How to Disable Enemy Ships in Starfield

Like a sitting duck.

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Getting into dogfights in Starfield is a surprisingly fun venture, one with some decent nuance to it that’s satisfying once understood. Sure, you could just pepper an enemy with laser fire until their ship explodes into a million tiny pieces, but there are much easier ways to handle the job. Here’s how to disable enemy ships in Starfield.

How to Stop an Enemy Ship in its Tracks in Starfield

Starfield Targeting Engines
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There are actually several ways you can disable a ship in Starfield, but the easiest way to do so is to destroy its engines. To do this, you’ll want to take down the enemy’s shield and then focus all fire toward the engines. If you have at least one point in the Targeting Control Systems skill, then you’ll even be able to enter slow-motion and target the engines directly. Once the engines no longer function, shown by a red ENG symbol below their health bar, they won’t be able to move and should make for easy prey.

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The other way you can disable enemy ships involves taking down each of its other parts. Each of the following ship components can also be shot enough to be disabled and no longer function:

  • Shields
  • Grav Drive
  • Weapon 1
  • Weapon 2
  • Weapon 3

Why Would You Want to Disable an Enemy Ship in Starfield?

Starfield Ship Dock
Screenshot by Prima Games

Disabling enemy ships serves two purposes. The first and most immediate is to hinder that ship’s combat and maneuverability severely. Any edge in space is a good edge, especially when it comes to engines. Speaking of which, the second purpose comes through disabling engines. Once non-functional, you’re able to dock with that ship and board it. Killing all enemies on board will prevent that ship from being a threat, but you can also enter the cockpit if you wish to hijack the ship and have a sweet new ride.

If you’re looking into more about ship combat, check out our guide on how to upgrade your ship in Starfield.

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Shawn Robinson

Shawn's been playing games for a decade and a half now, dabbling in many genres though finding his niche in FPS games and RPGs. If he's not being one of the five people that still plays Heroes of the Storm, he's probably sinking his teeth into a new singleplayer experience.