Bethesda’s Starfield: Best Skills | Ranked

Starfield Best Skills

With Starfield launching in Early Access today, many enthusiastic players are seeking extensive details about the game. A key area of interest centers around the game’s skills. Given the array of skill options available, it becomes important to identify the best skills. This article aims to assess and rank the best skills featured in Bethesda’s Starfield.

Ranking the Best Skills in Starfield

Similar to other role-playing games, the optimal skills to prioritize early on in Starfield will largely hinge on the player’s preferences. Not only should they emphasize skills that align with their strengths and weaknesses, but also those that align with their intended playstyle. 

  • Several skills hold universal importance, catering to every playthrough and ensuring players can distinguish themselves.
  • The best skills in Starfield are those that unlock valuable features, adaptable to any chosen character build
  • Given that you acquire a skill point per level, the allocation of skill points becomes a critical decision from the game’s outset.

For those curious about the best skills to acquire in Starfield, this article offers reassuring guidance. The upcoming ranking provides a comprehensive view of the most prominent skills to take into account.

S Tier

  • Stealth (Rank 1)
  • Armor Penetration
  • Crippling
  • Spacesuit Design
  • Weapon Engineering
  • Boost Pack Training (Rank 1)
  • Piloting
  • Security

A Tier

  • Wellness
  • Rejuvenation
  • Commerce
  • Theft (Rank 1)
  • Instigation
  • Manipulation
  • Ship Command
  • Ballistics
  • Laser Weapons
  • Shotgun Certification
  • Rifle Certification
  • Heavy Weapons Certification
  • Marksmanship
  • Sharpshooting
  • Medicine
  • Aneutronic Fusion
  • Targeting Control Systems
  • Shield Systems
  • Robotics
  • Starship Design

B Tier

  • Boxing
  • Fitness
  • Stealth (Ranks 2-4)
  • Weight Lifting
  • Energy Dissipation
  • Pain Tolerance
  • Martial Artist
  • Concealment
  • Neurostrikes
  • Gastronomy
  • Theft
  • Deception
  • Negotiation
  • Diplomacy
  • Intimidation
  • Leadership
  • Xenosociology
  • Dueling
  • Pistol Certification
  • Demolitions
  • Incapacitation
  • Particle Beams
  • Rapid Reloading
  • Sniper Certification
  • Research Methods
  • Scanning
  • Chemistry
  • Outpost Engineering
  • Planetary Habitation
  • Special Projects
  • Ballistic Weapon Systems
  • Boost Pack Training (Ranks 2-4)
  • Energy Weapon Systems
  • Engine Systems
  • Payloads
  • Missile Weapon Systems
  • Particle Beam Weapon Systems
  • Starship Engineering
  • Automated Weapon Systems
  • Boost Assault Training
  • EM Weapon Systems

C Tier

  • Environmental Condition
  • Persuasion
  • Scavenging
  • Isolation
  • Outpost Management
  • Targeting
  • Astrodynamics
  • Geology

D Tier

  • Gymnastics
  • Nutrition
  • Cellular Regeneration
  • Decontamination
  • Surveying
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Astrophysics

S Tier skills explained

Starfield Best Skills
Image courtesy of Bethesda

In terms of our top-tier choices (S-tier skills), investing just a single point into a few of them holds significant importance.

  • Allocating one skill point to Stealth grants access to the hidden/detected gauge, a feature that will be very useful throughout the game.
  • Assigning a rank to Boost Pack Training provides the capability to employ the boost pack, enabling you to ascend to elevated platforms, traverse gaps in damaged walkways, and navigate the battlefield more efficiently.
  • Spacesuit Design and Weapon Engineering represent the sole avenues for unlocking armor and weapon modifications. This enhances your defensive attributes and amplifies overall damage output.
  • Armor Penetration and Crippling, found in the Combat skill tree, stand as pivotal skills fit for any character build.
  • Developing the Piloting skill unveils ship thrusters, enhances ship maneuverability, and grants access to B-class and C-class ships. Since improving this skill involves destroying enemy vessels, initiating progress early on has a lot of benefits.
  • Security proficiency grants entry to Advanced, Expert, and Master locks, upgrading your access and abilities.

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