Starfield best weapons – best guns and melee weapons and where to get them

Starfield best weapons – best guns and melee weapons and where to get them
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If you’ve come looking for the Starfield best weapons to choose from in Bethesda Studio’s latest sci-fi RPG, then you’re in the right place. The number of weapons available can seem overwhelming, so it can be difficult to figure out which ones are worth using and which you should sell ASAP. That’s why we’re here to help out.

We’ll give you an overview of all the weapons in the game to help you get to grips with it all. For more help on your interstellar travels, check out how to store items on your ship in Starfieldwhere to get digipickswhere to get the Bounty Hunter spacesuitwhere to get the Mark 1 spacesuitAlmagest Jackpot combination, and how to dock in Starfield. For now though, here are the best weapons in Starfield, as well as all the different weapons – from guns to grenades – that we know about in Starfield, for you to compare them yourself.

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Starfield weapons: A player in first-person-perspective reloads a blue pistol

All Starfield weapon types

This sci-fi shooter has an impressive variety of weaponry to pick from. These all have unique stats that make them appropriate for specific situations or enemies. Some weapons like Eternity’s Gate and Fortune’s Glory are rare one-off weapons. Here’s a list of all the types of weapons in Starfield:

Best Starfield weapons

Here are the best weapons you can get in the Starfield:

  • Magshot/Trickshot – Potentially the best Pistol in the game, this one can be found in a lot of late-game areas if you’re lucky, as well as from the UC questline by looting it from a destroyed mech. A hand-cannon if there ever was one, it’s basically a rifle in a pistol’s body.
  • Lawgiver – This weapon is great for long-range skirmishes. Add a decent scope, a long barrel, and whitehot rounds to amp up your performance with this gun. It’s a good pick if you want to snipe at enemies or dangerous animals.
  • Coachman – This punishing shotgunpacks a punch. Its reload speed isn’t terrible so you can comfortably clear encounters without switching to another weapon. It’s good at taking down bosses and enemies with large health bars.
  • Deadeye – Even without mods, this revolver deals some sweet damage. It looks pretty cool too as it drips pure space cowboy.
  • Eternity’s Gate – This gun is high-risk, high reward. It has the potential to deal massive damage, especially to humans, but has the potential to fail every now and again. Worth the risk in most situations, but be prepared for when it does go wrong.
  • Experiment A-7 – Potentially the strongest shotgun in the game, this gun has it all. High damage, decent fire rate, good accuracy, and a laundry list of weapon modifiers. Once you pick this shotgun up, you won’t need to use a different one.
  • Fiscal Quarter – While the basic Maelstrom rifle is nothing to write home about, this modified variant shakes things up. You get this gun from a main quest that involves Walter Shroud and the city of Neon. Armor-piercing rounds are always a good thing to have.
  • N67 Smartgun – This heavy weapon chews through both enemies and ammo with ease. While you can use mods to improve handling and recoil, I’d suggest investing into armor-piercing rounds instead.
  • Unmitigated Violence – This gun deals great damage on its own, but with the chance to deal double damage to full-health enemies, it fits in perfectly with a stealth build. Combined this with the extra damage for sneak attacks and you’ll be one-hitting enemies left and right.
  • The Last Priest – The best melee weapon and the only one that’s worth actually using in our books. It deals huge damage, and can randomly deal elemental damage, too, ranging between corrosive, radiation, poison, and incendiary damage. If you’re gonna run out of ammo and have to rely on a melee weapon, at least make it this one.
Best Starfield weapons: The Magshot gun in a player's inventory.

Magshot/Trickshot (Pistol)

The Magshot is a Pistol that deals huge basic damage, and is accurate over a very large range. Effectively, it combines the power of a rifle with the fire rate and reload speed of a pistol. The Trickshot is even better if you can get it from the UC faction mission ‘War Relics’. On every fourth shot, the Trickshot fires two shots instead of one, potentially being one of the highest damaging guns in all of Starfield.

Lawgiver (Rifle)

The Lawgiver is one of the slower firing guns in Starfield, but it more than makes up for this with a high base damage, high accuracy, and its effectiveness over a fairly large range. It can also be combined with a variety of mods that can improve its effectiveness massively. Great for starting fights and taking out enemies before they even know you’re there, if you come across one of these, give it a try.

Best Starfield weapons: The Coachman gun in a player's inventory.

Coachman (Shotgun)

If you’ve used any shotguns in Starfield so far, you’ll already know that they can be incredibly powerful. With so many instances of combat taking place in the enclosed rooms and corridors of various outposts being able to deal high damage at short range is a godsend. It has an awful reload speed, but can shoot two rounds incredibly fast, and should be able to kill almost any enemy with just those two shots if aimed well.

