved range and damage of CombaTech brand Weapons
CombaTech Catalog 02
UC Vigilance Starship - Phobos Moon of Mars
Further increased range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons
CombaTech Catalog 03
Best Defense Vendor - Hopetown on Polvo
Further increased range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons
CombaTech Catalog 04
Abandoned Hephaestus Mine - Gagarin (Breach of Contract Mission)
Further increased range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons
CombaTech Catalog 05
Forgotten Mech Graveyard on Procyon III
Further increased range and accuracy of CombaTech Weapons

Kryx's Journal

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Kryx's Journal Entry 01
Crimson Outpost Fleet on Bessel III (During Back to Vectera)
Store prices are permanently reduced by 2%, and you permanently sell items for 2% more
Kryx's Journal Entry 02
On the upper level of Vulture's Roost on Jaffa IV
Crew and companions permanently do 5% more weapon damage
Kryx's Journal Entry 03
In the basement of Vlad's Villa on Syrma VII-A
Your ship's cargo hold can permanently hold 5% more
Kryx's Journal Entry 04
The Lock in Kryx System (During Echoes of the Past)
The cost of bribing someone is permanently reduced by 5%
Kryx's Journal Entry 05
At the end of the platform in Gagarin Landing on Gagarin Planet
Basic and Advanced Social Skills are permanently unlocked 2% faster

Constellation Guide

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Constellation Guide 01
Library in The Lodge - New Atlantis
Permanently reduces fall damage by 5%
Constellation Guide 02
Abandoned Research Tower (Random Planets)
Permanently use 15% less O2 while overencumbered
Constellation Guide 03
Shuttle Main Cabin, Dauntless Crash Site on Cassiopeia I (During In Memoriam)
Healing items are permanently 5% more effective
Constellation Guide 04
On a small table before the reception area - The Clinic Spacestation
Outposts permanently produce resources 5% faster
Constellation Guide 05
(Random)
Basic and Advanced Science skills unlocked 2% faster

Neon Nights

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Neon Nights 01
Ryujin Industries - Executive Floor - Neon City on Volii Alpha
BattleUp Recipe (increases carry capacity, and physical and energy resistance for a limited time)
Neon Nights 02
Astral Lounge VIP Booth in Neon City
S.T.E.V.E. Recipe (slows down time and increases ranged damage for a limited time)
Neon Nights 03
Celtcorp in Neon City
02 Shot Recipe (increases oxygen regeneration for a limited time)
Neon Nights 04
Generdyne Industries in Neon City
RedAMP Recipe (increases physical and energy resistance, melee damage, and speed)
Neon Nights 05
Xenofresh HQ in Neon City
AddiJack Recipe

GRUNT

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Skill Magazine
Location
Bonus
GRUNT Issue 01
In the Red Mile on Porrima III
Ballistic weapons permanently do 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 02
Lobby in Seokguh Syndicate Hideout - Neon City
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 03
Ruffian Camp in Waggoner Farm on Montara (During Deputized)
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 04
The Key Crimson Fleet Spacestation in Kryx System
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 05
Deserted UC Garrison (Random)
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 06
Deserted Ecliptic Garrison (Random)
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 07
Abandoned Cryo Lab (Random)
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 08
Derelict Starship in orbit of Maheo V (During Failure to Communicate)
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 09
Deserted Colony War Barrack (Random)
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage
GRUNT Issue 10
Forgotten Military Base (Random)
Ballistic weapons permanently do an additional 5% more critical damage

Peak Performance

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Peak Performance 01
The Eye Spacestation over Jemison
Permanently increase carrying capacity by 5kg
Peak Performance 02
Deserted UC Listening Post (Random)
Permanently adds 5% to melee weapon critical damage
Peak Performance 03
Reliant Medical Organics Lab (Random)
Permanently adds 5% to unarmed damage
Peak Performance 04
Sonni Di Falcos Estate on Maheo I
Pharmaceuticals are permanently 2% less addictive
Peak Performance 05
Shooting Range in The Key Spacestation
Basic and Advanced Physical skills are permanently unlocked 2% faster

Gunslinger's Guide

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Gunslinger's Guide 01
Near Marshal Blake's office in The Rock - Akila City
Permanently reload and draw Laredo weapons 5% faster
Gunslinger's Guide 02
Sinclair's Books - Akila City
Permanently reload and draw Laredo weapons an additional 5% faster
Gunslinger's Guide 03
Ranger's Building in Hopetown on Polvo
Permanently reload and draw Laredo weapons an additional 5% faster
Gunslinger's Guide 04
Freestar Rangers Outpost in Neon City
Permanently reload and draw Laredo weapons an additional 5% faster
Gunslinger's Guide 05
Freestar Collective Embassy in New Atlantis City
Permanently reload and draw Laredo weapons an additional 5% faster

