Starfield Operation Starseed quest guide – best choice, who to side with, and bug fix

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Looking for help with the Starfield Operation Starseed quest? While helping out this community in the Charybdis system, you’ll come across some fairly recognisable characters and have a big choice to make. That’s why we’re here to take you through it all and tell you what happens with each choice you can make.

Before you get started, make sure to check out our Starfield tips and tricks to see if there’s anything that could help you out on your playthrough. If you need some upgrades, check out the Starfield best weapons and Starfield best armor. And if you’re looking to try out the Crimson Fleet questline, you’ll want to take a look at our Starfield Absolute Power guide, or if you’re after a more relaxed side quest, check out the Starfield Alternating Currents mission. For now, let’s go through the Starfield Operation Starseed quest and every major choice you have to make.

Starfield Operation Starseed: Charybdis III on the star map.
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Starfield Operation Starseed walkthrough

To begin the Operation Starseed side quest, you’ll first have to grav jump to the Charybdis star system. Once there, you’ll receive a transmission about Crucible on the planet Charybdis III. Head over here, and once you land, follow your quest marker to a settlement where you’ll find a robot named Tobias. Tell them you heard the distress call and a woman named Ada will come and greet you.

Starfield Operation Starseed: Talking to FDR.
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Meeting Franklin

Ada tells you that the settlement is home to three different societies – Believers, Pragmatists, and Renegades. She tells you to enter the settlement and talk with a man named Franklin, who as it turns out, is a clone of former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the leader of the Pragmatist Society.

He tells you that almost all the settlement’s people are clones of famous people and historical figures. Roosevelt then tells you to go find Genghis Khan and Amanirenas.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The player talking to Amanirenas.
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Meeting Genghis Khan and Amanirenas

On your way there, you’re briefly stopped by Sheriff Wyatt Earp, who sells Aid and Resource items. Once you leave the building, head left and walk past Amelia Earhart and up a ramp where you can talk to Amanirenas, the leader of the Believers who is convinced that she is the real Aminerenas.

She tells you that there used to be a test, where those who passed were set free, and asks you to go to The Facility to try and repair it and start the tests again.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The player talking to Genghis Khan.
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Now, head back to the entrance of the settlement and turn right, following the wall around. In the distance you’ll see some satellite dishes, behind which you’ll find Genghis Khan. The two of you will be attacked by Swarming Gliders. Help him kill them, and talk to him.

He will talk about how he is not a terrible person like the man he’s a clone of, and about how he views the settlement as a kind of prison. He’s the leader of the Renegades, and has died and been re-cloned multiple times while trying to escape. He asks you to destroy The Facility.

Head back to Franklin Roosevelt who will ask you your opinion on the other societies. It doesn’t matter what option you choose, as he will proceed to give his opinion regardless. He then asks you to use The Facility to get rid of the robots so that the clones can all live normally.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The player talking to Wyatt Earp.
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Wyatt Earp and the Secret Lives mission

As you leave, talk to Wyatt Earp again, who will let you know that he has a secret about Roosevelt that he needs to tell you, giving you the Secret Lives mission. Follow Wyatt out of town and meet him inside a cave, where he will reveal that he’s actually a clone of the serial killer H.H. Holmes, and believes he has to kill you to stop the other societies finding out.

You have several dialogue options you can choose here. Here is every option and their potential outcomes:

  • Attack – Holmes attempts to blow up an explosive tank nearby. If you successfully kill him, you receive 2500 credits.
  • Persuade successfully – Holmes decides not to attack you, and trusts you not to tell anyone about his identity.
  • Persuade unsuccessfully – The same as the Attack option. Holmes attempts to blow up a tank nearby and will fight you.

Following this, you can either respect his wishes, or you can tell any of the faction leaders about his true identity. Here is what happens if you teach each leader:

  • Roosevelt – He believes people should be judged by their actions, and not history, and so asks you to keep Holmes’ identity a secret.
  • Amanirenas – She thinks that Holmes must be killed and tells you that she will take care of it.
  • Genghis Khan – Like Holmes, he is also the clone of someone with a bad reputation, and does not blame Holmes for the actions of the man he is cloned from.

