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 and how to unlock them all

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.

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  • Alien Reanimation

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      Life, gift of the cosmos, granted once more to a fallen alien beast, so that it may serve thankfully.

    • effect Resurrect a dead alien to fight by your side.
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  • Anti-Gravity Field

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      Generate a localized field of intense low gravity, and behold a planet’s true power.

    • effect Lift foes into the air, rendering them helpless.
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  • Create Vacuum

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      Oxygen, fuel of humanity, is withdrawn from a localized area at your command.

    • effect Remove the oxygen supply for nearby enemies.
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  • Creator's Peace

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      Compels enemies to temporarily drop their weapons.

    • effect Force your foes to drop their weapons.
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  • Earthbound

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      Earth, the cradle of humanity, shares its gravity in an area of your choosing.

    • effect Set the local gravity to Earth levels for a set duration.
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  • Elemental Pull

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      Elements, the true treasure of planet and moon, are drawn to your being.

    • effect Instantly mines nearby elements and pulls them towards you.
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  • Eternal Harvest

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      What has blossomed will bloom once more, ripe for the picking.

    • effect Regrows all nearby fauna that you've already harvested.
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  • Grav Dash

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      Manipulate gravity to propel yourself forward, and briefly increase any damage you inflict.

    • effect Dash forwards and deal additional damage.
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  • Gravity Wave

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      Emit a gravitational force strong enough to propel almost anything… or anyone.

    • effect Fire a burst of gravitational power strong enough to stagger foes.
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  • Gravity Well

    • description

      Generate a focal point of crushing gravity that draws in anyone caught in its field.

    • effect Create a gravitational field that pulls in and damages enemies.
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  • Inner Demon

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      Tap into the endless multiverse, and summon forth a friendly duplicate of an unfriendly foe.

    • effect Summon a friendly version of an enemy to fight by your side.
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  • Life Forced

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      Transfer the very lifeforce of an enemy, harming them while healing yourself.

    • effect Drain an enemy's health and gain it for yourself.
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  • Moon Form

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      Channel the energy of Luna, Earth’s beautiful moon, to be as unmoving and resilient as stone.

    • effect Lock yourself in place and greatly increase your damage resistance.
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  • Parallel Self

    • description

      From across the vast multiverse, a friendly version of yourself arrives, armed and ready to lend aid.

    • effect Summon a duplicate spacefarer to battle by your side.
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  • Particle Beam

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      Emit a powerful ray of cosmic energy, dealing terrifying damage to a single target.

    • effect Fire a beam of damage-dealing energy.
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  • Personal Atmosphere

    • description

      Oxygen, pure and clean, brought forth to breathe deep and counteract harmful carbon dioxide.

    • effect Summon a bubble of unlimited oxygen.
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  • Phased Time

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      Time itself is yours to manipulate, as you slow the world… and all those in it.

    • effect Slow down time for a limited duration.
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  • Precognition

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      Bend time and glimpse the future, seeing the path someone will walk and the words they may say.

    • effect Glimpse enemy movements or NPC dialog replies before they happen.
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  • Reactive Shield

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      Form a shield of pure cosmic light that can weaken and even reflect enemy projectiles.

    • effect Generate a shield that protects from damage and reflects projectiles.
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  • Sense Star Stuff

    • description

      Bind yourself to the particles of creation, sensing the life force of any human, alien, or Starborn.

    • effect Detect all nearby humans, aliens, and Starborn.
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  • Solar Flare

    • effect Tap into the power of a sun and release a directed orb of searing hot plasma.
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  • Sunless Space

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      Introduce your enemies to the cold of space, freezing them in their tracks.

    • effect Fire an icy projectile that can freeze enemies.
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  • Supernova

    • description

      Cosmic energy explodes around you, with the terrible force of a dying star.

    • effect Emit a powerful explosion that deals area-of-effect damage.
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  • Void Form

    • description

      Warp the light around you, becoming nearly invisible for a duration.

    • effect Turn invisible for a short period of time.

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 

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