Best Starfield weapons: The Deadeye gun in a player's inventory.

Deadeye (Pistol)

While it does have fairly good all-round stats, with great damage, decently high fire rate, great accuracy, and being effective at relatively long ranges for a pistol, it really comes into its own with the Penetrator Rounds mod. Being able to hit multiple enemies with every shot is incredibly powerful, especially in the later game when you’ll often come up against groups of enemies.

Best Starfield weapons: The Eternity's Gate gun in a player's inventory.

Eternity’s Gate (Rifle)

This particle beam rifle is the weapon of The Emissary, which you can pick up by siding with them during the Unearthed quest, or loot from them in the Revelation quest. Its stats are decent, but its perks and mods are what sell it. Skip shot to fire double projectiles every fourth shot, Handloading to fire Volatile Rounds, and Anti-Personnel will help you deal massive damage against humans, while Long Barrel, Recon Laser Sight, Focus Nozzle, Tactical Magazine and Overclocked all serve to back that damage up.

Best Starfield weapons: The Experiment A-7 gun in a player's inventory.

Experiment A-7 (Shotgun)

This shotgun is one of the best weapons in the game, and really packs a punch with massive damage, and a decent accuracy and fire rate. It also comes with a massive eight weapon mods: Lond Barrel, Laser Sight, Reflex Sight, Choke, Tactical Stock, Flechette Rounds, Hair Trigger, Fully Automatic. It also comes with the Exterminator perk which deals +30% damage against aliens. Once you pick this up from Ethan in the Starfield Entangled main quest, you’ll have a gun you’ll use for the rest of your playthrough.

Best Starfield weapons: The Fiscal Quarter gun in a player's inventory.

Fiscal Quarter (Rifle)

A powerful rifle with a high-fire rate, this one gains its greatest benefit from Armor-Piercing rounds. Coming up against late-game enemies with strong armor that you seemingly can’t get through, this gun completely ignores that, negating 15% of the armor bonus that your enemies would normally get making it great  for breaking through those tough to beat walls. Add to that the Compensator weapon mod to add greater accuracy when hip-firing, and you’ve got a perfect SMG.

N67 Smartgun (Microgun)

It’s a minigun, what else is there to say? Well, for one, it can be equipped with certain mods to give it an almost laser-focus, turning that spray of bullets into a beam that will shred anything unlucky enough to be in the way. Add in a mod like Armor-Piercing rounds to increase your damage and you’ll be leaving your enemies like Swiss cheese.

Best Starfield weapons: The Unmitigated Violence gun in a player's inventory.

Unmitigated Violence (Rifle)

This laser rifle is the weapon of choice of The Hunter, and is potentially one of the best laser weapons in the game. It has high damage, high fire rate, and high accuracy, and comes with three perks: Frenzy, Radioactive, and Instigating. On top of that, you get seven weapon mods: Long Barrel, Recon Laser Sight, Reflex Sight, Stealth Lasers, Stabilizing Stock, Large Battery, and Amplifier. Pick this up by siding with The Hunter over The Emissary in the Unearthed quest, or loot it from his body during Revelation. You also get a small chance to deal double damage to full health opponents, making this the perfect gun for stealth players.

The Last Priest (Melee)

There are no particularly great melee weapons, and unless you’ve run out of ammo, you would be better off using a gun in almost every situation. However, if you are going to have a melee weapon, the only good choice is The Last Priest. This reward from the Infinity’s End quest deals much higher damage than any other melee weapon, and can also randomly deal environmental damage too. There is no reason to use any other melee weapon than this, so make sure you have it ready for a worst case scenario.

Heller’s Cutter (Cutter)

If you’re going to have a Cutter with you at all times, why not make it an upgraded version? Heller’s Cutter can be found back on Vectera where you started the game, and offers a bonus 20% damage against robots. That might not sound like a lot, but that 20% really adds up, and it can be very handy to have if you’re low on ammo. Either way, it’s a direct upgrade on the standard Cutter, so why wouldn’t you want it?

Alex’s Advice

When you’re exploring alien planets, you may often come across abandoned facilities manned by robots. Having a weapon with rechargeable ammo that can do extra damage to robots like Heller’s Cutter will come in incredibly handy here.