In our playthrough, we chose not to betray Wyatt’s trust and we didn’t tell anyone about his secret.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The first room in The Facility.
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The Facility

Open up your map and fly to The Facility on the other side of Charybdis III. Kill or avoid the nearby Spaceroaches and Hunting Maggotmaws and head inside where you’ll have to find clues. Take the stairway in the far right corner, open the door at the bottom, and enter the first door on your left.

Head to the middle of the room and pick up the Diary Page – Discovering Galathea. This is one of seven clues about The Facility.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The Diary Page - Escape on a table.
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Head to the back of the room, and look inside a room on your right to find Diary Page – Escape. Go back into the hall and enter an open door on the left-hand side where you’ll find Diary Page – Reborn on the table. From here, enter the hole in the wall to your right which leads to a bathroom filled with Spaceroaches. Here, you’ll find Diary Page – Genghis Explosion.

Starfield Operation Starseed: Diary Page - Exploding Genghis on a bloody bathroom floor.
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At the end of the bathroom, turn left to find some loot. Head back and this time turn right to enter another hall. Clear the enemies and head down the stairs where there’s a couch with the Diary Page – Anonymous Last Words. Head around the hole in the centre of the room and enter another hall at the back. Enter the room on your right to find Diary Page – Ada’s Questions.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The player aiming a gun at a Level 85 Hunting Maggotworm.
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Return to the whole you avoided early and jump down, following the path until you reach a room with a Maggotmaw. Be wary that this monster is a pretty high level, so can easily kill you if you’re caught off guard. Once it’s dead, enter the next room and take the ramp on your left.

Grab Ada’s Diary – Heart of the Facility from the desk to receive the final clue. Read it to reveal that you need an override code, and your quest guide will update, requiring you to choose which Society you should provide your information to. 

Head up the stairs, and use a nearby computer to open the door. Leave The Facility and return to Crucible, where you will decide which of the Crucible leaders to give the information to.

Starfield Operation Starseed: Giving the notes to Amanirenas.
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Which Society should you give The Facility information to – Operation Starseed best choice

Depending on which Society you choose to side with, there will be different outcomes to the quest. Here are all of the possible outcomes.

Siding with Roosevelt and the Pragmatists

If you choose to share the information with Roosevelt, he will propose to the other groups that they spend the next 20 years working to improve Crucible. Once that time has passed, they can then institute a test allowing them to leave if they want.

Amanirenas can be convinced to side with Roosevelt, reasoning that 20 years is better than nothing and will accept. Genghis Khan will reject this, and begin a war, and you will have to kill him before the Renegades kill the Pragmatists.

Siding with Aminerenas and the Believers

If you side with Aminerenas, you can convince Roosevelt to agree to the plan, but you will be unable to convince Genghis, and will be forced to kill him.

Siding with Genghis Khan and the Renegades

If you side with Genghis Khan, you can convince him not to destroy Crucible, instead arguing to simply let everyone come and go as they please. If you do convince him to do this, you can convince Roosevelt to side with Genghis, as Crucible will be protected. You will not be able to side with Aminerenas unfortunately, and will be forced to kill her.

Alex’s Advice

Depending on who you side with, you’ll have to kill one or two of the other leaders. You can loot their bodies to get their unique outfits, so if you’re keen on a particular outfit, side against that leader.

Operation Starseed bug fix

Sometimes, a bug will occur where all of the NPCs will turn hostile after the battle has completed. You can solve this simply by heading back to your ship and sleeping for an hour or more. Once you head back, everything will be back to normal.

If this doesn’t work, a more time consuming version involves flying all the way to Venus in the Sol system, sleeping for an hour or more there, and making your way back. Naturally, this can take a while so you might want to try just sleeping there first.

Ada Lovelace and The Beagle

Once you’ve made your choice your chosen leader will ask you to go speak to Ada Lovelace. She can be found on the platform where you first spoke with Aminerenas. She tells you that the radio telescopes are pointing towards the Bel V beacon, and that’s where you should go to find The Beagle, a spaceship named after the ship Charles Darwin sailed on.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The location of the Zelazny system on a star map.

Return to your ship and grav jump to the Bel system. Once there, you’ll receive a message from a navigation beacon saying that The Beagle’s next stop is Zelazny I. Head to the Zelazny system and dock at The Beagle.

