Starfield Powers explained: How to unlock, equip, more

Rajarshi Acharya
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Starfield features a collection of supernatural Powers that players first encounter during the main questline. Besides being cool to look at, Powers can drastically enhance playthroughs. So here are all the details for every Starfield Power you can unlock and the artifacts required for them.

Starfield is packed with gameplay elements that complement its RPG mechanics. The game features a full-fledged outpost-building system, a tricky wanted system, and even affinity-based relationships with companions. Another gameplay element that slowly reveals itself is the various Powers players can acquire.

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Powers in Starfield are reminiscent of shouts in Skyrim. They basically let you bend gravity and space-time and are useful for combat or resource gathering. In Starfield, you can collect Powers from certain artifacts found at their associated temples. You can unlock your first Power in the main quest itself, after which the game lets you discover the entire collection.

Here are all the details for every Starfield Power you can unlock and the artifacts required for them.

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How to unlock Powers in Starfield

You unlock your first Power in Starfield after completing the main quest “Into the Unknown“, and here’s the mission order you should be following to reach it:

  1. One Small Step
  2. The Old Neighborhood
  3. Into the Unknown

Into the Unknown has you visiting a planet called Procyon III to look into a Scanner Anomaly site. Following the distortions on your scanner will lead you to the first temple in Starfield — Temple Eta.

When you first enter the temple, you’ll be floating around a room as a set of metal rings start to rotate in the center. The room will also start to fill with patches of glowing, swirling lights. You must float up to these patches and pass through them.

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You’ll unlock your first power as you progress through the main story.

The lights will spread out throughout the room and the rings will spin faster once you successfully pass through one of these patches of lights. Continue passing through the light patches until the rings form a portal that you can enter. You will exit Temple Eta after going through the ring and be in possession of the Anti-Gravity Field Power.

How to equip Powers in Starfield

To equip a Power in Starfield, press Tab (Menu button on Xbox) to open the Data menu and click (A on Xbox) the area directly above your character’s head. This will open the Power menu, where you can view how many Powers you have unlocked. Just select the Power of your choice to equip it.

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When you equip a Power, a blue Power bar will appear below your Health bar. The bar depletes when you use a Power and refills when you’re not using any. Every Power in Starfield has a different cost, so they’ll consume a different amount from the Power bar.

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Every Power has an activation cost that depletes your Power bar.

How to unlock more Powers in Starfield

You’ll need to locate and activate more artifacts in order to unlock more Powers in Starfield. When you return an artifact to the Lodge or Armillary, you gain access to the corresponding temple, where you can use the Power associated with that particular artifact.

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Vladimir will start looking for the location of the related temple once the artifact has been activated. If you travel to a star system with an activated temple, the Sensor Anomaly can be seen and reached even if Vladimir hasn’t located it.

All Powers in Starfield

There are a total of 24 Powers that you can unlock in Starfield, all of which are described below:

PowerCostIn-game descriptionAssociated temple
Anti-Gravity Field45Generate a localized field of intense low gravity, and behold a planet’s true power.Eta
Personal Atmosphere45Oxygen, pure and clean, brought forth to breathe deep and counteract harmful carbon dioxide.Alpha
Gravity Wave25Launches a gravity wave in a cone ahead of you that staggers and knocks down enemies.Beta
Sense Star Stuff15Bind yourself to the particles of creation, sensing the life force of any human, alien, or Starborn.Chi
Precognition35Look into the multiverse and visualize the future actions of actors, conversational and otherwise.IOTA
Grav Dash15Manipulate gravity to propel yourself forward, and briefly increase any damage you inflict.ZETA
Creator’s Peace25Pacifies all enemies in an area and disarms them for a duration.NU
Solar Flare25Emit an intense burst of solar energy that damages enemies and can set them ablaze.THETA
Reactive Shield35Envelop yourself in a metastable shell of antimatter that reflects projectiles and increases your resistance to attacks.TAU
Alien Reanimation35Resurrects a dead alien to fight alongside you for a duration.PHI
Void Form45Warp the light around you, becoming nearly invisible for a duration.OMICRON
Parallel Self45Summon another version of you from an alternate dimension for a duration.SIGMA
Moon Form35Become as strong as stone, rooting yourself in place and increasing your resistance to all damages greatly.RHO
Supernova45Explode with the power of a supernova in an area around you, dealing massive damage.XI
Elemental Pull25Blasts inorganic resources in an area around you and pulls them towards you.
Sunless Space35Shoot a ball of ice as cold as space into an area, freezing any living being caught in the blast for a duration.KAPPA
Life Forced25Drain the life force out of a living being and transfer it to yourself.PI
Earthbound15Change the gravity around you to Earth gravity levels for a duration.EPSILON
Inner Demon35Force an enemy to confront their inner demons, creating a mirror image of themselves that attacks them.
Gravity Well45Create an area of dense gravity that pulls in and crushes everything and everyone in it.DELTA
Create Vacuum25Gut the O2 supply of targets in the area for a duration.
Phased Time45Phase through the normal flow of time and slow down the universe for a duration.Final Temple
Eternal Harvest25Regrows flora that has been harvested in a large area around you.LAMBDA
Particle Beam15Shoot a beam of pure particle energy that deals high amount of damage to enemies in front of you.OMEGA

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Rajarshi is a Writer at CharlieIntel who loves RPGs, racing games, FPS titles, and unique indie games that grab his attention. With a degree in English literature from Rabindra Bharati University, Rajarshi worked for Sportskeeda and KeenGamer before joining CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach him at [email protected].