Is there fall damage in Starfield?

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A high mountain in Starfield.
September 28, 2023 - With Starfield finally released, we've updated our guide on whether you can experience fall damage or not.

As players gear up to embark on interstellar adventures with Bethesda's newest title, one burning query remains: Is there fall damage in Starfield? If you are among those curious individuals seeking answers to this question, then you are in the right place.

Damage from falling is a realistic and challenging feature in Starfield. It adds an extra layer of danger to exploration and encourages players to be more careful when jumping or falling from heights.

Also, for more on the game, be sure to take a look at the best stealth build and best tank build prior to the beginning of early access. We've got this and so much more in our complete guide to the game - our Starfield hub!

Is there fall damage in Starfield?

Without further ado, let's reveal that yes, there is indeed fall damage in Starfield. So if your character jumps or accidentally falls from a substantial height, they will subsequently take damage upon landing. The greater the height, the more severe the damage is likely to be. This adds a realistic touch to the game and will make players react accordingly when faced with a sharp drop.

Furthermore, different planets within Starfield's universe will have varying levels of gravity. Planets with higher gravity will cause your character to fall faster and potentially experience more severe fall damage.

However, on the other hand, planets with lower gravity might require falling from a greater height to trigger fall damage or could actually cause less damage overall.

But how much damage you will receive will be seen once we have hands on the game. Meanwhile, we can see if is there any way to prevent damage when jumping or falling from something.

Most probably, the concept of fall damage will only apply to planets. However, thanks to zero gravity in outer space, there will not be any damage like this, but only damage due to enemy combat.

The player walking through a rocky planet in Starfield.
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How to avoid damage when falling

In real life, a parachute can be a lifesaver during free falls by slowing down the descent through the atmosphere. However, things work differently in space due to the absence of an atmosphere. Without air resistance, the concept of traditional parachutes wouldn't be effective.

However, there's a solution to avoid fall damage: the Thrusters device. Starfield features a propulsion device that likely helps your character navigate and control their descent. Although we don't whether it will be known as the propulsion device or anything else, the function will remain the same.

But if you use this device and run out of fuel mid-air, you will experience fall damage upon hitting the ground. This emphasises the importance of managing your resources effectively during exploration.


But there you have it, that's all you need to know about fall damage in Starfield. While you're here, be sure to check out some of our other Starfield guides, including how to aim down sights and what the Starfield max level is.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and Starfield page.