How to Get the Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector in Starfield

Obliterate is an understatement.

Starfield Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector
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Picking out some great ship weapons in Starfield can be a real pain, especially given the massive amount of options at your disposal. Not only are there several different weapon types that each do something different, but there’s the choice from Class A to Class C, alongside Turret and Auto prefixes. It’s a daunting task, so having a weapon you can rely on could make all the difference. Here’s how to get the Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector ship weapon in Starfield.

Where to Find the Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector in Starfield

The Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector weapon, as the name implies, is unlocked upon becoming a member of the Vanguard. This is done through speaking to Commander Tuala at the MAST tower, located above the ramp leading to the MAST District. Asking him about joining the Vanguard will begin the Supra Et Ultra mission, eventually leading you to become a member of the Vanguard.

Through the start of the following mission Grunt Work, you’ll receive access to some Vanguard supplies. Alongside this are certain Vanguard ship parts, including the Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector. From there, you can find it by going to any Ship Services Technician, selecting the option “I’d like to view and modify my ships,” and then navigating to the Weapons tab of your main ship’s Ship Builder.


If it isn’t available in the Weapons section, then you may need to sit down somewhere and wait 24 in-game hours. This will reset the Technician’s shop, opening the weapon for purchase.

Is the Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector Worth Using in Starfield?

Starfield Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojectors Installed
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The Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector is a Particle Beam ship weapon featuring a 6.65 fire rate, 11 hull damage, 11 shield damage, and two max power. While its stats aren’t the most impressive, the fact that it only requires two max ship power means it can be spammed in place of a multi-weapon type setup. Since Particle Beam ship weapons are good against anything, this makes it a monster in combat.

For this article, I decided to goof around with six Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojectors on my recreation of Mass Effect’s Normandy. As someone who’s messed around with the shipbuilder quite a bit, this is some of the most insane damage per second I’ve ever dealt with a ship. It took removing power from other areas, but damn does it ever do a lot.

What Other Ship Weapons Do You Get for Becoming a Vanguard Member?

Starfield Vanguard Ship Weapons
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Other than the Vanguard Obliterator Autoprojector, becoming Vanguard will also grant you access to the Vanguard Tempest CE-13 Missile Launcher, Vanguard Hellfire Autocannon, Vanguard Starseeker Pulse Laser, and Vanguard Ares Particle Cannon. While these aren’t quite as strong as the first weapon, it’s worth giving them a go if you want some extra variety.

If you’re looking for more help with your ship, check out our guide on the best ship reactor in Starfield.

About the Author

Shawn Robinson

Shawn is a freelance gaming journalist who's been with Prima Games for a year, 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.