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The best Starfield ships can be found all over the Settled Systems, and even one of them can set you up for your entire playthrough. If you don’t feel like getting into the fairly complicated world of ship building, there are plenty of pre-made ships that you can get yourself out there, that will do just as well, if not better, than anything you could make yourself.
We’ve played Bethesda’s space epic extensively as part of our VideoGamer Starfield review. Myself and many team members have spent hours in the game exploring the Settled Systems to come up with a list of the best Starfield ships.
Whatever ship you have, there are plenty of ways you can make them even better. If you’re interested in trying out some Starfield ship customization, our guide will help you get started. Make sure to check out the Starfield ship manufacturers, Starfield best ship parts, Starfield starship weapons and the Starfield best reactor too. And if you’re starting out with the game, we’ve got some helpful Starfield tips and tricks that even veteran players might not know. With that, let’s take a look at all of the best Starfield ships and how to get each one.
Best Starfield ships and how to get them
With a bit of tinkering and a few new additions, you can turn any ship into one of the best in the game, but there are some ships that are already that good without modifying anything. Whether they’re bought, stolen, or earned, any one of these ships is worth using. Be aware that for some of the higher-class ships, you will need to have either Rank 3 or Rank 4 in the Piloting skill.
Here’s a full list of all the best Starfield ships:
- Razorleaf (Class A)
- Star Eagle (Class A)
- Aegis (Class B)
- Shieldbreaker (Class B)
- Narwhal (Class C)
- Abyss Trekker (Class C)
- Silent Runner (Class C)
- Stronghold (Class C)
- Starborn Guardian (Class A)
Razorleaf (Class A)
The Razorleaf is an extremely good ship considering how early on in the game you can get it. The ship is a reward from the Mantis quest, which you can start by randomly obtaining a data slate from dead Spacers regarding a secret outpost. Follow this quest to Denebola I-B, take out some Spacers, and you’ll be rewarded with the Razorleaf. You’ll probably want to upgrade the weapons, but the ship has the unique trait of intimidating enemy ships, and forcing them to flee, thanks to its reputation. Not only that, but it comes with a shielded cargo hold to help you start smuggling contraband.
Star Eagle (Class A)
Another ship that can be earned fairly early into the game, the Star Eagle is your reward for completing the Freestar Rangers questline in Akila City. It’s got fairly strong weapons, including an EM weapon to disable enemy ships, and can hold five crew members, but where it really comes into its own is its massive cargo hold, with a huge 2500 cargo capacity to store all those resources you’re hoarding. An 18 light-year grav jump is a bit lacklustre but can be easily replaced, making this a great option for the early game.
Aegis (Class B)
The Aegis is an incredibly solid ship, and is a welcome upgrade in the mid game when enemy ships really start to deal some damage. It has excellent all around stats, and comes with one of the best reactors for its ship class. This means that you can immediately upgrade any weapons or shields to make it even better, and easily set it up to be a strong ship all the way to the end game. You can buy this for 196,780 credits from the Deimos Staryard orbiting Deimos, one of Mars’ moons in the Sol system.
Shieldbreaker (Class B)
No prizes for guessing what the Shieldbreaker does best. It has some great stats across the board, especially when it comes to its Laser weapons. This thing packs a punch and will demolish the shield of any enemy ships. Throw in a couple of upgraded Ballistic (BAL) and Missile (MSL) weapons, and you’ve got a ship killer on your hands. You can get your hands on this ship from the Ship Services Technician at the New Atlantis spaceport for a reasonable 265,443 credits.
Narwhal (Class C)
The Narwhal has some incredible potential thanks to having one of the most powerful reactors in the game. With 36 power generated, you can immediately upgrade to some incredibly powerful weapons and shields. But where the Narwhal really comes into its own is a massive 2118 hull stat. Even without shields and weapons, this ship can take a beating, but will take a hefty 432,620 credits to buy from Taiyo Astroneering in Neon.
Abyss Trekker (Class C)
The Abyss Trekker is the ultimate space combat ship. If you’re willing to forego cargo and crew members, this Class C ship more than makes up for it with incredibly powerful weapons. It’s also fairly small and light compared to other ships, meaning you can nimbly fly avoid enemy attacks while hammering them with shots from your own weapons. You can purchase it from the spaceport in Paradiso on Porrima II for a reasonable 347,320 credits.
Silent Runner (Class C)
If even the 2500 cargo capacity of the Star Eagle isn’t enough for you, then you’ll want to get your hands on the Silent Runner – the ultimate cargo ship in Starfield. With a massive 6060 cargo capacity, you’ll have to really try if you want to fill up this ship. It’s lacking a bit in the weapon and fuel tank departments, but with a couple of upgrades, it will certainly do the job when it comes to combat and exploration. A must for all the interstellar hoarders out there. You can buy this from the HopeTech HQ on Polvo in the Valo system.
Stronghold (Class C)
If you’re finding yourself being killed too easily in space combat, then you might want to get your hands on the Stronghold. This ship is a tank, with a whopping 1600 base shields on top of a decent 1047 hull strength. This ship can really take a beating, and with 2360 cargo space, 2200 fuel, and 6 crew spaces, it’s not lacking in the other areas either. You can get this ship from the Ship Services Technician at the Akila City spaceport.
Starborn Guardian (Class A)
Once you’ve beaten the game for the first time, you’ll have the chance to start a new game plus playthrough. For this, you’ll receive your very own Starborn Guardian ship, and while it might not look like anything special at first, it can become one of the best ships in the game. Every time you beat the game and start a subsequent new game plus playthrough, the ship receives a boost to its stats. After only a few restarts, you’ll easily have one of, if not the best ship in Starfield.
That’s all the best ships in Starfield for every Class, and how to get them. If you’re going for the Narwhal, while you’re on Neon, be sure to take on the Starfield Sabotage mission for Ryujin Industries. And if you’re more into stealing ships than buying them, then Crimson Fleet missions like the Starfield Absolute Power quest are probably more up your street. Alternately, the Starfield Alternating Currents, Starfield Delivering Devils, and Starfield Operation Starseed missions are also great choices.
For some early game pointers, check out how to remove a bounty, how to pick locks, who is the Mysterious Captain and where to get Digipicks. If you’re looking for spacesuit to match your sleek new ship, check out the best Starfield spacesuits, including where to get the Mark 1 spacesuit and the Bounty Hunter spacesuit, and don’t forget to grab some of the best Starfield weapons too. And for quest help, check out how to install ComSpike too.
Starfield best ships FAQ
What is the best ship in Starfield?
The best ship you can earn in Starfield, in our opinion, is the Starborn Guardian, thanks to its already high stats and the potential to increase them further.
What is the best ship to buy in Starfield?
The Narwhal is the best ship to buy in Starfield thanks to having one of the most powerful reactors in the game, making it capable of powering some of the best weapons in the game.