Despite being taking place in a relatively grounded sci-fi universe, Starfield features a sort of spellcasting, in the form of Starborn powers. In the fifth mission of Starfield’s main story, you gain access to your first power, and you can do optional missions that allow you to unlock up to 25 total powers. Below, you can see a list of all the powers available in Starfield:
Warp the light around you, becoming nearly invisible for a duration.
How to Unlock Powers
By following the main storyline, you’ll eventually begin the mission Into the Unknown. At the end of this mission, you visit a temple that grants you your first power, Anti-Gravity Field.
Subsequent powers will also be gained in temples. To unlock these missions, you’ll need to visit Vladimir on The Eye, which is the Constellation space station that orbits Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system. Ask him about the location of Artifact Temples, and he should give you a new Power From Beyond quest.
If he doesn’t have any new temple locations for you, this means you need to first collect more artifacts. Continue the main quest — which focuses on collecting said artifacts — and after you get another one, check back in with Vladimir.
How to Equip Powers
Powers can be accessed by pressing , or by going into the data menu ( /) and then selecting the Powers sections in the center-top of the menu with / /.
You’ll be taken to the Powers menu. From here, you can equip a power by selecting it and pressing / /. You may also want to add some of your powers to your quickbar, which you can do by pressing / / while you have a power selected.
How to Use Powers
Once you have a power equipped, you can use it by pressing / + . Hitting both bumpers at the same time can be tricky, so you may want to remap this in the Settings –> Bindings menu if you plan on using powers a lot in combat.
You need a certain amount of energy to use powers — you can see the cost of each power by selecting it in the powers menu, along with your total available energy. Your energy is represented by a blue bar below your health.
Speaking of power energy, Quantum Essence is a consumable that can be accessed from the Powers menu. Once you’ve collected some, you’ll see a button in the bottom left marked “Use Quantum Essence (X)”, where X is the total number of Quantum Essence you have available. Pressing the indicated button ( // by default) will consume one Quantum Essence.
Using a Quantum Essence will cause your power regeneration speed to increase for 60 seconds — you can track the presence of this buff by going into 3rd person and seeing if you have the golden swirls around your character — these indicate the Quantum Essence is active.
How to Get Quantum Essence
So far, the only source for quantum essence we’ve found is the Starborn enemies. These enemies attack you at the end of the Further Into the Unknown, when you reach the artifact. They’ll continue to confront you at subsequent artifact locations.
Upgrading Your Powers
After completing the game’s final mission, One Giant Leap, and entering New Game+, you’ll be able to do the Power from Beyond missions once again; any time you do the “puzzle” at a temple that gives a power you already have, you’ll instead receive an upgrade version of that power.
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