Starfield powers and how to unlock them all
There are 24 game-changing Starfield powers and abilities that can resurrect the dead, push away enemies, and even fire lasers.
Starfield powers are a strange combination of psychic powers and gravitational manipulation that you can unlock simply by visiting temples as part of the main quest. Powers function very similarly to Shouts in Bethesda’s Skyrim game, and so cost you nothing to use but do have a small cooldown between uses.
Powers present numerous utilities such as slowing time, or summoning a bubble of oxygen. Other abilities chiefly help you in combat by firing lasers or summoning a doppelganger of yourself to join the fray.
There are 24 Starfield powers in the game, and each power can be upgraded to level 10 following New Game Plus. In order to fully upgrade every power, you’ll need to visit 240 temples in total, or use a Starfield mod or console command to bypass the grind.
All Starfield powers
How do I get Starfield powers?
To unlock your first Starfield power, you need to complete the mission Into the Unknown, which is only the fifth mission from the Constellation faction. Thus, it should only take 4-5 hours before you unlock your first ability.
Whenever you go hunting for temples, Vladimir Sall will mark the next temple location on your map. It is possible to find a temple without Vlad’s help, but you would need a great deal of luck finding one as a temple’s location is randomized.
On arriving at the temple, you can enter the main chamber where a series of rings will spin into the air, and you’ll enter a zero-G environment. Fly through the glowing lights that appear, and you’ll unlock a random Starfield power. The very first power you will unlock is scripted: Anti-Gravity Field.
What are the best Starfield powers?
There are lots of amazing powers in Starfield, but which ones are the best?
- Phased Time – Phased Time is the best power in Starfield because, when it’s activated, everything around you goes into slow motion, but you can keep on moving like normal. This has huge tactical applications, allowing you to reposition in a firefight, dole out a huge burst of damage with mines or grenades, or just have a few seconds to think about what you’re going to do next during a hectic fight.
- Supernova – Supernova deals a massive amount of damage in a big radius, which makes it very useful in sticky situations. Just be sure to be careful where you use this power as you might accidentally start a fight with the local guards if you accidentally Supernova an innocent.
- Elemental Pull – Elemental Pull isn’t very helpful for combat so you might wonder why it is this highly ranked. This power is extremely useful when it comes to mining for resources, saving you time, and the search, when gathering materials. When used, any nearby Starfield resources will be automatically harvested and added to your inventory without needing the player to use their Cutter tool. This is particularly useful for mining all of the Caelumite resource, which can only be found near Artifact locations.
How do I use Starfield's powers?
Though the official Starfield controller doesn’t have a ‘gravity magic’ button labeled on it, Starfield’s magic works similar to Shouts in Skyrim.
To use a power, you must first equip it from the top of the character menu (the menu option will appear once you get your first power), and then press the “Z” key if you’re using a keyboard, or the “LB” and “RB” shoulder buttons simultaneously if you’re playing Starfield with the Xbox controller.
Each power has a different “cost” which translates to the number of times you can use a power before a cooldown commences. You can recharge the energy your powers use quickly by consuming Quantum Essence, which you can find by defeating Starborn enemies.