Starfield - Space Explorer Build


A screenshot of a space explorer from the Starfield trailer.
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Starfield has plenty of different playstyles and systems to get lost in. You can opt for a gung-ho gunslinger-style build, a stealthy assassin, or an eloquent businessman. However, space exploration is one aspect of the game that'll be particularly appealing to some people. Space Exploration is for people planning to explore Starfield's vast galaxy and drop by every Star System. So, let's look at how you can get the perfect Space Explorer build setup.

What is a Space Explorer Build?

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Since you want to become adept at exploring the vastness of space, you will want a build that lets you explore and survey planets as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is essential to focus on your survivability on even the most hostile planets and their respective wildlife and environmental hazards.

The explorer collects most of their XP by visiting and discovering new systems and selling off the precious resources they find there.

Best Space Explorer Backgrounds and Traits

Backgrounds come with starting skills and can affect dialogue options throughout your playthrough.

As a space explorer, you want to pick a background that displays your scientific ability and curiosity as an explorer.

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And we are in luck! Starfield has an explorer background, and with that being the case, it's an easy choice. The Explorer background comes with the following skills:

  • Lasers - Improves your laser weaponry for dangerous encounters in space.
  • Astrodynamics - Increases your Grav Jump range.
  • Surveying - Improves your scanner for surveying planets on the surface and from your ship.

For the traits, we suggest the following:

  • Alien DNA - Alien DNA gives you extra endurance and more HP at the cost of reduced healing.
  • Serpent's Embrace - Grav jumping temporarily boosts health and oxygen.
  • Spaced - Health and oxygen increase in space but decrease when on the surface.

Best Skills for Space Explorer

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The most important part of your build is the skills you invest in. The Space Explorer will want skills that help them to get around and explore planets quickly.

Best Weapons for Space Explorer

As a Space Explorer, you will want to get your hands on powerful laser weapons. Here are our suggestions for the best early-game laser weapons:

Once you've made it further into the game, switch to these weapons instead:

  • Ember
  • Unmitigated Violence

You can also try out any of the other best weapons if you get bored of laser weapons. Watch out for modifiers that will help you in space combat and against various creatures and enemies:

  • Exterminator
  • Space-Adept
  • Anti-Personnel

Best Spacesuit for Space Explorer

The best spacesuit for Space Explorers is the UC Antixeno Spacesuit that you get from the quest Hostile Intelligence during the United Colonies questline. Not only does it boast impressive stats and legendary status, but it also comes with the Beast Hunter and Analyzer modifiers that make hunting aliens easier.

Until you get your hands on this powerful spacesuit, you can get the Mantis Spacesuit or Mark 1 Spacesuit. Here are some modifiers to look out for:

  • Beast Hunter
  • Analyzer
  • O2 Boosted
  • O2 Filter

Best Power for Space Explorer Build in Starfield

As a Space Explorer, you'll be uniquely positioned to visit all the temples and their planets more than any other type of build. So, you must pick out the best powers to help you on your expeditions. Here are our picks for the best Powers for Space Explorers.

  • Personal Atmosphere - Create your own pocket of O2 supply anywhere
  • Sense Star Stuff - Detect life around you
  • Grav Dash - Move around faster.
  • Alien Reanimation - Reanimate and control dead aliens
  • Elemental Pull - Blast and collect inorganic resources around you instantly.

Best Companion for Space Explorer Build in Starfield

If you plan on exploring the vastness of space, you will need a competent crew alongside you. Here are some of the best companions for the Space Explorer build.

That concludes our guide on the best Space Explorer builds in Starfield. With this setup, you'll be one of the first few to explore the vastness of the Settled Systems in their entirety.

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