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The Maelstrom is a rapid-fire SMG with 40 rounds of ammunition, and great for starting a fight or ending it.

Weapon Types Rifle
Damage 4
Damage Types Physical
Ammo Types 6.5mm CT
Magazine Capacity 40
Mass 4.15
Value 1210
Item Code 002984DF

The Maelstrom SMG looks like a futuristic MPX or UMP. Its magazine capacity of 40 is quite high, though the ammunition type is currently not known. At present, we don’t know the name of the manufacturer, but the Maelstrom it looks more like a jury-rigged gun compared to Combatech’s arsenal.

Crucially, the Maelstrom’s rate of fire seems to be far beyond anything else we’ve seen in Starfield so far – though that does come at the expense of ranged accuracy. If you’re getting up close and personal with your enemies, the Maelstrom may be one of the best Starfield guns for you.

Equipped with an iron sights, the Maelstrom is well-suited for mid-range combat but will suffer from inaccuracy at longer range.

Maelstrom overview

The Starfield Maelstrom is a Rifle found in the Settled Systems. Manufactured by Crimson Fleet, the Maelstrom Starfield weapon has a credit value of 1210, and a mass of 4.15.

Maelstrom stats

The Maelstrom deals 4 Physical damage per hit.

As a weapon which specializes in Physical damage, the Maelstrom is boosted by the Ballistics and Rifle Certification skill.

Fire rate: 150

Range: 40

Accuracy: 65.8%

The Maelstrom has a baseline fire rate of 150, though the speed at which you reload will ultimately determine how close you can get to this rate of fire. Accuracy determines the spread of your gun, with lower accuracy weapons having more spread than others.

Some ammunition and magazine weapon mods can drastically alter the rate of fire, accuracy and effective range of any weapon, so it’s worth experimenting with the Maelstrom weapon mods to make the Rifle better fit your playstyle.

Without any installed mods, Maelstrom comes with 7 mod slots.

Maelstrom ammo

The Maelstrom requires 6.5mm CT ammunition, and has a magazine capacity of 40.

Maelstrom mods

To really make the most of your Maelstrom weapon, you’ll want to head to a weapon workstation and install some Maelstrom weapon mods. You may need to complete some Starfield research projects first, and get your hands on some Starfield resources, but weapon mods will massively enhance your firearms, and your playstyle.

The Maelstrom has a total of 7 mod slots with which you can customize your weapon.

Here are all the compatible Maelstrom weapon modifications:

No weapon mods have yet been confirmed for this weapon.

Where to find Maelstrom

Bear in mind that base and upgraded versions of any weapon are scaled to your Starfield level, with many weapons not spawning unless you have reached a specific level. So, if you visit any of the below and can’t find the Maelstrom, check back later once you’re a higher level.

You can purchase or find the Maelstrom in the following Starfield locations:

It is currently unknown where this weapon can be found.