Starfield screenshot of Emilio during the Out on a Limb mission
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How to Complete the Out on a Limb Mission in Starfield

Go out on a limb for a friend...sort of a friend.

Starfield questlines that span multiple missions are a great source of both credits and XP as you complete missions back to back. One such questline, Starfield’s Out on a Limb, involves a rather strange yet dangerous tree—here’s how to complete it.

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How to Get Through Out on a Limb in Starfield

To get the Out on a Limb mission, you’ll first have to complete the A Tree Grows in New Atlantis mission in Starfield. This can be started at Kelton Frush in the MAST District of New Atlantis. It’s a simple matter of collecting some Bio-Sensors for him.


New Atlantis is the initial main city hub on the planet Jemison in the Alpha Centauri system. You can get to the MAST District by riding the New Atlantis Transit Car. You’ll find Kelton Frush here wandering around some large trees next to MAST Headquarters.

Once you’ve completed that and waited some time, speak to Kelton again, and he’ll mention he needs more data on these trees causing the vibrations. To get that data, though, you’ll need to speak to his co-worker Emilio.

Head to Emilio nearby, and he’ll mention he’s a bit tired of Kelton’s antics but is willing to help if he can get something out of it, too. For him to give you the data, he wants you to head to a Chief Engineer’s office, purge the files speaking poorly of him, and get out undetected.

Before you go hacking terminals and breaking down doors, you can pass a Persuasion speech check to get him to give you some extra credits for this job. You can also pass an extra Persuasion check to have him give you the data outright without having to purge any files.

Starfield screenshot of Purging All Files on the chief engineer's office terminal
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If you want the most rewards out of this mission, you’ll want to pass the first Persuasion check to get the extra credits, then head to the Chief Engineer’s office using the map markers. Once there, hack through their front door and head to the other computer. A convenient “Purge All Files” button can be found, which when pressed, will delete the incriminating data on Emilio and even Kelton.

Return to Emilio to get your credits and data, then head back to Kelton to finish the mission. Upon completion, you’ll get 2,000 Credits, 100 XP, and your next mission with Kelton, the Late Bloomer.

Starfield Out on a Limb Guide

In summary, these are the mission steps to complete Starfield’s Out on a Limb:

  • Talk to Kelton Frush.
  • Talk to Kelton’s coworker Emilio.
  • Either persuade Emilio to give you the data or agree to his request.
  • Head to the Chief Engineer’s office.
  • Use the computer to “purge all files.”
  • Return to Emilio.
  • Return to Kelton.

If you’re looking for help with other missions beyond Out on a Limb, check out our guide on how to complete the Distilling Confidence mission in Starfield.

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