In Starfield, the ability to establish Outposts on planets for resource extraction and personal bases of operation can greatly enhance your gameplay. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:
Step 1: Scouting for Suitable Locations
Begin by free-roaming on a planet and activating the Scanner. On Xbox, use LB, and on PC, press F. Wander the planet’s terrain until you spot the “Outpost” prompt at the bottom of your screen, transitioning from gray to white.
Step 2: Placing Your Outpost
Once you’ve identified a suitable location, press Xbox: X or PC: R to place your Outpost. It’s important to note that you can only build Outposts in specific areas with nearby Resource Veins. Be mindful not to place Outposts too close to other Points of Interest; consider walking a couple of hundred meters or yards away. Placing an Outpost also unlocks the “Home Sweet Home” Achievement.
Step 3: Establishing Resource Extraction
After setting up your Outpost beacon, the next crucial step is to construct an Extractor over a Resource Vein. Look for areas where the ground is marked in a different color. Keep in mind that each planet offers different types of resources. Additionally, build a Power Resource to provide a minimum of 5 Power for the Extractor to function effectively. Connect a Resource Container to the Extractor to store the mined resources. You can periodically check and empty the container. For advanced automation, you can link containers to other structures, creating a seamless production chain. Learn more about setting up Cargo Links for automated resource trading between your Outposts.
Step 4: Researching Advanced Outpost Buildings
To unlock higher-level Outpost Buildings, you’ll need to conduct research at a Research Lab. Refer to our guide on “How to Research New Items” for more information. You can acquire the necessary resources for research either by mining them on planets or by purchasing them from various merchants.
Note: Outpost Limit and Resource Variety
Keep in mind that there is a cap of 8 total Outposts allowed across all planets. Each planet also offers unique resources, so make sure to explore and adapt your Outposts accordingly to optimize your resource extraction operations.
By following these steps and continually expanding your Outposts, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a resource tycoon in Starfield.