All guns in Starfield

Now that Starfield has dropped for PC and Xbox Series X|S players, we have a better picture of the guns in the game. Here are all the Starfield guns:

Ballistic pistols in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
Ace SidearmPHYS 21.27 CALIBER40207
Advanced RegulatorPHYS 100.43 ULTRAMAG20207
Calibrated EonPHYS 217.77MM50206
Calibrated KrakenPHYS 56.5MM150206
Calibrated RattlerPHYS 17.27 CALIBER50207
DeadeyePHYS 707.5MM12407
Ecliptic PistolPHYS 3511MM XPL25200
ElegancePHYS 66.43 ULTRAMAG50206
EonPHYS 107.77MM50206
KeelhaulerPHYS 64.43 ULTRAMAG140246
KrakenPHYS 36.5MM150206
MagshotPHYS 53.43 MI25206
Old Earth PistolPHYS 44.45 CALIBER67204
RattlerPHYS 10.27 CALIBER50207
RazorbackPHYS 517.5MM40208
RegulatorPHYS 35.43 ULTRAMAG20207
SidestarPHYS 12.27 CALIBER20207
Sir Livingstone’s PistolPHYS 28.27 CALIBER67244
The PrimePHYS 847.5MM12488
The ZapperPHYS 16.27 CALIBER104247
Urban EaglePHYS 39.43 ULTRAMAG20207
XM-2311PHYS 53.45 CALIBER67205

Laser Pistols in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
Short CircuitENGY 441.5KV LZR29327
SolsticeENGY 101.5KV LZR25307

Particle Beam Pistols in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
NovalightPHYS 8
ENGY 25
LIGHT FUSE22307
Va’Ruun StarshardPHYS 26
ENGY 80
LIGHT FUSE12307

Ballistic Rifles in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
AA-99PHYS 1711MM112408
BeowulfPHYS 367.77MM50408
Despondent AssassinPHYS 479X39MM401003
Drum BeatPHYS 811MM160397
Ecliptic PistolPHYS 3511MM XPL25200
GrendelPHYS 37.77MM170208
Hard TargetPHYS 116.50 CALIBER251007
Head RangerPHYS 51.50 CALIBER14486
KodamaPHYS 137.77MM170207
LawgiverPHYS 31.50 CALIBER10406
MaelstromPHYS 46.5MM150407
MagpulsePHYS 716.5MM MI17405
MagshearPHYS 10.50 MI300405
MagsniperPHYS 2236.5MM MI171006
Old Earth Assault RiflePHYS 157.62MM150407
Old Earth Hunting RiflePHYS 309X39MM401003
The BuzzcutPHYS 57.77MM212228
TombstonePHYS 1911MM90406

Laser Rifles in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
EquinoxENGY 133KV LZR50507
OrionENGY 273KV LZR33507

Particle Beam Rifles in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
Va’Ruun InflictorPHYS 38
ENGY 113
HEAVY FUSE25506

Electromagnetic Rifles in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
Novablast DisruptorEM 100HEAVY FUSE20205

Ballistic Shotguns in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
Boom BoomPHYS 68CASELESS SHELL60248
BreachPHYS 9915X2510208
CoachmanPHYS 52CASELESS SHELL47207
Old Earth ShotgunPHYS 7312G SHELL6205
PacifierPHYS 5915X25 CLL SHELL20206
RapidshotPHYS 13515X25 CLL SHELL18248
ShottyPHYS 50CASELESS SHELL20208

Particle Beam Shotguns in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
Big BangPHYS 32
ENGY 94
HEAVY FUSE14207

Heavy Weapons in Starfield

Gun NameDamageAmmoFire RateRangeMod Slots
Arc WelderENGY 163KV LZR76202
Auto-RivetPHYS 100RIVET15204
BridgerPHYS 12740MM XPL5406
CutterPHYS 4N/A7630
MagstormPHYS 9.50 MI400402
MicrogunPHYS 97.77MM350406
N67 SmartgunPHYS 147.77MM350406

All melee weapons in Starfield

Here are all of the melee weapons in Starfield:

Melee WeaponDamageMass
Barrow KnifePHYS 220.34
Combat KnifePHYS 160.36
Osmium DaggerPHYS 282.7
Rescue AxePHYS 171.4
RipshankPHYS 120.4
TantoPHYS 400.45
UC Naval CutlassPHYS 201.4
Va’Ruun PainbladePHYS 621.8
WakizashiPHYS 491.35
Starfield weapons guide: A United Colonies Combat Knife on display in the inventory menu.

All grenades and throwables in Starfield

Here are all of the grenades and throwable projectiles in Starfield:

Grenade/Throwable NameDamageMass
Cryo MinePHYS 1
ENGY 35
0.4
Frag GrenadePHYS 1010.2
Fragmentation MinePHYS 1010.3
Impact GrenadePHYS 1010.2
Inferno MinePHYS 1
ENGY 35
0.4
Shrapnel GrenadePHYS 510.3
Stun MinePHYS 1
EM 58
0.4
Tesla PylonPHYS 1
ENGY 25
0.5
Toxic Gas MinePHYS 1
ENGY 20
0.4
Starfield weapons guide: A player shoots an attacking Va'Runn robot with explosive ammunition from an SMG.

