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Starfield Trade Authority Kiosk New Atlantis
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Best Ways to Make Money (Credits) Fast in Starfield

A little more than spare change.

While you can survive on scraps of cash in Starfield, making a surplus of money is going to give you access to so many different systems you wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. Shipbuilding, purchasing of weapons and meds, and various mission requirements can all only be accessed if you have enough Credits on hand. As such, you might be wondering how you can stock up on capital. Here are the best ways to make Credits and store up a whole ton of money in Starfield.

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The Best Ways to Farm Credits in Starfield

Starfield Sell Valuables
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The easiest way you can farm up a ton of Credits in Starfield is to loot any valuables you find around you. If you find something worth a few hundred Credits without bringing down your Mass value too much, then it’s easily worth picking up and selling. If you bring a companion along with you, they can also act as an external storage that you can pick from later when you want to sell your goods. While this is the easiest way though, it is also the most inefficient in terms of time. You’ll also have to reset vendor’s shops by waiting 24 hours, which doesn’t take too much in-game time but is quite tedious.

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Starfield Asteroid Mining
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If you’re looking for something with a little more speed, then farming and selling Iron will be much faster. Iron can be found by breaking asteroids using your ship, and some planets can have massive asteroid fields asking to be farmed. Simply store up your Cargo Hold with as much as you can carry and bring it to a store to sell. However, this method can get a bit monotonous after a while since you’re just breaking asteroid after asteroid.

Starfield Commander Ikande
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If you’re looking for a balance between things feeling fresh and a hefty amount of cash to make, you’ll want to run faction questlines. The major ones include the UC Vanguard, Freestar Collective, Crimson Fleet, and a few others. Each mission can bring a ton of money, and especially with the Crimson Fleet line, you can make a few hundred thousand Credits for finishing all missions. It’ll take a bit longer than the other methods, but faction mission lines in Starfield feel like full DLC’s worth of content.

While these are the best ways to farm Credits, here are a few other ways to farm Credits that aren’t quite as efficient but might help freshen up your experience if you’re finding it one note:

  • Create extractors at Outposts to farm infinite materials, of which you can sell and make passive income
  • Stealing loot off of enemy ships. Focus your fire on their engines to disable them, then dock with the ship and clean house.
  • Smuggle contraband. If you have the correct ship parts for it, moving contraband can make for a less frequent, yet more substantial, payday.
  • Cheating. If you don’t feel like going through the process of farming cash, you can always use the console on PC to spawn in a billion Credits for yourself. I can’t imagine many of you are down for this, though.

How Can You Increase the Money You Make in Starfield?

Starfield Commerce Skill
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There are ways that you can improve the amount of Credits you make without directly farming cash. The best way is through leveling the Commerce skill, located under the Social tree. Each level reduces purchasing costs by 5% while increasing sell values by the same amount. The Scavenging skill is another great one to level up and is one I’ve put a few levels into for my own playthrough. This gives a higher chance to find better loot in containers, which, in turn, means more money and more things for you to sell faster.

If you’re looking for good ways to spend your hard-earned Credits, check out our guide on how to upgrade your ship in Starfield.

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Shawn is a freelance gaming journalist who's been with Prima Games for a year and a half, writing mainly about FPS games and RPGs. He even brings several years of experience at other sites like The Nerd Stash to the table. While he doesn't bring a fancy degree to the table, he brings immense attention to detail with his guides, reviews, and news, leveraging his decade and a half of gaming knowledge. If he isn't writing about games, he's likely getting zero kills in his favorite FPS or yelling at the game when it was 100% his fault that he died.