Starfield: Guide to Asteroid Mining
The galaxy in Starfield is full of resources that you can mine and collect. Whether you want to mine minerals from the surface of a planet, steal carg...
The galaxy in Starfield is full of resources that you can mine and collect. Whether you want to mine minerals from the surface of a planet, steal cargo from a hauler ship, or mine asteroids in space, you will need resources to build your outposts and upgrade your equipment. Mining asteroids is one of the best methods to obtain resources.
However, knowing where to look for asteroid belts and how to maximize your mining efforts is crucial to save time and earn more credits. Additionally, choosing the right spacecraft for the task enhances your productivity in asteroid mining, but it's not just about profit. You never know when you might encounter a fleet of pirates or Eclipse mercenaries.
How To Asteroid Mine In Starfield
Asteroid mining in Starfield is fairly straightforward, but it does require you to grav-jump to a planet with an asteroid field.
Then unleash your weapons on the massive frozen rocks. After smashing the asteroid into a thousand pieces, you can plunder a variety of treasures from the leftover mineral deposits.
To plunder mineral deposits, you must be within a range of 500 meters.
The deposits contain a random selection of minerals, and you can find everything from iron and water to rare materials like gold, palladium, and platinum. This makes asteroid mining a fantastic method to gather rare resources.
Asteroids appear randomly as you travel quickly in space. However, they are quite common to encounter. The problem is that not all asteroid belt spawns are worth mining.
That's because sometimes the asteroids only contain water and iron. If you destroy a few asteroids and find only water and iron in the mineral deposits, you should quickly travel to a new planet.
In this case, you should always have a supply of ship parts in your cargo in case pirates attack you and you need to repair your ship. After all, it's the wild west out there.
The larger the asteroid, the more firepower you will need to destroy it, but you will also find more resources. Small asteroids are easier to destroy, but their mineral deposits contain fewer resources.
How To Optimize Asteroid Mining
To make the most out of asteroid mining, you should do the following:
- Acquire a ship specialized for hauling or upgrade your ship’s cargo capacity.
- Upgrade your ship's weaponry; better weapons mean faster mining.
- Distribute your ship’s weight to your crew; each crew member can carry roughly 160 weight. This frees up more inventory space on your ship.
- Travel to new asteroid belts. You’ll want to do this after the surrounding space becomes cluttered with Mineral Deposits that are full of junk and resources you don’t need.
Be prepared for combat when traveling to a new planet for asteroids, as you may often encounter pirates.
What Resources Can You Find Asteroid Mining
In addition to the previously mentioned iron and water, you can obtain the following materials and resources from asteroids:
- Ionic Liquids