Starfield weapon mods

As you’ll probably have noticed on the guns list above, some of the weapons have a ‘Modified’ prefix. Similarly to previous Bethesda games such as Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, this is a classification of weapons that have had weapon mods applied to them. Mods can be crafted at the Weapon Workbench. New recipes are unlocked via Research Projects. Some of these projects require you to progress in the game and unlock new skills. There are five different weapon mod categories. These are:

  • Magazine and Battery
  • Muzzle
  • Optic
  • Receiver

Magazine and Battery

Magazine and Battery mods pertain to your ammo, or in the case of energy weapons, charge. Using different weapon mods will allow you to increase your ammo capacity, clip size, and even the types of ammo you use, such as piercing or explosive bullets.

Muzzle

Muzzle mods will be key for any stealthy players as they will give you benefits such as suppressors and recoil control. But beyond that, it will also give you new ways to use your weapon, adding things like focused fire, or beam splitters for energy weapons.

Optic

This will determine what kind of scope or sight your weapon has. This will likely range from very basic sights that just allow you to aim more effectively, to more specialized scopes for things like sniper scopes and laser sights.

Receiver

Receiver mods will cover anything to do with your weapon’s fire modes, such as making certain weapons fully automatic. If it’s similar to the Receiver mods in the Fallout series, it may also confer certain buffs to weapons such as increased damage.

How do weapons work in Starfield?

Weapons in Starfield can have a variety of different stats and damage types. They can come from different sources, and from what we’ve seen in trailers, they can even come in different grades and rarities.

Weapon damage types

  • Electromagnetic damage – damage from weapons that fire fast kinetic projectiles, creating a forceful explosion of energy on impact.
  • Energy damage – Energy damage is the type for laser weaponry and similar weapons.
  • Explosive damage– Explosive damage is an area of effect damage type, and works as a mixture of energy and kinetic damage. It’s a damage type that most grenades will possess in some capacity.
  • Physical damage– this is your standard kinetic damage. Most melee and ballistic weapons fall under this damage type.

Weapon stats

All weapons will have a series of different stats, though some of course will be exclusive to certain categories. If it turns out that melee weapons can in fact take different ammunition types, we’ll be sure to amend this part. The stats we know about right now are:

  • Ammo – which type of ammunition a gun uses.
  • Damage Type – what sort of damage a weapon will inflict.
  • Magazine Size – how many shots can be fired before the weapon needs to reload or recharge.
  • Rounds – the current number of shots in the weapon.
  • Fire Rate – how quickly the weapon fires.
  • Range – the distance within which this weapon will be effective.
  • Accuracy – how likely this weapon is to hit shots successfully.
  • Mass – The in-game ‘weight’ that this weapon will take up in a player’s inventory.
  • Value – How much this weapon is worth in Starfield credits.
  • Mods – How many modifications this weapon has, or can hold in total.
Starfield weapons guide: the Beowulf rifle on display in the inventory menu, alongside its stats.

Weapon rarity

There are four differen levels of rarity in Starfield. The weapon rarities are color-coded.

  • Grey – basic weaponry
  • Blue – rare weaponry
  • Purple – epic weaponry
  • Yellow – legendary weaponry

There are a few different ways to get weapons in Starfield. Looting weapons is the most common way. Crates, dead bodies, and other storage have a chance of holding them. You can also get weapons as rewards for completing main and side quests. Lastly, weapons can be bought using credits at vendors and shops around the Settled Systems, including Jemison Mercantile in New Atlantis.

Starfield weapons guide: A masked player character fires a robust looking weapon on automatic down a corridor.

Starfield weapon development

We know that every weapon in Starfield has been carefully crafted for players to enjoy. In a recent interview, lead weapons artist Dane Olds revealed that Combatech weapons were all designed with optimization for space travel in mind, meaning these weapons are all rather compact, and usually made of lightweight alloys and composites. All this speaks to a level of care and dedication to create Starfield weapons.

Even with the best guns and gadgets though, it’s not always wise to go at it alone. If you’re wondering where to find Starfield companions, or how to hire Starfield crew members, we’ve got you covered. To complement your weaponry, it’s worth getting through the Lair of the Mantis puzzle to bag a excellent early game ship and space suit, or check out the Starfield Delivering Devils and Starfield Entangled missions for some great questing. And if you’re building a ship, make sure you’ve got one of the Starfield best reactors to power it. Check out our Starfield tips and tricks beginner’s guide for some worthwhile advice to kick start your journey across the cosmos.

What is the best weapon in Starfield?

Based on our playthrough, the best weapon in Starfield is the Experiment A-7 shotgun. This is thanks to its incredibly high damage potential.

What is the best melee weapon in Starfield?

The best melee weapon in Starfield is The Last Priest.