Best weapons in Starfield

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September 8, 2023 - With Starfield out now, we've updated our guide on the best weapons in the game.

The best weapons in Starfield are bound to prove useful as you embark on your journey through space. Particularly when dealing with tricky Starfield enemies. Ranging from assault rifles to sniper builds perfect for long-distance duels, there are enough guns and weapons to suit all styles of play.

But with several planets to explore, certain weaponry will be more effective when tackling certain opponents, especially during quests and when exploring the surrounding area.

So before we reveal the best weapons in Starfield, be sure to check out our guides showcasing the best stealth build and all there is to know about the persuasion mechanic.

What are the best weapons in Starfield?

With so many weapons to choose from, finding the best weapons in Starfield will prove a tricky task. Thankfully, we've already spotted a few standout performers thanks to their versatility and ability to take down enemies in the blink of an eye.

So here are just a few weapons to keep an eye out for once you've got hold of some ammo:


The AR-99 slots into the assault rifle category and possesses a steady rate of fire that's easy to control.

We expect this particular weapon to excel in mid-range combat in addition to the ability to deal damage at longer distances.

Starfield Coachman Shotgun
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One heavy weapon that's guaranteed to to give you plenty of firepower is the Magpulse. The weapon fires 25 targeting lasers and comes with a damage output of 71 per shot.

Looking for a weapon to tackle multiple opponents as fast as possible, the Magpulse is definitely worth considering.

All weapons categories in Starfield

The best weapons in Starfield slot into a variety of different categories. Some are more suited to close-range combat while others are optimised for picking off targets from afar. But with that said, here are all of the Starfield weapon categories:

  • Assault Rifle
  • Axe
  • Knife
  • Laser Pistol
  • Particle Beam Rifle
  • Pistol
  • Rifle
  • Shotguns
  • Sniper Rifle
  • Sub Machine Gun (SMG)

So there you have it, that's all there is to know about the best weapons in Starfield so far. For more on the game, be sure to check out our guide on how to board enemy ships, as well as the best tank build to use. We've also got an extensive Starfield hub full of helpful guides, tips and tricks.

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