Use the best guns in Starfield to punch holes in the enemy.
Starfield is about a lot of things. At its core, it’s about people wanting to reach the stars, leave their mark on the world, and do what hasn’t been done yet. People have never been a tame species, though. So, to no surprise, Starfield is mostly about using really big guns to kill bad guys.
Of course, really big guns aren’t the only good tools. Big guns, pretty small guns, really small guns, scary blades, and other things are all there. As of a few weeks into Starfield’s huge start, these are our faves.
To get the Keelhauler, you have to join the Crimson Fleet. To do this, you either have to commit a crime and get a second chance as a hidden spy, or you have to agree to be a spy on your own halfway through the UC Vanguard tasks. We love how dramatic the red paint job is and how rough it looks overall.
But with its high rate of fire and high damage per hit, the Keelhauler will stop a lot of things in their tracks. The Keelhauler’s natural speed is only sped up by the fact that it is fully automatic. The small chance to cause rage can be surprisingly useful when you’re fighting a bunch of hostile alien animals.
We would give Ellen Ripley from the Aliens movies the Experiment A-7 shotgun without a second thought if we were getting her ready for a tour of Starfield’s most dangerous worlds. Each of its shots does 131 damage, and it does 30% more damage to aliens. Can you see where this is going? This is something you’ll want with you for Terrormorphs and those six-legged monsters.
In the main quest “Entangled,” you’ll have to pass a reasoning check against a guy named Ethan. If you don’t get this gun, you might want to reload your file.
Bridgers are very hard to find (or should we say legendary?) when you’re looting in Starfield, but when we found this set up, we fell in love right away. The Elemental Bridger has a good range, does a lot of damage, and has a chance to add a lot of different damage effects. Even though it’s not the most accurate weapon, you’re more likely to hit limbs than heads, which works well with the 30% damage boost.
A big part of the Deadeye’s attraction, like the Keelhauler’s, is how it looks. When you join the Freestar Rangers, you quickly get this very cool gun. It has room for four more mods, but the four great ones that are already there have been given priority. Penetrator Rounds give it great stopping power even though it’s not very heavy.
In a bar fight, you would pull out a deadeye gun in front of an angry customer. If it’s okay to call one of these weapons “sexy,” this is it.
Unmitigated Violence has a lot of good points. Okay, that might not be the best way to say it, but you get the point. You won’t get it until very late in the main story, and only after you’ve fought a certain enemy called the Hunter. It won’t get you this prize to talk them down. The best way to do things is, in fact, with full-on violence.
The weapon is by far Starfield’s best laser gun thanks to its long list of useful mods, but the “Instigating” trait really makes it fly. Think about the fact that it hits 52 times and does 125 damage. You should also know that the first shot that hits your mark does twice as much damage. 250 isn’t just a wake-up call for space zealots and people who aren’t paying attention. It’s sometimes just what’s needed to stop the resistance.
The Last Priest
If you like fighting close up, the Last Priest is like the best bread and butter you’ve ever had. Because it has that great elements twist that gives a chance mix of extra-damage benefits, every slash does 90 damage. You can only get The Last Priest if you do what a late-game character called the Hunter tells you to do. If you can pass a tough influence check, though, it will still be your prize.
Some people like to get close, and this is the best tool in Starfield for them. Keep this blade in your favorites in case you need it in an emergency, even if that’s not your style. Your enemies might not always give you a choice.
If you’ve changed your Magshot enough, you’ll want to never use anything else again after killing tough boss-like enemies with a few quick shots. The Magshot doesn’t have a lot of ammo, so maybe don’t do that. But get this out when you need it. If you can find a Furious Magshot and speed up the fire rate to something amazing, like the Modified Calibrated Magshot in the picture above, you’ll be able to destroy almost everything in Starfield.
Before you can really make the Magshot shine, you’ll need a specific version. But once you have one, it’s the best gun in Doodle Cricket.