Getting the hang of Starfield's space combat can be difficult, especially for those who don't have much experience with zero-gravity dogfights. However, even with all the technical nuances involved in ship-to-ship combat, overwhelming firepower is often the best answer to the situation.
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Players don't have to be an ace pilot to win those tricky space battles. Most of the time, simple maneuvering is the only thing you really need to survive among the stars. However, this strategy won't work if players aren't equipped with some of the deadliest ship weapons in the game. Here are some of the best found so far.
Best Ship Weapons in Starfield
Particle weapons are arguably the best type of ship-based gun that players can use in the game. They deal massive damage to hulls and shields, and save players the trouble of transferring ship power to different weapons systems. Weapons can be attached individually; there is no need to buy new ships for them.
Before we get into the details, it's important to have a clear understanding of how each ship weapon type performs in combat:
Ballistic weapons are good at destroying hulls, but weak against shields Lasers are great for stripping shields, but do minimal damage to hulls Missiles do high, long-range burst damage to hulls and shields, but launch and reload speed Slow particle weapons that do good damage to hulls and shields One of the best particle weapons in the game is the PBO-100 Automated Neutron Beam, a B-tier weapon that does a quick 15.40 damage per shot. A burst of four cannons can instantly shred the shields of small ships and then tear through their hulls like paper. One downside to these reactors is that they can be very power hungry, so make sure you have a decent B-class reactor.
As for ballistic and laser weapon options, both the KE-42 cannon (31 hull DMG, 2.5 rate of fire) and the Scorch-P 60MW pulsed laser (32 shield DMG, 2.5 rate of fire) are solid options for B-tier ships. Pilots who want to use a hybrid weapon system can gain a lot from this combination, as they can address the shield stripping and hull destruction needs of any combat capable cruiser.
Players can't go wrong with any missile launcher, it basically comes down to preference and availability. The Atlatl 270B is a safe and reliable pick that deals 68 damage per hit and is capable of hitting targets up to 4000m away. When players decide to acquire a Class C Reactor later in the game, they can upgrade to the more powerful Atlatl 270C.
Some of the more exotic weapons, such as the Dangan W Cannon and the Reza 45 GHz MW Pulse Laser, are locked behind starship design skills.
Remember that a brute force approach is not always the best solution for space combat. A certain level of skill is required if the player wants to fight large groups of enemies at once.
Starfield is available now on PC and Xbox Series X/S.