What are red dots on the Starfield Star Map?

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September 8, 2023 - With the full release of Starfield out now, 2023, we've updated our guide on how to fix red dots on your Star Map.

As you explore the Starfield galaxy, there's one question that's worth asking: What are the red dots on the Starfield Star Map? So this particular topic is essential if you're looking to navigate towards all of the planets in Bethesda's latest release.

Whether you're using the best sniper build or the strongest thief build, getting familiar with the map is a surefire way of going from city to city without experiencing any hold-ups.

But before we reveal everything about the red dots on the Starfield Star Map, be sure to take a look at our guides revealing the max level and whether the game features a survival mode. If you're looking for something in particular, feel free to browse our dedicated Starfield hub!

Starfield Star Map explained

So if you've opened the Star Map to fast-travel, you may have noticed a number of red dots positioned throughout the galaxy. The red dots are there for a couple of reasons.

The first is due to the fuel capacity of your ship. Normally not an issue, but if there's not enough gas in the tank, the red dots mean you're currently out of range of that particular planet. However, you can increase fuel capacity by upgrading your ship with larger tanks.

Additionally, another factor that also causes Starfield red dots to appear on the Star Map depends on how much of the galaxy you have explored. Therefore, if you've not visited a specific location, it will appear on the map as a red dot.

Starfield red dots on Star Map
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How to remove red dots on Starfield Star Map

So removing the red dots on the Starfield Star Map is an incredibly straightforward process. Simply visit the unexplored locations once you've got enough fuel or fancy visiting another planet.


Once done, the red dots will disappear and therefore won't hinder your view of the surrounding areas.

So there you have it - that's all there is to know about the red dots on the Starfield Star Map. For more information on Bethesda's newest title, be sure to check out our guides showcasing the latest Starfield DLC information along with the best weapons to use.

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