Once inside, destroy a robot and a turret and head through the kitchen. Take a door on your left at the far end of the room into a bedroom. Take another door on your left and follow the stairs to a landing bay. To reach the Zelazny system you need a ship with a grav drive that can travel at least 27.243 light years.

Enter the hallway on your right, down a ramp into an open area, and pick up The Beagle Lab key from the table. Head back to the hallway, and enter the other door. Destroy the turret you find, and take the door on the left side of the room. Take the stairs up at the far right of this room to reach the lab. Open the Beagle Datacore computer and download the Facility’s Security Override Code.

Starfield Operation Starseed: The Beagle Datacore computer.

As you leave, the robots in the hall will active. After going through the hall, you can find a gap with Dr. Zhao’s computer, which you can use to open the door next to it. Inside, kill the robot you find and follow the hall inside to find a Science Crate.

In the far right corner of the room you’ll find another computer. Use this to open the door which will lead you back to where your ship is docked. Get back in and grav jump back to Charybdis.

Return to The Facility

With the code in hand, return to the Crucible, and you’ll have to have a debate with the other leaders. You can either convince the friendly leader to join you, or kill both of the opposing leaders. Either way, once the battle is finished, talk to your leader who will ask you to go back to the Facility. Talk to Ada Lovelace to receive the code.

Head back to The Facility. You can enter the back entrance that you left from earlier. Once inside, go back to the computer where you can use the code you received from Ada Lovelace to open the doors to the Restricted Wing. Head through the door on the right of the room, take a right at the end of this hallway, and then take another left into another hallway.

You’ll come to a room with a door at the end which leads to a room with two turrets inside. Destroy the turrets, or disable them using a computer in the next room, and proceed down the stairs found outside this room until you reach a large pit.

Jump down and look for a broken window that you can climb through. This area will be filled with contaminated water, so use the floating objects to traverse this section.

Head up a ramp on your left until you reach a hall. Follow this path down some stairs until you reach a cloning area filled with enemies. Kill them all, and then head over to the left of the room where you’ll find some stairs. Head up the stairs, destroying any turrets you come across until you come to a lab. 

On the right of this lab, you’ll see the Facility Datacore computer, and a key. Pick up the key, and then interact with the computer. Select the Initiate Emergency Reboot option. You now have to make this quest’s major choice. Here are all of the options and their outcomes:

  • Reboot and restore current Mission parameters – Nothing at the Crucible changes. You receive 3000 credits.
  • Reboot and choose a new Super-Admin – Your chosen leader from earlier is put in charge. You receive 6000 credits.
  • Initiate Full Project Cleanse – All of the clones are killed. You receive 2000 credits.

If you chose to instate a new Super-Admin, return to the Crucible and talk to your chosen leader to receive your reward. If you chose to restore the current Mission parameters, or to choose a new Super-Admin, you can also recruit the clone of Amelia Earhart to become a companion and crew member. If you choose the Full Project Cleanse option, she will be killed along with the rest of the clones.

That’s everything you need to know to complete the Starfield Operation Starseed quest and make all those tough decisions. If you’re looking to put Amelia Earhart to good use, then you’ll want to build yourself a ship, and for that you’ll need best Starfield ship parts and the best Starfield reactors. Or if you want to just get one pre-made, then the best Starfield ships will do the job just fine. And if you’re struggling to figure out how to use a boostpack in Starfield, we’ve got you covered.

Starfield Operation Starseed FAQs

What is the best choice in Operation Starseed?

There is no best society to side with in Operation Starseed. No matter what you choose, you must kill at least one of the other leaders, so choose whichever society you like the most.

Which option should you choose in The Facility during Operation Starseed?

The best option to choose is the ‘Reboot and choose a new Super-Admin’ option. This is because it provides the highest reward, as well as providing the most positive change to the Crucible in-game.

About the Author

Alex Raisbeck

Alex is a Guides Writer for VideoGamer. He is an indie gaming obsessive with a soft spot for Zelda, roguelikes, and Football Manager, as well as an unhealthy relationship with his backlog.


  • Release Date: 06 September 2023
    • - 06 September 2023 (PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S)
  • Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Adventure, RPG, Science Fiction, Space