Solomon's Adventures

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Solomon's Adventures 01
Coe Estate in Akila Cit
Permanently increases weapon damage at night by 5%
Solomon's Adventures 02
Inside Waggoner Farm on Montara Luna
Permanently adds 5% to melee weapon critical damage
Solomon's Adventures 03
Abandoned Mining Platform (Random)
Permanently adds 5% to unarmed damage
Solomon's Adventures 04
Abandoned Research Facility (Random)
Food and drink items are permanently 5% more effective
Solomon's Adventures 05
Helium-3 Extraction Site in the Abandoned Mineral Refinery on Eridani III
Basic and Advanced Physical skills are permanently unlocked 2% faster

Vanguard Space Tactics

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Vanguard Space Tactics 01
Flight Simulator Room in MAST building New Atlantis
Ship missiles permanently deal 5% more damage
Vanguard Space Tactics 02
Abandoned Mines near Cydonia in Red Devils HQ on Mars
Ship energy weapons permanently deal 5% more damage
Vanguard Space Tactics 03
On derelict spaceship The Colander in Schrodinger System
Ship particle weapons permanently deal 5% more damage
Vanguard Space Tactics 04
Deimos Armored Transport over Grissom
Permanently increases ship repair speed by 5%
Vanguard Space Tactics 05
Sounder Spacestation over Bessel II
Permanently take 5% less damage from other ships

Mining Monthly

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Mining Monthly Issue 01
During Into The Unknown, outside the Abandoned Mine in a small building
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 02
Seokguh Syndicate Hideout in Neon City (During Guilty Parties)
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 03
Bar in Gagarin Landing on Gagarin
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 04
Autonomous Dogstar Factory (Random)
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 05
Abandoned Mine (Random)
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 06
Abandoned Mining Complex (Random)
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 07
Deimos Miner Quarters in Cydonia
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 08
Abandoned Mine (random)
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 09
Mine inside New Homestead on Titan
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%
Mining Monthly Issue 10
Science Facility (Random)
Permanently increases tool-grip weapon damage by an additional 2%

Trackers Primer

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Trackers Primer 01
Victor Compound on McClure II (During Matters of the Hart)
Permanently increases EM weapon damage by 5%
Trackers Primer 02
Pilgrim's Rest locked room on Indum II
Permanently increases ballistic weapon damage by 5%
Trackers Primer 03
In a hotel room at the Red Mile on Porrima III
Permanently increases laser weapon damage by 5%
Trackers Primer 04
Abandoned Mining Outpost (Random)
Permanently increases particle weapon damage by 5%
Trackers Primer 05
Argos Extractors Mining Outpost on Vectera
Basic and Advanced Combat skills are permanently unlocked 2% faster

Cyber Runner's Cipher

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Cyber Runner's Cipher 01
Slayton Aerospace in Neon City Business Tower - Neon
Laser weapons permanently do 5% more critial damage
Cyber Runner's Cipher 02
Apex Electronics Vendor in The Well - New Atlantis
Adds a bankable auto-attempt for hacking
Cyber Runner's Cipher 03
Neuradyne Botany Laboratory (Random)
Adds a bankable auto-attempt for hacking
Cyber Runner's Cipher 04
In the rented room in Hotel Volii - Neon
Stealth is permanently increased by 1%
Cyber Runner's Cipher 05
During Sabotage Ryujin Faction Mission
Basic and Advanced Technology skills are permanently unlocked 2% faster

Va'ruun Scripture

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
Va'ruun Scripture 01
UC Security Office in New Atlantis
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 02
Inside Abandoned Orbital Station (Random)
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 03
The Stretch in Akila City
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 04
Eren's Camp first floor on Hyla II
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 05
The Clinic Spacestation
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 06
Va'ruun Embassy in New Atlantis City (During Friends Like These)
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 07
Va'ruun Embassy in New Atlantis City
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 08
Abandoned Hangar (Random)
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 09
Abandoned Industrial Compound (Random).
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%
Va'ruun Scripture 10
Deep Mines on Mars (During Delivering Devils)
Permanently increases sneak bonus by 1%, and melee sneak attack damage by 5%

UC Defense Manual

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Skill Book
Location
Bonus
UC Defense Manual 01
Upper level of 1-OF-A-KIND-SALVAGE on Niira
Slightly increases magazine size and weapon bash critical chance for all Allied Armaments guns
UC Defense Manual 02
The Den Space Station
Further increases magazine size and weapon bash critical chance for all Allied Armaments guns
UC Defense Manual 03
UC Marine Barracks in Cydonia on Mars
Further increases magazine size and weapon bash critical chance for all Allied Armaments guns
UC Defense Manual 04
Abandoned Weapon Station (Random)
Further increases magazine size and weapon bash critical chance for all Allied Armaments guns
UC Defense Manual 05
Abandoned Science Facility (Random)
Further increases magazine size and weapon bash critical chance for all Allied Armaments guns

And that's all you need to know to find and utilise all the skill magazines in the game and receive their bonuses. While you are here, why not try out one of our other articles, like our Mandalorian Build, to roleplay as one of the most feared bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe? Or check out our Outpost Building guide and pair it with the Best Planets to Build an Outpost to give yourself a head start when it comes to base building in Starfield.

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