The first companion the Spacefarer may encounter is Starfield’s Vasco, a lovable utility robot from Constellation.
Of all the companions we’ve seen so far in Starfield, none are so beloved by Bethesda as Starfield’s Vasco. The first and only robotic companion confirmed prior to the June showcase, we’ve collected everything we know about this reliable utility robot into one simple guide.
Starfield Vasco's role
Vasco is a modified expeditionary robot, originally built by Lunar Robotics. He was refurbished from his original design to better fit Constellation’s requirements. While exploration is his main objective, Vasco comes with a number of defensive implements for when the needs arise.
As a “utilitarian, heavy-industrial machine”, Vasco is well suited to the rigors of space travel and hostile environments. Some concept art has shown Vasco repairing a Starfield ship, but his actual utility in-game have yet to be fully demonstrated.
Starfield Vasco's appearance
According to Istvan Pely, Bethesda’s Lead Artist, “Vasco’s design is based on a standard Type-A bipedal chassis”. He comes equipped with two long arms and “all [the] survival gear, and payload capacity needed for extended overland journeys.”
Though the years of service have left him with some dents, and scratches, Vasco’s white and red paint job mirrors Constellation’s signature colors. His head is mounted atop a narrow torso, and possesses a large camera lens. As one might expect from an expeditionary robot, Vasco comes equipped with a number of climber’s hooks, clasps, winches, and tools.
It’s worth noting that Vasco’s appearance varies from trailer to trailer. This could be due to a change in design during development, or hints at the ability to modify Vasco for your own needs. If the latter is true, you may be able to alter Vasco’s appearance considerably, repaint him, or even redesign him using a similar framework that Bethesda has used before in Fallout 4’s Automatron DLC.
If you want a full introduction to Vasco, be sure to check out the Starfield: Meet Vasco below.
Where to find Vasco
Vasco was seen in action during the Starfield gameplay trailer, which took place on Kreet. It’s unclear if this is where we first encounter Vasco or not, or if we invite Vasco to join the Spacefarer at the Constellation headquarters.
Vasco romance options
With all the love Bethesda has expressed for Vasco, there’s a chance that the amorous Spacefarer could enjoy some romance with Vasco.
Vasco wouldn’t be the first robot you can romance in a Bethesda title, with Curie from Fallout 4 stealing players’ hearts. However, it is worth noting that Curie was only romanceable once she had transitioned from a robotic body into a synthetic human form. Thus, it’s unclear if Vasco is romantically available.
Hopefully we’ll see more of Vasco in the June 2023 Starfield showcase. Until then, consider checking out the other companions we know of, or reading up on the other NPCs you’ll be meeting in the near future.