Bethesda’s Starfield: How to board and capture Enemy Ship

Bethesda Starfield: How to board and capture Enemy Ship - Docking with the enemy spaceship

Starfield offers a large selection of purchasable spaceships, but you also have the option to board, capture, and own an enemy ship. The process of getting a ship that way is quite amusing as it requires a mix of both tactical planning and engaging in combat. In this article, we will be providing a guide through which you will be able to easily pull off the feat.

How to Board and Capture an Enemy Ship in Starfield

Unlock and Upgrade the Necessary Skill

For the first step, you must unlock the perk called ‘Targeting Control Systems’ from the ‘Tech’ skill tree. It would be a good idea to upgrade the skill further to improve the docking time with an enemy spacecraft.

Bethesda Starfield: How to board and capture Enemy Ship - Targeting Control Systems
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Find Enemy Ships and Engage in Combat

Bethesda Starfield: How to board and capture Enemy Ship - Finding Enemy Ships
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Next, search around for enemy spaceships across space. They might spawn randomly or you can locate them by following the hostile activity marker from the map.

Bethesda Starfield: How to board and capture Enemy Ship - Combat with Enemy Ships
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Keep in mind that you will be able to board and steal only the last remaining spaceship after a battle. What you need to do is eliminate all the other enemy vessels during the combat except the one you are targeting to capture.

Bethesda Starfield: How to board and capture Enemy Ship - Draining Enemy Ship Shield
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Drain the shield (top bar) of your targeted spaceship, but do not damage it afterward. After this, get close to it to perform the target lock through the targeting mode.

Bethesda Starfield: How to board and capture Enemy Ship - Target Locking Enemy Ship
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Once the target is locked in, only destroy the ship’s engines (marked in red). This will make the ship immobile, rendering it unable to escape.

Docking and Capturing the Ship

After finishing the combat with the other ships, get within the required range and immediately dock the ship you want to capture.

Starfield - Defeating the Enemies
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  • Once you are inside the ship, defeat all the enemies inside.
  • You can walk up to the cockpit when they are eliminated and claim the ship to be yours.
  • You can now pilot the vehicle and take it to a planet. This new ship will become your home after you control it.

Things to Remember

There is a chance that you might not be able to pilot your newly stolen ship. Higher-tier spaceships require the appropriate licenses if you want to pilot them.

Starfield - Piloting Skills
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  • You should unlock and upgrade the ‘Piloting’ skill through Rank 3 and Rank 4 to gain access to a greater tier of ships. This skill is located under the “Tech” skill tree.
  • You must only go after the bigger and better spaceships after fully unlocking and upgrading the skills within this perk.

We hope this guide helped you to successfully board and capture the enemy spaceships in Starfield. Let us know how many ships you have captured this way in the comments below.

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